Foundation Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #857
Ranked #6,832
4.01 | pDev: 7.23%
Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Afterglow is an American IPA, rich in West Coast and South Pacific hop flavors and aroma. The juicy malt base enhances the notes of tangerine, pine, and berries from the hops. It finishes with a pleasingly dank and firm bitterness.
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned September 30th 2019, Dare to Just Say Glow!

Dark amber orange body color, with a slight opaque body color, not quite turbid but solid. Head is a good three fingers of good impression, and nice retention. Light bubbled with a slightly khaki color and very soapy pill like lacing.

Subtley accented nose on the hop front, but quite diverse as well. Hints sweet sensing green herbs, even floral a bit, with some mild earth qualities also. Quite a lot to bounce off of, with nothing horribly sweet or bitter sensing.

Palate takes some real neat turns. Hop angle is very much diverse but goes in more interesting directions. First is a blast of an almost peach and tangerine fruit quality. The aftertaste is a light dankness mixing with a touch of sharp berry like fruit and more citrus orange in the mix. Simple malt backbone has a touch of chewy bread, and is easily supporting all the flavors.

Great tasting IPA.

Dec 05, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can

dark orange golden color, thick white head. strong fruity and dank hop aroma. hop driven flavor, somewhat fruity, still mild underlying bitterness. medium bodied, somewhat softer mouthfeel.

Jul 27, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - dated Feb. 25th 2019 - poured into a tall flared pint at 45F

Pours a super turbid, deep amber color. It has the haze of a NEIPA, but the colour of a West Coast IPA, and it's strange to look at. Two fingers of slightly loose, sudsy, ivory head sit atop, before reducing to a large cap and collar. Halfway down the glass, there is some textbook lattice lacing. Beautiful.

Nose: Lots of citrus. Lemon zest, orange juice, and grapefruit. Even a hint of lime. Lots of peach, a little mango, fresh cut grass, some pine, some dank earthiness, and a touch of clover honey. Toasted grains and biscuit on the back end.

Palate: Ahh. There we go. The nose is slightly concerning, making you wonder if this is just going to be a full-on NEIPA. The "American IPA" spirit comes through on the palate. It's still heavily influenced by New English style, but it's in between. Orange and grapefruit greet you before anything else. There's a nice, juicy acidity as well. Fresh grass, flowers, berries, ripe peach, mango, and some pineapple come next, with some more juicy, late dry-hopped flavours. These flood through the mid-palate, before merging with a firm, piney, resinous bitterness - pine sap and grapefruit pith, setting up a finish that's bitter, slightly drying, oily, and long. Very classic hop expressions in the finish. Pine, grapefruit, chlorophyll, grass, and certain flowery plants. The grains provide a quick, clean, and restrained sweetness, that allows for a clean, juicy entrance, highlighting the fruity notes, and then vanishes towards the end, emphasizing the resinous character.

Mouthfeel/Body: This beer definitely has some softness to it. It's not fluffy, it's not sticky, it's not pillowy, syrupy, or chewy. It,just has a very nice creamy sort of softness to it. Some very fine, lively effervescence gives a wonderful touch, and really highlights the juicy acidity that the beer starts off with. Mediun-full bodied, with some heft to it, yet very drinkable and crisp.

Overall: I like this. These sort of hybrid IPAs. This definitely leans more NEIPA than West Coast, but it's bitter, and has lots of West Coast flavour anfdd spirit. It takes the best of both worlds, and blends those aspects together to achieve something outside of both boxes. Well done. If your not scared of a tiny bit of bitterness, then this is a wonderful IPA, above reproach.

Apr 11, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice, fresh, juicy IPA from a brewing company that’s new to me. Pours a nice hazy orange-yellow color with some nice fluffy white foaming head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of very fresh fruit, mainly tangerine, grapefruit, papaya, mango, pineapple and orange. Also some lighter aromas of piney hops, floral hops, malt and vanilla. Taste follows the nose, with the addition of some bread and caramel. Smooth, slightly creamy, mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. There was a good hit of more intense bitter hoppiness at the end, but this was partially balanced by the sweeter malt backbone. An excellent offering, and one that will make me look for other beers from this brewery.

Mar 13, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/14/2018. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Awesome Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Vic Secret profile. Very juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; great bready malt backbone, minimal residual sweetness from lingering resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. Feels like a East/West coast hybrid.

Jan 05, 2019
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illpass78 from Maine

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on draft at Somerset Tap, aka Whole Foods, in Portland. Watching Sox in World Series.

Appearance: A very cloudy apricot color. Short head disappears swiftly. Lots of lace midglass.

Aroma: Apricot in the nose, too. Lots of hops and fruit. Mango. Grapefruit. Pineapple.

