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

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

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

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

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

Synopsis Black Currant

Area Two Experimental Brewing - Synopsis Black Currant, Two Roads Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Synopsis Black Currant by Area Two Experimental Brewing​ was judged as a Wild Specialty Beer (28C) with black currant. The black currant aroma is bold, smelling very much like black currant jam, though less intense. A hint of acidity is also detectable in the aroma. The color is garnet with... Read More

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

Tanker Truck Sour Series-Passion Fruit by Two Roads Brewing Co.​ was judged as a Wild Specialty Beer (28C) with passion fruit (base style: Gose). Passion fruit and lemon zest aromas are subtle, struggling to break through the wild yeast earthy character. As the beer opens up, the fruit becomes... Read More

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