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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

Barrel Aged Helios

Barrel Aged Helios, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Barrel Aged Helios by Pontoon Brewing is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

This beer pours a dark gold color with hazy clarity.  A bone white head consisting of micro-bubbles is short left but leaves a ring around the glass. As... Read More

Homestyle

Homestyle

Tennessee
United States
Homestyle, Bearded Iris Brewery
Description 

This oated, mosaic-only IPA softly beckons you to remember where you came from while giving you just enough of a ripe citrus kick to strive for where you want to go. Homestyle is the staple IPA of our brewery and, like almost all of our hoppy beers, focuses on highlighting the fruity & fragrant nuances of hops.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.0%
Hops: 
Mosaic

 

 


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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

Süperlager

Süperlager

Georgia
United States
Superlager, Wild Leap Brew Co
Description 

Süperlager is a German-style Pilsner with a light, crispy body and noble hop.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.2%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Süperlager by Wild Leap Brew Co. is being judged as a German Pils (category 5D) per the 2021 BJCP style guidelines. 

This beer pours a light gold with slight hazy clarity. A thin white head of tight, white bubbles quickly dissipates but leaves a thin layer on top of the beer.

The... Read More

Autumn Ale

Autumn Ale by Breckenridge Brewery
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours a brown, Coca-Cola like color with good clarity and light ruby highlights when held up to the light.  A creamy tan head quickly fades but leaves a ring around the glass.  The intensity of the malt aroma is moderate; however, it is very forward on the nose and rich and consists of... Read More

Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Tunnel Vision DDH w/Citra by Bearded Iris Brewing is being evaluated as an American IPA (Category 21A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours a deep gold color with opaque clarity due to the use of dry hopping. A modest off-white head forms but dissipates fairly quickly. As the... 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

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