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

Lazy Bird Brown Ale

birdsong beer lazy bird brown ale
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Aromas of chocolate, caramel and some toasty malt are followed by faint lemony citrus hops. A little roast and coffee in the background combine with strawberry esters as it warms up. This beer pours a hazy deep mahogany with burnished copper highlights and a light tan creamy foam cap. Chocolate... Read More

Cucumber Kölsch

Flat 12 Bierwerks Cucumber Kolsch beer
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Very subtle cucumber aroma presents itself as Honeydew Melon. Corn grist and grainy pilsner malt are joined by spicy noble hops along with very low levels of what I can only describe as "green." If chlorophyll has an aroma, this would be it. A creamy white head laces the glass and lingers atop a... Read More

Jalapeño Pale Ale

Jalapeño Pale Ale birdsong beer
Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Amazingly fresh green jalapeño and deep poblano pepper aromatics lead the way. It doesn’t burn your nose, but you know it’s going to be spicy before your first sip. A fleeting scent of toasty malt is detected but no hops were found in this Pale Ale. The flavor followed the aroma – it’s all about... Read More

Funkier Pumpkin

Boulevard Beer Funkier Pumpkin
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Funkier Pumpkin was evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 28C) offering according to BJCP guidelines. 

Ahhh, Brettanomyces. All who feel compelled to give in to pumpkin beer peer pressure this fall, but don’t really like pumpkin beers,... Read More

Rupture

Rupture, Odell Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Rupture by Odell Brewing Co. was judged as an American Pale Ale, according to BJCP category 18 B.

Rupture does, in fact, rupture out of the glass with super fresh grassy, herbal and lemony citrus hop aromatics. Imagine sticking your face in two big handfuls of fresh hops. Once you... Read More

Juicy Brut

Juicy Brut, Short's Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Brut IPA is not a recognized style in the BJCP guidelines. However, I judged Juicy Brut by Short's Brewing Co. as BJCP category 21B, Specialty IPA.

Fresh “juicy” grapefruit aromatics come out up front then seem to morph into pineapple. There is no impression of sweetness, which leads to... Read More

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