rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz btl. A reddish amber pour with a white head. Has a nice hoppy aroma with some fruit notes. Overtly hoppy but nice malt suddleness. Pleasant lasting flavor.
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank from the tap at the NYC Craft beer festival. Pours a very light amber-yellow. Incredibly diverse floral and citrus aroma; you can almost taste the flavors as you breath them in. Taste is grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon, some caramel and a nice bitter finish.
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - SEP 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
just rated an ipa from michigan, and ill say the same thing here. I am really enjoying the ipa’s from michigan, that it seems like the brewers here take the good from east coast and west coast ipa’s and create something that is right in between. Great hop flavor and taste but dont neglect the malts. very enjoyable and i cant wait to try another from founders.
Finhead (1484) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear copper pour with cream head. It has a citrus hop aroma and medium body. The bittersweet taste melds into a long bitter finish.
LoFi (1700) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper with a foamy head. Citrusy and piny hops, some caramel malt. Bitter finish.
jdskinns (209) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy amber color with a foamy off white head. Aroma is heavy citrus hops with a little bit of a bready malt aroma behind it. Taste is citrus hops with a noticeable bitterness but not overwhelming. Crisp, thin texture. Very good.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice murky dark orange color. Nice white head that pours 1 inch and last for a bit. Nice looking beer. Seems to have aroma of pears and lemons. First taste is bitter and nice...good solid IPA bitterness. Could be west coast, but is from Michigan. Not too much malt coming through, mostly the bitter hops and floral. Mouthfeel is in the middle, like you would expect a good IPA to be. Overall, I would definitely buy this again. Not sure it is the best IPA out there....90 min has my vote, but this is a good solid one.
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Re rate, February 2012: my first experience with this beer may have invoked a lesser bottle. Wonderful depth on the finish, lots of interesting grassy, citrusy hop flavor, and a solid slightly sweet gingerbread malt to hold it all down. Very tasty.
12 oz bottle, poured at home. This is a truly beautiful looking beer. When I pour correctly, the head is a classic frothy and soapy texture. I would love a bit more, but it’s not an overt fault. The beer has a beautiful opacity to it -- hazy, not foggy -- and the colors range from amber to a deep orange gold. Aroma is hop dominated; grassy earth and floral scents are more dominant than citrus on the nose. There is a definite sweet earthiness in the scent.
However, the beer doesn’t perform as well on the tongue. It’s not nearly as complex as the aroma suggests. There’s an off concentration of bubbles and lemon zest on the tongue. It’s too much and I feel like there are more substantive tastes sliding by. The finish is bitter and one-dimensional and I wish the malts had more bulk and presence.
Here’s to hoping for some refinement!
shadey (2033) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at meijers in Michigan. Pour is a bright clear gold with a soapy head. Aroma is all about the hops, bright and citrusy. A really attractive beer. The flavors are complex and well balanced. I can see how this sets the standard for Midwest IPA.
gpekar (484) - Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a slightly hazy bright medium amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma was floral with a light amount of citrus. A light amount of carbonation bubbles were seen rising up in the glass. There was a nice roasted malt backbone of caramel sweetness on the initial taste followed almost immediately by a good hop bite with a good pine flavor. Then the hops became more bitter and more of a citrus flavor. The hops remained well into the finish and faded away slowly. The head reduced to about 1/2" during drinking and left some light lacing. Very good combination of sweet and hops. Lots of flavor.