Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by archiebunkerjr:
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I have never had a black IPA before. What a unique beer! I filled my growler at Founder's yesterday. I drank half of the growler last night (on the same day of purchase) and I am in the process of finishing it off tonight. I almost feel like I should process two different reviews as I have two different experiences drinking this beer on two different days.
Appearance - nice thick head on the first day. Deep black color with a tannish head on the first day. There was absolutely no head whatsoever on the second day.
Smell - the nose on the first day had typical IPA notes - grapefruit and grass with the grapefruit the far dominant smell. The second day? No grapefruit whatsoever. All I get is roasted coffee stout with small hints of dark chocolate. Very peculiar. Did the head provide the grapefruit note I smelled on the first day and take it away with its disappearance on the second day???
Taste - the first day - Wow! The grapefruit on the nose gave way to roasted coffee stout when it first entered my mouth. It quickly and smoothly changed to the grapefruit IPA flavor as it moved to the back of my mouth and down my throat. The second day? The roasted coffee stout flavor is slightly bolder than the first day. Unlike the first day, the grapefruit IPA notes try but fail to takeover as the beer moves to the back of the mouth. Only when the beer is swallowed is the grapefruit note detected. Even then, the grapefruit notes are not as distinct as they were the first day but they are definitely there. There is a stout presence on the finish the second day that wasn't there the first day.
Mouthfeel - heavy but smooth. Nice carbonation on first day but 100% disappeared on the second day as could be expected.
As most already know, this beer will be sold only in Michigan during the late summer, early fall of this year. I will be sure to bunker some of this beer due to its complexity, 7.5% abv, outstanding price (suggested $9.99 for a six pack but on sale at Meijer today for $7.99!) and limited production.
Serving type: growler
08-31-2013 23:52:55 | More by archiebunkerjr
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3.68/5 rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus hop presence that comes through slightly better in the taste.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 20:21:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.