fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Poured a gift bomber for my birthday into a snifter amber with very little head.
Aroma is some sweet hoppiness here. Aroma says little actually.
Flavor is better. Caramel first then tons of dry rye. Bitter.
Balance is good but carbonation here is almost gone. ???? Seems a bit flat. Maybe an older bottle?
Overall quite tasty and would seek out another bottle just to make verify my review. cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Aroma is barely distinguishable but pick up some rye. Appearance is clear golden amber with no head unless swirled producing a white foam layer. Taste at first made me think barleywine but that quickly vanished leaving a salty and slightly bitter finish. Palate was a bit thin. Overall I’d say pass on buying this. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Caramel with big, foamy, beige head / Deep nose of candied brown sugar, citrus, and rye / Medium to full body, sweet and somewhat syrupy, chewy, with excellent balance and light bitter finish / Earthy flavors of molasses, caramel, tobacco, grapefruit, date, raisin, and rye / It’s a great strong ale, even barley wine, but probably off for an ipa. Who cares? Reminds me of Lagunitas Brown Shugga. MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Started out very funky on the nose. Almost like a toilet bowl. Luckily that blew off after a moment or two. The earthy hops and spiced rye came out more on the nose. The flavor was a lot more of the same. I didn’t think the malt came across as too sweet. However, the hops needed to be a bit more crisp or fresh. Not quite as good as I would have hoped. Not bad. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Copper pour. Lots of sticky malts in the nose and the rye is evident. Flavor is a bit sticky, rye adds some dryness and nice notes, hops are there but a bit overpowered.
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2011
(750ml bottle courtesy of auroracrisis). Pours a hazy orange-copper color with soapy off-white head. Aroma is hard candy, rye, caramel.
Taste is sweet malts with some rye spiciness. Sticky texture. Not bad, but probably past its prime.
AirForceHops (7680) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2011
750 ml bottle. Thanks to Drfabulous. Used a pint. Moderate retention and lace. Cloudy orange in color. Nose was interesting grassy rye, citrus and a bit of sweet bread. Taste of heavy rye, pine, citrus and sweet malt, nice and balanced with mild hop bitterness. Lots of juicy hop flavor without a ton of bitterness. Very tasty brew and I wish I had a chance to try more from the Brewery. Solid. AcctError131151 (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2011
750 mL bottle. Recovered from a thieving future in-law.
Aroma - Moderate citrus hop aroma. Spiciness. By the aromas and flavors, I am guessing this bottle is a little past its prime.
Appearance - Poured a cloudy brownish-red. Very little head that leaves little lacing. It cleared up a bit as it warmed, but this is definitely its weakest attribute.
Taste - Very sweet and spicy. Bitterness hits a bit upfront, but stays a long time. Longest-lasting bitterness in an IPA I can remember. Hop flavor stays with you until the end, too.
Palate - Very thick, oily, lubricating. I’m not sure how I feel about this kind of palate.
Overall - This is my first RyePA. I am having trouble putting together my overall thoughts on this beer. Until I can do so, all I will say is that I think this is pretty good. I probably would not buy it again, but would gladly accept it if offered. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2011
750ml from Liquor Barn, Louisville. Nice creamy looking pour, a faintly cloudy orange with a big foamy head. Nose immediately suggests that I did not get this one at its freshest, with a strong bready note threatening to overtake the still evident hops. But to taste, the sweet, faded malts are actually complemented well by the rye. Overall it’s a bit too thin, and needs more spice and bitterness. But I enjoyed this after my initial worries. hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle pours dark amber with small light tan head despite an aggressive pour. Aromas are caramel, grass, and some spice. Taste is mostly caramel malt, that gives way to the bitterness and spice of the rye. Hops are noted for the tangy citrus, but the rye is more prevalent. Mouthfeel is sticky and a bit heavy for the style. Overall, not bad, but too many other better competitors out there....Founders Red’s Rye.