jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Geeeez, this brew is huge!!! Almost over the top, but I still like it. Dark amber color - wreaks of acidic hops, reminds of dreadnaught a bit. Mouthfeel is chewy as can be - i felt like i could bite right through this one. Chomp chomp. Nice bitter and lingering finish. A tad bit too syrupy for me, but otherwise a nice one! Drink one 12 oz. and you’ll feel it.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Packs a wallop. A really nice, (as they say) drinkable, super heavily hopped IIPA. Extreme hopiness comes off a bit harsh, lacking the balance of 3F Dreadnaught, and the alcohol is quite apparent, but this is a very nice beer.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours a nice looking ruby tinted dark amber with a minimal head forming and disappearing after the pour, no lacing. Hoppy aroma of pine, citrus and some malty caramel. Flavor is a big hops bite with a slight malty middle and a lingering and warming alcohol spice. Palate is medium, some carbonation and a bit creamy. A very nice IIPA, another good one from Founders!
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle received in trade. Good gracious this is fantastic! Pours thick with a dark orange-amber burst color. The flavor is huge and complex. Alot of stuff going on here; malts, hops, tropical fruit. For 13%, it’s well hidden. I love my strong IPA’s and this is up there with the best I have had, simply and utterly fantastic! Crap I wish Founders was available in this area, I’d certainly be a regular supporter.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful amber color with a small off white head. Aromas of dark and citrus fruits. Hops galore with a nice malty finish. Smooth and dry mouth feel. Great IPA. My first beer from Founders and I am not disappointed.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 This is what I want in an IPA, WOW! Extremely dominated by the hops. Pours copper coloring with slight head. If you like strong IPAs this is a must.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a dark and semi cloudy orange rust color with a 1 finger white head. Aroma is carmel and hops. Flavor is at first sweet but quickly turns to a pretty harsh hop bite. Lots of carmely and toffee flavors but the hops dominate it. Hard to pick out citrusy or spicy or floral hops in this just because it is so strong. Pretty thick and creamy body hides a lot of subtletys. Very good but not complex to enough to be the best. Fantastic if you are looking for the most bitter though.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
enjoyed a bottle of this with a burger at monks cafe yesterday....like they say, dangerously drinkable, wow,,,would have guessed maybe 8 percent. Great malty, sweet, caramel aromo..balanced well with hops. hmmm,.,i like it alot
jrob21 (2798) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At this point it looks like a nice brandy in my glass. I’m almost done and the alcohol on this is surprisingly sneaky. Aromas of sweet caramel and a slightly piney hop smell as well. Taste is smooth, bitter on the backside and leaves a nice sugary taste when all else is done. I swear I got tastes of strawberries at first. That gave way to a more intense plum and raisin flavor. Very enjoyable here. Thank you sir.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory (?). Thanks, Ryan (I think)! Pours a cloudy, orangish-brown color; minimal off-white head. Enormous, hoppy grapefruit and earthy aroma; resiny and concentrated. Full, chewy mouthfeel: hides its alcohol; plenty of grapefruit and orange hops, balanced out by a firm maple syrup / candy sugar malt backbone; huge hop presence; very dense and flavorful, to the point of being a bit much. Lengthy, citrus hop and malty finish.