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Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.



Founders Brewing Co.'s Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA to be released in October

Dark Penance will not only be Founders’ newest specialty release, but its first new standard lineup addition since All Day IPA.


Posted on July 12, 2014 at 11:39 a.m.

Black IPAs are not new. However, they are becoming more popular. Last week the Constant Spring had two on tap – Greenbush Anger (black IPA, 7.6 percent ABV, IBUs 85) and Smuttynose Noonan (black IPA, 5.7 percent ABV), and there are several more choices at bottle shops throughout Michiana.

Dark Penance (8.9 percent ABV, IBUs 100), an imperial black IPA from Founders Brewing Co. will be available in October following the current specialty release Double Trouble (double IPA, 9.4 percent ABV, IBUs 86), which recently became available in Michiana. This new release will be found throughout Founders’ distribution area both on draft and in 12 oz. bottle four packs with a suggested retail price of $11.99.

“Black IPAs are becoming more common, but Imperial Black IPAs aren’t, and imperializing things is what we do,” brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki said in a press release. “Plus, we thought this beer would fit in well with our specialty lineup alongside Imperial Stout, Curmudgeon Old Ale and Double Trouble.”

Last year, Founders’ released Inspired Artist Black IPA (7.5 percent ABV, IBUs 88) during ArtPrize as a single special release. This new imperial black IPA will be the first new beer added to Founders’ lineup since All Day IPA, which was released in the spring of 2012.  Founders’ brewing team spent much of the past year perfecting the balance and hop profile to perfect this recipe.

Dark Penance is the newest addition to the brewery’s lineup of world class IPAs, which includes Centennial IPA, Red’s Rye IPA, Double Trouble, Devil Dancer and All Day IPA.

“We don’t just add beers to our lineup to have something new on the shelves,” Dave Engbers, co-founder and vice president of brand and education, said in a press release. “Our Backstage Series is for experimentation and keeping things fresh, and we still only put those out a few times a year. Dark Penance, on the other hand, went through many recipe iterations before we were willing to put it up there with the other beers that we release again and again, year after year.”

Here is the brewery’s description of the beer:

Dark Penance starts with a heavy malt foundation of Crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge (100 IBUs huge), but balanced by malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine—most everything that hops can be—thanks to a delicious blend of hand-selected Chinook and Centennial hops. The Imperial Black IPA is 8.9% ABV.

About Founders Brewing Co.

Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 30 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild and the Brewers Association. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com.




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