IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is floral hops and more floral hops, very strong. Cloudy red in appearance, with 1/2 inch head that narrows to thin film on top. Flavor is spicy hops with a bit of sweetness. I was expecting something sweeter than this. Still good, but lacks the complexity of the Black Rye. Tastes like an IIPA to me. Finish is quite bitter and somewhat creamy.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I have never been impressed with this. It really is just too bland for me.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another winner from Founders. From a bottle, this pours a deep ruby amber with a big, tan head. Strong rye in the aroma with a bit of spicy hops in the background. Initial taste is sweet but then thereís a sudden WHACK of dry, bitter rye. Nice hop quality rounds out the experience. Very smooth, medium weight beer with nice carbonation. Iím really loving rye brews and this one is an excellent example.
TheEpeeist (3492) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Orange-brown with a thin, creamy, tan head. Fruity hop nose with a little rye. Orange-grapefruit; subtle rye. Citrus peel persists. Medium-light, medium carb.
jrob21 (2854) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy light brown color, red hues, big creamy tan head. Floral and hoppy aroma. Well balanced smooth taste. Creamy head gives way to a nice maltiness and finishes with a bitter tasty hop bite. A bit sweet and now the caramel comes out the second time around. Other than the hops this reminds me a lot of a double.
undsioux7 (835) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Nice ruby red/copper pour with a frothy off white head. Aroma of caramel, floral, sweet spice. Mouthfeel is nicely full with sweets and malts hitting first with some floral hops in the middle and dry finish.
Re-Rate: Sweet malts and hops are a perfect balance in aroma and flavor. Sweet malty goodness in the mouthfeel with a great floral hop in the end with the still dry finish!!
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured highly carbonated, actually over flowed out of the bottle, then took about 20 minutes to finally pour into the glass. The head is light brown thick and frothy like whipped egg white. The body has yeast floating around the red-orange body and looks wonderful. The smell is funky, rye, caramel, light citrus hops, and a powdered drink mix aroma. The taste is syrupy upfront with a bitter hop bite that is followed by a smooth blast of sweetness leaving a bready like quality in the finish. This is a wonderful brew that has alot going on def going to go back to this brew.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap. Aroma: Spicy citrusy hops with malt sweetness, and perhaps a whisper of rye. Appearance: A deep red color with a frothy tan head. A beautiful looking beer. Flavor: Lots of dry-hopped flavor throughout. Mostly tasting of citrus and resin. A delicate malt sweetness lurks under the hops. Rye can be detected in the aftertaste and when breathing while holding the beer in the mouth. Palate: I thought the mouthfeel was a little underdone, perhaps due to the rye. The dry finish provided by the rye, however was nice. Overall: This is a good beer, but didnít quite do it for me. I found the hops to be a liitle too upfront and that they left very little room for the malt sweetness to shine. A little out of balance for me.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby brown, small dense layer of light tan head. Dark carmel aroma with bright, lively citrus hops. A little toasty/buttery. Chewy orange rind bitterness, nicely balanced with a smooth sweet maltiness. More hops (a lot more) than I anticipated, but the balance still comes off nicely. The orange rind gives it an almost astringent quality to the palate, but in this case, Iíd say it was a contribution, not a fault. This is odd classed as an American Strong Ale. Not really that strong. But I did enjoy it. And I canít really think of another catagory that fits it better.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 Re-rated on 8/21/06 - Terrific brew from the bottle. Great in every sense. Many IPA characteristics, just more umph in the body and texture department. This will become a regular in my fridge.
Pours a dark amber - Iíve never poured a beer with a head like this. Could have just been the batch - I poured this beer like every other beer I pour and the head exploded on me. It was actually pretty cool. Medium body beer. Nice Flavor - definately picking up on the caramel malts. Nice bitter finish - not sure about the spicy finish as mentioned in the description. Left an unusual hot sensation in my throat. I have to buy it again just to find out whats happening with the head.