For the thirteenth installment of their Backstage Series Founders has brought us ReDANKulous, an imperial red ipa packed with Mosaic, Citra and Chinook hops. The backstage series has been a really great series thus far and brought some of Founders best and most unique releases. ReDANKulous comes in at 9.5% ABV and 90 IBUs.
Appearance: Deep red, amber or even a light brown color. Nice big 2 finger head and some really sticky lacing down the glass.
Nose: Pretty juicy and fruity. Tons of tropical fruit and pine resin are what I pick up primarily. You also get some nice flowery, earthy and spicy hop aromas as well. Fair amount of caramel sweetness in there as well.
Taste/Mouth: Toasty and caramel malt flavors come to the forefront initially and are followed by a lot of piney, resiny hop flavors. You get some spicy and tropical fruit flavors from the hops as well. Super balanced and super drinkable despite the high IBU and ABV of this beer. The ABV is very well hidden under the balanced flavor, beer is way too crushable for the ABV.
Price/Availability: One off as part of the Backstage Series which is a rotating big beer series. All the Backstage beers are priced around $10 and this one was no different.
Overall: I am a huge fan of this style and I wish more breweries would explore it. This beer took home gold for it’s category at the 2015 GABF and it was well deserved. Would love to see Founders bring this one back in some way in the future as I would love to have it again. Pretty near perfect Imperial Red Ale.