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. He is a National level BJCP judge with over ten years of judging experience. 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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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

Hawaiian Lounge Juice

Hawaiian Lounge Juice, Highland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Hawaiian Lounge Juice by Highland Brewing Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer, BJCP category 29A, with Double IPA as the base beer.

The beer opens with some catty, dank hops that are overcome by the floral perfume of passion fruit. The mango makes an appearance in the aromatics coming across... Read More

Spot Coffee Stout

Spot Coffee Stout, Flying Bison Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Spot Coffee Stout by Flying Bison Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP category 30A Spice, Herb, Vegetable Beer

Coffee and roasted malts initially dominate the aroma but are eventually accompanied by a creamy impression. Rich coffee with cream is anticipated. Dark brown color with great clarity... Read More

Daycation IPA

Daycation IPA, Highland Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Daycation IPA by Highland Brewing Co. was judged as a Specialty IPA, BJCP Category 21B (Session IPA).

Pine resin and pineapple dominate the aroma with just a hint of lemon coming through. Appropriately for the style, there is no malt character to be found. Clean fermentation. Fresh and... Read More

Juice Caboose

Juice Caboose, Flying Bison Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Juice Caboose by Flying Bison Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP category 21B  Specialty IPA: NEIPA 

Fresh pineapple and guava with a touch of resin and a dash of dank. Candy-like sweet caramel impressions are enhanced by a noticeable alcohol presence. Sufficiently cloudy golden color with a... Read More

Chrome Satan

Chrome Satan
Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Grainy malt is joined by low-level toasty notes before the spicy hop character takes over. Pouring a hazy, polished copper color topped with a big, frothy, off-white head, the clean fermentation is immediately apparent, with no sulfur or DMS elements. The grainy and toasty malt carries through... Read More

Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Bullfrog Brewing, Le Roar, Oak Aged Framboise, was judged as a Fruit Lambic (with raspberries), category 23F.

Tart raspberries are the first thing to great you in the aroma. A moderate amount of tobacco follows. The impression of lactic sourness provides an expectation of things to come... Read More

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