Mothership Series #2: Sleeper Cell
Founders Brewing Company

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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
10.8%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 7.86%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
137
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 30, 2020
Added:
May 25, 2013
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  13
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: This West Coast-style double IPA has been lying in wait having only been featured on draft… until now. A cult-favorite, Sleeper Cell features an intense dose of five hop varieties. The aggressive hop presence lingers on the palate finishing sharp, dry and utterly memorable. Our roots may be Midwestern, but here’s proof that we can delight hopheads seeking a West Coast-inspired flavor.
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Rated: 4 by Cotton_27 from Michigan

Jun 30, 2020
 
Rated: 3.98 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Apr 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.45 by mrkisscross from Michigan

Jul 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by goblue30 from Michigan

Jan 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Nov 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.55 by emerge077 from Illinois

Aug 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by CesarLopes from Brazil

Jul 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jul 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.41 by Sauced4life from Michigan

Jul 28, 2018
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Selective, and for good reason, the ration of imperial west coast styled IPA simply can't be dolled out to every random hop head who's proud to know what IBU stands for. But those select few who are privy enough to have Founders Mother Ship series imperial IPA in front of them are instantly and handsomely rewarded.

Rich golden hues teem from the onset of the pour. Lightly hazy and floating a creamy, rich and cottony head, Sleeper Cell brings a strong floral presence with citrus, pine and peppery booze resonating soundly on the nose. Sweet and caramelized, its taste comes with a granola medley of nuttiness, toastiness and succulent honey taste.

But then the hops come out to dominate the middle palate. Bursting with citrus, a strong taste of citronella bring and orange oil, pink grapefruit and lemon begin to pang away at the tastebuds while the malt balance begins to fade. Trending through tropical apricot and mango and headed toward a bitter spice of curacao liquor, pine and a piquant grassiness on the late palate.

Medium bodied but dangerously drinkable, the bitter sweet ale certainly favors the bitterness deeper and deeper into the taste, the beer trends spicy, peppery and warm with strong suggestions of citrus bitters and macerated citrus with pine. A long and bitter aftertaste applies a resinous grip deep into the next sip.
Jul 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by detroitpat from Michigan

Jul 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by HardyA from Michigan

Jul 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Jun 16, 2018
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very lucky to have found this beer on sale at the Founders Brewery. Nice amber-golden color with small amount of head and some nice lingering lacing. Smells of some fruity and floral hops. Tastes of both citrus and floral hops with some less pronounced herbal hops, mixed with some corn, biscuit and malt flavors. Nice smooth finish, slightly creamy mouthfeel with some mild carbonation. Can definitely taste some of the alcohol presence but it's actually surprisingly muted considering the high ABV.
Jun 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by Phineasco from Massachusetts

Jun 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.48 by MICAMD from Maryland

May 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by Feldpausch from Michigan

May 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by spycow from Illinois

Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by mmorris15 from Maine

Dec 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.45 by swierczt from Connecticut

Dec 02, 2016
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Rated by chippo33 from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
on tap at Mule bar in Winooski, vt
Nov 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by LooseMoose1978 from North Carolina

Nov 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

Nov 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Nov 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Nov 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.9 by Remmy800 from Michigan

Oct 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by midlifec from Michigan

Oct 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Oct 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Oct 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Oct 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.16 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Oct 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by dtm426 from Michigan

Oct 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by SoCalBeerBabe from California

Oct 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.71 by tommy5 from Michigan

Oct 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by qcbrewer from North Carolina

Sep 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by kevindp9 from Arizona

Sep 23, 2016
Mothership Series #2: Sleeper Cell from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 155 ratings