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

Hoppy Pils

Hoppy Pils by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer was judged as a Experimental Beer (34C). This beer has a German Pilsner base style with a hopping rate well beyond your typical pilsner. The aroma is grainy/bready, somewhat straw-like and complimented with a heavy noble hop aroma (earthy, slightly herbal). The fermentation character... Read More

Bailey's Taproom 10th

Bailey's Taproom 10th by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Bailey's Taproom 10th by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as a Wood-Aged Beer (33A), and the underlying beer style was considered to be a Brett Beer (28A).

The underlying funk of Brett is apparent with a touch of that classic barnyard and damp straw character. A touch of sweet fruit,... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This gose has detectable sourness that is complimented by grapefruit rind and leather aromas. Its color is slightly tan with moderate haziness, and no head is present. The flavor is tangy and lemon-like, just a touch salty, and trending towards a light, sweet ruby-red grapefruit flavor towards... Read More

Nectarine Golden Ale

Nectarine Golden Ale, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Nectarine Golden Ale by pFriem Family Brewers​ was judged as a Wild Specialty Beer (28C). Nectarine flesh is notable in combination with some sweet malt and fermentation characteristics that are quite subtle in the nose. The pour is somewhat cloudy from a lot of in-bottle carbonation. The color... Read More

Stoker Red Ale

Stoker Red Ale by Worthy Brewing
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Stoker Red Ale by Worthy Brewing Co. was judged as a Specialty IPA: Red IPA (21B). The aroma has hints of pine, wood, and cane sugar. A rich, fluffy off-white head rests on top of a slightly hazy, copper-amber colored beer. The flavor is malty (slight caramel, a touch sweet, but not cloying),... Read More

A Pale Mosaic

A Pale Mosaic Beer Hops and Grain Brewery
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hops dominate the aroma with a big citrusy, primarily grapefruit, nose backed by some earthiness and spice. The hops are slightly dank and grassy, but not at all unpleasant. Malts contribute to the nose also, mostly as a sweet aroma with a hint of light caramel or cooked sugar complexity. The... Read More

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