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. 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 commercial competitions and the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.  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.

 

 

My reviews

Volume Integral

Volume Integral, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
63
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
20 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
13 / 20

Volume Integral is a Double IPA collaboration by Pontoon Brewing and Ology Brewing made with El Dorado, Azacca, Mosaic and Belma hops.

This beer pours a gold color with a milky opaque clarity. A large meringue-like white head is persistent as the beer is drank and leaves a very beautiful... Read More

The Sage

The Sage, Archetype Brewing
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The Sage by Archetype Brewing is being evaluated as a Belgian Dark Strong (Category 26D) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

This beer pours a deep amber color, bordering mahogany, with clear clarity and a slight ruby hue when held up to the light. A sudsy, tan-colored head is... Read More

Blood Brother

Blood Brother, Straight to Ale
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Blood Brother by Straight to Ale is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (Category 29A) with a  base style of Belgian Dubbel (26B) according to the 2015 BJCP style guidelines.

This beer pours a deep amber color with a slightly hazy clarity.  An off-white creamy head of small bubbles quickly... Read More

Tall Dark & Smokey

Tall Dark & Smokey, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Tall Dark & Smokey by Pontoon Brewing. This beer pours a dark brown in color with opaque clarity. It features ruby highlights when held up to the light. A thin, mocha-colored head is persistent around the edge of the glass. The aroma consists of very light smoke with a medium neutral sweet... Read More

Homestyle

Homestyle, Bearded Iris Brewery
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Homestyle by Bearded Iris Brewing is being judged as an American IPA (Category 21A) per the 2015 BJCP style guidelines.

This beer pours a gold color with opaque haze adding a milky note to the appearance of this beer. White foam of medium bubbles adds a lacing to the beer as the beer is... Read More

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Samuel Adams Wicked Easy by The Boston Beer Co. This beer pours straw gold with medium hazy clarity. A bountiful lathery white head of tiny bubbles is sustained throughout the whole beer and leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass as the beer is consumed. Overall, this beer has a muted aroma... Read More

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