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Founders Black IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Black IPA
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WakeandBake on 02-08-2009)
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Photo of thequeen711
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A black beer is worth drinking!!! This intense black IPA pours a thick head. It is a nice change from the typical light colour IPA's out there, and makes me want to drink dark IPA's, since I do not like a hop ridden beer. The taste is grapefruity and hoppy, yet, becomes sweet and smooth at the finish. I'd do this one again, but I would call it a favourite.

thequeen711, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Tattooedirish1
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Tattooedirish1, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of fellowrs
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

fellowrs, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of DCdevyl78
3.5/5  rDev -15%

DCdevyl78, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Mjdoyon
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Mjdoyon, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of rgilbert
3.5/5  rDev -15%

rgilbert, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Rons35
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Rons35, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of adamette
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap at the brewery yesterday during my visit there into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Some dark brown light comes through in front of direct light for this otherwise dark, black body of a beer with minimal head. Foreboding and interesting. 4.0

S Minimal hops to the nose, not much else after repeated sniffs. 3.0

T Tastes like a basic IPA really, not as well balanced as I found Centennial IPA to be, more hop centric and without any dark roast notes. There were some medium roast malt tastes, not too much like a dark amber beer. Taste is interesting, challenging. 4.0

M Thinner than the look suggests. I really like the feel but it is much thinner than this dark ale looks like it would likely be. 3.5

D Drinkability is o.k. but I found it to be a bit too bitter to be a session beer. 3.0

adamette, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of cgrz
3.75/5  rDev -9%

cgrz, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

hansgruber, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of BEERschlitz
3.75/5  rDev -9%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Morakaton
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Morakaton, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of joshshepperd
3.75/5  rDev -9%

joshshepperd, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Brewer1980
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -9%

BillHilly, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of BobZ
3.75/5  rDev -9%

BobZ, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black body with dark brown edges. 2 fingers of dark khaki foam on top.

S - Roasted malts, pungent green hops, pine needles, hints of coffee.

T - Follows the nose with roasted barley, bittering green hops upfront, pine resin, notes of coffee, the roasted malts provide some sweetness but there is a dryness spicyness that keeps it in check. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - Medium full mouthfeel, creamy carbonation, dry finish.

The roast is not heavy and the hops are the main focus. Good mouthfeel with some spicy character. Good stuff.

StaveHooks, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of BradDurbin89
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had it at the brewery last week and took good notes.

It had a minimal head and the the color was dark brown, not quite as dark as I'd expect. Overall interesting in appearance.

Not as much hops in the nose as I was expecting.

Even thought the bitterness of the hops could have been balanced better, I enjoyed the beer. It is interesting and unique.

The dark color tricked my mind into thinking it would have a bigger mouth feel, but I should know better. I really enjoyed the feel, and it is a nice beer.

It is a little bitter and could have more balance, but overall I really enjoyed this beer!

BradDurbin89, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

DanGeo, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of radiofish
4/5  rDev -2.9%

radiofish, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of ROBSTARR
4/5  rDev -2.9%

ROBSTARR, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of buiter
4/5  rDev -2.9%

buiter, Jul 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Phoodcritic, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of PackenGreen
4/5  rDev -2.9%

PackenGreen, Nov 06, 2013
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Founders Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.