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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

Citra Cannon

Citra Cannon, Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Citra Cannon by Heavy Seas Beer was judged as an American IPA, BJCP category 21A.

The aroma presents a moderately high level of lemons and kumquats with some additional pithy citrus character and just a hint of dankness. The style calls for at least a low level of malt character in the... Read More

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale by Pike Brewing Co. was judged as a Wee Heavy, BJCP category 17C.

The aroma provides a deep caramel malt presence with a low-level background hint of smoke. There is a very faint hint of earthy hops along with some fruity esters reminiscent of dried cherries. A... Read More

Birthday Month Hop Latte Cold Brew Double IPA

Birthday Month Hop Latte Cold Brew Double IPA

Birthday Month Hop Latte Cold Brew Double IPA, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Description 

Features our favorite coffee blend, Partners in Crema, from Fountain City Coffee in Columbus, GA. We added this blend to a delicious, juicy Double IPA with milk sugar and vanilla bean.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.3%
IBUs: 
32

 

 


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Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Birthday Month Hop Latte Cold Brew Double IPA by Wild Leap Brew Co. was judged as BJCP 30A, Spice, Herb or Vegetable beer with 22A Imperial IPA as the base style. The beer opens with a faint whiff of grapefruit quickly overtaken by coffee aromatics. There is a touch of... Read More

Chocolate Bock

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A complex combination of chocolate aromas – ranging from coffee, roasted, bittersweet and dry cocoa. The chocolate comes through in the flavor as well, along with some deep caramel, a little bready malt and a faint hint of licorice in the finish. Features a medium-full body, moderate carbonation... 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

Le Roar Grrrz Aardbei

Le Roar Grrrz Aardbei by Bullfrog Brewery
Judges Rating:
75
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
27 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Bullfrog Brewing, Le Roar, Oak Aged Aardbei, was judged as a Fruit Lambic (with strawberries), category 23F.

The aroma opens with some Lambic like funk, hay and horse blanket. Then some vinegar and oak creep in accompanied by a fermented berry aspect that was a little off putting. While... Read More

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