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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

Year of the Rat

Year of the Rat

Year of the Rat, Reformation Brewery
Description 

Adjuncted with cinnamon, chocolate and Alma Coffee.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.2%
IBUs: 
10
Served at: 
40 - 50º F
Malts: 
Two-Row, Oats, Chocolate, Carafa II, Roasted Barley
Hops: 
Cascade

 

 


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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

Hopzilla

Hopzilla

Vermont
United States
Hopzilla, Lawson's Finest Liquids
Description 

Hopzilla is a monster of an IPA that will make you pucker up! Loaded with high-alpha U.S. grown hops, this brawny dry hopped ale will terrorize your taste buds yet has enough malt backbone to balance a fierce bitterness.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.7%
Hops: 
High Alpha U.S. hops

 

 


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Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Hopzilla by Lawson's Finest Liquids was judged as BJCP Style 22A, double IPA.

There are a lot of double IPAs out there – this one stands out for the quality of the dry hopping, which delivers rich flavor without harshness or sharpness, making this beer a double IPA that hopheads will fill... Read More

Below Decks

Below Decks by Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Category 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, Base beer Category 17D, English Barleywine. The beer arrives smelling like a beer-wine hybrid with a medium high whiff of red wine wrapped in malt, brown sugar, fruit, and dried fruit with traces of vanilla in the background joined by a hoppy orange... Read More

Hoppopotamus IPA

Hoppopotamus IPA

Indiana
United States
Hoppopotamus IPA, Metazoa Brewing Co.
Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.3%
IBUs: 
70

 

 


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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

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

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

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