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.

History

Member for
3 years 1 month

My reviews

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

After a vigorous pour, strong grassy, pine, cedar tip and freshly baked white bread aromas mingle with fresh apricot and strawberry esters. This beer is a medium-gold color with a frothy, persistent, off-white head. At first, strong and bitter pine resin flavors were noted, but those evolved ... Read More

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

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Slightly dulled, strong, spicy clove and cracked red pepper aromas are noticeable from over a foot away. Up close, I discover slightly dulled cedar resin, black tea leaves, dried pineapple and papaya, flatbread, slight dried red cherry fruitiness and alcohol warmth. The head does not stay around... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer's aroma is of medium pineapple juice with low, pizza dough yeastiness, vanilla bean, button mushrooms and whiskey alcohol notes. This IPA pours a brilliantly clear medium-amber color with a low, ivory head of fine bubbles that clings to the sides of the glass and creates a nice film.... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Clean, low aromas of water cracker, sulfur, white spring blossoms and candied lilac come through upon first whiff. As the ale warms, it gives off delightful aromas of candied orange peel pieces baked in naan bread. A low, fine white carbonation persists on the glass edge, and the beer displays a... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A solid IPA, good looking with a well-developed aroma profile.  For the IPA style (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 21A - American IPA), the conflicting, bitter, and chalky flavors as well as a carbonic mouthfeel are uncharacteristic and reduce its drinkability.  

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