kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think this beer is OK...pours a little too pale for an IIPA...aroma is good, but the mouthfeel is severely lacking...........................................
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
alobar (2999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
jb (2414) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Ron (2887) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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?
chopra (13) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.