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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Member for
3 years 4 months

My reviews

Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
27 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Barrel-Aged German Chocolate Cake by Coronado Brewing Co. was judged as a Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer (30A). The base style is an Imperial Stout with the addition of coconut and chocolate. Both coconut and chocolate stand out in the aroma. A rich, dark malt aroma complements the aromas from... Read More

Kölsch Style Ale

Kölsch Style Ale, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Kölsch Style Ale by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as Kölsch (5B). A grainy and slightly sweet aroma is present in this beer. Just a touch of diethyl sulfide makes it smell a little bit like cooked corn. It is a pale yellow, and bubbles rise up in an effervescent fashion, though there is... Read More

Scorpion Bowl IPA

Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA, Stone Brewing
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Scorpion Bowl IPA by Stone Brewing Co. was judged as an American IPA (21A). The aroma is quite subdued for an IPA with hop notes that are floral and herbal, surprisingly noble hop-like, with some resinous qualities mixed in as well. Some malt sweetness with very low graininess can be detected in... Read More

Pumpkin Bier

pFriem Pumpkin Bier by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Pumpkin Bier by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as an Autumn Seasonal Beer (30B).

A strong, herbal hop aroma is apparent from this beer. Malt sweetness also comes through with a touch of ginger and clove. A nutty scent, possibly from pumpkin, backs up the herbal and spice qualities. The... Read More

Pale Death

Double Mountain Beer Pale Death IPA
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:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Four Seasons - Summer '18 by Mother Earth Brew Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer (29A). The base beer style is an Imperial Stout (20C). Raspberries, roasted grains suggesting chocolate and coffee, a touch of vanilla, and fruity-alcohol esters leap out of the glass and into the nose. One can imagine... Read More

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