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RATINGS: 1488   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 86   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops have got you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front paired with a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish. 86 IBUs.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2167) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2009
bottle poured into a snifter... pours a brilliant golden with an average white head which carries to a nice lacing. solid citrus hop aromas... but not over the top. big mouth feel with lots of hops - citrus and some pine. bigger on the sides, while light and fresh up top. the malt balances quite well... big spicy citrus finish on the tip and the bitterness sticks with you for a long time..... the hops really take hold of your palate.... excellent IIPA... wouldn’t expect anything different from Founders.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigrond (1460) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2009
Very. very good IPA. Hops are everywhere, start to finish. Ends with a nice dry hopped finish. Aroma is great. The appearance is the only thing I could find fault with, it looks more like a pilsner or even a pale lager than an IPA. But 9+ on the alc more than makes up for it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 On-Tap - This IPA tries too hard. Its intensely bitter, extremely over-hopped, and is very one dimensional in flavor. The sharp bite of the pine and resin hops prevents you from tasting anything else, and it goes down like knives. Not an enjoyable IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2314) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
12 oz. bottle to a Czech Pils glass. Poured a clear golden hue, with a modest, white foamy head and intermittent, but good lacing. The aroma was an eyebrow raising hop profile of strong resiny pine and citrus. The malt was present to smooth out the edges. The flavor boasted the same strong profile with the balancing malt and a hint of candy sweetness. The hop dryness and bitterness were consistent and welcome through the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours a light orange color with a big fluffy head. Aromas of hops, pine, citrus and spices. Taste of hops, citrus and spices. Flavor is bold and bitter with light malt lingering in back which makes it nicely balanced. Overall a good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours golden with a big hoppy aroma. Not nearly as thick or hoppy as the Devil Dancer, but pretty good DIPA.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours an awesome golden cloudy color. A bit of head that stays around as I would expect a double IPA to. Hops, floral aromas and citrus on the nose. Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Hops and then more hops thrown in there. Great bitter aftertaste. Hops seem to stay around on the palate. Great double IPA that I am glad we have access to here in Virginia.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2009
Pours lightly cloudy amber with a thin white head. Strong hop aroma of sweet pine and grapefruit. Flavor is, of course, strongly hoppy, with a fair amount of sweetness. Bracingly bitter finish with some alcoholic burn. Nicely sticky mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle pours a hazed gold with minimal head, surface haze, and some cling. The aroma is citrus and hops, strong and significant. The flavor is less sweet that the typical IIPA, which wins for me, with hops all over the place. The palate is pretty rich and still cleansing. Overall, not bad at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a clear golden color with a frothy 1/4 inch white head that faded to a bubbly layer and left some spots of lacing. Aroma is dominated by a heavy dose of hops imparting a moderate leafiness and some fruit character (orange, tangerine, soft grapefruit). Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some light tartness (lemon and orange) leads into a dry, moderately bitter floral hoppiness with some undertones of grapefruit that lingers on the finish. Moderate carbonation and solid mouthfeel with a decent bite. Overall this was still pretty good, but I will have to try a fresh bottle the next time it’s brewed and re-rate it.


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