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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,137 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 55
Gots: 296 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bashiba on 03-18-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

GFish, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/28/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, chocolate, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste start is very sweet up front with strong flavors of maple, caramel and chocolate. The malt character is hearty and there’s a touch of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger brown ale to drink for a while if you’re ok with the sweetness.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of infi
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

infi, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.31.12.

A - Pours a light carmel brown with a fluffy tan head. Large bubbles with good retention.

S - Strong coffee and roasted malts.

T - Milk chocolate, strong coffee, cream, and hazelnuts.

D - Good carbonation with slightly heavier finish from a medium body.

O - Creamy, coffee, and smooth.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of mfavoino
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in a trade form Holmes698. Thanks!

Poured on 8/3/12.

Appearance: Brown with an amber hue and one finger of foam that settled to a rim. Some spotty lace.

Smell: Lightly roasted malts, strong coffee scent, and a unique hazelnut aroma.

Taste: Sweet up front with a hazelnut emphasis. Coffee is not overwhelming, but it is a centerpiece of this beer. Light roasted malts and a minimal hop presence keep this one slick as it finishes. A little bit nutty as well.

Mouthfeel: On the light sid for this style with average carbonation. Just a bit of warming from the booze.

Overall: Didn't blow me away, but I can't say I didn't enjoy it. If you like coffee and hazelnut, give it a try.

mfavoino, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Infamous7100
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lighter than expected ruby/dark brown/amber. A n agressive pour yields a one finger tan head.
S: aroma is dominated by coffee and roasted notes. Smells sweet with slight booze. The hazelnut really stands out as well.
T: this bad boy is complex. Starts sweet with the hazelnut jumping out at the front but then slightly quelled byblack coffee, roasted notes. Toward the back, a bit of the booze kicks in, slightly astringent(my only complaint). Finishes slightly bittersweet, the only trace of hops I can really detect.
M: Medium carbonation, slick and thinner than expected. Dry finish with a boozy, bittersweet finish.
O: enjoyed this brew a lot. The complexities alone make it worth the purchase and at 9% abv I was surprised how quickly I made it through the bomber. This has so many characteristics of a stout, you need to remember its a brown and judge it accordingly. A fine brown indeed.

Infamous7100, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of tdmccarthy
3/5  rDev -24.6%

tdmccarthy, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of gafferjohn
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

gafferjohn, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of vande
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

vande, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of ckobes
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

ckobes, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Jiatlas
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Jiatlas, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Released summer 2012.
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a deep brownish amber. Not as dark as I was expecting on this one. Light tan finger of head. Sticky lacing bits after you swirl. Some alcohol feet are present. Good carbonation it appears.

S: Nose is tons of flavored roast coffee. Really dominates the whole thing. Hazelnut coffee.

T: Tons of coffee up front. Light roast hazelnut flavored coffee. Mid mouth is creamy malt backing. Maybe some bittering hops for the balance. Dry close on this one. Lots of roast. Nuttiness is there for sure.

M: It's a big medium. Thinner than I was expecting and/or wanted.

inlimbo77, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MeisterSmudge!

Clear dark brown when held up to the light with a moderately sized light brown head that lasts for a short while before fading to a thin film on the top of the beer, eventually leaving the glass spotted with stick. Appropriate and pretty brown ale.

The aroma is the hallmark of this beer and easily the best aroma I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying in any brown ale. The base beer has nice components of brown bread malt and caramel, but the coffee and hazelnut character really shine through, especially at warmer temperatures. Incredibly nice.

The flavor follows the aroma, but isn't quite as spectacular. The base brown ale is complemented nicely by coffee and hazelnut flavors, though they do appear to become a little stale and artificial, respectively, as the beer comes fully to temperature. That being said, this is a really flavorful beer, highlighting the additional components nicely, while still remaining remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. One of the more full bodies I've experienced in a brown ale.

(Keeping in mind that this is a brown ale) I really, really enjoyed this. It lived up to and exceeded my high expectations.

ehammond1, Aug 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

nas4atu, Aug 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

CEDAMA, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of ferrettman687
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

ferrettman687, Aug 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Rollzroyce21, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of millertime416
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really wanted to love this one...I really did, especially given all the negative reviews. This is the third bottle I've tried and I just can't get into it.

A: Good - reddish brown with a moderate amount of head.

S: The smell is simply amazing. I personally dislike hazelnut coffee, but I can't stop smelling this (probably why I've bought so many bottles). I almost recommend buying one just to sniff it.

T: This is the problem, the taste is not there. It tastes like a poor to average brown ale doused in hazelnut syrup. Its too bitter and too sweet. In all honesty it seems hard to classify as a beer - I second other reviewers who could see this as an offering from Starbucks.

M: Way too thin.

O: Founders I love you but I don't understand how this came to market. I'm in love with how this beer smells, but it may be because it smells like dessert. I just think this is a below average beer. I have 2 more in the cellar...maybe in the future I will become a believer!

Edit: maybe I was influenced was all the negative hype that follow the release or it's just the age, but I've had this a few more times now and have really come to enjoy it. Scores update to reflect, but not comments

millertime416, Aug 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

freduardo, Aug 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jlkrekelberg, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

coreyfmcdonald, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark reddish brown in color. Dark, but still rather translucent. Clear. Forms a moderate sized head that reduces fairly quickly to a bunch of big bubbles. Eventually reduces down to a patchy surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Sweet aroma chock full of hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur with a blend of lightly roasted coffee. Unsurprisingly, this one smells much the way Frangelico does.

T: Taste is rather sweet with notes of hazelnut, marzipan, coffee, and some light vanilla. Coffee flavor is pretty strong on the first half of the bottle, but seems to subside and give way to the strong hazelnut flavor. Unfortunately, the hazelnut is so strong it comes off as being artificial with a bit of a chemical aftertaste to it.

M: Medium bodied, but rather thin for the style. There is an artificial, chemically mouthfeel to this beer and it finishes with the astringency of cheap coffee.

O: This beer is a bit of a dichotomy. On the one hand, it is novel and the flavors seem to work. On the other, it is sweet, not at all subtle, and simply tastes artificial. As I was drinking it (and I should mention I was incapable of finishing the bottle), I felt as this was some sort of new Starbucks Frapucinno flavor that I should be serving it over ice with a straw instead of in a glass. But, in all honesty, if Starbucks sold this stuff, I couldn't see ever buying it from them either.

Florida9, Aug 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ajaxivan, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
2.3/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to brystmar for this bottle recently. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a ruby-tinted, transparent, milk-chocolate brown. Big hazelnut notes, sugar cookies, light ethanol. Crisp mouth with a decent amount of carbonation. Whoah! Holy cheap hazelnut creamer, Batman! Yowzas. This is sickeningly sweet. Whatever else characteristics I expected are all but drowned out. I can't get past the hazelnut on this one. I knew going into this, that that was the main player with this beer, but let's learn some subtlety, yeah? I need another beer to wash this flavor out. I wanted to try this since it came out, but this is not pleasant. The worst beer I have had from Founders. Pass.

Onenote81, Aug 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

lalaloveyou, Aug 01, 2012
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.