Project PAM | Founders Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Project PAMProject PAM
BA SCORE
4.2/5
Exceptional
1,055 Ratings
Project PAMProject PAM
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black India pale ale aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels

Added by superspak on 09-13-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,125
Reviews:
235
Ratings:
1,055
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
337
Trade:
22
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,055 |  Reviews: 235
Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmukid87
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chefbigjon
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Warren2621
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mdaniel723
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’m not sure what it was like fresh but it’s great aged, poured on 12/16/17 and it was like drinking a malty, balanced stout. No taste of maple or hops, but good malt flavor.

 179 characters

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpdKilz
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwilcox767
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - opaque dark brown pour, maybe slightly translucent. Thin head. Not much lacing.
S - typical IPA hopiness, awesome barrel aged notes like bourbon and maple.
T - fantastic blending of IPA hops and dark barrel flavors. So well balanced you'd think you're drinking just another porter. The flavors are so well integrated that the 11% ABV goes unnoticed.
M - medium bodied as far as an IPA goes. Just the right level of sweetness.
O - I got a bottle that was aged for approx 12-18 months and I can only assume that time served it well. This beer was on my list to try for the last 2 years so the expectations may have been set a little high. No matter, it met and exceeded all of them. I know that barrel aged IPA's are tough to pull off, and that makes this one that more special.

 788 characters

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of augustgarage
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured roughly from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Opaque, bistre body with a finger of desert sand foam on top. Sandy lacing; good retention.

Maple and bourbon in the nose along with some grassy/floral hop notes. Vanilla, coconut, hazlenut, tobacco, etc.

Sweet and complex palate entry finishing with a drying wave of char and toast, with a lingering heat emerging deep into the aftertaste. Well balanced, drinking more like a cocktail than an ale. Hops provide modest bitterness, perhaps a touch of citrus and pine, but are otherwise subsumed by the barrel aging and maple candy flavor.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, with the 10.8% ABV adding heft without too much booze.

Rich and fairly roasty, this is more like a porter or foreign export stout than an IPA. Style guidelines aside, it is tasty and autumnal, perfect for the changing season.

For the amount of time/labor that went into this fairly expensive bottle ($18), I would have preferred their breakfast stout given the maple/bourbon treatment, but beggars can't be choosers I suppose.

 1,061 characters

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwarsenal9
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of axf4129
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brogie
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review, I was waiting for the right time to try this beer without waiting to long. It was the bourbon taste that made me love this beer. It was strong and amazing, smell was awesome. Son was in town and I wanted to share a different beer with him. He loved it, sent him home with a KBS. Wish I had bought two!

 323 characters

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timc32
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stlfoodscene
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bomber out of the cellar to share with the wife before I head to Vegas for the Super Bowl. Vegas Baby, VEGAS!

Poured into a tulip and it pours a jet black, oily color but as the carbonation settles, it shows a dark brown color as the label on the front of the bottle foreshadows. Carbonation is very present and the head mellows out to remind you that this is still an IPA.

The smell is rich, sweet bourbon and it hits on all notes. It's super enticing and, if you still believe that it's an IPA, you are left with anxious anticipation to drink it.

It hits the tongue and you get the hops right away but it's almost instantly wiped out by a deep, malty wave of flavor that keeps you coming back time and again.

Overall it's awesome and I know that time has done good by this beer and more time will do it even better. Another knockout by Founders. Keep em coming! (looking forward to DOOM :)

 905 characters

Photo of jmg480
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Project PAM from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,055 ratings