Another day, another beer review. Today, we’re checking out the latest in Founders’ Backstage series, the reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA. Here’s what Founders says about it:
reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA is a no frills, bold 9.5% ABV India Pale Ale. It pours a pleasing burnt amber with some sweetness due to the Caramalt and roasted barley used in the malt bill. But hops are the true headliner in this elaborate sensory experience. The spicy, piney, tropical complexities of Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe hops hit you right away with their dank aroma—and they stick around. Take a sip to have your palate simultaneously walloped and caressed in all the right places. Combined, the hops take the beer to 90 IBUs. It’s not just ridiculous. It’s reDANKulous.
reDANKulous does pour a dark amber color with some nice clarity, so it certainly fits the red IPA bill. The aroma is full of piney, resinous and spicy notes, with some definite sweetness apparent. This is certainly a bitter beer, with the pine and spicy pepper notes coming through in the taste, along with the malt sweetness. It’s got a big mouthfeel with some booziness apparent as well, and a long bitter finish. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of red IPAs. I find that the sweetness of the specialty malts detract from the hops, and that’s certainly the case with this one. The dankness is very much there, but gets somewhat lost with all the malt and booziness. Couple that with the fact that this beer is sold in 750ml (25.7 ounce) bottles, and I just don’t see me buying this one again. If Founders took this hop bill and paired it with some light pale malts, while dialing the ABV back a touch, it would be a beer I really gravitate to. But as it is, it’s done well for its style, and if you enjoy big beefy red IPAs, you’ll like this one.