Friday, July 6, 2012

Founders Red Rye Pale Ale

type: rye pale ale
origin: Grand Rapids, MI
price: $5.50/16oz at Tap & Mallet (Rochester, NY)
ABV: 6.6%
NSP: 5.6
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Coincidentally I was in Rochester for a wedding while RRBW was going on, and of course it was sold out.  But at least I got a chance to drool over the breweries setting up outside the Tap & Mallet, a fine establishment which had quite a nice selection of drafts, and an impressive bottle reserve (and a damn fine BLT!).

I've been looking to try Founders for a while now, since I hear good things (actually, I can't recall any specific recommendations, so I probably made that up), and the Mallet delivered.  This is definitely a pale ale in terms of body, but it's nice and bitter, not too hoppy, and has nice, deep, amber red color.  I find the term 'red ale' can be problematic sometimes, but with the addition of rye into the grain bill they really took this to 11.  Although this may have been The Mallet's fault, I found it to be a bit under carbonated.  Overall, a mighty fine beer.

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