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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,513
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 118
Gots: 275 | FT: 39
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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:
Previously known as Hand of Doom.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-01-2009)
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Photo of levifunk


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Finally opened this bottle. Thank you badnewsbeers for this. Unlabeled bottle, but bottled by Founders. Shared this with klikger, and we may be the only ones to try this with a year of age on it ;)

a - cloudy yellow/orange. white head.

s - smells is orange rind hops. candied sugar. alcohol

t - grainy malts. grapefruit hops bitterness. hops have subdued to the point its kind of tasting like a barleywine. some candied sugar or maple sweetness. not sure if this was maple barrel aged, but its quite sweet. alcohol flavor is there, but not offensive.

m - medium body. nice carbonation. creamy feel.

overall - very nice DIPA. although i didn't have it fresh, it was a fun thing to try with some age to see the integrity of the beer. its held up very nice.

01-14-2011 03:00:04 | More by levifunk
Photo of JAXSON


3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

2009 rate.

Draft. Clear gold with a moderate white head. Big, fresh nose of juicy hops, citrus peel, sugary fruit, and pine. Quiet bourbon presence that unfolds as the beer warms. Flavor is bold and rich, fresh and juicy. Strange bourbon creeps up in the end. As the beer warms the bourbon really starts to dominate. i think I would have preferred this without the bourbon aging, as the base IIPA was really nice and juicy.

12-09-2010 02:36:24 | More by JAXSON
Photo of jlindros


4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

Got this amazing beer thanks to levifunk, in a special hand and CO2 counter pressure filled bottle.

A: Light fizzy head disappears quickly, hazy murky golden orange tangerine colored beer.

N: Holy f*CK!!! This thing is awesome! Tons of citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, little pine, juicy chewy hops, little chewy malt, sweet hop aromas, little nougat and grassy spicy hops, hops galore!

T: Thick, lots of pineapple actually, wtf! It's crazy delicious! Tangerine, grapefruit, orange, citrus, sweet malts, thick, some warming booze, little malty caramel & chewy malts as well as chewy hops, heavy on the IBU side, ridiculous bitterness, sweet malts with some nougat, amazing balance of great hops and malts.

M: Thick but not syrupy, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Very bitter! Long bitterness with lots of tropical fruits lingering, pineapple, citrus, orange, nectarine, and even grapefruit lingering. Chewy malts and hops also stay with the sweet nectar flavors, and a slight alcohol feel. Very tasty beer, one of my fav Imp IPAs ever! Thanks a ton Levi!

06-27-2010 03:56:02 | More by jlindros
Photo of cameraman


4.68/5  rDev +14.7%

A dark yellow to light amber color is presented in the glass. A quarter inch head appears that is white in color and slowly laces down the sides of the glass. A hop dominant aroma with citrus, pine, earthy scents; this is followed by a mild floral fragrance, all of which combines into a striking scent enveloping the nose. The hops dominate the taste, but it all starts with a malty, honey, maple syrup flavors that start out each and every sip. The hops gradually builds its strength with an intense citurs flavor and then a piercing earthy flavor takes over and stays on the palate for some time. A mild grass flavor does linger long after each taste is gone. The feel is watery at the front, with the gradual thickening and stickiness comes out as it reaches the back of the throat. The palate is left with a string arid dryness. The look of this beer was lighter in color than I expected, but the aroma and flavor are top notch. The texture is appealing and leaves a dry clean palate. This would be great with any spicy foods.

06-04-2010 19:08:24 | More by cameraman
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

Counter pressure bottle bottle thanks to badnewsbeers

A: Slightly cloudy golden orange color. Head is only about a quarter of an inch thick and does not retain all that well or leave any lacing.

S: Mixture of Vanilla and citrus hops that is heavenly. The bourbon is very light but mainly comes through as vanilla sweetness.

T: Oh man this is good. The citrus hoppiness and the bitterness of the pine blend very well with the sweetness of the vanilla, but there is also a very smokey quality that is very enjoyable. There is also a bit of a pepper note which adds to the overall flavor profile and complexity.

M: For the most part smooth, with some lingering bitterness. A touch of heat but that doesnt really bother me.

D: I could drink this nonstop for the rest of my life. I really wish founders would bottle this so that i could have it more often as it is one of my favorites

05-27-2010 22:50:42 | More by mikey711
Photo of beerhan


3.63/5  rDev -11%

Intimidating is probably the best way to describe this beer. It comes off looking like its going to be just a weak beer served in a cognac type glass. The only way to describe this beer is like having a sip of cognac followed by drinking a bottle of perfume. It is very very strong but looks like apple juice. Try this if you ever get the chance.

