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Although currently an independent homebrewer no longer active in a local club, Jason was a member of the Manty Malter's homebrew club in, Wisconsin.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

Wicked Sticky IPA

Wicked Sticky IPA Lefty's Beer
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The beer pours a dark amber color with very good clarity. It may be a touch too dark for an IPA, but color is a very minor issue. The head was light tan, with loose, large bubbles that weren't long-lasting but never dissipated either. The malt aroma is of sweet malt, mostly bready caramel with a... Read More

Heavy Melon

New Belgium Beer Heavy Melon
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

Raspberry

Raspberry by Upland Brewing Co.
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:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Tangerine Deuce Coupe DIPA by Garage Brewing Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer (BJCP style 20) with an underlying style of Double IPA (style 22A).

Wow! Tangerine is very present in the aroma, but not in an off-putting way. It’s just bright and clearly unmistakable. The malt profile is bready... Read More

Conceited Genius 2.0

Conceited Genius 2.0

North Carolina
United States
Conceited Genius 2.0, Wise Man Brewing
Description 

The second edition of our popular New England-style IPA features heavy doses of Citra and Motueka throughout the boil, whirlpool, and three separate dry hop additions. A smooth, creamy mouthfeel leads into an intense blast of citrus, with stone-fruit undertones.
"You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius." - Louisa May Alcott

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.1%
IBUs: 
80

 

 


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Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

I will be judging this beer as BJCP style 21B, Specialty IPA. While not an official category quite yet, the New England Style IPA still falls in that 21B catch-all category to fill in all the popular IPA variants. With this bee,  I am going to expect it to be highly... Read More

Graham Cracker Porter

Graham Cracker Porter Lefty's Beer
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

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