Susan Ruud

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Beer Judge

Susan Ruud is a Grand Master IV BJCP judge and holds a mead certification.  She has been judging and making beer, mead and cider since 1996 and assisted in creating the Mead judge exam for the BJCP and was the assistant exam director from 2006 to 2013.   Susan was on the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee from 2000 to 2017 and has held the office of secretary for this organization for many years.  She has been a judge for the Great American Beer Festival since 2000. 

Susan is married with two children and three grandchildren and works at North Dakota State University doing agricultural research in potatoes and canola. She has been there since 1990 and hopes to retire in the next year or so to work full time at the Meadery her husband and her have opened, Prairie Rose Meadery.

 

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My reviews

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

pFriem Belgian-Style Blonde Ale by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as BJCP Category 25a - Belgian Blonde Ale. It was beautiful at presentation with a bright golden color and a huge white head with just a very slight haze. The aroma coming off of the beer was a wonderful spicy hop blended with... Read More

Mai Tai PA

Mai Tai PA, Alvarado Street Brewery
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Mai Tai PA by Alvarado Street Brewery was judged as an American IPA, BJCP category 21A. When pouring this beer you see a golden ale with a huge white head, and as the head drops, it leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. As you bring this beer up to your nose you receive a huge tropical hop aroma... Read More

Singletrack Mind IPA

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Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Singletrack Mind IPA by Allegheny City Brewing was judged as a New England IPA - BJCP category 21B - specialty IPA. The beer poured a rich orange gold with a huge white head that left lacing on the glass and was quite hazy. The aroma was a huge hop aroma up front of dank, citrus,(orange and... Read More

pFriem Brut IPA

pFriem Brut IPA, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This  beer was judged as a 21A - American IPA.  It poured a brilliantly clear yellow gold color with a huge white head and plenty of lacing.  The Nose was a beautiful, huge aroma of mango, papaya,  and melon hop notes with just a hint of bready malt in the background.  The esters appear to all... Read More

Loose Boots

Loose Boots by Roadhouse Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Loose Boots by Roadhouse Brewing Co. was judged as an American IPA (BJCP Cat. 21A) and featured a big citrus hop aroma, which was quite lemony with malt aromas hidden behind the hops. No noticeable fermentation esters. It presented itself with a lovely golden hue that was clear with a huge white... Read More

Vantucky Pale Ale

Vantucky Pale Ale by Heathen Brewing
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Vantucky Pale Ale by Heathen Brewing was judged as an American IPA (BJCP Cat. 21A) and had a wonderful earthy upfront hop aroma blended with a low crackery malt with a hint of toast and caramel behind. Light esters of pear and cherry are blended throughout. It was a beautiful golden color with a... Read More

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