4 Giants
Founders Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,054
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,126
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 8.03%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
342
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Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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SCORE
91
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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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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can receive an retaliatory strike from @foundersASAP in Bif14


Brewers notes: 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

Canned on 8.17, opened 11.27

Poured into a Troegs Teku, produces a one finger off white foam cap , good retention , clear copper liquid with numerous streams of micro carbonation , scant lacings

Aroma is candied orange citrus, pine hops

Taste is pine, malts

Sudsy almost creamy mouthfeel with A noticeable hop bite , present and pleasant , bitterness lingers like a scorned woman

Good beer , thanks @foundersasap

Saturday at 06:05 PM
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy, medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of solid caramel malt, citrus hops, orange, grapefruit and mild mixed stone fruit. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, mixed light stone fruit, pine needles and toffee. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. This is a fun flash from the past. There was a time when a big, robust, malty IPA was offered as a triple IPA or American barleywine. I haven't seen a new one for a very long time. This is solidly in that territory, if it was labelled as a barleywine, I'd have no complaints. Possibly one of the most caramel forward big IPAs I've had in a long time and I'm a big fan of caramel malts. A solid citrus and piny bitterness in the finish. Unfortunately, I was so excited about finding a new big IPA that I did not check the canning date and this is several months old. It has a suggestion of aging hops that is very similar to the American barleywines I used to age. I'm not as big a fan of aged hops now, but this has held up well enough. I hope this is a regular from Founders; I'd love to try it fresh. Quite happy with it even its old age. Looks, tastes and smells great.

Nov 10, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Canned on 8/17/21, so not ideal, but not beyond hope either.

L---Crystal clear, deep amber color. Giant khaki head that had excellent retention and left tremendous lacing.

S---Sweet. Citrus...grapefruit, orange.

T---Fruity. Grapefruit peel, orange. Noticeable malt backbone.

F---Medium/full bodied. Good carbonation.

O---An excellent beer from an excellent brewery. I'll get this one again.

Oct 31, 2021
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Pivopijak from Washington

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

draught
Medium orange and amber look. Subtle, toffee edged, medium roasted grain, with a bit of a floral note to the aroma. Well balanced, medium roasted malt, with mainly a solid bite of spiced, floral hops.

Oct 29, 2021
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stevoj from Idaho

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from Hops & Bottles. Dark, clear golden, small, tight, frothy head. Aroma offers a nice blend of caramel malts and hops. Taste is also a throwback to a simpler IPA, sweet caramelly notes followed by a nice hoppy buzz that lingers and actually grows a bit in the gullet. Surprisingly smooth for a 9% beer.

Sep 07, 2021
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haines710 from Delaware

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber amber. I picked up a four pack last spring. I am late in reviewing and finally drinking the last beer that I found in the back of my fridge. I am enjoying this much more drinking out of a glass. From memory it was a little strong out of the can. Nice citrus notes but the taste is very malty and piney and warming. Nice to drink this slow and it improves as it warms. Hope to see it again.

Sep 05, 2021
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Clear amber, with a nice thick off-white head and cloudy lace.

AROMA: Huge citrus-tropical and floral hops. Plenty of fruit notes here. Very appealing.

TASTE: Big, sharp hop wallop. Tongue-lashingcitrus/grapefruit and a bitter, resinous finish alongside a wall of malts holding their own. This is a hardcore IPA for those without any fear of a hoppy planet.

Aug 25, 2021
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-tinted clear body with decent head retention. Classic aroma of citric and pine with hints of “dank”. Dirty, dry, fuller beer with lots of citric dryness and floral dankness with dry finish. Old school beer that is a slow sipper but very enjoyable.

Aug 25, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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

I got a 4pck of this beer from my local Meijer store. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had dank bitter citrus notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bitter citrus and pine flare. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is another solid beer!

Aug 19, 2021
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. "7 american hop varieties"
9.2% ABV, 80 IBU.

