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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #555
Ranked #2,955
4.16 | pDev: 7.21%
Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: Venture is a Maine IPA created to revel in the breadth of flavors and aromas that can be coaxed from hops. The blend of hops in this beer provide rich flavors of berries, tropical fruit, citrus and pine without lingering bitterness.

Grains: Pilsner, Pale, Oats, Wheat
Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Chinook, El Dorado, Mosaic
Yeast: House British

60 IBU
Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 193 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of beersampler6
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great looking imperial IPA with loads of flavor, crispness and complexity. Pours a nice deeper golden color with abundant fluffy white head and rings of spotty lingering lacing that lasted for a long time. Smells deeply of some muddled fruity hops - orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon - as well as some sweeter malt, floral hoppy notes, bread and some vanilla. Taste follows the nose, and there was also a little dankness in the finish as well. Smooth, mild, slightly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. Didn't feel like a double IPA as it went down easily and smoothly.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from mr. sierranevallagash dated 2/14/19 poured into Ommegang stem.

Deep juicy hazy color - slightly pale - but mostly yellow and a tall cap of 2 fingers with tons of lacing. It recedes to 1 finger and stays mostly.

Fuck fuck fuck this aroma is so good. WOW. It's like a field of petunias and fresh pineapple. Fresh cotton. Slight field grass, slight sherbet. It's damn near ASMR over here. Artwork.

Flavor starts grassy, then some earthy pine cone, pineapple rind, blood orange, orange sherbet, red berry, and more dry grass. So while it's not nearly as orgasmic as the nose, but I can best describe it as grassy pineapple and it's still fantastically delicious.

Feel is thinner than most NE IPAs but nails the juicy thing well. The acid sinks into the tongue and stays there, providing a nice prickling and squeezing of the taste buds. Moderate carbonation, slight resins, slightly dry, not too much on either front.

Overall, this beer is no joke. Highly underrated, needs to be in the upper echelon of NE IPAs. Even my wife loved this one and she's the pickiest IPA drinker I know (that's what I get for raising her on Tree House). Beautiful nose, beautiful sherbet notes overall. Better than Epiphany. Beers like this make me question why I ever drank anything less. Amazing.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 2/14/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew, watermelon, guava, strawberry, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, 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 huge tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew, watermelon, guava, strawberry, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew, watermelon, guava, strawberry, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an awesome NEDIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; great soft feel. Awesome Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, El Dorado, and Mosaic profile. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a great balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. Liked it just as much as Epiphany, but this is closer to an actual NEIPA than that one.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint can - dated 02/14/19 - poured into a wine stem at 55F.

Pours a pale, deep straw yellow - very hazy, but not quite milky. A loose, soapy, slightly,off white head builds to no more than half an inch before quickly receding to a frothy collar.

Nose: The aroma is quite intriguing. Off the bat, my first thoughts are that it's a stronger aroma than its sister: Epiphany. It's inherently New England by design, with that signature late-hopped aroma, but what really catches my attention are the actual hops. There's some wonderfully interesting classic West Coast C hops. Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus, in addition to El Dorado and Mosaic. The lemon, orange, and pine notes you get from old school IPAs leap out of the glass, but in an unfamiliar East Coast format. It's remarkably floral. Beautiful Mosaic notes of spring meadows and ripe berries come alive. Lots of pineapple as well. Some ripe mango, peach, and even a thread of lavender surface. It's fragrant and almost perfumy. A subtle, rich, dried dark fruit note emerges as well, all wrapped up in a delicate honey sweetness. Stellar nose.

Palate: On the palate, you're greeted head-first with that big honey sweetness. The grist profile is sweet yet clean, and the wheat and oats provide a really nice heavy base, without being grainy at all. Pineapple, lemon and grapefruit follow. This evolves into more of the Mosaic characteristics - grassy, earthy, dank and musty, but fruity, from the figgy berry notes. The third wave of flavor shifts to those big C hops, becoming piney, resinous, earthy and bitter. Mango, honey, and bitter pine trail long into the finish, which becomes significantly dryer than the hugely sweet introduction. On the whole, however, this is definitely a sweet IPA. Slight alcohol warmth and flavor.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is just simply a work of art. It's heavy, soft, smooth, and incredibly sticky. Like honey itself. It's not a creamy type of thickness (see Treehouse), but rather a rich, heavy, malty kind of thickness. Like a really big stout. The word is syrup. It feels wonderful, but bear in mind, there is absolutely nothing sessionable about this one. It's a big beer. Bigger than Epiohany by a wide margin. The effervescence is a touch on the low side, presumably from the sheer weight of this beer. There's a tiny bit of fuzz, but a lot more would help. About as bubbly as BCBS. So hardly at all. My only complaint.

