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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

Starr Hill Amber Ale

Amber Ale by Starr Hill Brewery
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Starr Hill Amber Ale was judged as an Irish Red Ale, BJCP Style Category 15A. Light caramel notes with some floral and earthy hops as well as some toasty malt notes come through with a hint of toffee in the aroma. The fermentation character is clea, and the beer pours a copper color with bright... 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

Gnarly Barley Wee Heavy

Gnarly Barley Wee Heavy

Louisiana
United States
Wee Heavy, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Description 

Our Wee Heavy is rich, smooth, and malty with notes of sweet caramel.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.7%
Served at: 
50 - 55º F
Malts: 
Munich, Maris Otter, C-60, C-80
Hops: 
Columbus, Fuggle

 

 


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Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Gnarly Barley Wee Heavy by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP Category 17C.

An ample supply of deep rich caramel and dark toasted malts with enough light caramel to provide a precursor to the sweetness that awaits you in the flavor. As the beer warms hints of raisins, nuts and a... Read More

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Massachusetts
United States
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Description 

This Go To Beer™ started it all. Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character.  Since 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Lager has used only the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
4.9%
IBUs: 
30
Malts: 
Two-row, Pale malt blend, Caramel 60
Hops: 
Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger Noble

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

An aroma of spicy noble hops followed by mild floral notes greets you before the toasty and somewhat caramel-like malt breaks through. A very clean fermentation, and a bright golden color accentuate the streaming bubbles, which support a creamy white head and fine lacing -- reminding you of what... Read More

Double Sunshine Ruby Red Grapefruit

Double Sunshine Ruby Red Grapefruit

Vermont
United States
Double Sunshine Ruby Red Grapefruit, Lawson's Finest Liquids
Description 

This special edition of our American Double IPA is made with ruby red grapefruit, adding an extra layer of mouth-watering, juicy, lush fruit character along with dank tropical aromas.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Double Sunshine Ruby Red Grapefruit by Lawson's Finest Liquids was judged as a BJCP category 29A, Fruit Beer, with 22A, Double IPA, as the base style.

Copious amounts of fresh grapefruit jump out of the glass. There are some accompanying citrus notes of lemon... Read More

Jalapeño Pale Ale

Jalapeño Pale Ale birdsong beer
Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Amazingly fresh green jalapeño and deep poblano pepper aromatics lead the way. It doesn’t burn your nose, but you know it’s going to be spicy before your first sip. A fleeting scent of toasty malt is detected but no hops were found in this Pale Ale. The flavor followed the aroma – it’s all about... Read More

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