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563. Founders Dirty Bastard

Founders Dirty BastardI had this beer after drinking the Backwoods Bastard and should have done them in the opposite order as Backwoods is the barrel aged version of Dirty Bastard. Because this one doesn’t have the bourbon character from the barrel I actually enjoyed it more than Backwoods.

Appearance is very similar, dark brown with a thin tan head that disappeared soon after it was poured. The aroma had a nice combination of sweet caramel and dark fruit. Tastes is similar but also has a nice hop finish which surprised me from a Scotch Ale. The 8.5% alcohol was well hidden.

Overall a tasty beer for a style that I do not drink often. 
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description: So good it’s almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain’t for the wee lads.

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562. Founders Brewing Backwoods Bastard

Founders Backwoods BastardI know there are plenty of people out there that will disagree with me on this review and they have every right to. I review beer by my personal preference and I generally do not like big bourbon tasting beers. Beer should taste like beer not bourbon so when I come across a boozy beer like this I sip it and try to enjoy the complex flavors but the booze is hard to ignore. The same goes for coffee flavored beer, I don’t like coffee so a beer that has big coffee notes is not going to do well by me.

This beer has a great dark color and a nice tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has plenty of bourbon and alcohol. The taste is complex with some dark fruits, vanilla and the bourbon finish that just overpowers everything else. This is a good example of a barrel aged beer but not something that I enjoyed or would buy again. Giving it 3 stars as it is a complex well made beer just not my style. 
Pros:
Complex
Cons: Bourbon overload
Alcohol Content: 10.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description: Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice, and a scintilla of dark fruit. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

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561. Founders Brewing Cerise

Founders CeriseThis bottle is actually from 2012 and I almost forgot I had it. Founders replaced Cerise (a cherry beer) with Rubaeus (a raspberry beer) in 2013 due to a shortage of cherries in Michigan. After having both beers I have to say I enjoyed Rubaeus more than Cerise so hoping they continue with Rubaeus in 2014 even if the cherry crop is better.

Cerise pours a nice deep red, not like a red ale but more like cranberry juice. The head was gone in a couple of minutes and no lacing on the glass. There was also a fair amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass – not sure if this was due to the year plus in my basement or if it was intended. Aroma was all cherry.

Taste again was dominated by cherry but it was not a kool aid type cherry taste and you can definitely tell you are drinking a beer as there was a nice malt sweetness to offset the tart cherries. This was a very nice beer and easy to drink but not sure I would want more than one in any sitting. 
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Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness):
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description: 

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560. Founders Brewing Porter

Founders PorterDecided to open a few bottles of Founders last weekend. Since they are 12 ounce bottles it was easy to get through a couple each day and get reviews done. Started on the low end of the ABV spectrum with their Porter which checks in at 6.5% ABV.

I generally enjoy porters so was looking forward to this one. Not surprisingly this beer was very dark with a thin tan head. Lots of chocolate and other roasted malts in the nose but very little coffee which is a plus for me. The beer is very lightly carbonated but still has a bold rich taste with those same cocoa and roasted malts in the aroma but also a nice hop bite. I drank this beer after only an hour in the fridge so it was chilled but certainly not cold. Seems like this was a good temp for the beer as the flavors really came through.

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer and something I prefer to the huge barrel aged imperial stouts. 
Pros:
Quite tasty and drinkable
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description: Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter.

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494. Founders Brewing Rubaeus

Founders RubaeusI’m a bit late getting this review up but if you look hard you might be able to find some of this seasonal beer still on the shelves. Rübæus is a raspberry beer and I am typically not a fan of fruit beers but Founders did a nice job with this one.

The color is amazing and the picture captures it quite well – a bright red with minimal head. Smell has tons of raspberry and is very sweet. Fortunately the taste keeps the raspberry but loses most of the sweetness. No doubt this beer is sweeter than your average beer but it is not the syrupy sweet you often get with fruit beer.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer but I am not sure I could drink more than one on any given evening. Something to try but certainly not going to be an everyday beer. 
Pros:
Fruit flavored without the syrup sweetness
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description: 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.

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432. Founders Brewing All Day IPA

Founders All Day IPAI really enjoy session beers and I think this is an often overlooked segment of the market for craft beer makers. There are some brewers doing only session; Notch being the first that comes to mind but I know there are others.

