For once, Christian, ever the IPA lover, has an IPA that he’s not quite a fan of.
American IPAs, with typically very strong hops flavors and bitterness, can come in a range of flavors from fruity grapefruit or lemon (my favorite), to pine, to grass to a “resin” flavor.
This one falls into what I’d consider to be the pine category. Some people LOVE this flavor, so don’t shy away from it because of me.
It pours a dark gold color with good carbonation, and a higher 7.2 abv alcohol content. It almost wants to be fruity, but didn’t quite get there for me. It’s slightly sweet with a bitter aftertaste, and lots of hops.
The fact is, Founders makes some REALLY great beer, and you can taste the quality in this one. While it’s not my favorite, it’s a great example of a pine-esque IPA, typical of styles traditionally brewed in the eastern US.
If you like IPAs or pale ales, and don’t care for grapefruit flavors, you’ll definitely want to give this one a try. Beer geeks will love it.