Pours to a crystal clear medium amber forming a large sticky yellow head with excellent retention and thick sheets of sticky lace. The nose is mostly centennial. Not very catty or piney. Grapefruit, cascade. Smells like centennial IPA. Mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, somewhat syrupy and lightly cloying. Taste of big malts up front, followed by a little mango and pine, lots of grapefruit pith bitterness. Quite firm. Pine more abundant in taste. No off flavors or aromas

Meh. This is just too bitter for me. Tastes alot like double bastard. Couldn't see mysef buying this again or really recommending it.

Aug 13, 2021
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Crusard from Texas

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

Wow what an explosion of flavor! This bad boy is strong but without the bite you'd expect. I love that it is a 9% plus and in a big can. This is not for casuals people!

Aug 12, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

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

16oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $2.99. Canned on 2/22/21, so this is just over 5 months old.

Look: Pours an essentially clear copper orange color. There is a very small particulate suspension and a very thin off-white head.

Smell: Nice mixture of malty sweetness, piney hops, and citrus zest. Initial impression is caramel malt and orange zest, along with some peppery notes. Smells like a West coast style Imperial IPA. More interesting fruit aromas come through as it warms like watermelon and cantaloupe.

Taste: I think that I like the way this tastes a bit more than the nose. From the nose, it foreshadowed that it may be sweet. However, this beer is just barely sweet with its malty backbone but the hops and bitterness take center stage. To me, it is more enjoyable and drinkable by its minimal sweetness. It's very zesty and pithy. Tastes like candied orange peel followed by pith, pine, and grapefruit oil. The finish is bitter and mouth-drying. It's a very well-made beer, pretty tasty. My criticism is that while the taste is more complex than the nose, the taste still comes off as kind of one-dimensional and boring. That being said, I think that this beer is opening up and developing more complexity after warming up a bit.

Feel: Medium, somewhat oily mouthfeel. Overall, it's pretty clean and the hoppiness lingers on the palate long after the last sip has been swallowed.

Overall: This reminds me a bit of DC Brau's On the Wings of Armageddon. Interesting that both are 9.2% Imperial IPAs, and have similar appearance and both have strong candied orange flavors. I think that this beer is a bit more bitter than On the Wings of Armageddon. It says it has seven American hop varieties, but we don't know which ones they are. Considering that this beer is 9.2% ABV, it's highly drinkable. I like it more than the average double IPA. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm just not sure if I am going to seek it out again.

Aug 03, 2021
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schoolboy from Ohio

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

Well, this is a nice find. At not quite a month old, we have a nice American Imperial, very drinkable.

It pours deep golden with fine bubbles throughout. The aroma is hoppy and malty. Yum. The taste is deeply bittered, which covers up the big malt profile nicely, leaving a heavy drink that goes down pretty nicely.

Highly recommended. I would get some more, but I will watch that they aren't too old.

Jul 26, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nicely formed, fluffy head and brown gold body. Moderate hops aromas, mostly citrus, with a noticeable sweet malt presence. Taste is strong pine hops becoming equally strong caramel malt. On the finish, bitter hops persist, with pine resin standing out this time, but fade back to biscuit and cracker malt. Feel is wet, creamy, and sticky, though the bitterness on the tail leaves a bit of a dryness….
It drinks almost like a barleywine. The malt is not hidden, and I’m not complaining. Oh, and it’s definitely 9%.

Jul 01, 2021
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can with a canning date of 21 March 2021 stamped on the bottom.
Appearance. Deep amber body with high clarity and a very good off-white head.
Aroma. Boozy, hoppy and sweet.
Flavor. Moderately strong excepting initially mild bitterness for the style. Harmonious flavor profile with hints of pine, toffee and citrus peel.
Feel. Smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Jun 30, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewers keep tweaking recipes and releasing new labels. It’s not always easy to keep up, especially when the ABV hits 9.2%. But some things must be done, so let's start by pouring a pint can into a clear glass liter mug. The color of the brew is a bright and semi-translucent copper-amber. There's a modest and enduring white head. That's what you want, an aroma both malty sweet and hoppy. This one probably isn't messing around. Oh! My, it really does throw it at you. The malt is there to sweeten the pot, but this is an alcohol and hop driven experience. When one weighs in with a 9.2%ABV, only the best can disguise it well. This isn't in that category, but it is one of the better high alcohol IIPAs you'll have. Malt, hops, yeast and alcohol, it's here, come get it.

