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

How to Cellar Beer
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My reviews

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

Ralph

Ralph, The Ale Apothecary
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Ralph by The Ale Apothecary is judged as a mixed-fermentation sour ale brewed with fir needles, honey, and aged in wine barrels.

Pouring the beer, it’s orange in color with a little bit of haze. It pours a very small loose head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is great. A low bit... Read More

SeaBee Gose

SeaBee Gose, Big Boss Brewing Co
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

SeaBee Gose by Big Boss Brewing Co. was judged as a standard Gose, one of the beers in the BJCP category 27, Historical beer. You can usually expect them to be lightly tart with a mild underlying salinity. Where I live we have a rich submarine history, so I’m familiar with what Seabee is, so I... Read More

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