4 Giants
Founders Brewing Company

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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,468
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,694
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 8.56%
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
249
Status:
Active
Rated:
Tuesday at 04:45 AM
Added:
May 31, 2018
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  25
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: We’ve made a lot of imperial IPAs over the years and, in turn, have had a lot of arguments over which one is the absolute best. So, to settle this once and for all, our brewers mashed up four of our favorite recipes into the ultimate imperial IPA. 4 Giants boasts aggressive bitterness balanced by a malty, sweet backbone while huge aromatics come courtesy of the seven American hop varieties.

80 IBU
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
NIce looking red-amber brew with plenty of foam in the big Duvel tulip. Frothy mouthful with an acidic edge. Woody, leaf mold nose with some citrus. Taste is woody and fruity. Flavors of dark mango-tasting fruit, some resins, and a citrus finish. Rather bitter aftertaste. There is a flavor hard to desccribe but leafy and dark, dank but grapefruity. Some sugary taste along with the alcohol heat. This might taste better in the paper bag on a chilly downtown stroll on the way to the blues joint. From the 16 oz can purchased at the southwest big box store.
Tuesday at 04:45 AM
 
Rated: 3.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by jopezu from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
pours a clear, reddish copper with a medium head. nose; lemon rind, bitter grapefruit, sugar, light pine, & citrus hops. taste; thick caramel malt (bordering on a red ale backbone), herbal grapefruit rind/oil, bread, mango, sticky pine, & citrus hops; very strong seed bitters. medium mouthfeel & carbonation. slightly warm on the ethanol, but well-balanced for a dipa. nice!
Nov 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Nov 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by SpaethJam from New York

Oct 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by antimasone from Massachusetts

Oct 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.43 by Jacob_Schneider616 from Michigan

Oct 10, 2022
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can dated 6/6/22 into pint glass. Pours a murky honey-gold with a brief off-white head. Minimal lacing. Initial impression is citrus rind, pink grapefruit, tangerine, caramel, and a hint of pine. Mouthfeel is on the thick side of medium. Finish fades to a subtle bitterness. Overall, a very enjoyable DIPA.
Oct 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by desint from Belgium

Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by TurboMon_911 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy copper with visible carbonation and an eggshell colored 2 finger head that leaves plenty of heavy lacing from a 16 oz. tall boy canned 9/24/21. Nose is malt forward with hints of piney melon and tropical fruit. Flavor has a bitterness throughout, is not overpowering, but the malts dominate with a round mid palate up until the bitter sweet finish that lingers quite nicely. Mouth is medium to full bodied with some syrupiness but dries out towards the end. A brew that I'd like to try a newer batch of to see if the hops come forward (80 IBU), and @ 9.2% ABV it hides it very well but kicks you in the a** if you're not paying attention.
Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From the 16 oz can in a snifter. This solid brew pours a muddled dishwater blonde
with a decent head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin dusty layer, and shows some
light lacing. Nose of heavy pine, grapefruit, honey malts, light breaded malts, mango, and melon
with earthy notes. Flavors surpass the nose with pine, pineapple, mango, melon, honey, light
breaded malt notes, earthy malt touches, and bitter herbal hop notes. Nice mouth feel; medium
body, smooth, hop heavy coating, warming between the hop burn and alcohol, and a bitter
hop finish that is medium dry.

Overall----solid

Cheers
Sep 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Sep 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by BeerBeast from Florida

Sep 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.32 by Calabash from Pennsylvania

Sep 04, 2022
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Great IPA!!! Old-school very bitter with a balance between piney hops and to a lesser extent slightly sweet malt. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass, this beer was a beautiful clear copper color with a medium sized foamy white head. Good retention and lacing. The can listed it as stronger that as stated in these reviews.... 9.2% .abv Vice 8.4 as listed here. Aroma and taste include piney. resiny hops with a big bold bitter flavor. It is cut somewhat in the finish with somewhat sweet maltiness. The flavor is great...I have had too many Session and NE IPAs lately!!!! This is more like something Troegs or Avery would put out!!!! Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter..a bit harsh with bitterness and alcohol but just right for a hophead!!! I would happily drink more of these!!!
Aug 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.88 by ChuckTom from Arizona

Aug 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.87 by Birdlegs from Washington

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by SFNC from North Carolina

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
4 Giants pours a bronze color, with a large, long lasting, lacing head. Aroma is spicey, floral and earthy. Flavor is big and bold, spicey floral vegetation, mixed with a hint of earth. Good body and feel. Overall, a big IPA, with some big IPA flavors, nothing crazy our out of the norm; just good.
Aug 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Cm55

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Can
L-pours an ever so slightly cloudy with a hint of orange to the color. 1F white head
S-attractive with hints of pine and floral character
T-rich and complex yet balanced. Plenty of hops with notes of pine, appropriate bitterness and faint herbal character. Aftertaste is pleasant
F-medium bodied. Minimal stickiness
O-aroma and flavors complement each other. In a crowded lane of imperial IPAs, this is an excellent entrant that delivers on the style quite well
Jul 23, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear amber. Thick foam. Syrupy alcohol aroma. Thick hop body. Fades to delicious malt finish. Medium bitterness. A little v syrupy but not too bad. More of an old school IPA. Me likey.
Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by arini10 from Oregon

Jul 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by tbuick6 from New York

Jul 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.86 by TakiMan42

Jul 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by stephenlee93 from England

Jul 02, 2022
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Rated by Stoafers from New York

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Smelled great, looked hazy, too smooth for 8.4%. Good beer, but not my style.
Jun 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jun 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.88 by BD3 from Wisconsin

Jun 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by McBraniel from Virginia

Jun 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.9 by selekt0r

May 28, 2022
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Reviewed by jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a two-finger white head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Slightly hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is mostly pine. Flavor follows, pine but with light sweetness. Higher ABV, 9.2%, not noticeable.
May 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

May 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

May 23, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 2/10/22, so 2 1/2 months old.

Looks very good in the glass. clear dark amber body with a decent off white head. Scattered lacing.

Strong hoppy aroma, piney, quite sharp.

On tasting, loads of piney resin, old school, haze bros would hate it. Quite bitter, tingly on the tongue. abv apparent.

mouth above medium, finish bitter and resin.

Overall, great fierce old school dipa. had the haze version of this first, which was a good move. a haze following this pine assault would be a bit of a chore.
May 02, 2022
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Dark bronze orange, sheets of lacing around the glass, the saving grace of this beer.

Aroma is malty, caramel malt and grapefruit peel. Reminds me of IIPA’s of beer geek past, caramel malt dominated and boozy.

Taste is malty as well, grapefruit peel and pith. Resiny and bitter in the aftertaste, boozy with a steamroller of caramel malt upfront.

Full bodied and chewy, to style but frankly this style needs an overhaul. Big, boozy, bitter, and boring. Lacking hop intensity, as if they threw all the hops in the boil.

Overall, drinkable in small doses, but not my thing anymore. Thanks to Bill for this one!
May 02, 2022
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The first scent I get is a grapefruity citrus but there is a healthy malt backbone.

It instantly has a balance of bready sweetness and hoppy bitterness but the flavor is kind of one note. Not the complexity I was hoping for from the description of four different hop blends coming together.

It's thin and has a light carbonation. The finish is also a balanced, simple bready, hoppy bittersweet.

This is a solid IPA but didn't live up to the hype of the description. I do like it though. I give it a 4.8 out of 6.
Apr 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.61 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Apr 21, 2022
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