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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
90
outstanding

35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 208
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 34
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: pb9613 on 08-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 208
Reviews by archiebunkerjr:
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4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (2,029 characters)

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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. (783 characters)

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

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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! (611 characters)

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Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.