Founders: Barrel Runner

The Second Installment of my Founders Series

Barrel Runner

If Jack Sparrow Drank An IPA…

Barrel Runner is an imperial IPA aged in rum barrels. Jack Sparrow would certainly approve and so do I. This brew is a unique perspective on the style solely because of the creativity of aging in rum barrels. Founders Brewing is striving for greatness with Founders’ Barrel Runner. This is not your run of the mill IPA. This IPA satisfies the need for something different in a style sometimes known for its similarity.

An IPA Worth Losing an Eye For

The Profile of Founders’ Barrel Runner is unique because of the way it is made, but it is also about what you would expect from a beer aged with rum barrels. Initially, it pours a hazy amber with a one inch white head that sticks around. As for the nose, it first smells of alcohol and then of fruits attributed with the rum. The taste does somewhat follow the smell, but that’s not a bad thing.

First, you get the taste of alcohol, and while it is a little too much for my taste that is my preference. The taste of the alcohol is not by any means overpowering the rest of the beer. Next, you taste the fruit and a shadow of the rum. On the finish, it tastes of the oh so good mosaic hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being perfectly dense enough.

Founders Barrel Runner

Founders Barrel Runner: Summation

Overall, this is a solid beer. While I cannot say that it is the best IPA I have ever had, it is still very good. Even though it is not my favorite, I fully appreciate what Founders Brewing did with this limited release. Aging an IPA in rum barrels is a bold move to say the least and I just love it. This kind of ambition is what I love to see out of the craft beer industry. Finally, if you can still track this beer down I would definitely give this beer a try as it is unique and definitely worth it.


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