On a recent trip to the local store, I hit the “craft” beer wall and picked up a bottle of the Founders Red’s Rye PA as a part of a mixed six. From the Founders site:
“Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry-hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish”
I found the Red’s Rye PA to have the following characteristics.
- Appearance:A little cloudy, reddish-orange. Good foam and lacing.
- Aroma: Sweet malt and grapefruit.
- Taste: Nice start with a good combination of citrus and sweet malt followed by smooth, slightly spicy, slightly bitter finish.
- ABV: 6.6%
My only experience with Founders was a Kentucky Breakfast Stout at the Pour House. Suffice it to say, that the KBS, while quite flavorful, was not to my liking. The Red’s Rye PA was a totally different story. Part Belgian Ale, part Rye Ale, and part IPA, the guys at Founders seem to have blended a mixture of flavors and come up with a truly extraordinary beer.