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 was the Co-founder and Co-Host of Brewnology: The Podcast where they explored all avenues of Beer Judging for their listeners. Although the show had a good 2 year run, they ran out of judging content at 50 shows and had to call it quits. Past episodes of Brewnology can still be found on YouTube. Jason is also the author of an e-book titled Roasted: A Homebrewer's Guide to Homeroasting Grain.

Although currently an independent homebrewer no longer active in a local club, Jason was a member of the Manty Malter's homebrew club in, Wisconsin. Jason has held several officer positions within the club including president as well as lead the club's judging education program. He also has a set of free BJCP Prep classes on YouTube 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 and Judging the full gambit of the beer spectrum.

My articles

23 Low-Calorie Beer Options
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How to Cellar Beer
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My reviews

Hello, LA

Hello, LA, Highland Park Brewery
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hello, LA by Highland Park Brewery is a classic West Coast-Style IPA, so I will be judging it against Category 21A, American IPA.

The beer poured a yellow color with a slight haze, suggesting that dry hopping was involved. The head is pillowy and long-lasting.... Read More

Fluffy Otter

Fluffy Otter, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Fluffy Otter by Pontoon Brewing was judged as 30A, Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer because of the vanilla. I know there could be some debate about adding it to 31B, alternative sugar beer because of the marshmallow but aside from adding some sugar to the beer the marshmallow itself is not so much a... Read More

Benevolent Spirit

Benevolent Spirit, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Benevolent Spirit by Pontoon Brewing was judged as BJCP category 28C, Wild Specialty Beer. The quick breakdown of this category is: A sour and/or funky version of a fruit, herb, or spice beer, or a wild beer aged in wood. If wood-aged, the wood should not be the primary or dominant character.... Read More

Druif Rouge

pFriem Rouge, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Druif Rouge by pFriem Family Brewers is a wood aged and fruited lambic. I would say this beer would most likely be judged in category 23F, Fruit Lambic because Lambic beers can be aged in oak, but the oak barrels tend to not impart a lot of oak character. So it would still be in the Lambic... 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

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

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