Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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1,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 133
Gots: 287 | FT: 39
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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Photo of Rope
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-
-updated later-

Smell-
Coconuts. First thing that struck me. Apparently IIPAs aged in bourbon barrels = coconuts.

Taste-
The coconut flavor is definitely there, but you are greeted with the bitter hops melting into a vanilla bourbon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-
I feel like this is where the combination beer didn't meld as seamlessly. The crispness of a hoppy entry felt bizarre with the thickness that bourbon barrel beers usually have.

Overall-
Very good entry in the world of crazy beer type combos, and Founders quality no less. Thank you Rob and Pat for being exceptionally friendly at Dark Lord Day.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in a Teku

A - Pours a rich orange color with a finger of white foam. Leaves a little sticky lacing. I was wondering what time in a barrel would to do the look. Still looks a lot like Double Trouble.

S - Well now, THIS is interesting! You get some of the pine smell i'd expect, but then it's joined by vanilla and oak! This smells excellent!

T - The real question. How is a DIPA going to taste coming out of a bourbon barrel? Can a DIPA hold up to that? The answer here is a resounding yes. Vanilla, bourbon, citrus, dank hoppiness, finishing sweet. All those flavors are actually playing well together. I am extremely surprised by this. I'm going to finish this bottle much faster then I should.

M - The 10.4% is very apparent on the mid-palate which did detract from the experience a little bit. Other then that, just like drinking a Double Trouble.

O - I am impressed. I had very low hopes for this as I figured it would be an astringent mess. I was wrong. A very strange, yet very tasty, drinking experience.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KYGunner
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Standard IPA fare with mahogany coloring and a thin wispy head.

The scent is so bizarre with grape, mayonnaise,cotton candy and buttery malts. Never got any of these and found all in one beer.

The taste is also bizarre yet extraordinary. Buttery creaminess, coconut, vanilla, tropical fruit candies, orange, grapefruit, peaches and Tropicana Cocoa Butter Sun screen, all make an appearance on the tongue.

Overall, this is amongst the most interesting beers I've come across with significant reward.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First thanks much to the generous pal that got me this (you know who you are!)
appearance: Clear honey with a steady stream of bubbles. For a 10+%, a huge whitish head and messy lacing.
smell: Until this warmed it was "merely" a damn good citrus and floral DIPA. After....damn...vanilla mixes with the other. Sweet bourbon mixes with the fine DIPA and vanilla.
taste: The taste is awesome from the chilly pour and only gets better. All the flavors of the nose with a final bitter finish balanced perfectly with the vanilla and bourbon. Damn.
overall: I thought this would be good, no idea it would be a masterpiece but it is.

Photo of sjones5045
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What to say about this?! Perhaps one of the most different smelling and tasting beers out there. Founders has built a reputation for delivering outstanding unique off center bourbon beers and this is another example of how there is Founders and then everyone else.

Pours a clean orange with decent head. Smell is definitely something you don't experience with other beers. When first cracked there is a big upfront of bourbon but as the beer breaths you definitely get more of the double trouble citrus hops in combo with the bourbon.

The taste is of course unique too. Every sip is different. Sometime more hops and others more bourbon. I guess if I had one complaint would be the citrus is really mellowed from the bourbon.

Overall, as with almost all of the backstage series, I wish it is easier to get and that they would be brewed regularly. But this is an outstanding unique, off enter beer that a true craft beer enthusiast would definitely appreciate the complexity of the brew. Once again a world class offing from Founders.

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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Orangish-gold with an initially thick and foamy head. It
persists a little while, but then looks a little flat.

Smell: Light vanilla and oak from the bourbon. Very, very mild citrus and tropical notes. Compared to the aromatic Double Trouble base beer, this is lackluster.

Taste: Vanilla, oak, and brown sugar hit the taste buds immediately, followed by some nice layers of citrus, tropical fruits and pine. Finish still has a bitter kick despite the aging.

Feel: Lower carbonation than a typical DIPA. Pretty full bodied, but not quite as dry as the base beer.

Overall: First of all, this is a good beer. However, it certainly falls short of Double Trouble (which I had again the previous day) as the bourbon barrel aging has muddled the flavor profile so that everything is a little muted. Certainly enjoyable, but not worth the hoops you have to jump through to get it.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of yamar68
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden body with an orange hue to it. A soapy white head produces thick sheets of lace.

Loads of vanilla, honey, sweet syrupy citrus, a bit of melon, caramel. The bourbon is pretty tame on the nose.

Well THIS is weird. I found the bourbon - it's on the palate. Cheap, artificially sweet Kentucky Beau overwhelms what would have been a tasty IIPA. Sweet honey and citrus flavors beneath that... vanilla and caramel, brown sugar.

I hope this concept doesn't catch on. Bourbon + IPA = confusion.

I'd love to see more IPA's aged in fresh oak or with oak chips. That there is a style I could jump on board with.

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.