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Founders SZRP Of Doom | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TCgoalie on 05-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep yellow with a white head. In the aroma, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. In the taste, just like it smells, but even better with a note of hops. A small alcohol bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry vanilla and bourbon like aftertaste. BIG bourbon, mellow hops, and quite superb!

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Photo of mikey711
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Half the growler leaked in transit so i had to open it right away, but i had the day off so atleast i could have a nice afternoon beer.

A: Nice golden orange color that is perfectly clear. Not much head on this one when poured, likely due to the leakage, but there is still one ring around the top of the beer.

S: THe aroma is incredible. The mixture of the maple syrup sweetness and bourbon with citrus citrus hops is heaven. Some pepper notes are present as well

T: Starts out bitter and citrusy, then comes a little bit of pepper followed by bourbon and vanilla, then the sweet maple syrup before finishing with a bitter pine and grapefruit note. This has the best of all worlds because i love IPAs and barrel aged beers. As i sit and think about my last ships it tends back towards the bourbon which is very enjoyable. Interestingly, the citrusiness maple and bourbon had a great tropical flavor with some coconut and even some rum notes.

M: I dont think can properly review this aspect of the beer due to the leakage.

D: This is one beer that i think has a ton of complexity and is way deceiving for the abv, but the flavors are incredible. Hopefully i will get the chance to try this one again.

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Photo of levifunk
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooked up huge with a growler of this. Review 75.

a - light golden color. no head. amazing, i was expecting something dark or at least hazy.

s - maple, apricot, honey, almond.

t - sweet, no doubt about that. maple, honey, and rock candy. but also has a solid citrus bitterness, like a grapefruit rind.

m - thick. obviously lower carbonation, but actually had more than I was expecting. very good.

o - amazing beer. so happy to have tried it. ABV is high, so I recommend sippin' on the szrp, but its so drinkable that you probably won't. surprising amount of citrus hops. Like nothing I've ever had before.

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Photo of liquidcraft
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy the hand of doom and the double trouble, was pretty excited to try this one out. I'm a big fan of putting good beers into various barrels.

Pleasing golden color, looks real smooth with zero head. Expecting this to be nice and oily. Smells sweet with the notes of bourbon to be expected from the hand of doom, but the scents are much subdued by the extra aging. Maple is definitely there.

The aging has really mellowed the bite, this milder than expected but great. Creamy, blended flavors up front that are hard for me to dissect. The hops are not particularly strong but the alcohol adds some heat and bite in a nice way. Finishes with the maple syrup flavors and a little vanilla. Damn its good. My buddy and I have been on the road for a while and were ready for a drink...maybe that contributes to me blowing through this beer. Smooth, delicious, and gone. Easier to drink than the Hand of Doom and very good, but I like the Hand of Doom a little more.

I second the motion to bottle

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from 5/9/10

A new brew at Founders, I have to try it. SZRP of Doom is their Hand of Doom DIPA aged in maple barrels.

Founders poured this into a snifter for me. The color is a golden yellow orange with minimal lacing. There is virtually no head but a rim of white that gathers around the edges.

A hint of maple is prevalent in the scent with some alcohol esters. There are a few citrus notes hidden behind the maple, mostly pineapple. The most interesting thing I notice in the smell is a scent of marshmallow cream. I'm not sure if this is created from the maple combining with the malts, but it is a unique character.

The maple oak flavor really mellows the front end of the taste making it rich and creamy. The back end provides a mild DIPA punch with ample malts and a grassy bitterness. The balance is exceptional. It is amazing how the maple barrel masks the hops and blends with the other flavors. Typically, one does not think of maple in combination of an otherwise citrusy beer, but they found a way to make it work. Overall this is an improvement on Hand of Doom in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body. I've never had a double IPA that is so smooth.

This is very very drinkable. It has the drinkability of a creamy smooth single IPA, very dangerous. 5 of these would be easy to consume and then I'd be doomed.

Bottle this please!

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Photo of klikger
4.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light shade of amber with hardly any head. The lacing was distinctive and prevalent.

S - Alcohol, honey, and lemongrass.

