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Founders Imperial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 11
Photo of Wildman
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @Founder's:

This beer was a very dark copper amber color and was a touch cloudy. It had a small snow white bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. A very strong hop aroma, with some citrus elements to help offset the hit of hops that will assault your senses. The flavor was heavy on the hops with some citrus elements. The finish was actually sweeter than I thought it was going to be, maybe due to the mixture of the different hops. A good beer that I wished they bottled.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a dark caramel-copper with ruby accents, forming a small off-white head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is intense with lots of fresh, fruity green oily citric and resinous hops all backed by a huge malt bill with touches of golden raisins, dates, and rotting peaches. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a dense body. The taste is an echo of the aroma and just as intense...TONS of chewy malts. Mike was drinking a Red Rye and this looked and tasted exactly like it but with a much bigger malt bill and a distinct syrupy alcohol burn towards the end. Peppery from the alcohol with a well-balanced medium bitterness offset by lingering syrupy malt sweetness.

This is a rich brew...almost too rich. I took home a growler of the Red Rye instead of this as the alcohol was a bit much and the Red Rye was more drinkable. Not quite as balanced as Stone Double Bastard, but getting there. Recommended for all the hop-heads.

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Photo of granger10
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another winning IPA from Founder's. This one stands right in between the Devil Dancer and Centennial as far as hoppiness goes. The appearance is burnt orange with a small, creamy tan head. The aroma has a wonderful hop bouquet which is mostly citrus but also somewhat floral. The drinkability on this beer is amazing. The alcohol is well hidden until the end where it mixes with the hops wonderfully. Very citrusy tasting and juicy as well. Malts mix in well here. This one goes toe to toe with any other imperial IPA I have tried.

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Founders Imperial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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