MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2005
a deep red color w/ a big off white head.. A big grass hop and molasis aroma. The palate was rich and mildly creamy. Flavor was citrus and carmel a hint of alcohol in the finish as it warmed and a touch of something fruity. Overall a very well done beer. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Poured a dark hazy red with a large light tan head. Huge citrus aroma with sweet malt in the background. Caramel and cirtus hop flavors with a long lightly bitter finish. Light to medium bodied with a full long flavor. Very tasty. Braudog (6836) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Poured beautifully ... deep red with a waterfall cascade of a head that stayed airy and stuck to the glass. The aroma is grand ... like a blooming citrus grove. This is flavorful, yet restrained, with a floral hop burst up front, but a settling fruit salad bitterness to finish. Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Pours color of tea with small head. Leaves lacing on glass. Aroma is a nice mix of mild hops and malty sweetness. Tastes like it smells but a citrus tang at the end. Tasty. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 I love the things these Founders people have been doing lately. Pouring a deep red color with a tan head that disappears yet laces the glass heavily, this is like a serious rye IPA in aroma and taste. The difference is definitely in the rye. Built on a solid, sweet caramel malt backbone, this is heavily hopped with orange, pine and floral scents and tastes. The rich malty body gives way to the hops, then begins to return. At that moment, there’s a burst of peppery rye spiciness giving an additional element of bitterness and flavor. There’s a sharp bitter finish that leaves the mouth watering for more. Excellent.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
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A murky deep red body with a fairly large off white dense head. The aroma is screaming of hops. So heavy in citric hop aroma and flavor that it cleanses your palate of everything you’ve ate in the previous month. A crisp and dry following that doesn’t hit you immediately but more in the double aftertaste keeps you seeking more. Similar to Hop Rod Rye but better in my opinion. Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2005
I think I’m definitely a fan of ryes. Much in the vein of Bear Republic’s HopRod, this beer has a ton of bite. Thick rye, grapefruit and some smoothing maltyness in the flavour. Spicy, Hoppy and Crisp. Like a glass of grapefruit juice with rye toast and a thin layer of jam. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Big thanks to BBB63 for sending me this one! Reddish orange appearance, faint haze, nice tan head that lasts well, an attractive brew. Hoppy aroma, with notes of grapefruit and faint spice. Inviting. Hops hit you first, with notes of grapefruit and an invigorating shot of pineapple. Fades into a sparing pepper flavor (rye speaking up here?), and bit of a paprika finish that goes dry. I really liked this one, quite quaffable as well. Under-rated. DocLock (11049) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Huge thanks to BBB63 for this one. Pours hazy ruby/copper with medium off-white head. Aroma of huge resiny hops, some malt, some grapefruit and honeydew. Tastes very hoppy, very fruity. Tons of fruit taste including grapefruit, honeydew, even strawberries and canteloupe. Very complex aroma and flavor. I thought this was either a red ale or an Impy IPA. Super smooth, highly hoppy and fruity palate. As a hophead, I love this one, and it would be great in any style category. This is my 3rd Founders beer, and the 3rd that has earned perfection. Does God brew for Founder’s? Terminus (3716) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2005
bottle-HUGE thanks to jtw for sending this MI gem my way. Pours a clear dark orange hue with vigerous carbonation. a nice 1/2 inch off-white head topped the beer that was smooth and soft looking. Aroma of citric hops, flowery, sweet and nice grapefruit notes. The flavors mimic a dreadnaught light (similar hop bill it tastes like). Flavors of citric hops, biscuity toasted malts, with a touch of rye in the finish that is ever so slight. The palate is well rounded, excentuating the citric hops with undertones of pine and grapefruit with a good malt bill to back them up. great balance and complexity. the hops are present across the entire palate. This beer has sheets of lacing! truely amazing apearance in my snifter. Resiny finish (piney hops-chinnok/cascade?). I can see this being a very delicate beer that need to be sampled as fresh as possible. Another winner from founders and MI. You MI people are so damn lucky.....a kick ass beer!