4 Giants
Founders Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,049
Ranked #4,047
4.11 | pDev: 7.54%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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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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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial IPA formed from 4 different recipes and seven different hop varietals. Poured from a bottle into a Taft's Brewing tulip. The pour is light amber and crystal clear with about a finger of off-white foam. Average retention. On the nose I get fresh grapefruit, some pine, and a hint of cedar.

Medium body with an oily feel. A nice malty backbone of toasted bead supports a barrage of lemon, grapefruit, rosehips, and pine. Nicely balanced between malt and hop with the edge going quite naturally to the bitter side. No booziness at all, despite the high ABV. Finishes very dry with sticky, lingering hop flavors of lemon and pine. I must admit that it's kind of refreshing to find a good old fashioned American IPA in this age of hazy, sour, and New England style IPAs. This is a good, solid IIPA. Nevertheless, I don't think it's any better than the Sierra Nevada Torpedo that, when you come to think of it, has been absent from my fridge for way too long.

Monday at 06:44 PM
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 7 months old 12oz bottle dated March 2020. The beer is a translucent amber with a light fluffy head that subsides to lacing.

Smells of malt with light piney hop aromas. Tastes of bready malt with a medium bitter hop finish with noticeable alcohol heat.

Medium heavy body with light prickly carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel.

This comes across as a barrel aged quasi-barley wine / old ale sipping beer. The aromatics mentioned by others would seem to me to be absent. I can't say if this was intended or caused by the age of the bottle which probably never been refrigerated. Either way this bottle was well crafted and very enjoyable.

Oct 27, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

14oz bottle. Label has 'BOTTLED ON: 03.10.20'.
Slightly occluded, dark amber colored body. One finger of bright white foam head, which settles back very slowly. Leaves behind spots, trails, and webs of lacing.
Aroma is sweet pine and green melon. Other tropical fruits (pineapple) add to the mix.
Taste is an aggressive cocktail of sweet and bitter. Front part is sweet tropical fruit, and pine at the back, with the bitter base underlying all the way through.
Quite thick in mouth fill, which allows the beer to lay in the mouth for expression. Excellent carbonation.
I sampled this 4-pack over a few months, and I enjoyed every beer, because of depth of taste and the languid mouth feel.

Sep 18, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper colored with a half inch of dense beige over the top. Excellent clarity and heavy lacing is apparent. The aroma is of pine and grassy hops. There’s plenty of pine, some tangerine, some grassy hopS, and plenty of light, crackery malt. The mouth is resinous, dense, and dry.

Aug 23, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a growler to a snifter glass. Had a bright amber color and an entirely clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very good aroma of hops, citrus, pine, malt, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (mostly in the finish; not a huge factor), a decent shot of pine (just enough to make things interesting), a light floral quality (kind of a fleeting quality), a good shot of hops (a dominant ingredient), and some citrus fruit (grapefruit, in particular). This is a focused, solid, and easy to like flavor. Pretty tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly old-fashioned, well done DIPA. Worth a try.

Aug 13, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 5-18-20 for $2.49. Bottled 3-10-20; consumed 7-27-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a very nice white head that has some good hang time.

Nose has a nice aroma of grapefruit and floral hops.

Taste is very well done. Grapefruit hops combine nicely with the large malt base. Finishes with a nice tingly pine bitterness; 7/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth like an old school DIPA.

Overall a nice throwback DIPA that was fun to try at a nice price!

Jul 27, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 pack copped from Millburn Liquors in Millburn, NJ. Pours a ruddy, copper hue with tremendous frothing. Assertive aroma replete with notes of grapefruit and pine. Recommended.

Jul 25, 2020
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi hazy amber color with an off-white head rising almost two fingers length with a vigorous pour.

Smell: Floral scent. Hints of citrus skin hitting the nose but as strong as it is don't expect it to stay too long.

Mouth: Smooth medium carbonation, almost super sticky with a sweet finish after-taste consisting of pink grapefruit.

Taste: Smooth malty brew with hints of floral taste. It is bitter but still smooth enough keeping an old school DIPA feel which is a nice twist considering how the market has been flooded with Hazy and New England IPAs.

Overall: Good brew, always lovely to see Founder's creating a gem like this. If you like double trouble this seems like a beautiful successor. Always in a glass, salud!

Jul 18, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a two finger foamy white head that has great retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- orange marmalade, pine resin, grapefruit zest, grass, bready malt and alcohol

T- orange marmalade hop notes follow the nose, followed by notes of grapefruit, grass and pine. Malty backbone gives notes of honey and bread. The finish gives more citrus hops with some peppery alcohol on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

Jul 11, 2020
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-Burnt orange colored

S-Nice non catty aroma of peaches, apricots, and pine as well as a lighter touch of citrus (oranges/grapefruit).

