Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from a friend in Michigan. Pours a dark brown to black with a creamy small half finger khaki head. Aroma of pine, roast, more pine, but of citrus, sweet chocolate malts. Flavor is sweet tropical citrus up front, some lightly roasted grain in between, a little spice, and a very nice sweet citrus left on the palate. Velvety mouthfeel with medium prickly carbonation. Very similar to Wookey Jack but not quite the bite and complexity. A very nice brew for the style.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2013 22:10:49 | More by BMMillsy
3.75/5 rDev -10.3%
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!
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2013 06:59:30 | More by Morakaton
Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.