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.

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3 years 4 months

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My reviews

Hemp Gose

 Hemp Gose, Goodwood Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hemp Gose by Goodwood Brewing Co. was judged as a 30A, Spice, Herb, Vegetable beer with a base beer of a Gose (Historical Style). The base description on a gose from the BJCP website is as follows: A highly-carbonated, tart and fruity wheat ale with a restrained coriander and salt character and... Read More

Hip Check IPA

Hip Check IPA, Boise Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hip Check IPA by Boise Brewing Co. was judged as category 21A. This is a classic American IPA style so we should be expecting "a decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American pale ale, showcasing modern American or New World hop varieties. The balance is hop forward, with a clean... Read More

Spruce Tip IPA

Spruce Tip IPA, Goodwood Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Spruce Tip IPA by Goodwood Brewing Co. was judged as a 30A, Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer with IPA as the base style.

Off the aroma I get juicy hops, a lot of grapefruit and pine as I would expect in an American IPA. I get the spruce for sure and it's not overdone. The malt aroma is cracker-... Read More

Seven Crane Cream Ale

Seven Crane Cream Ale, Boise Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Seven Crane Cream Ale by Boise Brewing Co. was judged via the BJCP guidelines category 1C, and we can expect is "A clean, well-attenuated, flavorful American 'lawnmower' beer. Easily drinkable and refreshing, with more character than typical American lagers."

The beer certainly looks like... Read More

Hoppy Blonde

new belgium brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The beer pours a clear and bright golden color with a loose, foamy white head with great retention. In the aroma I get a light sweet bready malt and a moderate amount of hops. There is some tropical mango and citrus in the aroma that dominates, but also a very slight hint of herbal hops in this ... Read More

Blueberry

Blueberry by Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer is a Wild Specialty Beer fitting well into the BJCP category 28C. This category is for sour and/or funky version of a fruit, or spice beer, or a wild beer aged in wood. If wood-aged, the wood should not be the primary or dominant character.

I love the color of this beer. It... Read More

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