This one from Founders is 4.7% ABV, I would like to see 4.5% or less for true session beer but I guess this is close enough. This beer is a pale orange with a single finger white head. A nice citrus aroma which is surprisingly strong for such a low ABV beer. All Day IPA is  very flavorful with plenty of citrus and floral hop flavor and only a slightly bitter finish.

Really enjoyed this beer and Founders announced this week they will be selling cans of it for the Summer. This may be my new golfing beer.
Pros:
Flavorful for a low ABV beer
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 42
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description: The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.

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341. Founders Brewing Harvest Ale

Founder’s has a great line up of  beer many of which are only available for a short time. These include many of their most popular beers; KBS, Double Trouble, Devil Dancer, Backwoods Bastard and this Harvest Ale.
Harvest Ale is a wet hopped IPA only available in October and it comes in 4-packs. Beer pours a nice orange with a very thin white head. Aroma is surprisingly sweet but also has plenty of hop. Nice mix of tropical and citrus fruits. This beer is surprisingly refreshing and crisp, nice balance of hops, sweet malts and a slightly bitter finish makes this an excellent beer by itself or with a meal.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Its nice to have a beer that doesn’t try to go over the top. 
Pros:
Well balanced and refreshing
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Founder’s Brewing
Brewers Description: This liquid dream pours a hazy golden straw color with a white, two-finger head. Your first sip rewards you with a super juicy hop presence bursting with fresh citrus, then finishes to introduce toasted malt undertones.
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268. Founder’s Devil Dancer

Another beer from Founders that made its way to Maine. This is a specialty beer from Founders meaning it is only available occasionally and is hard to find when it does appear. Not as hard to get as KBS but still difficult. I purchased this at Bier Cellar in Portland but I am sure they are gone as he only received a few in.

The label identifies this as a Triple IPA but I’m not sure that is a recognized style. Basically the alcohol content is VERY high so they are calling it a triple instead of a double or imperial IPA. Color is a nice deep red with decent white head that goes away quickly. Overall a nice looking beer. Smells of booze and pine – guess it is hard to mask the 12% ABV – the aroma does not draw you into the beer.

Taste has lots of malt and alcohol. There are some hops in there pine, resin and grapefruit but they are overpowered by the alcohol and malts needed to balance this out. Bitterness lingers as your throat burns from the alcohol. This beer is thick and not overly pleasant to drink on its own. I should have enjoyed this with a meal as it would probably have been much more enjoyable.
Pros: Lots of alcohol
Cons: Lots of alcohol
Alcohol Content: 12% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 112
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description:  When you dance with the Devil, the Devil don’t change. You do. Massive in complexity, the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphas used to create it. At an incredible 112 IBUs, it’s dry-hopped with ten hop varieties

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262. Founders Red’s Rye Pale Ale

I was not sure what to expect from this beer from Founders as the prior Rye beers I have reviewed were mixed with the option from Sierra Nevada being terrible and the Maine Winnah from Penobscot Bay being quite good. Fortunately for me this one ended up being very good.

Color is a nice red with single finger head that sits there throughout the entire beer leaving nice areas of lacing on the glass. Lots of aroma coming from this one with some grapefruit and pine. Smells more like an IPA than a Pale Ale. Taste mirrors the smell with a very complex mix of malts, hops and spice. Very well balanced and tastes smooth going down. This is the best of the rye beers I have had to date and one of the top options from Founders. Of course I still have a KBS to review so I am sure that will take top honors as soon as I open it.
Pros: Very well balanced
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Founders
Brewers Description: Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish.

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261. Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale

Founders is a new beer in Maine and while I was able to get a Double Trouble through a beer trade this is the first time I am able to actually purchase their beer in Maine. I purchased this one at the Bier Cellar in Portland, ME and if you have not been I suggest you get their soon as Greg has a great selection of beer.

This one pours a nice deep orange color with bright white 2 finger head. Aroma is fairly subtle as it is with many pale ales but there are some hops and malts in there. Taste is bitter at the beginning and then balances out with some nice sweet malts. This is a solid pale ale from Founders and something you could easily put in your fridge to enjoy with virtually any meal or share with anyone that enjoys a quality beer. Nothing spectacular but worth trying.
Pros: 
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Founders
Brewers Description: A testament to Cascade hops in a bottle, this medium-bodied pale ale has a refreshing citrus flavor and a distinctive floral hop aroma due to the aggressive addition of hops during fermentation. You’ll notice a slight malty sweetness with a balanced hop finish. Perfect to enjoy anytime, anywhere.

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