4 Giants
Founders Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #782
Ranked #3,742
4.12 | pDev: 7.04%
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
Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 181 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by RaulMondesi:
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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I’m ok. I’m into enough. Raul is at least contented. So it seems like the bro’s n ladies at Founders kind of stay in the same org when brewing IPA’s. It’s definitely not the yellow brick road, rather. But some, well, real copper/red looking road. Yeah, this beer is pretty much a regular brick road. But it doesn’t have any potholes or bum camps on it. It’s a pretty clean and pretty smooth road. And last time Raul checked, he’s drive down something like that any day of the week.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 98green
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TP2MSU
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle courtesy of Whyteboar. According to the stamp on the rear label, this was bottled on March 10, 2020.

Poured into a Mad Bomber IPA glass (I really need a couple of the Spiegelau [?] glasses), this was a clear, dark gold/orange shade of amber, with a good-sized off-white head that left plenty of lace.

Grapefruity and piney hop nose, but a little subdued. I detect a good-sized bready malt backbone as well, to be expected from a midwest IIPA.

More hop forward than the nose suggested. In addition to the citrusy and piney hoppiness noted in the nose, there's also a bit of melon and tropical fruit-like flavors. The bready, malt backbone is substantial, but the initial hop blast balances it better than I expected from the aroma, so things remain dank and delicious for a hophead like me. Bitter, resiny finish.

Medium bodied, with an oily, resiny mouthfeel.

This might be my first IIPA from Founders, and I like it a lot. Really enjoying it as a post-lunch, pre-dinner beer. Thanks, Craig!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 3/10:
A lovely dark golden to copper color indicating the use of some darker malts. The clarity is refreshing, and the head builds up well - its remnants are washed away on my first sip.

Nose is floral and citrusy, with a toasty malt presence and something else that I'm thinking is along the lines of strawberry. Taste has a similar vibe with the toasted malts and strawberry-ish sweet fruit note laying the groundwork. The bittering agents tread lightly upon this ground at first - a little peach and grass. The hops get bolder before the end of the taste, though they don't overpower the beer. A mélange of citrus, grass, pine, strawberry, and malt notes close the taste, without any single note taking the lead.

This, to me, is a nicely put together beer. It has the maltiness that comes with a 9% beer, but the counter-bitterness constrains it nicely. The volume of alcohol is similarly constrained, leading to a very enjoyable feel. I am quite happy with this beer.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 3/10/20
Consumed 4/13/20

Pours a clear golden honey color with a coupla fingers worth of velvety white head. Smells piney with mild fruit notes, apple in particular. Tastes... I dunno, real fucking bitter. Not crazy about this; its just way too bitter (or "aggressively" bitter as the label boasts) for my tastebuds. 80 IBUs, for whatever that's worth - not a whole lot from where I sit.

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Photo of beergoot
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, clear amber body; outstanding carbonation; huge rocky, sticky head. Rather low-key aroma; pine resin; some caramel sweetness on the nose. Fairly sweet taste; clove-like spiciness; slow building hop bitterness, fairly intense at the finish. Heavy body; nice mixture of light coarseness and oily slickness; sticky; a touch of alcohol warmth.

I am surprised at the lack of significant smell on this one, but all the other factors are top notch. Pretty tasty for an old school American imperial IPA.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super bright upfront - guava, mango, dragonfruit, bubblegum - but with a classic backbone of sweet malt & piney bitterness, great hybrid ipa

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quarantine day fuck plus one brings a 12 oz. bottle of a new Founders IPA. Bottled 3-10-20.

The pour is perfectly clear light copper, an IPA color that is now being bred in special tanks as its population in the wild declines alarmingly.

4 Giants – the base malt here must be Nostalgia 37. First noticed is the thickness, with a viscous body more reminiscent of tree sap than beer. Massive jolt of caramel base is ridden by a jockey of slow building pine & enough bitterness to let you know this isn’t a kiddie beer. The ABV prevents this from hitting session territory, but hey, one could try.

Lovely. This is a simple, direct, tasty-as-hell throwback to a time when beers didn’t have to taste like nineteen different fruits dipped in sugar. Excellent beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, toasted caramel and citrus. Sweet caramel and toffee taste with a bold piney bitterness.

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Photo of Johncnh
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danmullens1
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Whole Foods.
Deep golden bordering on copper with a huge off white head that persists. Citrus and dank pint with a bit of watering alcohol. Pretty old school lots of tangerine and grapefruit.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ivanchovica
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good beer!!!!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle it pours a clear golden amber color. A moderate head eventually dissipates and yields rings of sudsy lacing.

The nose is truly classic with old school hops aromas that are both citrusy and dank. There are notes of grapefruit, tangerine and orange, along with a generous dose of pine resin. The malt aromas evoke cookie dough and graham cracker.

The taste opens up with full, chewy and doughy malts that yield a biscuity and caramel sweetness. However, it is soon apparent how balanced this DIPA is, as big juicy notes of grapefruit rind, a touch of tropical fruit, and pine resin interact nicely with the malts. The bitterness, earthy, dank and resiny, adds a nice prickle to the tongue and does wonders for the drinkability.

This beer is full bodied and smooth. The carbonation is moderate to slightly crisp, while the big hops flavors add a nice prickle. The finish is long with a resiny and bitter linger. Well balanced between the hops and big malt presence. The ABV is so well hidden making this dangerously drinkable.

A fantastic full flavored DIPA filled with old school herbaceous and citrusy flavors along with a big malt body. Described as a blend of 4 Founders DIPAs, I recognize Double Trouble, from the label art, as one of the blends; really curious as to what the other 3 are.

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Photo of smutty33
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TLA
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden-copper color with a one finger head of thick off-white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very strong of a wonderful pine hop smell mixed with some other hop aromas of a citrus grapefruit and floral nature. Supporting the hop smell is a nice aroma of caramel malt and a bit of a breadiness. There are touches of booziness in the nose as well that mix with the rest to produce a somewhat dank and invitingly warm aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins sweeter than I would have anticipated, but by no means very sweet. Upfront there is a big showing of caramel malt and a doughy taste that is matched by some flavors of a light fruitiness of peach and tangerine. Upfront there is a decent showing of a pine and herbal hop taste, that start out light, but that get very potent toward the end. While the sweeter peach and tangerine are moderately detectable upfront, these flavors quickly begin to fade, being replaced by the big pine herbal hop. While the flavors move forward more, a bit more caramel joins the tongue as well as some earthiness and grapefruit hop. The earthiness gets quite a bit more protenant, and with a bit of booziness coming to the tongue at the end one is left with a nice, slightly sweet, and quite dank taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather thicker and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the mix dank, booze, and sweet the feel is fantastic and makes for a very flavorful and slow sipper.
Overall – This is a very tasty and nicely danked and boozed brew. I really hop that founders continues making this! It highlights may of the great characteristics of double trouble and devil dancer (the malt), but I don’t know what the other two brew they are referring to are… Any which way it is good and tasty!

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4 Giants from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 181 ratings