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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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1,498 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,498
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 108
Gots: 276 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Previously known as Hand of Doom.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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slim2043

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

05-04-2013 21:26:44 | More by slim2043
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

05-04-2013 21:25:15 | More by BGsWo22
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nicely balanced and very full flavored beer. I'm usually somewhat leery of oak aged IPAs, both because I don't want my IPAs aged at all, and because I think the oak can often overwhelm the hops in a nice IPA. This beer- luckily- strides the line between the hops and the oak. Nice bold citrus and pine flavors from the hops, and tannic wood notes coupled with some vanilla from the oak as well that marries nicely on the finish. The aromas are lovely as well, with an additional light stone fruit note that marries well with the creamy vanilla and citrus. A very deft hand with the oak here has produced an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 20:33:40 | More by Georgiabeer
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creal92

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

05-04-2013 19:45:45 | More by creal92
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Petcha

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-04-2013 19:16:25 | More by Petcha
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MarkJBurch

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

05-04-2013 19:09:52 | More by MarkJBurch
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

05-04-2013 18:12:22 | More by bsuedekum
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-04-2013 17:46:02 | More by Arsenal0328
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Stumpy29er

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

05-04-2013 12:37:32 | More by Stumpy29er
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a big Founders CBS glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big rich and interesting mix of bourbon barrel hints and lots of juicy hops. Big barrel presence up front with hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, wood, and vanilla. Big scent of ripe hops with good hints of citrus grapefruit, pulpy orange peel, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Also some earthy hop hints with some grass and pine resin. Subtle malt profile in the background with hints of biscuit, caramel, yeast, and cracker. Also a hint of honey like sweetness. Very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big and complex taste of bourbon barrel notes and lots of hop esters. Big barrel taste with notes of bourbon whiskey, wood, oak, and some vanilla. Huge hop taste with citrus notes of ripe grapefruit, orange pulp, mango, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop notes along with some spicy pine resin. Some bready malts come through in the background with notes of biscuit, caramel, grain, cracker, yeast, and a touch of sweet honey. A really complex taste. The barrel elements play with the hops very well. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and chewy. Oily and fairly creamy. Some alcohol heat is felt but its masked by the big hops.

Overall: A really great beer. A barrel aged IPA seemed like an odd idea but it worked really well. The barrel notes and hops blend well and make a very good and unique taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 06:57:35 | More by MattyG85
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mjweth2

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-04-2013 05:32:12 | More by mjweth2
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JMurphy41

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-04-2013 04:15:06 | More by JMurphy41
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours deep gold with about 1 finger of eggshell head. Big bubbles--not too frothy. Retention is pretty nice and after about a minute, a delicate foam coats the beers surface. Lacing is present, but not long lasting.

There is a barrel smell right on the front end. Very very nice. Bourbony, vanilla, a little oak, and some citrus hops in the back. Incredibly complex, rich, and big smell. It smells almost like a BA stout, which is not common for other BA IPAs I've tried in the past. I'm expecting a pretty big sweetness in the flavor.

This is awesome. Wow. What a mouthful of flavors. Doom is an incredibly complex beer. Sweetness from the malt, sweetness from the barrel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, and a big resinous hop flavor on the back in. To top it off, the beer is very nicely balanced and drinkable. As a side note, I don't understand how this is 10% alcohol. That's simply remarkable. The booze is so well hidden.

The mouthfeel is about medium. The is some resin left on my tongue after each sip. Carbonation is about medium.

Founders has proven to me that BB IPAs are, in fact, able to be well executed and exciting. It's a tall order to balance non-aged bourbon flavor with fresh hops and a simple (albeit large) malt bill. But I never had a doubt that it could be done right. I want to see the expansion of this style and I hope more BAs can give it a chance. Perhaps Founders has taken the next step so that this can happen. Cheer to Founders for continuing to make interesting backstage beers, regardless of ignorant stigmas and controversial styles!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:45:42 | More by lunarbrew
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cschepers

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-04-2013 03:37:32 | More by cschepers
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ALifeWellWasted

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%

05-04-2013 03:18:25 | More by ALifeWellWasted
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sugrefd

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-04-2013 03:17:52 | More by sugrefd
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jeff1973

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-04-2013 03:03:21 | More by jeff1973
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JoninVT

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

05-04-2013 02:57:00 | More by JoninVT
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RyanTheLion13

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2%

05-04-2013 02:55:36 | More by RyanTheLion13
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PattyMelt

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying out of a freshly cracked bottle!

A- Reddish-gold color. Not to get all girly and sappy, but it reminds me of a sunset. Good thick, white, super-foamy head. Looks divine.
S- Great mix of bourbon, vanilla, and citrus hops. Very subdued smell, though. I was expecting it to be stronger. Not a negative comment, it smells great. Just stating it is lighter than I thought.
T- Mid to heavy bourbon taste throughout. Strong vanilla flavor here, especially on the back, with a hint of caramel. Very different flavors for an IPA (even a BB one). Slight citrus hops, but they are really buried by the other flavors.
M- Light to mid-bodied. Nice.

Overall, a great beer. A very interesting BB IPA that I recommend everyone try once. I may try to hunt out another bottle or two to age a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:31:07 | More by PattyMelt
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden orange and clear. The head is bone white and soft, like dish soap bubbles.

The vanilla from the bourbon pairs well with the tropical fruits, giving it a coconut-like quality. It also has a toasted marshmallow aroma.

The bourbon qualities in the taste doesn't showcase the vanilla as much and it comes across more light a neural spirit, almost as if a shot of vodka was dropped in an IPA. It's a bit of a letdown of what was prefaced in the aroma. It also drowns out the tropical fruit hops. It's boozy.

The mouthfeel could have used a little more body to carry the booze across the palate. It's to thin to stand up to the barrel aging process.

It stated out great in the smell and if that would have translated to the taste it would have been fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:10:11 | More by Vonerichs
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

05-04-2013 01:42:17 | More by nh2032
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-04-2013 01:13:10 | More by jwat
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peabody

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly cloudy then clears up as it warms. Good amount of white suds and nice lacing.
Aroma is alcohol first then a mellow malt with sugar overtones. Not a lot of citurs but plenty of grapefruit rind.
Taste is burbon alcohol first then a slight bitterness followed by all the sugar in the world.
This is so darn sweet. Then the taste is lost quite quickly mabey because of the amount of sugar here.
Mouthfeel is sticky and sugary with only a slight bitterness that goes away in short order.
The alcohol is present all through the tasting and ends up in the back of the mouth.
Overall this isn't much of a beer. Just an overbearing sugary alcohol mixed in with a slight burbon flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 23:54:43 | More by peabody
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mre0683

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-03-2013 23:42:04 | More by mre0683
Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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