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RATINGS: 208   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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4.2
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Name: Charlie Redux
Date: August 22, 2002
Mode: Draft
Source: Summits - Sandy Springs
Appearance: dark ruby
Aroma: rich malt aroma with lots of fresh hops
Flavor: flavor starts with rich malt with massive fruity notes and sweet piney hops leading to a short bitter finish, the more you drink the sweeter it gets with the carmel character, but the piney hops keep pace to keep it honest

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Score: *** /4

Name: Charlie
Date: May 06, 2001
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Vintage: 1981
Appearance: dark amber, thin head
Aroma: strong piney hop aroma on top of sweet malt
Body: rich malt body
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, rich malt, touch of sweetness, long bitter finish
Overall: everything a celebration wants to be

Name: Charlie
Date: August 16, 2002
Vintage: 1981
still as hoppy as ever, maybe a touch more bitterness, amerillo hops are the best thing since cascade

Name: Charlie
Date: June 18, 2005
Vintage: 1981
Aroma: still a big sweet piney hop aroma
Flavor: big sweet alcoholic malt flavor, long bitter finish, all sweet and bitter with no middle, past prime

Name: Charlie
Date: July 15, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: summits cumming
Vintage: 1981
Appearance: muddy brown
Aroma: rich earthy aroma with lots of sweet pine, lasting tan head
Body: big creamy body
Flavor: very rich malt flavor, lots of bitterness on top of sweet pine, a back and forth battle between the sweet and the bitter with the sweet winning the early rounds before the bitter finally wins with a lingering bitter finish

Name: Charlie
Date: February 15, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: summits
Vintage: 1981
amber, thin fine head, lots of lace, but otherwise same as recent examples

Name: Charlie
Date: March 20, 2010
Mode: cask
Source: summits woodstock
Vintage: 1981
Appearance: muddy orange, scant head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Flavor: sweet and fruity citrus flavor

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

4.1
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2002
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.

4.1
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Soft hop aroma, light citrus and pine. Clear amber color, nice lacing. Full hoppy flavor with a nice bitter hop bite, extremely well balanced. Phenomenal mouthfeel and finish. Very yummy IPA, surprised I was able to find it.

4.1
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Pours a deep brown with little head. Full of citrusy floral hops. A smooth blanket of hops and fruit cover the mouth. Pleasing hop after taste. Damn fine beer.

4.1
biermonk (264) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Another crowd pleaser at the Atlanta Pub Crawl. On tap at Summits. Nice ruby color with a nice off white head. Good amount of floral hoppiness with some huge pine notes. Nicely balanced by the huge malts. Great beer from Rogue

4.1
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Mike and Molly’s in Champaign, IL, came upon this by mistake. Distributor shipped the wrong beer. Now, accidents like that are great. This was an impressive beer. Clear copper body with a full off-white head that decorated the glass with lacing as it receded. The hops were more than evident with that citrusy tang that refreshes. Full bodied, great mouthfeel. The flavor was rich, nice hops bite, malt sweetness, and a hint of barleywine to it. Damned glad this mistake was made.

4.1
marcus (10668) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
This dark amber ale poured with a modest off-white head. The flavor is quite hoppy and bitter, but massive malting results in a very pleasant balance. Thanks to Charlie P. for inspiring this great brew.

4.1
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Amber color with a medium white head. Strong piney-sweet hop aroma with plenty of sweet caramel in the nose. Taste is nice and smooth, with sweet, bready malts and some powerful, yet smooth hops that balance things out. Very nice ASA - not quite an Arrogant/Double Bastard-like assault, but a smooth and overall well-rounded Strong Ale. They should really put this one back in bottles!

4.1
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Tap at Capone’s. Hazy orange/red color. Intense piney aroma. Tastes of grassy and spicy hops, caramel malt and a bit of apricot. Well balanced. Medium body. Very bitter finish. Too good.

4.1
10%drunk (20) - Auburn, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2008
issaquah rogue house. I don’t know who Charley is, but I would like to shake that mans hand.....Good job buddy that is a damn fine beer.


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