buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2007 Thanks to OhioDad for this one. The aroma alone packs a punch. Massive hops in the aroma. Because of the high alc % it seems to have a barleywine bite. There is almost an instant warming in the throat and belly as this one goes down. I will be working on this one for the next 1/2 hour.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one grabs you. Very overpowering hops, but still found it drinkable and balanced with the malts just as strong. Sure wouldnít drink more than one or two in a sitting. The sweetness and high alcohol content battle with the malts and hops to try and balance this delight.
NachlamSie (2732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 Thanks to Iowaherkeye for sending this gem in a trade. Iím starting to get the hang of these self-proclaimed triple IPAís. Itís an interesting category of beer indeed. This beer pours rather dark for an IIPA or even a triple, if you want to recognize that as a seperate style. The liquid is dark mahogany, visually thick and viscous with a lasting tannish head. Aroma = pummeling blast of grapefruit/pine. Underneath this attack of bitterness is a dry, vinous bittersweetness with a boquet of dark fruits and figs. Generally I think "triple IPAís" are just too malty to really let the hops come out, even though ridiculous amounts are infused. This is no exception, while bright notes of citrus and pine are quite evident to say the least, they lose a little definition and apparent intensity due to the giant, sticky foundation of toffee, herbs, raisins, and bittersweet earthy notes. This isnít necessarily a negative, it just requires a change of mindset in the IIPA category to achieve better appreciation from the taster. The finish lingers forever on notes of drying pine and raisins. Despite the staggering intensity of Devil Dancer, everything is balanced excellently and the abv is only is detected as some warmth in the back of the palate. After taking a good twenty minutes or so to finish this, the snifter was still left with walls of lacing.
May 10, 2008]
Bottle. Pours semi-cloudy dark red small tan head. Nose is especially hoppy, but not really as defined as Iíd like my IIPAís to be. Still, itís nice. Most of the bitter aroma is in the form of herbs, peppers, pine, maybe a bit of garlic. Sweetness is present mostly in the form of fruitiness. Palate is semi-heavy and suits the flavor profile quite well. Bitterness is definitely here but again is very herbal and vegetal without any heavy citrus. I think the sweet character present is close to that of a barleywine, exhibiting characteristics like toffee, earth, and even some berries. This is pretty interesting. It pulls off the mythical triple IPA idea pretty well. I think I prefer a hoppier double IPA though.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma on this beer is ALL hops with some sweet candied sugar (maybe the malt sweetness?) smells coming through as well. The hop aroma on this beer is great! The apperance is copper orange when held up to light, and the head is a creamy toffee color that surpsingly stuck around for qute a while with the beer being 13%. the taste is a little overpowering, and while the extreme bitterness is welcome, I dont like the way it melds with the very thick mouth coating palate. Its a good beer overall, just maybe a little too demanding on the taste buds, but I guess that should be expected for a triple ipa that comes in sooo strong in regards to the alcohol. Overall another good beer from Founders.
milewide (1469) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 Overpowering! Lots of hops, but off-set by malt sweetness. High alcohol very present. This is the most bitter brew Iíve tried and I enjoyed it! However, itís an event, and not a beverage---and the alcohol is omni-present.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. This poured a deep ruby with almost no head. Nose was hops and fruit(apples). Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Very bitter but as the beer warmed this flavor was more muted only to return in the last few sips. Honey, grapefruit, peaches all mixed together, but I thought the bitterness was for the most part a bit much. Thanks to Sprinkle for the bottle.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Immyís tasting poured amber in color with a thick tan head. BIG floral hop aroma with a touch of carmel hidden in there. Flavor was BIG floral and citrus hops with just enough malt hangin around. Thanks Immy. I want more.
TomDecapolis (4437) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much thanks to hopdog for this one from my "wants list". Pours a hazy deep ruby amber with a small foamy/bubbly light tan head that sustained and left tons of sticky lacing. Aroma of pine, sticky citrus, very sweet malt, caramel, tobacco, toffee, grapefruit and some toastiness. Flavor is a very sweet malty/hop mix with some bitternesss peaking through the massive amount of malts in this beer. The bitterness and hop feel kind of lingers on the tongue and more various flavors come out. Also lends to a spicy and earthy hop things going on in addition to the grapefruit/orange citrus thing and the alcohol was fairly well hidden for being at 13%.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at least one year old. Small head, deep amber. Aroma is sweet, hops, citrus fruit, big malts. This is a barley wine, folks. Bitter as hell. Fruity, this reminds me of Rogue Old Crusty. Not as good though, but not bad. Be careful with this stuff.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at great taste of midwest 2006. Nice pour with thick orange/amber color and small tight white head. aroma of pine, pepper, and grapefruit. Subtle malt backbone with a hint of caramel, then BAM! a super charge of bitter spice and citruis pine hoppiness that flirts with splitting your tongue, folding your fore- head,then balancing off just enough to want another taste. An enormous, hoppy beer that will tame the most serious hopheads. cheers!