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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

202 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 30
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Vogie on 08-27-2013)
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cgrz

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-20-2014 09:05:29 | More by cgrz
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-19-2014 05:36:20 | More by akttr
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miffsudd

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-16-2014 08:38:47 | More by miffsudd
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DrChadly

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-16-2014 08:15:59 | More by DrChadly
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md655321

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-15-2014 20:34:34 | More by md655321
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-21-2013 04:19:43 | More by djrn2
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kirkse

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-16-2013 23:19:22 | More by kirkse
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-10-2013 23:10:55 | More by threedaggers
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-06-2013 23:58:31 | More by In_Control_Mike
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-06-2013 02:33:29 | More by jayhunter357
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MWilt

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-05-2013 18:03:44 | More by MWilt
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RichH55

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-03-2013 00:46:22 | More by RichH55
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Slay40

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-01-2013 02:37:48 | More by Slay40
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salinasa

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-28-2013 22:00:38 | More by salinasa
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BreakfastStout

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-27-2013 23:16:05 | More by BreakfastStout
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mattvandyk

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-21-2013 22:59:42 | More by mattvandyk
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

11-17-2013 22:10:49 | More by BMMillsy
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mjshearer1

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-16-2013 06:18:12 | More by mjshearer1
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Gtg642

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-15-2013 02:48:19 | More by Gtg642
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Morakaton

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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!

11-14-2013 06:59:30 | More by Morakaton
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-12-2013 02:51:24 | More by thegerm87
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Mersh

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-08-2013 02:49:12 | More by Mersh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-06-2013 21:25:56 | More by Thorpe429
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SwG237

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-04-2013 22:20:24 | More by SwG237
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CoolEthan

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-02-2013 23:24:24 | More by CoolEthan
Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.