The Founders, Not the Fathers

Founders Brewing Co.

FoundersDoubleTroubleBottleDouble Trouble

Straw with a lacy white head. Starts with a malty nose with a hint of hops. On the palate there’s a surprisingly bitter touch over rich sweet malt. The finish continues the malt, drying out on the end. 9.2% ABV

FoundersBackwoods2Backwoods Bastard

Pours chestnut brown with a glass-coating light tan head. The rich fruity sweet nose probably comes from the bourbon barrel. The flavor is quite fruity & malty too. There’s almost a cherry truffle thing going on with no fruit and no chocolate. Delicious. 11.6% ABV

Harvest Ale

Amber in the glass with a brief white head. Very complex nose comes in with sweet malts and yeast and a touch of stone fruit. This is very much an ale, similar to a dry trippel. The flavor has layers of malt and stone fruit with spicy hops, leading into a finish that has both sweet and dry notes. Delicious. 7.6% ABV

Founders All Day GlassAll-Day IPA

Pours amber with a medium snow-white head. The nose leads with malt, then spicy-citrusy hops follow. There’s a malty flavor too, but plenty of hops come right along forming an earthy blend with citrus notes. The body and finish are light but still have substance and flavor, quite refreshing. This is just about a perfect session IPA. 4.7% ABV, 42 IBU.

Nitro Oatmeal Stout

Pours an almost opaque brown with a hint of ruby when held toward the light. It has a generous and very long tight tan head. The aroma is of roasty grain and dark malt with a toffee note. The light body is very smooth, even silky. There’s a light roasty flavor with a sense of coffee and something almost like coconut. Then comes the smooth finish with roasty bitterness building like crisp toast. 4.5% ABV, kind of a “session stout” but the traditional stout was never high in ABV, unlike some of the current monsters (often excellent monsters.)

Founders Spectra Trifecta LabelSpectra Trifecta

Gold in the glass with a hint of peach and a brief moderate white head. The fruity nose leads with herbal highlights. The spicy lightly sweet flavor follows like a hint of malt balls with stone fruit emerging and flowing into a malty finish. They call it a Kolsch Style Ale but my impression is of saison with all the herbal spicy flavors: chamomile, lemongrass and ginger. 5.9% ABV 20 IBU.

Blushing Monk

Beautiful cherrywood color fills the glass with a moderate white head. The bright raspberry aroma starts with Belgian yeastiness, then with malt that increases as it warms. The flavor is big raspberry masking biscuity malt. The finish is not dry but also never really sweet. This would be nice as an accent on vanilla ice cream, but it’s great by itself. 9.2% ABV

Dirty Bastard

Pours deep amber with a moderate yellowish head. Leads with a caramel-toffee nose with a ton of darkish malts and a hint of vanilla. This is followed by a honey brandy flavor, or maybe scotch with another ton of malt and a mix of very smooth and edgy heat. The long malty finish wraps this up neatly as a really fine beer. 11.6% ABV

Mosaic Promise

A golden glass with a bubbly white head and a strong piney aroma, quite vivid. The flavor starts and ends with the mosaic hops but there’s a wave of malt in between. Good bitterness on the finish, lingering for a long time. 5.5% ABV so approaching a session IPA. This is a single malt, single hop beer brewed to support ArtPrize. 5.5% ABV

FoundersPorterPorter

This is a classic porter, opaque brown with a rich tan head. The chocolate aroma comes with light roast grain notes. There is even more chocolate in the flavor, accompanied by caramel, mostly smooth but with roasty edges. Hops emerge on the finish with nice bitterness. 6.5% ABV, 45 IBU

Breakfast Stout

This is described as “double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout.” It pours opaque darkest brown with a thick chocolate ice cream head. The nose delivers rich malts layered with chocolate and with roasted grain. The flavor starts with a chocolate liqueur quality and a lot more malt. Again roasted grain comes in so it has a sweetness without ever becoming outright sweet. The long lingering finish takes the malt, chocolate and grains and adds a slight fruit note as of ripe cherries–just a hint–joining the party. Truly rich and delicious! 8.3% ABV 60 IBU

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