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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My reviews

4 Seasons Winter '20

4 Seasons Winter '20, Mother Earth Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

4 Seasons Winter ‘20 by Mother Earth Brew Co. was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B). It was brewed with coffee, chocolate and lactose. Coffee leaps out in the aroma and is huge in the nose of this beer. With some additional effort, cocoa and vanilla start to come through. The color is a... Read More

Molly's IPA

Molly's IPA, Molly's Spirits
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Molly’s IPA by Molly's Spirits​ was judged as an American IPA (21A). Hops dominate the aroma with pine resin, floral, honeydew, cantaloupe and slight herbal qualities. A clean, malt sweetness is also noticeable. The appearance is somewhat opaque, orange-yellow in color with a fine, white head.... Read More

4 Seasons Autumn '20

4 Seasons Autumn '20, Mother Earth Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

4 Seasons Autumn ‘20 by Mother Earth Brew Co. was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B). It is described as an Imperial version of an Oatmeal Stout (16B) that was barrel aged and flavored with salted caramel. A barrel aroma is immediately present with bourbon, vanilla and mild oak tones.... Read More

Walk In The Parfait

Walk In The Parfait, Molly's Spirits
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Walk in the Parfait by Molly's Spirits​ was judged as a Wild Specialty Beer (28C). The aroma is a bit acrid, somewhat solvent-like initially, and altogether a little strange. A hint of berry fruit and pith is detectable. The appearance is cloudy and reddish, reminiscent of ruby red grapefruit... Read More

Christmas Pancakes

Christmas Pancakes, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer is judged as a Winter Seasonal Beer (30C). The brewer describes this beer as an imperial milk stout with spices, honey and maple syrup. The aroma is strongly influenced by the honey and maple syrup with a particularly rich maple overtone. Clove or allspice is also detectable along with... Read More

Area Two Kriek

Area Two Experimental Brewing - Kriek
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Kriek by Area Two Experimental Brewing​ was judged as a Fruit Lambic (17F) with cherry (aka Kriek). A nice, well-balanced cherry aroma mingles nicely with acidity and citrus sourness. The cherry aroma is rich and full like pie cherries, not at all candy-like or artificial. The color is a deep... Read More

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