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Founders Black Rye - Founders Brewing Company

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817 Ratings
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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 85
Gots: 119 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 09-17-2004

78 IBU
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Photo of BGCoon
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ms11781
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnny_Duck
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cosmicevan
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack today, enjoyed from a sweet repute glass.

a - brew pours a watery black with a fairly frothy cream colored IPA like head that left a mess of lace on the glass.

s - nose is hopped out roast with some rye.

t/m/o - as described, a black rye IPA. Some roastiness over a fairly watery body that is slapped in the face with a healthy dose of hops and sprinkled some rye for good measure. Very drinkable with a moderate bitter finish, not a huge fan of the black IPAs in General, this one is pretty good, but the style isn't one that I would be interested in revisiting.

Photo of Jenebauer
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elkinbrown
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a black color with a thin layer of head. Some lacing. The aroma is chocolatey and earthy with some citrus hop notes. Spicy rye notes. The taste is chocolate and coffee with the spicyness from the rye. Roasty with a good amount of hop flavor. Finishes with the roasted malts, chocolate and rye. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Overall, pretty solid offering I'd buy again.

Photo of scratch69
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

01.31.15: brief impressions below. Full review to follow.

Served chilled, not cold. Bottled 12/30/14.

HEAD: Healthy and long-lasting. Apt khaki colour. Not much lacing. Good consistency overall.

BODY: Opaque dark black with cola-brown ridges.

Looks decent, but it's not unique or special.

AROMA: Heavy on chocolate malt, with rye's signature spiciness shining through as well. The dry hopping is evident.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The roasty malt characteristics don't play well with the dry hopping. There's a dragging bitter harshness at the heart of this beer, which I'm not big on. The harshness that accompanies its burnt sugar characteristics is equally off-putting. Molasses. Cream. Dark malts. Schwarz malts. The chocolate malts lend it a chocolatey sweetness that feels out of place, and rye's spiciness isn't well showcased. Its scratchy unrefreshing feel doesn't help, and it suffers from slight astringency; this has a tannic husky feel to it, with subsidiary notes of starch. This is pretty disappointing.

OVERALL: Drinkable but underwhelming and overpriced for its quality. A forgettable rye beer from Founders, Black Rye won't be appearing on my receipts ever again. I hoped for better considering the quality of the brewery behind this, but I suppose it's above average.

C+

Photo of kevdemers
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of -Rick
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rideguy64
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MDM
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kinmundy77
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coz
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaycase
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MisledTitan
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benesi88
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ta_hagen
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth finish, that is how I'm going to start this. Dark, plumy, fleshy, smooth drinking craft beer. This one is very enjoyable. If in your location, you have to try, it's worth it. LIke a porter / stout, but with more of a easier finish. You have to watch youself, since you could drink the whole 6 pack in one sitting and the APV is 7.5%. Thumbs up to Founders.

Photo of bwarren82
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of detroitpat
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Founders Black Rye from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.