Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Bottle... Picked this up at the local Woodmanís (this beer lovers Mecca) to just try it out. Aroma had a nice light floral smell to it. Poured a nice creamy head with slight lacing. Flavor was awesome! Slight hoppy taste which is balanced out by the light citrus notes. This beer hits you with itís flavor and then leaves. Lightly carbonated and very smooth. I personally love a hoppy beer but sometimes itís too much and I want the hoppiness to be lighter. Founders achieves the balance perfectly. A great beer all around!
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 You know what? Just guess what. Just guess.
Hereís the answer: Itís just nearly like sneaking Arrogant Bastard in through the back door. Unfreakinbelievable, man. No multi-thousand-dollar small-brewery ad campaign to make you know you drinking something Worthy. I knew the aroma was familiar, but didnít quite place it right off. It had the best aspects of an IPA aroma, like Victory Hop Devil amplified, but not quite. No, it was the very close relative of The Arrogance. Greg K., youíve got some competition. Every beer (3 and counting) Iíve tried from this brewer is hard-hitting. Iíd love to try this in a face-off with AB, just for the overall fun of it. Aroma, appearance, flavor, palate, overall, ABV, just delectible. Head and appearance . . . Iíve run out of words to describe appearance-ecstacy. Bill Russell upon winning #11 in 13 years. Founders, so far, you rock!
TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to joeybgood for another! Pours a deep copper. Tiny tanned head. Aroma is rich , oily hops, light sweetness, faint rye, and pine needles. Taste is big hops, pine, light citrus, rye, maple-like sweetness, and creamy malts. Excellent! Body is oily with moderate carbonation and a medium feel. Obvious lingering bitterness. Finishes with more big hoppiness, pine, light citrus, creamy malts and brown sugar. Totally different than I expected and a really nice surprise!
Muckrakerr (33) - Muskegon, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into an Enlish Pint glass. Foamy one inch head, dark amber color, mild lacing. Phenominal aroma: floral grass, pine, citrus. Excellent mouth-feel. Flavor is rich and complex and mirrors the aroma. Alot going on here. Outstanding ale!! Bravo Grand Rapids!
Tmoney99 (13065) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brew pub in Grand Rapids. Rich red color with rocky medium head. Complex flavor of of sweet malt and hops. Finish was long and tangy. Another good brew.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 bottle to shaker from Crane Alley, Urbana-Champagne, IL / wow, really good! reminded me of a heavier, more fuller, Brian Boru Old Irish Red from Three Floyds. definitely a dry, bready, raw, rye bite, with a pretty orange citrusy hop punch. UPDATE 4/11/05: tulip / uprated aroma. delicious.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Beautiful ruby color with a small, creamy tan head that slowly fades to a ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma is strong hops - citrus, grapefruit, floral grass, orange, light caramel. Taste is initially sweet grapefruit, flowery hops, then steeped malts, caramel, pine, and spices with a nice sweetness towards the middle. Finishes mildly spicy, dry, with notes of floral hops and bitter malt. Medium bodied, but nice creamy, full mouth feel. Nicely balanced throughout.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Why had I been putting off getting this??? Seemed generic when compared to the Breakfast Stout and Devil Dancer I suppose. Poured out a very deep amber red color. Tannish head with a touch of red in it. Nice lacing. Aroma is a mix of malty sweetness, pine and floral hop notes. Nice medium body. Very well balanced. Somewhat sweet and drying. Flavor mixes piney hops and sweet caramel malts together quite well. Lingering hops in finish. Quite well done!!
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: Ruby red with initial large frothy head which fades to a ring, produced some lace. The aroma has major notes of scotch pine, grapefruit, roasted malts, caramel and a floral quality. Picked up some clove and cardamom as well. The taste is a bit bitter, hops are to the forefront but the large grist bill keeps them in check and added a nice sweetness midsection. The finish has a spicy note, some lingering bitters, and the one place to find a hint of the rye. The feel us aggressive and sharp, slightly metallic and chalky, refreshing enough. Overall, this is one solid beer and yet again an offering from the most improved brewery in America (not that they were bad to begin with). Recommended.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just had the blackrye ale, so now its time for the red I figure. Color is a deep red and a thin head on top. Aroma is like an IPA, strong citrus and floral notes. Flavor is a good blend of sweet malt caramel flavor and hop bitterness. The palate leans more towards the strong bite side at the end, but begins more tame. Another quality brew by founders. I expect the IPA to be just as tastey now.