Foundation / Old Nation - This One Sparks Joy
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,019
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
92
Ranked #11,589
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 2.82%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
13
From:
Foundation Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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One-off
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SCORE
92
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Foundation / Old Nation - This One Sparks JoyFoundation / Old Nation - This One Sparks Joy
Notes: Collaboration Double New England brewed with Old Nation, using CRYO Sabro and Mosaic hops for a delicious Piña Colada profile.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to tulip.
The appearance was a nice looking semi-hazy burnt yellow dark color. Mellow head with white foam. This slid off to leave some concave lace.
The aroma had mango puree' sweetness rolling into white bready malts tones. Super light danky earthy character with some faint grassy/floral hops.
The flavor moderately leaned into a semi-sweet to danky mango/onion hoppiness then coming on into some floral hop bits. Long aftertaste of mango juice/tropical, slightly peachy character.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Nice stroll along my tongue tightening the carbonation a bit more than I expected. Good ABV. Finish was somewhat zappy with some zesty kick of citrus fruits, somewhat like rind but not top much, acceptable stickiness and soothing.
Overall, very nicely done New England styled IPA I would be willing to have again.

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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is actually much lighter than the picture above shows. The body is more of a bright golden orange although the opaqueness is captured well. Moderate amount of pretty stark white head with about a minute retention time.The nose on this one is LAAAARGE, as some here like to say. Tons of overripe tropical fruits on the nose, mango, pineapple, maybe a little peach. Hops flowing freely underneath. More of the same on the taste, which is right up my alley. Some sweetness from the fruits at first, however the hop burn is accompanied by some bitterness. Taste is more subdued than the nose, but in this case maybe is more restrained than subdued. It’s not quiet, but nowhere near as loud as the nose. Some hop burn on the finish. The finish is quicker than a hiccup, leaving you wondering where the flavor went and quickly seeking another sip. Mouthfeel is a teeny bit heavier than medium bodied, but soft and has the slightest hop burn before it disappears completely. Overall this is great but I can already tell it will disappear too quickly and I would definitely drink it again!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two finger foamy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, pineapple, grapefruit and resinous hops.

T - The taste pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, bready malts and resinous hops.

O - Pretty solid collaboration. Nice mix of juicy tropical fruits and resinous hops. Super crushable at 8.2% ABV.
M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/25/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, coconut, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, cedar, mint, light peppercorn/pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, coconut, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, cedar, mint, light peppercorn/pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, coconut, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, cedar, mint, light peppercorn/pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no hop astringency after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is a fantastic NEDIPA. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish; nicely soft feel. Fantastic Sabro, Mosaic, Centennial profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a great balanced bready oat/pils/Vienna malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can - dated 03/25/19 - poured into a squat tulip pint at 45F.

Pours a turbid, glowing, orange julius yellow, with 2cm of quick-to-fizzle out head, leaving a soapy film, and ultra-thin collar. No lacing.

Nose: Lots of citrus. Mandarin orange wedges dominate the aroma. A little deeper, you get juicy pineapple, lychee, passionfruit, white grape, some berries, and this really unique herbaceous/green/floral/note that's giving off this menthol/camphor/terpene aroma. I can tell there are a lot of oils in here. Very interesting.

Palate: Freight train. Bam! For any whiskey drinkers out there, this is the hoppy equivilent to "cask strength". Dense, saturated, oily hop flavors that coat the entire palate. There's a lot going on, but it's hard to describe because it's just so intense. A unique sweetness presents itself first, growing slightly, and then the hop oils start to rush in. Peach, mango, papaya, pineapple, guava, orange, lemon, grapefruit, that intense "menthol-like" cooling sensation, and then earthier, more bitter, resinous notes of pine sap, grapefruit rind, and laurel lead to a semi-bitter, semi-dry finish. Really unique flavor. Everything is turned up to 11.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer drinks heavy, dense, and full bodied. There's adequate effervescence, but don't expect champagne. This is a big beer, and it drinks like it. There's no ABV info, but I'm thinking it's a good 8.5%. It packs some heft. There's a softness to it, but more so a slight chewy feel. Not a summer session thirst quencher.

Overall: This beer is big and bold. Perhaps a little too bold? I love the flavors that are going on, but it's just so dense and overstimulating. Not bitter, but heavy from its alcohol, and an intensity of flavor that will rival some serious triple IPAs. I guess you can have too much of a good thing. This is, however, the diehard hophead's ultimate wet beer dream.

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Foundation / Old Nation - This One Sparks Joy from Foundation Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 13 ratings