Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) announced on Tuesday that Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA will debut in October as the brewery's next specialty release.
The road to an official release has been long for Dark Penance as the brewers at Founders have spent over a year developing the recipe to ensure that the beer's balance and hop profile would be as close to perfect as possible. This is not too surprising when you consider that this beer has to join a respected lineup of IPAs that includes All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, Devil Dancer Triple IPA, Double Trouble Imperial IPA, and Red's Rye IPA. To make sure Dark Penance held its own on this list of IPAs and deserved to join their line of specialty releases, the folks at Founders decided to do something a little different by making an imperialized version of a Black IPA. The final product made the cut and is described as the following from the brewery's press release:
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.
Dark Penance will be available on draft and in bottles from October to December, filling the spot between Imperial Stout and Double Trouble in the specialty release category on the brewery's availability calendar. This brew will be packaged in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and will have a suggested price tag of $11.99 per four-pack. Once released, you can expect to find Dark Penance in Alabama and throughout Founders Brewing Co.'s distribution footprint. You now have plenty of time to prepare for and salivate over what is sure to be another fantastic addition to an already stellar lineup of IPAs from Founders. Prost!