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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11641) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2011
Sample at Buckeye Beer Engine. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready malt and citrus. Light, clean body with flavors of citrus, mild hops and sweet toasted malt. The finish is sweet and citrusy with a short hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
on tap. Pours a brown orange withwhite head. The aroma is of hops and citrus. hoppy upront which is sweet and then ends slightly bitter. Good beer and good ob hiding the alcohol taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Draft at J Clyde Birmingham AL 3/2/11. Hazy dark yellow. Very yeasty, tangy, sharp, lots of carbonation, fluffy. Does not stand out- a bit of a mixup beer but not awful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (7671) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Draft at RnH with Linh. Pours a deep, hazy amber with no head and slight lacing. Aroma is indecipherable out of the sample glass. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of bitter pale malts, and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2011
this is an assertive, mean beer .. . pours a dark brown, some spotty lacing .. . mainly bread grain, toffee, nutshell, and kickintheballs .. . quite a dry beer, and it stings the tongue, big .. . an ok beer but a bit messy and a dry harsh finish .. . Do you mind taking your free hand off the doorbell..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2011
On tap at Capones. Pours an amber orange color with a white foam head. Sweet caramel flavor with a nice bitter layer. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Tap at rnh. Pours gold. Aroma is Hoppy, light butter, fruit. Taste is also fairly Hoppy but not really bitter at all, kind of strange. Light sweetness, a bot of a metallic taste. Definitely unique but not really in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Draft. Slightly hazy gold, frothy white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hop, malt. Taste has lots of hop flavor, citrus, herb, grass, good malt balance but definitely hoppier than I though it would be. Good stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Draft @ Sunset Grill and Tap. Deep amber body. Small, off-white head. Hops dominate the aroma with notes of orange peel, and pine. A bi of toasted grain and sweet toffee. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation. The hops come through BIG time as it warms. Not a bad brew, just not my type of thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed cereals and their caramelized edges envelop resinous hops in this harmonious, but perhaps generic American Strong Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the hazy amber.
-This doesn’t drink like a very strong brew.
-The nose is rather unexpressive.
-Mouthfeel is not too heavy.

On tap at Naked City.

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