alobar (2804) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clear amber color. Aroma is strong and malty. Strong malty beer with a bitter aftertaste. Undertones are smooth and balance the beer quite well. Hot edge from high alcohol makes this a worthy sipping beer.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a deep bronze color with a thick cream colored head that fades down to coatings on the sides of the glass. huge aroma, lots of grass, pine and citrus with malts. flavor is very much the same...hops everywhere, the malts are just enough of a presence to keep your mouth from puckering shut. i dont know about 200+ ibu’s but there is a tone of bitterness. the body is smooth and thick, very much like a scotch or whiskey, but the abv is totally hidden.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer appeals to me a lot, though I don’t believe the 200+IBUs. The variety of subtleties in the aroma and flavour (no doubt from the dry hopping) on top of the rich malts are just wonderful. It’s very strong of course, very good for slow sipping. Mouth feel could be a little better, a little astringent, likely due to the alcohol at least in part. I can’t wait to see what a few months of cellaring do to it!
huntersixx (1) - USA - OCT 8, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
When opened the aroma hit my nostrils and I got a chub. It smells like a stripper thats eating a carmel apple in the middle of the woods. To the tongue it was sweet and rich, and when swallowed it was exceptionally warm and bitter, in a good way, kinda like your in-laws. By far the best tasting IPA(triple) i have ever had. It was $11.99 at the local package store for 4, 12 oz. bottles. I will be buying more. Oh did I mention the 13% alcohol whips the racehorses ass too. If you have never had this, i suggest you buy it. Just like you used to tell your girlfriend, you never know what you like, until you try it.
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2009 12oz bottle. Thanks to JCW. Guess it is a few months old. Served way too cold, a few minutes removed from the fridge at 38°. The beer is thick and red, with a small, hazy head. The aroma is bigfoot-ish, lots of hops and some turbino sugar caramel and honey. Smells mighty tasty. The beer coats the glass like crazy. The initial taste is caramel, malt, wildflower honey, with some floral and citrus hops waiting to take over. When the beer hits the back of the tounge, the hops emerge and bring a nice, hoppy flavor to the beer. The finish is above average bitterness, but nothing out of control. The huge hops are well balanced with what must be a huge malt bill. The hops are very floral, piney, spicy and somewhat abrasive. They lack the subtle character of some hops. I am not sure if it is the type of hops or the sheer amount used. As the beer warms, the ending bitterness increases. The mouthfeel is pretty freaking big.
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear eerie deep red pour with a nice initial off-white head.. that fades rather quickly. Aroma is of some powerful pine forest and deep, sweet caramel. Nice balance in the aroma blended the sweetness and the hops quite well. Highly viscous mouthfeel coats each and every one of the tastebuds with those powerful hops. Caramel is not too evident until close to the finish, yet it provides great support for the hop assault. Alcohol, caramel, and pine form a great trifecta on the finish. This was a huge, mean, wonderful brew!
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - Aroma is strong with floral hops and thick with sweet cherry and malt. Pours a deep ruby red with a small bubbly head and great lacing. Flavor is a blast of hops and alcohol. The sweet cherry and random malt are there but cannot completely balance out the extreme hop presence. As it warms, the flavors do mend together. Palate is tart and sticky. If you love hops, you’ll love this beer.
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like hops, whole hops, and nothing but the hops. The aromas are enough to make you question your ability to rate this colossal brew. Pours a like syrup and even with an aggressive pour the head doesn’t want to come out and play. More of a reddish copper hue then anything it the bit of head is an off-white color. The flavor is powerful but delicatable. The citrus taste of the hops run out of the gates and assault the tastebuds but with the backing of the malt it works well. The alcohol is apparent as it warms throughout. Lightly carbonated it seems a bit syrupy but it seems to be the case with most IIPA’s I’ve had. Overall a great brew.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whoa. Deep copper pour seems almost syrupy from the bottle to the glass. The nose on this is pure hop fuel. Citrusy and floral, but in perfect balance. Soooo tempting. The body is full, loaded with chewy malt, hop bitterness and alcohol. Warming from start to finish. More barleywine like attributes than IPA - spicy, woody, heavy and rather cloying. Really plum-like as it warms. The body is also slightly syrupy, which is an annoyance for me. It is in the same class as DFH 90, but more clunkily put together and much less drinkable. If Founders would tone the body down a hair, this could be one kickass double IPA - but then it wouldn’t be the Satan of IPAs, would it? While I would only want to drink this every great once in a while, I could sit and sniff it all day, every day.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small head with a brillent red color. A fun beer/meal. Just so much alcohol and fruit it is hard to detect the strong hops. Very syrupy. 2nd try a day later after a warm up beer was much better.