Rick Franckhauser

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Beer Judge

Rick’s interest in beer styles and brewing began in 1975, as a part of an interest in the culinary arts but his education in beer styles began with an introduction to Michael Jackson’s “The World Guide To Beer”. In those days imported beers were hard to come by to say the least. As that began to change, his appreciation and interest in various beer styles grew stronger. Some styles remained hard to find, so in 1991, Rick began home brewing.  To increase his knowledge of the brewing process he became a member of the Cincinnati Malt Infusers homebrew club in 1996, where he served as Program Director and helps to conduct an annual BJCP exam prep class. Rick became a BJCP judge in 2004 and has risen to the rank of National. But most importantly, he loves beer! After all these years, he remains fascinated with the varied aroma and flavor experiences a beer can provide.

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My articles

Though pumpkin beers are common, finely brewed examples are somewhat rare.
We all know the story. The Pilgrims were floating about looking for some new digs when they ran out of beer. So, they pulled the Mayflower over,...

My reviews

pFriem Export Lager

pFriem Export Lager, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

pFriem Export Lager by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as a German Helles Exportbier, BJCP category 5C.

White grape aromatics are first to meet you and remind me of many fine Kölsch beers. Moderate levels of floral hops begin to take over but are joined by some sweet yet grainy malt.... Read More

Synopsis Guava

Synopsis Guava, Area Two Experimental Brewing
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Synopsis Guava by Area Two Experimental Brewing was judged as BJCP category 28C, American Wild Specialty Beer.

Guava and pineapple are present at moderate levels along with a slight impression of lactic sourness. Some very faint funky notes lurk in the background. A little toasty aspect... Read More

Synopsis Blackberry

Synopsis Blackberry, Area Two Experimental Brewing
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Synopsis Blackberry by Area Two Experimental Brewing was judged as BJCP category 28C, American Wild Specialty Beer.

Opens with a whiff of funky Brett character that is quickly obstructed by the blackberries. A note of wood follows along with an impression of lactic and citric sourness.... Read More

pFriem Juicy IPA

pFriem Juicy IPA, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

pFriem Juicy IPA by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as BJCP category 21B,Specialty IPA, New England IPA.

A big punch of pineapple is first out of the glass and soon accompanied by some tangerine, kumquats and lemons. The citrus is joined by a subtle hint of gooseberry giving an... Read More

Barrel Aged Saison III

Barrel Aged Saison III, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Barrel Aged Saison III by pFriem Family Brewers was evaluated a Wood-Aged Beer, BJCP Category 33A.

Barnyard funkiness at rather high levels, along with some hay and white pepper are first out of the gate. Oak character from the barrel conditioning is apparent at moderate levels in the... Read More

pFriem Oude Kriek

pFriem Oude Kriek, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

pFriem Oude Kriek by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as a Fruit Lambic (with cherries - Kriek), BJCP Category 23F.

Aromatics of stewed cherries with a bright clean acidity. A little underlying lactic acid note provides the impression of the sourness that awaits your palate. Some earthy... Read More

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