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."
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Judging by the color I thought it would be an amber, then i tasted it... and it tastes like a very bitter IPA... but sweet too. Nice combo. Yeah Rogue!
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full malty amber ale, quite sweet with a slight fruity flavor from the hops. Great body, excellent ale all around. But contrary to the bartender’s opinion, not the best beer I have ever had.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium brown color. A BIG bodied ale. Malty and fairly hoppy. Big full taste. Nice complex flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. No alcohol bite despite a 9.1%. Excellent beer.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft- The description says ’not for the faint of heart’ and they are right. This is one powerful hop experience that I did not enjoy. The guy next to me at the bar seemed to enjoy it but it was way too over the top for me. Maybe my beer palate has not evolved enough to appreciate this type of beer so I’ll stay away for now.
RealAle99 (1) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was given a six pack of Charlie 1981 by John M. while visting the Rouge brewery @ newport last year. I do remember it was a wonderful brew with a fantastic hop content and rich robust flavor.
legion242 (2336) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful, deep garnet and ruby color; Head was dense to start and then faded quickly to a thin whisp that stayed lively; The nose was much more bready then usual for a Rogue product. Whisky dry to start. Very similar to the Jubilee in it’s dryness (must be the Amarillo). AT the top of the mouth and towards the front, there is some bready sweetness. Alcohol staying well hidden at the 1/4 mark. The first touch to the tounge is thin, but the beer expands as it passes through the mouth. Slightly grapey as it warms.
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