Founders Mas Agave

When I stopped at the beer store, the manager recommended this beer because he said it tasted exactly like a margarita. I’ve tried a few “cocktail beers” that have said that as well and completely missed the mark. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 10%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We love cocktails. Like, really love them. If you ask us, few are more refreshing than the tart and tangy margarita and our latest barrel-aged beer pays tribute to that perennial classic. We took an imperial gose brewed with agave, lime and sea salt and then aged it in tequila barrels for just the right amount of kick. Consider it a party in a bottle. Más Agave!”

Random: This is available from May through September, just in time for the hot weather.

This beer poured with a half a finger of thin, pure white head. It dissipated rapidly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy reddish-orange with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was filled with everything that you would expect from a beer that marks itself as a homage to a margarita. It had agave, lime and a touch of salt. The taste had the same notes, lime, tequila, agave and had some coriander. I picked up salt as well, because what margarita beer would be complete without salt? There may have been a touch of caramel sweetness at the end from the barrel. The alcohol on this was undetectable and the body was light for the ABV with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish was quick with lime and salt. I loved this beer. It’s one of the few beers that sets out to imitate a cocktail and completely succeeds. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Founders Barrel Runner

When Val and I were in Hawaii, I drank a lot of rum. The Hawaiian beer scene is alright, but the cocktail game was on point and almost everything had rum in it. We even went to a distillery on Kauai and tasted a bunch of different rum. They had a coffee rum that was absolutely amazing.

ABV: 11.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspiration for our barrel-aged beers can come from the most unexpected places and our latest release is proof of that. Sweet and hoppy, rich and bright – this rum barrel-aged imperial IPA brewed with Mosaic hops will make you believe you’re in the tropics.”

Random: This beer came in at 55 IBUs.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of pure white head. It was relatively thick and dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was moderate hazy and a mahogany brown. There was only some carbonation visible. The nose was filled with rum. It had banana and citrus as well. The booze was apparent on the nose, too. The taste was filled with rum and brown sugar and molasses. There was
some citrus from the hops as well. Booze was very apparent on this one. The body was thick with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with rum and booze. I picked the bomber up for $10.99, which came to $.50 per ounce. I liked this beer, but it could have used a year or two to age.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Founders Green Zebra Gose

Val and I headed to Fishtown during Philly Beer Week for a Founders brunch at Kraftwork. They had a special that was key lime pie eggs benedict, which sounds slightly awful, but was really amazing. The mix of the lime juice and peel in the hollandaise was to die for.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Subtly sour and a little sweet, this ale is a refreshing take on a nearly extinct German style, gose. Watermelon is the highlight of this lightly-hopped treat and gives it a hint of satisfying juiciness. The soft mouthfeel and dry finish comes courtesy of the addition of sea salt, a traditional gose ingredient. Green Zebra was initially released as our Artist Series beer in 2017.”

Random: It’s also my birthday today.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. It left a small crown on top of the bright orange body that was very cloudy. The nose had a lot of watermelon Jolly Rancher candy up front, which was followed up by some grain and lemon as well. There wasn’t much else on the nose. The taste started the same with a lot of watermelon Jolly Rancher candy. The salt came through and balanced it out, along with some wheat as well. There was a touch of lemon peel at the end. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick, slightly mouth-puckering finish. I thought this beer was good, but had too much watermelon.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Founders Solid Gold

It seems like a lot of breweries are putting out their take on a typical American lager, so I thought it was worth giving this Founders one a shot. It also helped that during this Philly Beer Week event, I had previously tried all of the other Founders beers on tap.

ABV: 4.4%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our brewery was built on an attitude of no regrets. An attitude of taking risks to bring the best beer possible to our fellow renegades and rebels. Never brewing to style, but always brewing what we want to drink. Our take on a classic, Solid Gold is a drinkable premium lager brewed with the highest quality ingredients. Challenging what a lager can be? That’s something we won’t regret.”

Random: This beer comes in at 20 IBUs.

The beer poured with less than a quarter finger of head that went away by the time I took the photo. There was a small crown left on top of the slightly cloudy, straw-yellow body. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was rather mild. I picked up some lighted toasted grain along with a touch of lemon peel. The taste was crisp and started with some toasted grain and crackery malt. It went into a small amount of grass and floral hops. It had a touch of lemon at the end with some lager yeast. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick, unremarkable finish. This beer set out to be a better alternative to macro lagers and I think it did that. It had some flavor and went down easily. The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is that I’m just not a huge fan of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Val and I went to our local pub awhile ago for dinner. They have amazing food and a great beer selection, but their ambiance leaves a lot to be desired. On this night that we went, they had the super-rare CBS on tap.

ABV: 11.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “CBS was born when we stumbled upon some bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. We opted to put the same base beer as KBS, an imperialized version of Breakfast Stout, in the maple barrels and, after one taste, we knew we had something special. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in what can only be described as a transcendental drinking experience.”

Random: I’ve been waiting to find this beer for years.

The beer poured with half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly. It left some limited lacing on the taster glass. The body was an inky brownish-black with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, chocolate, maple syrup and dark coffee. The taste was super smooth and velvety. It had very little booze up front, but had lots of dark coffee with a touch of nuttiness. It was quickly followed up by some smoke and then maple syrup sweetness. Coffee and chocolate came through next with vanilla and bourbon. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with bourbon. This beer is absolutely hype-worthy and if you can get your hands on it, definitely do.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Founders DKML

Val and I have been watching “Pose,” which is an absolutely amazing series. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. It’s incredibly heart-wrenching and the dialogue is so poignant. Anyways, let’s get to this beer, which I picked up in bomber size.

ABV: 14.2%

Style: American Malt Liquor

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Here you have what could be the first malt liquor worthy of a glass. Typically a slighted style, we thought we would class it up with a stay in the wood and a healthy dose of dry-hopping. A huge hit of corn gives this one a smooth sweetness while its time spent aging in bourbon barrels will give you reason to share. Be warned: this one’s a pry-off, not a twist-off.”

Random: This was a special release in 2017.

The beer poured with a gigantic, five-finger, slightly off-white head. It dissipated very slowly, but didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was clear, but light brown in color with a lot of carbonation. The nose had a touch of caramel and a significant booze note. The taste started with a significant booze burn. There was a little bit of caramel malt and a touch of warm oak and vanilla, but really nothing else. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with hot booze. This bottle was $12, which came to $.47 per ounce. I give Founders credit for trying to make a malt liquor more nuanced, but this was a miss for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Founders Frootwood

This beer was one that I tried to seek out in bottles, but failed to find. At least I got it on draft.

ABV: 8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We took a crisp, light-bodied cherry ale and hid it away in oak barrels that have held both bourbon and maple syrup. After a lengthy stint, it emerged a changed beer, blanketed in notes of warm vanilla and earthy sweetness. The wood proves itself the star of this beer, adding depth and taming the tart cherry while the maple imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long.”

Random: This was released in 2017.

The beer poured with barely any head. What was there was minimal and white with a pink tinge. The body was clear, but pink in color with light carbonation. The nose was filled with both sweet and tart cherries. It also had a note of cherry cough syrup. It quickly transitioned into vanilla and toasted oak and bourbon. The taste was all about the cherries. It had a nice mix of both sweet and tart cherries and the cough syrup scent that was apparent in the nose wasn’t there. The bourbon note came through, along with leather and tobacco, but the fruit took center stage. The maple note wasn’t overly apparent, but added a touch of sweetness at the end. The alcohol provided a slight burn as well. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with bourbon and cherry. I was concerned that this beer was going to be overly sweet, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was nicely balanced. Another well done beer from Founders.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0