Azacca IPA
Founders Brewing Company

Azacca IPAAzacca IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #2,494
Ranked #15,679
3.91 | pDev: 8.18%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Azacca IPAAzacca IPA
Notes: Named for the Haitian god of agriculture, the Azacca hop boasts intense, tropical fruit notes. Azacca IPA includes a touch of caramel malt to provide a sweet backbone to the citrus, mango and orchard fruit notes in this 7% ABV, 70 IBUs beer. The label artwork symbolizes the god of agriculture watching over a field where the ingredients used to make the beer are being grown.
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always wondered about the name of the Azacca hop, where it came from, but never ever got around to asking anyone. It's the Haitian god of agriculture, it seems. Well, cool.

Clear, clean, bright golden/amber coloring, slim white head.

Bold and bitter hop aromatics, shimmering citrus notes, a glimmer of cat pee, orange and grapefruit shining over the litter box. Beautiful.

In the mouth: Malty mouthfeel dominates the senses first. Lush and delicious. Hops take over the spotlight soon, flashing brilliant citric notes. Delicious and deliriously drinkable. Bright and lovely, with lots of yeast action still happening. A good drinking IPA, and it tastes good, too. Cheers to that!

Feb 04, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden, amber pour with rather large white head with good retention. rich creamy nose with some bitterness, and loads of golden fruits like pineapple, banana, and peach. bitter pine aroma is there as well but more in the background.

Palate is just perfectly balanced and very layered, velvety texture wtith great body and mouthfeel without being dense or heavy in any way. Initial hoppy bitterness moving into more rich fruit notes, golden delicious apples as well as the pineapple and banana notes form a nice fruit salad flavour. There is some herbal and pine bitterness on the finish, but does not feel as 70 IBU's at all.

Im loving it pretty close to a perfect moderately hopped IPA in my book

Jan 08, 2020
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an unmarked shaker pint glass. I failed to note the exact date of review, but likely late January or early February 2016 based on the location of the notes.

A: Mildly hazy gold with a finger’s worth of off-white head that has average retention. A good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Biscuit malts, citrus rind hops, and herbal/grassy hops. Not a huge amount of aroma.

T: Bitter citrus, grassy, and a bit brassy. Biscuit malt sweetness. Some tangerines and melon as well. This comes off as closer to balanced than expected. Moderate bitterness in the hang.

O: A medium body for style, with low alcohol presence. A good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Not a great beer. I'm not certain if I've had Azacca hops before this. I do think this could have used some additional dry hopping, but otherwise to specific faults. But there's nothing to get excited about, nor anything particularly memorable.

Nov 13, 2019
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hogrider from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not something I would go out of my way to drink...but ok. I am biased because I like dry IPAs generally. The sweet backbone of this beer noticed in the backdraft of my palate is very good, I noticed hints of fruits and even mango-like notes. If you like fruity beers, you are going to like this one....and remember folks, drink beer and support your local brewery. HOG

Jun 15, 2019
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brewale4me from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark gold to bronze
Aroma: citrus, grapefruit, malt
Taste: malt, citrus, medium bitterness
Mouthfeel: medium body
Overall: this is a good IPA however; the hop profile is light.

May 30, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single can into a tulip.

Pours copper and essentially clear with two-to-three fingered foamy head. Visibly effervescent in the body. Decent lacing.

The aroma displays a solid malt presence with equal measures of tropical and piney/weedy hop. Very little citrus. Just a hint of alcohol detected.

The caramel malt sweetness carriers over to the palate and is the first flavor on the tip of the tongue, but as the brew crosses over to the mid palate the hops arrive in fruity fashion. However, those fruits are a little muddled. Citrus, tropical, and white stone fruit flavors are all there but are difficult to really pick out. Grapefruit, pineapple, and apricot might be separated and discerned, but not to any strong degree. As the brew finishes, the danker flavors arrive, more dank and weedy than resiny/piney. The booze detected on the nose isn't really present on the palate. The balance of malt and bitterness is very well done, however.

The brew is essentially down the middle medium in body, relatively light on carbonation compared with its appearance, and fairly drinkable.

