A Firm Founders Foundation

Founders Brewing Co.


All things come to those who wait, and I had to wait two days to get my Founders tasting after being thwarted for a time by a power outage at Growler & Gill. Apparently some clown backed a truck through the power lines. The nerve! Of course I then followed the four beers of the tasting with three more at home, purely in the interest of research, of course.

FoundersAll-Day-IPA-ShieldAll Day IPA

Pours light amber with a medium white head lacing the glass. Great complex hop aromas, citrus and pine and herbs over light malt. On the palette there’s a cool silkiness, then hop bitterness arrives in force with more citrus. The finish smoothly fades through hops with some malt emerging, a long mild finish. 4.7% ABV 42 IBU


Rose gold in the glass with brief white head fading to a lingering ring. The nose starts with a little shot of malt immediately overtaken by raspberry jam. The flavor is a great balance between raspberry and malt, then the finish continues those and ends with a tiny drying pulse of hops. This is a beer that can impress wine drinkers who generally don’t like beer. 5.7% ABV 15 IBU

FoundersDirty-BastardDirty Bastard

Here’s a Scotch Ale, chestnut brown with a big persistent off tan head that coats the glass. The aroma starts with firm malt and bourbon. Mouth filling and palette coating, the flavor leads with bourbon and vanilla followed by dark malt with noticeable earthy hops. Dark malt continues to build in the finish, lingering long with that liquor note. 8.5% ABV 50 IBU

FoundersPorterRobust Porter

Pours opaque darkest brown with a tan ring. The nose is coffee and malt. The massive roasty malt flavor moves into a dark coffee finish ending with a surprising shot of bitterness. 6.5% 45 IBU

FoundersRedRyeIPARed Rye IPA

Copper in the glass with a medium yellowish head. It’s super malty with a spicy mix of hops and rye and a bit of toffee. The flavor comes in waves, first a bitter fruitiness, then crystal malt then caramel with a shot of spice cake. The finish starts with a hint of dried fruit, then a wave of spicy hops over a base of malt. Spice continues on a long finish. 6.6% ABV, 70 IBU

DoubleDoubleDouble Trouble IPA

Fills a golden glass with a ragged bubbly white head. Earthy hop aromas come with resin over strong bakery malt, rye bread. The flavor starts with dried apricot and a malt backbone sliding into a pool of hops. Those hops dominate the finish and wrap up a very satisfying IPA. 9.4% ABV, 86 IBU.

FoundersDarkPenanceDark Penance Imperial Black India Pale Ale

Pours very dark brown with a moderate buttercream head. The first sniff is equal parts roasty malt and earthy hops, then some dried fruit and floral notes come in. The flavor makes my palette sit up straight and take notice. Roasted grain leads a rich medley of malts and hops with dark chocolate, something like dried cranberry, and a hint of toffee. The mouthfeel is medium full with a surprising crisp touch. Double Trouble is very good; this is outstanding. The finish shows remarkable balance for such a hefty brew. 8.9% ABV 100 IBU but the balance restrains the bitterness.

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