Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of those "Emmeril" beers - "BAM!" - the citrus hop aroma wakes you up; "BAM" - the orange red bubbly brew topped with a thick head and fantastic lacing really catches your eye; "BAM!!" the flavor - oh the flavor! - super tongue shriveling rye really coats the tongue - tastes like very sharp rye toast and cirtus grapefruit orange peel. "BAM!!!!" - the finish is like an everlasting gobstopper made of rye and hops. We may have this listed as "an ale" , but it could kick the ass of many IPAís. More and more good brew from Founders - Iím never disappointed.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2007 Okay Iím missing it again folks, this stuff tastes, looks, smells like Bear Republicís Hop Rye, but it doesnít get near the accolades. Ruby red color, moderate off white head. Aroma is very piny and moderately citrus. This is very much an IPA flavor and a good one at that, just like Hop Rye. Flavor is bitter and piney. Slight dry finisih. If you like an IPA, try this beer and you will not be disappointed. Like an amber ale, ryes can have a big variety in flavor and this one is very IPAíish.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright red beer with an off white head that left LOTS of lacing. WHEW! This has just a rediculous amount of citrus hop aroma! I think it might be Simcoe or Amarillo. Like Marinaro said, thereís lots of bisuit flavor here, along with a dry spicy thing (probably the rye). Loads of hop flavor too. Parching finish. Awesome stuff.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Funky Kriek red with a foamy white head, nose was all biscuit and slight caramel. As it warmed, much more came out, piney hops, rye breadiness, perfume. Body is rich, creamy, biscuity, malty, complexity came out with perfumy, citrusy hops and rye bread seediness. Alcohol peeked through. fabulous. this is one not to be missed, I saw some bottles, so beg for then from your favorite Michigan raters!
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a wonderful appearance: a very amberlike, cherry red color; a bready, spicy rye flavor, mostly dominated by hops, with a slight bitter aftertaste. somewhat comparable to an IPA
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Positivley love the color of this beer .. this is the amber color that all beers attempting to do so should strive for. Some spiciness in the aroma, but not sure if it hop or rye derived. I will say that the hops seemed a little strong and tended to overpoewer the hops. Still the spiciness is their, lingering in the background. This beer was very quaffable and I could see drinking many of these!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Blooming red in color, hazy appearance, nice slab of creamy-toned foam sits above.
Nice hops, rich maltiness, very bright and vibrant, lively and luscious.
Taste: big buckets of yum. tingly, delcious hops on the palate, warm, full, jam-packed with flavor. Very nice, full of fruit and malt. Incredibly smooth.
doesnít taste like any rye beer Iíve ever had, the hops are on the top, and the malt is so ...so, everything.
this is damned nice, and would be an a shoo-in as a regular in my fridge, were I able to purchase it locally...full-bodied, with a soft, lush fruity finish. silky.
And I think I said "yum" already...Iíll say it three times, then you know itís true.
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color out of the bottle with a thin tan head that left no real lacing. Dark malt sugar nose. Slight tartness with plum and almost raspberry fruitiness on top of the malt sweetness. Some citrus hops in the finish. Not all that interesting.
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at 2004 MBG Summer Festival. Small tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. Transparent, softly carbonated and a brown hue. Malty and rye aroma. Hoppy flavor from start to finish. Tingly and hoppy mouthfeel. Sparse lacing.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival Saturday July 24, 2004. This draft brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles. The body was transparent softly carbonated and copper-red in color. The aroma was hoppy and contained red mart notes. The mouth feel was tingly with a caramel hop palate and a very hoppy finish. The flavor contained notes of strong hops and a very good mix of rye.