Founders Black IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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4.11 w/ 102 ratings

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WakeandBake on 02-08-2009

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2.58/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of thequeen711
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A black beer is worth drinking!!! This intense black IPA pours a thick head. It is a nice change from the typical light colour IPA's out there, and makes me want to drink dark IPA's, since I do not like a hop ridden beer. The taste is grapefruity and hoppy, yet, becomes sweet and smooth at the finish. I'd do this one again, but I would call it a favourite.

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Photo of Tattooedirish1
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of fellowrs
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of DCdevyl78
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Mjdoyon
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of rgilbert
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Rons35
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of adamette
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap at the brewery yesterday during my visit there into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Some dark brown light comes through in front of direct light for this otherwise dark, black body of a beer with minimal head. Foreboding and interesting. 4.0

S Minimal hops to the nose, not much else after repeated sniffs. 3.0

T Tastes like a basic IPA really, not as well balanced as I found Centennial IPA to be, more hop centric and without any dark roast notes. There were some medium roast malt tastes, not too much like a dark amber beer. Taste is interesting, challenging. 4.0

M Thinner than the look suggests. I really like the feel but it is much thinner than this dark ale looks like it would likely be. 3.5

D Drinkability is o.k. but I found it to be a bit too bitter to be a session beer. 3.0

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Photo of Noe
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/12/14

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of fluffed up tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Roasty, some wet & charred grain, a little carob, a little dark fruit as well as this warms

T: Follows the nose, a little charred grain & peppery spice up front. More of the same as this warms, a little grassiness. Finishes roasty, dry, with a some charred grain, & a little bitter chocolate

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation; perhaps too firm, pretty good balance

Drinks very easy, but no new ground plowed here, decent but not buying again

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of joshshepperd
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Brewer1980
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobZ
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black body with dark brown edges. 2 fingers of dark khaki foam on top.

S - Roasted malts, pungent green hops, pine needles, hints of coffee.

T - Follows the nose with roasted barley, bittering green hops upfront, pine resin, notes of coffee, the roasted malts provide some sweetness but there is a dryness spicyness that keeps it in check. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - Medium full mouthfeel, creamy carbonation, dry finish.

The roast is not heavy and the hops are the main focus. Good mouthfeel with some spicy character. Good stuff.

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Photo of BradDurbin89
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had it at the brewery last week and took good notes.

It had a minimal head and the the color was dark brown, not quite as dark as I'd expect. Overall interesting in appearance.

Not as much hops in the nose as I was expecting.

Even thought the bitterness of the hops could have been balanced better, I enjoyed the beer. It is interesting and unique.

The dark color tricked my mind into thinking it would have a bigger mouth feel, but I should know better. I really enjoyed the feel, and it is a nice beer.

It is a little bitter and could have more balance, but overall I really enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Founders Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88.2% out of 100 with 102 ratings
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