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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV

Added by CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

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1,654
Ratings:
6,422
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden apricot with a frothy half inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Resin, dank cannabis, pine, onion, and grapefruit form the initial hop wallop of an aroma. There's an underlying bready, caramel sweetness at the finish. Lime and body odor surface, with hints of floral hops.

There's a fairly sweet, caramel malt backbone evident in the first sip. Becomes fairly bitter and resiny mid palate, and bitterness carries into the finish. Grapefruit, resin, pine, onion, and fresh cut grass assert themselves in the flavor, but malt is definitely more than subtle.

Body is moderate and slightly creamy, with carbonation a tad on the low side, and moderate alcohol warmth. There's a bit of hop astringency.

Good balance of extremes between malt and hops. Given the introduction of more citrus forward flavoring hops, this brew won't rank as high in my list as it may have at one time, but it's still a great dipa. Not overly bitter, fairly complex hop flavoring, and good malt support. May actually be a tad sweet.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 1/6/2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (tropical fruit, orange peel, grapefruit), with some pine hops and some sweet malt noticeable too. The taste is similar to the aroma, the citrusy hops are strongest (grapefruit, orange peel and tropical fruit), and some pine hops and sweet malt flavors are also in there. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish, no surprise there. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's sticky and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brew, I'd buy this again. $11.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden, clear, medium head, and high carbonation

Smell: grapefruit and melon dominate

Taste: honey, melon, hops, and some florals

Mouthfeel: way smooth and sweet for most of it--then there is a bitter aftertaste which lingers in the mouth long after most aftertastes are gone.

Drinkability: Another win for Founders. I was blown away by this beer. The alcohol is excellently hidden...If not for the high ABV I would have several. An excellent beer for the style and for all beers.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head and decent lacing.

S: Had a strong citrusy, hoppy aroma to it.

T: Tasted strongly of hops, citrus and sweet sugary element. Sharp and tangy on the palate.

M: Highly carbonated with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, solidly made double. Another good entry from Founders.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WTH? I didn't review this? I went through like a case of it!

A - Pours a nice light amber with a mild bit of haze. A nice pour produces at least a half inch of foamy sticky white head.

S - Smells of citrus hops, bit of grapefruit rind, and alcohol which is subtle but there.

T - I think I like this one really cold as to cover up most of the alcohol burn but even then you still get a ton of floral hops, bitter grapefruit and playful citrus, and a slight bread malt to cover the ABV. Enjoyable.

M - Careful with this one. Drinks rather quickly with a medium body.

Overall it's one of my favorite DIPA's and even though my case was 2-3 months old, it drank nice and hoppy all the way to the last one. I would totally get it again next year fresh. Solid offering From Founders.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden orange with thick and fluffy head

S - Heavy citrus with a light piney scent... odd to not pick up more of the hops in the scent for something so packed with them

T - Citrus and light pine lead to a huge wallop of hops and finnishes nicely back on the citrus tones.

M - Warm, crisp and smooth finnish

D - For not being an IPA kinda guy, this beer amazes me. I'd take this over any IPA if given the choice, but would have to switch to a Centennial IPA after a few to prevent from going crazy.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

freshness date on bottle 1/23/12.

poured into tulip.

Appearance: mildly hazy golden straw colored beer with a bone white head. 2 fingers of head that drops down to a cap on top of the beer with a few chunks of foam.

Smell: grapefruit and pine are prominent in this nose with lots of other citris notes represented here in this beer. Oranges, lemon, and limes. Grassy notes also.

Taste: This is moderately hoppy / bitter tasting DIPA. Pine is prominent just like the nose suggests. The malts show up for a short period and taste like a buttermilk biscuit. In the middle of the beer the malts mix with the citris flavors(mostly oranges and some lemon) The finish returns to that strong pine with some grass noted as well. The bitterness is unrelenting and is always making its presence know all the way to the finish and beyond the aftertaste. The hops do taste fresh and juicy, but they are just a touch too bitter for my liking. The beer could use more malt to balance the agressive bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with carbonation that is at the low end of moderate. This beer is got a little creaminess to it and its also fairly dank as far as the hops go. Its an easy drinker if you like big hoppy beers.

Overall: This is a taste DIPA. Founder still delivers a quality brew that excells for its style. I would like more malts in this beer for balance, but I have nothing else to complain about. It an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. A soapy, sticky white head rose to fill the 14oz glass and left some pretty big streaks of lace.

A beautiful hop bouquet. Pine resin, tropical fruits, grapefruit and a lightly sweet maltiness. This is really a joy on the olfactories.

What a nice hop explosion this guy gives off! Pine resin, oily hops, grapefruits and tropical fruit. The pale malts balance nicely against the sweet, sticky fruits.

As oily and resiny the taste and smell is, the body is pretty full and lush. Not syrupy at all. A good high level of carbonation with a moderately strong bitter kick.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden even though it clocks in over 9%. This isn't a bitter palate smashing ipa, but is really hoppy and easy to put back at the same time. Well done.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lukaski for the hook-up.

