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

Knotty Blonde

Knotty Blonde Three Creeks Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer has a pleasant, slightly grainy malt aroma and no hop aroma at all. A hint of sulfur is also present, but not distracting. The color is a very bright pale straw. A white head persists on the beer as gaseous bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass. The flavor is mostly... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

There is an aroma of rich malt, mostly caramel with toasted hints that may be from the wood. The beer has prevalent oaky wood aromas with whiskey barrel and vanilla overtones. Subtle tangerine hints from hops are lurking beneath the wood and malt. The color is light copper and very clear with a... Read More

Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Chocolate nib aromatics with a light roast character and hints of hazelnut fill the nose. The color is very dark, almost opaque, like a cola soft drink. Very little head is present, but a thin ring of light brown bubbles hugs the edge of the glass and persists. The flavor is very much like the... Read More

CDA

CDA by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

CDA by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as a Specialty IPA: Black IPA (21B). A pungent and tropical fruit hop character jumps out in the aroma, a good bit oniony or asafoetida-like (pungent) with a little mango (tropical fruit) in the background. A roast/dark malt note, some caramel, and a... Read More

Golden Rey

noble rey brewing witbier
Judges Rating:
77
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Sweet and grainy wheat malt combines with orange flesh aromas in the nose of this beer. Hints of orange peel and herbal qualities from hops or additions are also detectable. The color is gold with copper hints, slightly dark for the style. The head is white with fine bubbles that persist and... Read More

Druif

Druif by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer was judged as a Fruit Lambic (23F). The typical “barnyard” aromas of horse blanket and earthiness are present, though the grape is not really noticeable in the nose. Some wheat grain, slightly bready, and a light acidic aroma are also present. The color is light straw with a pale haze... Read More

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