lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
really sweet aroma with a touch of grassy hops, really dark amber colored with little head, huge syrup body and flavor - almost like drinking liquid caramel flavored with hops, great idea to ram up an already rammed up idea of ipa’s, but i dont think i was ready for this...
Silphium (2972) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 On tap at Founders. This is an intensely hoppy, chewy I2PA. Pours deep red-brown, relatively clear, with a thin cream-colored head. Biting citrus/pine hops aroma. Grapefruit and pine hops are especially dense in the flavor, with chewy, sweet malt contributing notes of caramel and cherry. Alcohol was nicely hidden by the strong flavors. Very good, but not unique by any means.
This was again on tap for Founders' Harvest Celebration, and the beer is up to 13% ABV! There isn't much change in the beer's other characteristics, but the "old" version is now strangely being called "Devil Dancer I3PA 2003." Hmmm...I don't think anybody recalls this being around in 2003. Oh well! Look for it in bottles soon.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber wih minimal tan head. Alcohol present in nose and mouthfeel. Citrusy nose with smooth hop presence. Bitterness at finish makes for an pleasant end.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, hoppy aroma. Darker color for and IIPA. Light Mahogoney. Vinous, hoppy flavor. Sweet hop juice. Definitely one of the better beers I’ve had at Founders. ABV well concealed in flavor, not in the buzz I had 20 minutes later. Had to wait for it to warm up, served way too cold.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice amber color with a medium sized beige head. Nice citrus hop aroma with some caramel malt notes. Full bodied with a nice citrus hop assault on the taste buds, but the caramel malt backbone balances it nicely. A well done and very tasty offering from founders.