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

Soul Style

Green Flash Beer Soul Style IPA
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer poured clear orange with a thick white head that held steady until late in the tasting. The aroma was hop-forward with floral notes backed by a solid malt base. The taste too featured both significant maltiness from base and caramel malts and plenty of floral hop notes. This medium-... Read More

Roxanne

Roxanne by Southbound Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Roxanne by Southbound Brewing Co. is an American sour ale brewed with “tart” (presumably sour) cherries and aged in oak barrels. It was judged as a Specialty Fruit Beer (BJCP sub-style 29C). It poured dark reddish-brown into the glass where it set up slightly hazy with a moderate but... Read More

Poivre Potion

Poivre Potion Terrapin Beer saison
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

This beer poured a clear orange color with a thick, white head and emanating a complex aroma redolent of fruity esters, malt sweetness and hops. Following this auspicious beginning, the beer really shone with its flavor profile; in addition to a Belgian yeast character and lovely maltiness... Read More

Haddy

Haddy by Reformation Brewery
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Haddy by Reformation Brewery is a Belgian-style white ale. It was judged as a Witbier (BJCP sub-style 24A). It poured light golden into the glass where it set up slightly hazy with a moderate but short-lived white head. Its aroma consisted primarily of bitter orange on top of wheat malt with... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries by Pontoon Brewing is a complex fruit beer and was judged as a Fruit and Spice Beer (BJCP sub-style 29B). It poured bright purple and opaque into the glass, where it formed a moderate lighter purple head with modest retention. An appearance resembling... 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

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