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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Although currently an independent homebrewer no longer active in a local club, Jason was a member of the Manty Malter's homebrew club in, Wisconsin.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 reviews

Side Trip

new belgium beer side trip belgian pale ale
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Off the pour, this beer is crystal clear and deep gold in color with a quickly fading, frothy white head. In the aroma I get a moderate amount of biscuity malt a light malty sweetness. There are some low-strength floral notes from the hops, and I get some fairly prominent banana esters and ... Read More

Bouket

De Proef Trillium beer Bouket
Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The aroma has a lot going on, and honestly it’s all good and superbly balanced. There is some traditional barnyard funk from Brettanomyces, but not so much it overshadows anything else. The hop presence is medium and bright, and I get a lot of tropical notes of mango and overripe pineapple. The... Read More

Licher Weizen

Licher Weizen, Licher Privatbrauerei
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

I am judging this beer against the BJCP guidelines category 10a, Weissbier. A traditional weissbier should be a pale, refreshing German wheat beer with high carbonation, a dry finish, a fluffy mouthfeel and a distinctive banana and clove yeast character.

First thing I’m looking at in a... 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

This Boi Is C H O N K Y: Horchata

This Boi Is C H O N K Y: Horchata

This Boi Is C H O N K Y: Horchata, Pontoon Brewing
Description 

Get this boi some horchata! Notes of almond, cinnamon and vanilla round out this sweet and creamy almost rice-pudding like sweet stout!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
Served at: 
50 - 55º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This Boi Is C H O N K Y: Horchata by Pontoon Brewing falls under the Spice, Herb or Vegetable beer BJCP Category (30A) with a base beer of a sweet stout. It's called Horchata, so I suspect it's going to have similar flavors with the cinnamon and vanilla from that beverage.

Oddly enough,... Read More

St. Lupulin

Odell St Lupulin Pale Ale Beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The beer poured a beautiful and clear gold color with a nice lasting white head into a tulip glass. The hop aroma is assertive enough for a pale ale, showcasing the stereotypical citrus hop character many expect, but there are some floral background tones as well. The malt aroma is lightly sweet... Read More

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