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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,582
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 141
Gots: 284 | FT: 36
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009

Previously known as Hand of Doom.
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Photo of Sammy
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice DIPA and a marvellous cask, enjoyed with Dave, an owner of Founders, at the brewery. Wonderful bourbon smell, this was top notch ingredients used, smooth bitterness that was well integrated with the secondary whisky notes. A Smooth drinker, and good mouthfeel for a cask.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, floral, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid caramel and bourbon presence in the aroma and flavor.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose - pineapple seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has lots of tropical fruit flavors along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink considering its strength but is a pleasant one to sip due to its interesting tropical fruit flavors.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not much head on a clear golden with burnt orange hues body. Not much lacing. Aroma is mild and simple with oak, earthy and slightly herbal hops and mild caramel malts with some candied orange. A lot of whiskey and oak sweetness throughout with a still noticeable caramel malt base. It's interesting how this one remains fairly bourbony without being too boozy but still has a booze sharpness and burn. The hops are mostly earthy with some tart citrus. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. The carbonation seems a little strong. Nice balance between the barrel aging and hops.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy honey color and a modest head (as this was a 6 oz. pour and I was glad for that); streaks of lace

Smell: Oaky bourbon battles with citrusy hops

Taste: The vanilla, oak and Bourbon flavors jump out immediately and while the citrus tries to break through, it ultimately gives up by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer tastes mostly of Bourbon, with only the vaguest notion that there is a DIPA lingering underneath

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting experiment and while I like some Bourbon barrel beers, this one is just not up my alley

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

And let the point, counter-point begin! Do you prefer IPAs fresh and unadulturated? Do you like barrel aging? Or better yet- bourbon barrel aging? Does that age take away from the hops or round them out? How does that balance play out? ...Doom takes you through all that range of preferences, all the while seducing you against your will.

Like syrupy caramel, the ale pours golden honey-amber and carries the standard hoppy haze. Releasing a creamy textured, ivory colored head, the tight knit sheet pulls apart to form a necklace around the glass before retaining the session. Light on lace, the alcohol-laden ale prefers cognac-like appearances... deservingly so.

Bold boubony aromas are reinforced by caramel and toffee before being wrapped by citrus and pine hop scents. Candied in its character, the ale brings in fragrant oak, vanilla, almond, marshmallow, and coconut. The balance of grapefruit and pine ismore than just supportive- those hop notes command the stage as well.

But then there's the taste. The rich caramel, bourbon, and vanilla flavors layer on the tongue heavy and in saturating fashion. Candied almonds, coconut, and sweet cream only reaffirm the beer's malty-rich upstart. But the late middle palate allows for a rise of citrus peels and piths to pierce the malt and balance the beer with ease. A late charge of strong oak, bourbon tannin and cherry-like alcohol keep the complex alcohol taste coming.

Though an IPA, the ale carries the body of an American Barleywine because of its supreme sweet and savory underpinnings- yet with its dryish charm from alcohol, hop resins, and toasted hop and oak underpinnings. Though strongly warm, the beer lingers with a marshmallowy creaminess and grassy hop bite that keeps the beer balanced even in the deepest of aftertastes.

Because the bourbon barrels have rubbed off the fresh and sharp edges of hops and then supplanted them with bourbon booziness, the beer sides heavily with American-style Barleywines. I don't see it as any type of IPA, but as an American strong barley-focused, boubon barrel layered, and hop infused ale of ultimate complexity. And I celebrate it very well in this arena.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of strong bourbon notes with some wood and some bitter hoppy notes. Taste is a mix between some light citrus hoppy notes with strong bourbon and vanilla notes with dominant oak notes. Body is average with oily texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol. I am usually not a big fan of barrel-aged IIPA but this was quite drinkable.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden honeyish orange with a slim slice of ivory colored cream that faded to a broken film in mere minutes. Even though very little lace graced the glass in the end, the beer did look pretty good in a balloon snifter. $5 for an 8 ounce pour.

