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.

History

Member for
2 years 10 months

My reviews

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer pours a crystal clear, light gold color with a very frothy tall white head that displayed excellent retention. The aromas are very typical of what one would expect from a Belgian Blonde. I get a moderate amount of pear-like esters, followed by some sweet, honey-like grainy malt. The... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The beer poured a solid, deep amber color with excellent clarity and a short-lived, loose, off-white head. For a barleywine, the overall malt aroma was very low; the normally rich and intense caramelly malt presence of barleywines was just not present. I do get some medium-low caramel malt, but... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Silver City Ale is billed as a kettle-soured pale wheat beer. So what we are going to do is judge this beer against category 28B, Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer. This category basically looks for a sour and/or funky version of a base style beer. We are going to consider the base style to be... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is another category 28C, Specialty Wild Beer. The reason this category is chosen is because of the use of souring bugs, barrel aged, and fruit added. It's a good candidate for that category.

The beer pours a deep candy red color with a light haze. We aggressively poured the beer but... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

I will be judging this beer as category 28C in the BJCP guidelines, Wild Specialty Beer. The beer was described to me as an oak barrel aged blend of a soured one, two, and three year old batch of a blonde ale. While this is reminicent of the gueuze style of beer it's not a true gueuze, as this... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours a light brown with reddish hues, very good clarity and a manila-colored head with moderately good retention. The aroma is quite complex. Initially, I get a hint of bready, biscuity malt, followed by a bit of cedar, a hint of oak and the slightest bit of aged, sour funk. I also... Read More

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