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RATINGS: 1581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 alpha’s used to create this monster. More IBU’s 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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Thanks cpferris for the trade. Hazy dark red-amber with a thin, very fine medium tan head. The aroma is for all intensive purposes is that of a barleywine: dark caramel malt, fruity alcohol sweetness, spicy hops, and thick, resinous caramelized citrus hops. The flavor is again dripping with thick, sustained bitter resin and dark citrus hops with some more spice that again very much leaves the impression of an American barleywine. The body is shockingly dry for how malty this beer comes across. The 13% alcohol is amazingly well integrated. This one is huge and unwieldy but maintains its balance and poise nonetheless--true to its namesake. That being said, however, read "triple IPA" as "barleywine."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa Ty5592. Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a soapy off white head. Aroma of tons of hops, malt, and some earthy notes. Flavor is huge malty sweetness and insanely well balanced hop bitterness. Goes down the hatch with a nice Slick oilymouthfeel. I somehow think the hops have faded since this was released a while back because this is a lot maltier and less hoppier than I thought it would be. Regardless even with a little age on this this is one hell of a brew. Definitely gonna do a trade next time this brewed so I can try it fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4715) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Amber to red in color with a light beige colored head. Smell is pine, citrus, caramel, and sweet. Taste is a nice bitterness with the pine and citrus coming from the hops, but it blends and balances well with the malts. Alcohol is well balanced in the to the brew as well. Medium to full body. Good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyotehunter (696) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 will re rerate at a later date. was slightly drunk last time. currently have one thats been sitting now for quite awhile. after my trip to Arkansas Ill redo this.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Wicked hoppy aroma and a beautiful deep amber color. Truly something to behold in the glass. Flavor is one-dimensional, but MASSIVELY HUGE - Hops. The finish was incredibly bitter and long-lasting: well after the last swallow I couldn’t shake the taste. This beer is a bit of an enigma to me. Why go to all the trouble of making it so darn powerful if in the process all flavors except the hops are destroyed? I don’t doubt that under the right conditions this beer could make one believe that all is right in the world, but I have yet to find that happy place. Sooooo, for me this beer is completely over-the-top.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a very nice cloudy deep amber with beige head. Aroma is very hoppy and obvious alcohol notes that blended very well. Flavor is of nice strong hops, sweet malt, alcohol to boot that blends in smoothly. Mouthfeel is full bodied heavy beer, med. carbonation. Overall this is very nice.......has warming effect.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Thanks to KingpinIPA for this one. Bottle. Beautiful rich copper orange color. Citrus, pine hop and malt aroma. Sweet malt with citrus. Slight hop bitter finish. Very drinkable for such a strong IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2008
bottle thanks to RCL in trade. I really appreciate the upgrade on this one. this poured a cloudy caramel type color with a tiny beige head. aroma was wonderful with grapefruit, hops, and dough. flavor was great also with citrus, hops, caramel, and maybe had some doughyness in it. this might have just climbed up the ranks to my favorite so far!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3633) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with no real head. Aroma of sweet malt, lots of citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is incredibly sweet with a bitter hops finish. Very strong. This beer had an odd interplay between the bitter hops and super sweet malt that just didn’t mesh well. Too heavy and strong so that lots of the other flavors normally found in IIPAs are hidden here. I agree with another rater that this beer is somewhat similar to 120 min (although much better and far more drinkable, but designed in the same vein I’d imagine). Too much for me. Maybe it’s better fresh??

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Bottle, thanks to sprinkle. This is a monster in all regards. Useless to list out everything because there really is everything in this beer. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, I found the malts to just be too overpoweringly sweet, with the bitterness taking a back seat until the finish when the rest of the show was over. Alcohol also seemed to thin out the otherwise unbelievably rich malts. Just too big I thought. More than complex, it was an unnecessary onslaught.


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