Founders Black Rye - Founders Brewing Company

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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 68
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
64 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 09-17-2004)
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Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 12/6/14.

A - Obsidian color with 2 finger tan head. Thin collar and minimal lacing.

S - Heavy roasted malts with some rye.

T - Big and roasty with bitter chocolate and some citrus hops that blend with the rye.

M - It is smooth and creamy with a medium feel and ample carbonation.

O - Reminded me of a black ipa made with rye. This is 7.5% ABV.

Photo of Kerrie
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopAttack3
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Hallertau
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattyb79
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of finner
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DemoniChris
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Benish
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rye is huge in aroma, accompanied by roast malt, pine, and resin. Strong chocolate notes provide contrast.

Flavor reveals roast malt at the base, along with rye flavoring, which bows quickly to citrus and resiny, piney hops. The rye spiciness resumes in the finish, along with roast malt bitterness and dark chocolate.

Rye and black ipas are not my favorite flavor profiles, but this one offers the redeeming fact that both are dominated by citrusy flavoring hops mid palate. Bitterness overwhelms my palate in the finish.

Photo of assman79
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of salinasa
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JasonHaviland
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaymo18
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MorganStout
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EuphonicHops
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lochef81
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eawolff99
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/6/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, brown bread, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate roasted/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, brown bread, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spicy rye, brown bread, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate roasted/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black rye IPA style. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate roasted/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Chappy-88
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Founders Black Rye from Founders Brewing Company
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