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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

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

ETA IPA

ETA IPA, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

ETA by Wild Leap Brew Co. is an American IPA and is being evaluated as a Category 21A in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

This beer pours a deep gold with opaque, hazy clarity.  A head of fine, extremely compact white bubbles quickly fades and leaves a sparse remaining ring of bubbles... Read More

Be Easy - Citra

Be Easy - Citra

Georgia
United States
Be Easy - Citra, Monday Night Brewing
Description 

Be Easy is a celebration of Citra hops. Our brewers combined Citra Cryo Hops, a highly concentrated powder of hop resins and aromatic oils with traditional hop pellets to create an extraordinary NEIPA. It’s the ultimate expression of Citra, and we’re looking forward to more experiments like this one.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
50
Served at: 
40 - 50º F
Hops: 
Citra, Citra Cryo

 

 


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Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Be Easy - Citra by Monday Night Brewing pours a medium-gold color with opaque clarity of murky and milky clarity due to clearly suspended yeast and hop matter. A meringue-like head of tiny white bubbles is everlasting and leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass as it is consumed. The... Read More

Lone Buffalo: 18mo Barrel Aged Anniversary Stout

Lone Buffalo: 18mo Barrel Aged Anniversary Stout

Georgia
United States
Lone Buffalo: 18mo Barrel Aged Anniversary Stout, Wild Leap Brew Co
Beverage Profile
ABV: 
13.9
IBUs: 
65

 

 


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Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Lone Buffalo: 18mo Barrel Aged Anniversary Stout by Wild Leap Brew Co. was evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (Category 33B) per the 2021 BJCP guidelines with the noted base style of an Imperial Stout and aged for 18 months in a rum barrel.

This beer pours a black color with opaque... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This Tart Pale Ale pours a hazy gold color with a modest, sponge-like head above, which is sustained by constantly released carbonation. Once poured, an aroma of light and neutral malt sweetness hides behind a veil of medium-light lactic sourness blended with wisps of lemon, grapefruit and a... 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

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