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Pat Mulloy

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Beer, Cider and Mead Judge

Pat is a National BJCP Judge with mead certification. Pat grew up in Midland Michigan. He has been drinking beer for half a century and from the start he pursued small local and regional brands and anything he hadn't seen before. He brewed his first home brew in the mid 60's - a complete flop and then dabbled a little during the 70s. A three month trip to England (2 weeks) and Amsterdam (2 1/2 months) in the early 70s was an eyeopener to the world of beer. He followed that up with 4 years in Toronto during grad school in the 70s when the major Canadian brewers there produced a much broader range of brands and he drank every one of them. At the end of the decade, a trip to Portland introduced him to the first vestiges of craft beer.
 
Settling into Minneapolis in 1979 the lack of beer diversity rekindled his interest in Homebrewing and he brewed around 300 batches between 1980 and 1990. By 1990 craft beer had spread enough where he could feed his craft beer habit without spending the entire weekend in his basement. During the 90s frequent road tips through Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan were at times required to ensure sufficient diversity in beer but by the dawn of the new century it required far less travel to find good craft beer.
 
Pat publishes a monthly newsletter Romancing the Foam about the enjoyment of good beer and has just launched a website at www.romancingthefoam.com. If you do not see him biking around Minneapolis to the various craft breweries and excellent craft beer bars, he is either in his garden sampling craft beer or siting on his computer adding to his website. It is a great time to love beer.

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My reviews

King Balaton

King Balaton, Alter Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

King Balaton by Alter Brewing Co. was reviewed as BJCP Category 28C, wild Specialty Beer. If you have ever climbed Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes with an 8-to-10-year-old child on a hot day, this is the exact beer you want while sitting at a picnic table at the bottom of the Dune Climb,... Read More

Year of the Rat

Year of the Rat

Year of the Rat, Reformation Brewery
Description 

Adjuncted with cinnamon, chocolate and Alma Coffee.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.2%
IBUs: 
10
Served at: 
40 - 50º F
Malts: 
Two-Row, Oats, Chocolate, Carafa II, Roasted Barley
Hops: 
Cascade

 

 


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

Year of the Rat by Reformation Brewery was judged as a Spice, Herb or Vegetable (BJCP Style 30A) with a base style of Sweet Stout (13B).

The brewer uses a deft hand with the added ingredients in this Milk Stout. The added coffee, chocolate and cinnamon enhance the flavors and aromas of... Read More

For the Love of Lager: Zwickelbier

For the Love of Lager: Zwickelbier

Pennsylvania
United States
For the Love of Lager: Zwickelbier, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
Description 

A beautiful, light amber colored lager brewed entirely with Vienna malt and noble hops. A decoction mash provides depth of malt character and a process called “spunding” allows us to naturally carbonate for a smoother finish.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.2%
IBUs: 
19
Malts: 
Vienna

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

For the Love of Lager: Zwickelbier by Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP Historical Style 27, Kellerbier with base style 7A (Vienna lager).

This flavor-packed, everyday-drinking beer nails the Vienna lager malt character gently seasoned with zwickelbier (unaged, unfiltered lager... Read More

Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This was evaluated as a BJCP style 21B Specialty IPA: Brown IPA, and I must say, I love this beer. It brings together a rich, creamy zaftig brown ale texture and body with a big, soft alcohol character and a balancing yet assertive hop bitterness. Hop resin and berry aromas blend with light... Read More

Hoppopotamus IPA

Hoppopotamus IPA

Indiana
United States
Hoppopotamus IPA, Metazoa Brewing Co.
Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.3%
IBUs: 
70

 

 


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Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Hoppopotamus IPA by Metazoa Brewing Co. was judged as a BJCP Category 21A, American IPA, according to the 2015 guidelines.

Lately I have been yearning for an IPA brewed without oats, lactose, vanilla or fruit – a medium alcohol, hoppy and bitter brew with malt that supports but still lets... Read More

Good Omen

Good Omen, Reformation Brewery
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Good Omen by Reformation Brewery is judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (BJCP Style 33B).

This is a Bière Brut, a style originating in Belgium and made in the style of champagne. Gin botanical aromas joined by mild berry and white grape season a light, fresh baked French bread scent with... Read More

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