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Although currently an independent homebrewer no longer active in a local club, Jason was a member of the Manty Malter's homebrew club in, Wisconsin.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

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Off the pour, the beer is a solid golden color with an ivory-colored head of loose bubbles and a lower retention. The aroma is of sweet clean malt, some spicy pepper. I also get a high pome fruit aroma, a combination of apple skins and juicy pear flesh. There is also some kind of herbal and... Read More

Free Time

Free Time by Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer is a Vienna Lager, or category 7B in the 2015 BJCP style guidelines. 

It’s a great looking Vienna lager, with a light copper color with very good clarity. We had just a hint on haze in our sample, but still very clear. The head was off-white and very persistent. Visually it’s... Read More

Mango Deuce Coupe DIPA

Mango Deuce Coupe DIPA

California
United States
Mango Deuce Coupe DIPA, Garage Brewing Co.
Description 

This double with its citrusy note of grapefruit and a trio of hops: Chinook, Simcoe and Amarillo will truly satisfy your hop needs.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.9%
IBUs: 
100
Hops: 
Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo

 

 


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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

Tropical Shirts

Tropical Shirts

North Carolina
United States
Tropical Shirts, Wise Man Brewing
Description 

This refreshing sour was flooded with a mix of blackberries and raspberries, which blast over the palate. The rich and intense fruit flavors are matched by an invigorating tartness.
“Life is short, wear tropical shirts.” Marc Lampe

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.2%
IBUs: 
7

 

 


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Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

I will be judging this beer as a category 28C Wild Specialty beer.  The reason being, the overall impression of this style states this category should be “a sour and/or funky version of a fruit, herb, or spice beer, or a wild beer aged in wood.” I The base beer is... Read More

1Z Enuff

1znuff
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer pours a beautiful, brilliantly clear dark gold with a very nice cream-colored head. As one would expect with an Imperial IPA, there are lots of hop aromas and hop flavors to match, mostly white grapefruit and resinous pine, but I did get some floral notes as the beer warmed. The... Read More

Glütiny Pale Ale

glutiny pale ale new belgium beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is the first gluten-free beer I’ve had in years; the last one I had did not taste at all like beer, but this brew does indeed taste like malt, hops and yeast, which is probably a refreshing change for those seeking a gluten-free beer. Off the pour, the beer is beautiful – pouring a gold... Read More

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