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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10520) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2011
On tap at The Petrol Station. Pours a cloudy orange with a small quickly diminishing white head. The aroma is a floral hops and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet wet hop upront and a nice lingering light bitter finish. Easy to drink hiding the alcohol very well, a very good American strong ale from Rogue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
Tap at Naked City. Strong malt and hop scent. Flavour is cool. Hop on light sugary malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2011
tap at proof. orange-brown pour w/ tan head and spotty stick. flower and caramel aroma. flower and grapefruit bitter taste. medium to light sticky texture. mostly all about the bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Tap at Redlight. Hazy gold pour. Big citrus hop nose with some grassy notes in the aroma. Chewy malt, resiny citrus hop taste. Nice hoppy bitterness, pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Clear orange with a fizzy head. Sweet citrus and caramel aroma and taste with decent hop bitterness balanced by candy sugar tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3561) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Hazy orange amber color with a soapy white head. Aroma of hops, pine, toffee, and bread. Sweet toffee flavor with citrus, and slight hop bite. Well-balanced with a strong malt backbone with hops bitterness around the edges. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2011
draft @ redlight redlight. Grassy hoppy nose with citrus notes with hints of bread. Pours slightly hazy golden blonde with a dense white head. Earthy bitterness upfront with solid malt backbone, not a lot of hop flavor but very bitter with a hint of sweetness in the middle. Not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Must, earthy hops start the aroma fading into a graininess. A hazy golden amber with a white head. Clean hop bit to start with bitterness creating a clean finish. Light body but easy to enjoy. A refreshing beer that does not exhibit the alcohol one would expect with a beer this big.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Light hazy orange-yellow, thin white cover. The aroma is odd, mixed hard candies, celery, not unpleasant, but not interesting. The taste is an improvement, a dry herbal bitter over sweet caramel the hops and astringent malt characteristics combine for a fairly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Draft. Deep amber body. Rocky, off-white head. Hops dominate the aroma with notes of orange peel, pine and sap. While the malts take a backseat in the nose, there are notes of toasted grain and sweet toffee. Hints of earthiness and spice. 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. Nicely balanced strong ale. It avoids the thick, grainy texture and flavor of so many other beers in this catch-all style. Piney, citrus hop flavor folds eaasily into the caramel, toffee malts, but emerge in a bitter finish.

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