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

7B Hazy IPA

7B Hazy IPA, Laughing Dog Brewing
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

7B Hazy IPA by Laughing Dog Brewing is a Hazy IPA and is judged as Specialty IPA: New England IPA (21B). An aroma of citrus wafts out and into the nose, pleasantly combining with malt sweetness with a hint of a fresh bread and mild yeast character. After the initial release of citrus, some... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

95 Shilling Imperial Scotch Ale by Wild Heaven Beer was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B) that is generally based on a Scottish Wee Heavy (17C).

The aroma of this beer is whiskey barrel (whiskey, oak, vanilla) with a rich malt aroma of caramel malt. There are no hop aromas, but... 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

4 Seasons Winter '20

4 Seasons Winter '20, Mother Earth Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

4 Seasons Winter ‘20 by Mother Earth Brew Co. was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B). It was brewed with coffee, chocolate and lactose. Coffee leaps out in the aroma and is huge in the nose of this beer. With some additional effort, cocoa and vanilla start to come through. The color is a... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Three Harvest DIPA - Spring 2021 by Wild Leap Brew Co. was judged as a Double IPA (22A).

The aroma of this beer is clearly hops-dominated, but it doesn’t reset your olfactory sensors like some Double IPAs are capable of doing. In fact, the aromas are relatively straightforward: pronounced... Read More

Cruise Control

Cruise Control, Two Roads Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Cruise Control by Two Roads Brewing Co.​ was judged as a Munich Helles (1D). Bready malt dominates the aroma profile with a mild malt sweetness in the background. The color is a pale gold with exceptional clarity. An off-white head lingers on the surface and edges of the glass. The flavor bears... Read More

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