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

Rose Du Gose

Rose Du Gose, Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Rose Du Gose by DC Brau and Cape May Brewing Co. is being reviewed as a Gose with fruit (29 A: Fruit Beer).

The aroma is of overwhelming peachiness. There is a low acidity that reminds me of lemons, and a moderate sweetness, and I detect no hop aroma whatsoever. The appearance was quite... Read More

Space Ghost

Space Ghost Central Waters Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

I am judging this beer as a vegetable beer (30A), with the base style being Imperial Stout (20C).

The aroma began with complex malt-derived scents: licorice, coffee, chocolate, and anise. Under the malt complexity was a low level of black pepper and what I initially believed to be cayenne... Read More

Petal to the Kettle

Petal to the Kettle by Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Upland Petal to the Kettle Ale is a slightly sour ale with hibiscus, rose, and strawberry additions; it is being evaluated against category 29B: Fruit and Spice Beer (the fruit is the strawberry; the spice is the flower components).

Critically, core criteria for this style include a... Read More

Judges Rating:
77
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

Éphémère Sureau is a fruited white ale; it is being evaluated against Category 29: Fruit and Vegetable Beer. For this style, I look for the fruit addition to be prominently featured, and to be balanced with a well-executed base beer. 

The aroma of this beer includes a strong fresh-... Read More

Upland Wheat Ale

Upland Wheat Ale by Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Upland Wheat Ale is being evaluated as a Belgian Witbier (BJCP 2015 category 24A). 

The aroma for this beer was enrapturing -- coriander, orange peel, clove, banana, and a honey-like wheat character dominated. There was a slight near-cinammon wheat spice, along with a restrained tartness... Read More

Coastal Evacuation

Coastal Evacuation by Cape May Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer starts off with a surprisingly fruity aroma – in addition to the pine, lemon, and floral hop aromas that are typical of many Double IPAs, there was also a strong pear and peach presence that was both unexpected and enticing. The malt aroma bordered on caramel, but was (appropriately)... Read More

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