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Founders Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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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.


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.

4.1
   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.

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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2848) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3387) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Draft at MBG fest. Ruby orange color. Small thin head. Hoppy aroma with slight malt aroma. Taste of malt and quick hop astringency. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1085) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2004
draft at 2004 MSBF. small light brown head on an amber body. average malt profile, but super-hoppy candy-like aroma. tons of hops--i would venture to guess that it is hoppier than DFH 90 minute IPA, but less balanced. good beer nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3160) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2004
growler form brewery, hop / alcohol nose, clear brown / amber body with a white ring of a slightly lacey head, flavor has a hoppy intenseness, with an alcohol finish, a good iipa that still has a little ways to go to reach perfection.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2293) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2011
Orange, demarera and hops on nose, big dry hoppy bite with citrus returning in a huge dry hop and alcohol finish. Stunning stuff!


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