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Founders Black IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WakeandBake on 02-08-2009

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I found myself returning to this at least three times over the course of my visit—twice at the brewery and once with a growler to go home. It’s an all-around decent Black IPA, with a pleasingly sharp grapefruit hop character and a good amount of roast. There’s some heft to the beer for balance.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders Taproom 10/2

Pours pitch black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is of balanced citrus and pine notes with subtle roastyness. Taste follows the nose quite closely. A very balanced black IPA with good bitterness up front and the right amount of roasted malt. The hop profile seems extremely similar to the Centennial IPA, which is a good thing. Overall a very enjoyable black IPA.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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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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Founders Black IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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