Black Rye, Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
7.5% abv. 78 IBUs. Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, and citrus on the nose. This is a great smelling beer with a well-balanced aroma. The first sip tells you that it is excessively drinkable and one to be careful with. The abundant hops and rye combine to create a delicious spiciness that is not overwhelming. The rye is not as prominent as I expected, but is it there for sure. They used a delicious blend of American and European hops that gives it a somewhat subtle and complex bitterness that you might not expect from a beer with 78 IBUs. As you move through the beer you notice that it is well-balanced by a toffee, roasted nut, and chocolate sweetness. I am a big fan of black IPAs and this is a great one. Ironically it was developed well before black IPAs became all the rage in beer geekdom.