Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Founders Barrel Runner

Fill date: 6/5/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 22A Double IPA)

AROMA: Strong pineapple-like hop aroma from Mosaic hops. Rum and alcohol are quite prominent, but are clean (not fusel or solventy). Faint woody/vanilla character from the actual barrel. Noticeable amber maltiness. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of copper/orange (9-13 SRM). Large off-white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Initial rum-like flavors but without spice. Fairly significant bready maltiness throughout along with a consistent tropical fruit flavor from the hops. Mosaic hops emerge at the apex with an overt pineapple flavor and slight grassy/spicy taste that lasts into the finish (along with a banana-like character from the alcohol and rum barrel). Some honey/lemon flavors are also noticeable (intentional oxidation character? If so, it works). Actual bitterness is surprisingly low, though palette seems balanced. Very little barrel character other than subtle woody/vanilla notes which are obscured by the boozy alcohol presence. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Essentially full-bodied; moderate carbonation. Texture is thick, creamy, and smooth. While a hefty brew at 11.1% ABV, the alcohol feels quite tame which makes drinkability rather high. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Certainly an interesting, innovative brewing feat. Tropical theme is nice, too. Not the best DIPA or barrel-aged beer, though. 7/10


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