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 (1074) - 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 (3701) - 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 (2626) - 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!
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with a big earthy/vegetal citrus hop aroma. Flavor has a nice earthy/floral/citrus thing going on with a nice bitterness that crawls up the tongue. Not much malt here, just enough for balance. Smooth and tingley feel. Overall I like this one and am really happy to see another good founders beer make it into 4-packs.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler at Ft Wayne locals tasting courtesy of bdigi66 - Pours copper-gold with a big grapefruit hop aroma. The flavor is hugely bitter. Those hops are of course good though Iím thinking itís out of balance even for the style. There is a little sweetness in there with something that reminded me of brown sugar. Of course it has that long bitter IIPA finish.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden color with a white head. Aroma of floral hops. Flavor of grapefruit and floral hops. Finish is long and bitter.
Juelze (1131) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear goldish color with thin off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma is remarkably close to Hopslam, but of course, falls short by just a bit. Notes of orange, tangerine, mango and grapefruit all exude some wonderful aromas that makes this one worth smelling over and over. Taste matches the aroma but itís a bit more piney and earthy compared to Hopslam. Mouthfeel is is oiley and chewing with a bit of intense bitterness. Solid IIPA!