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RATINGS: 1493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle courtesy of JB175. Pours a cloudy amber color with a very small head. Little carbonation but nice lacing. Nose is bitter hops with sweet malt. Palate is bitter – this one makes you pucker. Sweet toffee malt upfront than the citrus hops kick in. Hops are on the sour side with grapefruit and lemon mostly dominating. Lingering bitter aftertaste. The malt helps tone down the hops making this one smoother than I expected. Alcohol is well hidden at 13%. Would drink again for sure.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jbuzz (754) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2008
A Tasting at Three Cellars Milwaukee. At 13% I hadly noticed, this goes down way too smooth !! low in carbonation.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
schmidtserland (6) - Exton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008 does not count
If this doesn’t win the Alpha King contest, then the contest is rigged by Russian River! HOP MONSTER!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (593) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2008
HOPS, that’s all I need to say. Smooth, thick, low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden quite well. Long lasting finish. Hophead holy grail.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2008
WOW!!! Would you like to just sit down and have one beer to just put you over the edge? This is it and a mean one at that. I’ve always wanted to try this because I’m a hophead at heart but this brew is just incredible! Hops hops and more hops is all you taste. Thick syrup look with a slightly golden head. The only bad thing (or good, depending on how look at it) is the alcohol in this beast. Careful to not overindulge with this cat because it will bite back! Thanks Founders for putting my taste buds to the test!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2008
At Three Cellars tasting. Dark amber with hops, hops and more hops in the aroma, grapefruit/lemon. Decently malted with a hop-tacular finish. Didn’t notice the alcohol much for it being 13%!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Deep color and pleasant aroma. Given the high alcohol level, it is almost amazing how little you can taste such a high alcohol level. Worth trying.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Pours a nice amber color with foamy off-white head. Hoppy aroma with hints of malt and citrus. Very smooth and well balanced. ABV very well hidden. Creamy and somewwhat sweet with a nice malt presence that balances out the floral and citrus hops. Excellent!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Tap @ Maproom. Deep amber. Super-smooth, creamy, and thick mouthfeel. Lofty malt aromas of cocoa, caramel and bread dough. Really nice elements of yeast and alcohol in the background. Intense hops throughout, but very fitting and balanced against the big malts. Notes of sugary pine, perfumey spruce tips and sweet, complex fruit. Wonderful level of bitterness; builds in aftertaste. Tasty, tasty stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2008
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 Pours an amber-orange with a frothy head. A little carbination is evident. The aroma is strong citrus and pine. Bitter! So bitter, in fact, that the bitterness comes through in the aroma (along with some pine and metal, like copper pennies in your hand). Flavor is tangy and bitter as hell. Very, very strong flavors. Some candy in the taste, and creamy on the aftertaste. Pretty damn delicious.


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