Overall: I've been meaning to pick this up for months, but it sells out so fast, and it's brewed in very limited numbers. I'm glad I did. It's a really good beer. It actually reminds me a lot of Swish, from Bissell Brothers. I mean a lot. These two are fraternal twins in the beer world. If you've had Swish, you have a good idea what this will be like. If you're curious about Swish and can't get your hands on it, give this a try first. I have to give the slight edge to Swish, and by no means are they the same beer. The difference is in the hops. I'm glad I tried this, and I would definitely suggest this to people, although I'm not sure I would make the effort to get it again, when I can get Epiphany, which is lighter, and less bitter, despite its 30+ IBU lead. Nevertheless, give it a shot. It's a great beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Blackback Pub. Bright orange and hazy. Smells of tropical fruit, grapefruit, some pine, and alcohol. Tastes much the same. Tropical fruit, sweet pale malt, booze. Big beer, without being terribly sweet. Good, but its size pitfalls are substantial.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can with an indistinguishable date code.

Pours clear yellow with a large foamy head of white. Minimal retention with a few smears of lacing. Orange, pear, and apples in the nose. Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Honey-drizzled oranges and pears on the palate. A firm bitterness but still a bit sweet with a malty note throughout. Finishes with lingering honey and apples.

Not sure how old this one is but a bit too sweet for my tastes and certainly not a vibrant, juicy hop experience.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Beautifully balanced blend of east and west coast hops, but the East Coast wins as grapefruit juiciness prevails. Hazy, fruity georgeousness in the glass. Tropical fruit battles pine. An absolutely delicious brew that is undeniably world class.

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Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent pour: 3F head, semi cloudy honey color.

Floral, tropical, fruit, earthy aroma.

Spicy, hoppy, tangy MF.

Tropical fruit, citrus, earthy taste.

Really nice IPA. However, I would have liked less earthiness, more tropical fruit. The earthiness detracts from the flavor profile in this beer. Otherwise, it’s excellent.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Murky yellow with a white head that vanishes instantly. Smell features the west coast hops bitters right away, with pineapple, mango, guava, and grass supporting. Taste is pretty much the same but there is a fair amount of booze in the hops as it warms. Feels starts smooth but then has classic west coast hop sharpness cut in pleasantly, providing a prickling spark.

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Photo of Craig-er
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Carbonation fades quickly leaving a little lacing. Some faint citrus smell. Taste is light bodied, dry, a little after taste, does not open up as it warms. Overall a nice double IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Small head with one ring of lace, minor spots thereafter. Very cloudy. Greenish hued, dirty gold color.

The smell was pungent enough to smell from arms length. And the smell was good. Plenty of tropical fruit (mainly pineapple). Light pine resin and even lighter pale malt.

The malty start ends quickly with a strong, prickly hop bite. The sting is strongest in the swallow. Long aftertaste, naturally. The body is neutral and the carbonation is elevated.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Maine IPA? Golden in color. Fairly hazy in appearance. Stone fruits, orange zest, unripe mango and citrus pith. Medium bodied. Biscuit malt. Nicely balanced. Really good.

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Photo of lic217
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely intensely hopped beer. Turbid appearence, huge hop aroma and hop bite on the finish. Full mouthfeel, slight alcohol taste. Lots of hoppy tropical hop and citrus hop flavors.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Vermont Tap House, Williston, VT.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a glossy burnt yellow almost orange color with a nice transparency about it. Some carbonation was seen rising at a moderate pace. Just a cap of a little white foamy head slid off fairly quick.
The aroma had a nice semi-sweet grassy to onion to citrus and piney hoppiness up front. Some bitterness, but mostly controlled with a cool handed crisp tropical sweetness ever so subtly in the background.
The flavor was moderately sweet bringing in the bitterness somewhat stiffly to pronounce that dankiness to slightly stroll right on into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, yes, for a DIPA, this one seemed to have a little bit of sessionability about it. Every so often I find some DIPA's that seem to do this and Venture is a well crafted DIPA that does this. Carbonation felt nice and controlled with the ABV being appropriate.
Overall, not really an old school DIPA, but not necessarily one of those new "juicy" or New England DIPA's, just an all around well crafted DIPA that should be on many fans' hit list to partake if you can find it.

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Photo of Dharmelink
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good lacing. Golden color with chunks floating on it; don't know if this is because the can is 2 months old or not. It's Alchemist's trademark, I suppose. Smell is a nice combo of dank pine and citrus. Taste is beautiful pine. Mouthfeel is cozy and resiny.

Foundation is many times lost in the shuffle of NE breweries. The few I've had are great. This beer is a nice update for the Cascade hop, not considered cool anymore; old school, your father's hop. Think Sierra Nevada and Mirror Pond Pale Ales, paving the way 20+ years ago. This adds some new school hops - Columbus and Mosaic to the mix to make a nice update of a West Coast IPA. It's a friggin' delight. A nice break from all the juice bombs.

