Founders ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA

Posted: March 16, 2016 in American Double/Imperial IPA, Founders Brewing Company, Reviews

Val and I went to the new Brickwall location in Burlington awhile back. They had this beer on tap, which I didn’t pick up when it was released in bombers. I was excited to give it a try.

redankulous

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA is a no frills, bold 9.5% ABV India Pale Ale. It pours a pleasing burnt amber with some sweetness due to the Caramalt and roasted barley used in the malt bill. But hops are the true headliner in this elaborate sensory experience. The spicy, piney, tropical complexities of Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe hops hit you right away with their dank aroma – and they stick around. Take a sip to have your palate simultaneously walloped and caressed in all the right places. Combined, the hops take the beer to 90 IBUs. It’s not just ridiculous. It’s reDANKulous.”

Random: This is part of Founders’ Backstage Series.

The beer poured with a one finger, off-white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany with mild carbonation visible. The nose started with pine from the Simcoe hops and then quickly went into very sweet caramel malt. The taste was all pine up front with sticky pine sap. Then, it transitioned into toffee, caramel and another sweet note that bordered on being like maple syrup. Some toast came through too. The alcohol on this beer was invisible. One thing that I noticed was that the Mosaic hops didn’t come through too much. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pine and toffee. This was a solid beer that I wouldn’t hesitate to have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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