Archive for the ‘Founders Brewing Company’ Category

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

This was the beer that I ordered on Sunday. It’s a beer from the Backstage Series from Founders, who always puts out quality stuff. Let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This deep, rich stout is packed with flavor: roasted malts, all-natural dark chocolate, a subtle suggestion of burnt coffee grounds and a kiss of tart raspberries. It’s big but balanced. At 7.8% ABV, Big Lushious is a sumptuous, extravagant dessert beer fit for enjoying with friends and family around the holidays or to celebrate a special occasion. But really, this beer can make any occasion special. Don’t worry; we won’t call you a lush.”

Random: Jimmy Rollins went to the Dodgers and Bastardo went to the Pirates. I guess we’re prepping for a rebuilding year…again.

This beer poured with a one finger, dark tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with dark chocolate and coffee and cherry. The taste was really sweet, but managed to not go over the line of being cloying. It had cherry and raspberry notes, then went into dark chocolate notes with light coffee. The booze was well-hidden. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. It had a long and sweet finish with cherry and raspberry. I really enjoyed this one. It balanced the fruit with the stout incredibly well and wasn’t a booze bomb either. I would definitely have this one again. Another gem from Founders.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

After I was done working on Friday, the other half and I went to the movies and saw the new Hunger Games flick. It wasn’t my favorite of the series, but it was pretty good. Afterwards, we went to Uno’s across the parking lot. They were having a promotion for dark beers in a dark bar. Despite the fact that we decided to sit at a table, I still ordered one of their dark beers on tap.


ABV: 8.9%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A heavy malt foundation includes Crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat malt to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge, but balanced by malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine thanks to a delicious blend of hand-selected Chinook and Centennial hops.”

Random: At least I’ve started Christmas shopping. Normally, I wait until the very last minute.

This brew poured with less than half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, brownish that was almost black body. It had light carbonation visible as well. The nose was filled with roasted malts and piney hops with some smoke at the end. The taste had very nice balance. It started with pine and grassy hops and goes into powerful roasted malts with smoke. The booze was well hidden. It had a thinner than expected body with light carbonation. It had a surprisingly quick finish with piney hops. Whenever I have a beer of this style, my biggest qualm is that there is no balance between the roasted malts and the grassy hops. As can be expected from a brewery like Founders, this beer is well-balanced and incredibly tasty. Since this is a seasonal beer, make sure you get your hands on it before December.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is yet another beer from the beer run that my honey made last week. Can you tell that she’s into fruit beers? This is one that I tried last year when it was released and never saved one to review. Let’s see how this brew went, especially since it’s been well over a year since I had a brew from Founders.


ABV: 5.7%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders.”

Random: Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits to be added into beers.

This brew poured with a half of a finger of pink tinged head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark reddish-purple with light carbonation visible. The nose had lots of fresh raspberry juice and cherries as well. The taste was just amazing. There was a lot of fresh raspberry juice with a touch of tart cherry and some currant present as well. There was a little bit of bready malt, but the taste profile was definitely dominated by the raspberries, which wasn’t a bad thing. It had a medium thickness body with seltzer-like high carbonation. It had a long fruity finish with raspberries. I loved this beer. It was everything that I could have wanted in a fruit beer. Go get your hands on some while you can, it will be gone after the summer months.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0