Founders Black Rye | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Black RyeFounders Black Rye
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
78 IBU

Added by maxpower on 09-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,590
Reviews:
454
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
7.92%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
302
For Trade:
8
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Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite black with dark garnet highlights that are only visible when put to the light. A frothy, chestnut head reaches one inch before slowly settling to form a creamy half-inch layer and thick rings of lace on a Three Sheeps fisheye pint glass.

The aroma opens with pine, then completely turns over to coffee. The roasted malt rounds out as warmth brings out distinct notes of peanuts.

This Black Rye is quite bitter on entry, then momentarily balances out before moderate bitterness takes over. The backdrop is coffee. While it might simply be power of suggestion, I detected caraway seeds. The finish builds with Baker's chocolate for symmetry.

A medium body and velvety texture. Fizzy carbonation with greater alcohol presence than anticipated and generally dry.

This beer works well after work as it is interesting but capable of residing in the background. One could easily refer to this as a Black Rye Pale Ale or a Cascadian Black Rye Ale.

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Photo of MIBeerGeek
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown/black pouring, little to none on the light shining through. White head that was thin to none. Smells of light hops and a coffee and chocolate and rye malts. Tastes very malty to the start and finishes with a hop kick. Feels smooth and slightly over carbonated but overall is a good beer and wouldn't mind having it again.

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Photo of classixIII
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown pouring, almost black in the glass. Half a finger of dark tan foam that dissapated quickly.
Aroma is coffee, chocolate with light hops. I get the rye malt taste upfront with the piney hop flavor right after. Great mouth feel, like the carbonation. FInish is all hops and may be a tad bitter for my personal taste, but very good overall.

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

Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zkane98
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.01/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of djfrenchy
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorD
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjones5045
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/4/15 Home Bottle

Pours dark chocolate brown that looks more like a porter than an IPA. But as the name suggests, it's black so no surprise there. The head is of with decent lace.

The smell is a mix of hops in the background and a chocolate malt upfront.

The taste is of bitter chocolate and a light hop backbone. IT's pretty good but kind of soapy at times.

Overall I enjoy it but it's a right place right mood kind of beer.

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Photo of onespartan
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerrat
4.98/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GangOf1
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cacibajagua
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SMH_NWI
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of challenja
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark caramel charcoal hue. Light fermented white lace coats the glass. Sticky white residue.
S: Sweet molasses, bright caramel rye mash bill, all spice, sweet 60% costa rican single origen chocolate, new French oak barrel.
T: follows the nose, light bodied sweet chocolate stout in style, charred French oak, astringent hops, tight clef pallet.
M: smooth, medium body, high acidity, astringent, rye mash, top pallet wash hog.
O: another unique winner from Founders. A delicious winner deserving of a nitro tap.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lwillitz
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into craft glass

A - a finger of dark tan foam over a black body

S - coffee, grapefruit, pine

T - bready dark malts, coffee, smoke/burnt flavor, grapefruit and pine from the hops, earthy notes

M - smooth, creamy medium body (lighter than expected), medium carbonation

O - Founders Black Rye is a very good rye beer. The taste is complex and very enjoyable. While it could have a little more body, the smooth creaminess is still impressive.

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Photo of harryhops
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Founders Black Rye from Founders Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,590 ratings.
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