Beer Review: Founder’s Double Trouble Imperial IPA

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It is Founder’s Double Trouble season so my review of this infamous Imperial IPA was inevitable. One of the breweries most anticipated yearly releases and one of many hopheads most anticipated releases every year as well. I drank this fresh, I have just gotten behind in posting some reviews . This was also the first time I had this beer so my opinion was unbiased and my expectations were high but not influenced by any other years version of this beer. Double Trouble comes in at 9.4% ABV and 86 IBUs.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden color with a 1/2-1 finger head which dissipates quickly and leaves some pretty nice lacing down the glass. Has one of the colors I really like a DIPA to have.

Nose: Very piney and resiny right up front, really dank nose that is pretty intense. Grapefruit juice and some malt sweetness and a hint of the alcohol as well.

Taste/Mouth: Good bitterness up front, has a nice feel to it with good carbonation which lends to its slightly dry and bitter finish. You get some warming heat on the back end but it is rather pleasant and expected with the alcohol content of this beer. Mostly piney bitterness in the taste but some tropical fruit flavors coming through as well. You get some biscuit malt in the taste as well to help balance the bitterness and heat.

Price/Availability: Seasonal release available July-September. Price is good most places but this beer also sometimes can experience a bit of price gouging since stores are aware that it is a very anticipated release. For the most part though it is pretty available and at a reasonable price.

Overall: A really great Double from Founders, a little different done Founders way. This is definitely a beer all hopheads should try at some point. A beer worthy maybe not of all the hype it receives but definitely worthy of some hype and a release I will definitely be seeking out in future years.

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Bell’s Oberon Ale

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Bell’s Oberon Ale is the Michigan breweries summer seasonal offering. It is a fruity, spicy wheat ale and is definitely meant to help you cool off on those hot summer days (hence the bottle artwork). I had it from a 12oz bottle but it is now being offered in 16oz cans by Bells as well as their classic IPA Two Hearted, which is really awesome.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but a really bright golden color. Decent 1 finger head, lacing wasn’t crazy. Typical wheat ale look.

Nose: Pick up some good spicy hoppiness up front with orange/lemon peel citrus aromas. Pick up the wheat and malt in the back too.

Taste: Really light and crisp, high carbonation on this one helps give it that nice crisp bite on your tongue. Has a good mouthfeel all around really. Tastewise you get that citrus from the nose carried over into the taste especially getting some orange flavors. The wheat also shines in the taste being able to get some banana flavors.

Availability/Price: This is a seasonal release so obviously available throughout Spring/Summer. That being said in that time-frame it is definitely very readily available in states that see Bell”s distribution. Price was pretty on point for what I think I would and most other people would want to be paying for a summer wheat beer, 8-9$ for a 6-pack.

Overall: It is what you expect from the style. That being said it is definitely one of the better executed examples of the style. Most summer seasonals are a big time pass for me but I would drink this if it was offered to me or on draft somewhere and I was sitting outside in the summer. I enjoy Bell’s Spring seasonal offering as well the Smitten Rye Ale. I would definitely say Oberon is worth a go and would definitely be enjoyed by casual drinkers and beer snobs a like.

Grade: B