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Brewery releases specialty beer

July 2, 2014
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Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids spent about a year developing its Dark Penance, an imperial black IPA. Photo via fb.com

A brewery is adding to its lineup for the first time in more than two years.

Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids said yesterday that it will release the specialty beer Dark Penance, an imperial black IPA, in October, with availability through the end of the year.

Dark Penance is 8.9 percent ABV and will be available on draft and in 12-oz. bottles throughout Founders’ distribution footprint.

Founders said the beer replaces the “TBA” in its Availability Calendar online.

Dark Penance is the first beer to be added to Founders’ regular lineup since All Day IPA, which was released in spring 2012.

The brew

Founders Brewing said the recipe for Dark Penance took about a year to develop.

Dark Penance features a heavy foundation of Crystal malt for sweetness and “just enough Midnight Wheat to push the color to black,” as well as a “huge” bitterness.

The beer's hop flavors and aromas range from "citrus to floral to pine," due to a blend of Chinook and Centennial hops.

“We don’t just add beers to our lineup to have something new on the shelves,” said Dave Engbers, co-founder and vice president of brand and education, Founders Brewing.

Engbers said Dark Penance "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.”

Jeremy Kosmicki, brewmaster at Founders Brewing, added that black IPAs “are becoming more common, but imperial black IPAs aren’t — and imperializing things is what we do.”

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