Aureth (20) - Knoxville, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2005
Bottled Picked this up on a whim in a Woodman’s in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Nice looking pour, amber with a bit of a fluffy head that thins down to a film rather rapidly. Fruity, floral notes in the nose. Slightly sweet and grainy upon first taste, with a strong, spicy, bitter finish. A really excellent beer. jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Oh yeah. Sort of an amped up amber with a rye kick. Or maybe not. Nice body, good sweet malt backbone with balanced hops. I’m not familiar enough with rye to detect what it does exactly, but I like it. Thanks Crawfords! hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2005
Poured a cloudy copper red with an average size khaki head. Sharp pine and leather aromas. Flavor is lightly acidic at first. It has a slowly growing bitter feeling that rolls down your throat while a pine flavor rises up into your palate. Medium dry palate. Overall this is like a mild IPA. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2005
This was excellent. Am becoming very impressed with Founders. Had this on tap at The Blind Pig in Champaign, IL. Great beer place. Dark copper body under a frothy tan head. Nice lacing and animated bubbles. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops mingled with matly sweetness and a wisp of rye. Gentle carbonation and a strong body. The flavor was predominently hops and in the most pleasant of ways. Mixed in was the matly sweetness and the hints of rye, but the hops are what grab you and entice you into more and more. A refreshing, rewarding, thoroughly enjoyable beer that would go well with most foods, especially spicy food. Yes, this is definitely a keeper.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 (Tap) Pours an amber body with a descent off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and florals. Mild hops flavor. Somewhat bitter.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2005
Translucent red-amber w/ light brown foam. Big, grapefruit & pine nose w/ hints of caramel, biscuits & rye bread. Moderately sticky feel. Sweet caramel malt foundation supports a very hoppy, citrusy, spicy flavour. Long, very bitter finish. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Hazy amber with a small beige head. Floral hop aroma. Flavor of floral and citrus hops and sweet malt. Finish is dry. howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2005
Wow, having not read the commercial description here or any previous ratings, I was not prepared for this hop assault. Actually, though, this is very solid all the way around. Great sweet, rich maltiness and a dryish graininess in the finish. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2005
Aroma of strong citrus and pine, orange/amber, pours a small custard head. Flavour is layered with good hops and then fine malt. Nicely balanced, medium bodied. A terrific beer, that in a blind tasting I’d think was an IPA?
Thank You wohlfs. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2005
Light red and hazy with lots of small floaters and little head. VERY strong floral, resinous and slightly grassy hop aroma. Big bodied and malty with caramel and strong hop flavor and a dryish finish. Somewhat winey in flavor. Interesting and somewhat challenging.