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

Nelson Slayer

Nelson Slayer, Alvarado Street Brewery
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Nelson Slayer by Alvarado Street Brewery was judged as a New England IPA - BJCP category 21B - specialty IPA.  It poured with a huge off white head, golden in color and extremely hazy.  Before even getting the glass close to my nose I could smell a huge dank, melony, citrusy hop aroma.  The hops... Read More

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

Singletrack Mind IPA, Allegheny City Brewing
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

pFriem Brut IPA by pFriem Family Brewers 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.... Read More

Night Swell

Night Swell, Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Night Swell by Heavy Seas Beer was judged as a Black IPA - BJCP category 21B - Specialty IPA.  It pours a deep dark brown color, clear with a light tan head that is quite long lasting and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.The aroma is a huge citrusy hop aroma blended with a light chocolaty... Read More

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