Founders-Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale
8.5% ABV-50 IBU
First off, if you don’t like Scotch style ales, you won’t like this. And if you haven’t tried a Founders before, this isn’t a good place to start. This beer is pretty readily available now, and I don’t think it really represents the style or Founder’s. It’s not a terrible beer, it just has some odd notes in the bitterness which usually balance out in a traditional Scotch ale. There are some wonderful citrus hops, especially orange, and spice notes of chesnut and hazelnut. The beer pours a little cloudy, a deep red with brown amber edges. It’s got a smooth start, and a bitter finish, but it’s missing something in the middle. It’s missing real passion. One friend, who had never had a Scotch ale before, said, “This beer tastes like blood.” I’m not sure what she meant by that, but I don’t think it was good. BUT, if you love Scotch ales, this is a fanastic deal for about 12 or 13 dollars a six pack. It’s a great beer for those who want a bitter, hoppy, strong Scotch that’s drinkable and affordable. I’m just not that into this.
Conclusion: Great price, but only for those who love Scotch ales. I don’t think this is Founder’s best work. It needs to be more balanced.
Food Pairing: Corned Beef or Pastrami, Kidneys, and Haggis (obviously).
“What event is more awfully important to an English colony than the erection of its first brewhouse?”
-Reverend Sidney Smith