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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,286 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 4286
Reviews: 1617
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Founder's, to cherish. I like rye, and combined with a hopped up beer, you got a bold satisfying beer. Rye, full citrus mouthfeel and some lovely bitter aftertaste. Genuine red colour, head with initial hop bubbles. I would drink this on a regular basis. Delicious 3 weeks later.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 04:40:59 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending this one!

Pours a hazy copper orange with a 1 inch puffy light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruits and citrus zest and some rye/malt. Taste is of bitter citrus fruit, citrus zest, and a malt and rye backbone. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer with some very nice citrus aromas and tastes.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 05:48:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A splendiferous shade of luminous, dark coppery, reddish orange with a huge number of suspended particles. The crown is nearly as impressive. It's orange-tinted light caramel in color and milkshake creamythick in consistency. The lasting rockiness of the lid, as well as messy rings and small scraplets of lace, put the final touches on a masterpiece of an appearance.

Founders Red's Rye smells like a DIPA... all brassy, sassy hops and caramel malt. It's hard to appreciate much rye given the significant hop load, but I'm not complaining. As long as I get some spicy rye on the palate, I'll be a happy man. The aroma is amazing, with power and personality to spare. Chinook (among others) is in the house methinks.

Upon drinking, I'm still reminded of an IPA/DIPA hybrid. The hops aren't quite up front enough for it to fit comfortably into either style, but then it was never meant to be anything other than a kick-ass rye beer. And a kick-ass rye beer it most certainly is. The huge, rock-ribbed malt backbone is composed of sticky caramel and tantalizingly spicy rye. I repeat my oft uttered plea: 'please craft brewers, use more rye in your beer'.

There's an intoxicating (both literally and figuratively) interplay between bold, caramel-soaked chunks of candied grapefruit and earthy, pumpernickel-spicy toasted rye. Red's is lusciously sweet with a countering, resinous bitterness and a candy apple zing. It all adds up to flavor perfection, especially since new vistas of flavor are opening up as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is medium-full, lightly syrupy and delightfully chewy with a perfect amount of subdued carbonation.

The finish is ultra-long, which gives me the chance to contemplate this beer's many charms without hastening its departure. But all good things must come to an end and I am compelled to continue drinking until my single bottle is no more. Rarely have I been so despondent to see an empty (although nicely lace-encrusted) glass before me.

I haven't yet sampled all of Founders's offerings, but I'd be amazed to discover one that I like as well as Red's Rye. It's easily the equal of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, if not quite as assertive. An insanely hopped ale spiced with rye is the stuff of my beery dreams and I wish to thank Founders for making those dreams come true. And deejaydan, without whom this would not have been possible.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 15:37:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very nice light brownish colored amber with a very nice clarity to it, allowing you to be able to see some nice chains of carbonation rippling up toward the service throughout the session. A very nice three finger high head of white colored foam appeared on the top of it and hung around for a good few minutes before settling down to a thin layer of perhaps a half and inch and leaving behind really tons of thick spider web like lace on the sides of the glass that gave it a thorough coating throughout the remainder of the session. Very nice overall look to it with a great slightly reddish hue overall.

S - The aroma was loaded down with hops, what a wonderful thing to pick up upon on the initial smell. There was definitely a nice light malted base here; the rye ale aroma was prevalent giving it a somewhat grainy and spicy note to it and really quite a bit of depth to the profile. The big floral hop nose blended in very well with this, giving it a nice amount of orange and tangerine hints to it, merging with the earthy spiciness and really being quite sharp and crisp to the nose. I was really quite pleased with the aroma here, and to be honest the more I smelled it the hoppier it seemed to get, really coming off quite strong actually. I was really beginning to like the direction in which this one was headed and could not wait to get a taste of it.

T - The flavor was much better then I would have expected, and I knew this was a good one going into it. The hops profile was coming through wonderfully, really putting a big bitter floral taste in this one and that was easily the first thing that I picked up on. Big notes of orange and pine were mixing throughout, really creating a very nice and strong bitter opening. Layered on top of that was a very nice layer of spiciness, notable tastes of Rye, nutmeg, even cinnamon making a guest appearance were quite readily available here. The overall profile getting thick and more complex with each sip. Very nice balance here with some earthy grain like malts making up the foundation and really just letting everything else layer itself upon that. Really quite nice and complex with really no hint of harshness. The finish was very dry and bitter with the hops really breaking out of their mold here. Drawing out that last drop of moisture from you before letting go and leaving you with this nice spice like taste to finish it off.

