Founders Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #626
Ranked #2,878
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: 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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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours deep red orange with an off white head. Smells of citrus hops and caramelized grain. Tastes of grassy hops with citrus notes and nice caramelized grain. Beer is medium bodied yet very easy drinking for the ABV, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Mar 30, 2021
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: bronze color when pouring, in the glass it become black cherry color, white foam, actively cabonating, ton's of residuals

smell: caramel, pine, dank...

taste: hawthorn, chocolate, malt, dank ...

feel: a little thin

overall: great beer with imagination and innovation, love it! cheers!

Mar 08, 2021
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monkist from Hungary

4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Founders is great and their beers are exceptional - whatever I had from them, including this one, was just outstanding. Of course, it helps that I love Amber Ales too, because this seems to be an intense version of that type of beer.
When I opened the bottle, the aroma just hit me, it is extremely juicy hoppy - dank, just like its name, reDANKulously hoppy. Zesty, somewhat citrusy, earthy, piney but most of all, dank hops. Almost like a kind of hop honey.
And then comes the taste, you know that trademark red ale feel, very intensive on hops AND malts at the same time. Sweetness and bitterness and juiciness. Exremely good. Some amber ales tend to be a bit overwhelming, but this one, even it is an Imperial one, is drinkable, perfectly well balanced and has absolutely nothing against it. Nothing.
I loved its booziness, it alao hits you in the aroma and slightly in the taste, like a brandy or straight alcohol. Sometimes you need these kinds of drinks, like barley wine.
I had this on the “4th day of Christmas” and it was perfect for the occassion, almost like a winter warmer - without the annoying spice.
Founders is a true master brewery, if you don’t believe me, try any of their beers!

Dec 27, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled summer 2015; drank 9/18/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque red/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; a thick curtain of lace.

Fresh ganja, pine needle & pineapple notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Pine needle & caramel flavors up front; grapefruit bite on the finish. No booze heat.

I missed the pineapple notes promised in the nose & this pinier than I like my DIPAs, but this was still mildly enjoyable.

Aug 23, 2019
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Jrobinsontulsa from Oklahoma

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep red (almost copper) color. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Thick head. Malty taste throughout. High abv. Is a good sipper. Darker and more malty throughout than most ipas. Good mix of red and high pt ipa.

Aug 06, 2019
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elNopalero from California

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper amber color. Big dank aroma, hefty bitterness, long hoppy finish. I liked sipping on this bad boy. Drink it fresh if you find it! Don't sit on this.

Nov 26, 2018
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redresonatedragon from Washington

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I delicious, caramel rich strong ale, plenty of lingering bitterness to mingle with the brown sugared, brandied cherry and marmalade. Kind of like Bigfoot, but less floral and piney, more graham cracker and gingerbread. This is a sipper and will definitely find a place of regular rotation at my house this fall

Oct 19, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper reddish color with a thick beige head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma with notes of lychees, mango, pine, red fruits, apples and toasted malt.
Flavor with lots of green dank resiny notes, red fruits, mild caramel, toasted malts, mango, pineapple juice, pine, pepper and earth. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% is incredibly well hidden.
Very good American Strong Ale with lots of resiny green and red peppery flavors. Recommended.

Aug 24, 2018
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MittenBreezeMD from Tennessee

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer through and through. Looks like a deep ambered ale, and the smell is gorgeously hoppy with the full frontal assault of roasted barley and caramel. The hop profile is spicy and strong. The taste is everything you could want from a red ale, coupled with the explosions of a backwoods piney imperial IPA! Love this beer every time I drink it, and yet, every time I learn something new.

Apr 22, 2018
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burny5751 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A lot of craft beers have 'catchy' names. There's no BS with this one. It's Dank! And, really dank is not for everyone. ReDank is Bold, Boozy, bitter as hell, strong and hoppy. I almost need a chaser. Taste Like a really strong Scotch Ale. And, it'll get you 'down town' fast. Not for the faint of heart.

Apr 05, 2018
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

3.01/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just can't figure out IPA'S! This has big ratings but taste like crap! Like most IPA'S the color is fine the rest sucks. Every year I try another one and they always disappoint. DONE!

Apr 01, 2018
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice balance of rich lightly roasted malts with the broad, strong hop tones. Crisp mouthfeel helps to keep it real as a DIPA, refreshing even at this ABV!

Mar 20, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked the concept, execution was well done to the degree they described, but was a tab too "dank" for my taste...

Great looking red IPA out of the bottle, hazy with a quickly dissipating head, but there was quite a bit of lacing to make up for it. The smell as well as it's taste reminded me of a dirty beer - something that was all over the place in terms of smells and flavors, but on purpose. I liked the taste more than the smell - with the smell more "danky" than the liquid's flavor itself. Mouthfeel was very dry, certainly nothing sweet I could pull from this with a clean finish across my tongue - solid. Though I'm not necessarily going to be a huge fan of this beer, it certainly will be something I will grab when I want to show up at a party with a unique sixer in hand...

Mar 12, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 6/17/17, had 7/16/17.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber, with a half inch head and some soapy lacing. Smells of pine, malt, pineapple, mango, brown sugar, some yeast, some toffee. The taste also starts with pine and resin- it’s fairly dank, then malt, brown sugar, caramel, pineapple. A strong hop bitterness throughout, that lingers well past the finish. Smooth, crisp, a good medium body, well carbonated.

Truth in advertising, it’s certainly dank. Lots of bitterness to enjoy, as well. The strong malt backbone provides a nice balance to the intensity from the hops. Very enjoyable. Worth a purchase.

