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.

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Member for
3 years 5 months

My reviews

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

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

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

Handshake IPA

Handshake IPA Green Flash Alpine Beer
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:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Four Seasons - Spring '18 - Collaboration Ale by Mother Earth Brew Co. is a bludgeoning hoppy beer experience. So overwhelmed by hops I struggle to identify any hop flavor besides a sheer unimaginable amount of hops. While intense hoppiness is a hallmark of the style, for the Double IPA style (... Read More

Mandarin Nectar

Alpine Beer Mandarin Nectar
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

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