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RATINGS: 1592   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a large 2 finger frothy white head, lots of visible carbonation. Nice fresh floral and citrusy hop nose with some sweet pale and toasty malts. Very well balanced for a DIPA. The flavor is very hoppy without being overdone with bitterness, fairly thick bready malt base. Again, it’s just nicely balanced. A little warmth, but the alcohol isn’t overpowering either. Mouthfeel is fairly thick with just a bit of doughy clinginess on the finish. Soft gentle carbonation. Overall a pretty nice effort, one of my favorites from Founders.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2009
I think this beer is OK...pours a little too pale for an IIPA...aroma is good, but the mouthfeel is severely lacking...........................................

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 24, 2009
Bottle. The appearance is definitely the weak point (kind of). It is a very weak yellow 9not even golden) color. BUT, the white fluffy head has great retention and leaves awesome lace. Crystal clear body. Aroma is great with citrus hops and a nice alt character to balance it. The flavor is just a quality. Nice doughy malt to balance the awesome citrusy resinous hops. Enough hops to please the biggest hophead, but not enough to shy the non-hophead away. Great balance. Sticky and resinous on the palate. Full medium body with minimal carbonation - just right. Overall: very solid IIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Pours a clear yellow color with a white rim head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Flavor is complex with pine, grapefruit, hops amalgamated wonderfully. So well-balanced! No alcohol edge noticeable. Very well done!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2414) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Hazy yellow. Modest lacing and head. Malty nose and some pine. Palate is multifaceted, sticky, chewy, dry but nice biscuity notes and some bubblegum. Good stuff, 1st founders beer will start looking for more!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (2887) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2009
A lot of citrus and pine in the nose. Surprisingly thick palate, chewy. Very malty , piney hops. Plenty of citrus, grapefruit hops. The APV was not noticeable in the flavor, but nice and warming on a cold rainy day. I’m starting to be a fan of these Imperial IPAs.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle bought @ the brewpub. Big up to Freddie who brought this all the way over the Atlantic Ocean. TANKS! It pours little hazy yellow to orange. Head is low if not non existing. Aroma is wonderful. Round and complex and has a fantastic hop feel. Smells grape, green aples and grass The palate is soooo god. Round, brings the flavor immediately. Flavor is dominated by the grapy hops. Also sweet malty. Leaves a long pleasent bitternes in the aftertaste. I wich I had moore of this. Unfortunately this is the only one I got.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Pours a hazy orange. No head or lacing with even an aggressive pour. Classic citrus hop smell available in most IPAs. Nothing to write home about. Delicious lemon flavor. Very malty to balance out the hop bitterness. Strong hop finish. Light and crisp mouth feel, yet still had good body.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Whoa. This thing is serious. Intense aromas and flavors of total hops. Lots of hop resin in the flavor and some extreme bitterness. As it warms, it gains a sweeter finish and some more fruity flavors shine through. But the hops are there till the end. Impressive. Yeah I’ll be getting some more of this. Why the hell did I wait so long?

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chopra (13) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2009
This is just a brilliant IPA. I’m normally not a huge fan of the style, but it is a true classic. Light and hoppy, but still subtle and balanced.


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