Feb 20, 2018
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep amber/red color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Piney, citrus hop nose and taste is piney, hints of sweet citrus. High ABV (9.5%) is hidden. $4.99 for a 4-pak 12oz bottles from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Jan 30, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep, dark amber coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of sweet, caramel, bready malt and citrus, piney hops, with a hint of toffee and red berries. Taste is complex, but a little too overshadowed by a very noticeable boozyness. Nevertheless, a nice balance of sweet caramel malt and citrus hops. Notes of toffee, dark berries, citrus, grass and pine, with a strong bitterness. This reminds me a LOT of Arrogant Bastard, obviously without quite reaching its greatness. The main beef I have with this is that it's just too boozy, but still a bold, complex brew.

Jan 30, 2018
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this from the bottle in a glass.
The color is dark copper with hazed appearance and 3 fingers of thick cream with fine bead and copious lace sticks. The smell is mostly hops with citrus tropical and grapefruit aroma with a slight floral and tangerine scent.
The feel is strong -intensely bitter with medium high carbonation and light fruity yeast with a semi-spicy and medium alcohol influence with slight toastiness from malt in the texture with a drying finish.

The taste is a hop forward and intensely grapefruit like ruby red with astringent spicy and bitter mix with a mild rye sweetness in the malt flavor with alcohol that comes forward as it warms. This intensely hopped beer lives up to the name REDANKULOUS since it is strong/hoppy and bitter with boozy flavor in a good way with raw and forceful intensity ...a bruiser, but tasty too.

Jan 25, 2018
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Vader444 from Scotland

4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Holy hell, this is a man’s beer! Pours a muddy dark orange with a decent fluffy head considering the ABV. Smells and tastes phenomenal with massive malt presence very deftly balanced by incredible citrus hops. ReDANKulous indeed! Love it. Another stunning beer from Founders. Cheers!

Dec 29, 2017
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy red with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, caramel malt and tropical fruit. Body is full and tangy. Herbal hops dominate the palate with caramel malt and tropical fruit provide support. Finish is long and almost dry. Great brew.

Dec 22, 2017
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michiganmatt from California

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Extremely hazy (essentially opaque) brown-red in color. A small bit of tan-colored head.

S: Lots of hops, mostly of the resinous variety. A strong malt presence as well.

T: Nicely balanced combination of dark and sweet malts with a floral and resinous hop flavor. Very good.

F: Definitely fairly heavy-bodied. Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting...actually quite smooth. The carbonation level was medium-high and made the beer very crisp which was great.

Dec 22, 2017
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Walterjsiv from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Surly IPA glass. A nice deep red, clear with barely a tint of haze.
Great head, thick and steady.
Aroma is raisin and hops, some fusels.
Tastes rich with sweet caramel, raisins, a touch of roast/chocolate, and remnants of fusels, bitter, and big. Everything I love in a strong ale.
Leaves a long bitter aftertaste of hops.
It may be a bit thin on the mouthfeel, maybe not. It's not chewy like some old ales, though everything else reminds me of one, and I've never had an imperial red. Whopping delicious either way if you like the big ones!

I'm not sure about the marketing of an Imperial Red when it reminds me more of strong ale/old ale, as already stated.

Dec 16, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky amber brown colored brew with a fading tan head. Citric hops nose to this brew with strong caramel malt bill detected. Taste is the same, very caramel malt driven with some a citrus undertone. I'm not getting the depth of flavors that some other have perceived from this beer. Sort of one trick pony to me. Medium in both feel and carbonation. I wouldn't revisit as there are other caramel malt driven Imperials that are better. Also I had to buy this at a premium at a bottle shop so....

Dec 16, 2017
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, dark ruby-ish amber. You can sense the high alcohol, and some vanilla and honey. High alcohol taste and chocolate. Really great. It’s an interesting brew I’d definitely drink again.

Dec 11, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Surly Glass at 45 degrees. The head is two fingers thick, the head is creamy, frothy, and billowy. The head has really good retention and is leaving lacing on the glass as it slowly dissipates. The color of the beer is around SRM 18, Deep Amber to Amber Brown. The clarity of the beer is mostly opaque but some light is visible with a good amount of carbonation bubble visible.

The aroma of the beer that is coming off is cool sweet cellar note. I definitely get the dankness but it sweet with caramel. The hops are kinda faded but I still get pine, resin, and grapefruit. It has a light toasted malt note, biscuit, yeast and earthy.

The beer has rich malty hoppy flavor. The hops have kinda faded a bit, but pine, resin, grapefruit, floral, earthy notes. The malt is firm but not overbearing with caramel and light toast. The other flavor I gather is yeast, biscuity, and phenolic.

The body of the beer is medium with a good amount of carbonation, high astringency, and a long finish.

The beer is kinda surprising it is nearly 6 months old but the hops are still relatively fresh with some of it fading. As the beer got warm the hop flavor started to make its way to center stage. I really enjoy the way Founder's made this beer, thank you.

Dec 10, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped Bottled On date is '06.07.17'.
Slightly opaque orange/amber body, three finger off white head settles to puffy cap, scattered fingers of lacing.
Sweet caramel and strong piney hops in the aroma.
Taste is rather intense with piney and tropical hops, spicy hop aspect, slight caramel sweetness, and dank bitterness.
Medium mouth feel, sticky. Slight alcohol burn.
An 'in your face' hoppy, strong IPA, well done for what it is.

Nov 23, 2017
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