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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3286) - 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 (2458) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Thanks to chuck for sharing. Amber pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is piney. Grapefruit, resiinous hops, with a nice malty backbone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
horto008 (180) - Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2011
For a strong ale, I was impressed with the bitterness and general hoppiness that offset the sweetness I was expecting for the style. Head was thin (on draft) and general palate was thick and meaty for the style. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorine (37) - Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2011
On draft at Rich Os. Pours amber with slight haze. Head thin, though easily replenished. Aroma rather attenuated, mostly of citrus and piney hops. Taste much like an IPA, hop forward, with a pleasant background of caramel maltiness. Finishes with rather strong bitter that lingers nicely. Some alcohol shows through, but this is not unpleasant. As the pour is quaffed, the maltiness seems to excess itself more, perhaps partially due to the moderate cloy. Overall, a pleasant beer, although not spectacular.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, which is appropriate as CVille is where Charlie Papazian made his first homebrew. Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Charlie Papazian? Maybe not quite... but close. Hes certainly cooler than that other local celeb Dave Matthews. Too bad this beer isnt worthy of the name. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium frothy offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and some kind of wet animal. I thought it was more wet cat, but my friend thought it was more wet dog. Anyway, you get the point. The taste is a bit better... toffee, bitter earthy and citrus hop notes. Medium bodied. Blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (32182) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2011
Draft. A hazy amber beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has strong notes of hops, grass, and grapefruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, caramel, hops, grapefruits, and grass, as well as a light note of metal from the alcohol, leading to a dry, bitter, and grapefruity finish.

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