Jason Johnson

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Beer Judge

Jason Johnson has been homebrewing since 2000 and a ranked judge with the BJCP since 2005. He currently holds the rank of National Judge. Jason is the author of the hombrewing blog www.barleypopmaker.info where he covers various homebrewing topics including DIY projects, judging tips, brewing tips, and has a few pages on home roasting grains. He is also the author of an e-book titled Roasted: A Homebrewer's Guide to Homeroasting Grain, which has made it to number one on Amazon's eBook list.

As a member of the Manty Malter's homebrew club in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Jason has held the position of president in the past and currently heads up the clubs judging education program. He also has a set of free BJCP Prep classes on his website to help judges who may not have a nearby club to supplement their self-study. He also helps these people by answering questions via messages. So far the course has been fairly popular and helped some judges in other countries study for their exams.

As a brewer, Jason mostly likes to brew traditional classic styles. He brews a lot of American ales (America Pale Ales, American IPA, and American Pre-Prohibition Lager). Other styles he likes to brew are Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Belgian Wit, Saison, Dubbel, and Cream Ale to name a few. As far as craft beer goes, he enjoys tasting the full gambit of the beer spectrum.

History

Member for
2 years 2 months

My reviews

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The beer pours a crystal clear ruby red color, similar to cherry soda, with a well-formed but low pink head. A low, wheaty malt presence pops up in the aroma but it gives way to the typical (though surprisingly subdued) lactic characters and a very low brett-like trace. The cherry aroma is... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The beer pours a clear and bright golden color with a loose, foamy white head with great retention. In the aroma I get a light sweet bready malt and a moderate amount of hops. There is some tropical mango and citrus in the aroma that dominates, but also a very slight hint of herbal hops in this ... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer pours a crystal clear, light gold color with a very frothy tall white head that displayed excellent retention. The aromas are very typical of what one would expect from a Belgian Blonde. I get a moderate amount of pear-like esters, followed by some sweet, honey-like grainy malt. The... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

If you are a craft beer lover in today’s market, you are very familiar with this style. We are going to evaluate this beer against category 21A, American IPA. If you are not familiar with this style, it should be a decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale. It should... Read More

Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer is billed as a Red X IPA. Therefore I’m going to evaluate this against the Red IPA category in the BJCP guidelines category 21b. Red X is typically a base malt that is known do give a beer deep red hues and a nice toasty flavor.

The beer pours a beautiful deep red color with... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The hop aroma is bright and clear, loaded with mango and juicy citrus. The malt aroma is lightly toasty and crisp. I did detect a faint amount of DMS in the aroma. Visually the beer is extremely appealing with a deep golden color, and a light haze which I suspect would be from dry hopping based... Read More

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