Oycpff (93) - USA - APR 27, 2006
On tap at richos - Pours with an amber body topped by a thin head with some lacing. It’s 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
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
a very solid beer all around. i’m learning more about hops with founders. this and the centennial have a very hoppy aroma, but it’s 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 you’re used to as mint flavor. easily identifiable rye smell/taste. pretty terrific paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2006
2nd time I tried this, but first time I am rating it. Bought it bottled in a bar , and was impressed. I was a couple Belgians in, so my rating wouldn’t be that accurate! I bought a 6 pick, and I think I got a bad batch. Upon opening each bottle (3 so far) the head pours out for a good minute. The beer is then basically unpourble. Once poured, the flavor is "off" and their is huge chunks of black yeast? floating in the the glass. No fun! BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2006
[bottle] Pours a reddish amber color with consistently tall, foamy heads. Aroma is quite pleasent- herbal hops and rye. Flavors are quite bitter- nearly spicy. Sourdough bread yeast, finishes astringent with a fine hop finish. Very nice.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 11, 2006
Very nice nose, no shortage of hops spice and brown sugar; bring it on! As the brew
warms, a strong floral character permeates the aroma. The brew pours a cloudy orange
copper. The stiff, tall off white head is rocky with excellent retention, and leaves wispy
webs of lace. The flavor is exceptional. If I was tasting blind, I’d think I was sampling a
very well made IPA. Bitter throughout with stout depth and a strong coffee finish. The
medium to full body is soft and very dry. I’m surprised that this brew doesn’t have a
stronger average, this one caught me off guard. If this brew is indicative of the prowess of this brewer, Founders may be one of the best
kept secrets in the industry. labattfreak (58) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2006
As the name implies, I could only taste one thing...rye. I hate rye bread, so I found this beer extremely hard to drink. vyvvy (6470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
Pours a clear dark reddish brown - slightly hazy with a very pillowy looking off white head. Pleasing smooth hop aroma. Aroma is a hops with some malt aspects that give it a smooth feel. Taste begins full bodied with the malt up-front - nice dark roastiness with carmel aspects. Shortly after that comes the heavy hop presence and dryness from the rye. The finish is hop and rye bitterness. The lacing on the glass is very heavy. This is a fantastic beer from a brewery that never lets me down. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2006
bottle. pours an auburn coloured body with a large frothy tan head that slowly dissipates leaving a thin lacing. the aroma is potent with resiny hop notes - lots of grapefruit and creamy bread. The rye presence tends to attenuate the apparent hoppiness and it turns out to be reasonably balanced. brackish at times with moderate carbonation and liberal spiciness in the finish. I don’t know, for the most part it is pretty good but something didn’t really sit well with me. I definitely prefer the Black rye but I’ll have to revisit this one. murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
I poured this into my HB stick.
The head is thick and lacey with an ultra-white, soft cotton top. The beer is an awesome deep caramel-amber with a slight haze.
The aroma was very strong with deep citrus tones, bold hops and a sharp sourdough.
The taste comes on like a 2-ton hammer. The first sip is all hops, but not overwhelming, it’s complex with multiple layers. The tasting yielded hints of cashew, points of sweet cream, and a medium body finish.
I downed three bottles of this stuff with ease, this beer is fantastic