HogTownHarry (6563) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Fssssht! and away we go - Bubbly hazy deep amber with a huge - I mean huge - lasting tiny-bubbled foamy yellow-straw head, a few lace curtains as it slowly settles (4+). (masses of sediment in the bottom, but seems fine to me). Aroma of freshly dried rye grain, toasty sweet caramel malt and plent of floral/resiny hops. Quite a hit of alcohol in the taste, but the malt carries it and the resiny hops jump to the front to carry the rye through to a bitter/balance longish finish. Solid body, with good astringency and tons of carbonation - very, very good and a lovely malty treat for a hot summerís day.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
via trade with OhioDad - Pours a deep copper color with a nice off white head that fades to a film. Nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Flavor is lightly sweet, fruity, and has some citrus hops to it. Medium body. Smooth and easy to drink. A very nice beer. Thanks Scott.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tom (oldgrowth) Thanks! Pours out a nice red color with a small head that sticks to the glass as it disappears. Smells hoppy, sweet, and fruity. Taste is malty at first, and rich and powerful. Very smooth, incredibly smooth actually. A nice little hop kick, but nothing outrageous, and it doesnt linger. Finish is dry, and refreshing. I could drink multiple bottles of this with potentially devistating results. Very nice brew.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful red coloe with nice creamy head.
Hoppy smelling beer with a lot less hops in the taste than I was expecting. More malt up front with a hop tingle to finish off the swallow. Spicy but doesnít coat the tongue, itís more of a clean hop spice.
Excellent beer I wish I could get in the NW.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is floral hops and more floral hops, very strong. Cloudy red in appearance, with 1/2 inch head that narrows to thin film on top. Flavor is spicy hops with a bit of sweetness. I was expecting something sweeter than this. Still good, but lacks the complexity of the Black Rye. Tastes like an IIPA to me. Finish is quite bitter and somewhat creamy.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I have never been impressed with this. It really is just too bland for me.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another winner from Founders. From a bottle, this pours a deep ruby amber with a big, tan head. Strong rye in the aroma with a bit of spicy hops in the background. Initial taste is sweet but then thereís a sudden WHACK of dry, bitter rye. Nice hop quality rounds out the experience. Very smooth, medium weight beer with nice carbonation. Iím really loving rye brews and this one is an excellent example.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Orange-brown with a thin, creamy, tan head. Fruity hop nose with a little rye. Orange-grapefruit; subtle rye. Citrus peel persists. Medium-light, medium carb.
jrob21 (3621) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy light brown color, red hues, big creamy tan head. Floral and hoppy aroma. Well balanced smooth taste. Creamy head gives way to a nice maltiness and finishes with a bitter tasty hop bite. A bit sweet and now the caramel comes out the second time around. Other than the hops this reminds me a lot of a double.
undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Nice ruby red/copper pour with a frothy off white head. Aroma of caramel, floral, sweet spice. Mouthfeel is nicely full with sweets and malts hitting first with some floral hops in the middle and dry finish.
Re-Rate: Sweet malts and hops are a perfect balance in aroma and flavor. Sweet malty goodness in the mouthfeel with a great floral hop in the end with the still dry finish!!