Kevin (2148) - 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.
wallybear (1) - Marion, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I first tried this at the GToM in Madison, and fely it was the BEST beer in attendance. I found it recently in IL, and have been rejoined with the AWESOME finish of amarillo hops, and sweet maltiness.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Luminous (fantomeish?) ruddy amber. Sharp spicy sweet hoppy aroma. Grassy grapefruit and other exotic fruity hop aroma. Medium bodied, moderate clean bitterness with sweet malts, carmelly, yet with a tangy spicy (rye) finish. Late grapefruit rind and orange peel hops take the tandem malty sweet/tangy spice finish.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a red/amber color with a small head and a little bit of lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy and floral with just a hint of rye. Flavor is refreshing and enjoyable with hints of hops and slight floral tones. Nice and smooth on the palate. Overall a very enjoyable beer.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. wow the fluffy head on this one is like a 3" whipped cream topping on a ice cream sundae. powerful nose of citrus and floral notes. fizzy medium body with some malt and more citrus hops. if it smells like an IPA and tastes like an IPA then,,,,,well you know what I mean.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an almost clear, ruby-amber color that shows rich copper-orange highlights when held up to the light. The head is frothy, rocky, initially a finger thick and a full tan color with a bit of an amber tinge. The aroma is quit hoppy; a mix of herbal notes, pine and citrus. I get aromatic notes of candied orange peel, and grapefruit; both of which come to dominate the aroma after a bit.
The taste has a sharp hoppiness to it that carries through almost to the end, but actually mellows and becomes a lingering, smooth, sweet citrus note and a bright bitterness. This is definitely hop dominated, but there is a malt character here, which, through its caramel notes, helps to accentuate the fruity citrus character of the hops. As the beer warms up it begins to pick up some minty menthol like notes in the finish. I canít say that the rye is really noticeable here; perhaps it adds a bit to the body of the beer and it seems to make it have a head with more staying power. As with many of the so called "rye" beers this is a hop bomb; donít get me wrong, I definitely am enjoying this beer, but I am curious as to what the rye is really adding.
Frank (3269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Man, I wish I had a camera to take a picture of this head. Huge and rocky, like something out of a Coors commercial only thankfully not topping anything close to as lowly as Coors. The color is not so brilliant but is an altogether attractive hazy orange.
Really, I think itís about time we admit that an IPA made w/ rye is an IPA rather than this "American Strong Ale" gibberish. The nose on this thing is huge, likely due to dry hopping but damned if I know their techniques--nice and citric but w/ sort of an earthy or green vegetal twinge. Still, very nice. The flavor is more of the same. That nice rye spiciness does come through in both the aroma and the flavor but, as is often the case in commercial rye beers, is overshadowed by the hop attack. Medium bodied w/ gentle but spunky carbonation. The green, earthy element comes out again in the finish. Overall, a very tasty IPA w/ a nice rye character as well.
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Hazy amber/ruby pour with a well-retained beige head and great lacing. Powerfully-hoppy aroma of fresh grapefruit, a hint of pine, and a huge dose of floral... but there was also a caramel base with great spiciness. Centennial hops abound at first sip, followed by a dose of Cascadey grapefruit... with just enough caramel to back it up. Finish was long and full of bittering hops, with flavors of grapefruit and a bunch of spices. This was an excellent treat!
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Never did get around to rerating this. 601 ratings later. Pours a hazy yellowish red with a one finger yellowish beige head. Aroma of spicy pine and citrus hops, also some sweet caramel malts. I will admit Iím drinking this way too cold, so I may need a third rerate. Flavor is much the same with some fresh resiny pine up front, all the while being quite spicy with a nice caramel malt backbone. Light to moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Very tasty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All right, my first rating, so bear with me. Bottle. Pours a nice red with a moderate-sized head, which dissipates quickly, slightly cloudy. I smell hops--pine and grapefruit, which I love. Aroma kinda reminds me of Three Floyds Alpha King. Iím unable to pick out the rye , maybe due to the strong hops. Nice bitter aftertaste. Iím glad I got this one. Will have to try some other Founders brews. 7-4-7-3-17--3.8
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Tasty stuff for such a low price. One of my go-to strong ales from one of my favorite breweries. There is a great malt backbone to the biting hop finish, and the rye takes one off-guard, its a like having a drink youíre used to and then something funky added to it, but not enough to entirely change it. A deep crimson hue to the dark brown color makes this one of the better looking strong ales. Solid notes of pine and citrus, and just a hint of soap on the nose and palate that Iíve never tasted before, so Iím hoping there wasnít a batch problem. Given Iíve had this one so many times from the bottle and on tap, and this is the first time Iíve picked up the note, Iím ignoring the soap in the score.