Style: Imperial IPA
Brewery: Founders (foundersbrewing.com)
Package: Bottle into Pint Glass
Location: Citywide Liquors (Downtown South Bend)
Aroma: There is a big grapefruit, citrus and pine aroma that is almost overwhelming.
Appearance: Golden like a pilsner, fairly clear with a light white head that dissipates quickly.
Taste: Hide your kids, hide your wife, this is VERY bitter (86 IBU’s compared with 5-10 for beers like Budweiser, Miller, etc). The smell of citrus and pine is amplified when you taste this, with some malty sweetness lost somewhere among the hops. There is a smooth alcohol burn towards the end, but definitely not too much. This is considered an Imperial IPA, which fits the category perfectly.
Mouthfeel: Light and smooth with a VERY dry finish. Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: This drink is for the hophead and adventurous alike. Getting toward the bottom of this pint, my taste buds actually started to hurt. I certainly enjoy a hoppy beer and while this one was quite good, it’s not something I would drink regularly. It comes in a 4-pack for good reason.
Notes: Founders is based out of Grand Rapids, and I’ve tried many of their other styles, all of which are pretty solid. It would be nice to know what varieties of hops they used for this. If you happen to know, leave a comment.
Food Pairing: Spicy and/or fried food goes great with this, and many other IPA’s. Other ideas include chinese, pizza, burgers, etc.