Founders 10K IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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4.22 w/ 72 ratings

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: 72 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of a throwback IPA, when the motive was to achieve equal parts hop aroma, hop flavor and bitterness with a dry and crisp malt backbone. But in the world of less bitterness overtaking assertion and haze outdoing bright, it seems that the imperial IPA of yesteryear is now just a ghost. But the brewers at Founders say "long live the IPA" with 10k.

10k IPA pours a modestly hazy golden amber color, rising with a creamy white cap. Its scent is chocked full of citrus, pine, earth and spice; and with a background of caramel. To taste, the beer is easy on the tip of the tongue with continuations of caramel, graham cracker and honey.

Its floral upstart and soft malty beginnings soon give way to the hops. White grapefruit, slightly under ripened orange, and a likeness to lemon rises for a bright and zesty citrus punch on the middle palate. Trailing into a bittersweet finish, the hops release a stern smack of citrus pith, fresh grassiness, herbal flavors to close the session boldly.

Medium bodied and trending crisp and bitterly clean, the ale never relinquishes to total dryness. Instead, it retains a smooth underlay of caramel and honey to offset the spicy alcohol and assertive hop bite that trails into a deep, long and gripping aftertaste.

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Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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 Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Das Biergarten. Orange and a little hazy. Big white head with lots of lacing. Smells of orange, grapefruit, and a sharp Simcoe backdrop. Also, lots of sugar there. Tastes of Simcoe onion and garlic. Some pine. Sweet caramel malt. Kinda heavy. Good profile, classic DIPA flavor, just too big, which is also probably part of the classic DIPA profile.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 VeganUndead
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drabmuh
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer!

Beer served in a 10 ounce pour on draft in a shaker glass of sort. Beer is orange and clear with a white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is amazing, nice hop character, great earthiness, pine, some citrus but the pine wins here. Awesome, almost no malt in the nose.

Great great great beer, chewy with the hops but not too dry and not 10000 IBUs on the end, just a solid bitterness, nice subtle malt backbone, great beer overall. A really enjoyable IPA. I love this beer. If I had taken the train here instead of drive I would have had 4 of them and called it a night. I will have this again in a second. Bottle this immediately.

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Photo of tommy5
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eawolff99
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_M
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at NW Growlers the other day.

The beer pours an orange amber color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, there's really not a whole lot there, though I'm picking up some light graham cracker, onion and light sweet malt. The flavor profile is more of the same, and I have to say that for Founders, this is not a particularly impressive beer. There's really no citrus or tropical fruit to speak of, and the bitterness is dialed way down as well. It's there, but it doesn't really seem to add anything to the beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.

Not exactly sure what Founders is going for here, but the best thing I feel I can say about this beer is that it's pretty inoffensive. Pretty hard imagining an occasion when I'd ever want to try this again.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at CK, leftover from their Founders dinner the night before.

Chilled golded copper color with a thick white head; sheets of lacing and an extremely retentive cap. Tons of Simcoe on the nose; citrus and pine dominate with light spice. Body is medium thick and syrupy with strong bitterness and assertive alcohol presence. Pine hops dominate a strong malty body with mild citrus sweetness. Only slightly tastes like a Christmas tree. Very smooth and enjoyable, but the level of alcohol and bitterness wasn't doing it for me.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Zazzi82
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Founders 10K IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90.3% out of 100 with 72 ratings
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