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

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

Rocket Dog Rye IPA

Rocket Dog Rye IPA, Laughing Dog Brewing
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Rocket Dog Rye IPA by Laughing Dog Brewing is a Rye IPA and was judged as a Specialty IPA: Rye IPA (21B). The aroma of this beer is decidedly malty with a modest hop aroma for an IPA. The malt is slightly caramelly and sweet. The hop aroma is primarily floral with more of an Old World hop... 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

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

Sparkling IPA

Sparkling IPA, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Sparkling IPA by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as an American IPA (21A). Malt and hops dominate the aroma with a nice balance and overall character. The malt aroma is very clean with no caramel or dark malt character. The hops are slightly pungent, earthy and herbal. The color is quite light... Read More

Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Peanut Butter Milk Stout Nitro by Belching Beaver Brewery​ was judged as an Experimental Beer (34C). Peanut butter is layered with chocolate, and these two dominant aromas blend together in the nose nicely. The peanut butter smell is strong, and dark malts lend a rich and notable character as... Read More

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