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Sal Mortillaro II

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Beer & Mead Judge

Sal has been homebrewing since 2010 and has been a certified judge in the BJCP program since 2012 where he currently holds the rank of Grand Master 2. He has won several awards and medals during his time homebrewing and he currently serves as a BJCP exam proctor, exam grader, exam admin, and the Regional Representative for the Southern Region.  Sal has served as a Best of Show judge for the Alabama Craft Beer State Championship and Montana Brewery of the Year State Championship and has judged at the Great American Beer Festival, Aro Rojo, and Arizona Craft Brewers Guild commercial competitions.  Sal is one of the first ten educators in the United States for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Award in Beer Level 1 and Level 2 certifications.  He is a regular guest on the NOLA Drinks radio show & pod cast and contributor to Louisiana Craft Beer Magazine.

Sal is a member of the Mystic Krewe of Brew Homebrew Club where he serves as the Educational Director and occasional Vice President. He is also a founding board member of The Bayou State Homebrew Competition Circuit. He is the competition coordinator for the New Orleans On Tap, Bayou Beer Fest, and Larry Fest charity beer events. He has served as a “Beer Geek” in the local area for a well-known, national chain of natural grocery stores reviewing and recommending beers to their customers.

Sal enjoys brewing all styles of beer, but thoroughly enjoys venturing into the weird and wild, discovering beers that utilize non-traditional ingredients and brewing techniques. He appreciates drinking all beer styles, but particularly enjoys malty or sour beers.

BJCP Grand Master II Certificate

 

My reviews

Timely Surrender

Timely Surrender, Archetype Brewing
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Timely Surrender by Archetype Brewing is being evaluated as an American Wild Ale – Brett Beer (28A).

This beer pours a dark gold color with hazy clarity. A copious, frothy, and sturdy white head persists as the beer is imbibed and leaves a light lacing on the glass. Overall, this beer has... Read More

Here Comes The Sun

Here Comes The Sun

Georgia
United States
Here Comes The Sun, Monday Night Brewing
Description 

This New England IPA blends six different hops for an abundance of tropical flavors. Massive waves of coconut, honeydew melon and mango leap from the glass. And thanks to a heaping helping of flaked wheat and oats, this silky smooth, hazy, flaxen beer will brighten up any day.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.2%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
40 - 50º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Here Comes the Sun by Monday Night Brewing is being judged as a New England IPA (Category 21B) according to the BJCP Guidelines.

This beer pours a medium-gold color with an opaque haze. A bone white, spongy head of tiny white bubbles quickly falls and leaves a lacing on the glass as this... Read More

Side Bae Citra Simcoe Double IPA

Side Bae Citra Simcoe Double IPA

Georgia
United States
Side Bae Citra Simcoe Double IPA, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Description 

Super small batch IPA brewed with experimental malt formulas and hop combinations. These are the most heavily-hopped NEIPA's we've ever made, brewed exclusively for the taproom

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
7.6%
Hops: 
Citra, Simcoe

 

 


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Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Side Bae Citra Simcoe Double IPA by Wild Leap Brew Co. is being judged as a Double IPA (Category 22A) per the 2021 BJCP Guidelines, taking into considerations this beer's NEIPA style elements.

This beer pours a light gold color with opaque hazy clarity. A bone white head of tiny, fine... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This Tart Pale Ale pours a hazy gold color with a modest, sponge-like head above, which is sustained by constantly released carbonation. Once poured, an aroma of light and neutral malt sweetness hides behind a veil of medium-light lactic sourness blended with wisps of lemon, grapefruit and a... Read More

Salamander Slam

Salamander Slam by Frog Level Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This IPA pours a light amber color with clear clarity.  A bone white head forms, consisting of dense tiny bubbles that dissipate quickly leaving a ring around the glass.  Most prominent on the nose is a moderately intense hop aroma consisting of a floral and gourd like (pumpkin shell) notes. ... Read More

Legion

Legion, Community Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Legion by Community Beer Co. is being evaluated as an Imperial Stout (category 20C) per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

This beer pours a very dark brown color with opaque clarity do to the color. Orange hues are apparent when a light is held up to the glass.  A velvety, mocha-colored... Read More

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