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

Vintage 2013

Rodenbach Vintage 2013 Flanders Red Beer
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The beer pours a medium-brown color with very good clarity and a beautiful beige head of long-lasting, compact bubbles. It's a very pleasing beer to the eye. The aroma is quite complex, with a bit of sour cherry, some sweet and subtle caramel malt tones, a light earthy and woody character, some... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer pours a nice, clear, dark copper-red hue, and has a khaki-colored, long-lasting head. The aroma is great. There is some stone fruit, mostly cherry for me, and you can pick up some soft caramel malt. I know the guidelines say the beer shouldn't be acidic or vinegar-like in the nose, but... Read More

Alexander

Rodenbach Alexander Flanders Red Ale beer
Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The beer pours a deep ruby red, with a half-inch thick, brownish-pink head sitting atop that disappeared quickly. There is a little bit of haze -- it’s clear but not brilliantly clear. The aroma is heavy with tart cherries, which is to be expected for the style. I do pick up a moderate amount of... Read More

Citradelic

Citradelic IPA New Belgium beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The very approachable and non-threatening aroma features moderate orange-y citrus hop character, and some low notes of fresh, zesty tangerine are noticeable. The malt aroma is slightly sweet with a just a touch of caramel aroma. The color is light gold with excellent clarity. The off-white head... Read More

Whale's Tale Pale Ale

Whale's Tale Pale Ale Cisco Brewers
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

It's nice to get the occasional English Pale Ale from time to time in the sea of American hoppy ales, as the play between malt and hops can be very interesting and easy-drinking in that style. This beer pours a rich copper color with good clarity. There is little haze, so it’s not brilliantly... Read More

Todd The Axe Man

Surly Todd The Axe Man IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours a solid orangeish-gold hue with quite a bit of haze, which in an IPA usually suggests dry hopping. The head is off-white and lasts long enough to get a few sips in before it disappears. The aroma is stunningly bright and strong. I could smell the tremendous hops emanating from... Read More

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