atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby read with full tight off white head. Wonderful hop presence in the aroma. Very flowery hop aroma. Fabulous feel is the first thing I noticed with the initial sips. Medium to full body, very smooth, and with a creamy feel. The flavor is largely grapefruit but with a nice malt presence and some rye characteristics. They play off each other farily nicely, with a very plesant hop finish.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 The Lure:
Scintillating citrus fruit drop to the wet earth, exploding and spurting their juices. Cranberries and apricots are scattered around as well, even sticking to the fallen bark around them. Bursting with life.
A step within reveals a cumbersome earth which is going to make the travelling difficult. But the wooden hop bitterness works perfectly with the ryeís dryness, especially due to the surprisingly cushion-y feel. Lemons and grapefruits stick to my soles and will remain long after Iím sure.
Another natural wonder from Founders.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong grapefruit, resinous pine, orange and spicy rye in the aroma. Clear, amber-brown with ruby highlights and a dense, decent, fine-bubbled head that recedes to cover with some lacing. Strong and spicy orange, pine hop flavour with assertive bitterness. Medium-light body with fair carbonation. Bottle (Mar. 2005) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie. Thanks, ClarkVV!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Dark pink-red and cloudy with a full medium tan head...massive Cascade aroma, grapefruit and very sour lemons with a touch of vanilla that doesnít quite moderate the eye-watering intensity...thick malt in the creamy body, a relief after all the acid in the nose, though citrus does come in strongly soon and almost overwhelms the beguiling mouthfeel. Peppery, intensely sour finish.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky dark red color with a thin off-white head. Very seductive aroma of citrusy and resinous hops with rye. Very good flavor of citrusy and resinous hops with rye and caramel, the bitter is finish. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Cool, another great beer from Founders, they never cease to amaze me !
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper-orange appearance. The head is initially nice, off-white, but quickly resumes to cover. Appealing rye, cookies and raisin nose contain a strong multi-hopped facet reminiscent of smoky/earthy centennial. Bitterness comes out quite heavy. Bready and earthy profile, nicely leafy and woody toward the finish, but citric all the way. Medium bodied, slight creaminess, smooth overall feel. Good stuff.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with a thin layer of bubbles that stick around. Aroma is full citrus and slight piney hops followed by a nice full sweet malt with a slight rye. Flavor is a very nice blend of citrus and slightly piney hops and nice rye and slightly stick sweet malt mixture with the rye cutting the caramel flavors. The palate is a bit watery. Very tasty.
OldGrowth (2483) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from Julioís.Real good nose, Pine, floral, orange, toffee/caramel. Clean orangy red color, small beige head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors, Citrusy, grapefruit/orange, rye has bite, some caramel, but its buried by the hops. Medium bodied, thick creamy mouthfeel, Citrusy rye bitter, dryish, finish. Man thatís a nice ASA. Founders just keeps rolling.
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is tricky and not as boistrous as Iíd like initially. Piney hoppiness comes through with some caramel and sweet notes. The aroma improes with time. Mostly transparent amber-red color with a light tan head. Lots of cherry-sweet roasted caramel maltiness in the start, turning increasingly bitter with the rye really hitting you. This is s little too bitter for me and itís a little over-carbonated as well.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft) The first sip of this was just disgusting, but I vowed to drink a couple of inches to give it a fair test. At about halfway through the pint I decide I sorta liked it. By the end of the pint I wanted another one. An odd-tasting beer that just grew on me. Not sure I can describe the taste.