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

SanTan Oktoberfest

Santan Oktoberfest beer
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A moderate malt caramel and light toasty/biscuit-like malt aroma is up front in the nose for this beer. A little swirl of the glass releases more toast and biscuit aroma with just a hint of earthy noble hops in the background. The color is light copper, definitely in the Märzen tradition rather... Read More

Denver Pale Ale

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale new recipe
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
14 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The most surprising thing about this American Pale Ale is the almost complete lack of hop aroma from a beer that provides bitterness levels and hop flavors that are on par for the style. Instead, the beer provides neutral malt aromas that are reminiscent of wheat (but not bread-like), a slight... Read More

Hoodoo Voodoo IPA

Hoodoo Voodoo Three Creeks beer ipa
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Hop and fruit aromas are subtle and complex (mild citrus and hints of mint, pineapple and passion fruit), but they dissipate fairly quickly. Light caramel and bready malt sweetness are also present. The color is a pale copper, very bright, with an off-white head that lingers as a light veil on... Read More

pFriem IPA

pFriem Family Brewers IPA beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This IPA has strong citrus character along with some tropical fruit aroma. Grapefruit and passion fruit dominate with a slight pithy/woody quality in there as well. The malt aromas are heavily masked by the hops, but grainy sweetness and a touch of caramel come through. The balance is definitely... Read More

Scorpion Bowl IPA

Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA, Stone Brewing
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Scorpion Bowl IPA by Stone Brewing Co. was judged as an American IPA (21A). The aroma is quite subdued for an IPA with hop notes that are floral and herbal, surprisingly noble hop-like, with some resinous qualities mixed in as well. Some malt sweetness with very low graininess can be detected in... Read More

Tell-Tale Tart

Boulevard Beer Tell Tale Tart
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This beer pours a very bright pale copper. It has a thin, off-white head that lingers on the edge of the glass.The aroma evinces mild perfume notes (rose) and various fruits (strawberry, pear). Also, a very subtle wood aroma is detectable, possibly from the hops. The malt is indistinct, but... Read More

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