Steph’s New Brew Review: Black Rye

Steph’s New Brew Review: Black Rye

Founders Brewing Company Black Rye, 7.5% ABV 78 IBU “Black IPA”

Appearance Pours black with a fluffy tan head; tons of carbonation bubbles.
Aroma Strong rye aroma with hints of earthy, piney hops.
Taste Bitter, roasted malts and spicy rye dominate followed by earthy, piney hops.
Mouthfeel Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.
Overall Wow. This beer is certainly in a category of its own. Unique, tasty, and satisfying.

Founders Brewing Company was founded by Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, two guys that dreamt of owning a brewery. At first the brewery was unsuccessful, producing unremarkable beers and facing bankruptcy. Lucky for craft beer lovers, the Founders family did not give up.

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders has evolved into one of the most recognized breweries in the U.S.

They have been ranked towards the top on both Ratebeer.com and Beeradvocate.com, and they won six World Beer Cup medals, four European Beer Star medals and three Great American Beer Festival medals.

Believe it or not, Founders pulled the recipe for Black Rye out of their vault. This cult classic from years ago was a hit before the recent popularity of Black IPAs. Black Rye is a dry-hopped dark ale brewed with an abundant amount of rye malt. The balance of German- and American-grown hops with 2-row barley and heavily kilned rye and wheat malts creates a beer that fits into a category of its own.

Wanna pick this one up? Click here to find Founders beers near you.
Check out… this video from Founders Brewing Company about Black Rye.

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