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Founders Oak Aged Rye IPA 2014 - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Oak Aged Rye IPA 2014
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 6.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: liamt07 on 06-25-2014

AHA National Homebrew Conference Commemorative Beer
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 5
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%

Bottle shared by Bob last night.

Pours a clear orange, with a one inch head, and small splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smells like rye, citrus hops- grapefruit mainly, and caramel.

This one tastes pretty great, I'm glad I got a chance to try it. Some sweet bready and malty flavors, some caramel, a bit of spicy rye, vanilla, oak, and some grassy and grapefruity hop flavors. One of the better oak-aged IPAs I've had- it doesn't always work, but it worked here.

This one has a medium body, with no alcohol present, and a medium amount of carbonation. Slightly spicy, but mostly creamy mouthfeel.

Really glad I got to try this one.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared tonight by Michael, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates slowly. Aromas of earthy, spice, flowers, pine and resin with just a hint of bread deep underneath. The flavor follows the aroma quite well but adds a bit of caramel to the maltiness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice beer, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

As masters of oak, rye and hops, why wouldn't the expectations in this beer be anything short of spectacular? Founders brewers insist upon a malt balance that takes a slim backseat to the obvious attention-getting flavors that its namesake commands.

Its slighty hazed, winter honey amber casts a creamy froth upward to nearly topple the glass. Settling with spiderwebbing lace, an effortless but powerful aromatic blend ensues. Citrus pith and orange peels abound while a backdrop of deep caramel (almost toffee) and soft oak all project to the nose while its taste leads with creamy malt sweetness and dry toast.

Caramel, toffee, and light maple turn to a pecan, cashew and chestnut flavor as sweetness turns earthy and buttercream. Once the malt saturates the mouth, its hoppy rebuttal takes charge. Its depths of flavor starts with perfumy pink grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and a tangy spiciness that only rye grain can provide.

Its spicy texture perfectly opposes its sweeter medium-bodied components. But as the sweetness and creaminess trails in finish, its hop bitterness and rye spiciness grows to frame the taste of pine resins, fresh-cut grass, peppercorn and a uncharacteristic husky grit.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a Stella chalice.

Pours a clear amber color with a healthy two fingers of foam that settles slowly. Aroma has a nice, pleasant citrus hoppiness.

First sip is a nice oaky, sweet flavor that quickly fades to a strong hop flavor and substantial bitter finish. Oak flavor is very subdued, but the hops are nicely showcased by the sweet malt backbone. There is a nice spicy flavor from the rye, but the lingering bitterness is the dominant flavor.

This is a solid IPA. Dominated by hops, with just a hint of the rye and oak that the bottle claims.

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NJB145 for this bottle, arriving as part of a recent trade. A rare rye? Gotta have it. And here it is. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is a clear, filtered, dark orange. Carbonation is present & within expected parameters. Smells like a rye board that just came out of the saw mill & since I like lumber & I like rye, hey, good by me.

As I took my first sip of Oak Aged Rye IPA, I have to double-check that I wasn't drinking out of an oak flagon. The wind tonight must have taken down one of our burr oaks directly into the glass, because there's a tree's worth of wood in here. Spittle-sucking dryness dominates. Rye is secondary but provides a nice spicy bite in the middle, becoming sharper as it warms. Hops are on mute; takes several sips to tentatively identify a bit of grapefruit in the finish, but that might just be my in my muddled head. A plus is that this is super smooth & easy to drink.

Disappointing because my hopes were sky-high, but more objectively, a good, solid, simple beer that really showcases two of the three advertised components.

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Founders Oak Aged Rye IPA 2014 from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.