T-Malt base gives a good dose of caramel with hops mingling in with impression of peaches/apricots and grapefruit.

F-DIPA body....not over rich..finishes tight and dry.

O-Good solid DIPA with old school characteristics. The initial caramel malt seemed almost balanced with the hops but as you drink the hop bitterness comes through strong. Wouldn't call it an all-timer but I'm glad I tried it.

Jul 02, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours copper in color with golden highlights. It has a slight haze. It is topped with a couple inches of thick, tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell is medicinal and citrus.

The taste is initially sweet. I get medicinal flavor and citrus through the middle with a bitter pine finish that lingers.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

I have said it before, and I'll say it again. I do not believe IPAs are Founders strong suit. I can't think of one I like except maybe Mosaic Promise. I'll stick with the dark beer and the barrel aged stuff. I even like all the crazy stuff that put out that gets panned by most.

Jul 02, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.55/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with a pry-off crown cap nabbed at a beer store in New Orleans, LA. Bottled 04/08/20 and it was sitting at room temp when I bought it...

"Imperial India Pale Ale." 80 IBUs. 9.2% ABV. No mention of hop varietals appears on the label or Founders' website, but it does mention 7 American hop varieties were used...no idea if that's American in origin or just American grown.

Served chilled into a shaker pint. I've never fallen in love with Founders' hoppy beers (at least any I can recall) so I'm hoping this is the one that turns the tide for me.

APPEARANCE: Pours a ~10cm head off off-white colour. Body is a clear copper. Appears filtered, to its obvious benefit. I see no yeast/lees within.

Looks standard for the style. Par for the course without dazzling.

AROMA: Malt sweetness is the first thing I notice, actually. Not bready or crackery, but I do get some faint toastiness and big 2-row clean sweetness. No roasty or honeyed aromatics. Caramel.

Hop aromatics are floral for the most part, giving it sort of a generic aroma that isn't really indicative the beer is an IIPA or anywhere hoppy enough to make one suspect it might even be an IPA. A kiss of grapefruit pith, maybe, but I'm not getting much beyond that through my hyposmia. Some resin, I guess.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Floral hopwise and caramel-driven maltwise, with hints of fruit pith there as well. Hop profile leans oily and resinous, with some herbaceous character as well. Alcohol warmth is present but not to such extent I'd figure it for 9.2% ABV in a blind tasting. It's balanced enough despite the big 2-row and caramalt malt sweetness, but its hop profile leaves a lot be desired with its jack-of-all-trades approach that doesn't leave any hop truly prominent or featured.

Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, coating, fairly thick. Hop oils make it a bit sticky.

OVERALL: I guess Founders' hoppier efforts just aren't up my alley. This is another disappointing IIPA from them for me. Its vague poorly defined hop flavours remind me of a mediocre English attempt at the style, and I don't love anything about it. Just forgettable, and even a bit insipid.


Jun 28, 2020
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kimcgolf from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with decent head and lacing. Nose was mostly hoppy citrus with a hint of pine, which carried into the taste. Mouthfeel a little thin for this style of beer and aftertaste not as long and pleasnt as most Impy IPAs. All and all, good but not my favorite

Jun 23, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of this 2 weeks ago.

Pours golden in color, good clarity, typical 1/2" white head. Has quite the vegetal green like hop bouquet, if I had to say any one was more dominant than the other, it would be a Centennial/Chinook like pine, even eucalyptus oily like plant/tree notes.

Taste reveals a firm strength and bitterness. You definitely know you're going down double ipa territory, but it doesn't cause you to hesitate or turn around when looking at steep grade of path ahead. Definitely a oily resin paired with a crisp light body, and a blast of alcohol in every sip. Has a lot of double trouble like similarities. Its a solid relatively older school double ipa feel with tons of dry crispness, minimal caramel heft (if any) and plenty of high alpha acid and bitterness but not to the point of absurdity. Top it off with a very affordable format and price structure and I'd say you have a winner on your hands.

Jun 18, 2020
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4 Giants has a thick, off-white head, a somewhat hazy, bubbly gold appearance, with moderate lacing. The aroma is of fruity, sharp, oily hops and dense malt. The flavor is of extremely bitter hop resin, white bread crust, and some nut character. There is a heavy body and a drying finish.


