Doom, an American Double IPA by Founders Brewing Co.

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Doom is an American Double IPA that’s barrel-aged and brewed by Founders Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.

Appearance

Doom pours a clear copper with nearly an inch-thick head of bone white foam that offers modest retention.

Aroma

The aroma is a pleasant mix of coconut, pineapple, warming alcohol, and vanilla beans.

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Flavor

The palate is mostly bitter from hop resin, and as it was aged in oak, also tastes of earthy woods. That it was aged in bourbon barrels, a vanilla sweetness adds to its malty base. Finishes with a bite of herbal hops, cedar, and warming alcohol. Caramel malt ties the palate together.

Mouthfeel

Smooth mouthfeel is nearly full bodied with less-than-moderate carbonation.

Overall

Doom is nicely complex but its bitterness is a bit harsh. The brew is still enjoyable and it’s likely the taste improves as the beer mellows with age. If you’re a fan of barrel-aged brews, give it a try. Or if you have the patience, place one in the back of the fridge to be enjoyed at a later date. Otherwise, considering its lofty price point, this one might be passed upon.

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