05-16-2010 04:30:33 | More by beerhan
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured a golden orange with a little bit of foam. This beer had a little bite up front, but finished quite smooth. Maybe some subtle maple flavour to it too with a citrusy hop bite. It reminded me of The Oracle a lot. Both are ok beers. Was expecting a bit more from this, but its very easy to drink for the percentage. It was actually 11.1% at the brew pub. Not bad.

03-14-2010 03:04:15 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

A- Had on-tap at the KBS release party. Has a dark golden color to it with a bit of white fluffy head. Not much lacing, head retention is pretty good however.

S- Citrusy, grapefruit hops along with notes of oak and bourbon. Very interesting to have a mix between the bourbon and hops.

T- There's huge amounts of bourbon in here, almost tastes like straight bourbon it's that strong. The hops help to mellow it out a little bit, but as it warms the booziness really comes out and masks all the other flavors. A little too much IMO. Very sharp feeling on the palate.

M- Smooth, medium-bodied. Some carbonation but not much.

D- Way too much bourbon in this one to make it really drinkable. I probably wouldn't buy this again, even though it is pretty good still. Given the choice, I'd rather just have a Double Trouble.

03-14-2010 00:29:48 | More by kbeals
Photo of tpd975


4/5  rDev -2%

On tap at Capone's

A: Pours a golden hue with a small white head. Very little retention with a few spots of lace.

S: Bright citrus aromas with hints of caramel, vanilla, and light wood.

T: Tasty citrus goodness with more subtle hints of sweet pine and dashes of herbal greenness as well. The barrel is there with subtle notes of vanilla and fresh cut oak.

M On the fuller side of medium, smooth.

D: Pretty tasty.

03-04-2010 18:26:13 | More by tpd975
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

The beer pours a nice golden color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a wonderful mix of maple syrup, pale malts, hops, and wood. It's bitter as hell with a very nice sugary aroma. The taste is great as well. It's loaded for bear with hops and barrel character. I'm a big fan of the maple barrels. It has a solid pale malt base, but the talent lies in these "candied hops". It a term often used with this beer and it pretty well describes the experience. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. Just another quality offering from Founders. They have produced some of the most interesting beers of NoTB.

02-26-2010 19:21:23 | More by WesWes
Photo of Lunch


4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

Served on-tap at EBF 2010 in Boston, MA into a tasting glass at the appropriate temperature (02/20/10).

A: Glowing shade of golden yellow with some orange hues. Capped by some thick off-white foam.

S: Great aroma of citrus, tropical hops, honey, and some stick maple syrup. Some oak undertones as well as of booze and pine. It is almost as if the hops have been dipped in candied sugar.

T: Probably my favorite beer of the fest. The candied sugar, citrus hops are the dominant flavor with layers of tropical fruit, orange, honey, oak, and maple syrup. The complexity of this beer is off the charts.

M: Fuller-bodied with a slight syrupy texture along with low and smooth creamy carbonation.

D: I am truly amazed that this beer weighs in at 10.4% abv as it is completely hidden. Easy to drink and hard to put down.

Overall this is yet another fine offering from Founders that needs to be bottled. An extremely unique take on the American Double IPA and one that is sure to please. Highly Recommended.

02-24-2010 14:58:40 | More by Lunch
Photo of jrallen34


2.8/5  rDev -31.4%

I had this on tap into a tasting glass at NotB.

The beer is light gold with a hint of orange. Not much carbonation here at all, looks thick.

The aroma is super strong and dominated by hops. Its the strong grain alcohol hops of an imperial that is either great or too strong like in this beer. There is the slightest citrus note at the end.

Like the aroma the taste is way too grain alcohol hoppy sucking on a pine needle pine cone bitter. Some people love this, but for the all around beer drinker its not a pleaseant taste, feeling or experience. Its not at all balanced which if only it was might make this beer drinkable.

The feel is actually pretty nice.

Overall, another too hopped up imperial that is going for all ibu's and nothign else.

02-22-2010 19:47:27 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Telix


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Had this on draft at the brewery. Served in a fluted glass.

A: Mostly clear, deep orange/gold with no head, and only a ring of carbonation at the edge. There is little carbonation evident at first, but a good swirl knocks it out of suspension. It's a dense, thick brew.

S: BIG. Boozy, hoppy, sweet... I told my fiancee it smelled like "candied hops". There is almost a coconut rummy boozy smell going on, like Malibu.

T: Unique. Prominent coconut and tropical fruits, booze, soft but big hop flavors that are well integrated. The coconut really makes it taste like Malibu, and once that got into my craw the comparison just wouldn't leave. Sweet, honey, with sweet and clean finish with no alkaline. The aging really takes the edges off of Double Trouble and turns it into a great beer. Big, savory, satisfyingly juicy with candy orange, resinous hops, tropical notes, and a big mouthfeel. This was my second glass of it ever, and I'm not sold on the coconut... I'm torn between a 4 and 4.5.

