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

Lizard Lounge

Lizard Lounge, Urban South Brewery
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

Dark Apparition

Dark Apparition, Jackie O's Brewery
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Dark Apparition by Jackie O's Brewery was reviewed as BJCP Category 20C Imperial Stout. This is an Imperial Stout with a moderate smell – nothing big, no harsh or burnt smells and not harsh or hot alcohol and not oxidized aromas. It offers dark dried fruit, mild alcohol, a hint of prune, light... Read More

Blackberry Sourbet

Blackberry Sourbet, Austin Brothers Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Blackberry Sourbet by Austin Brothers Beer Co. was judged as BJCP 2021 style 28C, Wild Specialty Beer.

Cracking the can releases a tart, fruity aroma laced with tropical fruit, mango and some berry notes. There is not much funk or wild yeast character and not a lot of malt or hop presence... Read More

Hazy Sabro IPA

Hazy Sabro IPA, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
98
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Hazy Sabro IPA by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as as a Specialty IPA, 21B New England IPA, per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

In an effort to push the limits many brewers pack NEIPAs so full of hops, yeast and sediment that they burn a hole in your stomach. This beer demonstrates... Read More

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

Groovy Juice

Groovy Juice, Urban South Brewery
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Groovy Juice by Urban South Brewery was judged as a BJCP Style 28C, Wild Specialty Beer.

This is that beer for hot sticky summer afternoons when you just want to do nothing else but sit and watch the river flow. This light-bodied, spritzy beer pours hazy pink under a moderate white cap... Read More

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