Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,468
Ranked #7,060
4.08 | pDev: 11.27%
Sep 28, 2022
Feb 01, 2009
Previously known as Hand of Doom.

Doom may be impending but that doesn't mean you have to fear it. A collision of worlds, the intense hop character of our Imperial IPA mingles with the warm vanilla and oak notes imparted from the time spent in our favorite bourbon barrels. Like all good things, Doom comes to those who wait.
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2019 vint - 12 oz bottle, chill pour into a snifter.
Dense. Stimulates the senses. Strong. Instabuzz.
A fantastic barrel aged giant of a beer. Wish it would come around again!
Sep 28, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by hopley from Massachusetts

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 4 by micada from New York

Oct 27, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by Sinister from New York

Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Cubatobaco from Virginia

Jul 21, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by Yendor61 from Michigan

Mar 16, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by dcall384 from Indiana

Jan 22, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by Seal4676 from Michigan

Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 4 by neliam24 from New York

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by baklo from North Carolina

Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 2.86 by Houborg1 from Denmark

Oct 04, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
After being cellared for two year this beer definitely mellows. It's still pretty boozy, but solid. Notes of vanilla and oak and definitely a high ABV.
Sep 08, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by Yendorwarrior from Michigan

Jun 24, 2019
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
DATE: June 18, 2019... OCCASION: a monster evening of moving stuff to storage, with a huge shout-out to Dad, Uncle Joe, and Matt--with a lot of work by Shan too! This one has sat for about a year... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a nearly opaque orange brown amber body, lively enough despite its doom-laden 12.4% ABV... given that number, its head is amazing retentive, holding a half-finger of white bubble clusters that ring the glass unevenly... the bouquet is an explosion of sharp flowers, candied brown sugars, deep whiskey hints, herb garden, light resin, earthy citrus--pomegranate, orange, and mango--and some malty aspects like caramel and rye sneak in as well... a wealth of aromas, but it returns to a stiff DIPA hoppiness... murky, dense and extremely resinous... this sips smoothly, thick and buttery--that characteristic bourbon dryness late, and its heft is disguised, cloaked in a body that presents like an IPA--dangerous and seductive... as this drinks, the bourbon gains in its profile, buttery, grainy, and sweet... it begins to dominate past the hops, but the combination weds well regardless--the citrus shines through, and the resin drips with a thickness that hols long after the sip finishes... this is a beer worth cherishing slowly, with butterscotch and fruity esters mingling sweetly... slightly nutty, with strong vanilla, and this is a great way to end a Tuesday... would seek this out on tap when Liquor Factory next has it available...
Jun 19, 2019
Rated: 3.95 by zknight from Korea (South)

May 05, 2019
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2017 vintage; on-tap at The Malted Barley, Westerly, RI

Pours a gorgeous, clear, deep golden orange-amber capped with a persistent head of off-white foam; a heavy smattering of thick, soapy lacing coats the glass while a dense collar of foam cling holds tightly through the final sip.

Aroma shows an eclectic combo of prominent vanilla and bourbon welcoming herbal hops and citrus peel almost effortlessly into the fold, well-integrated hints of smoky barrel and tinges of caramel and flambeed orange for further depth and contrast; potency and detail keeps pulling me back for more nosing.

Taste shows the bourbon and vanilla toning themselves down just a bit, allowing more caramel, grapefruit, dank candied orange, oaky barrel, and honeycomb through at varying intensities; impressive mixture of hoppy citrus and sweet barrel tones continue to meet in the middle for harmonious results in the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, and capped with an excellent booziness; sticky at first, but dries out quickly and evenly along the palate; faint hoppy bitterness/oaky grit appears on the finish, allowing a subtle boozy/hoppy character to continue developing calmly even after the swallow.

I can't shake the feeling I came across this beer at its apex in both age and serving format (~2 years old and on-tap); I'm thinking it would be much boozier and possibly unhinged fresh out of a bottle. That bit of unwarranted pessimism aside, what I've presently got in front of me is a ridiculous collision of barrel and big-time DIPA, no doubt aided by 2 years aging, but nevertheless resulting in a great warming type of beer; the booze is so well integrated as to be present but unobtrusive; whatever it is (maybe due to the aging), it's resulted in an impressive brew straddling beautifully the fine line between two contrasting profiles.
May 01, 2019
Rated: 4.2 by trancecylist from Pennsylvania

Apr 19, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Murky golden color.

White head; nice lacing.

Bitter oak nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Blast of oak & bourbon up front, hint of citrus. Too much bourbon for me but this is complex and different.
Mar 04, 2019
Rated: 4.61 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon

Feb 10, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by TheTinDoor from Maryland

Jan 22, 2019
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