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 reviews

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

Jammer

Jammer, Sixpoint Brewery
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Jammer by Sixpoints Brewery is being evaluated under Category 27A, Historical Beer: Gose, from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. This historical style has experienced new life in recent years with the rise in popularity of sour beers. Many modern versions are fruited, an obvious paring that often helps... Read More

Barrel Aged Lugene

Barrel Aged Lugene, Odell Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Barrel Aged Lugene by Odell Brewing Co. aged in Whiskey barrels was judged as a specialty wood aged beer according to BJCP category 33B.

Fruity esters reminiscent of dates are covered in chocolate. Whiskey notes are detected with hints of earthy hops and a woodiness that may be from the... Read More

Red Flag

Red Flag, Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Red Flag by Heavy Seas Beer was evaluated as BJCP category 23B, Flanders Red Ale.

Red wine-like fruity esters with an impression of tart cherries, raisins and plums start off in the aroma. A rich toasty malt character comes in and overtakes the sour impression and complements the dark... Read More

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

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