Founders Big Froot | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TurdFurgison on 11-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Viggo
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler, big thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a very cloudy and murky reddish orange, almost a blood orange/tangerine colour, very thin white head forms, quickly settles to nothing, some chunks stick to the glass.

Smell is neat, very fruity, orange and tangerine, cherries, some strawberry, some caramel/honey sweetness, a bit of biscuit, more fruit, light spiciness, pretty different stuff.

Taste is similar, but very fruity and tart, some tangerine/orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, some sugar, biscuit, lots of cherry character, some pomengranate, more tartness, pretty neat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some acidity and warmth going down. Really cool fruit character, maybe a bit intense, but the tartness is nice. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of grub
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler filled at the brewery jan 23/2010, sampled jan 29/2010. posted ABV was 6.8%. this was descried as starting off with a pale ale base, then adding a ton of strawberry, cherry, and pomegranate, causing it to become not pale at all.

pours super hazy and murky deep red, almost burgundy coloured. even at its thinnest point it's completely opaque. a small layer of fine white head forms, disappearing almost instantly and leaving only a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. i can get a little of the pale ale base in there. lightly toasted white bread. touch of biscuit and cracker. at least up front the individual fruits aren't overly pronounced. without looking at it you might just think it was an especially fruity english ale. touch of alcohol. bit of caramel. lightly earthy.

taste is sour! wow, puckering even. that said, it seems decidedly fruity rather than just being a sour ale. and there's tons of fruit here. lots of pomegranate. bit of cherry. a great ripe strawberry character. there's a touch of hoppy bitterness, probably around medium-low level, brightly herbal and slightly earthy. there's some lemon, orange, and tangerine character in there too, so i wouldn't be surprised if they used some other fruit or just a bunch of west coat hops. just a hint of caramel sweetness that disappears instantly. cracker and white bread. there may be just a touch of horsey barnyard character in there, more in the mouthfeel than anything else, but it could just be my perception of the sourness+hops.

mouthfeel is good. just above medium body, but with a really dry finish. no lingering sweetness at all. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is tough to call. on one hand, the alcohol is very well hidden and it's quite dry, yet on the other the strong sourness will definitely slow you down. i think i'm glad i can go back for a second glass, but also happy that i've got others to help finish off the growler. i think this is going to vary a fair bit depending on your taste, but i'm calling it good.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at Founders brewpub. The chalkboard described it as "massive amounts of strawberries, cherries, and pomegranates". The beer is a very hazy pink color, looked a little like a strawberry daquiri. The smell is intensely fruity, this is a very unique beer. Lots of strawberry in the aroma, not much of a malt aroma in the background, just fruit. The taste was very tart, almost sour with fruit, not bad but just, well, massively fruity. A little pale malt in the backround, detected at the end of each sip, but mostly strong fruit. Too bitter for my tastes, not as drinkable as you might expect. Interesting brew, one and done for me. If bottled I will not try it again...

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Founders Big Froot from Founders Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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