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

Aniversario 1

Aniversario 1, SouthNorte Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Aniversario 1 by SouthNorte Beer Co. was judged as a Spice, Herb, Vegetable beer with underlying BJCP Category 25B, Saison. This beer is a square peg. It looks like a bad Saison topped with a thin, frothy head that recedes quickly but the dance of Mexican honey, epazote and cilantro with the... Read More

Riegele Kellerbier

Riegele Kellerbier, Brauhaus Riegele
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Riegele Kellerbier by Brahaus Riegele was reviewed as a BJCP Category 7C, Pale Kellerbier. The beer has a hazy, murky gold unfiltered look sitting under a dense off-white foam cap with fair retention. Moderate floral, earthy hops, faint green apple, a trace of creamed corn, mild butterscotch and... Read More

Riegele Dunkel

Riegele Dunkel, Brauhaus Riegele
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Riegele Dunkel by Brauhaus Riegele was judged as BJCP category 8A, Munich Dunkel. This beer’s rich malt aromas and flavors remind me of Nutella on lightly toasted bread with the sweetness toned down. The rich malt is soft and complex with bread crust, hints of chocolate, nuts and a clean... Read More

Hoppopotamus IPA

Hoppopotamus IPA, Metazoa Brewing Co.
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

Nap In The Hammock

Nap In The Hammock, Metazoa Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Nap In The Hammock by Metazoa Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP Category 1C, Cream Ale, according to the 2015 BJCP style guidelines.

I rarely buy cream ale. I find most of ithem insipid and boring. This is different. It checks all the right boxes. Each flavor element inches up to the edge... Read More

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

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