demitriustown (1098) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown pour with a nice medium sized head that lasts. Aroma is rye bread, hoppy, caramel, with a nice dryness to it. Taste is medium bodied rye again, rather bitter, a light chocolate note, lightly sweet, and a bit of nutmeg. Palate is mild and bitter/sweet. Good beer from Founders in GR (Grand Rapids). Would be nice with a hearty meal.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 Bottle from a mix a six. Reddish hue with an off white head that lingers nicely. Good lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and a hint of rye. Initial taste is dominated by hops, but as it goes to back of the mouth, I pick up the rye with sweet hints of berry, malt, and spice. Finish is semi- dry, hoppy, and I picked up a a subtle flavor of candy red hots. Hoppiness lingers at the back of the mouth. This stuff is great and always consistent, and is probably one of my favorite session beers. I always pick up a six when I am in a town that carries this line.
Odeed (1795) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bonus brew from styles)poured into a sifter and was shown a murky orange body with a nice white head that left some lacing.my nose could pick up grapefruit like hops,red kool-aid,and white grape juice.flavor was a mix of dry hops,red kool-aid(or red punch)and a bit of earth.mouthfeel was on the medium side and the finish was dry.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Boy I sure like these beers with malted rye....maybe itís a novelty, but I like it anyway. Big reddish-amber pour, fluffy off-white head. Big citrus hop aroma...kinda suprised me. Thereís some malt there too, but itís definitely here in a supporting role. Spicy hoppiness in the flavor with a better malt presence. Very tasty. Medium bodied and flavorful. I canít think of a Founders concoction thatís disappointed me yet.
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy, deep amber/brownish color, beige head. aroma is fairly strong on the lemony hops and is quite tart/tangy. flavor is initially quite lemony and floral with a bit of a numbing alcohol feel on the tongue. there is a slight herbal chocolatiness in the finish and aftertaste. the hop profile reminds me a little of Bellís Two-Hearted.
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color a red hued amber, with a thin head of off-white. Aroma a cloying aroma of oranges and resin. Flavor is sweet and deliciously hoppy, but lacks much in the way rye flavor, instead a coarse grainy tooth combined with the sticky sweet orange and lime floral. Finish is a touch grassy, mixed with lucious sweetness.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is hazed reddish amber with a thin almost non existant head...smell is very hoppy...grapefruit and pine...wow...this taste great!!! Lightly malty up front, but turning to a nice chewy bitterness...not just something watery on the sides of my tongue, but all over it and what phenomenal body!!!
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep red on the pour with fruit, maybe some grapefruit. Nice flavors of light caramel sweetness and full fruit with a somewhat bitter finish. Thanks Steward of Gondor for the brew.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber golden colored, foamy tan head. Very fruity and hoppy aroma with a sweet candied note. Notes of orange, peach and lemon. Nice! Fruity and hoppy flavor as well with a good balanced bitterness. A bit thin in the body but tasty!
Kevin (2109) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
bottle from santa, thanks man, if we ever meet, the first one is on me ;). part two of my red white and black evening. nice murky red pour that looks like something i saw drain out of lumpyís 76 caprice classic back in the day with a sticky yellow tinted head. damn fine aroma of plums, paint, scotchguard, booze, tangerine, candy and something close to climax. i seriously may change my favorite style to rye beers. the sweet flavor always gives me a bit of a stiffy. a great fruit flavor of orange, lime, grape, apple and other goodies, reminds me of a good spiked punch at a fairground. nutty cotton candy notyes are nice. especially in the finish christwagons, this is good. even the bit of dryness in the finish works well. thanks again you mystterious man in wisconsin.