Tracy Hensley

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Beer Judge

Inspired by a seventh-month exploration of beers throughout Europe, followed by a move to Portland, Oregon, Tracy started home brewing to create the most drinkable beers in the world. Tracy currently holds the BJCP distinction of National Beer/Mead Judge and is the Assistant Representative of the Mountain/Northwest Region serving the Pacific Northwest. In addition to home brewing, administering and grading BJCP exams, judging and running competitions, she also brews beers for the Rogue Eastside Pub and Pilot Brewery with Green Dragon Brewers in Portland.

My reviews

Arrows of Neon

Arrows of Neon The Rare Barrel
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Aroma of moderate lemon yogurt and salty oyster crackers followed by a low warming bourbon vanilla and dried white oak shavings. Over time, low mousiness and hard plastic start to show. The aroma makes my mouth salivate from the tart acidity. The beer has a pale golden color that is clear with... Read More

Forces Unseen

Forces Unseen The Rare Barrel
Judges Rating:
98
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Intense aroma. This is one impressively aromatic beer. I could smell wildflower honey and fresh pink bubblegum from three feet away as the beer was brought to me. Up close, low bee’s wax, more pink bubblegum and fresh mint appear. Then, when I stick my nose in the glass, I can distinctly smell... Read More

Ensorcelled

Ensorcelled The Rare Barrel
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Complex and unusual aroma of dark moist German multigrain bread, smoked cedar, dry coco powder with dried sour black cherries and red raspberry compote. The ale is an opaque muddy brown color with a low tan head clinging only to the sides of the glass but when swirled creates Belgian lace. ... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Buffalo Bill's Original Pumpkin Ale by Buffalo Bill's Brewery was evaluated as an Autumn Seasonal Beer (Category 30B) from the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. The goal is to evoke a harvest-themed dish balancing spice and other adjuncts with malt – with the possibility for restrained hop and alcohol... Read More

Plaid

Fort George Plaid Ale Beer
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer's aroma is redolent of caramel glaze on a Thanksgiving ham, smoked salmon, medium vodka-like hot alcohol and raisin bread. Buried underneath all the smokiness and alcohol is a cooked applesauce and cinnamon presence. A fine, creamy, tan head clings to the sides of the glass and forms... Read More

Tube City IPA

Tube City IPA, Coronado Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Tube City IPA by Coronado Brewing Co. is being judged as a Double IPA according to the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 22A. Unfortunately, the alcohol heat dominates this beer and diminishes the impression of the hop character, which greatly interferes with drinkability. It... Read More

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