Founders Doom | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously known as Hand of Doom.

Added by CRJMellor on 02-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,669
Reviews:
334
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
178
Gots:
295
For Trade:
31
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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nasaug
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep, clear orange.
S: Bold pine, oak, smooth vanilla and mild bourbon.
T: Pine with slight bitterness, followed by a smooth vanilla/oakey bourbon. Not overbearing but definitely some alcohol burn on the backend. Develops beautifully as it warms.
F: Full bodied and sticky.
O: Not exactly what I was expecting.. but an awesome beer. Great to see Founders continue to support progressive brewing programs... not easy to pull off a barrel aged IPA during a time where juicy, unfiltered IPA's are at the top of the food chain.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 Vintage. Poured from 750 ML bottle into IPA glass. It pours a clear, golden-honey color with two fingers of fluffy, milk-white head and significant lacing. The smell is rather subdued, mostly malt, caramel, and some subtle pine needles. I'm not getting any of the bourbon. However, the bourbon is present from the first sip, along with lots of caramel and toffee and a hint of grapefruit and char. There isn't much overt hop flavor but the ale has a decidedly bitter finish. Unlike a typical IPA, the taste improves as the glass warms. This ale features a medium, fairly creamy mouth feel with moderate carbonation. For a BA ale, the 12.4% ABV is surprisingly well hidden but it sneaks up on you. It's definitely a sipper. The very idea of a barrel-aged DIPA is rather unique but Doom is well conceived and crafted. It makes a very nice dessert beer or could be paired with a hearty meal including roasted meat.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of detroitpat
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of m1bonnell
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmd88
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear, pale amber, with a woody brown tinge and a medium head. The aroma features a strong boozy quality, with a core of rich notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, and creamy chai tea, as well as sweet pine, candied orange peel, strawberry jam, and grapefruit flesh. The flavor is semi sweet, but well balanced, with notes of burnt orange, caramel, vanilla toffee, caramalized fruit, grapefruit peel, pine, and again the odd and pleasing air of strawberry jam. The mouthfeel is very full, but not syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation. Overall this is a super tasty and unique beer - I was very excited to try it, but also trepidatious, as it is an unusual concept, but it turned out great. The flavor mixing is unusual, but highly intriguing.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Best imperial IPA ever. Poured fresh into a wide glass goblet. Color is scotch like, sticky looking, molasses like. Fluffy white head slow carbonated, hoppy body. Smell is bourbon barrel with hints of pine citrus and right there and then I knew I was in for a treat. The taste is barrel forward with a bit of bourbon flavor. Love it! I need more! This is better than backwoods when fresh. It is sticky, toffee, molasses, creamy vanilla, dark fruit, oaky, scotch. Doesn't taste like an IPA but has that imperial flavor yet @ 12% abv it is quite smooth. I've read across forums with people criticizing and hating it, don't understand as this stuff is amazing. It's a slow drinker yet so delicious. I must seek out more.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cotton_27
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ummswimmin
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a big ipa in whiskey barrels, this is a polarizing style, and i dont think this is the best example of it in the world, despite the beer tasting really good. for me, this is a little heavy, a little stale on the hops, and just too sweet. the best of these are dry hopped in stainless post barrel ageing, i think the hop freshness is preserved that way, this tastes like this hops are a little old, even a little oxidized, and little else in the flavor except that leafy vegetal bitterness and a hint of citrus, but for an imperial ipa, the hops should be way more flavorful. the wood is stronger than the whiskey here, although there is a honey and vanilla sweet note to it, it just doesnt seem like it spent too long in the barrel. its odd because the hops dont taste fresh but the barrel aspect is also not all that mature, so its sort of missing both elements that way. i like it, dont get me wrong, but it seems overly strong and like a beer that may have been pioneering awhile ago, but appears to have been long since surpassed. heavy, almost like a blonde american barleywine, i could not drink more than one. in the end, i had much higher hopes for this...

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Photo of JeffSK
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dream
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like your run of the mill west coast IPA. Smells like toasted coconut, pine , and vanilla . Taste is of a similar profile to the smell. Feel is creamy yet crisp.

This reminds me a lot of project pam, so those that like projet pam will probably enjoy this beer. However project pam is a lot better IMO in terms of execution and balance. This one has some heat (2017's batch is 12%+ compared to 10% on the description) and bitterness on it still. Aging could do good for this beer.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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