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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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."

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3.3
thorine (37) - Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2011
On draft at Rich O’s. 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.


3.7
Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Poured up on tap at Flanny’s where it exhibits a deep copper brown body that supports a light tan head of foam that leaves behind some nice sheet lacing. The aroma offers up some roasted malts, sweet malts, a faint dash of fruity esters, pine and then floral hops. The taste delivers a unique unexpected rauch malt sensation that comes and goes, could just be in my mind. It then runs quickly into sweet malts, some roasted malts and bitter pine hops. To midway the hops grow in intensity and pick up an herbal and floral hoppiness. Behind the sort of muddled malts and hops are wafer thin sweet ripe cherry like fruity esters. It’s a bit muddled but still fun to drink.

3.6
northropfrye (3506) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
On tap at JL Beers, Grand Forks. Labelled as "Revolutionary Charlie". Dark auburn body, off white head, some lacing. Rich, malty, boozy, sweet. Some hops, barley wine notes. Nice.

3.7
cards04 (2784) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 1, 2016
A really nice beer. I don’t get a lot on the aroma...some sweetness. Brown sugar maybe. Flavours are sweet and malty. A nice hoppy finish. Good stuff.

3.6
douglas88 (9049) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2016
On tap at the pib. Pours a cloudy orange color with a small white head. A light fruity caramel nose. The flavor is toffee, caramel, marmalade, heat. Ok. Yeasty. .

3.8
raphael (1239) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2016
This one’s called Charlie’s Anniversary Ale. Deep brown, I smell resin, toffee and peaches. Flavors of alcohol, cherry, well-toasted whole wheat--gets a little edgy/harsh as I go on, burnt & bitter.

3.4
slowrunner77 (11912) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 4, 2015
From notes: this beer is like an imperial amber. Same malt/hop balance, just more agressive on both sides, as is the abv. Not bad, not great.

3.2
shigadeyo (3730) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

2/21/2011: Rogue Charlie 1981... Aroma: NONE! Appearance: Hazy, true amber color; frothy off-white head and dense lacing. Flavor: Slightly nutty with citrus/white grapefruit peel bitterness; sour twang in the middle; the strength is well-hidden. Palate: Body is medium-weight; cask-like mouthfeel, yet slick and oily/soapy. Overall: Decent flavor, but underwhelming (as expected); interestingly, this beer has nearly the same flavor profile as the NABC Beak’s Best, but is stronger and over-done and not as good even though this beer is bigger - I guess that proves that bigger is not always better!

Draught sample (8.5% ABV) at New Albanian Brewing Company in New Albany, IN. Rating #205 for this beer.

3.5
Beese (2669) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2013
Draft at The Green Dragon in Portland, OR on 4 June 2013. Pours a hazy copper with a thin off-white head. Strong aroma of malts and bitter hop notes. Big flavours; quite a lot of initial bitterness, more than I was expecting, but it turns to sweetness with the heavy malt and alcohol.

4.3
bpreo (2832) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Upwards of 10% alcohol. A very strong American Strong Ale. At the Brew Pub it comes in a goblet. Highly recommended.

3.4
troopie (2320) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2013
This hits you right in the face. Strong in everything, malty aroma with hops fighting for attention. Malty flavour, as if saying, I’m an ale, not a lager. Finish falls off the table. Something doesn’t quite gel, but worth drinking


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