Beer

REVIEW #1: 4/13/15

FOUNDERS BLUSHING MONK

Brewery: Founders Brewing Co.

Bottling: 2015

ABV: 9.2%

Price: $9.95

EYE

Ruby Red. A dark cranberry juice. Almost pomegranate juice. Medium-tall head.

NOSE

A fruit vineyard. Cherries and raspberries. A slight maltiness – kinda like Mike’s Hard Raspberry Lemonade.

TASTE

A fruit bomb. Lots of red berries (raspberries, cherries). Very sweet. Almost like fruit juice. Not as sour as I expected. Very little carbonation. A very subtle Belgian Ale maltiness in the background. Some herbal notes. A better balance of sweet, sour, and malt would have made this a killer beer.

FINISH

Semi-dry. Very fruity.

CONSENSUS

As a limited release and a Founders product, I expected more balance with this beer. I am underwhelmed by it. Their seasonal Rubaeus is much more balanced. If you like fruit beers check that one out later this summer. For me, this beer is a mixer. It would go great mixed with a chocolate stout. My enjoyment rating for Founders Blushing Monk is fairly low.

RATING

75/100 (Okay Tipple)


REVIEW #2: 4/14/15

DEVIL DANCER

Brewery: Founders Brewing Co.

Style: IPA (Triple)

Bottling: 2014

ABV: 12%

IBU: 112

Price: $15.95 (4 Pack)

EYE

Burnt carmel with a slightly dark red hue. Very little head.

NOSE

Strong malt. Lots of fruit sugars.

TASTE

Very well-balanced. The hop-to-malt ratio is perfect. Not too bitter and not too sweet. The hop notes wrap around the dried dark fruit characteristics. Very little carbonation. Heavy syrup and viscosity on the feel.

FINISH

Fades slowly. A nice smooth finish.

CONSENSUS

As a limited release and a Founders product, I really like this beer, wait for this beer, and wish I could have more of this beer. It is one of the best ‘Triple IPAs’ I have had to date. While it is not my favorite IPA in their line-up (that title goes to Double Trouble, followed closely by Centennial) it is a solid addition and one I wait for with anticipation.

RATING

88/100 (A Good Tipple)

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