ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 12oz bottle from bruisin ales and updated with the FRESH batch, bottled 1/15/10, from grape & gourmet. pours a lighter, yellow gold with slight haze and a thin lacy head. aroma is wonderful with big, slightly sugary, grapefruit and pine hops, and a touch of floral ester and grass notes. flavor was excellent as well with a huge array of hop flavors - grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, apricot, pineapple, wintergreen, and grass with a great white pepper note on the back end. slightly tangy with big bitterness on the finish and just enough caramel malt balance to tame the hops. palate is crisp, medium bodied, and carries it 9.4% with class. overall, great brew.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liquid Sunshine V. 12-oz. Very slightly hazy medium gold. Very little head or lace. Mildly bitter nose. Creamy medium body, slightly prickly carb. Long bitter finish.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear gold color with a thin white head, very Bowie like. On the plus side--no alcohol or plastic in the aroma. It does have a pine-forest/ grapefruit aroma.
On a bad note--it had a used swimming tube aroma.
Taste is of pine-sprigs, very oily, and fairly sweet.
Overall-- Pine predominates and clings.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
i really liked this one. pours almost neon yellow with tons of grapefruit and citrus on the nose. drinks very citrusy but has a nice malt backbone to finish it up. pretty straight forward ipa but a great drinker.
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had high hopes for this one - perhaps too high - she poured nice, with a soapy lace, and thick cloudiness - a lovely unfiltered ipa - the nose was loaded with resinous hops, but lacked anything to balance them (not always a problem in my book, but still) - the flavor started out like overly sweetened grapefruit juice, and the hop character just got stronger and stronger - pretty much any kind of hop character you can imagine is in here (citrus, spicy/peppery character, minty qualities, potent herbal bitterness), and they donít quite all work together - you canít simply throw an assload of hops into a brew and think it will turn out alright - well, at least not in the Midwest - in California, sure, but definitely not the Midwest.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I love Founders, but this one just did not do it for me. All hops and virtually nothing else, which is not always a bad thing. This time it was. Pours very light. A one note taste of floral hops, with intense bitterness.
Was VERY excited for this too.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Dís six packs and dogs in Pgh, PA. Poured hazy yellowish. Thin, light white head. Some lace. Aroma of citrus, pine, and hops. Flavor very citrusy. Tons of pine and hops. Tangy and peppery in the finish. Dry and sharp. Very bitter.
AndyReynolds (767) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a small white head, great lacing. Aroma is strong with hops and citrus. Grapefruit really stands out, but I can detect hints of other citrus fruit. I also detected hints of grass clippings and pine. The taste is strong with hops, but is sweetened by the grapefruit. This beer is very well balanced with a nice crisp bitter finish.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a striking very hazy light straw yellow. Minimal head that clears pretty quick.
Nose is a heavy, sharp blast of citrus. Tons of sharp, tart grapefruit and some chalky, bittersweet tropical fruit. Very aggressive and sharp on the nose.
Flavor follows right behind the nose- sharp crisp bitterness starts off the flavor and never fades. Plenty of up-front citrus notes in the hop profile- plenty of C-hop grapefruit with a mix of other sharp citric notes. Some earthy slickness, some spicy black pepper notes as the hops and booze blend. Only hints of any malt body is some lightly toasted sweetness that stays in the background.
Palate is super clean, with a sharp, dry finish. Mild bitterness lingers. Carries the 9.4% abv very well.
Narnad (1373) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fairly cloudy orange-yellow color with a thin white film head. Aroma has a lot of pine bitterness with just as much grapefruit citrus notes hanging around to hit the nose from the opening of the bottle. Flavor begins with a great pine bitterness and quickly moves into a citrus middle with a semi-pronounced tangy mango ripeness toward the end. Carbonation is very fine and makes the flavors tend to "pop" in your mouth. I have had a hand full better IIPAs before but this is definitely one I would not shy away from if offered. My only knock on it is the pricing for a single bottle or sixer of this Founders offering.