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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

Vacanza: Cranberry Raspberry Pie Gose

Vacanza: Cranberry Raspberry Pie Gose

Georgia
United States
Vacanza: Cranberry Raspberry Pie Gose, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Description 

Vacanza Cranberry Raspberry Pie is an Imperial Gose-style tart ale made with cranberry, raspberry, vanilla bean, cinnamon and brown sugar.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Vacanza: Cranberry Raspberry Pie Gose by Wild Leap Brew Co.  was judged as a BJCP Style 34C, Experimental Beer.

The beer’s description sounds outrageous – a cranberry raspberry pie gose with cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar – but it works surprisingly well. It looks like a pink gose with... Read More

Razzleblaster Busey

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

You are really drinking this for the raspberries because they are done so well. A classic Flanders Oud Bruin would need more malt character but here the Flanders Oud Bruin base keeps the beer from being a cloying alcho-pop. The sweet and the tart balance leans slightly to the tart but the malt... Read More

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

Particles

Particles

Maine
United States
Particles, Definitive Brewing Co.
Description 

PARTICLES, an 8.3% Double Dry Hopped Double IPA with Citra, Simcoe, and Topaz! Rocking a similar hop profile to Definitive Ale (our signature IPA) but with extra horsepower, this hop-saturated beer tastes and smells like ripe fruit orchards, kiwi peels, and lemon sorbet!

Beverage Profile
Hops: 
Citra, Simcoe, Topaz

 

 


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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

Lizard Lounge

Lizard Lounge

Louisiana
United States
Lizard Lounge, Urban South Brewery
Description 

Our 5 year anniversary beer with Modern Times, a mixed fermentation table beer, aged in wine barrels.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.6%
IBUs: 
2

 

 


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Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Lizard Lounge by Urban South Brewery was judged as a BJCP Style 33B, Specialty Wood-Aged Beer with base beer style Wild Specialty Beer (28C).

The brewer has aged this table beer (low-alcohol, light-bodied beer) in wine barrels to produce some interesting flavors. It pours hazy gold under... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The beer is brilliant gold and effervescent – clear enough to read a newspaper through. Despite its mild-mannered appearance, it is packed with flavor starting with fruit, light rye, light sweet berry and then an assertive yet very pleasant bitterness carry it to the finish. The spicy rye,... Read More

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