badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2009
this was simply a spice ale i had on tap at founders...astounding that it was given a 4.4 and a 4.1 in my opinion..this is not a variation of reds rye either..amber pour with medium head...aroma of SPICE (cinn, nutmeg, clove, cardamon, etc...)..flavor is of SPICE (same exact..) bdigital actually descrided it accurate and that it may have had spruce in it..very much a seasonal ale BeNobleDark (62) - Allendale, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2009
This beer is a fantastic variation of Founder’s base recipe: Founder’s Red Ale.
The beer has a fantastic spice characteristic that plays fantastically well on the phenomenally balanced Red Ale base recipe. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove all mingle together in a beautiful soft presence that only enhances the Red Ale’s simple and straightforward elegance.
The color is a gorgeous amber/brown, with a beautiful, soft brown head. Excellent retention with a phenomenal spice aroma that mingles with the soft hop presence.
Overall this beer is fantastic, I loved it. Some may think that the spices aren’t present enough, but I think they balance phenomenally well.
Great brew! bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Growler from the brewpub...pours a dark amber with a thick tan head. Immediately there is an insane rush of cinnamon and nutmeg that comes wafting off the brew...some other notes of gingerbread cookie and spruce pop up and collectively dominate this brew. Medium light body...very creamy. Nice, toasted malt base with the aforementioned spices and a bit of pine on the finish. Pretty much the epitome of Christmas to me. Now if only Bells had made a Christmas brew this good.