Stine (1759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A glowing amber resin pour, mostly clear. Hair spray stricken orange and honey aromas with the unmistakable urinal discoloration. Almost a vodka taste beside toffee malts and a Himalayan sprucy bitterness. Little for complexity amidst these extremes. Alcohol rears its gargoyle head on the palate with chemical strength. Very long finish, a sultry bourbon coating. Retains a faint resemblance of balance however. A more graceful step into the dark.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2007 Re-Rate. First time I had this I was a little toasted after already having a 120min IPA. I have to say, I donít know what 200 Ibus is like, but this is certainly more than 100 ibus. The first time I didnít really notice this, so maybe its just the particular pack I got this time.
Pours a gorgeous ruby red, one of the most deliciously colored beers iíve seen. Aroma is sweet and tart, citrus, very mouthwatering. The palate is sticky, body is medium but nice. Flavor starts out with heavy malts combined with deep resinous/piney hops. Its very very heavy to start, you can feel it in the stickyness right when you put it in your mouth. The maltyness anchors the hops nicely for the first 3/4 of the beer, but then it subsides into a VERY bitter grapefruit like aftertaste. My only complaint on this beer is that the extreme bitterness stands alone at the end, which makes it slightly difficult to keep drinking. Alcohol is nicely hidden. I love the hops, especially double ipas, and this is one seriously POWERFUL beer, but I have a hard time appreciating the good points when the ending is so bitter.
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
itís more like a hoppy barleywine at this point than an ipa. it was a great beer, but triple ipa seems more like a BS marketing thing than a real style. I liked it, but itís definitely more of a barleywine. that said, the fact that it was labeled a triple ipa made me buy it, so i guess marketing works.
Nephilium (1692) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Retrieved for me by a coworker after a grueling trip to Michigan. This pours an opaque reddish-orange color with a thin head. The aroma was not quite as potent as I expected, slight sweet aroma that fades to a slight aroma of pine and citrus. The flavor on the other hand, starts off with a slight taste of caramel, then goes off into the wonderful land of bitterness, leaving an oily film in the mouth from the hops. Alcohol is only noticeable in a slight burn in the back of the throat. Overall, a bit expensive for my tastes, but a very tasty beer.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. color is deep red-orange. much darker than any ipa iíve ever seen.looks more like red ale. head is minimal with a cream color. nose is citric hops with grapefruit and muscat notes. smells like fortified wine which i guess makes it vinous. initially i taste the alcohol not in a bad way but you can tell is there even though otherwise it remains well hidden. the hops are really big, brash and piney with a lot of malt to balance. itís surprisingly well balanced at that. palate is thick and sticky. finish is long with stingy pine needle hops and rich malts staying with you for a long time.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an amber color with a fluffy white head. A ton of hops in the smell. Beautiful. Taste was much of the same. Extremely bitter. Good brew.
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Poured a nice amber color with a nice head. Had a hoppy aroma as you would expect. When it hits your palate you can taste the hops and a little malt. Very low carbonation. Had great flavor if youíre a hop head. Nice beer for this category.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thereís so much going on with this massive beer I almost donít know where to start. The pour is deep, murky orange-brown, with a billowy head. Monster hop nose. First taste is a creamy, caramel maltiness, immediately followed by a cascade of hoppiness, with notes of pine, orange, grapefruit, maybe even a little ginger (?). Resiny, billowing mouthfeel. It also has some barleywine-type qualities. Aftertaste is more of the delicious, complex hop whallop. The alcohol is notable, but youíd never guess itís 13%. Complex and intense, an absolutely amazing beer.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Binnyís Orland Park
Devil Dancer is one hell of a hop bomb. As soon as the bottle is opened the intense hoppiness makes your nose hairs stand on end. Pours a deep mahogany with a slight chill haze. A white one finger head formed on the pour and faded to a solid cap with thick head along the edges. Leaves sheet lacing after each sip that slowly falls back into the body but leaves thick drink history lines.
This beer is so incredibly hoppy it actually clears your sinuses. There is a strong caramel maltiness. Strong for other beers but it doesnít hold a candle to the hops in this monster. This beer just drips with resinous hops. Thereís also that aspirin quality from the tremendous amount of hops added. Some pine needles as well.
Starts with the big caramel maltiness but itís quickly beat aside by the huge hoppiness. There is a musty woodiness that shows up just before the hops take over. Resinous hops drip from my tongue. Pine needles and some unsweetened grapefruit show up toward the end of the show. That aspirin bitterness comes by on the swallow and the hoppy bitterness just lingers and lingers.
Viscous and lush mouthfeel. The carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum. As soon as this beer hits your lips and tongue they go completely numb. Itís like the first DIPA I ever expierenced but it happens everytime I drink this beer. A beating that I canít get enough of.
I know this beer is huge. I know my mouth is completely numb after the first sip. I know the alcohol is way too much to drink more than one but I canít get enough of this stuff. I could drink it till I canít drink anymore.
One of my favorite DIPAs for the simple fact that I love to take a beating every now and again. This will certainly do that to the tastebuds. Another great beer from Founders. Everything they make is great.
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep cloudy orangey color ale with a small white foamy head with limited retention. Aroma consists of huge bitter piney and citrus hops are dominating unsurprisingly. Body is very sweet and has a great malt backbone which provides a bit of balance with some of the hops. Body is full with some low carbonation and no alcohol could be directly noticeable, which is quite a feat at 13$ ABV. Overall, I thought this was an interesting experiment at the intersection of an IIPA, barley wine and American Strong Ale.