M - Very smooth one here. The carbonation profile was outstanding, never getting dull or flat at all, rather it was really coming across quite well and giving it that little bit of an extra bit of punch toward the end. There was a very nice crispness to it, especially in the finish that really gave it that little bit of lightness in an otherwise medium bodied ale.

D - An absolutely outstanding session ale I really could not get enough of this. It had enough of the complex malty profile to really peak your interest but at the same time was loaded own with a bitter hop twist that was utterly fantastic and really made all the difference. Not sure what the ABV here is but there is no hint of alcohol in it whatsoever and the carbonation was outstanding, offering up some really nice refreshing characteristics. I am really not sure what could be bad about this one in this area; this was easily something I could have for dinner every night.

Overall I was literally blown away by this one. I was not quite sure how good it was going to be, as I have loved almost every Rye beer I have tried, but this was by far the best. It just had that great hop profile and the spicy notes that really but it in a class above the rest., I would love to get as much of this as I could and have one every night. A fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 11:27:08 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I lost my review of this awhile back. I'm not sure how/when, but I just happened to come across this beer and realized my review is missing. Here it is again...

A: The pour is a hazy amber/red color with a fluffy off-white head which sticks around for awhile and has some nice lacing.

S: A very nice grapefruit and pine hop aroma. It goes quite well with the spiciness of the rye and the mildly sweet caramel aroma.

T: The bitterness of the grapefruit and pine, once again, blends well with the rye and sweet malts in the beer. The citrus is definitely the more prominent of the hop qualities and works incredibly well with this beer.

M: The carbonation level is moderate and the body is full.

D: Founders can do no wrong in my eyes and this beer is just another reason why. A really good RyePA.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 20:38:03 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium amber color with a significant head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Piney and slightly sour, with some underlying caramel, peach and apricot aromas

Taste: Starts out with an immediate bitter piney, sour rye and grapefruit pith aspect, with the caramel, peach and apricot fruit flavors peaking through underneath; after the swallow, the fruitiness lingers but the rye and pithy bitterness re-asserts itself into a crescendo

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch thick; solid carbonation

Drinkability: This beer grows on you; I was not expecting the nature of the bitter flavors but really grew to enjoy them as I finished the bottle

Thanks, alaskaiscold

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 00:52:53 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga. Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a huge slightly off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is quite overpowering with some malt being noticeable. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some overpowering bitter and citrus hops. Rye is present though not overly noticeable. Body is above average with some low filtration, which is appreciated. While I did appreciated this beer I would have prefer less hops and a bit more rye.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 17:51:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 (a Re-Review):

An inviting deep burgundy, deeply amber color with great head formation, great retention, and very good lacing. The beer has an ideal look.

Putting my nose in the snifter, I am met immediately with an initial aroma of french toast and cinnamon- call me crazy?! but... After a swirl and second sniff, the rye grains give a spicy, pungent, earthy tone with an agressive scent of grapefruit, orange zest, and lemmon grass. Maybe a bit intimidating, but inviting nonetheless.

Bold taste of toasted grains, sharp rye flavor, and juicy tropical hop flavors swirl around eachother and each may take precidence on each individual sip. Grapefuits, orange zest, and pineapple hop flavor compliment the grainy, bready flavors well. Heavily caramelized malts give a bit of candied sweetness to keep the rye and hops from full aggression. A bit raw, dirty, and earthy with the hop flavor and rye, but also full of character and variety. This is how amber ales should taste.

The body is where it is at. Very creamy, rich, full, and malty. The beer fills the mouth with an expanding, froathy feel. Lightening slowly for ease of drinking, the beer remains creamy and full, but with a rare dry, hoppy finish. Bready, grainy, and with a citrusy adicic feel. The rye and hops compliment eachother for bitterness and bite- it grabs the throat one last time on the way down.

A nice Pale Ale that has just enough complexity of fullness without complicating itself. A great beer when the standard Amber or Pale Ale gets a little mundane.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 17:00:36 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A darkish copper color with a big off-white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with a bit of pine in there as well. On further smells, the rye comes through.

