ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAY 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma has hints of pine and floral. The color is amber with a nice tan head. The flavor of the hops comes through immediately and finishes with a nice spiceness on the palate. As the glass was drunk the hops became more balanced with the hops and the finish was pleasently smooth.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: A red copper pour. Aroma is sweet malt with floral and pine hops. Good flavor with caramel maltiness and a striking bitterness. This is definitely bottle conditioned as there was an impressive amount of sediment that scattered throughout the beer. This might turn some people off but I like it. There was also an interesting spiciness underneath the hop bitterness. My initial impression was that it was somewhat unbalanced but as it warmed the malt backbone really took over and made for a more mellow experience. Overall, an interesting beer that I will enjoy having again.
argo0 (14036) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, thanks artusory) Lightly hazed copper body topped by a medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/pineapple, caramel, light rye. Taste is moderately sweet, pineapple/grapefruit, caramel, some rye, light lemon -- very strong bitterness. Medium body with some stickiness, acidity.
POD (198) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 I couldnít finish this beer. The deep red color and appearance was fine. It had an overwhelming rye aftertaste that was too extreme for my taste preference.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Fantastic. Hazy deep red/copper pour with thin white head...lots of "floaties". Aroma is spicy/fruity/piney hop goodness with hints of toasted malts. Flavor is great...crisp and dry, complex malts, well balanced overall with a nice hop bite finish. This is the first Founders beer Iíve had, and Iím impressed. This had much more in the way of hop character than many so-called "IPAís" that Ikíve had lately. I wish I had another one... :(
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprising quite a smooth beer. Itís has a little strong after taste but I found it very pleasant tasting
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Wow this had so much sedimentation i checked the reviews to see if everyone else had that much before i drank it. Poured a nice orange red color. Aroma was much like the dogfish head 60min carmel malts and pine hop. Flavor was much the same, except the rye was there after you finished your sip. Not a bad beer."
Oycpff (93) - USA - APR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at richos - Pours with an amber body topped by a thin head with some lacing. Itís slighlty sweet and malty with a touch of caramel, some flowery notes and a touch of fruit. Medium bodied and smooth with a slight tingle.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark amber tending to red with nice sandy head. Floral nose with oranges and melon. Nicely sweet/spicy and prominently hoppy taste, with malty caramel carrying it along. Finish with a bit of pine.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a very solid beer all around. iím learning more about hops with founders. this and the centennial have a very hoppy aroma, but itís a very sharp hops. i was raised on the three floyds hop, and this is quite a bit different. sharp, in the sense of how a mint leaf smells compared to what youíre used to as mint flavor. easily identifiable rye smell/taste. pretty terrific