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:
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

Jack The Sipper

Southern Prohibition beer Jack the Sipper ESB
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This ESB pours a deep amber color with hazy clarity and a sustained, off-white, meringue-like head. Rich notes of bready malt with light toast and light caramel intertwine with a slight nutty base note of malt. English-style fruity esters interplay with a low, but present, earthy note from the... Read More

Raspberry Jam

Raspberry Jam Tallgrass Berliner Weisse Beer
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This Berliner Weisse brewed with raspberries pours a slightly hazy deep gold color with a pearl white, fluffy head with moderate retention, which makes for a lovely looking beer. Once poured, a moderately low aroma of raspberries is quickly discernible, followed by a faint perfume-like floral... Read More

Stash IPA

Stash IPA Independence Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Stash IPA by Independence Brewing is being evaluated as an American IPA (Category 21A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours dark gold color with hazy clarity.  A bone white, rocky head forms and is quite sturdy.  A very nice and interesting hop aroma of moderate intensity... Read More

Devil's Harvest

Southern Prohibition beer Devil's Harvest Pale Ale
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This American Pale Ale pours a deep gold color with hazy clarity and a dense, white, mousse-like head, which is sustained and leaves lovely lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of a moderately strong American hop profile with juicy citrus at the forefront with undertones of pine needles and ... Read More

Reviver Red IPA

Starr Hill Reviver Red IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Reviver by Starr Hill Brewery is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA: Red IPA (Category 21B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours a gorgeous amber, bordering deep amber, color with a sustained white head that lasts the entire beer.  On the nose, the moderate malt profile is... Read More

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