Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ljudsignal:
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
Last bottle of a six-pack generously traded to me by Spartan13. Poured into my Night Shift tulip glass/snifter hybrid thing.
Pours an utterly opaque, oily-looking black with a thick, creamy, tan one-finger head. Held against the light, deep ruby highlights become visible, and the beer as a whole appears considerably cleaner and less viscous. Cobwebby lacing, moderate retention. Plain, but pretty.
The nose opens with potent citrus--primarily grapefruit and bitter orange--with roasty malt notes of baker's chocolate and coffee following close behind. Some earthy hop aromas and subtle notes of smokiness, almost like burnt toast, are also present.
As several other reviewers have noted, time has done interesting things to this beer. My initial recollection of it was as a pine- and grapefruit-forward beer with coffee notes playing a supporting role. Now the roles seem to have been almost entirely reversed--an opening salvo of potent grapefruit pith and pine resin on the front of the palate is quickly subsumed by malt-forward roastiness. Potent notes of black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and burnt toast dominate the middle of the palate, along with a subtle but persistent resinous hoppy bitterness. A lingering roasty bitterness appears on the back of the palate, reminiscent of fresh-ground French roast, and blends with a faintly-felt spicy hop note.
Beginning with a snappy, crisp carbonation, this beer finishes unexpectedly--but not unpleasantly--thick, with a lingering, tongue-coating creaminess that pairs nicely with the coffee and chocolate notes that appear on the middle and back of the palate. Alcohol is exceptionally-well hidden.
On the whole, a very solid take on the Cascadian black ale style. Although time has certainly reduced the hop profile of this beer significantly, I believe that reduction has allowed the roasted malt flavors in the beer to shine in unexpected ways without entirely transforming the finished product into just a hoppy porter. Shame this recipe won't be seeing the light of day again any time soon.
10-18-2013 01:23:54 | More by Ljudsignal
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3.36/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
09-26-2013 23:47:00 | More by ehammond1
Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.