ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPAReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA is a no frills, bold 9.5% ABV India Pale Ale. It pours a pleasing burnt amber with some sweetness due to the Caramalt and roasted barley used in the malt bill. But hops are the true headliner in this elaborate sensory experience. The spicy, piney, tropical complexities of Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe hops hit you right away with their dank aroma—and they stick around. Take a sip to have your palate simultaneously walloped and caressed in all the right places. Combined, the hops take the beer to 90 IBUs. It’s not just ridiculous. It’s reDANKulous.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 8444dodgers01
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear appearance. Amber in color. Three-fingered, bubbly head that grabs the glass and does not want to collapse. Aroma is piney, dank but fresh, orange peel and cucumber. Dry mouthfeel. Very potent on the hops which i love. It has a burning sensation like its barrel-aged. Starts off really bitter but tones down in the finish. I taste resin. This beer really caught me off gaurd but wow that is a tastey beverage.

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Photo of brenn79
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle- Pours a very nice dark chestnut to burnt orange with a large off white cream colored head. Aroma is red ale, toffee, caramel, strong hop presence, but not as much resin and pine as i was expecting. The taste is caramel first, then the strong hop pine resin totally takes over, the caramel is intermingled in there though, piney, guess i should say dank, solid malt backbone with serious hops, delicious.

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Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body appears brown at first, but when backlit it's more ruby/mahogany-amber. A 1-finger khaki-colored head rests on top and leaves behind plenty of lacing.

S: Good nose for the style, with plenty of caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar and piney hops.

T: Minor letdown here, but only because the bar was set so high with the look and the nose. Caramel malt, brown sugar, some burnt sugars, and piney hops. Lots of pine & pine resin in this one, but it's still pretty balanced between hoppy bitterness and malt. Alcohol noted a bit on the finish, and definitely as warmth in the belly.

M: A bit creamy in feel, call it medium in heft.

O: Quite good - a nice version of a Double/Imperial Amber/Red. Drinking it far more quickly than I should for a beer of this strength.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is excellent. Lacing is very good. Has a nice, fresh, citrus, piney aroma with some caramel. Awesome!! This is a more earthy taste to it but with still heavy citrus and good piney taste. Got more astringency to the aftertaste but not very dry. Retains it for a long time. Caramel at hte end. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the big bottle in a snifter. This IRA pours a husky deep reddish brown color with
a fantastic head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, nice swirling layer, and showcases
some fantastic sticky sudsy lacing. Nose of spicy peppery hops, tropical fruit notes of pineapple
and papaya, and sticky pine laden hops awash in rich caramel malts. Flavors hit the perfect
flavor profile with sticky pine and peppery spicy hop notes that are balanced by sweet caramel
malts and light breaded malts that fade into the rear with tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and
mango mixed with papaya that crash into waves of pepper and pine hop flavors mingling with
warming booze. Excellent mouth feel; medium full sticky body, light carbonation, and a sweet hop
laden finish that is lightly peppery on the aftertaste.

Overall a fantastic ale that is rich and full throttled.


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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SMKilp
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpolewan
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Imperialjake
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npendres
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Industry Public House date day. Nice offering. Great balance between bitter and malt. We both enjoyed this one! Founders did another good one! Excellent color!

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Photo of CMC73
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smutty33
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buckyp
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdg204
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BamfBacon
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders Brewing Co. "Redankulous"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 06.07.17 ..." and sampled on 07.11.17
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So first, it's an Imperial Red India Pale Ale which is a nice change. And it's dank...

dank (dangk)
danker, dankest.
1. unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly: a dank cellar.
2. Slang. (of marijuana) excellent; high quality: There was plenty of booze and dank weed at the party.
3. Slang. (of an Internet meme) passé or clichéd; out of touch; having missed the cultural Zeitgeist.

Let's assume we're talking about the slang word for dank which refers to marijuana, which I then tend to think of in beer terms as meaning herbal, resinous, oily, and earthy.

