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

Old Jubilation Ale

Old Jubilation Ale by Avery Brewing Co.
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

Tybee Island Blonde

Tybee Island Blonde by Coastal Empire Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Tybee Island Blonde by Coastal Empire Beer Co. is a kolsch-style beer and was judged as a Kolsch (BJCP sub-style 5B). It poured pale gold into the glass where it set up with a noticeable haze and a moderate head which dissipated more rapidly than it should have for this style. The aroma was mild... Read More

Cosmik Debris

Creature Comforts Cosmik Debris Double IPA
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer poured a clear orange color with a thick, white head with a moderate degree of retention. Upon first whiff, I was greeted with a complex aroma that combined fruity esters, deep malt sweetness and citrusy hops. The beer’s flavor profile similarly included citrusy hops up front followed... Read More

Lovely, Dark and Deep

Ommegang Beer Lovely Dark Deep Stout
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer poured black with a thick tan head with adequate retention. The aroma, however, was fairly neutral even after warming, with only a slightly dark and base malt nose. The style came alive, appropriately, in the flavor profile, which consisted of slightly sweet dark malt (without... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Devil’s Harvest Breakfast IPA by Southern Prohibition is a session-strength IPA and was judged as an American IPA (BJCP sub-style 21A). It poured very light, with a straw-like color and mostly clear into the glass, where it displayed a modest white head with moderate retention. Its aroma led off... Read More

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