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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

PreFunk Pale Ale

PreFunk Pale Ale by Worthy Brewing
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

PreFunk Pale Ale by Worthy Brewing Co. was judged as an American Pale Ale (18B). Aggressive hop aroma that is floral and earthy is backed by a bready, slightly sweet malt aroma. The malt sweetness has a slight caramel aroma. The beer is a pale copper with a fine, off-white head that lingers.... 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

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 16

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 16

Georgia
United States
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 16, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Description 

Sixteenth edition of the series of Alpha Abstraction, a juicy, double dry-hopped IPA with a varied hop profile in each volume.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
44
Hops: 
Experimental 06300

 

 


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Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 16 by Wild Leap Brew Co. was judged as a Double IPA (BJCP Category 22A).

The beer has a well-balanced hop and malt aroma. The malt adds a dimension of sweetness to the aroma, whereas the hops are tropical fruity (mostly mango and passion fruit) and somewhat floral... Read More

Greenhouse IPA

Hops and Grain Beer Greenhouse IPA
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The aroma in this beer is an almost equal blend of caramel malts and grassy and floral hops. Some mild fruit esters are detectable as well. The color is a pale copper with slight haze and a light, white head primarily on the edges of the glass. There are grassy, herbal and floral hop favors that... Read More

Cherry Brandy Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Dark

Cherry Brandy Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Dark

Cherry Brandy Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Dark, pFriem Family Brewers
Description 

Belgian tradition and Oregon brewing ingenuity do a little jig in cherry brandy barrels to deliver an alluringly complex beer, alive with layers and notes of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and fig, a best-of-both-worlds brew that’s robust and oh-so-smooth.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
10.0%
IBUs: 
38
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF
Malts: 
Pilsner, Pale Chocolate, Black Malt, Double Roasted Crystal
Hops: 
Tettnang, Perle

 

 


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Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Cherry Brandy Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Dark Ale by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B BJCP 2021) with a base Belgian Strong Dark Ale (26D) and Fruit Beer (29A). Rich pie cherry and whiskey barrel qualities dominate the aroma initially. The combination of vanilla... Read More

Sea to Sea Lager

Green Flash Sea to Sea Lager beer
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The aroma of this pale Kellerbier is a great blend of noble hops (earthy, herbal and a touch of spice), pale malts and yeast. The yeast and malt provide a slight bread-like quality that rounds out the hop aromas nicely. It appears as a slightly hazy pale straw color with a very slight head of... Read More

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