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Founders Doom - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,573
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 136
Gots: 286 | FT: 37
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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 Gatch
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful slightly hazy golden orange with a huge soapy sticky bright white head. All IPA from here. Great nose of fruity and earthy bourbon and barrel. Sweet, sticky hops. Obviously a bit of booze. I had Southern Tiers oak aged double IPA before this and it was just as good. The barrel shows itself a bit more in this beer. This isn't a new style but it might be riding the trend and I'm cool with that because its delicious. All the good flavors of bourbon and barrel with the character of a double IPA. Don't see why this beer isn't getting more love. Can be a tad cloying and sensory overload at times but a great one time treat. Well done.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, shared with a friend; blind tasting for me. Bright amber colored ale with a frothy, white head that holds excellent retention and leaves some lacing down the glass. Aromas are fruity, citric, tropical, grapefruit, bourbon (which totally threw me off). Bourbon is obvious on the palate, with vanilla, citrus, pungent grapefruit, oak, some tropical notes in there as well. Very creamy and smooth mouth-feel, full body, nice carbonation. Finishes very dry and bitter, but it's still well balanced with plenty of malt backbone. Boozy at times, but not too hot. The bourbon is different but acceptable. At first I wasn't so sure. Very unique beer, and well crafted. For its price I wouldn't seek out another bottle of this, but it was definitely a treat!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of JFresh21
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer. It is definitely well crafted but the blend just isn't right.

Tastes like a decent double IPA with the sting of a barrel. Its drinkable and worth a try but the style isn't a style. I had a KBS prior and it was so smooth and tasteful.

Try it but don't overpay. You aren't missing much if you skip this brew.


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Photo of Ryan011235
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders snifter on 5/24/13

The appearance is honey through and through - amber and touches of brown marked with a depth of haziness. As the head grew initially, the only thing I could think was "barrel-thin" but the head puffed like an adder and filled the uppermost of the glass. The foam held steady for a good minute or two, at least long enough for me to pose the beer and bottle with Age of Apocalypse figure to annoy the late MbpBugeye. This down time resulted in drapes of foam on the side of the glass that dries and speckles over time. Overall retention isn't much save for a pile of tightly clustered bubbles.

Doom smells a lot less potent that I feared for a 10% barreled DIPA; that's probably a good thing, too. The barrel just out first as vanilla, oak, mild char and subtle/sweet bourbon. Slathered thereunder are the workings of the base beer; registering as thick and sweet candy citrus hops with a hint of the floral, biscuit and wafers.

While the aroma features more of the barrel than the base, the taste leads off with oily citrus hops and a dab of pine. The hops dance the foxtrot, jitterbug and jive for a moment or two, basking in a pretty darn good example of hop flavor triumphing over any sort of bitterness, before side-stepping to what would be a foray into the very biscuit and cracker malts that are swallowed up within an abundance of vanilla. Indeed, the barrel comes to prominence on the latter half of the beer and takes no holds barre(le)d on the finish. In an astonishing turn of events for a barrel-aged DIPA, the charred oak adds a pleasant dryness to the finish while the bourbon adds a soft sweetness and a compounding alcohol heat. Ye, the heat rises with the temperature of the beer. Good thing I'm kicking it in the basement and it hasn't been terribly cold lately anyway.

The feel impresses me quite a lot; the base beer is oily and only slightly sticky. The alcohol heat, at least by my reckoning, is attributable only to the barreling; with that thinking in mind I am all the more impressed that Founders pulled off such a non-boozy, non-sugary DIPA. The barrel characteristics allow for a drying out of the hop oils as a way to wrap up each sip. For all the more impressive all that is, it doesn't even take into account the carbonation. Oh, the carbonation. It's so soft and well proportioned and considerate of the intricacies of the beer. In the comparison of the flavors and body and such, the carbonation comes across as flat out delicate.

I've pecked out a lot, so to give it a quick wrap-up here is the MbpBugeye-approved text message short version: I'm not keen on barreling DIPAs but if you're gonna do it, this is how you do it.

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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A:Clear golden-orange. Three fingers of creamy eggshell head retain very well. A blanket of frothy lacing coats the glass. A very attractive beer to behold.

S: Very tropical and citrus forward at first. Aromas of pineapple, tangerine, mango. Soft pine. Barrel scents back this up in a big way. Light bourbon, oak, warm and woody vanilla, and a slight toasted coconut impression.

T: Honeyed malts, thin caramel, toasted almond. Intense tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, juicy nectarine, tangerine, and mango. Spike of alcohol and tropical esters follow. Pine resin. Sharp bitterness. All of this is interrupted impolitely by a sharp interjection of bourbon. The barrel claims the mid palate and introduces tastes of warm vanilla and oak. Hops come back toward the finish and tropical juices regain the palate's attention. Finishes with ample bitterness, tropical hops, and lingering bourbon and oak.

M: Husky medium body. Has some heft in the mouth. Full, firm, very creamy. Slight supporting carbonation. Deliciously smooth. Modest astringency, numbing alcohol. Great mouthfeel.

O: It's a bit up and down, but in the end it lands on its feet. It's an amazingly well-crafted offering, but bourbon barrel and IPA just offer two very different flavor profiles that don't seem to be a natural fit. I've never really been sold on the concept of a bourbon barrel aged IPA, but to me this is just about as good as the style can get. It isn't where my preferences lie, but the effort certainly warrants the high score. Others may find it right up their alley.

Founders Doom from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,573 ratings.