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

Space Needle IPA

Pike Space Needle IPA, The Pike Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Space Needle IPA by Pike Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP Category 21A, American IPA.

Big fresh lemon and resin hop nose that is accompanied by moderate levels of woody hop. There is some underlying rich Munich malt character. No esters. Clean fermentation. Deep golden color with good... Read More

Pike Pils

Pike Pils, The Pike Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pike Pils by Pike Brewing Co.​ was judged as a German Pils under BJCP category 5D.

Big New World hop aromatics jump out of the glass. Pineapple and pine character are then joined by a little spicy and floral hop notes. The grainy pilsner malt is present at just slightly lower levels than... Read More

Pike IPA

Pike IPA, The Pike Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pike IPA was judged as BJCP category 21A, American IPA.

The aroma opens with moderately high levels of pine resin, catty and dank hops are up front in the aroma. A touch of grapefruit rind and some sweet orange join in. There is a background note of grainy and rich caramel malt detected.... Read More

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

Barrel-Aged Brownie Batter Batch #1: Hawaiian Brownie by Pontoon Brewing features toasted macadamia, coconut, vanilla and coffee aged in whiskey and cognac barrels. This beer is being judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, BJCP category 33B.

The aroma opens with a big chocolate fudge... Read More

Milky Way Galaxy

Milky Way Galaxy, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Milky Way Galaxy by Pontoon Brewing is being judged as BJCP category 31B, Alternative Sugar Beer with category 22A, Double IPA, as the base style.

The aroma opens with a pronounced sweet grapefruit joined by additional citrus reminiscent of clementine. Subtle honey malt comes through as... Read More

Sour Flower

Sour Flower, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Sour Flower by Pontoon Brewing is being judged as BJCP category 29B, Fruit and Spice Beer.

Low levels of fresh blueberries in the aroma with a subtle impression of tartness. A touch of bready malt comes through. Nothing off but very subdued aromatics. The hibiscus is MIA (Missing In Aroma... Read More

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