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 Assistant 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

471 Small Batch IPA

471 Small Batch IPA by Breckenridge Brewery
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Bourbon Barrel Aged IPA pours a deep gold color with creamy white head, which persists and has clear clarity. An aroma of fresh, un-charred oak barrel consisting of nutty and vanilla lactones is most prominent on the nose. No detectable liquor quality is discernible. There is a high ethyl... Read More

Little Balls of Blue

Little Balls of Blue, Streetside Brewery
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Little Balls of Blue by Streetside Brewery is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (Category 29A) with a Berliner Weisse base style (Category 23A) per the 2015 BJCP Guildines.

This beer pours a light purple color with an opaque clarity that slightly darkens the beer. A frail light pink head is... 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

Ogletoberfest

Ogletoberfest by Anthem Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
68
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
25 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

This Vienna lager pours an amber color with clear clarity and a compact head of tight white bubbles that persist during the entire beer. In the aroma, a diacetyl note is prominent in the nose and blends with the malt-rich aromatics of Vienna malt creating a noticeable butterscotch and caramel... Read More

Suzy B

Suzy B Southern Prohibition beer Blonde Ale
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This American Blonde Ale pours a deep gold color with bright clarity and a foamy white head, which is sustained throughout sampling. A moderate malt profile of grainy Two-Row, wheat, and sweet honey notes intertwine with low floral and grapefruit aromas from the hops and low fruity esters. The... Read More

2016 IPA

Southern Prohibition beer 2016 IPA cicada series
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This Session IPA pours a hazy and opaque deep gold with a dense, mousse-like head that leaves nice lacing as the beer throughout sampling. Lovely, light, and airy hop aromas of tropical fruits, pineapple, tangerine and grass interplay with a very slight malt graininess. Low hop flavor of sweet... Read More

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