xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Lush on roscoe in Chicago. Deep red-like amber, hazy with small creamy beige head. Aroma is a lot of grapefruit, probably the most Iíve ever gotten before, light citrus manages to sneak its head in there as well, though very distinct, like when you pick an orange off a tree and there is that little spray, interesty sweet fruity alc smell as well. Flavor is basically the tastiest grapefruit juice Iíve ever had, same citrus flavors as was in the aroma, mild bitterness-like pine, strong caramel, mild very well hidden alc. Medium to light body with light carbonation. This beer is a whole lot of first times for a beer for me, a first time to have aroma quite like this, first time Iíve had a flavor like this, and a first in a color for an IIPA. Itís pretty amazing they could balance such a hoppy beer so well and with such a mild alc presence. And no burn. This is quite an accomplishment in beer making.
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, laid down for about 16 months.. A logical extension of the Imperial IPA concept, this is a big, palate-crunching beer. Pours a deep ruby. Minimal head, but ample carbonation. Malt evident in nose, with a sweet, carmel-ish aroma jumping from the (tulip) glass. The hopping rate is nothing short of huge, but given the amount of malt in this monster, it balances out nicely. Finishes with lots of hops tickling the tongue. At 13% abv, youíre not advised to drink too many of these in a session. In fact, itís more of a closer, as it will ruin your taste buds for just about any beer that follows. Iíd place it as a íspecial occasion/share with a friendí sort of brew.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and cloudy amber with small head. Very sweet and sugary malt aroma with sharp C hop aroma. Holy hop momma....the bitterness hits you immediately.Sharp c hop taste is definitely over the top, but enjoyable it thatís your thing(yeah, itís mine too). Lots of citrus, but the caramel is never too far behind. Not sure you could balance a beer with this many hops much better.
Headbanger (3578) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle-A medium amber body with a hge off white head and an aroma of hops, hops, and more chops with a citrus scent as well. Taste of hops, citrus, warmth, citrus, and a dry finish with a hint of alcohol. Very well balanced for the alcohol content. Great beer.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Partly cloudy orangey-copper body with a small off-white head. Intense aroma of some kind of citrus and orange dessert. A truckload of malts and a dumpster of hops in each little bottle. Very resinous hops with a flavour spectrum covering orange, pine-tree and tree bark. Juicy medium bitterness. Really thick caramel. I got an overall dry and earthy feeling while drinking the bottle which is rather unexpected for that type of beer. Alcohol feels appropriate and fits-in just fine with the rest of this extreme beer. Would I dare to say that this 13% over-the-top Triple IPA is well balanced? I think I would. Iím not a big fan of the bigger-is-better approach but this one really worked for me. Rude, not subtlety, in your face attitude, decadent and a great bodyÖ the Devil Dancer is a stripper.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Date: June 02, 2005
Appearance: dark amber, whispy head
Aroma: sweet malty aroma with a nice dose of floral hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor with a huge tart bitter aspect, scrape your tongue afterwords
Date: April 28, 2006
Appearance: muddy amber, whispy beige head, lots of lace
Aroma: big sweet hop aroma with a grassy character
Body: huge body
Flavor: rich dry malt flavor, lots and lots of balancing hops, long bitter finish
Date: November 27, 2006
Appearance: a bit aged
Flavor: rich caramel flavor with lots of balancing bitter hops, the age takes the edge off the grassy aroma and allows the caramel flavor comes through, the bitterness still lasts forever but is quite tasty
Date: July 20, 2010
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with a nice dose of pine, touch of citrus
Flavor: big rich malt flavor, dry dark caramel, citrus and pine, touch of balancing sweetness, earthy bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 Pours a lightly hazy amber/orange, a thin off white-head fading into oblivion quickly. The nose is filled with caramel malt and pungent hops. Scents of grapefruit and pine(most prevalent) are melded right into the malt. Alcohol is steady, moderate and actually mild for the amount thatís actually present. Resiny oils seem to change characteristics slightly with each couple degrees that the beer warms, for the better and more interesting. Earth and apricot pie notes(fruit-infused bready malt) round out the nose. The flavor is bitter with a medium-high astringency, mild to moderate sweetness and signifigantly earthy/rusty water flavor component. The taste is drab, but has interesting peppermint and French oak notes that wiggle their way into the first sip. Raw leather works its way into the fray when the libation nears room temperature. Alcohol warms slowly and eventually signifigantly. It is painfully obvious that this is merely a huge, alcoholic, hoppy tastebud destroyer solely for the sake of being so. Balance is probably a coincidence in certain aspects, though it certainly has little balance at all. I donít prefer a balanced double IPA; I would typically choose to drink one because I desired hop overload, but this is far too astringent. High sweetness is trampled by astringency to a degree that it seems mild in comparison. The finish is heavily astringent, puckering, moderately bitter, pine notes lingering. The palate is spicy, burning with hot alcohol, full-bodied. This is my fifth or sixth bottle, from probably at least three different batches. I have never been impressed, this session included. I wish people would stop sending me this so I would stop searching for an enjoyable example - itís just not going to happen.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #666. 350 ml bottle from Archerliquors. Cloudy copper red with a fizzy tan head. Smells very hoppy, floral grapefruit, pine, and alcohol aroma. Unfortunately, it has that soapy over-hopped taste. Alcohol and a bitter caramel-like taste also present. The 13% alcohol and 200+ IBUs are really impressive, but I donít think it works. It has a heavy sweetness that reminds me more of a barley wine than an IPA. The complexity of this beer shows best in the finish where mixed fruit and an intriguing hoppy perfume show through and are followed by an intense alcoholic warmth. This would be best as a winter sipper. Despite the flaws evident in trying to create this type of over-the-top beer, Iím giving it high marks, because 1) it is growing on me as it warms a little bit and 2) it has an interesting and unique taste.
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a cloudy dark caramel color with a one finger fluffy caramel color head. aroma is huge caramel malt, hops, and candy sugar. has a full body with good lacing and descent carbonation. flavor is the same as aroma, but stronger with melon, grapefruit, and pine characteristics. has an oily mouth feel and is a little sticky on the lips with a dry hop aftertaste. this is an awesome double or triple as the bottle says. the only alcohol detected is a little burn going down surprising for 13 % abv. my only complaint would be a little less sweet caramel malt to bring out the 200+ ibusí.
dmac (4965) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Caponeís. Poured a deep reddish/amber with a light tan tan huge frothy head. Aroma was tons of citrusy hops yet still had caramel maltiness coming through and only a slight bit of alcohol despite the 13%. The palate on this one was just perfect for the style with a full mouthfell, noticable but not overpowering carbonation and a bitter finish. Flavor was tons of hops, think citrus not floral, slight alcohol and a long bitter finish. If your not a true hop head stay away from this monster but for those that love hops say hello to your new friend.