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RATINGS: 1463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 112   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Founders most complex, most innovative, most feared and yet most revered ale produced. Massive in complexity the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphaís used to create this monster. More IBUís than any brewery has documented, more than you would believe and dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. Dangerously drinkable and deliciously evil. We dare you to dance with the Devil. 112 IBUs

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2005 Bottle. Smells of great citrus fruits (grapefruit mostly) some plums, and sourness to it. Pour is a great amber color with very thin white head. First taste knocked me off my feet, in a bad way. Before you get a chance to feel the brew the alcohol consumes your mouth and attacks your tongue. I am scared to take a second sip. Such a great expectation. Second sip goes down much easier without the shock effect. Sweetness is there, citrusy, doughy, good mouthfeel until once again the alcohol takes control. Worth watching your friends try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle courtesy of styles: Deep amber/mahogany color with the smallest of white heads. Aroma is huge hops(citrus, grapefruit, spruce), berries, pear, caramel, toffee, hint of plum, and spice. Medium bodied, oily slick, light carbonation. Taste is biting hops, grapefruit, melon, apple, grass, citrus, spice, pepper, light alcohol in the roof of your mouth, bread dough, caramel, bitter chocolate, rye?, almond, mild roasted malt, bitter salad greens. Finishes medium dry, with an almost burning spicy & grassy hops taste in the mouth and nose. Though balanced would be an incorrect word to use here, I do like the large amount of malt sweetness and alcohol in the background.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cottonbrown (6) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2005 does not count
12 oz. bottle. I guess I have to take their word for it, but 200+ IBUs doesnít seem accurate. pours a dark amber with a small head. Very light carbonation and full bodied. Pretty complex, starting with caramel and some citrus and moving to a huge alcohol presence. They donít even try to hide the 13% abv in this bad boy. Good pour, but Iíve honestly had better IPAs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steerpike (28) - Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2005
200+ IBUs?!?! So well balanced, though, that youíd barely know! Complex throughout, with caramel as the dominant malt. Then spicy, fruity, hops galore and warm alcohol presence in the finish. Super extreme IPA from Founderís, a sibling in craziness factor to their equally offbeat and amazing Breakfast Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2005
12 oz bottle. Hazy mahogney with a creamy light tan head. Malt, citrus and alcohol scent. BIG hop kick but extremely well balanced by a ton of malt. Big warm finish from the high ABV. This one may have been cooled just a bit. I plan on trying the next one at a somewhat higher temp. Excellent beer, just like you would expect from Founders!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2005
Strong hop aroma, lots of alcohol and I feel as though Iím ingesting it through inhalation. Lots fo sweet malts also. Huge complex hop palate, lots of sugary hop flavors. Solid malt backbone. Long, bitter finish. Overall a monster, but drinkable. Balanced as long as you like everything overdone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Damn, this beer is a monster. Loads upon loads of flavors and aromas. Just huge. The perfect session beer in my opinion. Definately something I could drink everyday. Dark red color with a fairly healthy head, which retains well considering its potency. Unbelievable aroma of malt (caramel, honey laden fruits and toffee), along with an incredible diversity of aromatic hops. Enormous, coating malt flavor which provides an underlying maltiness of caramel, fruit and toffee along with one of the most substancial hop contributions Iíve ever tasted. Itís so malty that the brewery could easily describe this as an American Barley Wine and no one would complain that it wasnít stylistic. Just an amazing beer. Probably the best "Double IPA" Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2005
Hazy deep mahogany, thick creamy off-white head. An intense and rich nose of juicy pineapple, caramelized grapefruit, earth, and pine, with underlying toasted coconut notes sprinkled throughout. Just amazing aromas as it warmed to room temp. Flavor was just as intense with a HUGE hop bitterness up front, and massive amounts of sweet caramel malt fighting for balance. It comes damn near close too. Full bodied (understatement), soft carbonation, chewy, dry, bittersweet finish. Fantastic brew from these guys. Hopheads need to get their hands on this one ASAP...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 8, 2005
12 oz bottle. Cloudy amber/brown with a sticky head and tons of lacing. Founders is climbing the ladder as far as one of my favorite breweries. You can smell the hops a mile away. Floral and citrus. The taste is whopping in hops with enough maltiness to know this isnít just Hop Punch. This stuff has a lot going on. Spicy, ripe, tart, sweet, sticky all balanced into a really good IIIPA. Alcohol is masked really nicely. Well done boys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Bottle. Pours a deep red brown with a medium sized head. Aroma is large piney citrusy hops and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is is thick, smooth, and syrupy. Sweet caramel-toffe malts abound, but the hoppy edge is ever present. I was skeptical of the 200 ibu rating....and rightly so. Itís bitter and hoppy, but not that much over the top. The finish and aftertaste are as expected...nicely bitter with a decent malt edge. Different and tasty.

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