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:
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

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Fruit Beer pours a crystal clear, deep golden color with a small fizzy head with mediocre retention. In the aroma, I get a distinct grainy malt aroma with some noticeable melon and citrus from the watermelon and lime. What is unexpected is that the herbal and spicy tones work well in... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours a dark copper color with a hint of haze and a thin, long-lasting head. For a Triple IPA, the hop aroma is a bit subdued, but there are typical grapefruity citrus and pine aromas, along with some tropical fruit in the background. There is a solid spicy alcohol note and big rich... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer pours a nice, ruby red color with deep clarity, and a slightly pink fizzy head sits atop and dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is quite nice and inviting with some sour cherry, and a slight lactic sourness coming in second. There are background hints of nuts and some dark soil, which... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The color of the beer is a medium brown, with good clarity. It poured a low off-white head, which dissipated fairly quickly. The aroma was rich with malt aromas, mostly of toasty caramel, a little nuttiness and a slight chocolate aroma. The hop aroma is very low, and comes across as earthy. The... Read More

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer pours a slightly hazy, walnut brown color with a very mousse-like and long-lasting tan head. The aroma is slightly acidic, with some medium-dark, cooked caramel malt notes. There are also notes of cherry and some low raspberry impressions, possibly from the anticipation of tartness. I... Read More

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