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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Review 18: Founders Red's Rye

Review 18: 
Founders Red's Rye P.A.: 6.6% abv

This is a pale ale brewed with rye. Needless to say, I was excited for this ale because rye whiskey is a fantastic deviation from bourbon. Unfortunately, this predisposition towards the taste left me slightly disappointed. On the nose, one gathers floral notes, apples, cherry, honey, pear, and ginger. The taste is hoppy, floral, earthy, with a mellow bite and slight ginger and the common grapefruit taste that's associated with pale ales. The finish is spicy and floral, with hops. The finish is medium long. This is not the most complex beer, not did it have the rye character I was looking for. It is still a good beer, but not my favorite as far as complexity goes. 
Score: 7.5/10

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