Jason Johnson

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Beer Judge

Jason Johnson has been homebrewing since 2000 and a ranked judge with the BJCP since 2005. He currently holds the rank of National Judge. Jason is the author of the hombrewing blog www.barleypopmaker.info where he covers various homebrewing topics including DIY projects, judging tips, brewing tips, and has a few pages on home roasting grains. He is also the author of an e-book titled Roasted: A Homebrewer's Guide to Homeroasting Grain, which has made it to number one on Amazon's eBook list.

As a member of the Manty Malter's homebrew club in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Jason has held the position of president in the past and currently heads up the clubs judging education program. He also has a set of free BJCP Prep classes on his website to help judges who may not have a nearby club to supplement their self-study. He also helps these people by answering questions via messages. So far the course has been fairly popular and helped some judges in other countries study for their exams.

As a brewer, Jason mostly likes to brew traditional classic styles. He brews a lot of American ales (America Pale Ales, American IPA, and American Pre-Prohibition Lager). Other styles he likes to brew are Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Belgian Wit, Saison, Dubbel, and Cream Ale to name a few. As far as craft beer goes, he enjoys tasting the full gambit of the beer spectrum.

My articles

23 Low-Calorie Beer Options
There is an exciting trend occurring in craft beer right now for those looking to shed a few pounds and still enjoy their craft beer obsession: craft...
How to Cellar Beer
If you have been involved in the craft beer community for any length of time, I’m sure you have seen or heard of someone bragging about enjoying a...

My reviews

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Being a lager as well as having characteristics of an existing style (Gose) and fruit I am going to consider Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager by Stone Brewing Co. in the category 34B in the BJCP guidelines. I feel this beer fits that description of containing existing styles both classic and... Read More

El Cuatro

El Cuatro, The Ale Apothecary
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

El Cuatro by The Ale Apothecary is a wild ale aged in brandy and whiskey barrels, that puts it in the category 28C, Wild Specialty Beer. That category specifies it's for wild ales aged in wood or with fruit, herb, vegetable or spices added. This beer is just a wood aged wild ale. Let's take a... Read More

Good Behavior

Good Behavior, Odell Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Good Behavior by Odell Brewing Co. was judged beer as a specialty IPA, or Category 21B in the BJCP guidelines. The reason is that even though it's not a widely recognized style like white IPA, black IPA, red IPA, etc. There are a few of these commercially available lower-ABV and lower-carb IPAs... Read More

Barreled Treasure

Barreled Treasure, Odell Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Barreled Treasure by Odell Brewing Co. was judged as Imperial Stout aged in oak barrels under category 33B, Specialty Wood-Aged beer with a base style of Imperial Stout.

The beer poured into a glass was midnight black in the glass with a dark tan, dense, foamy head. There is a lot going... Read More

Sion Kölsch

Sion Kölsch, Radeberger Gruppe
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Sion Kölsch by Radeberger was judged as a Kölsch against the BJCP style guidelines category 5B.

The aroma is light, but not void by any means. I easily pick up clean moderate grainy malt with a slightly cracker-like secondary note. What I really like is the hop nose on the beer. It's... Read More

Brett Noir

Brett Noir, Area Two Experimental Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Brett Noir by Area Two Experimental Brewing was judged as category 28A in the 2015 BJCP guidelines, Brett Beer. This is the catch-all category for beers fermented with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. It can be any style of beer, which in this case, would be fruit beer with what I assume is just a... Read More

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