Founders Dirty Bastard | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Dirty BastardFounders Dirty Bastard

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

Added by Mitchster on 01-03-2003

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hondo3
4.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What more can you say? This could be considered "A freaking good beer"! A beautiful deep amber color. Small 1/4" head that dissipates rather quickly. Pretty much a perfect balance between malt/hops. Just the right amount of carbonation. One of my top 5 all time favorites! The only downside to this beer is that I don't live closer to the brewery and its Utopian taps.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby red/brown, small head.

S: Sweet smells of vanilla/caramel, and malt.

T: Tastes pretty much as it smells. Sweet, with hints of spice and booze towards the end.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation for the style.

O: There's a reason this is one of Founders' mainstays. Such a great example of the style. If I close my eyes and pretend, I can taste Backwoods.

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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not your most educated beer drinker in terms of the lingo...however I bought my first six of this beer looking for a cheaper option to my favorite. with the first six i thought i had found it, great taste going down with a bit of a warming feel.

bought a second six a couple weeks later and was feeling pretty good about my selection. a few weeks later i stepped up and bought the case of dirty the end it is a good beer, but i surprisingly started feeling as though the ending taste was that of ear wax (sorry, as an uneducated beer lingo i could come up with.)

i do like the beer on occasion, but i just can't get over the ending flavor. this beer smells and looks great as it is unfiltered (which i love). the ABV content is awesome if you drink only a couple per sitting as i do....maybe there is something wrong with my pallet as it is not my favorite, however i will give it a break and definetly try it again down the road as it is still on my list of top fives. i will pay the extra for the Skull Splitter for now...still looking

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Photo of rangerred
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with barely a half finger head. No head retention and just a thin ring is left around the top of the beer.

Aroma of dark caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. A little bit of roasted malt and a touch of smoke, but caramel really dominates.

The flavor is very much like the aroma. Tons of caramel and molasses with some yeasty fruit flavors coming through as well. I don't really pick up on much smoke but there is a nice roast underneath that barely peeks its head out. Bitterness is quite light with sweet malt taking hold throughout. Finish is on the sticky side.

Overall, I found this beer to be a little bit one dimensional. The caramel maltiness is excellent but I would've liked a little more complexity. The sweetness is a little much for me as well. Backwoods Bastard is ten times better than the Dirty.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 7,465 ratings.
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