DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a medium white head. Smells of rich varied hop smells including pine, floral and citrus. Taste is an explosion of hops that taper off into a nice long lasting bitterness. I would have liked it to have been more complex though a great hop taste but it lacks the complexity of ruination.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Happy New Year 07. Beer is clear, medium-dark caramel brown. Head is small, off-white, frothy, mostly diminishing.<P>
The aroma is hop-dominated. Light note of toasted grain, sweet moderate note of caramel malt is hidden by heavy hop notes of resin, grapefruit, moderate orange zest, dried apricot; Trace note of attic.<P>
The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately-to-heavily bitter with a long, moderately sweet, lightly bitter, warm finish.<P>
The body is full, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is lively.<P>
Not bad, but not earth-shattering. I think it’s notable that this hop combination and strength is a bit reminiscent of the taste of ear wax.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber brown with a tan frothy head, big carbonation. Powerful caramel, roasty and floral aroma. Heavy sweetness and knock you down bitterness. Full bodied and creamy on the tougue, lively carbonation. Very bitter finish. The high alcohol content of this beer is very well hidden, your insides warm as the glass empties.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy brownish orange with thin tan head which dissapates. Strongly malty aroma, some brown sugar, slightly fruity and some hops underneath. Intense bitterness tight from the beginning which lasts for long after. Some malt, but more sugary sweetness which doesn’t stand up to the bitterness. Hop flavor hard to detect around all that bitterness. Clear alcohol presence warms all the way down. A good beer, but one dimensional. A little more malt would be nice, but if you are going to use that much hops lets have some flavor and aroma contribution. Did I mention it was bitter?
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Cloudy brown with a minimal head. Orange and vanilla melon. Touch of green grass and duck sauce. Sticky butterscotch and caramel with notes of past expiration ground beef. Lingering green olive bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden but this still seems overdone. I’m not sure a triple IPA can work.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In a word: Intense. Super concentrated with a dark ruby-copper color. The alcohol is almost totally undetectable, camoflaged by the scorching hops. Not as bitter as I was expecting though.
demitriustown (1057) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep reddish/copper with a medium fluffy tan head that does not even move. Aroma is big hops notes, almost fruity (grapes or raisins), a nice maltiness to it as well with a kind of roasted nut/ caramel scent to it. Taste is big on hops and malts. It very reminiscent of a nice Barley Wine. A nice fruity texture continues on through the taste, somewhat creamy, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Only getting a slight stinging sensation on the back end make it noticeable. Palate is quite nice. Bitter, lively, long and somewhat lightly sweet with a nice full body to it. I like this a lot, but I would consider this more of an Barley Wine than a Double IPA.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours a clear coppery color with a decent sized yellow-tan colored head that settles out pretty quickly. Arom sweet malt, alcohol, citrus. Flavor is malty, pine resin, citrus, alcohol. Palate is medium-full bodied, with a a lingering bitterness, and some warmth from the alcohol. Good, but not what I was expecting.
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 Sampled on 12/13/2006: Founder’s Devil Dancer Triple IPA pours out in a syrupy ribbon and is a clear, reddish honey color with a yellowish/orange-colored crown. The aroma is brown sugar (sweet malt) and some fruit. The flavor is rich and malty with a complex hop flavor (blended citrus, pine, resin, grass, some floral qualites) and a moderate bitterness. The finish is long and starts with the sweet caramel malt and moves to a dry, resinous hop bitterness. Very good! This bottle must have a year or two of age on it because it has a bit of that "aged fruit" flavor and the bitterness is really somewhat mild (nowhere near 200 IBUs!). Regardless, this beer is extremely well balanced and quite enjoyable to drink. The alcohol is barely detectable for the 13% ABV that’s supposedly hidding in it! It is full bodied and very smooth on the palate. The warmer this beer gets, the more and more it reminds me of a Barley Wine rather than a Triple IPA... I bet this stuff is really different and just as good, if not better, when it is super fresh. The Devil gets a bit tamer with age, but it does age really nicely...
12 oz bottle from Styles via trade. Thanks Chris! Rating: 8 4 8 4 17 = 4.1.
Sampled again on 1/14/2007 from 12 oz bottles at Lance’s "Harvest Ale" homebrew day. Lance shared two bottles from different years with us. Thanks for the side-by-side tasting treat Lance!
2005: Dark amber brown color that’s murky at first, but seems to clear up some. Sweet aroma, some citrus hops and caramel malt. The flavor also has a lot of that great "aged fruit" flavor. There is still a lot of alcohol bite in this one! The bitterness has mellowed out some, but it is still pretty aggressive! Thick and syrup-like on the palate.
2006: Lighter brown amber color with a creamy ivory-colored head. The sweet citrus, pine, and resin hops are still quite vibrant in the aroma and flavor. The bitterness is intense, but still doesn’t seem like it’s anywhere near 200+ IBUs. It must be the equally intense sweet caramel maltiness that helps keep this beer in balance. This bottle seemed a bit nicer (less alcohol bite) and better balanced than the 2005, but they are both very good in their own ways. It’s amazing how much the same beer can vary from year to year and/or change with some age on it. The original rating remains unchanged...
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8/10/2010: Founder’s Devil Dancer Triple IPA... Aroma: Really nice toffee-caramel; well-aged citrus hops. Appearance: Cloudy, burnished maple color; very little off-white ring on the surface; not much carbonation left. Flavor: Tons of smooth, slightly creamy, rich toffee with a bit of vanilla caramel; plenty of aged citrus and earthy bitterness still comes through, but it has subsided somewhat due to age; alcohol venting as the beer warms; the bitterness also increases with each sip! Palate: Medium-full to full body; creamy, smooth, and milky texture. Overall: This Triple IPA has aged into a pretty nice American-style Barleywine.
12 fl. oz. bottle (13% Alc. by Vol.) with a twist-off cap; received via trade from ???. Score: 3.8
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle,(Thanks Emily!!) pours hazy ruby/copper, with a small beige head. The aroma is strong on pine, as well as dark fruit, sweet malts, and alcohol. Almost like a heavily hopped barley wine. The flavor is sweet malty smoothness, with strong piney/citrusy hops that create a battle for control of the palate, it finishes with a nice warmth from the alcohol. Devil Dancer is a very appropriate name.