M: Great, juicy, thick, rick, supports the huge flavors.

D: So the major issue here is the fact that it's reminiscent of Malibu rum, with huge coconut aroma and taste along with some booziness. However, the rest of the flavors are superb and it's just a big satisfying beer for the most part. It's an big improvement over the harsh and unrefined Double Trouble, for sure, but it's not exactly perfection.

02-21-2010 00:28:41 | More by Telix
Photo of jt31914


3.18/5  rDev -22.1%

On-tap at Hopcat:

A: A light pale color with a little bit of head.

S: Similar to double trouble; citrus and pine aromas.

T: Taste is a little too piney and not what I'd hoped for. Malty and thick.

M/D: Decent drinkability, but frankly I'm disappointed by this brew.

01-24-2010 06:51:57 | More by jt31914
Photo of sholland119


4/5  rDev -2%

A-Pours crystal clear apricot with a pool of thin white head.

S-Lots of hops with some good oakiness. Kinda like Double Trouble with oak.

T-Which is what it tastes like. Really hoppy, with strong citrus notes. Some vanilla notes follow, with a very boozy warm finish.

M-Medium bodied and a bit oily.

T-Pretty boozy but very nice for a glass. Not my favorite Founders beer but a good one.


01-15-2010 19:16:13 | More by sholland119
Photo of ffejherb


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Growler via FooFaa on 11/30/09.

A - Poured a clear, sparsely carbonated orange/light amber body with a finger's width of bubbly off-white head that reduced to a patchy veil and thin ring of retention. However, the head flared back up with each swirl of the glass, leaving spotty lace that slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Pungent citrus hops paired with sweet vanilla, oak and woody notes, and a sharp bourbon/whiskey presence. There's also a slight hint of earthy must and pine needles/sap.

T - Like a creamsicle soaked in whiskey, Hand of Doom combines citrus hops with a vanilla character to create a uniquely delicious DIPA. Strong alcohol notes emerge in the middle, but are ultimately quelled by the sweetness. A slight herbal, medicinal character appears in the finish due to the heavy alcohol presence and aggressive hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and quite smooth and creamy with subtle carbonation. Finish is semi-dry with moderate hop bitterness and alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - While I prefer bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stouts over hoppy brews, Hand of Doom is probably the best example of a barrel-aged DIPA I've had. This is really tasty stuff and another winner from Founders.

12-22-2009 02:06:34 | More by ffejherb
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

Growler purchased at Capone's Black Friday Event.

Appearance: pours neon orange with little head, retention, or lace. The growler is about 10 days old though and I remember a fairly decent white crown on the glass I purchased and consumed at the bar on Black Friday.

Smell: A wonderful bouquet of hops, bourbon, and a slight sugar note. Intoxicating!

Taste: Loads of orange / lemon citrus coupled with floral and grassy hops with some bourbon warmth and flavor in the background. I'm amazed by how much the hops stay up front while the bourbon keeps to the background. The play btw the two is intricate and fascinating.

Mouthfeel: Well this growler is lacking carbonation but that is because I didn't drink it soon enough so I won't hold that against the brew. Medium bodied and a touch syrupy. I remember the fresh pour having more carbonation and feeling fairly lively.

Drinkability: Btw the abv and the booze quality, this is a sipper that should be consumed in moderation.

12-08-2009 23:17:10 | More by koopa
Photo of callmemickey


3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

A: Dark, hazy amber body. Good head height and good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Boozy, heavy malt presence. Mostly caramel. Some citrus hops shine through the booze and malt.

T: Tastes like a smooth, woody pot still Irish whiskey. Reminiscent of Redbreast 12 actually. Interesting since I really didn't get any bourbon notes. Light citrus hop bitterness. While I like my Irish Whiskey... it didn't quite work here.

M: I like my beer to feel like beer. Hand of Doom didn't quite have a burn to it, but rather was a thick, slick, oily, greasy like feel to it.

D: All in all, it was an interesting attempt. Personally, I think it failed to really hit the mark.

12-08-2009 00:14:58 | More by callmemickey
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.08/5  rDev 0%

Had this one at Capones on tap, served out of a tulip.

A: Poured a 1/2 finger coarse white head that dissipated quickly. Brew was a slightly cloudy yellow with an orange tint. Lacing was stringy and spotty but scattered.

S: Citrus, candied cherries, grass, hops, cane sugar, and a pleasantly surprising pineapple.

