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
4 years 1 week

My reviews

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

Overdub IPA

Fort George Overdub IPA Beer
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

Tastes Like Space

Tastes Like Space, Belching Beaver Brewery
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Tastes Like Space by Belching Beaver Brewery made with caramel flavoring and cacao nibs. I evaluated it as a Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (Category 30A) with a base beer style of Sweet Stout (Category 16A) from the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. A Milk Stout’s range of sweetness effects its aroma,... Read More

Kismet

Kismet, Mother Earth Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Though I was set on cherishing Kismet by Mother Earth Brew Co. based on its complex and evolving aromas alone, this IPA example (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 21A)was missing the malt flavor, and its overly attenuated dryness and alcohol characteristics push the beer out... Read More

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