As it happened, aroma was the beer's best feature. It was impressively hoppy, with loads of pineapple, orange and lemon that was powerfully pungent. Alcohol was barely noted, which was yet another plus. Simcoe was a no-brainer. The bartender (after talking with the brewer) stated that Amarillo and Summit are the other members of the hop bill.

For whatever reason, hops were much less prominent on the palate and alcohol was more prominent. The ale smoothed out a little over time (it was served too cold), but hop flavor never did increase, as I'd hoped it would. Call me crazy, but a DIPA named Hand Of Doom ought to pummel the tongue in merciless fashion.

Nothing darker than sugary pale malt was appreciated. Flavors otherwise included candied grapefruit, pineapple, orange and lemon. Unfortunately, flavor intensity left quite a bit to be desired. The alcohol wasn't as well-masked as it should have been. It added a solvent-like flavor and was warm enough to begin numbing the tongue by the bottom half of the glass.

The body/mouthfeel was a fraction lighter than medium for the style and was as smooth as possible given the rampant ethanol. Lightly sparkly bubbles added just the right amount of lift.

Given the rest of the Founders lineup (including the outstanding Double Trouble), Hand Of Doom is a disappointing effort. An American DIPA that doesn't taste very hoppy isn't much of an American DIPA. It's as simple as that.

Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a slightly cloudy golden color with a pretty nice white head on top. The retention is thin but holds up pretty well. The lacing is spotted. The smell of the beer is sweet and hoppy, it's got that common barrel aged aroma that Founders seems to always bring to the table. The taste is sweet with malt, honey and bourbon. There is a slightly sharp bitterness in there balancing everything out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth and boozy. Overall it's a pretty good brew, I was interested in trying it and I'm glad I did. The balance is really interesting here. Starts almost like a barrel aged barely wine then finishes with the resin-like aftertaste of the IIPA. Worth trying if the price is right.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

decent lace. Lots of carbonation, tiny bit of sediment, only real loss of score here would be on the lack of head. Smell was classic Hop Bomb, deep pine resin, with a strong alcohol presence upon first smell, as it warmed some of the more subtle scents started to come through, a slight sugary sweetness and citrus, specifically grapefruit were now there to be found. Overall smell was very nice, not over powering, but did have enough to tingle the nose a bit. Taste was very crisp, clean, and warming. Alcohol was a big factor in the beginning again, with a huge pine hop hit. Letting it warm brings out the malt that was trying to balance it with a bit of sweetness, but is still overpowered by the hops. This was a very good brew, and I am glad I got to try it. A

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to get one of the few bottles that Roger has over at Bestway.Poured into an imperial nonic a...like others have notes a honey tinged lighter golden with a nicely formed half finger white head atop that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled.Aromas were lighter than expected but some nice vanilla/bourbon and sweet fruity notes were there,the hops were somewhat subdued giving off light resiny notes.One thing I will say about the flavor profile is that the bourbon barrel is a major flavor component but it doesn't smack you in the face,all the flavors seem to be more subtle but still providing enough.The hops are more leafy and slightly citric,a good shot of peppery spice hits in the back end.Not in your face bourbon or alcohol in my opinion but neither are the hops,a very good beer with out big hops.

Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Grub for sharing this surprise beer with us!
Served in a tulip glass, quick review from written notes.

Dark orange coloration with some frothy edges and decent coverage on the surface. Aroma is a bit faded, like an old Double IPA. Pleasant but subdued tropical hop aroma that is more present in the taste, before getting steamrolled by the toffee and oaky bourbon barrel notes. The flavors meld well despite their extremes. Thick and full-bodied, boozy and sluggish (like doom metal?). Lingering traces of caramel, toffee, and bourbon in the aftertaste. Definitely glad I got to try this, and also glad it was split a few ways.

Photo of zeff80
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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