RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap. Aroma: Spicy citrusy hops with malt sweetness, and perhaps a whisper of rye. Appearance: A deep red color with a frothy tan head. A beautiful looking beer. Flavor: Lots of dry-hopped flavor throughout. Mostly tasting of citrus and resin. A delicate malt sweetness lurks under the hops. Rye can be detected in the aftertaste and when breathing while holding the beer in the mouth. Palate: I thought the mouthfeel was a little underdone, perhaps due to the rye. The dry finish provided by the rye, however was nice. Overall: This is a good beer, but didnít quite do it for me. I found the hops to be a liitle too upfront and that they left very little room for the malt sweetness to shine. A little out of balance for me.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby brown, small dense layer of light tan head. Dark carmel aroma with bright, lively citrus hops. A little toasty/buttery. Chewy orange rind bitterness, nicely balanced with a smooth sweet maltiness. More hops (a lot more) than I anticipated, but the balance still comes off nicely. The orange rind gives it an almost astringent quality to the palate, but in this case, Iíd say it was a contribution, not a fault. This is odd classed as an American Strong Ale. Not really that strong. But I did enjoy it. And I canít really think of another catagory that fits it better.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 Re-rated on 8/21/06 - Terrific brew from the bottle. Great in every sense. Many IPA characteristics, just more umph in the body and texture department. This will become a regular in my fridge.
Pours a dark amber - Iíve never poured a beer with a head like this. Could have just been the batch - I poured this beer like every other beer I pour and the head exploded on me. It was actually pretty cool. Medium body beer. Nice Flavor - definately picking up on the caramel malts. Nice bitter finish - not sure about the spicy finish as mentioned in the description. Left an unusual hot sensation in my throat. I have to buy it again just to find out whats happening with the head.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This American Strong Ale/Rye beer pours a deep amber color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is floral, pine, some caramel and a hint of pineapple. A medium to full bodied strong ale. Malts are caramel, malt and rye, fruit (pineapple and apples) Hops are piney and grapefruity. Aggressively hopped and spicy. Bitter and fruity. The rye spiciness emerges at the finish. Very nice beer. The rye and hop mix with and match for a very nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red color with a moderate tan head that settles into a ring and laces nicely. Aroma is complex with plenty of hop tones up front (grapefruit, pine needles and grass) Caramely malts make their presance known through the middle and finished off with a spicy snap. Flavor interestingly takes that exact path just backwards... Loads of spiciness followed by caramel sweet and finishes with lingering, refreshing, palate clensing hops. Very solid well balanced beer.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy auburn red with a moderate, light tan head that slowly dissolves into a thin layer. The aroma is hoppy, slightly sweet and intriguingly spicy. Pine, grapefruit, caramel, some whole grains, dry bread and some serious, succulent malty sweetness. The body is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor has more elements of nice balance: sweet malt and bitter hops are both equally present. The hops seem to last a little longer as it is carried on the mild but warming alcohol on the finish. This is dangerous at almost 7% because its so drinkable. Maybe my favorite Founderís offering yet...
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a healthy red to slightly brown with a decent dense head, but perhaps a bit too much in the way of bubbles. The aroma is malty and lightly sweet with what I think is floral Cascades and something a bit juicier. The mouthfeel is is smooth and creamy, with tiny little bubbles and a decent viscosity. The flavors are strong and balanced. Sweet and creamy with rich caramel malt up front turning very quickly into spicy juicy hops. The rye starts to come through with the hops, but it keeps on keeping on, giving a nice lasting interplay with the hoppy bitterness. I really enjoyed this brew and Iíll be picking up a sixer in the not too distant future.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a red-brown colored beer with a thin tan head and medium carbonation. There is a lot going on in the aroma. It smells hoppy with caramel, spice, grapes, and its fairly sweet. The flavour is hoppy and spicey with a bitter finish, some faint rye. Very drinkable beer.
jordanartuso (26) - lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper color with thick head. Aroma is piney. Flavor is carmely with a nice bite to the hops. Finishes with great rye flavor.
eaglefan538 (3035) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice reddish orange amber color with a nice little head and decent lacing. Sedimentation everywhere, like a broken teabag and cinnamon sticks settling all over. The aroma was somewhat IPA like, caramel malts and pine hops. The flavor was citrus hops and mild pine hops over top of a somewhat sweet caramel base. The rye was only detectable in the finish, which was an odd sort of dryness behind a malty rich base. Seemed to be a cross between an amber ale and an IPA.