T: Caramel and hops upfront that gradually evolve into a brown sugar maltiness. Middle is a bit boozy with a hint of cherry. A bit of brown sugar lends a nice smooth end to this one. What ruins it here is that this just keeps getting boozier and hoppier as it warms...

M: Medium bodied and coarse. Ends a bit dry but very very smooth with a lasting brown sugar finish.

D: Likeable... the only way I can really describe this one is that its an unique IIPA. I'd have it again, but drink quickly, this doesn't get any better than when its served a bit cold.

12-06-2009 04:43:56 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of capra12

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

Review on a snowy day with speedwayjim and stephy.

Appearance: orange and tan with little head.

Smell: I get pink grapefruit and red fruit twinge at the very end.

Taste: opens with a floral and grapefruit that last way trhoughout and beyond. In the middle an intense and complex rich earthiness emerges into the flavor profile, as the finish approaches and a rich malt and grainy profile hits your palate along with a mild boozieness that carries into the aftertaste. The hop bitterness doesnt impact this at all.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation and slightly coarse.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again. I highly recommend this someone who wants to try a rich and very complex DIPA. Definitely worth a try.

12-05-2009 19:45:46 | More by capra12
Photo of corby112


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

Served on draft at Capone's on 11/28/2009.

Pours a very dark hazelnut/chestnut brown with subtle touches of plum hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger off-white foam head that quickly dissipates into a very thin ring. Very sporadic minimal spots of lacing.

Subtle bourbon aroma with hints of vanilla as well as some caramel/chocolate malt. Hints of hazelnut, toffee and some coffee but I'm not picking much of a hop presence.

The hoppy floral notes absent from the aroma are prominent up front with some nice citrus notes and dry pine flavor. This is quickly balanced by a smooth silky chocolate maltiness with hints of toffee and hazelnut. The bourbon character comes through really nicely midway through and lasts throughout into a lingering sweet finish. The bourbon character is not overpowering, letting the complex flavors from the hops shine through even in the finish where the bourbon flavor is most prominent. There are still some dry pine and citrus notes in the finish. Very complex and more balanced than I expected. The alcohol is very well masked and there is not much heat/warmth making it pretty drinkable.

12-05-2009 14:18:29 | More by corby112
Photo of DefenCorps


2.85/5  rDev -30.1%

On tap at Capone's yesterday.

Clear orange in color, my 13oz pour of this beer shows excellent clarity and a thin white head is present, receding to a disk rather quick, leaving a little lace. The nose is great, really reminding me of Double Trouble, with citrus and pineapple present with plenty of bright citrus character. Malt character is reserved/non-existent. As this beer warms up, the vanilla and bourbon grow in strength, along with a mild caramel sweetness. The flavor palate opens with a strange combination of hop flavor and booze. The hop character is quite excellent, with pineapple,citrus, lemon and floral character. Malt sweetness is minimal. Vanilla and bourbon are present mid-palate, with the booze lingering on the finish. Bitterness is low, this is all about the flavor hops. The light body, medium carbonation and great hop flavor with low bitterness make for an extremely drinkable beer, but the bourbon heat just detracts from what is an excellent base beer. Why does a DIPA need to be aged in a bourbon barrel?
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5
Reviewed on: 11-28-2009 17:57:09

*Edit: I tried it again at Pizzeria Paradiso on 25 July 2010. The bourbon and oak just don't do it for me, there's too much heat, vanilla and tannins. I couldn't drink more than 2 sips. I'm reducing scores accordingly

11-28-2009 17:57:09 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.33/5  rDev -18.4%

I had this on tap at the Founders brewpub, 8oz pour into a snifter. The beer is light orange colored, clear, with very little head and no lacing. The aroma reminded me of Double Trouble, plus extra alcohol. Grapefruit, pineapple, maybe a little lemon, it seemed like the characteristics of several different hops were involved, and definitely enough fermentables were included to make a savage ABV (based on smell). It was tasty but a little too hot, the burning mouthfeel made it more of a sipper than I'd have preferred for a DIPA. Definitely less accessible than I'd hoped, after first hearing about this beer 6 months ago I'd hoped for more.

11-26-2009 02:42:45 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of wingedeel


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

On tap at Founders 11-21-2009.

A slightly different twist on a Imperial IPA with this one. Aged in bourbon barrels,the bourbon flavor is quite up front, particularly on the first sip or two, but ultimately blends quite nicely with the grapefruit/citrus flavor of the hops.

Quite drinkable, even though the bourbon taste was a little shocking at first.

Another fine beer from Founders.

11-24-2009 13:22:38 | More by wingedeel
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Draft sample at MBGF Summer 2009.

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus, bourbon and small woody aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy Heaven Hill bourbon bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where more then met.

10-20-2009 01:30:30 | More by tmoneyba
Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
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