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Red's Rye

Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids, MI

Style: Ale
ABV: 6.0%

Eddie’s Rating:
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So the old man is staring me in the face through coke-bottle glasses, just daring me to pop open this "Red Ale made with Rye." I step up and pour. A wonderful sanguineous liquid fills my pint glass. The head on this thing—holy shit! This is the thickest head I've ever seen. Period. I've seen cement pours with less consistency than this beer's topper. I've got a couple of hours for this head to settle, so I take a whiff and BAM it hits me like an electrified meat hook to the sinus cavities. Literally makes me stop in my tracks. I mean, stop as I'm walking to the couch, pint in hand, and stare at this …wondrous thing in my hand. If there were a dictionary of smells, the smell of Founders Red's Rye would be under the entry for beer. This is the closest thing to a perfect smelling beer that I have ever stumbled across during my short time on this little blue dot. An absolutely stunning rush of citrusy hops. Amarillo, I've been told. Wow. And then I sip. You think, there can only be a let down after that kind of lead-in, but the taste is intensely hoppy, bitter enough for an IPA, with a bit of maltiness hanging out in the background, joined by that indicative rye oiliness at the end, lending yet another layer of complexity. Intense, complex, amazing. And then I look at the old dude's puss staring back at me, and now I see that the look on his face isn't a challenge, but an invitation. An invitation to enjoy this damn near perfect beverage.

Reviewed by Eddie Glick on October 3, 2006.
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