Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,265
Ranked #4,963
4.13 | pDev: 8.23%
May 10, 2022
Jun 24, 2015
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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Ratings by cyclonece09:
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3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Had this on draft.
A: pours red body with small, white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: a piney, dank smell with some caramel undertones
T: sweet, burnt caramel taste with a piney, earthy aftertaste
M: nice, smooth mouthfeel with a velvety finish
D: nice feel and taste combo; nice drinking beer, overall

May 10, 2022
4.66 by odement from Michigan on Aug 07, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pete_Simpson from California

Though it says Imperial Red IPA, it’s actually quite a bit less hoppy than most Imperial Reds (that aren’t even IPAs).

I dug it.

Jun 25, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

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
4.16 by Cubatobaco from Virginia on Jul 21, 2020
4.19 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 16, 2020
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4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by monkist from Hungary

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
4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Jrobinsontulsa from Oklahoma

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
2.38 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 05, 2019
4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas on May 01, 2019
4.28 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Mar 10, 2019
4.21 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Feb 18, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 24, 2019
4.07 by desint from Belgium on Jan 22, 2019
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1.34/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25
by Mclusal from Colombia


Jan 12, 2019
4.41 by MercInc from Wisconsin on Jan 09, 2019
3.5 by bigschoolrecords from Pennsylvania on Jan 06, 2019
4.16 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by elNopalero from California

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
4.1 by tubeman from New York on Nov 03, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by redresonatedragon from Washington

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
4.35 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Sep 09, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FLima from Brazil

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
3.4 by Kilconey from Michigan on Jul 19, 2018
4.15 by sisterofba from Maryland on Jun 15, 2018
4.06 by Jcdonnan from Northern Ireland on Jun 14, 2018
3.74 by rand from California on Jun 05, 2018
3.96 by arensburgh from Illinois on May 07, 2018
3.75 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on May 07, 2018
4.25 by Tlmader from California on May 01, 2018
4.25 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Apr 27, 2018
4.11 by B_B from California on Apr 27, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MittenBreezeMD from Tennessee

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
3.89 by Nitty703 from Virginia on Apr 06, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by burny5751 from New Hampshire

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
4 by HungarianCount from California on Apr 01, 2018
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3.01/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by MinerBob from Oklahoma

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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