Project PAM
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #3,208
4.19 | pDev: 8.11%
Mar 08, 2021
Sep 13, 2015
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Notes: Black India pale ale aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels
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4.47 by goleeoh from Michigan on Mar 08, 2021
3.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 18, 2020
4.12 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Mar 09, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Treyliff from West Virginia

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that has good retention

S- smells of roasted barley, faded hops, pine, frosted berries, char, maple, toasted oak, bourbon

T- initially sweet with the maple coming through, immediately followed by equal parts charred malt and faded citrusy hops. Mid-palate brings out notes of black licorice candy, caramel & pine. The finish gives light oaky bourbon and more maple and licorice on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy finish

O- interested flavors throughout, but they never seem to quite mesh

Dec 17, 2019
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2.92/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled late 2015; drank 12/19/15 @ the Palace.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big khaki head; strong lace.

Oak, bacon jam & sweet bourbon notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Sweet bourbon, oak & candied bacon flavors; strong booze heat notes on the finish.

Cloying & boozy; not a great combination.

Jul 23, 2019
3.93 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 04, 2019
4.41 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Mar 25, 2019
4.35 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Mar 25, 2019
4.25 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2018
4 by Spaten454 from Texas on Jul 21, 2018
4.04 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Apr 02, 2018
3.77 by cmukid87 from Michigan on Mar 26, 2018
3.74 by chefbigjon from Arizona on Feb 20, 2018
4.31 by Warren2621 from Indiana on Feb 20, 2018
4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia on Dec 17, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Mdaniel723 from Missouri

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.

Dec 17, 2017
3.96 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Dec 17, 2017
4.04 by SpdKilz from Illinois on Dec 16, 2017
4 by YalovaIA from Iowa on Dec 07, 2017
3.6 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 03, 2017
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4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by jwilcox767 from Ohio

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.

Dec 03, 2017
3.77 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Oct 28, 2017
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Oct 19, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by augustgarage from California

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.

Oct 14, 2017
4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota on Sep 18, 2017
4.39 by jwarsenal9 from Michigan on Jun 12, 2017
4.25 by axf4129 from Indiana on May 31, 2017
4.23 by tommy5 from Michigan on Apr 20, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Brogie from Louisiana

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!

Apr 16, 2017
4.04 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Mar 18, 2017
3.68 by mmorris15 from Maine on Mar 14, 2017
4.25 by Timc32 from Michigan on Mar 02, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Stlfoodscene from Missouri

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 :)

Feb 04, 2017
4.02 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania on Feb 04, 2017
4.09 by DudMan from New Jersey on Jan 26, 2017
4.09 by Timtac from New Jersey on Jan 20, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by fx20736 from New York

lacking character

Jan 15, 2017
4 by Can_has_beer from Texas on Jan 07, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a chalice: color is dark brown to black, head is tan, presenting 1/2 inch thick, with fine bubbles, head laces nicely and lingers as a mostly solid top.

Smell is a fading blend of light bourbon, subtle maple syrup, chocolate/cocoa, vanilla, and a mild hop earthiness.

Taste is a bit more muddled, less flavor distinction: light bourbon, maple syrup notes, then vanilla - less cocoa and hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is moderate: a bit carbonated, a bit sharp on the tongue, some moderate lingering sweetness.

Overall a good, not great beer - the hop/bourbon/maple syrup combination is possibly one too many flavors to create a unique brew with discriminate flavors or flavors that work better together. .

Jan 04, 2017
3.5 by DrewBest from Massachusetts on Dec 29, 2016
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