hopscotch (11448) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, mahogany ale with a small, off-white head. Floral, very citrusy aroma with notes of orange peel and very light toffee. Citrusy, bitter flavor that screams for more malt to balance things out, but would be less refreshing with it. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Crisp, bitter and tangy finish. This brewery impresses me yet again with another world class beer. Excellent IPA! FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy golden red color. Little to no head. Sweet malt aroma mixes with a crisp bitter note. Floral hoppy nose becomes sweet malt flavors, finishing with a sharp rye crispness accentuated by some citrusy hop bitterness. Very refreshing for such a high alcohol content. 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 (13239) - 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 (1545) - 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.