beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy fogged over bottle brown with a scarlet glow. Big, yellow cigarette stained cap of foam. Resides down slowly to a slim mushroom cap and the lacing is amazing with tons sticky snowflake sheeting.
Solid hoppy aroma of raw, fresh, green, floral hop cones. Leafy with a grapefruit mush and floral sweetness twisted in with airy pine. Tilted towards a pungent edgeyness and floating behind it is a welcome toasty breadyness.
Toasty and hoppy flavors build and place all sorts of fun intricacies within a toasty rye bread caked with torn and tatteredly taken from the vine, hop cones. Great little slips of lightly souring bitterness revealing parched white grapefruit, leafyness abounds, bits of pine tar, and fine tuned dryness carrying into the finish with a caring of character. Subtle grassy spice, mint, and smoked leafyness engages some areas of the finish as it evolves.
Slippery, yet set with a bold rich intensity in a medium body feel with very controlled toasty tones and heavy hop handedness. Fluffy textured with hops, smooth, warm, and toasty. Oh...and damn yummy! Another fine addition to the Founders family. Unbelievably delicious and drinakable. Enjoy.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
ruby orange slightly cloudly color. nice creamy short tan head. sweet rye malt aroma and hop scent together. flavor is fresh grapefruit rind, hoppy bitterness. a little stone fruit flavor too. less rye malt in the flavor, but enough to keep that divergent balance.
jimhilt (2369) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a five-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Clear red/amber color. Hoppy/malty nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts hoppy and the hops dominate leaving a lingering bitter aftertaste. Expecting something a little more mellow. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle thanks to Mullman. Auburn color with a medium sized tan head. Nice big hoppy aroma with lots of grapefruit and a mildly sweet malt background. Flavor was similar, but the citrus hop flavor pretty much overwhelmed the maltiness. Still very good.
BCAR (220) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red color. Intense grapefruit-hop aroma. Rich mouthfeel, again citrus elements. Slight bitter finish. Very enjoyable.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poursa cloudy orange hue witha halo of a tan head. Aromas of pine, spruce, a little apple, and light butteriness. Flavors of light chocolate, roasted nuts,and malt.
PorterPounder (5092) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Discount Liquors, Milwaukee, WI., 12 oz bottle. Still trying to figure out rye beers
- but if they all taste like this keep making íem! Pours a dark copper color with an everlasting off-white colored head which lasts all day and thick creamy lacing. Fresh floral aroma with sweet nectarine hints. Delectable flavor which has the usual grapefruity hoppiness, but subdued, mellowed and rounded to a syrupy sweet concoction.
Hints of caramel and mint make their appearance to make a weel rounded IPA. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, leaves you thirsting for more. Excellent American Strong Ale (or Rye!).
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour was a nice golden amber color. Nose filled with a wonderful mix of huge hops and rye. Taste is simlar but malts kick in to give it a superb mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this badboy.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 Deep amber brown with a thin, bubbled creamy tan head. Wondrous aroma - rye and hops are a no shit, but weíve got some caramelized pecans, pine sap, chamomile and lilacs. Tingly, bitter and bright palate hit. Slippery caramel, brazed walnuts and shortbread pretzel cookies. Some oaken / cedar qualities as well, lending a smooth trait to the unique brew. A little syrupy. Caramel, toasted malts and single malt scotch carry true to the finish.
skaughty (641) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Founders have brewed a Hop Whompus Lite, and that isnít an insult. This beer hits you like a rose garden (sweet and sharp). The flavor has the backbone to carry the citrus assault. The caramel and grass leads to an acidic finish, where the tongue is left with a little dance. Lively, fresh and a direct hit on the nose and throat.