Petrucci914 (902) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks bro! Blind tasting against the Hopslam. Aroma is very much like Hopslam, except for a higher level of sweet malts. Taste is about the same as Hopslam except it is chewier and has more of some piney bitterness. I was surprised how close it was to Hopslam. Very good, but I think the Hopslam has a higher level of drinkability.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Color looks like a pils-- very light. Great hop flavor-- almost tastes like a mix of noble and Pacific NW hops. Big hop taste, but a little soft also. Very enjoyable.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes indeed. An awesome beer from the folks at Founders. Golden/orange. Thick white head. Tons of grapefruit, peach, and pine. Super sticky. Solid malt background rounds it out. Lingering bitter finish. I love it.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle, with thanks to alexsdad06 for the great bonus. Pours a clear dark golden with a foamy bright white head. Nice nose of pine, resin and citrus. Flavor is a nice hops bite with more pine, citrus, and slight caramel. Another solid beer from Founders. Thanks again Brad!
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow! Great brew. Pure bitterness blended with citrus background. This is what an Imperial should taste like. The hoppiness alone sold me on this offering from Founderís. They did not try to mask the ABV or bitterness as some brewers do. Manís beer.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy bright gold pour. Off white head and spotty lace. In your face citrus hop aroma. Piney, citrus, tropical, resinous, malty flavor. Nice long bitter finish. This one has it all
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hadnít heard anything about this beer until i saw it in the store, so i picked up a 4-pack and was a little surprised to see 9.4% abv on the side! the 12 oz bottle pours a gold-straw color, mostly clear with a thin white head despite lots of little bubbles rising. crisp hops aroma - grapefruit citrus, grass, pine, and behind it all a reasonable amount of balancing pale malt. slight alcohol heat but not suggestive of its strong 9.4%. first flavor is a dry and resiny bitterness, some alcohol astringency and the body rounds out with a backbone of pale malt. hoppy, but not so brutal on the palate as many other IIPAs - i think i prefer them leaning toward balance than an IBU monster. excellent beer, but not a standout in its category.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Style and Glass: DIPA, Tulip; snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.4% in 12 fl oz. estimated at200 C
Purchased at: Canalís Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.75
Aroma: A beautiful, hoppy explosion. Pine, citrus, resin, salt, seawater, and burn of alcohol is very present.
Visuals: design is fun, inviting, and apropos, body is a winter sunset, deep reddish orange with a bright white head, very clear, head is small but withstands the tasting, lace is missing.
Taste: smooth, sweet and burning, syrupy and spicy with savory notes, hops are forefront, bitter and biting.
Palate: smooth throughout. Alcohol inhale on first taste, followed quickly by sweetness, then intense bitterness, then a long dulling battering of the mouth. Delicious.
Overall: An amazing and delicious brew. A bit expensive, but always worth it. .
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dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 12 oz bottle from Jonathan Ron Wall. Pours a slightly hazed amber orange with a smaller bright white foamy/bubbly white head. Spotty lace is left on my New Belgium glass from the quickly receding head. Aroma is lots of piney resin, yum, sweetness, floral hops, and graininess. Medium body with a slight touch of alcohol warming and lively carbonation with an average bitter finish. Flavor of citrus rind, fresh floral hops, alochol, toffee, fresh dough. Once again Founders doesnít let me down. Founders coming to NJ was by far the best thing to happen to the entire state in 2008!!!!
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
20090129 12oz bottle from Spirits RB. Golden color, slightest haze, with lofty, lasting, frothy off-white head. Other than being paler than expected for an IIPA, really a great looking beer that pours like something in an advertisement. Aroma is a treat with huge fruity, tropical, pithy, floral hops, strong biscuit-like malt notes, and some sweet almond nuttiness. First sip shows off a thick, almost creamy texture with fine eff and a coating but tempered burn from the combination of huge alcohol and pithy, resinous, enamel scraping hops. Flavor compliments the body nicely with light sweetness, sturdy, doughy malts, and a long bitter finish that feels like Iím chewing on a grapefruit rind. I was wishy washy about buying this beer today since ten bucks for a four pack is a bit out of my current range, but wow am I glad I did. Hot damn, I just had one of the best hop burps Iíve had in months! This is an eye opener of a DIPA for me. Itís something raw and powerful and rough around the edges in a way that reminds me of the first huge and hoppy beers I ever had. What fun!