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Founders Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Offered for a limited time on tap at the brewery only. Loaded with hops, creating a potent drink with respect to both alcohol and hop aroma/flavor.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2004
too much crystal malt for me overall. a good whap to the head with extra bitter grassy, acidic hops. Intense sweet crystal malt sticking out. this was like a two pronged assault.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3176) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2004
On tap at Founders. Had the Devil Dancer I3PA a few weeks ago and this is hard to differentiate from that beer. Clear orange-brown body, thin cream-colored head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is light (because the beer is served so cold), but bitter piney/grapefruity hops are apparent. Extremely hoppy flavor of pine and grapefruit skin, interplaying with the caramely sweet malt body to create a candy-like fruity flavor bordering on artificial cherry. Medium-thick bodied, leaving a bitter finish. Quite good. Alcohol isn’t as apparent as it is in Devil Dancer but otherwise the beers are similar beasts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3509) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2004
On tap at the ’04 Michigan Brewers’ Guild Summer Beer Festival. Deep orange/amber color with a thin yellowish head and a pineapple hop nose. Caramel toffee sweetness with a smooth hop resin/grapefruit flavor. Lingering orange rind bitterness with a noticable hop burn on the tongue.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Beefed up version of the Centennial. Very sweet, but not to the point of cloying. Dark, dark amber color. Not overly carbonated. Alcohol well concealed. Hoppy. Yet another delicious offering from Founders.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
GABF '03. Nice copper color with decent tan head. Nice floral aromas. Citrus and hops dominate. Very strong alcohol is not masked enough to compare this with any of the great Imperials I have had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2003
GABF '03 Big IPA here,full of hoppy bitterness, and warming alcohol.Well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
MIBG Fest: Served under the name Double IPA, but the description seems to match pretty closely to what I had, so I assume they are the same beer (or close enough that creating another in the database would be a waste). Red-amber colour with a creamy orange-citrus aroma. Big, well-balance flavours of malt and hops and a pleasant boozy warmth in the finish. A beer this big and hoppy could easily fly off the handle, but this one is right on the mark.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Mine was a double IPA at 9% abv, on tap at the brewery. Beautiful reddish brown and heavy! Nice strong bitter and sweet aroma. Big Centennial (?) action - big burn, nice! On handpump occasionally at the bar (oh, I wish!). Plans for a 3X IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2003
nice dark copper with a nice citrus hop aroma. definately hoppy, but malts balance it nicely, alcohol start to show up midway, creating a pleasant warming sensation. Not a huge fan of their IPA so I wasn't really expecting much, but color me impressed, I really liked this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2002
Dark orange appearance. Citrusy hops and fruit in the aroma. Body has virtually the same tastes as the IPA but is much smoother and has a greater hop bite. I suspect that the drinkability of this IPA was due to a large amount of malt, the large ABV didn’t make an unpleasant appearance either. Nicely balanced and big IPA.


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