T - Vanilla, maple, smoky-malty-sugary something-or-other. This is dominated by sweetness certainly, but it's a complex and enjoyable combination of flavors. Unlike any other DIPA which I've had, the finish is really sweet - honey and lots of it - but after half a minute or so of sugary remnants on the tongue/in the throat, the hops sneak attack, resulting in a far longer, very bitter aftertaste.

M - This is syzruzpy to the max. Heavy, sugary, and a decent amount of carbonation.

D - Hmmm...I'm torn. This is ridiculously sweet, but the bitter back-end does an against-the-odds job of offsetting this. The high gravity does come into play, and I wouldn't recommend drinking too much of this. For what it is, though - an ultra-sweet DIPA - this is actually pretty drinkable.

Founders likes maple syrup barrels. I like them throwing every style of beer they feel like into them. This is a very good beer, and I'm glad to have tried it. If you have the chance, this is worth a decent effort to sample - it's almost certainly dissimilar to anything you've had or will have.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.02/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy golden color with little head that doesn't hold for too long.

S- Great smelling beer. Sweet maple syrup is available up front as it blends into a vanilla and wood character as well as a noticeable bourbon smell that lingers.

T- Begins with a quick taste of maple sweetness as it quickly is overpowered by a vanilla oak taste and most notably a strong bourbon profile. Little available hops to taste as the bourbon is a little too overpowering and the alcohol lingers more than would be preferred. Still a solid tasting beer though.

M- Nice smooth tasting mouthfeel with a medium body allowing for this to be pretty enjoyable. Moderate to low carbonation work well with the body.

D- The large amount of bourbon taste along with the alcohol bite at the end of the beer take away some points on the drinkability category for this beer. Although this detracts a little bit, this is still a beer that is easily finished.

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Photo of Jrbackon
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of amrozga
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bamadog
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got to have this on tap at Founders Fest - the stars kind of aligned for this one to happen :) The review is from notes taken on 6/19/2010 and poured from the tap to a big ol' plastic cup (bummer that the brewpub was closed during the festival, I really wanted to buy some Founders glassware).

Appearance: Pour is a light yellow/coppery color and it starts with a 1/2 finger white head that fades quickly to a faint and incomplete skim; body is pretty cloudy, but still shows moderately strong, but slow, carbonation bubbling up near the sides; only a couple spots of lacing manage to hang on to the sides of the cup.

Smell: Lots of sweet malty caramel, maple sugary scents, oaky/vanilla and bourbon. Wow. I never thought that barrel aging an DIPA would be good, but I'm getting a little more excited about this bad boy now.

Taste: This works a lot better than I thought it would; there's definitely a presence of piney and sticky hops, but the sweet caramel malts in combination with the maple goodness, and the oaky/vanilla combo and the infusion with the bourbonesque alcohol provide an amazing balance that is quite unique. I'm so excited that I got to try this beer and really want to brew a big IPA and try barrel aging it now, just to see what comes of it.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy; the carbonation is fairly strong, but the thick syrupy body mellows it out; a thick and dry coating is left all over the mouth; the belly is left quite warm from all the bourbony goodness and high ABV.

Drinkability: Sadly, it's only moderate -- the body sits quite heavily in the belly and the sweetness becomes a bit cloying after a while; the high ABV also limits the drinkability, but the robust and uniqueness of this combination of flavors is still great. Cheers to Founders for this experimental brew.

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Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of bierenutz
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-On tap there was almost no head and minimal lacing on the glass, the color of this beer was a golden amber.
S-Nice hoppy blend with bourbon, maple syrup and malts. What a treat just to smell this one.
T-What an unusual and surprisingly pleasant flavor...this is Double Trouble and all it's hoppy goodness infused with bourbon and maple syrup. It is sweet but not over the top.
M-Creamy and smooth feel and mild carbonation.
D-Probably not a beer to drink more than one or two and definitely a sipper, but a very nice beer.

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Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap in the specialty tent at founders fest. Maple and bourbon barrel aged iipa.

A: Golden amber in color, crystal clear, and plenty of lacing. All of this topped off with a carpet of egg-white foam.

S: very original bouquet, marked by vanilla, maple, and citrus.

T: sweet malt, vanilla, maple combine with bitter citrus and pine. Delicious.

M: full body is accented by the sharp carbonation.

D: a must try iipa. Very interesting.

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Photo of Aschap
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of rodlavers
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of howard12
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Founders SZRP Of Doom from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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