Jessica Sullivan

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Beer and Cider Judge

Jess is a BJCP National ranked beer judge, award winning cider maker, and Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Jess studies how children (and adults!) use language (e.g., words) to describe their perceptual experiences (e.g., the things we see, smell, and taste). Judging beers, ciders, and meads allows her to combine her love of fermentation with her research interests -- Jess loves the challenge of using the precision of language to represent the complicated and intense experience of tasting, smelling, and seeing a brew.

 

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My reviews

Pool Party Pilsner

Pool Party Pilsner, Land-Grant Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Pool Party Pilsner by Land-Grant Brewing Co. was judged as an American Pilsner (BJCP Category 2C). 

The aroma of this beer was enticing: low graininess, followed by a delicious peppery bite. There were evident but low lager fermentations characteristics, with a faint sweetness in the... Read More

Smooth Sail

Smooth Sail, Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Smooth Sail by Heavy Seas Beer is an American Wheat Beer brewed with citrus peels. Because it is brewed with fruit, I will judge it as a Fruit Beer (29A), assuming the base beer to be an American Wheat Beer (1D). 

The aroma hit me with an overwhelming sweetness with hints of honey and... Read More

Big Nose IPA

Big Nose IPA by Swamp Head Brewery
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

I am judging Big Nose IPA by Swamp Head Brewery as a Category 21A American India Pale Ale. 

The aroma has a strong American hop character present, with a low caramel malt background and low red apple esters. There is a surprising amount of sweetntess in the nose (more what I would expect... Read More

Wild Night

Wild Night by Swamp Head Brewery
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Wild Night Honey Cream Ale by Swamp Head Brewery is a cream ale with honey added. I am judging it primarily as a BJCP Category 1c (Cream Ale).

The aroma has a low pils malt character with a low corn sweetness. I detected a medium-low spicy hops aroma, along with a very low herbal nearly-... Read More

Unicorn Farm IPA

Unicorn Farm IPA, Back East Brewery
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Unicorn Farm IPA by Back East Brewing Co. was judged as a BJCP 21A (American IPA).

The aroma is immediately enticing. Big tropical fruit notes (passion fruit, guava), with a light hint of white grapes, and a punch of young pine. There is a slight hint of orange in the aroma, also. The... Read More

Knowledge

Knowledge, Rhinegeist Brewery
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Knowledge by Rhinegeist Brewery is being judged as a Category 22A (Double IPA). 

The aroma had complex and strong hop presence, with lemon, grass and pineapple hitting up front. This was followed by a low crackery biscuit malt presence. There were no obvious fermentation characteristics;... Read More

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