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

Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Vanilla Chai Bourbon Stout by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as 34 E Experimental beer with base style 33b Specialty wood aged beer, per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

This is an evening-sipping-by-the-fire, cherishing-with-a-friend type of beer. This deep dense brown beauty’s heft... Read More

Bretta III

Bretta III, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bretta III by pFriem Family Brewers was judged under the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for 28A Brett Beer.

Hop and yeast aromatics work together producing alluring fruit aromas delightfully seasoned with pineapple and tropical fruit and a faint earthiness. The aroma has no tart or sour notes... Read More

Big Dippa

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

Big Dippa by Reformation Brewery was judged as a Double IPA (BJCP Style 22A).

This beer immediately grabs hop lovers with its aroma, blending citrus and tropical fruit with touches of peppery rye, gooseberry, lemon and very faint pine and wood. It fills the glass brassy gold under a... 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

Hazy Cannon

Hazy Cannon, Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hazy Cannon by Heavy Seas Beer was judged as a Specialty IPA (New England IPA), style 21B per the 2015 BJCP style guidelines.

Hazy India Pale suggests another NEIPA pushing the outer limits of haze and hops. This beer, however, is not... Read More

Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Rogue Ales & Spirits
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hazelnut Brown Nectar by Rogue Ales & Spirits was judged as a Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer (BJCP Style Category 30A). This beer has enough hazelnut to make a statement but not enough to overwhelm. Big hazelnut aromas rise from the glass lightly scented with hints of chocolate and toast. It... Read More

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