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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

Saddle Bronc Brown Ale

Saddle bronc brown ale black tooth beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Upon first whiff, aromas of chocolate with a touch of mild roasted coffee and some underlying earthy hops are joined by caramel and nutty aromatics. A thick, creamy, tan head tops the brown and brilliantly clear beer. Semi-sweet chocolate with hints of raisins and a touch of roasted malts is... Read More

Liminal Moment

South County Beer Liminal Moment IPA
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Liminal Moment was evaluated as a Double IPA, (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 22A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. 

The aroma presents copious amounts of apricot, mango, Mandarin orange, some lemon and pine needles. The mélange provides a complex hop aroma... 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:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Brewers' Pale Ale Galaxy Hop Blend by Anchor Brewing Co. is being judged as an American Pale Ale, BJCP category 18B. The beer opens with a moderately high level of a rather nondescript citrus aromatic followed by some fresh pine, accompanied by a faint passion fruit note. Some grainy malt comes... Read More

Synopsis Guava

Synopsis Guava

Connecticut
United States
Synopsis Guava, Area Two Experimental Brewing
Description 

Synopsis Guava is a unique, 6.4% sour ale fermented with bacteria and also with wild and cultured yeast strains. It is then aged on wood and abundantly fruited with guava and features a floral aroma and tart tropical notes.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.4%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Synopsis Guava by Area Two Experimental Brewing was judged as BJCP category 28C, American Wild Specialty Beer.

Guava and pineapple are present at moderate levels along with a slight impression of lactic sourness. Some very faint funky notes lurk in the background. A little toasty aspect... Read More

Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

Rebel IPA Sam Adams Boston Beer
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer evinces aromas of Meyer lemons, pine and toasty caramel malts. This beer pours a slightly hazy, clear light copper  with a nice white foam stand leaves lacing behind, then drops to a lingering ring of cream. The flavor presents pithy lemons, pine resin and bitter orange, which comes... Read More

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