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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Originally brewed and bottled for the 2001 National Craft Brewers Conference-a private bottling & release with no distribution. A second batch, Charlie Redux was brewed with very limited distribution. 2005 is the hat-trick batch, Charlie 1981 returns for a third time as part of John's Locker Stock!

Charlie 1981 is an unfiltered strong ale, it exhibits massive bitterness and a firm malt backbone. Hedonistic! Brewed using Pale Malt, Munich and Crystal 40 malts, Horizon, Sterling and Amarillo Hops. Estimated measurements are: 18.2 degrees Plato (OG), 3.5 Degrees Plato (TG), 75 IBU's, 8.5% ABV. Prost!

Charlie 1981 is named in honor of Charlie Papazian, president of the Association of Brewers, founder of the American Homebrewers Association and homebrewing guru. John Maier, Brewmaster for Rogue Ales, made his first batch of beer in 1981 using Papazian's influential book "The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2013
On draught at Rogue Distillery and Public House. Deep brown color. Malty, citrus hop aroma. Hoppy bitterness matched with good maltiness. Finishes with a little bitter kick.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhillyCraft (5941) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2012
On tap at Capones, Hazy orange pour, minimal head, great lacing. Tasted like an extreme pale ale. Slightly german in flavor. Lemony hop finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2011
On tap at the Federal in Durham. Pours hazy orange-tinted bright gold with a barely noticeable head. Nose is sweet, showing lots of malt competing with fruity hops as well. Orange and grapefruit, pineapple, and resin, bit also caramel and butter/butterscotch. An odd beast, and probably not the pint I needed after 3 others. Palate was heavy and sticky, as was the air outside.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
Sampled on tap at PIB. Pours a cloudy orange/amber. Aroma of yeast, butterscotch, caramel, and tropical fruits such as pineapple. Flavour of tropical fruits, peach, and caramel. Full bodied - slight perfume detected though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14684) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours hazy dark orange with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel / butterscotch, tropical fruits (peach, pineapple) and booze. Flavour of caramel, dark fruits and booze - the booze sort of cancels out some of the other qualities. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3455) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
On tap at the brickstore. Deep orange pour with a white head. All citrus aroma and nice bubblegum flavor. Caramel malt adds a nice body and balance to this drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2011
(draught - listed as John’s Locker Stock Charles?) clear amber, creamy head with excellent lacing. Nose of caramel, delicious hop mix, yellow cake, pineapple, smells great. Taste is a bit astringent though. Twigs, bitter citrus oils, bit of caramel but masked by the intense bitterness, oily body with s bitter palate finish. Not too hard to drink and some alcohol presence. Big On pine as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (3016) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Draught from the tiger. Pours a cloudy burnt siena. Fizzy head that leaves concentric rings. Aroma is hops and earth. Bitter taste with a bit of citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
Tap at Flying Saucer, Houston.
Pours an average cloudy cheddar yellow with a nose of light, buttery grapefruit and tea leaf bread. Flavor is semi-watery grapefruit and light pine/orange. Average mouthfeel. Too restrained; tastes like an early effort homebrew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 15, 2011
A: Pours a burnt orange color with a nice big white head and some spotty lacing. S: Interesting aromas of toffee, toasted malt, and citrus. A lot of orange and perhaps tangerine notes. There’s a slight oxidation type aroma to it as well. Some sweetness of brown sugar and just a little bit of alcohol. T: A touch sweeter than I had expected with a lot of brown sugar and toffee. A nice toasted bread malt base to the beer with good hop flavors. Nice and floral with some moderate citrus levels to it. M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. O: A somewhat generic "strong ale", but it was good, so no real complaints.

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