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 reviews

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

Deuce Coupe DIPA

Deuce Coupe DIPA, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Deuce Coupe DIPA by Garage Brewing Co. will be evaluated against BJCP category 22a. Basically what we are looking for is “an intensely hoppy, fairly strong pale ale without the big, rich, complex maltiness and residual sweetness and body of an American Barleywine. Strongly hopped, but clean, dry... 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

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

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Grapefruit Deuce Coupe DIPA by Garage Brewing Co. was judged as a Double IPA (BJCP Style 22A).

Moderate aroma of grapefruit and piney hops. Pretty standard in what you would expect based on the description. The malt profile is lightly sweet in aroma with bready with a low toasty quality.... 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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