HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A murky deep red body with a fairly large off white dense head. The aroma is screaming of hops. So heavy in citric hop aroma and flavor that it cleanses your palate of everything youíve ate in the previous month. A crisp and dry following that doesnít hit you immediately but more in the double aftertaste keeps you seeking more. Similar to Hop Rod Rye but better in my opinion.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think Iím definitely a fan of ryes. Much in the vein of Bear Republicís HopRod, this beer has a ton of bite. Thick rye, grapefruit and some smoothing maltyness in the flavour. Spicy, Hoppy and Crisp. Like a glass of grapefruit juice with rye toast and a thin layer of jam.
Kinz (2971) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to BBB63 for sending me this one! Reddish orange appearance, faint haze, nice tan head that lasts well, an attractive brew. Hoppy aroma, with notes of grapefruit and faint spice. Inviting. Hops hit you first, with notes of grapefruit and an invigorating shot of pineapple. Fades into a sparing pepper flavor (rye speaking up here?), and bit of a paprika finish that goes dry. I really liked this one, quite quaffable as well. Under-rated.
DocLock (6800) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Huge thanks to BBB63 for this one. Pours hazy ruby/copper with medium off-white head. Aroma of huge resiny hops, some malt, some grapefruit and honeydew. Tastes very hoppy, very fruity. Tons of fruit taste including grapefruit, honeydew, even strawberries and canteloupe. Very complex aroma and flavor. I thought this was either a red ale or an Impy IPA. Super smooth, highly hoppy and fruity palate. As a hophead, I love this one, and it would be great in any style category. This is my 3rd Founders beer, and the 3rd that has earned perfection. Does God brew for Founderís?
Terminus (2892) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle-HUGE thanks to jtw for sending this MI gem my way. Pours a clear dark orange hue with vigerous carbonation. a nice 1/2 inch off-white head topped the beer that was smooth and soft looking. Aroma of citric hops, flowery, sweet and nice grapefruit notes. The flavors mimic a dreadnaught light (similar hop bill it tastes like). Flavors of citric hops, biscuity toasted malts, with a touch of rye in the finish that is ever so slight. The palate is well rounded, excentuating the citric hops with undertones of pine and grapefruit with a good malt bill to back them up. great balance and complexity. the hops are present across the entire palate. This beer has sheets of lacing! truely amazing apearance in my snifter. Resiny finish (piney hops-chinnok/cascade?). I can see this being a very delicate beer that need to be sampled as fresh as possible. Another winner from founders and MI. You MI people are so damn lucky.....a kick ass beer!
thegreenrooster (2807) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a deep red with a big white head. Aroma is truly wonderful. Its a spicy,hop and piney goodness that will leave you asking for more. Flavor is lots of piney and citrus hops with a dose of malts hits you at the end. A wonderful beer experience. Founders is bar none my favorite brewer in the world.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy copper-orange body topped by a pillowy light tan head. The aroma is loaded with hops, citric and floral. Very hoppy. The flavor is a bit more complex, loads of grapefruit, pine, and some floral hoppiness, the malts are moderately sweet but are not the story here. A bit of harshness develops as it warms. Medium body. A nice beer, though it has notes of the Devil Dancer (harshness) that I am not fond of. The rye is not nearly as pronounced as in the black rye. I prefer the Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic for a monster hoppy rye beer. I have a few more bottles will need to give them a whirl to see my opinion stays the same.
Juelze (1126) - 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 (622) - 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 (4635) - 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!