The color is a mix of straw and tea. Pretty clea and bright in color. The head starts at about one finger, and slowly recedes to nothing. Th aroma is a bitter orange zesty nectar with some gummi bear sweetness. The coarse, bitter hop citrus nectar hits the palate upfront. Some dry pilsner malts mix to cut some of the hop bitterness that evolves into somthing a little more resiny and smooth for the finish. This a a hop bomb sipper in my opinion. Well integrated 9.4% alcohol too.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, John! I've been looking for this puppy for a while (well, not really, but still) Into my Duvel tulip

A: When decanted, this beer is a surprisingly light pale golden yellow with a finger-thick pure white head. There's a faint hint of haze but not much. Head retention and lacework are pretty good, there's a steady stream of visible carbonation to boot

S: Heady pine goodness, orange sweetness and a pleasant lightness to the body. There's a certain biscuit-like character to the malt that's unique and refreshing. Mildly floral, mildly spicy, this is a delicious smash-up of East and West-Coast style DIPAs

T: Opens up with some orange marmalade-like bitterness with plenty of hop flavor. Citrus, pine, mild floral notes and grapefruit dominate, with a mildly spicy/peppery note definitely present. Malt body is not really noticeable, this beer finishes hoppy and bitter, almost astringently so

M: Light in body with a great hop character both in bitterness and flavor, this beer is could exceptional. Mildly resiny with soft carbonation. Astringency on the finish is the only drawback

D: Enjoyable, it will put me to sleep. Would drink again

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Photo of bark
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The colour is copper, the liquid is almost clear. The two finger head is warm white and airy; it leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, fresh and clean. Lots of citric hops, bitter herbs, hint of black pepper, sweet exotic fruits and a gentle touch of rubber.

The taste is very bitter and powerful, yet creamy and very elegant. Lots of exotic fruits (pine apples, apricots, grapefruits, limes) and a fine sweet malty flavour of fine wholemeal loaf. The aftertaste is elegant with balanced notes of citric bitter notes, some minerals and a gentle sweetness.

The carbonation is mild, yet the small bubbles are very fresh. The liquid is smooth and a little sticky.
Maybe not the bitterest DIPA I have reviewed, but one of the most balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 2/7/11.

clear golden straw color, lighter than I expected. not much head, and it quickly fades.

aroma is all hops, dominated by fruity varieties - pineapple, mango, grapefruit.

taste, again is dominated by hops, and again very tropical. "light" flavors. crisp and clean. hides the alcohol well. thinner body, medium carbonation.

I like my DIPA's more balanced, with some decent malt balance, of which this has none. My high expectations, based on other Founders beers, wasn't met.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a dense cream coloured cap. Great head retention with sheets of lace and rings indicating each sip. Intense aroma with lots of grapefruit rind, pine, fruity and floral notes. Medium to strong bitterness with fruity sweetness, plenty of grapefruit but less pine than in the aroma. Alcohol towards the end followed by lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with carbonation a bit on the low side. Very smooth with a creamy texture and alcohol warmth. Pretty good overall with a sharp hoppiness, but the alcohol was a bit forward.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral, citrusy hops in the nose with that hint of grapefruit that I always like.

Taste is full of floral, citrusy hops upfront with grapefruit and even a hint of mint. Hops dominate this bastard. A bit of biscuit malt peeks out but not enough to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops as described above. There's only a tiny bit of alcohol burn. Beer goes down pretty well otherwise, coating the throat.

An interesting example of the style that is drinkable and full of hops. What can't Founders do that won't impress? Check it out.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden. Thin dusting of dirty white froth. Bubbly collar leaves moderate amounts of lace. Very nice aroma of hop cones and fresh citrus and lemon oils. Nice combination on the palate of hop flavor and bitterness. The pendulum swings more toward the bitter properties than flavor, but it's really nice overall. Some juicy exotic fruit nuances. Malts purely balance. They don't add much flavorwise except a little biscuit maltiness. The alcohol is hidden fairly nicely for a 9.4% beer. This is solid.

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Photo of cbutova
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally get to have this fresh, bottled 12/08/10... always a pleasure to have a new Founders review.

A- Pale clear yellow with a big creamy white head. Retention is pretty nice and a frothy cloud leaves a lot of thick, spotty lace.

S- Dank hops are big and up front on this one. I don't even smoke but that's all I can think of. Definitely a fair amount of citrus and tropical fruit as well. Floral, grassy, pine. Pretty much clean yeast supporting a ton of hops (as I would expect). Gets better with warmth as the tropical fruit starts to shine.

T- The hop profile kind of reminds me of the Devil Dancer one but not as over the top. You can almost taste bitter oil. Citrus, zest, grass, floral, pine and earthy hop flavors hit the taste buds. Semi-sweet, cereal/grain malt is there but doesn't impact the hops that much. Tropical/citrus and pine flavors gain with some warmth and more sips.

MF- Sips are somewhat creamy with high carbonation that stings the palate. Very oily/resin feel with an extremely bitter finish. Slightly warm from the alcohol.

