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:
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

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Jameson Barrel Aged Purple Monkey Dishwasher by Evil Genius Beer Co. was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups meet Irish whiskey and porter. The beer pours a brilliant deep chocolate brown color under a modest light brown cap with moderate retention. A little... Read More

Honey Project

Honey Project, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Honey Project by Wild Leap Brew Co. was judged as a Braggot.

This delightful beer is a braggot – a beer/mead combo – aged on Earl Grey Tea. The combo evokes a marriage between a sparkling semi-sec mead and a saison. Honey leads the... Read More

Judges Rating:
99
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Lone Buffalo: Cherry Brandy Barrel Aged Stout by Wild Leap Brew Co. was judged as a BJCP Style 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, per the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines.

The “Cherry Brandy Barrel Aged Stout” in the description immediately... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This is a fruity Brett strain with stone fruit – especially apricot – aromas out front supported by traces of pineapple, citrus and overripe fruit with light bread crumb and a hint of bubble gum. The pour produces a big, boisterous 3” cap perched atop a hazy gold column permeated with streams of... Read More

Hoppopotamus IPA

Hoppopotamus IPA, Metazoa Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Hoppopotamus IPA by Metazoa Brewing Co. was judged as a BJCP Category 21A, American IPA, according to the 2015 guidelines.

Lately I have been yearning for an IPA brewed without oats, lactose, vanilla or fruit – a medium alcohol, hoppy and bitter brew with malt that supports but still lets... Read More

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