tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle, thanks tarheels! Got a smirnoff ice with your name on it when you get back from Philly! Pours golden with a small white head. Flavor is big hops, but is much closer to a barleywine then a DIPA. Has the medicine mouthfeel of a barleywine with a aggressive pine/citrus nose and flavor. Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Hand bottle thanks to Badnewsbeers. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
This is my first bourbon barrel aged IPA and I guess I’m not really a big fan. I just do not agree with the combination of bourbon and hops. I think it takes alot away from the beer in the case. I got mostly bourbon out of this, with hints of hops and bitterness but really a little too sweet and boozy. It was drinkable, but probably not my thing.
12oz hand bottle courtesy of badnewsbeers. Pours a clear pineapple, bright syrupy yellow with no head, some white bubbles that leaves crystalline lace. Aroma is not hoppy or even stale hoppy. It is barleywine with vanilla, booze, white sugar, orange juice. Taste is sweet, boozy, full of vanilla. Reminds me a bit of older Bells Oracle. Pretty much a DIPA turned into barleywine instead of rotting strawberry cheesecake. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Botle shared by BOLTZ7555 at Hellbilly’s Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Thanks J! Pours clear gold with a half finger white head. The nose is caramel, ripe citrus and pine. The taste is toffee, ripe citrus and tart grapefruit with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Great IPA. Thank again J! arminjewell (9585) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Pours hazy yellow with thin to no white head, thanks for the hookup! Big spicy, piny, hop aroma. Taste up front is sweet grapefruit, orange hops with a nice bready malt and a nice bitter finish. Oh so drinkable, and delicious. No sign of the 10.5%, great brew.
That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Crushed at BSAF 2010. Lots of citrus flavors and aromas, especially oranges. Good hop character with an almost bourbon sweetness to it. Awesome beer from a awesome brewery. DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
It amazes me that a brewery as good as Founders continuers to be down rated so often. This one pours dark straw w 2 f ow head and great lacing. Nose is oaky vanilla, hops, cognac, malt. Tastes fruity, hoppy, with honey, plum, cognac, oak, vanilla, and a rich, amazingly complex palate and finish. Awesome, and then some. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
12oz handbottle from badnewsbeers, big thaks man. Golden pour with a white head. Light sweetness and a little hops. Decent hop profile with a little wood, very nice. (1243) 3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2010
draft, multiple samples. unfiltered hazed bronze body. nose of cirtus/pine sol and simple syrup with light petrol/alcohol notes. rich, sticky and chewy, centering around a toffee and waffle sweetness. less interesting the more I drink. Maddog (527) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Draft at Sheffield’s in Chicago. Founders has established itself as a top 10 brewery in the USA. Hand of Doom had a ton of caramel and malt. Huge alcohol, aromas of fruit, malt, alcohol and an amazing amount of hops. This beer was killer! Just an explosion of hops.