scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark hazy coppery reddish, thick off white creamy head. A tight and complex nose of grapefruit, pine, rye, and sweet toffee, with lesser notes of apricot and white pepper. The flavor is similar to aroma with very dry citrus and rye notes dominating up front with only a tiny hint of sweet malt in the background. Not too much balance here, but really itís not necessary for this style. Hopheads will love this! Medium bodied, zesty carbonation, ultra dry, bitter rye finish. I could drink a lot of this in one sitting. Another great one from these guys...
Reid (2178) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz short necked brown bottle.
Very nice looking beer, i decided to use my Chimay chalice,dark,deep,luxuriant ruby red,slightly hazy with a nice sized light tan head, that dissapeared fast leaveing lashings of lace down the chalice.
Quite a hoppy aroma, almost as spicy as the typical American IPA,nice and invigorating.
mmm i like the taste,nice smooth sweetness at first then overwhelmed by the bitter/peppery hops witha touch of what I imagine to be rye on the sides of the tongue, this all blends in quite well leaving a good impression.
Very very nice feel on the palate,luxuriant and creamy smooth but packing a potent "zing".
Very drinkable ale, If I could get this in Oregon ,it would be a regular in my fridge
Thanks to Jah Noth for this excellent ale!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting beer. The smell is nothing new with hops dominating but the body was fuller than I expected yet the taste lighter than the thick pour and deep color would imply. sweet malts balance out an initial hop onslaught but not balanced enough from start to finish. Maybe if I let it warm some... For now this is one of those beers where the complexities come at you in waves, first hops then some interesting sweet malts then a bitter lingering finish that bespeaks of the rye. This is only my second Founders brew rating and Iíve been short-selling myself to have not been trying more. To say they know what they are doing would be a vast understatement.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle...deep garnet red pour with a nice frothy tan head, nice lacing. Floral hop aromas. Very well balanced, hoppy to start, then sweetening out in the middle with the malts and then bittering and spicy to finish. This is almost the best balance for me, as I enjoy the bittering finish and a little sweetness. A masterpiece from Founders...I canít wait to try the Black Rye.
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 It really does qualify as a true "American Strong Ale." The category is nebulous but the brew is not. Well defined and consistent it is. Which is something Founderís has difficulty achieving at times. It is unique and almost undefinable until tasted. Much like Founderís Centennial IPA it is very difficult to describe in relative terms because the flavor is so unique. But unlike the Centennial IPA, Redís doesnít have the quality control problems. When the Centennial is on itís one of the very best, but when itís off itís undrinkable (stale, sour tasting, or even worse, totally blown CO2-wise... hmm, very unusual in a "modern" brew). Redís hasnít suffered from any of these nonsensicalities. Redís Rye is good swag.
kane (111) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I hav found I am very partial to rye ale and this is a very good beer. this reminds me of Bears Hop Rod Rye as the rye gives this a level above other red ales. Full of flavor with an almost medicinal hop twange. Hop flavor, rye aroma and taste, with a memory that will last a long time this is a beer that will call me for a long time.
JMerritt (1915) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Peoria Intíl Beer Festival. Dark orange in color, clear, with a small light-brown head. Orange citrus aroma. Moderately bitter flavor, extremely IPA-ish, until the rye and wheat notes pop at the tail end of the flavor. Finishes bitter and slightly grainy.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a deep red color w/ a big off white head.. A big grass hop and molasis aroma. The palate was rich and mildly creamy. Flavor was citrus and carmel a hint of alcohol in the finish as it warmed and a touch of something fruity. Overall a very well done beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark hazy red with a large light tan head. Huge citrus aroma with sweet malt in the background. Caramel and cirtus hop flavors with a long lightly bitter finish. Light to medium bodied with a full long flavor. Very tasty.
Braudog (6115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured beautifully ... deep red with a waterfall cascade of a head that stayed airy and stuck to the glass. The aroma is grand ... like a blooming citrus grove. This is flavorful, yet restrained, with a floral hop burst up front, but a settling fruit salad bitterness to finish.