notalush (4920) - 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 (898) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 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 (1464) - 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.
drfabulous (4059) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great floral aroma. Grapefruit. Bitterness. Instead hops. Strong alcohol presence. Iíve heard this compared to BrooDoo, but I would compare it to HopSlam. Very nice and intense IPA.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Dave...thanks man! Inviting nose of tropical fruits ... citrus, lemon, "green". Appearance makes me a little nervous of its shelf life... low carbonation, little head. Flavor is very green and grassy, moderately bitter, lingering. "Light" body but very sharp hop bite - the perfect combo. Doesnít feel any of the 9.4% ... well done there. This is very good, but a tad one dimensional...I donít have the palate to pull out hop varieties, but it seems pretty straight forward in its schedule. Overall, I could go to this anytime...Very solid, highly enjoyable. Thanks Dave...
abcfan (729) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good IIPA. Aroma full of citrus and malt. Pours a nice yellow/orange color. Very biting finish. Would drink again.
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at fiddlers hearth. thanks to the univeristy for paying for this one.