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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
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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 27
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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ant880

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-26-2013 23:54:01 | More by ant880
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jemarent

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-26-2013 00:12:19 | More by jemarent
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-25-2013 00:38:25 | More by shehateme
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AOShabaz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-25-2013 00:24:15 | More by AOShabaz
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-24-2013 17:58:57 | More by BEERschlitz
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imyourhero21

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-23-2013 16:51:49 | More by imyourhero21
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mtrog313

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

10-22-2013 02:42:01 | More by mtrog313
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-22-2013 01:52:53 | More by st9647v3
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-19-2013 23:55:38 | More by dmorgan310
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-19-2013 20:32:54 | More by richkrull
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

10-18-2013 14:52:45 | More by vrbulldog22
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-18-2013 10:11:29 | More by beernads
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-18-2013 02:50:39 | More by MinorThreat
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Ljudsignal

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle of a six-pack generously traded to me by Spartan13. Poured into my Night Shift tulip glass/snifter hybrid thing.

Pours an utterly opaque, oily-looking black with a thick, creamy, tan one-finger head. Held against the light, deep ruby highlights become visible, and the beer as a whole appears considerably cleaner and less viscous. Cobwebby lacing, moderate retention. Plain, but pretty.

The nose opens with potent citrus--primarily grapefruit and bitter orange--with roasty malt notes of baker's chocolate and coffee following close behind. Some earthy hop aromas and subtle notes of smokiness, almost like burnt toast, are also present.

As several other reviewers have noted, time has done interesting things to this beer. My initial recollection of it was as a pine- and grapefruit-forward beer with coffee notes playing a supporting role. Now the roles seem to have been almost entirely reversed--an opening salvo of potent grapefruit pith and pine resin on the front of the palate is quickly subsumed by malt-forward roastiness. Potent notes of black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and burnt toast dominate the middle of the palate, along with a subtle but persistent resinous hoppy bitterness. A lingering roasty bitterness appears on the back of the palate, reminiscent of fresh-ground French roast, and blends with a faintly-felt spicy hop note.

Beginning with a snappy, crisp carbonation, this beer finishes unexpectedly--but not unpleasantly--thick, with a lingering, tongue-coating creaminess that pairs nicely with the coffee and chocolate notes that appear on the middle and back of the palate. Alcohol is exceptionally-well hidden.

On the whole, a very solid take on the Cascadian black ale style. Although time has certainly reduced the hop profile of this beer significantly, I believe that reduction has allowed the roasted malt flavors in the beer to shine in unexpected ways without entirely transforming the finished product into just a hoppy porter. Shame this recipe won't be seeing the light of day again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:23:54 | More by Ljudsignal
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottle date of 8/20/13.

A - Deep, dark coffee brown with burgundy highlights with a 2 finger off white head. Great retention that slowly fades to a collar. Some spotty lacing.

S - Heavy on citrus hops with light bitter notes. There is a roasted malt and toast scent.

T - I pikc up the citrus hops right away, but then it leads into the malts. The malts are roasted and slightly smokes. A bit of sweet caramel and toast rounds it off. This has a ver nice, balanced flavor.

M - Moderate body and carbonation with a hoppy finish.

O - One of the better Black IPA's I have had. It is right up there with New Glarus Blacktop.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:00:27 | More by Ri0
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steevbr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-17-2013 22:12:11 | More by steevbr
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Shatter

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-17-2013 12:18:06 | More by Shatter
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JakeWright

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

10-17-2013 04:27:48 | More by JakeWright
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark black brew with nice lacing off tan colored foamy head.

Roasty pine, raisins, herbal. Missing a bit of flavors.

Meaty flavor (literally). Slightly smoked, not over done. Roasty, missing much bitterness. Sweetness is also odd. Light, easy drinking, deep flavor. Sweet roasty flavors. Carbonation sit well at a heavy-medium. Nice light flavor, but it could use a bit more pep.

This is a fairly unremarkable brew, but it could be due to it's age...? It's good, but a bit too roasty for the style..missing much hops, but still well done and an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 03:13:39 | More by chugalug06
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MWolverines66

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

10-15-2013 00:54:01 | More by MWolverines66
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

10-14-2013 18:42:38 | More by drummermattie02
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 23:22:25 | More by GRPunk
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larryarms847

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.6%

10-13-2013 20:56:33 | More by larryarms847
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Dhamma73

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-13-2013 19:47:15 | More by Dhamma73
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-12-2013 15:26:09 | More by brycevolk
Founders Inspired Artist Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.