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

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:
9 / 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

L'Attitude

L'Attitude, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

I am judging L'Attitude by DC Brau and Cape May Brewing Co. as an American IPA. 

The aroma hits you with a strong pine and spruce hop aroma, followed by generic hop spiciness and a more unexpected pink peppercorn aroma. There is a low, honey-like aroma that is layered on top of a bready... Read More

The Skeg

The Skeg by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer has a tremendously beautiful aroma – strong pineapple, tangerine, stone fruit (especially apricot), and lemon. As would be expected for a sour, there is a noticeable but pleasant lactic sourness, and a low brett aroma. Unlike most sours, there is also a noticeable but light floral... Read More

HHG APA

HHG APA by Central Waters Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

I am judging this beer as an American Pale Ale (BJCP category 18B). 

The aroma of this beer was vibrant with clean lemon peel and grapefruit peel notes. The malt character was mild and every so slightly grainy. While the aroma was overall mellow and a hair low in malt complexity for the... Read More

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