JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle - it pours a very dark hazy, reddish amber with a 1" thick, creamy tan head. The lacing is extensive and hangs in all the way down. Aroma is complex with rye up front and nuances of grapefruit, orange & pine cones. There is also some sweetness but I could not ID it. Flavor is mostly rye with nuances of grapfruit and other citurs fruits. Mouthfeel is kind of flat but there is a touch of richness to it as well. The aftertaste is very bitter and extremely dry. Obviously a well crafted brew but not one I would drink often!
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Pours a great looking, slightly hazy, reddish brown color with a thick off white head that never completely disapears. Has really good lacing as well.
Smell: hops, plums and apples, bubblegum and rye. Very nice.
Taste: You get the rye right up front, with nice malts, pretty strong citrusy hops, and a slight apple taste . Finshes a bit bitter, but that suites this beer just fine.
This is my first beer from Founders, and Iím quite impressed.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, ruddy red brown pour. Huge aroma of citrus hops. Some malt, maybe some rye. Hops again dominate the flavor - big citrus. Some sweet caramel malts, and some rye, but not a whole lot came through in my pour. I was a little disappointed - I had hoped to get more rye character out of the beer. Regardless, its a great beer.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark red with big frothy head. Aroma is very citrusy and piney. Flavor is big with hops and very woodsie. Finish is rye and sweet malt.
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A hazy red/amber pour with a small, fizzy tan head. Some caramel in the aroma, but mostly citrusy hops. Full and thick body that is quite earthy and resiny. Fairly harsh. Sweet caramel in the flavor, but itís dominated by a strong amount of hops. Bitter, lingering finish. If you mixed a good IPA with a good ESB, this is what youíd get. The label scares me.
Ungstrup (28458) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is caramelic and very hoppy. The flavor is sweet with lots of caramel, and also quite a lot of hops giving it notes of grass, but it also contains notes of cowberries, and it has a dry end.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good nose of piney hops, notes of rye bread and some malt. Hazy amber body, small off-white head. Quite bitter flavor, ryeish, light malty end.
temporrari (380) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish amber, thin white head. Aroma is really nice. Rich floral hops, real juicy. Lots of hops in the flavor, balanced by sweet malts, fruity, piney, more floral, but it finishes moderately bitter and dry. Very light toasted caramel in the aftertaste. An excellent brew.
madsberg (9654) - SÝborg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. LIght brown head. Malty and fruity with a hoppy touch. Peach and pine comes to mine. Flavour is sweet and woody. Has some herbal notes. Fruits as well. Light bitter in the end. Nice one. Thanks to Sammy for the trade.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 Another outstanding Founders brew. Rich malt hop aroma,sweet malt with a touch of cherry and a big bitter hop followup. Palate is a little harsh, but its full body and great hops and rye flavor makes this a winnerIn fact,it has now become one of my favorites and my rating for ithas been significantly highened