Michael McGuire

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Beer Judge

Mike started homebrewing in 1983 in Baton Rouge, LA.  He subsequently continued brewing when life took him to Grayslake, IL, Lancaster, PA, Vienna, VA, and Raleigh, NC.  He was a founding member of the Lancaster County Brewers homebrew club, and later a member of the Brewers United for Real Potables (BURP), Wort Hogs, and Cary, Apex, & Raleigh Brewers of Yore (CARBOY) clubs.

He took the BJCP exam in 2000, became certified in 2002, and achieved National rank in 2005.  In addition to judging in many regional and national AHA-sponsored competitions since 2000, he has judged in several state-specific competitions for professional breweries (e.g., the Virginia Craft Beer Cup and the Maryland Governor’s Cup).

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My reviews

Combustible Pineapple

Combustible Pineapple, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Combustible Pineapple by Pontoon Brewing is an IPA brewed with pineapple, and was judged as a Specialty IPA (BJCP sub-style 21B). This beer poured pale orange and mostly clear but with a light haze into the glass, where it formed a thin white head with average retention. Its aroma led off and... Read More

The Rites

Orpheus The Rites IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This American IPA poured orange with a thick white head consisting of unusually big bubbles. The aroma was relatively mild with some malt and hops in the nose but not as much as expected for style; some plastic-phenolic notes also detracted from the aroma. The flavor was similarly understated... Read More

Savannah Brown Ale

Savannah Brown Ale by Coastal Mepire Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
70
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

Savannah Brown Ale by Coastal Empire Beer Co. is a brown ale and was judged as an American brown ale (BJCP sub-style 19C). It poured deep brown into the glass where it set up clear with a moderate but short-lived tan head. The aroma was fairly neutral with a few non-roasty malt notes and a... Read More

Southern Bel'

Southern Bel' by Arches Brewing
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Southern Bel’ by Arches Brewing is a moderately dark Belgian-style ale judged as a Belgian Pale Ale – BJCP sub-style 24B – based on the description on the brewery’s website, which called it a “deep Belgian pale.” The can’s label “Belgian Ale” doesn’t give buyers much style information to entice... Read More

Old Jubilation Ale

Avery Beer Old Jubilation Ale
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This English Old Ale poured a clear, dark reddish-brown with a moderately creamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. The aroma was strongly malty with dark fruit (raisin, fig) notes and noticeable alcohol from oxidation (age) up front. The flavor, too, started off “hot” with plenty of rich malt... Read More

Indecision Pale Ale

Indecision Pale Ale by Smartmouth Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Indecision Pale Ale by Smartmouth Brewing Co. is an American Pale Ale and was judged as one (BJCP sub-style 18B). It poured slightly cloudy and gold into the glass sporting a thick white head with modest retention. The nose featured an intense piney hop aroma up front and throughout with only a... Read More

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