But don't get me wrong, I live a good juice bomb.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at York River Landing.
A bright gold color, modest white head, a little lace.
Aroma of tropical fruit and pine.
The taste followed the nose. Mango up front, pine later.
Light and crisp.

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Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 3/31/17 into the test glass.
A - Goldenrod yellow, big chunks of floaties, Yeast, suspended proteins?? Nice white cap though. Excellent carbonation.
S - Lots of tropical fruits meld well with some piney notes.
T - Follows the nose, sweet which was a bit of a surprise. Mango, and pine which I like quite a bit. The alcohol is hidden well.
M - This offering has edges, a bit astringent with he palate response toward the bitter side.
O - I like the offering and look forward to finding this again. Nice IPA well constructed and worth seeking out.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a 25cL Rastal glass. Canned on 8 May 2017.
A finger of head tops a hazy, honey-brown beer. A gorgeous purple and white can with a lot of information on it.
Smells like blackberry jam, mint, pine, and mulch.
Oh man. Towering fruit (mostly dark berries, slightly more sweet than tart) upfront, with traditional American hop bitterness galloping in at the end. In between is a big, sweet, juicy DIPA.
Tasty. Thick with scant carbonation.
This is a really tasty IPA, that is just a touch too sweet for me. That said, it's really delightful and highly recommended.

Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, El Dorado, Mosaic
Malt: Pilsner, Maine Malt, Wheat, Oats
ABV: 8%
IBU: 58
Gravity: 1.012

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Photo of crotharagain
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first tried this side by side with Epiphany, I found I favored this over Epiphany. On a second attempt about a month later, I slightly prefer Epiphany. Having said that, this is a solid East Coast DIPA that holds it's own against the best. Very impressed with this brewery. Looking forward to trying their other offerings.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
Canned: Mar-3-2017

Pours a glowing neither-clear-nor-hazy orange with a finger or so of dirty soap head that pretty much disappears. Meh retention; specks of lacing. (3.75)

Candied oranges, lemonheads and rich caramel malt to round it out.  (4.25)

Follows the nose.  Candied citrus, sweet malt, earthy green herbal hop notes to stifle the rest. (4.25)

Very soft, medium body with medium carbonation and a barely-bitter finish.

Tasty IPA that is both fruity and malty without either really taking over.
It pours a striking gold with an unimpressive head and carbonation that looks like I've seen in a few other beers with this feel that I can only really described as popcorn or really fat champagne. The aroma and flavor are both candied citrus and earthy/piney bitterness as an accent with a nice day malt body. Soft and drinkable, well-hidden alcohol. Good all-around beer. (4.25)

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Photo of pants678
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear with white foam.

Thick peach from the El Dorado.

Dry citrus and hay. El Dorado sticks out more so with peach and a more citric under tone. No surprises but hardly a disappointment.

Thicker than normal, lower carb, par for the course for the NE.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from 7/11
Hazy deep yellow color with a bubbly white head that slowly recedes. Pine citrus and tropical on the nose. Flavors match the aroma well and add a bready crackery malt to counter. Pretty damn tasty DIPA.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Venture rates a slight, very slight, lower rating from me than one of my alltime favorite beers from Foundation, Epiphany! This beer is wonderful as well and I lucked out on a recent trip to SW Harbor, ME where my beer "guy" happened to have Venture. I didn't even know that this was being brewed by them as I've been away for close to a year. Keep surprising me Foundation. Great beer.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a can stamped 02 -01-17 to an Austin Street Teku Glass (best Teku glass value at $11) poured alongside a 16oz can or Epiphany into a tulip glass. The look is very similar, but the Venture slightly cloudier. This is the Epiphany that's no longer cloudy.
Smell was of ripe, bitter grapefruit. Not significantly distinctive from the Epiphany.
The taste was of fruity bitter grapefruit juice, again, not particularly different from the Epiphany.
Feel had the Foundation tang!
Overall--maybe not quite Epiphany (in it's new, unfiltered iteration), but a great, canned double IPA. That said, my new favorite it Austin Street's Neverender, which is truly unfiltered, and from a growler has more aroma and more fruity taste.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 16 oz. can dated 03/09/17. Sampled on March 10, 2017. Pretty fresh!

It pours a slightly foggy and unfiltered yellow tone with busy carbonation building up to a lingering foamy head.

The aroma is a fruit-filled feast of orange, tangerine, nectarine, and pineapple with a more muted toasted bread sweetness.

Medium, pulpy body.

Like the aroma, there is a vibrant fruit character in the taste but it tends to be more like straight up fruit rather than hoppy-fruits with a malt base. Still, a moderate, lingering bitterness at the end. I enjoyed it.

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Venture from Foundation Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 193 ratings