T: Not as much of the rye as is present in the nose, but it's nicely there the entire time. Hops are good on top of the slightly-sweet malt.

M: Fairly thick and quite smooth.

D: Very drinkable. A solid beer that is very nice on a Fall day with the nice hops and the warming feeling of the slightly-spicy rye.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 17:58:28 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has a thin white head. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, hoppy flavors and bitterness dominates the taste but these are in no way overpowering because they are nicely balanced by the underlying caramel and rye malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate. It is rather refreshing and there is some dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is very drinkable and is also quite sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 13:04:32 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish body with a small, white head.

Smell: Caramel malt nose marked by a distinct rye component and full hop notes of grapefruit.

Taste: Pleasing caramel maltiness with a very mild sweetness interrupted by a sharp, spicy rye jolt and held in its track by a firm bitterness and flavors of grapefruit pith. Spicy, raspy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's all kinds of okay! I'd go for another, really I would.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 05:21:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firts of many Founders brews Iam gonna partake in over the next few days,pours a deep amver with a nice fluffy two finger head leaving a nice sheet of lace behind.Hops,hops and more cirus,piney hop with a little lemon wedge in there made me wanna tear into this one,I am almost at a lack of words on the flavors and refreshing complexities of this beer,spruce and piney hop with a nice firm nutty malt backbone finishing with a perfect tartness wich just caps this off making for the almost perfect rounded beer.Damn why did I pass this up in the past I will be bringing this home with me back to NC for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 19:52:28 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Who's Red? Probably some filthy Commie... This beer pours a clear ruby-amber topped by nearly two fingers of ecru froth. The nose comprises pine needles, tangelos, creamy caramel, and a touch of peppery rye. The taste kicks up the rye a great deal, though it is still not allowed to take any position of preeminence. Instead, it shares the spotlight in a vigorous tango with hop elements that themselves gracefully combine the talents of pine and ruby red grapefruit. It's quite a dance, particularly set against the backdrop of sweet caramel. The body is a fluffy medium, with a light carbonation and a very creamy feel. This beer begs to be continually consumed and returned to. Thankfully I've got the rest of this growler to help me with that...

Serving type: growler

07-11-2010 13:46:15 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blooming red in color, hazy appearance, nice slab of creamy-toned foam sits above.
Nice hops, rich maltiness, very bright and vibrant, lively and luscious.
Taste: big buckets of yum. tingly, delcious hops on the palate, warm, full, jam-packed with flavor. Very nice, full of fruit and malt. Incredibly smooth.
doesn't taste like any rye beer I've ever had, the hops are on the top, and the malt is so ...so, everything.
this is damned nice, and would be an a shoo-in as a regular in my fridge, were I able to purchase it locally...full-bodied, with a soft, lush fruity finish. silky.
And I think I said "yum" already...I'll say it three times, then you know it's true.
Yum.

much thanks to micro for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 04:22:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, hops, spice and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel; a strong hops bitterness and a background of rye and spices. There's a very hearty malt character that brings good substance to the beer. The after-taste is hoppy and bitter.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, I had heard this beer was similar to an IPA and that it was highly acclaimed but I was still surprised at how much I liked it. This is a beer that I could drink several of over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 03:25:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a rinsed Kentucky Tavern pub glass calmly enough for the first 3 seconds, then explodes upwards and out with foam. Probably lost a third of the bottle as it foamed over again on the second, very gentle pour. A puffy whipped meringue consistency on the surface, with sudsy bubbles building up underneath. Some unfiltered specks dot the foam also. Reminds me of root-beer float disasters as a kid.

Color is a dense, tawny orange-red, heavy with suspended particles. Crazy lacing, and weird deflated tentacles of foam floating on the surface.

Floral hop notes with a strong underlying spicy aromatics.

Rich flavor, reminds me of an ESB or Scotch ale with plenty of hops. Tea-like with a heavier body, light smoky notes, and dry herbal bitterness to a mellow degree. Big rye with alot of unique flavor. Not sure if I could have more than 2 pints, but it's a damn fine Rye beer.

$1.90 single from Archer in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 02:05:12 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another stellar beer from Joe1510, I owe ya big, ein prosit to Joe!

