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

Beerito Mexican Lager

Oskar Blues Brewing Beerito Mexican Lager Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Light toasty malt and moderate caramel malt dominate the aroma. A very subtle hop spiciness is detectable in the nose of this beer as well. The color is copper, very bright, with a persistent, finely-bubbled head that is slightly off-white. The flavor of this beer is malt-accentuated with toast... Read More

Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

29C – Specialty Fruit Beer

The cherry aroma is initially bold in this fruit-enhanced Russian Imperial Stout, but the complexity of a big, dark beer is still readily detected. In addition to the fruit aroma from additions, dark roast malt (both chocolaty and slightly coffee-like) and other... Read More

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

Frambozen

pFriem Family Brewers Frambozen Sour Fruit beer
Judges Rating:
99
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

The aroma of this fruit lambic is a menagerie of olfactory delights: dominating raspberry, woody pith, hints of tartness, sweetness, and a little barnyard for good measure. The color is an interesting pale burnt orange/red with some haze and almost no head leftover from the outpouring of gaseous... Read More

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