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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

Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This beer poured clear and pale gold with a very thick white head, which was present throughout the taste (as expected of a beer with nitrogenation). The nose was relatively mild, featuring wheat malt primarily. The double-edged sword of serving lighter beer styles on nitrogen is in some ways... Read More

Mystery Ship

Mystery Ship by Southbound Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Mystery Ship is a red ale brewed with Brettanomyces yeast (Brett) and dry-hopped. As such, by definition it has both distinctive sour and “funky,” and intensely hoppy, aromas and flavors. It poured brownish-red and hazy into the glass, sporting a thick tan-white head with good retention. The... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Flotation Device Berliner Weisse - Moscow Mule by Pontoon Brewing is a Berliner Weisse brewed with ginger and lime, and was judged as a Fruit and Spice Beer (BJCP sub-style 29B). This beer, which is a creative take on the popular Moscow Mule cocktail, poured bright light amber and clear into the... Read More

Vacanza

Vacanza Wild Leap Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Vacanza by Wild Leap Brew Co. was described as a “Tangerine Hibiscus Gose” and was judged as a Fruit and Spice Beer (BJCP sub-style 29B). In the glass it formed a thin white head atop a somewhat hazy reddish-orange brew. The aroma consisted of floral hibiscus notes followed by sweet citrus ones... Read More

Alcatraz Double Cold Brew

Alcatraz Double Cold Brew

Florida
United States
Alcatraz Double Cold Brew, Alcatraz Brewing
Description 

Double Cold Brew is dark with a pronounced head and a long, lingering finish. The beer is not sweet, nor is it dry - it strikes a complex balance in between. The coffee flavor takes the lead in this beer, instead of a supporting role like many Imperial Coffee Stouts.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.8%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
40º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Alcatraz Double Cold Brew by Alcatraz Brewing is an Imperial Stout with cold-brewed coffee and was judged as a Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer (BJCP sub-style 30A). It poured black and opaque into the glass, forming a moderately thick white head with somewhat rapid dissipation. Its aroma featured... Read More

Light of the Feu Follets

Light of the Feu Follets

Louisiana
United States
Light of the Feu Follets, Low Road Brewing
Description 

Light of the Feu Follets is a Belgian Wit with coriander & both bitter and sweet orange peel.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.8%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Light of the Feu Follets by Low Road Brewing was judged as a Witbier (2021 BJCP style 24A). It poured light gold and mostly clear into the glass, forming a thin white head with moderate retention.

The aroma initially featured some mild Belgian ale yeast notes and some wheat malt sweetness... Read More

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