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Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Inspired Artist Black IPAFounders Inspired Artist Black IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

206 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 35
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Vogie on 08-27-2013)
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Reviews by GRPunk:
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3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a shaker pint. Date 08/15/13

A- Sweet, Art Prize inspired, logo. 1-finger, dense, foamy, brown head. Near black body becomes a deep red and quite clean when held to light. Medium-heavy carbonation, good retention at 1/4 finger, awesome rings.

S- Quite hoppy. A ton of citrus, grapefruit mostly. Cracker-like grains.

T- Much more balanced than the aroma lets on. Citrus early, malty middle of caramel and cereal, more hops to spice up and clean the finish. Maybe a little grainy overall.

M- Quite clean/dry. Slight hop bite. Moderate body and carbonation.

O- I would like to have tried this at its freshest. I wonder about a fading hop presence. Still, a really good beer. I can tell its a black IPA that leans toward the hoppy traditions of an IPA, rather than some of the black ales that become quite stout-like. I'd have bought a sixer if I had the chance closer to the bottling date.

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3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
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Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade

Not quite black, but more of a very dark brown. Not particularly heavy or thick in body, but moderate. Nice sticky lacing left down the glass. A pretty enough black IPA; above average.

Nice amount of roast and a slight char character in the aroma. Very mild, muted hops. Simple and straightforward. Not unpleasant, but unexciting.

The flavor follows the aroma. The flavor is dominated by mild roast notes and just a hint of char and the slightest of smoke. Very mild pine hop character. Drinkable enough, but very unexciting.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

A decent black beer, but really quite boring. Firestone Walker, for example, does a much, much better take on this style. There's really nothing IPA about this beer at all.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Had this while visiting a friend in Grand Rapids for his Bachelor party weekend (on tap at McFadden's).

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with beautiful caramel froth and plenty of carbonation.

Very malt forward on the nose, mainly chocolate, some smoke, and just overall toasted nuttiness with notes of piney hops.

Flavor outlines the piney hops more than the nose, with some roasted barley.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated but balanced well on the malt spectrum.

Overall, a damn find black IPA, one of my favorites to date, it's unfortunate it was a one off, but I feel fortunate to have tried a few pints!

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Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.