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

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

Truth

Truth, Rhinegeist Brewery
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Truth by Rhinegeist Brewery is being judged as an American IPA (21A) according to the BJCP's 2015 style guidelines.

The aroma of this beer is truly remarkable. I was struck by the smell of honey (with a low sweetness), pine, apricot, black pepper and orange rind with low levels of ... Read More

Cheetah

Cheetah, Rhinegeist Brewery
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Cheetah, from Rhinegeist Brewery, is being judged as a Style 1B: American Lager. 

The aroma was refreshing, with clean fermentation characteristic, a very low grainy aroma, and the faint smell of spicy aroma hops. This reminded me of the beers my dad would drink as a child, although the... 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

Lavender Ale

Lavender Ale, Motorworks Brewing
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
13 / 20

Lavender Ale by Motorworks Brewing is being judged as a Spice, Herb, or Vegetable beer (BJCP cat 30A), with a base style of Scottish Ale (BJCP Cat 14).

When I tasted this beer, I did so completely blind to both style and addition, and then re-tasted with information about style and... Read More

Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

I am judging this beer as an American Barleywine (BJCP category 22C) that has been Wood Aged (category 68). 

The aroma on this beer was very compelling, and immediately revealed the beer to be a barleywine. There was a rich caramel aroma with low and pleasant butteriness that combined... Read More

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