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

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

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

Big Boss Lager

Big Boss Lager, Big Boss Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Big Boss Lager by Big Boss Brewing Co. is being reviewed as BJCP category 4A, Munich Helles.

Pours a clear yellow gold with tiny bubbles raising to the creamy white persistent head. The aroma opens with low levels of grainy malt with hints toast. The malt is followed by some spicy and... Read More

Hilliard's Saison

Hilliard's Saison Beer
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A big white fluffy head stands tall atop this hazy, light-orange beer. The foam dissipates rather quickly into a lingering creamy ring. White pepper and coriander combine with a light citric acid note that almost stings the nostrils. Some alcohol and low levels of wheat malt linger in the... Read More

Hot Streak IPA

Hot Streak IPA black tooth beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is what you want to experience when open an American IPA.  Supper fresh grapefruit, lemons and an underlying hint of pine aromatics. Some sweet malt makes its way through as the beer warmed up a little. Bright gold with a creamy, slightly off white foam beautifully laces the glass.  The... Read More

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