Saturday, December 28, 2013

Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale - U.S.A. - 21/12/2013

The low down:
American Craft beer is a diverse field. They don't have a burgeoning middle-class like they previously did, but they have more craft breweries per capita than anywhere else in the world, except Australia.

Since they have 16 times our population it means they have around 2700 brew pubs, microbreweries, and other miscellaneous places to pick up a pint. Founders out of Grand Rapids is one of the top dogs in the field at the moment and it's easy to see why.

The Pale Ale is both tropical and the right amount of bitter with a nice undertone that is spicy, but not so much that it lessens the refreshment.


Packaging: 7/10
I'm not sure what the image is (maybe a flowery lady?) but it’s well designed and has a special label for export.
Refreshment: 9/10
Another hot day in Sydney. I could see myself doing the whole six pack.
Flavour 9/10:
Tasty. tropical fruits, spicy malts and a little bit of bitter from the hops.
Alcohol Content: 8/10
5.4%. Quite a nice buzz for a session beer, be very careful!
Price: 8/10
$6 this seems like the going price for Sierra Nevada, Founders and Dogfish head. All are worth it.
Total: 41/50

I drank this really quickly. My only regret is that it is now gone and all I have are these words. I don’t think the overall score even reflects how much I like this beer. It is a synergy of brewing awesomeness, the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.
Looking for something for Christmas lunch? This is it for those southern hemisphere celebrators.
Cheers.