Founders Brewing Co. is one of the breweries in this country that have a certain mystique about them. It’s mostly due to one of their beers, Kentucky Breakfast Stout which is aged in oak barrels in a cave. This stuff sells out quickly. And I really, really want to try some. This review is not about that beer, it’s about Red’s Rye. I’m a huge fan of Rye ales as I think they are under appreciated. I’m also a bit of a fan of Founders. True, we can’t get them in Kansas but I had a friend in Atlanta that brought some over to a party and I was able to try them (well, mostly their Imperial and Breakfast, non Kentucky stouts). Yes, they have a Breakfast Stout and a Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Two different beers. I was confused too. They know how to make stouts. That’s for sure, but how do they fare with a Red Rye?
The head was an off-white color with the body being a red coppery color. The aroma was a little grainy but also citrusy. The flavor had rye up front and at the finish with a smooth (not creamy) mouthfeel. There was also a hint of sweetness to the body (their website says they use 4 Belgian malts). Not only did the finish have a rye taste but was just a little bitter. I really like when breweries take a normal style and add their own twist to it. In this case they took a Red and a Rye mixed the two and came up with a great beer.
(This is where I would have put a picture had I remembered to take one)
I didn’t even take any notes since he only let me have a sip. Or maybe I stole a second before I handed it back. Either way, it was a really good sip.
Like I mentioned earlier Red Rye ales are very uncommon, but here are some Rye ales you might be able to find around here:
Fort Riley Rye – Little Apple Brewing Company (seasonal)
Tailwind Rye – Blind Tiger (not sure if it is still around, website didn’t look updated)
No. 43 Flying Bison Rye – Lb. Brewing (seasonal)
No. 33 Roggen Lite Ale – Lb. Brewing (seasonal)
Mild Winter – Goose Island (seasonal)