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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History

Member for
2 years 7 months

My reviews

Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer poured with almost no head, which then died to nothing immediately making this a very low-carbonation beer. This sample definitely seemed past its prime. The aroma was pleasant with big bubblegum and banana blended with soft wheat malt. The smooth wheat malt flavor has hints of... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer was judged as a Flanders Red Ale BJCP 2015 Category 23B.  It initially poured as a beautiful red color, clear and leaving a picturesque white lacing around the glass.  The visuals alone made me want to take a sip.  The aroma was very pleasant giving Belgian phenolics and citrus, pear... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer has a wonderful aroma of spicy Belgian phenolics with light toasty malt blended in along with some pleasant raisin-like esters. There is no discernible hop aroma. The flavor matches the aroma well, although the alcohol jumps out and is quite warming. There are no hop flavors and the... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer was judged as an American IPA - BJCP 2015 Category 21A. The color was a beautiful deep golden color with rays of amber thru out with a  white head that was long lasting and quite clear.  There was a huge upfront aroma of citrus and tropical hops blended with a soft grainy malt aroma... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Pinner Throwback IPA has a pleasant blend of spicy, citrus and floral hop aromas and flavors surrounded by plenty of pale and toasty malts, yet has plenty of bittering hops to avoid being overly sweet. Aroma and flavor both have low levels of fermentation esters in the background that give this... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This American IPA pours a beautiful dark golden to light amber color. The beer greets you with citrusy and spicy hops up front blended with a lightly toasted malt both in aroma and flavor. There are hints of spiciness, a touch of apricot and hints of pine blended in throughout. A clean and... Read More

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