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
4 years 3 days

My reviews

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

Eight Pounds per BBL

Eight Pounds per BBL, Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Eight Pounds Per BBL by Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery was pleasant, easy drinking beer judged as a BJCP category 21B - Specialty IPA: New England IPA. Initial aroma was of a light citrus hop followed by bready, crackery malt and green leafy notes and orange, citrus esters. This beer was... Read More

Avarice & Greed

Avarice & Greed by Roadhouse Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Avarice & Greed by Roadhouse Brewing Co. is a wonderful Belgian Golden Ale and is being judged as such according to BJCP Catergory 25C. This beer was malty and sweet with a big fruity, pear-like ester, low Belgian spicy phenolics and lots of soft, easy alcohol, which all follow thru to the... Read More

Son of Malice IIPA

Son of Malice IIPA by Heathen Brewing
Judges Rating:
63
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
15 / 24
Flavor:
25 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
10 / 20

Son of Malice IIPA by Heathen Brewing was judged as a Double IPA (BJCP Cat. 22A) and had an upfront aroma of butterscotch followed by a low citrus and floral hop aroma. Malt was hard to detect behind butterscotch. It presented hazy with a light copper hue, huge off white head that had fine... Read More

Clawhammer Pilsner

Clawhammer Pilsner, Door County Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Clawhammer Pilsner by Door County Brewing Co. is a light and easy-drinking beer that was judged as a German Pilsner (BJCP Cat 5D). This beer was golden, and clear with a white head and fine bubbles that were long-lasting. It had a light grainy, sweet, crackery aroma with low DMS and a soft spicy... Read More

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