Jun 18, 2020
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Bought Sunday. Bottled 3/10/20, so some age on this.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense to spotty lacing.

s: Very mild caramel malt.

t; Moderate hop bite with light English malt flavor and a mostly dry finish.

m: Medium, good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A tasty enough DIPA with highish ABV well covered. Somewhat reminiscent of Lagunitas' now withdrawn Undercover Investigation Shutdown ale, with an almoste identical color and ABV, but about 20% more expensive.

Jun 18, 2020
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Stooven from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find myself in this kind of hell where I'm past 40 and the DDH beers are great but too caloric and the IIPAs end my nights early. This is in the latter category but I still enjoyed it. Throwback to five years ago, fairly balanced and not boozy. But, you know, I'm really tired now.

Jun 15, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty copper color with small bubbles rising to a thumb sized cream colored head of small bubbles. Some sparser sheet lace left behind.

Aroma is nice old fashioned pine and deep citrus riding on an impressive caramel malt backbone that adds sweetness to the brew. Underneath it some earthy hop notes that show up more in the finish then the nose.

Tastes like it smells old fashion hoppy bitter IPA, non of this new NE fruitiness. Caramel malt backbone that was in the nose is over powered by the hops in the flavor loads of pine resin, grapefruit, apricot and orange dominating the citrus notes moving to finish that is more lingering bitterness with a herbal kick that shows up.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, with fairly peppy carbonation to bring forth the bitterness.

Overall I like it, no real alcohol notes or I drank it too fast before it warmed. They need to put this one in the rotation, its getting harder to find a big bitter IPA now a days.

Jun 13, 2020
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Samlover55 from New York

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 3/10/20
12oz pour into IPA glass
Pours brown almost too dark with big fluffy head
Strong aromas of pine and malt
Taste follows heavy caramel backbone, honey, and the pine
Feel is good nice and heavy with syrupy feel
Overall this is what I expected but it is missing the oomph.
Shame I had to wait this long to try it, fresh probably did it better.

Jun 08, 2020
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional IIPA purchased at Binnys today. Similar to 90 minute ipa but a pinch sweeter and Smoother. Great price point at under $10... this was a limited edition so definitely worth purchasing!
Look dark amber
Smell Hops
Taste Sweet bitterness and finishes of pineapple
Feel carbonation good , crisp
Overall great tasting iipa .. hopefully find more and save for special events!

Jun 08, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to snifter. Small tasting pre-dinner.

LOOK: dark orange, clear healthy creamy eggshell head, good legs and very good retention.
AROMA: pine and leaf, with some honey. Also, a bit less forward are some earthy notes and a hint of citrus. Orange and Apricot.
TASTE: more pine here, heavy malt backbone with some lasting bitterness. Honey flavors are muted, but still there as well, cloying honey also melds with the cloying bitterness of the pine and heavy malt to make this tough to drink a ton.
Light hints of citrus and ash.
FEEL: smooth and creamy, OK carbonation. medium body. Sturdy.

Good brew. Split the 12oz. with my wife and it was tough to finish my 6-8 oz portion. Not completely cloying as there are some warming aspects that help you too "ease in" to the beer. Not completely my kind of beer, but the quality in craft is appreciated.



Jun 07, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked-up a four-pack at Kappy's in Hyannis for about thirteen dollars. Have had several brews from these guys before. This is overwhelmingly boozy, hard to even pick up on any other tastes. Not a fan.

Jun 06, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - very very slight haze, great copper color and a good white head and great rimming
Smell - classic citrus pine scents, some grapefruit pine and pretty resioney. Good malty backbone scent as well
Taste - Bitter pine citrus resin dankness
Feel - full body light carbonation which has a slight tingle with a slight creaminess.
Overall - classic imperial, really well done and very bitter.

Jun 05, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 3/10/20 to a Nonic. Clear, light copper or medium amber body sits below a 1.5" head of just off white made of a size variety of bubbles from 1/4" to cream. The cream on the edges looks amazing. Head eventually fads to 1/16" and the lacing is moderate. I expected more in the lacing from the creamy sections of foam. Others mentioned a slight haze in their reviews, I don't see it.
The initial nose surprises me, pineapple. I know this is basically a west coast IPA and I did not expect that. Further sniffing reveals the expected sharp, dank hop notes expected.
The taste is as expected, its like a steroid version old school (10 years ago old-school) IPAs. Alcohol is sensed, but not to the extent expected for a 9.2%. Mouthfeel matches West coast IPA standards.
Overall, a nice trip back to the IPA's I enjoyed before my endless NEIPA consumption.

May 31, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a 2 inch thick, cream-colored head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is piney, floral, earthy, citrusy.

Taste is strong pine, lemon, grapefruit, orange. Resinous.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Oily, dry, bitter finish.

Awesome! One of the best Imperial IPA's out there.

May 30, 2020
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