Archive for the ‘Founders Brewing Company’ Category

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I’ve read mixed reviews about. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This one is near and dear to our hearts. Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki wanted to make the birthday of his little sister, Liz, a special one. So he did what he does best and brewed a stout using a few of her favorite ingredients: fresh Michigan blueberries, rich chocolate and vanilla aged in bourbon barrels to round out those beautiful flavors. Liz was floored and we think you will be too.”

Random: Simcoe has finally outgrown Angel.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly and a small crown on top. There was no lacing to speak of. The body was inky black with no carbonation. The nose was jammy, filled with blueberry and cherry preserves. There was some vanilla along with ash. Overall, the nose was incredibly fruity and sweet. The taste started with ash and roasted malts and quickly went into blueberry and strawberry jam with white sugar. There was very little bourbon to the beer except for a touch of woody char at the end. The body was a bit too thin with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with berries. The bomber set me back $18.49, which came to $.84 per ounce. This beer was intensely sweet and it was hard to have more than one glass. This could easily replace dessert, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


Pilsners are one of my favorite styles, especially in the summer. They’re really drinkable and they’re perfect for having by the barbecue. Let’s see how Founders interpretation is.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pleasantly crisp, perfectly clean and profoundly crushable, PC Pils is our take on the classic Pilsner style. While Noble hops have been the preferred choice of Pilsner brewers around the world, we went with some of our favorite American varieties. Piney Chinook, pleasantly citrus Cascade and punchy Centennial make this an easy-drinker with floral hop characteristics. Pretty cool, if you ask us.”

Random: I dropped a tea towel on the floor before and one of the cats decided it was a cat blanket.

This beer poured with a two finger, thin, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a touch of Sprite soda and quickly went into super grassy hops and some fresh flower petals. The nose was stronger than I expected for a pilsner. The taste was also very hoppy for a pils. It had a lot of grass and some pine resin with a lot of flower petals. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with flowers. A can of this was $1.07 (.09 per ounce). This beer was drinkable and had a lot of flavor, plus is comes in cans. I’ll be picking up a case of this for my next barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val and I found that about 45 minutes from our house, there is a World Market. About 5 minutes away from that is a Pour House, which I love. So, usually we go get some food first and then head to World Market. This was a beer I got before one of the shopping trips.


ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are pumped to announce that Pale Joe, a pale ale brewed with coffee, will be released on draft and in 6-pack bottles this September. Proceeds from the sale of Pale Joe will go to benefit ArtPrize 2016, the world’s largest art competition held annually in our hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. We often brew beers solely to pour in our taproom, which is where Pale Joe was first introduced, and we’re delighted to finally bring it to our non-local fans. Most coffee beers begin with a dark, stout or brown ale base. Not this one. Your eyes will tell you one thing, but your palate will tell you another. Light in color but full in flavor, this golden ale features notes of gently roasted, fruit-forward coffee. Pale Joe features a special blend of high-end Ethiopian coffee expertly roasted by our hometown neighbors at Ferris Coffee and Nut. It’s the lovechild of your favorite iced coffee and, well, beer. Pale Joe comes in at 5.4% ABV.”

Random: Delaware had some of the worst coffee I’ve ever had on vacation.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. It had a light orange body that was clear with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with cold brew coffee and coffee grounds. It masked the hop character and would make you think it was a porter if you had your eyes closed. The taste was also filled with cold brew coffee along with coffee grounds. It had a slight sweetness from the malt as well. I didn’t pick up much in the way of hop. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coffee. This beer was a unique take on a pale ale. I would have this again, although I wouldn’t want more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Founders is a really solid brewery and I can’t believe that it’s taken so long for me to give it a shot. I’ve heard really good things about it and I hope that it lives up to the hype.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mosaic Promise showcases two unique ingredients: Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malt. The versatility of the hop’s pleasing aroma and flavor characteristics and the traditional barley’s depth of flavor comprise this clean, rich, golden beer. We can brew complex beers with the best of them, but we recognize that there is also beauty in simplicity.”

Random: This beer is a seasonal from April to September.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. But, it did leave a small crown left on top of the body. The body itself was slightly cloudy and straw yellow. There was some material floating in the beer and had light carbonation. The nose had notes of grass and earthy pine with lots of tropical fruit notes. It had overripe mango, specifically. The taste was very bright with grapefruit peel, overripe mango and some pineapple. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick, but tropical finish. A bottle of this was $2, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. It had a lot of great flavor and was low in alcohol. I would highly recommend giving this a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I am not a big fan of brown ales, but when Founders come out with one, I have to try it. Their beers are ridiculously good and I have high hopes for this one.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This bold, imperial brown ale gets its body from a team of malts including Caramel malt for sweetness, flaked barley for dense foam, a bit of Chocolate malt for its deep color and Aromatic and Munich malts to add even more depth. German and Perle hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. The addition of rich Sumatra coffee takes this perfectly balanced imperial brown ale to a decadent level.”

Random: The first beer I ever homebrewed was a brown ale.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a very small crown on top of the dark brown body. The carbonation was moderate and visible despite the color of the body. The nose was filled with dark, earthy coffee. It was like cold brew coffee with roasted malts and hazelnuts. The taste had notes of strong, cold brew coffee and brown bread with hazelnuts. The booze was insanely hidden. It had an almond note as well. The body was thick with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with hazelnut coffee. A bottle of this was $2.75 ($.23 per ounce). This beer was outstanding. It could be one of the best brown ales that I’ve ever had. You need to try this immediately. It may change the way you feel about brown ales.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Val is away today, so after doing a lot of chores around the house, I’ve settled into a documentary series about British castles and thought I’d get caught up on the blog. She bought me this beer after I had a really bad day. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 10%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mango Magnifico is a high-gravity fruit beer brewed with mango and a touch of habaneros to add just the right amount of heat. The delicate flavors imparted by the sweet richness of the mango are punctuated perfectly by the subtle heat of the habaneros, proving that fruit beers do not have to be one-note. Each 750mL bottle of this 10% ABV ale is both sophisticated and refreshing, making it the perfect beer to share… or to keep all to yourself. Mango Magnifico is part of a long lineage of Founders’ fruit beers, including Rubaeus, Cerise, Blushing Monk and Big Lushious.”

Random: Fresh mango is one of my favorite things in the summer.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick and soapy orange-tinged head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright orange with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of mango and apricot. It had a lot of fruit sweetness that was almost perfume-like. The taste was not nearly as good as the nose. There was still a significant mango presence, but it had an artificial taste to it. Apricot wasn’t as pronounced. It had intense heat from the habanero, but it wasn’t overwhelming. It hit right in the back of the throat. The body was medium thickness with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and hot, although it was from the hot pepper and not the booze. A bomber of this was $8.99, which came to $.41 per ounce. I liked this beer, but it needed some refining.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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.


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