JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An insane quenchable double IPA. Explosion of citrus with a crisp and importantly not too sweet malt finish.
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Founders does it again. Not quite dark enough in color, but that is one of its few flaws. Massive aromas and flavors of lemon and grapefruit citrus, bitter hops, pine. Some sweet malt in the body for balance. Bitter finish sticks to your palate and goes down very smooth. Alcohol is masked beautifully. If you like Hop Slam you need to get this stuff too. Find it, drink it.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours clear golden with nice one finger white head. Aroma is straight fruity citrus and hops. Flavor is grapefruit, fruity citrus, hops, some sweet malt. Finishes bitter with light alcohol burn. Nice lacing and drinkabililty is insane. Could use more hops but is a nice balance heavy citrus IIPA. Like this better than hopslam. This is like Harvest Ale x 1.5.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks tjthresh - Pours dk yellow with a large off white head...aroma is straight pineapple and citrus...flavour is sweet, honeysuckle and malt, grapefruit and grapefruit, plenty of bitters to carry through...damn fine...
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours light orange with a frothy white head. Nice white lacing. Heavy carbonation. Aroma of hops, citrus fruit, caraml, and pine. Hop aroma is huge on this one. Taste is of very bitter hops, citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Very bitter, but the hops lack enough flavor to make it very good. Warming alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is light and sticky, yet very dry. Lingering citrus taste. Unfortunately, it looks light, smells fantastic, and tastes more bitter than enjoyable.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus fruits, tangerine, light grass, caramel, floral hops, toast, and toffee malts. Taste of pine, grapefruit, citrus fruits, light grassy hops, some tropical fruits, sweeter toffee malts, and light alcohol in the finish.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a rather clear dark golden color with a small slightly lacing white head. Intense aroma of grapefruit and citrus, some slight malty sweetness and bread and then more citrus, very nice aroma. Taste is complex, citrus hops smack you in the face and donít stop until the last sip, some sweet maltiness going on also, but the citrus hop punch is what dominates, finishes warm, dry and slightly boozy. This is a very well done IIPA and I give it high marks for that, but I found myself looking for more of a balance of hop flavors.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold pour with a loose white head that fades to a ring of lace. Lots of zesty lemon, orange, and grapefruit aroma with a balance of sweet honey-like malt and a hint of sour apple. The flavor is quite resiny, and piny, with a a little bit of toasted caramel coming out in the middle and then a big hit of bright, astringent citrus. Medium body with loads of prickly carbonation.
2jayjay2 (10) - Warren, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderfully hoppy addition to the Founders line of ales. Strong hoppy nose which invites an immediate tasting.The color is lighter than most IPAS but packs a wallop of hops with a lingering bitter finish. An excellent imperial IPA.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sharp citrusy aroma,so sharp its almost like someone squirts a grapefruit around your nose,its really an incredible quality,so distinctly citrusy you cant believe this comes from hops,there is a whisper of caramel malt at first sniff,but that got quickly beaten down by those nostril buckeling waves of juicy ,tart acidic citrus,why canít they come up with a perfume that smells like this. Iím so blessed to be a card carrying hophead, with this glass of brew in my hand. And now the taste, ,an amazing lightness to it, canít remember ever tasting such a full body of hops,in a less then then full body beer. Balance,we donít need no stinking balance, nothing but savory hop flavor and tongue twisting hop bitterness smothering the taste buds,that flavor and bitterness lingers as a heavenly coating on the palate. Alcohol is mildly evident but uninteresting in lieu of the Garden of Eden hopping you experience. The only malting I detected was a slight sweet grain taste right after the swallow. All in all,a masterpiece of an Imperial IPA,if you consider an IPA a very hop emphasized pale ale,and therfore an Imperial IPA should be an uber hop emphasized ale, balance be damned, cast the balance advocates to the pale ales and English IPAís. I just canít see how this could be improved. There is no way this spectacular hop fireworks display can hold strong in the bottles as it ages , but for this brief period in these lousy struggling times ,we have some manna from heaven to sustain us