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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

Frog-Get About It

Frog-Get About It

Indiana
United States
Frog-Get About It, Metazoa Brewing Co.
Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
50

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Frog-Get About It by Metazoa Brewing Co. was reviewed under BJCP Style 21A: American IPA.

Popping the cap immediately releases rich hop aromas that build during the pour as citrus rind, a light touch of melon, tropical fruit and a dash of berry aromas. The aroma hits all the bases... Read More

Velour Soccer Mom

Velour Soccer Mom by Sun King Brewery
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The aroma hits the required points, highlighting raspberry and hibiscus with sour coming through nicely and traces of grain in the background joined by a hint of oak and vanilla. It pours moderately clear raspberry red with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a thin pinkish red cap. As it... Read More

Raspberry Provincial

Raspberry Provincial, Funkwerks
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Raspberry Provincial by Funkwerks, Inc. is being judged as a Sour Ale brewed with Raspberries, BJCP category 28C. Traces of funk, spice and tartness season a big raspberry aroma lifting from the glass. It's hazy pink under a short-lived pinkish cap. Three or four levels of rich raspberry flavors... Read More

Batsquatch Hazy IPA

Batsquatch Hazy IPA, Rogue Ales & Spirits
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Batsquatch Hazy IPA by Rogue Ales & Spirits was judged as a Specialty IPA (BJCP Style Category 21B). If you are looking for a well-made, hazy NEIPA that does not burn a hole in your stomach, this beer is for you. Tropical fruit aromas, melon and stone fruit are not as up front as I would... Read More

There's No Crying In Baseball

There's No Crying In Baseball

Pennsylvania
United States
There's No Crying In Baseball, Evil Genius Beer Co.
Description 

A hazy IPA with natural mango flavor and a wicked curveball. Light, hazy, and refreshing, this beer is packed with flavor from hefty dry-hopping and natural mango. You could say it’s in a league of its own.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.0%
Served at: 
40º F
Malts: 
Two Row, Wheat
Hops: 
Amarillo, Mosaic, Vic Secret

 

 


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Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

There's No Crying In Baseball by Evil Genius Beer Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer (base beer American IPA).

This Hazy IPA with added natural mango flavor earns a place in your fridge for drinking often. The beer pours hazy orange tinted... Read More

Boughs of Barley

Boughs of Barley by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

28C American Barleywine, 33B Specialty Wood Aged Beer. The brewer nails the use of pine, picks barrels with just the right amount of bourbon and lets this beer sit for just the right amount of time in the barrels. Dried berries, and spice, dark sugar and bourbon start the aroma as the pine... Read More

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