The IPA market is crowded and this one doesn't do much to distinguish itself, other than providing as "balanced" a delivery as any IPA I've had. It does have plenty of enjoyable malt presence offset by a bitter, but not hop-burned, IBU presence. If the fruit flavors were more discernable as "fruits" rather than "categories" of fruitiness, this would be a higher rater for me. Still, a good brew.

Apr 28, 2019
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RoyalT from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body is a murky orange with hints of sediment and the pure white head exploded on an easy pour.

Smell – This is a beautifully balance hop profile with equal parts citrus, pine, and grapefruit. There’s a small malt backbone here as well but the hops steal the show.

Taste – The malts come on much bigger at the taste. There is some good caramel in there to go along with the hops that taste as they smell. This is an exceptionally balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel – This just is medium-bodied with some bitterness but not enough to be off-putting.

Drinkability – This is a big beer but not too big for the average drinker. It’s definitely one of the better, more quaffable big IPAs that I’ve ever had.

Apr 05, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You immediately notice upon pouring there's a interesting angle to this IPA. Copper colored due to strong caramel malt presence, playing sweet to the significant hop bite. Good intensity.

Mar 25, 2019
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a IPA glass.

Look- Dark amber, small particulate sediment, above average head retention and lacing.
Smell- Bready, malty, piney.
Taste- Bready, piney, malty.
Feel- Medium body, below average carbonation, astringent finish.

Feb 01, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can - canned on 11/29/18 stamped on bottom - From a fifteen pack that I paid less than $20 for (at Sun Devil, Mesa, AZ):

Pours copper to amber. A foamy head leaves lacing.

The smell is of tropical fruits and caramel.

The taste is of tropical fruits (especially mango), some melon. Some spice. Plenty of (almost too much) caramel.

Pretty smooth. Abv well-covered. Slightly sticky. Full-bodied.

A solid - a bit "old school" - IPA. Fruity character balanced by caramel. Bittersweet. Worth the purchase and experience.

Jan 30, 2019
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WayneRooneyFan from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the mood for a good, old fashioned IPA, I came across a boxed six-pack of Azacca IPA cans at my local beer shop. While a fan of Founders Centennial IPA, I was looking for something more citrusy and less malty ... Azacca fulfilled that desire. The pour was more transparent than I first assumed, producing a darker orange/amber like color with a lasting lacing. A pleasant citrus aroma followed. The taste was a combination of grapefruit/mango/orange and pine/caramel, with malts that properly supported the beer. Azacca certainly stands on its own and is not an old school IPA, although it brings back pleasant memories of that pioneering past.

Jan 05, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Magical beer from a goddess. Once again this is a long line of successful IPAs from Founders. They have a lot of these similar ones, they also have a great characteristic in this one, sweetness. This gives way to bringing the highlights of this hop in the foreground and the background. A single hopped beer sometimes is all you need and this one is also very balanced.

Oct 10, 2018
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JayQue from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good IPA but not the citrusy hop forward brew I was expecting. Pours a hazy amber color with a white foamy head. Good bands of lacing on the glass and good head retention. Aroma is mostly biscuity and caramel malt and some piney hops. I didn't get any tropical fruit/passion fruit out of this beer. Taste is mostly the same, malt forward with dry biscuity malt up front and sweeter richer caramel malt in the finish. The bitterness takes a back seat to the malt, but the hops appear more to be piney, resinous hops rather than citrus/tropical. Mouthfeel is rich with the sweet caramel malt dominant over the piney hops. Not a hop bomb but a solid good-tasting IPA.

Aug 20, 2018
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Shanex from France

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle that I poured in order to get a 2inch head.

Look is copper orange, good retention and nice lacing.

Smells grapefruit, mango and peach. Quite a bit of citrus on the nose.

Taste, hints of tangerine and orange hidden in the grapefruit strong flavor.

Feel, light carbonation, fairly quaffable. I only have one for the evening so I will instead sip on it for a bit.

Overall: I was excited before even buying it, I mean it's Founders. And this lives up to the hype - at least that of the brewery.

Jul 29, 2018
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 15 pak of this high test ipa. Popping the top I get a nice waft of passion fruit hops with a hint of caramel and licorice. Pours to a described burnt orange with a highly structural dark tan head. The taste is a nice bite up front with a more passion fruit taste with some grapefruit. Middle is malty caramel backbone with good carbonation. Nice moderately bitter finish. Sneaky ABV. Another keeper from Founders.