A rough pour brought up a massive head of yellowed ivory froth that took some time to condense down into a finger-thick cap. The body is a clear deep copper. In the nose I find it a little "dank", spicy, piney, and fruity. The flavor delivers more tropical fruitiness but I don't find anything specific like grapefruit or orange, it's more of a "generic" tropical/citrus. In fact, I'm finding some sweet red berry in there, as well as some peach. The caramel malt is clear as well, and not overdone, as is the roasted barley which gives it an edge of darker, roasty character but no actual roastiness. That probably contributes to its "dankness" as well. The label also lists 90 IBUs but I'm not getting that, there's just so much malt it seems more like 70. Mmmm, but rethinking what I just said, that might have come out wrong, there's a lot of malt but it doesn't seem too malty, and it's certainly not sweet or sticky. The caramel malt, and I think the edge of roasted barley have a lot to do with that, as does the bitterness and the hops, and perhaps the alcohol (9.5% ABV) although I'm not finding it, even in the finish, which is dry, and a bit herbal and piney. It's very supple, and lush. It's what I like to refer to as 'rounded', meaning that there's pine and spice but they don't really stand out, they're wrapped in the caramelish malt, and then there's fruitiness in there as well but that doesn't stand out any further than anything else either, it's just one big beer with multiple components. But how big is it? For mouthfeel I'd call it medium-full, and we already covered alcohol and bitterness. It's deceptively simple while remaining complex, and easy to drink despite its strength and bitterness.

4.25/4/4.25/4.25/4 = 4.14

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Photo of andrewh995
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber with an off white head. Smells of hops, hops, pine, and hops. Tastes of burnt caramel, hops, citrus, and pine. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall it's a delicious and very strong/hoppy IPA with great amber qualities.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up this one both for the dank reference name and for my admiration of Founders Brewing.
Poured a deep dark amber that at times looked murky black and settled into a lovely ruby reddish hue. A vigorous pour yielded a thumbnail length creamy head. A ring collar retained throughout and with abundant lacing.
One of the reasons I was looking forward to this brew was because I was anticipating a strong dank aroma that would remind me of the pungent smell of cannabis. Instead I first got a whiff of creamy malt. "Where is the dank?" I asked. Next I got a bouquet of fruity aromas; apricot, peach, tropical fruit, grapefruit. "Where is the dank" I wondered as the aroma was turning out to be more juicy than herbal. Finally, I began to detect some herbal tones; grass, pine and resin. Overall, however, I feel like the fruit and malt dominated.
Drinking this was an interesting experience in that the dynamic nature of both malts and hops developed in different phases. To start with, the creamy and smooth flavors of pale and caramel malts coat the tongue with sweetness. A plump and juicy body lends itself to a fullness of flavor and is redolent of the bouquet of fruit found in the aroma. Again, I wonder about the presence of dank. I wait patiently with the knowledge that bitter as a taste is a delayed reaction. A portent of things to come is an interesting shift in the malt texture. Given this brew's darker color, it is not a great surprise that some of the dark toasty, even slightly roasty, malts lend a sudden coarseness. Sure enough, the slow crescendo of hoppy bitterness and flavors begins its momentous ascent. They scrape and sting the tongue like an earthy and dark and pine forest. "I believe I have found the dank!" I explain to myself as the resiny bitterness lingers in the finish at increasing volumes. As the crescendo reaches a climax, the herbal spiciness of the hops begins to sting my mouth. The bitterness and drying of the palate makes me air out my tongue repeatedly.
In the end, what I initially felt was a malty and juicy brew turned out to be somewhat of a hops bomb. It actually made me think of a real hoppy amber ale, reminiscent of a stronger and less smooth Nugget Nectar. I thought it was dynamic and interesting.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure where they came up with the name reDANKulous cause it does not smell or taste anything like dank. It's a sweet, strong red IPA. It's good, not great. Bottle dated 6/13/17 consumed on 7/8/17.

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Photo of Bierwolf
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super hoppy ale. It is a little too much so for me as far as drinking this on a regular basis. Looks great, smells great and feels good. But I am glad this is a rotating brew as it makes it enjoyable in the short term. You definitely need a break after a couple of these though.

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ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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