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RATINGS: 1457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 112   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Founders most complex, most innovative, most feared and yet most revered ale produced. Massive in complexity the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphaís used to create this monster. More IBUís than any brewery has documented, more than you would believe and dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. Dangerously drinkable and deliciously evil. We dare you to dance with the Devil. 112 IBUs

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle from Crown #15 in Fishers, IN. Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy, beige head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring of bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. Despite wearing the "triple IPA" moniker, this both looks and smells more like a barley wine than an IPA or IIPA. Big and malty, the nose is of sweet malt with notes of dark fruit, brown sugar and light alcohol. The hops come in at the end, but behind the huge, malty front, itís difficult to pick out any distinct hop notes beyond citrus. Medium-bodied and oily, transitioning into a softly grainy, bitter and "warm" finish. The claim of 200+ IBUs was surprising, after taking in the super-malty aroma, but after having a few sips, Iím a believer. The flavor is much like a barley wine, with a big, sweet, malty front and notes of dark fruit, but that front is followed by a hit of alcohol warmth and the distinctive tongue squeeze of huge piny, citric and resinous hop bitterness. While I prefer my IIPAs and barley wines to demonstrate a bit more subtlety, this is a damn fine beer. I have to believe that this one would cellar quite well. I wish that I had bought more than the one to test my theory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle courtesy of pantanap (secret santa). Pours a slightly thick red-orange color with no head. Big time hops in front of a sweet malt aroma. Taste is what you would expect...an overload of piney hops and syrupy sweet malts. Drinks very much like a barleywine...with not much carbonation. Very approachable and not as much heat like you would think. Love it. Thanks a ton Santa!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours a reddish orange color that is clearish in appearance. Thin off-white/brownish head. That fades completely. Smells sweet but with a huge spicy alcohol backbone. Tons of hops in this baby. Sweet and fruity up front but with a lot of hop and alcohol bitterness on the finish. Pretty thin and smooth for a 13% brew, good carbonation, but whew... alcohol! Good brew but at 13% itís alcohol-ful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours a deep (Ron) burgundy with very little head and lacing. Smells of dark dried fruit, fig, plum and piney hops. Tastes very similar to the smells. The strong elements remind me of a barleywine. Sweet and hoppy. Though this is a thick beer the extreme ABV is not as noticeable as you would think. Drinkability is good considering. Overall worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
This offering from Founders,the first one I have tried from them,poured a reddish amber color with a small head.Aromas of powerful malt,hops,caramel.Flavor was actually sweet and malty,with lots of caramel,pine and hops.Reminded me a bit of Dogfish Head 90 min.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3311) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle brought back for Christmas by my brother. Poured a really nice amber/red color with off white head. Aroma was both strong in malt and hops; citrus and caramel. Almost smelled like an american strong ale. Flavor was similar to the aroma, and was very bitter, even for the style. Alcohol was well hidden considering the percent. Some caramel and sweetness throughout. Solid represenation of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Good red body with no head served in a snifter at the brewpub. There is a strong citrus hop aroma. The flavor matches the aroma, but with a very pronounced hop bitterness in addition to the hop flavor. The malty background manages to balance this beer somehow. It is surprising light for the flavor; around medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2007
pretty much a hop bomb in a bottle.Pours amber with hops on th enose.Started of semi swey then the hops busted through.big hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2007
12-oz. Pours crystal clear dark amber with a thick, poofy off-white head. Plenty of webby lace. Modest little candied orange pith nose. Attractive, but unprepossessing. Medium body, some carb. Big resiny wallop right from the getty. Sweet caramel undertones, but mostly lots of resin and pine on the mid-palate, swirling into a piney and resinous finish. No sign of the booze at any point. Not half bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle. Amber-orange color with a oily head. Like sersdf said, 100 times better than 120 minute IPA. So much more balanced and not syrupy. Itís a suped up DIPA, which is what it should be. Floral, grapefruit, really good finish. Really, really good.

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