Beer Review: Barrel Runner

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a beer review here so I figured it was time. With that, let’s get into today’s topic: Barrel Runner.

This is an American Double IPA aged in Rum barrels hailing from Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It weighs in at 11.1% ABV, 55 IBUs and an unspecified gravity rating.

Pours a hazy goldenrod/orange color with about 1″ of frothy cream colored head that sticks around and laces the glass like crazy. Rum smell is up front and center, supported by tones of orange zest, grapefruit and rose petal. Rum is once again the star of the show on the palate, hitting you with that characteristic brown sugar/fruity sweetness straight away. Undertones of banana, pineapple and yeasty bread toward the center of the palate and finishing out with a substantial but not overpowering grapefruit hop zing. Thick body with medium carbonation, this drinks way too easily for its weight.

If you like rum, double IPA or both, you have got to try this. Complex blend of flavors without being too hoppy to put off non-IPA people. Drink alone or paired with vanilla ice cream on a hot day – this is almost a dessert beer. Rating: 4.5/5.