bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Capped 750 from BottleSelect.com. Pours hazy orange/gold with a slight creamy off-white head. Aroma is alcohol and a stone fruit thing. Near full bodied. Flavor is malt, bourbon, stone fruit, bourbon, stone fruit and goes kind of floral in the finish. Moderate heat. Wowser!
whitehotg8 (28) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big ol bottle from the taproom. Upon pour into a globe glass color is orange/goldenrod with a nice sticky head. Aroma is unique, piny and fruity of course boozy and slightly sweet with hints of vanilla, charcoal and oak. This one you sip, begins like a typical ipa, then goes all complex on you. Sweet, bitter, honey, floral, vanilla, burnt oak, smoke, booze, hops. It really is one to linger over as you get different things as the temperature changes. My dad and I split this, he enjoyed it thoroughly as well. Beautifully done Founders!
marcus (5887) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours hazy blonde with a decent off-white head and a fruity hop aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with some tropical fruit and a significant but not overwhelming bourbon presence.
jb (2019) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big score for Founders at tap and mallet southern tier vs. founders. Steve, Bob and I all got this for our last and enjoyed it. Though we decided at 8 bucks for 8 oz. it was a dollar a sip. Yowser. Grapefruit nose, graham crackers in the palate, dry finish, great.
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(7/21/13) It pours a golden amber/orange. The head clings to the glass while it settles to about a half fingers worth of head.
The nose is a lot of sweet, tannic bourbon with a bit of vanilla. From beneath the bourbon notes emerge some grapefruity, piney hops that fade with time and recede into the barrel aged depths of this brew. The nose is delightful on this brew.
The taste is at first that of a fairly basic hoppy IPA with a bit of maltiness and some barrel notes but it then builds to a finish that is a wonderful blend of the bourbon heat and sweetness along with bitter piney hops. The finish of hops bitterness and bourbon heat and sweet is a really pleasant combination.
The mouthfeel is a medium bodied, a bit oily, and fairly "flat" feeling.
Overall this was nothing earth shattering (a surprise, I know). The IPA was overshadowed and mostly drowned-out by the barrel aging. However, I found myself enjoying this brew quite a bit. The bourbon notes were pleasant and it was nice to have them in the middle of summer without the heaviness of a stout. The finish and its combination of hop bitterness along with the bourbon heat and sweetness nailed it for me. But overall I would have liked more IPA to come through in this brew.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle .. . wow, this is one aggressive beer, american strong meets asshole ripping IIPA .. . mad maple hops, dried grass, tons of american hops, and grating sweet malt .. . way to much, and not in the Bigfoot BW way, its just a crazy mess of a beer. but i kinda liked it .. . . suck my balls..
Cybercat (2913) - Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the tap a hazy honey golden, not much head but it does leave some good lacing. Strong hoppy aroma has a bourbon overtone and rich woody and fruity tones. Firm, bold flavor has woody hop, bourbon and fruity notes, the latter being both citrus and pear; a hint of pine makes its appearance. Smooth, viscous and fairly fizzy mouthfeel rounds out a great brew.
Alextricity (417) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on-tap at Frankenmuth at the World Expo of Beer.
Appearance: A nice little finger of head floats on top of this golden colored beer. Good.
Smell: Huge hop aromas... fruity and floral, and bursting.
Taste: Sweet, oak, vanilla, hops, not very bitter ... not cloying. My first aged IPA, and I like it a lot.
A great beer! I wish I had gotten myself a full sample of this instead of Bolt Cutter. The barrels work their magic on this one, and it makes for a very compelling IIPA.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Fruity and boozy, with bourbon, light citrus and peaches, faint sweet malty notes, toffee, and a bourbony finish. Pretty good, though I don’t understand the desire to toss IPA in a bourbon barrel... It was probably better before it went in.
Mibeersnob (28) - Howell, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very different IPA, to be sure. Pours clear golden with shades of orange. Aroma brings out the various yeasts used - tropical, fruity, grape-fruity smell. Hints of Bourbon. Beautiful two-finger snow-white head, larger bubbles show off the intense yeast activity. Taste is multifaceted and complex. Beginning with intense tropical fruit flavors, mellows out as it hits the back of the mouth. The oak comes into play - caramel, sweat, raisin,and piney. A dry finish with hints of Bourbon. Smooth alcohol, almost nondescript, warm.
Not really drawn to IPA’s, I found this to be one of the more enjoyable beers I’ve had. Would definitely come back for more.