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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

Peach Jam

Peach Jam

Connecticut
United States
Peach Jam, Two Roads Brewing Co.
Description 

This refreshing wheat ale is brewed with 100% real peaches and a hint of hibiscus. It’s a most appealing brew with an inviting, jammy fruit flavor enhanced by a subtle tartness from the hibiscus.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.5%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Peach Jam by Two Roads Brewing Co. is being reviewed as a Fruit Beer (Category 29A) per the 2021 BJCP style guidelines.

This beer pours a medium gold color with a light orange hue. The hazy clarity makes this beer opaque. A white-colored head of tight, mousse-like bubbles quickly... Read More

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

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

DDH Ever Clever

DDH Ever Clever

Tennessee
United States
DDH Ever Clever, Bearded Iris Brewery
Description 

This banter-slinging DIPA packs a punch of tropical fruit groove, a foxy double-dry hop, and a witty finish.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.5%
Hops: 
Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe, Motueka

 

 


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Judges Rating:
72
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
13 / 20

DDH Ever Clever by Bearded Iris brewing is being judged as a Double IPA (category 22A) per the 2015 BJCP style guidelines. 

This beer pours a light gold color with moderate haze, which is slightly see-through. A bone white, meringue-like creamy head is sustained, and, as it falls, it ... 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

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