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

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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