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Founders Imperial IPA

Founders Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1782) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2015
On tap. Color...pitch black with a massive tan head. Nose..deep, dark chocolate, bonfire ash, burnt molasses and vanillin. Palate...full, opulent and coating with plenty of oaky bitterness, and mounds of bittersweet chocolate. The mid palate is dry, earthy and loamy with cassis and and toasted hazelnuts. The finish is lengthy, mildly bitter and oozing with cocoa mass.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hollabus (8) - - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
This was a great tasting IPA. Loved the color, aroma was good, overall a good beer.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3214) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4167) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1153) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3192) - 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.

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