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RATINGS: 1518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 86   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops have got you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front paired with a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish. 86 IBUs.

stangger's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stangger (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
12 oz bottle from the beer store in Southampton. Golden pour with a tiny copper head and a lack of sediment belies the hop onslaught to come. Aroma is powerful grassy, pine from centennial, chinook, amarillo, probably others. There’s a bitter spiciness to the taste that suggests noble hops. It’s appropriately bitter, but so well balanced the sweetness and bitterness take turns dancing on your palate. Grassy, Pine, grapefruit, general citrus taste. Worthy of the ranking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2100) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2014
This one can stand with the NW big boys. Nice citrus/pine aroma, dark golden color, small but sticky head, adequate lacing. Taste is right in the wheelhouse for a DIPA, again high ABV hides behind the hops. Very drinkable, smooth, mildly bitter. Packs a bit of a punch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregoryjmrmr (3) - - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
Good beer, nice hop profile, great aroma. Founders Is always a pretty solid brewery so I am not surprised

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bricktop86 (563) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 28, 2014
On tap copper color with minimal white head. Aroma is tropical fruit citrus and caramel. Taste follows nose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
geeklimit (169) - USA - AUG 25, 2014
Pours a cloudy yellow amber. Good carbonation and almost no head. Malty aroma with light hops. Strong traditional hops flavor with a sweet malt back. Ends with alcohol taste and a sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2014
This beer was sold to me a being as good as DogFish 90 and a potential replacement. Althogh this was good and drinkable a DogFish it is not. Beer poors a medium slightly hazy orange color with a white but rapidly diminishing head. Aroma is strongly hoppy and heavily of grapefruit w/some pine. Quite pleasant however. Palate is slightly light but not bad and the malt backbone initially seemed a little weak as well As the beer warmed to proper temp, it became more balanced and appropriate. All in all a good effort. Nice to have another strong IBU beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Criz (82) - - AUG 24, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Deep yellow in color with a foamy white head that disappeared. Nose is predominantly booze, pine, slight floral. Flavors of caramel, toffee, pine, bread, dirt, and sweet flowers. This is what an IPA should be!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nj_BierMaven (102) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Pours a nice golden amber, thick head that dissipates to a thin layer leaving white lacing behind. Aroma and flavor of grapefruit, touch of piney resin. Appreciate the lighter malt profile, tastefully balanced to showcase the citrus hops. Refreshing departure from DIPAs with darker malt profiles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (326) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Pours mostly clear lightly oranged gold with a large foamy white head that fades to a rim and slight coating. Aroma is caramel malt, grass and sweet grapefruit hoppy citrus. Taste is roasted grain to resiny hops and grapefruit throughout. Solid malt backbone with an aftertaste that's strongly bitter after some warming but citrus sweet balanced when chill. Rides a noticable current of alcohol. Dry; a wee bit thin. Far less sweet than the typical IIPA - once it warms, it's a boozed out grapefruit hop dragon. When cold the bitterness is greatly subdued and citrus rises. Drink accordingly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1547) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Transparent, creamy orange. Floral mist, aerosol alcohol, faint cantaloupe and lychee in a sometimes soft, sometimes pushy aroma. Cottony with sugars and citrus pith; clementine, citrus tree leaves, fresh air. Intoxicating possibilities are lacquered and stagnated with alcohol.

Elderflower and milky fresh floral sweetness. Steady, buried biscuit malt foundation. Citrus oils wet and viscous with the gooey cotton candy of the alcohol effect. The palate is designed for dryness but doesn’t maintain it, although the low level carbonation helps to air out the sodden, heavy texture.

Filtered out finish with bold faced alcohol and resin; the familiar, sticky aerosol pine sap combo the style has moved beyond. A few years ago this would have been a high water mark in the style, but there are too many texturally complex, hop-driven but balanced and clean examples out there now; Founders will undoubtedly contribute just such an example eventually, but this isn’t it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2014
12 oz bottle into 12 oz tall tulip. Clear amber with one-finger white head. Aroma pine, subtle malt, grain, citrus. Grassy pine, bitter, orange/lemon, malt. Quite bitter but not ridiculous; balanced enough. 100th percentile is sucking the Founders teet (sorry), but this this very solid.

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