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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

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

Hot Cocoa Stout

Hot Cocoa Stout, Low Road Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Hot Cocoa Stout by Low Road Brewing was judged as BJCP category 30 A Spice Herb Vegetable beer with chocolate and cinnamon, BJCP category 16B, Sweet Stout as the base style. The beer opens with a moderately high level of bittersweet chocolate in the aroma. There is a... Read More

Hi-Dilly-Ho

Short's Brewing Hi-Dilly-Ho Flanders Red Ale beer
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bold lactic and Brett aromas are quickly followed by lemon and cherry tartness with notes of currants. As the beer warms, some pepper and woody tones come through along with a slight touch of vanilla. The beer is rather cloudy, a tarnished copper color with red hues, with a creamy, light tan... Read More

Santilli

Night Shift Brewing Santilli IPA beer
Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Santilli was evaluated as an American IPA (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 21A ) offering according to BJCP guidelines. 

The aroma provides a perfectly balanced citrus trio of lemons, oranges and grapefruits. Pine and pineapple also make an appearance and are... Read More

Orange King of Hop

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Orange King of Hop is an Imperial IPA with Oranges, and was evaluated as a Fruit Beer (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 29A) offering according to BJCP guidelines.

Inviting orange zest aromatics are intermingled with some pink grapefruit to dominate over the low level... 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

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