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

BoomBox

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Oranges, lemons and pine resin almost jump out of the glass and invite you to partake. Apricot and dried peach esters emerge with a noticeable alcohol presence. The grainy, toasty malt aromas come out of hiding after you acclimate to the citrus. Pouring a light orange with copper highlights,... Read More

Pullman Pilsner

South County Beer Pullman Pilsner
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pullman Pilsner was evaluated as a Czech Premium Pale Lager (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 3B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. 

Supper clean fermentation allows the Pilsner malt and a milled corn grits aspect to shine through. The malt is joined with spicy... Read More

For Pete's Sake

Duclaw Beer For Pete's Sake
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer's aroma consists of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, some toffee and a fleeting whiff of peanut butter. All are joined by a boozy alcohol character. The flavor follows through with a big alcohol presence that is not hot or fusel, but still prominent. A huge bitter chocolate and... Read More

Funky Pumpkin

Boulevard Beer Funky Pumpkin
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Let me say up front that I loved this perfectly balanced yet complex American Sour Ale, but if you are looking for a sour, pumpkin pie-spiced beer you will be somewhat disappointed. This beer pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a tight, white foam stand that falls quickly, leaving a... Read More

Sparkling Ale

Boston Beer Sam Adams Sparkling Ale Beer
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer is grainy with a slight malty sweetness followed by a hint of caramel mid-palate. Some spicy hops combine with the malt in a near perfect balance. White grape and pear esters add additional interest to the beer. A medium-light body coupled with spritzy carbonation provide ample... 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

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