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

Walkabout Pale Ale

Flat 12 Bierwerks Walkabout Pale Ale beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Big pine resin, wood and earthy hops are discovered in the nose. Some grapefruit and underlying dankness join the New World hop party. Barely noticeable caramel malts lay underneath the hops, which are distinctly and assertively hop-forward. This beer is golden in color with some haze and a... Read More

Half Cycle IPA

Flat 12 Bierwerks Half Cycle IPA beer
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Aromas of fresh grass and grapefruit jump out of the glass along with some pine, wood, oranges, and a touch of malt sweetness. A hazy light-golden color with a fine, off-white and creamy foam cap holds up until the end. Big pithy grapefruit flavors assault the palate followed quickly by resinous... 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

Polonia Pils

Polonia Pils, Flying Bison Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Polonia Pils by Flying Bison Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP 5D German Pils.

Malty sweetness at moderately high levels coalesce with floral hops for an inviting first impression. Super clean fermentation allows the grainy malt to shine through. Light golden color, clear but not bright... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Belgian yeast character with white pepper phenolics are quickly usurped by an assertive blend of mace, nutmeg and cinnamon spices. After you work your way through the spice, some herbal and woody hop aromas emerge, though no esters or malt are present. This beer pours a brilliantly clear copper-... 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

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