John C. Tull

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Beer Judge

John Tull began making beer for himself and his friends in 1994 just prior to moving to Utah to begin graduate school. While working on his Ph.D. in Reno, Nevada, John became interested in judging beer, mead and cider through his friends and colleagues in the Washoe Zephyr Zymurgists, a homebrew club with strong representation in the Beer Judge Certification Program. He took the BJCP exam in 2001 and rose to the rank of Master beer judge three years later. Over the past 14 years, John has judged in nearly 50 beer competitions and organized eight, including the AHA National Homebrew Competition final round in 2009. Outside of his life as a beer judge, John is a wildlife ecologist focused on conservation of fragile desert landscapes and the wildlife that live there. He and his wife Marlene are raising two wonderful daughters and a dog named Jaca.

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History

Member for
2 years 6 months

My reviews

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Have you ever had a beer where, upon smelling it, your eyes go wide and you say to yourself, "Monster Hops!" Well, for me, this was one of those beers. The hop aroma is off the charts with big, dank, earthy, citrus and spicy hop aromas. There is also a strong yeast spiciness that is very... Read More

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer was judged as a Experimental Beer (34C). This beer has a German Pilsner base style with a hopping rate well beyond your typical pilsner. The aroma is grainy/bready, somewhat straw-like and complimented with a heavy noble hop aroma (earthy, slightly herbal). The fermentation character... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A moderate malt caramel and light toasty/biscuit-like malt aroma is up front in the nose for this beer. A little swirl of the glass releases more toast and biscuit aroma with just a hint of earthy noble hops in the background. The color is light copper, definitely in the Märzen tradition rather... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hops dominate the aroma with a big citrusy, primarily grapefruit, nose backed by some earthiness and spice. The hops are slightly dank and grassy, but not at all unpleasant. Malts contribute to the nose also, mostly as a sweet aroma with a hint of light caramel or cooked sugar complexity. The... Read More

Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
14 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The most surprising thing about this American Pale Ale is the almost complete lack of hop aroma from a beer that provides bitterness levels and hop flavors that are on par for the style. Instead, the beer provides neutral malt aromas that are reminiscent of wheat (but not bread-like), a slight... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This gose has detectable sourness that is complimented by grapefruit rind and leather aromas. Its color is slightly tan with moderate haziness, and no head is present. The flavor is tangy and lemon-like, just a touch salty, and trending towards a light, sweet ruby-red grapefruit flavor towards... Read More

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