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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 and early representation in the Beer Judge Certification Program. He took the BJCP exam in 2001 and gradually has risen to the rank of Grand Master I. John has judged in more than 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 have two wonderful daughters and a French Brittany named Jaca.

 

My reviews

Voodoo Ranger

Voodoo Ranger by New Belgium Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This IPA has an element of a strong, newer hop variety featuring a bold, earthy character that is often referred to as being dank. A grapefruit citrus aroma becomes more obvious as it warms. Additionally, hop spiciness, fruit esters, and light caramel malts also come through in the nose. The... Read More

Druif

Druif by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer was judged as a Fruit Lambic (23F). The typical “barnyard” aromas of horse blanket and earthiness are present, though the grape is not really noticeable in the nose. Some wheat grain, slightly bready, and a light acidic aroma are also present. The color is light straw with a pale haze... Read More

Salty Crew Blonde Ale

Salty Crew Blonde Ale, Coronado Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Salty Crew Blonde Ale by Coronado Brewing Co.​ was judged as a Blonde Ale (18A). The aroma is characterized by some malt sweetness and a subtle bready quality. There are no hop aromas, as anticipated, and a touch of sulfur is present in the background. The appearance is pale golden with... Read More

95 Shilling Imperial Scotch Ale

95 Shilling Imperial Scotch Ale

95 Shilling Imperial Scotch Ale, Wild Heaven Beer
Description 

The first of two very limited releases in our partnership with Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, 95 Shilling is an Imperial Scotch Ale aged in Bulleit 95 Rye barrels.
TASTING NOTES: Malty sweetness, vanilla and tannin from the barrel, faint peat, lingering dark caramel
AROMA: Oaky barrel character, spicy (rye flavor, slightly anise), smokey phenols, vanilla, toffee
MOUTHFEEL: medium body

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.0%
IBUs: 
21
Served at: 
50 - 55º F
Malts: 
Baird's Speyside Scottish Malt, Baird's Caramel Malt 35L, Bestmalz Munich, Bestmalz Special X, Baird's Roasted Barley
Hops: 
East Kent Goldings

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

95 Shilling Imperial Scotch Ale by Wild Heaven Beer was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B) that is generally based on a Scottish Wee Heavy (17C).

The aroma of this beer is whiskey barrel (whiskey, oak, vanilla) with a rich malt aroma of caramel malt. There are no hop aromas, but... Read More

Wooden Rooster

Wooden Rooster Tallgrass Beer
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A big bready, wheat-like, sweet aroma backed by vanilla from the barrels and light cherry and apricot esters is found in the nose. There is some haze in an otherwise pale copper liquid with firm, small tan bubbles hugging the edge of the glass. The flavor is bold with substantial alcohol... Read More

Redux Western Pear Heffe Hefeweizen

Redux Western Pear Heffe Hefeweizen

California
United States
Redux Western Pear Heffe Hefeweizen, Garage Brewing Co.
Description 

Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Hefeweizen with flavors of sweet candied pear, golden quince apple, honey malt, and fruited bubble gum.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
10.7%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Redux Western Pear Heffe Hefeweizen was judged as Fruit Beer (29A BJCP 2021) with a base style of Wheatwine (22D). Whiskey oak barrel aromas (vanilla, bourbon, and oaky) leap out of the glass. Beneath the barrel aromas, strong pear and peach fruit aromas are perceptible with some subtle stone... Read More

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