Taste: Follows nose. Leading the way are grapefruit and pineapple. Some malt base. Prickly hops. Sap. Pine. Little bit of citrusy burn. Some booze.

Mouthfeel: There’s a lot of flavor here and for that reason it’s worth a slow sip. Pretty much owns the palate. Grabs your attention and holds it.

Overall: A strong IPA, both in quality and presentation. Good stuff from a good brewery.

Oct 28, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/11/18...mostly gold but borders on being amber. Some white foam. Citrus malt nose, faint though. Taste is a light lemony malt with a subtle tartness to it. Fast finish and a reminder of the citrus that was. Really nice.

Sep 03, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10 oz stimless Teku glass canned on 6/19/18. Pours a dark orange with loads of white floaties and leaves waves of thick lace behind.

Smell is tangerine, blueberry, pine resin, papaya, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows tangerine, blueberry, some herbal pine, and a little grapefruit in the balanced slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, plenty of life, a tad dry, and drinks bigger than 7% but is still easy drinking.

Overall a very nice IPA, earth shattering now a days no, but still nice.

Jul 28, 2018
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PSanger from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great mix between west coast and NE IPA. Texture on this beer is fantastic, thick but not syrupy. Flavor is a bit juicy and a bit malty but not overbearing on either. Would absolutely drink this again.

Apr 11, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cans have started making their way south to MA; picked both at the brewery in ME and as a follow-up purchase in MA. Solid beer that seems to carve out its own niche between the West Coast and New England IPA spectrum.

Cloudy, orange gold hue that’s not quite hazeeeee and certainly not turbid. Moderate hard after a hard pour.

Aroma is citrus, grass, pith and passion fruit. Not picking up pine or grapefruit and there’s more domestic versus tropical citrus. Mandarin orange as well.

Taste is green hops and ripe fruit - orange marmalade, guava, grass and citrus rind. Toasted malt base is noticeable and makes an attempt to balance the profile.

Neither acidic nor overly juicy; citrus-forward with a solid malt base. Strong fruit undertones. Finishes a little sticky.

Mar 20, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Long Ridge Wine and Spirits in Plymouth for about thirteen dollars. I have heard of, but never tried their brew before. Decent, but unremarkable brew, would not buy again.

Feb 21, 2018
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Jesterr44 from Canada

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was hoping to pick up some Epiphany on a trip through Maine. Alas, I was unable & it will have to wait for another trip. I was able to grab some Afterglow however, and it was enjoyable. Some decent hop flavours - citrus (light sour orange), floral, light grassy taste which falls just short of being dank. Mouthfeel is fairly full & juicy but again, I would stop just short of calling it either. No unpleasant bitterness on the finish & bready malts round out the flavour nicely. Next year as I drive through I will again be searching for Epiphany but this is a nice offering from Foundation none the less.

Dec 17, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Almost fully opaque orange-yellow but not opaque enough to hide the floaters. Afterglow has a moderate, fluffy white uniform head that settles to a bubbly film, thick collar and fuzzy lace.

Smell is piney orange and grapefruit with lemon zest and rind.

Taste is decidedly breadier and toastier than the nose, but still exhibits the same pine, orange pith and grapefruit. Overall bitter--classic, but with an NE appearance at the same time.

Moderate body, crisp froth, dry chew.

Sep 14, 2017
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L-Copper/amberish tinted, clear and minimal headed beer.
S-Sweet, fruity, piney, citrusy hop notes. The piney hop smell is followed by a sweet boozy aroma. Very malty.
T-This beer is very good. It has a bitterness from the hops that lingers on the tongue, it also has a sweetness, as well as a sourness that gives the beer a juicy fruity flavor. An upfront biscuit flavor is present as well. Nothing overly sophisticated.
F-Fuller bodied beer.
O-Very good IPA. Nothing special, but it is a very enjoyable IPA.

Sep 08, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear, copper in color with minimal head. Taste is big peach and pine with a touch of biscuit. Medium body and carbonation and slightly sweet. Made for a really tasty IPA that I will need to pick up again.

Aug 29, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap 25. Pours a slightly hazy bright orange with an inch plus of frothy white head. Some lacing. Fruity aroma of citrus and pine with notes of mixed berries. The taste is a blend of bitter citrus peel and pine. Toasted malts and citrus peel finish. A bit of a dry mouthfeel with a medium body. Slightly boozier than expected.

Aug 01, 2017
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured into a teku
A: pours a pleasant, clear, copper hue, with a creamy, one-finger head.
S: some piney, resinous notes, hints of grapefruit, pleasant malty sweetness, some citrus
T: vienna malts are at the fore here, with a toasty note that comes through almost immediately, with a subtle sweetness and a piney bitterness in the finish. This beer is not very expressive, or complex to me. some orange and general citrus come out as well.
M: full bodied and something approaching sticky.
O: it's pleasant, I wouldn't wait in line for it or trade for it, but if you see it and you've always wanted to try a foundation beer, hey, why not? If somebody handed me one, I would certainly not turn it down.