Pours orange/caramel with 3+ fingers pf sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Peppery rye, caramel & citrus hops

T: Peppery rye, citrus grapefruit & caramel up front. Dryness, biscuitty malt, & more spicy rye as this warms. Finishes crisp with nice biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy the crispness keeps the ABV in check. I could happily session on this, in the upper echelon of rye ales I've had!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 18:48:08 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and rye malts. It's sweet with a peppery rye aroma as well as some mild hop scents. The taste is good. It has a spicey flavor that boasts of hops and rye as well as some burnt toffee. It goes down smooth and finishes with a dry bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got a unique flavor that I really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 23:09:49 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red with haze. Nice complete, yellowish head, small bubbles, cover the beer in a thick layer. Alcohol and strong aroma of hops. Almost pine like aroma. Familar, think Rogue Yellow Snow. Interesting flavor, the rye no doubt. How much rye was this made with? Very dominant rye flavor. Almost no aftertaste. Very smooth, a nice drink. Slow to drink, probably due to the lateness and my current "state."

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 21:46:13 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong rye with some orange citrus notes. There is no doubt that this beer has a lot of rye in it. The flavor is rye with a lot of hop character. I get some pine, orange citrus and pineapple, as well as some toffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 05:51:25 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a foamy one-finger head that left some nice lacing. There was also some sediment left at the bottom of the glass.

S - It smelled of hops and sweet fruits. Also, some floral notes.

T - It tasted of hops and grains. There was a caramel-like maltiness, too.

M - It was very crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a great beer. My first Founders beer and I think I'll have to try many more.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 22:08:13 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love Founders, and despite this is available around here, it came as an extra from msulinski in a great trade, so who can knock extras, especially Founders!

A: Pours frothy 1 finger fluffy head that sticks around for a while, over a very clear dark rye-ish orange toasty amber color.

N: Mostly just hops! Some fresh strong hop aromas, perhaps Simcoe style with high alpha. Some rye goodness (I'm a big rye whisky fan so this is great!) A slight crystal malt.

T: Rye right away! The rye is pretty present. There is also some darker malts, crystal perhaps. Some more bitter hops, but not too heavy, adds some spicy chewy hop characteristics. A nice bitterness from the combination of rye and hops.

M: Semi thick with good carbonation.

F: Finishes dry and bitter, both accent each other. The rye flavor also lingers for a bit and seems to lead to this fruit punch like flavor as it fades. It has a spicy almost quality as well, like spicy spicy. Bitterness lingers but it's nice. This is actually a really enjoyable beer for a rye whisky fan, and it has a lot of great qualities.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 18:18:18 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear, ruby-amber color that shows rich copper-orange highlights when held up to the light. The head is frothy, rocky, initially a finger thick and a full tan color with a bit of an amber tinge. The aroma is quit hoppy; a mix of herbal notes, pine and citrus. I get aromatic notes of candied orange peel, and grapefruit; both of which come to dominate the aroma after a bit.

The taste has a sharp hoppiness to it that carries through almost to the end, but actually mellows and becomes a lingering, smooth, sweet citrus note and a bright bitterness. This is definitely hop dominated, but there is a malt character here, which, through its caramel notes, helps to accentuate the fruity citrus character of the hops. As the beer warms up it begins to pick up some minty menthol like notes in the finish. I can't say that the rye is really noticeable here; perhaps it adds a bit to the body of the beer and it seems to make it have a head with more staying power. As with many of the so called "rye" beers this is a hop bomb; don't get me wrong, I definitely am enjoying this beer, but I am curious as to what the rye is really adding.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 18:24:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking reddish brown color. With a pretty good sized white head on top. The lacing is a little sticky and it also has a good retention. The smell of the beer had plenty of spicy rye mixing with floral hops. The taste of the beer was citrusy, bitter and spicy. It had a really nice drinkable mouthfeel and it went down really well. Overall it's. OT my favorite Founders brew but it's still pretty damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 20:11:46 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper/mahogany with a rich head that settles to a lasting cover. Concentric rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of a huge amount of citrus and some pine with a caramelish, rye, bready backing. This is one amazing aroma.

The taste matches it well - bitter citrus and resiny pine with a sweet balance and rye dryness. The flavor is very delicious with an amazing bittersweet balance. Long, long finish.

It has a smooth, firm medium body.

This has alcohol? Covered very, very well. This just disappears. Very hoppy, but shows a nice malt base. Great use of rye. Unique and very well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 14:26:39 | More by jwc215
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