milewide (2249) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Rye adds a sour taste vs usual malt sweetness. Nice lingering hop bitterness. The sour/bitter sticks with you. The color is crimson as claimed. grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Poured an amber red with a few floaties. Nice stong floral aroma. Nice mouthfeel, some bitterness. Some sourness on the end, but overall very nice. droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUL 12, 2006
12 oz bottle, thanks to Styles for getting this one to me. This poured a a nice amber color with a descent off white head. Great hoppy aroma with a nice side of rye. I love rye beers! Flavor was well balanced. Good hop bitterness throughout with a nice caramel maltiness in the middle. I actually had this at the beach on a hot summer day, it was a perfect match! This ain’t no Hop Rod Rye, but almost as good! Thanks Chris! HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
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 summer’s day. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2006
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
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
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 doesn’t coat the tongue, it’s more of a clean hop spice.
Excellent beer I wish I could get in the NW. IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2006
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
I have never been impressed with this. It really is just too bland for me. NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
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 there’s a sudden WHACK of dry, bitter rye. Nice hop quality rounds out the experience. Very smooth, medium weight beer with nice carbonation. I’m really loving rye brews and this one is an excellent example.