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

Year of the Rat

Year of the Rat, Reformation Brewery
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

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

Contee

Contee, Definitive Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Contee by Definitive Brewing Co. was judged as a BJCP Style 5B, Kölsch.

If you are spending the afternoon in a small café with a handful of friends or enjoying the day from a sidewalk table this is the beer you want. It has a light haze in the glass with a head with moderate to poor... Read More

Particles

Particles, Definitive Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Particles by Definitive Brewing Co. was judged as a BJCP Style 22A, Double IPA.

I cracked the can open, and the aroma took me back to the fruit section of the Mazatlán city market redolent with rich tropical fruit aromas weaving together supported by a mild, light grain, neutral malt... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Wee Demon 95-Calorie IPA by Two Roads Brewing Co. was judged as a Session IPA (Style 21B per BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines).

For the times in your life when you the thought of another big bold beer is more than you can handle and a light beer that tastes like... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer is over the top. It smells like a bakery with a wood fired oven in the back, exuding aromas of chocolate, coffee, mild vanilla and marshmallow, maple, cinnamon, traces of dark dried fruit and alcohol backed by rich roasty malt. It pours almost like syrup kicking up a ¼” dark tan cap... Read More

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