Jun 23, 2021
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a tallboy can produced 5/10/21. Reddish amber color with a thin layer of white head. Big piney hop smell when opening the can. Medium body. Malty flavors quickly leading to pine resin and earthy hops. Bitter finish and aftertaste. A delicious hop bomb

Jun 20, 2021
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RoyalT from Michigan

4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The darkish, brown-orange color promises a good malt balance. It’s not bright but not dull either. The head is modest and white.

Smell – Either this beer has a ton of aromatic hops or it’s dry-hopped, because this nose is huge. It is a rare example of balanced big hops loaded with citrus, light pine, grapefruit, and a tinge of malty sweetness. Usually with aromatic hops this big there is one that dominates the others, but here the balance is exquisite.

Taste – The incredible balance at the nose comes through exactly the same at the taste with an uptick in the malt. Just when you thought Founders couldn’t make another great DIPA they come out with this beauty shop.

Mouthfeel – It isn’t overly big for the style but a solid medium-bodied. The dryness is significant but quite quaffable due to the slight malt sweetness.

Drinkability This is one of my favorite breweries and they knocked it out of the park with this effort. It is as big as an easy-drinking DIPA can be and it’s not so filling that you can’t eat a burger or pizza with it.

Jun 04, 2021
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RyanK252 from California

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

Can poured into a Founders Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy eggshell white head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Mix of pine and citrus dominates, a touch of spice, light stone fruit, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, citrus, orange, grapefruit, and lemon, underlying stone fruit, peach and apricot, a bit of peppery spice, slightly toasty bready malt, and caramel honey sweetness.

M: A bit on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, alcohol is pretty much totally hidden.

O: Really solid West Coast style DIPA. Super drinkable for its size. It's a nice change of pace to have an IPA that's not a big tropical fruit bomb.

May 29, 2021
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Piney, fruity, boozy.

Taste: Malty, moderate to full citrus/pine bitterness. Weighty beverage, old school double IPA.

Overall: Big double IPA here, plenty of malt heft and hoppy bitterness. Nice to switch it up from time to time from a more modern version to an old school DIPA.

May 16, 2021
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2021-05-02 near Pittsburgh, PA from a fresh 16oz can

A - Clear gold and white head

S _ Mild malt and citrus aroma.

T - Malt. Orange candy. Mint. Pine and good bitterness.

M - Medium-high body and light carbonation

O - Decent. Easy to drink for the 9.2 ABV.

May 02, 2021
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sjrider from California

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can - copper/amber with thick off white head leaving rings of foamy lacing.Nose is mild ,fruity with sweet malt and hints of dank hops. Taste follows with a solid bitterness on the finish. Quite a lot going on.

May 01, 2021
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle.... enjoying out in The 'Zebo on a lovely April afternoon....

Pours a rich, vibrant apricot color. Has a touch of haze, and very scattered carbo. The head is off-white and creamy, though thin. It does retain some heft at the rim, with solid lacing. The aroma is nicely fruity, with some resin and dank notes. Body is a decent medium, with a pleasant smoothness on the tongue.

Flavor has a touch of toasty malts, though on the lighter side. Has some tangerine and apricot, though they seem mild and "watered down ", meaning not sweet enough for me. It does have nice sweetness, though I'd prefer a smidge more. Also has some grapefruit and pineapple in the mix, plus some earthy, dank, resiny notes to finish things out. Not bad.... Prosit!!


4.02/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2276

Apr 27, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper color with over a finger of head. There's plenty of maltiness and a little resin. The flavor has an abundance of malt with a bitter, but not piney, finish. The body is hefty for the style

This is a well-crafted, big and hearty English-style IPA.

Apr 22, 2021
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While I enjoyed this beer, I don't know that it is one of my favourites from Founders.

It definitely hits all of the marks for the style but nothing seems to set this apart from an already jumbled crowd.

A little more malt dominant than I was hoping it would be.

A little rough around the edges.

Good but not great.

I probably won't revisit this one.

Apr 21, 2021
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 342 ratings