DB- Extremely hoppy Double IPA, who would have guessed. This reminds me of the Devil Dancer hop attack, I wouldn't review another beer after this. It doesn't bother me as much as Devil Dancer, the flavors sustain with the experience, it doesn't feel to hop messy. Good but one four-pack per fresh batch will do me good.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a half inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a soapy skim, several clusters of ringlets and a thin band around the edges. Some spots and specks of grouped lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is grapefruit - some sweetness and some piny hops, as well as an earthy quality and a hint of booze in the mix. Taste follows nose, but somewhat muted - nothing really stands out on this one in terms of the grapefruit sweetness or the hops; somewhat subdued. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with minimal carbonation and also slightly oily on the tongue. Decent DIPA, but didn't blow me away - nothing really popped on this; however, this feature does enhance drinkability - not to mention an extremely well-hidden abv at 9.4%.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour on tap at the brewery.

Pours a lightly hazed copper, almost orange, medium sized white head forms, very thick and forms a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots, nice retention. Smell is super hoppy, lots of pine and grapefruit, alcohol and caramel, floral, more grapefruit, huge hops, but very alcoholic which creates a pinesol aroma, but still awesome. Taste is similar, tons of pine and grapefruit, lots of malt too, alcohol, caramel and floral, some fruitiness, very sweet and malty middle, more pine, intense bitter finish, pretty badass. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth but goes down pretty smooth for the ABV, alcohol is present but works well with the hop oiliness, pretty great DIPA!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the East v West Coast IPA Challenge, Rattle N Hum, NYC.

Pours cloudy lemon with a patchy pure white head that leaves windows of lace. Deep boiled lemon candy nose. Lemon cake malts and long sour lemon hops. Tangy leave. Crisp, sticky but clean, lighter than expected, slight burn.

Reminds me of Hop Wallop in being a double that's paler, hotter and lighter than the single. A bit one note.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes on 4.4.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Light, but bright hazy orange with a smallish white head.

S - Strong pine and some citrus.

T - Hop bomb, with a nice tangy orange, pine, and lemon.

D - Slightly bitter, it fades quickly.

O - Very nice, nice indeed.

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Photo of maximum12
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whatever MN BA that posted this little gem was available in Hudson, WI. I ran over the next day to grab a six pack; love me a good DIPA, & have enjoyed almost all of Founder's brews to date, so what's not to like.

Poured into my new Dunedin pint glass, the beer is clearer than most IPAs, innocent enough looking brew. Well...I physically staggered when I stuck my nose in DT while walking out of the kitchen, I'm glad I didn't spill any. Holy crap. The hops are coming off this thing in a hurricane-strength storm surge. My inner hop-head is yowling at me to drink it. DROP THE KEYBOARD, MORON, TAKE A DRINK.

This is good.

The first sip is such a riot of hoppyness that it just about sears the top of my mouth...you know, like when you have too many sweets? That's what I'm getting. The second & third sips follow close behind. C'mon, geez, where's the balance? Nowhere to be found. Good! Bring your hops to the party, DIPA, & leave them nasty malts behind.

My tummy is warming after about 2 oz. My nose is numb. My mouth is going numb. Maybe they should sell this in those tiny liquor bottles, because after that I'm already starting to long for that first blast to the head.

Truly a top-shelf beer & a first class DIPA. These are folks who know that you CAN'T PUT TOO MANY HOPS IN DIPA. Kudos to them!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great surprise when beerandraiderfan "finally has come back, to Milwaukee."

Great appearance, bold amber body, and massive grapefruit aroma. More of that on the palate, so damn good, I wish it was warmer when I had this, I can see this is a great big warm weather dipa. So drinkable at that high abv. Just gets better downward to the last drop. Highly recommended for any west coast ipa guys.

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Photo of Bung
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bright golden pour, fairly clear. Little white head. Great hop aroma with a little sweet malt. Taste is incredibly balanced hop and sweet malt profile. Little biscuit, yellow raisin peeks through, then is immediately matched by the piney hops, very little citrus really. Slightly bubbly light medium body. Very interesting clean double IPA. Dangerously drinkable for 9.4%. Nice bottle art as well. Definetely a beer to compare pros and cons to Hopslam with. I tend to like a sweeter, stickier brew, but it is hard to argue with the quality of this.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, deep golden colored body topped with with a bubbly, white head that holds good retention and fades to a foam leaving some lace on the glass. Juicy, tropical aroma, with citric grapefruit, bready malt, caramel. Bready, sweet, caramel malt backbone can't stand up to the bitter, pungent hop bitterness of grapefruit, mango, and pine. Juicy and sweet, but bitter and a bit hot. Medium body, resinous hop, lingering bitter finish. Overall, I never know what to think of this one - I love Founders, but it's not my favorite of theirs, still a reputable DIPA though.

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber in color with a soapy white head...moderate haze. It's got a wonderfully fresh citric, fruit, and pale malt. It's a mildly sugary, very sweet taste, with a lot of bitterness for balance. Good fresh, fruity, lemon-orange hop flavor. Not overly bitter. Orange blossom. Mildly peppery. Overall, this is a hoppy, perfumy, and very drinkable IPA.

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