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

Strawberry Rye

Strawberry Rye, Crying Eagle Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Strawberry Rye by Crying Eagle Brewing Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer (29A) with strawberry. Strawberries are obvious in the aroma but not overly intense. A light rye malt character and a very subtle nutty aroma are also noticeable, though the fruit is the dominating characteristic. Hops do not... Read More

Pear Lambic

Pear Lambic, Area Two Experimental Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pear Lambic by Area Two Experimental Brewing​ was judged as a Fruit Lambic (BJCP Style 23F) with pear. The pear is obvious in the aroma with fruity esters that are distinctively pear-like dominating the nose. Some rounded wheat and malt aromas come through underneath as slightly bready. The... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Tanker Truck Sour Series - Pineapple Mango Gose by Two Roads Brewing Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer (29A) with pineapple and mango based on the gose style. A bready/doughy yeast character is detected in the aroma with a light sulfur hint. Some acidity is also noted. The fruit is not coming... Read More

Judges Rating:
52
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
10 / 24
Flavor:
20 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
10 / 20

Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer by Martin House Brewing Co.​ was judged as an Experimental Beer (BJCP Style 34C), presumably made with pickles or pickle juice in the brewing process. When I was a kid, we had a small roller rink in my hometown of Cedar Hill, TX. When you were really fast, you could... Read More

It's Tiki Time!

It's Tiki Time!, Westbrook Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

It’s Tiki Time by Westbrook Brewing Co. is a sour ale with fruit (pineapple, passion fruit and guava) and was judged as a Wild Specialty Beer (4A).

The fruit aroma comes through very well and smells a lot like a fresh peach or nectarine with a slightly pithy note. Some acidity is notable... Read More

Low & Slow Helles

Low & Slow Helles, Westbrook Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Low & Slow Helles by Westbrook Brewing Co. was judged as a Munich Helles (4A). The aroma has the grainy-sweet quality desired in a Heller lager with just a hint of noble hop herbal character. The appearance is bright pale-gold with a light, persistent off-white head. The hop flavor asserts... Read More

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