Jul 08, 2018
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark orange-amber with a thick cap of white foam.

Smells of oranges and citrus rind, honey, biscuits.

Taste is pine resin up front, with notes of honey, orange, faint pepper and onions, bitey bitterness is a quick flash before yielding to a heap of caramelly sweet malt.

Medium-light body with strong carbonation.

Interesting. Not my favorite Founders IPA due to the faint oniony tones and heavy malt.

Jun 23, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out dark amber in color. Head is off-white and fairly dense and lasting. Leaves a lot of sticky lacing all over the glass.

The nose is tropical and somewhat malty. Picking up pineapple and orange with a bit of earthiness. Not very complex but very aromatic.

Pretty well balanced. Piney hops up front with some decent malt sweetness to take it down a notch. Still getting that pineapple with some bitter orange rind.

Light to medium body in feel with medium carbonation. Not bad.

Jun 02, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Delicious easy-to-drink IPA. Nice golden amber color, a little bit of head with some lingering lacing. Smells of fruity hops, malt, a little caramel. Tastes of citrus hops - papaya, mango, orange, lemon. Also has some notes of malt, caramel, herbal hops. Finishes clean, very little bitterness, thin mouthfeel with nice carbonation. I would definitely enjoy more than one of these on a hot day.

Jun 01, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5/13/18: $1.97 plus tax from Beer on the Wall in Park Ridge. Canned 11/16/17, purchased 4/6/18. Honey colored pour, thin white lacing, 12 ounce can poured into chalice. Very sweet aroma, honey, citrus, mango and hops. Sweet taste, consistent with aroma, citrus, balanced against mello/light hops. Very thin texture, carbonation holds, slightly bitter hops, nice. Overall very good beer.

May 14, 2018
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good IPA. Has a bit of a bite in the finish bit it doesn't ruin it. Very hoppy upfront with the pine in the back. Like your uncle after too main Pabst blue ribbons. Does that make sense? Yea didn't think so. This is an ipa I wish I could try on tap.

Apr 08, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

2.61/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

-pours a cloudy blood orange with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-high carbonation visible
-tea,spruce needles,onions,cow dung
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
This Bottle was clearly way past it, but still within Founders' drink-by date, so i'll rate it.
Terrible stuff.
This can't be how the Brewery intended to brew it.

Apr 05, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Das Biergarten. Deep orange, almost amber. Smells of sweet candy, jolly rancher fruity hops. A hint of caramel malt. Tastes of the same candy sweetness up front. Orange behind it. Caramel and bready malt. Moderate bitterness. Not Founders' best. Very sweet. Or at least it seems that way. It should be said that this is not my favorite hop.

Mar 20, 2018
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TurboMon_911 from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a 15 pack (cans) for $17.99 @ Gary's. Pours a slightly hazy copper yellow into a pint glass. Smells of a blended citrus and piney mixture. At first the crisp bitterness is very forward but as it warms up it seems to receed and the orchard fruity roundness come out. The body is almost syrupy but has good structure with a long lasting head and quite a bit of lacing on the glass. This has become my goto beer since I first saw it back in December and quite enjoy it for the price.

Mar 19, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor store, who currently have a soft launch of the five new Founders brews that have recently made it up to Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and very bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendid sudsy and webbed lace around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of tropical fruit-based chewing gum, bready and grainy caramel malt, a bit of estery yeastiness, and more leafy, weedy, and resinous piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a mixed domestic citrus and exotic (mango and guava, perhaps) fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more zingy leafy, herbal, and soused-up piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite tame in its lollygagging frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, as the hops keep their metaphorical hands inside the windows at all times here. It finishes off-dry, but not by all that much, with the lingering bitter and fruity hops wrasslin' like their lives depended on it.

Overall - well, the Azacca hop sure knows how to hold its own in this offering, exhibiting broad tropical notes over a capable base malt. Not much more going on than that, but that's a-ok by this observer. Oh, and the elevated 14-proof alcohol quotient? Merely a whisper of a suggestion of a besotted dream.

Mar 05, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of mangos and orange citrus along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness and notes of caramel malt undertones.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a nice blend of mangos and oranges in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 03, 2018
Azacca IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1661 ratings