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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: 34
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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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a deep brown. looks black through middle but brown along edges. almost opaque but not quite. finger of a foamy head that leaves a bit of a lacing

Smell: hops, citrus and pine. roasty malts.

Taste: opens up with a lighter pine hop, this gives way to a blended taste of citrus and roasted malts, chocolate takes up the back end

Mouthfeel: kinda light. some bitterness and roastiness left behind

Overall: A pretty decent beer. I thought about liking it for a few sips but i just can't stand the flavor combo

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Company Snifter.

The beer pours a dark cola brown, touches of Black and Tan with a foamy, khaki head that rises about 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and leaves just a touch a touch of lace behind. The aroma is heavy on roasted malt, toasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate with a nice backing of resinous pine and bitter hop spice. Lots of bitter pine and roasted malt on the tongue, toasted coffee beans, a touch of citrus is notable but this isn't really the most complex or exciting CDA. The mouthfeel is lively, crisp, active carbonation, coats the mouth decently well with a dry finish.

Verdict: A decent CDA/Black IPA from Founders, but it lacks depth and complexity. The hops certainly bitter the beer, but don't add too much in terms of flavor or aroma, the malts are still king here.

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3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep brown almost black with a one finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin, mocha halo and light lacing. Quite appealing.

S - Aromas of light chocolate and sweeter malts, light brownie notes, hop profile I am not a fan of though. Wet and dank, earthy, light citrus. Maybe its not the hops but that smokey oak like aroma that I'm getting. Its making my mind think it smells like something one would smoke.

T - Yeah...I taste marijuana, its that simple. The smokeyness and the hop profile washes my pallet with that taste. Its one of the strangest experiences for me, very odd. Smokey, light citrus and grapefruit peel, faint chocolate malts. The bitter skunky hops...yeah.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty solid for the style. Drinkable.

O - Overall, I think there are plenty of other really, really good representations for this style. The skunky hops here just did not work for me.

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3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Time for the second edition of Morakaton's amateur as hell reviews!

Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA

Serving type : Bottle, poured into a generic Tulip glass.

Bottled in late August with the first batch of Inspired Artist.

Ah, this was a beer I really wanted to love. I typically love most Founders releases, I think their Centennial IPA is top tier for a single IPA, their Porter in my top 3 Porters list, and their stouts are unbeatable. So when I heard they were making a special Black IPA, a style I love for representing the less unbearably bitter side of IPA's, I was ecstatic. I was also slightly disappointed. I guess maybe it was because of the hype I heard from BA, but it wasn't mind blowing at all.

Appearance - It poured nicely with a finger length head, it's not quite black, but dark brown. The head dissipated into a long lasting foam ring around the glass after a few minute, not spectacular, but not offending.

Smell - Whew, this beer had some great aromas, definitely it's strongest aspect. It had a wonderful blend of floral notes, hop aroma, citrus, and roast, all combining for a nasal spectacular.

Taste - Very hoppy and bitter, the floral smell lends to the taste, and the hop character is almost too much for me. The roasty side of this brew doesn't come out until the beer warms up considerably, but it is much appreciated when it does. Overall, the taste isn't at all bad, it's just not well balanced. However, the alcohol is very well hidden, not at all detected by me in a brew with 7.5% ABV. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, expected from a brew with a massive 88 IBU's.

Overall, I liked the beer, but it was a bit underwhelming for me. For all the hype surrounding it, and how hard it was to track down for me after launch (the initial batch was gone after the first weekend), it wasn't worth it. Perhaps cellaring my last 4 bottles for a bit of time will better balance the beer, but until then, I'll stick with my other Michigan black IPA favorites in Anger (Greenbush) and Special Reserve Black Bier (Dark Horse).
Until next time, stay thirsty!

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