Jul 31, 2017
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joberlander from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

All their beers besides epiphany are wayyyyyyyy to highly rated. I'd if it's because it's mostly locals that haven't had anything else but. The fact that every beer they make is 85+ is insane.

Jul 02, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this a *long* while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 9/27 of last year with "GLOPRAH WINFREY" written above it. This was the first beer that I had from Foundation and as an initial impression, it was quite nice! Just a bit too many hops here that resulted in none of them standing out but overall, this was easy to quaff and hit the alcohol quite nicely!

Nice pour to this as the beer had a quietly radiant and deep apricot hue with some opaqueness to it due to the fine amount of sediment floating in the liquid. Dank hops, berry juice, and some onion were in the nose with even more of those in the taste. Pine, resin, citrus rind, and a growing earthy funkiness came into play once I tasted this and it fully warmed up. Not a lot of lacing was to be found here, which was a bit surprising given the overall thickness of the liquid and flavor profile of this beer. A faint toasted undertone could be felt in the aftertaste as the carbonation was light, and the berry juice and citrus remained as a faint slickness.

Neither too strong nor too weak, the amount of booze here was just right. IPA's are a dime a dozen but this one grew on me as I worked my way through it. It's complex, likeable, and balanced, which many certainly are not. Worth a go for hopheads and folks from Maine - the silhouette of the state in the bar code was a nice touch to this simplistic but artful package. Lined up nicely with the liquid on the inside!

Jun 21, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 06-02-17

Pours foggy hazy amber dark orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like ruby red grapefruit, dark berries, orange citrus, mango, passionfruit, guava, papaya, lemon peel, caramelized toasted biscuity malt, with floral dank earthy herbal spicy grassy woodsy resinous pine. Tastes like red grapefruit, dark berries, orange citrus, mango, passionfruit, guava, papaya, lemon peel, toasted caramelized biscuity malts, with floral dank earthy herbal spicy grassy woodsy resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy, slick and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice IPA.

Jun 14, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Light lacing strung out in a sporadic / semi-spider web look, somewhat and pretty light. The smell started off with sweet and bitter orange rind and pulp with some sweet sticky onion underneath. The taste was mostly the same with an indulgent sweetness over top of a penetrating bitterness wanting to show its strength but staying ever so slightly just a tad underneath for the most part. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable sort of feel about it. Carbonation felt good as an AIPA with a decent bitterness all around. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again.

Jun 07, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden yellow. Fairly clear with a bit of chill haze. Nose is of biscuit malts, pine wood and light citrus. A bit more earthyness to taste. Grassy, pine and light citrus with a bit of malt character. Clean crisp dry finish. It was a good beer.

Jun 05, 2017
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can, canned March 2017.
Label says the hop bill is Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Vic Secret.

Look is a somewhat hazy copper orange, with a fluffy off-white head that fades to a thin layer. Can see some unappetizing particulates got in my pour as well, beyond the typical haze.
Smells of pine resin, biscuit and caramel malt.
Tastes nice, with dark pine and citrus dominating, a little strawberry or pineapple perhaps. Good malt base with a light toasted caramel sweetness.
Feel is solid, medium soft body with a crisp bitterness in the end

Overall very good. Lots of hop flavor for sure but it has a West Coast feeling as the bitterness is enough to balance the juiciness.

Jun 03, 2017
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 4/26/17.

Pours cloudy gold with a copper hue and a two inch head with plenty of duration and retention. Pine-rubbed biscuits on the nose with a small smear of orange marmalade. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Toasted bread crust on the palate with a piney bitterness and orangey citrus following through. Finishes with a light blend of pine, citrus, and some biscuity malt.

Tasty enough but this beer reminds me of a 90's IPA.

Apr 29, 2017
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Can
Canned: Feb-??-2017

Clear light honey color with a big, airy beige head that drops to a medium film, scummy lacing. (4.25)

Fruity/earthy hops with some sweetish malt. (4)

Follows the nose, becoming increasingly bitter with some hints of strawberry sweetness and oranges until a bracing medicinal finish with a thick belt of caramel-ish malt finishes it off. (4)

Medium body, dry, active carbonation, lingering resinous finish. (4)

Tasty, bitter-ass IPA.
Looks good, the smell is a little faint and the flavor is a big, bitter, dry, piney wave with some think malt to hold it together. An enjoyable beer. There is a nice malt presence and some hints of floral/fruity hops with some berry-like sweetness in the flavor. The brunt of it is a bitter, herbal punch, though. Nice beer. (4)

Apr 26, 2017
Afterglow from Foundation Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 350 ratings