Founders 10K IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TCgoalie on 07-06-2011

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by weizenbob:
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review input from notes. Enjoyed on tap at Founders on 7/9/11

Vibrant orange body, clear and free of sediment. One finger bone white head. Head works its way back rather quickly leaving limited lacing clinging to the walls of the glass..

Very aromatic beer, huge citrus aroma oozes from the glass. Nectarine and grapefruit aromas are prominent upfront. As you work your way back the citrus is undercut by a pleasant pininess. The malt profile, rather simple and subtle, finds itself buried beneath the hops.

The flavor is rather similar to the nose. The citrus flavor dominates the palate up front. Nectarine, grapefruit aromas are accompanied by a bit of pineapple. Resinous and Pine flavor develops on the midpalate. The more abrasive flavors balance the sweeter citrus up front. There is a substantial bitterness but does not become overbearing and is appropriate for the beer.

Medium body DIPA, carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Rather dry and crisp, slight resinous finish.

10K was a fantastic DIPA, in my opinion it is much better than Double Trouble. Bold flavors, pleasant bitterness and impressive drinkability, you cannot ask for much more in a DIPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Came in a stemmed glass a clear copper color with a thinner white head atop.Big tropical fruits with a bit of sweet onion as well,as it sat more sweet alcohol creeped thru.Bright citric flavors with pine resin underneath making for good hop complexity,it gets some alcohol sweetness coming in the back end but never gets overly sweet like many of the style.A nice medium body with lower carbonation,another fantastic beer from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prototypic
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewpub on our Michigan trip.

10K IPA arrived a gold color. It's slightly hazy. Looks slight amber or copper when held to light. A soft, off-white head caps it. It's very modest, rising to maybe a half a finger in height. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is excellent. It features a very strong, citric hop profile. Grapefruit and orange scents are prominent throughout. There are some light pine and floral hop notes in the background. Citrus is large and in charge though. There's a light caramel malt scent, but it's definitely secondary. I love that. Definitely smells sweet and a bit sugary. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn't smell like 10% by any stretch. Find job here.

The flavor is likewise damn impressive. Citric hops are definitely the focal point. Grapefruit and orange are the primary flavors. Light pineapple, grass, and pine are also in the mix. It is a little bitter, but it's more balanced than I expected. That's especially surprising given that caramel malt seems to be light. There is a little sugary, caramel sweetness, but it's secondary. Alcohol is there, but doesn't seem to strong. It's a little deceptive in that regard. Finishes with a citrusy, slightly bitter taste.

10K IPA has a medium body. Carbonation is definitely light and soft. I honestly wouldn't mind a few more bubbles. Having said that, it has a nice, smooth feel and goes down extremely easy for such a big beer.

Founders has a knack for making terrific beer. 10K IPA is just another example in their lineup. How does it compare to Double Trouble? To me, it seems a little more balanced and approachable, which is interesting because the malt base seems very subtle. I like it a lot. Hopefully one day this stuff will also find its way into bottles. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vandemonian
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had Founders 10k IPA on tap at ChurchKey in DC. It's a nice double IPA.

A: Orange in color with sparse lacing. 3.5

S: Lovely combination of maltiness and hoppiness. 4

T: Sharp piney hops over a weak malty base. Slightly bitter finish. 4

M. A little watery. 3.5

O: Nice. 4

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Photo of imbibehour
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey DC into a tumbler glass (14 oz.).

Appearances brings no head at all. Nothing. This is filled to the brim with only a minor white collar. While drinking, the glass gives off no lacing at all. Looks flat as all get out. Body color is a clear copper amber color. No lacing whatsoever nothing, zippo, nada.

Nose on this is wet, clean, but a distinct flesh grapefruit. An interesting vinous sour that is light, and sense of green supermarket grapes.

Taste takes a back seat to a fantastic texture. This feels almost out of the cask, and buttery. Mid palate brings an almost chewy malt mixed with hop lingering grapefruit juice. Tolerable creeping bitter which grows after each sip.

Overall in appearance... stealth like, in taste and feel, flat out fantastic.

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Photo of tommy5
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cdathe2
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ten ounce serving tasted in a snifter from draft at Half Day Brewing on September 9, 2017.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good to see that someone still remembers how to make a classic IPA... glowing amber in color, smell of fresh piney hops with a touch of citrus rind, firm bitterness with a nice malt backbone, could perhaps be a touch smoother.

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Photo of nofunyons
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a stemmed goblet of some sort.

Pours a somewhat-lightened copper color with a two-finger white head and incredible sheets of lacing as it goes down. Good cap throughout.

The nose was nice and fairly complex with notes of tropical fruits and plenty of citrus. Some pine in there as well. Lots of Simcoe for sure. The flavor went along the same lines, with the Simcoe really standing out. Really nice combination of tropical, citrus, and pine flavors that came together with a bit of alcohol and a really smooth bitterness. Quite bitter. Beautiful mouthfeel.

Overall, something that I very much enjoyed and would love to have again. Please make this more often.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The server mentioned that this was brewed with a good amount of Simcoe hops.

Pours a filtered gold hue with a white crown. The head recedes after several minutes but lacing remains while drinking.

Pineapple, tangerine, and melon round out the semi-tropical aroma. The presence of malt is there but it isn't overpowering.

A pleasant balance between hops and malt occur in this brew. The taste echos what is present in the smell. The resulting bitterness is mild for what the hops create. Some black pepper come in at the end adding a nice spicy note almost as if some rye was used in the brewing. Smooth honey like richness really comes through differentiating from the Double Trouble like taste.

The feel is smaller than the abv indicates. A semi dry aftertaste is complimented with spice. Very smooth and nice.

A solid offering that got better the more times I tried it. I may like this more than Double Trouble.

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Photo of JayGarrison
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top five beer for me.

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Photo of Tommo
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours barley wine color, very malty ipa though not exceptionally bitter. Decent fruity flavor. I dont know, but in the modern age of ipas, this is gross

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Photo of Pontzie
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the beer stop.

L: poured a clear dark orange amber color. Large bubbled, 2 finger head of creamy white foam. The carbonation was relatively inactive in appearance. The head dissipated slowly and left think lacing.

S: A clean blast of orange over the nice bitterness of fresh hops. Smell was appetizing. Made me want to dig in to a good cheeseburger to pair with this beautiful beer.

T: for all the orange in the scent the immediate taste was far more hop centered. Bright bitter hops. Good at first but left an acidic after taste of a sort of old orange peel. It was a little of putting and made me wish I actually had that burger with some strong blue cheese on it to cut into this beer's aftertaste.
F: the light carbonation in the appearance plays it as expected in the mouth. A bit flat. Maybe this keg had been on tap a bit too long??? Wishing this were a bit more lively. The hops leaves a long pucker in the throat. Kind of nice for an IPA to have that strong character.
O: Good beer. Like the orange scent. Like the hops - they are bright and fresh here. However there was something a little flat and .... well .... slightly off here. I'm not sure if it was the keg or the beer itself.

This could have been a rockstar if it had a bit better balance on the palate and had been paired with the right food.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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Founders 10K IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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