Having a fondness for both red IPAs and brews aged in Bourbon barrels, how could I not try this?
Beer Name: Dankwood
Brewery: Founder’s Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, MI)
Style: Red IPA aged in Bourbon Barrels
Description: Called “the perfect alchemy of wood and hops,” the brewers took a big red IPA and aged it in bourbon Barrels.
Appearance: Medium brown/dark caramel colored body topped with a thick off-white foam.
Smell: Sweet caramel malts upfront backed up by bourbon barrels.
Taste: Started out sweet with notes of caramel malt and toffee before a dank, resinous bitterness set in right around mid-sip. A heavy barrel influence set in shortly thereafter which carried the beer into a big pine and bourbon finish. Came with a bit of heat after settling into the glass for a bit.
Mouthfeel: Smooth medium-plus body with a roughly moderate level of carbonation.
Hype: It earned a social media shout-out from a few of my local shops, but I don’t get the sense that there’s a huge demand on this. I was excited though.
Overall: Tasty, but strong! A delicious brew but definitely one you want to make sure you are ready for. Tasted like a very good high ABV red IPA to start and then about halfway through those bourbon barrels hit and the beer took off to a whole other level. Check this one out!