Founders Empire Strikes Bitter - Founders Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap at Founders. Served in a nonic pint.
A: Pours a dark amber color with some clear brown highlights to it. A white head forms on the pour and recedes to thin cap. Sticky white lace is left down the glass.
S: Light citrus hops with a caramel malt sweetness. Some sweetened biscuit malt with subtle grassy nature with a touch of dankness.
T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. Very sweet caramel malt backbone with a little cereal grain as well. Nice bursts of citrus hops with with some background dankness to it and minimal grassy notes.
M: Light bodied and very easy drinking. Medium low carbonation with a dry finish.
O: Very solid and drinkable beer. Nice balance of hops and malty sweetness. I'd definitely knock back a few pints of this.
Serving type: on-tap
04-06-2013 13:10:32 | More by Treebs
3.1/5 rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Modified my post from Bitter Ole' Man, another Founders bitter, which in my opinion was almost identical to Empire Strikes Bitter taste wise. Had on tap at the taproom this summer.
A - Lighter color than what I've found in other bitters. Colors resemble more of a pale ale being yellow instead of a darker bronze/light copper.
S - Mostly hops and citrus notes up front. Smells more like a pale ale or a session IPA.
T - Found this to be overly hoppy for a bitter style. Maybe it's an American take but I'm used to more malty variants like Fullers, Boddingtons, John Smith's, etc. which have more of a prolific malt base.
M - Carbonation seemed to be a little high. Maybe because I'm used to experiencing so many bitters on nitro.
O - Like the other Founder's ESB, a little let down. Maybe because their house yeast doesn't fit in or because they've pumped it full of hops.
Serving type: on-tap
10-30-2012 04:14:10 | More by kylelenk
Founders Empire Strikes Bitter from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.