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

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Festie by Starr Hill Brewery is being evaluated as a Festbier (Category 4B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines.

This beer pours a deep gold, bordering light amber, color with no head when poured.  A very thin, white ring stayed around the glass during the entire drink.  The aroma is malt... Read More

The Illustrated Man

The Illustrated Man Independence Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The Illustrated Man by Independence Brewing is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours a dark brown color with opaque clarity due to the color and a light haze. A beige colored velvety head quickly forms but is modest and... Read More

Mosaic IPA

Mosaic IPA, Community Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Mosaic IPA by Community Beer Co. is being evaluated as an American IPA (category 21A) as per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

This beer pours a light amber color with slightly hazy clarity. A dense, off-white colored head persists and fades away leaving a nice lacing on the glass. On the... Read More

Redbud

Redbud Independence Brewing Co
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Redbud by Independence Brewing is being evaluated as a Berliner Weisse (Category 23A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours a light gold color generally clear clarity and a slight haze.  A pearl colored, sponge-like head builds up on the pour but is fleeting.  Lactic tartness is... Read More

Uroboros

Uroboros Stout by Anthem Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This Belgian inspired Stout pours an opaque black color.  A creamed coffee head quickly dissipates on the pour and leaves a thin ring around the glass.  An overall moderate-low aroma consists of roast grains with wisps of chocolate on the nose.  There is a very-low barrel like character though... Read More

Anthem IPA

Anthem IPA
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This American IPA pours a deep gold color with hazy clarity. A creamy bone white head is persistent and lasts throughout the beer. A lovely lacing is left on the glass as the beer is consumed. Hop aroma is high and prominent and consists of mainly of Centennial style / citrusy and floral notes.... Read More

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