HildigŲltur (5103) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Hoppy and fruity aroma with grapefruit notes. Sweet and warming flavour with a very dry and bitter finish. Nice.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
No head, clear deep orange. Very fuelic alcohol nose. Huge malt and hops, no surprise there. While it doesnít try to be balanced, I donít think it tries to be a total joke. Iím sure it takes good skill to make such a beer without it being cloying and abrasive and I know Founders definitely do have great skill, but Iíd hoped theyíd use it to greater purposes than joining a childish weener measurement contest through IBUs and alcohol. Cheap scotch reminiscent alcohol nature, very hot citric hops, earthy, caramelic and apricot like. Hot and abrasive palate, like a Chinook hop shot. Highly astringent, but who cares, itís flavourful eh? Woody, minty. Ni drinkability which I expect to have a minimum of in a pale ale. Medium-thick bodied, syrupy. Purposeless heavyweight lost child. No worse than that, a 700 lbs man who canít get up from his bed. Thanks Mike for sharing though, yes Iím happy to have tried it, but I sure wouldnít have been able to go through a whole bottle.
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An Old Crustacean limps by as oranges, berries, peaches and grapefruit garnish this overflowing hop grove. So much life is growing here, chaos is near.
Alright, I want the back of my tongue back. Extreme, chalky, monster bitterness obliterates any subtlety-seeking tastebud and yells coarsely in victory. Alcohol bites any reminding bud and throws a few oranges and grapefruits around, a dictatorís right hand man throwing candy to the children screaming and jumping. Not easily consumable by any means, this is the first time I say it is too much. Unbalanced would be an understatement.
A local anaesthesia which becomes generalized.
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruddy golden, with a nice head. NWish citrus basket hop aroma, intense initially, but blows off, leaving some sweet malt, but a huge alcoholic nose. Lots of oranges. Heavy sweet maltiness, a caramel lollipop? Surprisingly not bitter, nor is is overly alcoholic, thereís plenty of malt sweetness here that manages to mask it well. More orangey hop flavor as well. I like this beer(plenty, actually), but in general Iím torn between the maltier more "balanced" midwest take on the IIPA, (the barleywineish ones) and the leaner, meaner west coast. For my money, though Iíll take the leaner meaner one...
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: caramel, maltiness, and mandarin orange scents; lots of hops
Appearance: deep, dark orange, small, creamy head, and bubblies
Flavor: Very smooth, tastes of caramel, malts, some bitter chocolate, hop leaves, and some oranges
Palate: very sweet malty taste with strong hoppy ending bite; lingering flavors of oranges and hop leaves.
Overall: While I generally find most IPAs unpalatable, this one is quite good; I would probably drink it often if it was available in OK.
3fourths (8099) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 12oz bottle. It pours a rich medium dark orange color with a perfect heavy-bubbled foamy, rich head, the color of which is like toasted bread. The nose is something that I consider hard to improve, with the perfect mandarin orange aromas from the hops along with a caramel-like malt note, and also with a slightly astringent, pungent hop acidity to the nose. This is one of those rare beers that I just want to enjoy the aroma of and not drink it so soon, for fear of spoiling the enjoyment of the nose. The flavor, however, up front it slightly acidic and slightly sweet, then turning to a mildly lactic orange cream and caramel flavor, finishing strong full of alcohol and smooth, tart strawberries and cream. I can say that Iím relieved that this isnít another nails-down-the-throat hop orgy, but rather a well made, impressively strong double IPA. My only complaint would be a finishing flavor that doesnít seem to have much depth. Itís pasty and a little empty on the back of the tongue. However, Founders brews recently have been a thing to behold, and this one is no different. They are fast becoming one of my most respected breweries, which is hard when I have no regional or personal attachment.
mds (2216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. hazy mahogany/amber body. Small short lasting head. Strong sweet hoppy aroma with notes of pine needles. thick chewy hop juice! it really is like a punch in the face...surprisingly for the 13% alcohol level, it was very well masked. Itís difficult to pick out any specific flavours due to the huge hop palate. Itís pretty one-dimensional with not nearly enough balance but I was expecting this to be somewhat over-the-top. Interesting.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Big thanks to heemer77 for gifting this one to me! Looks good, decent head and all...leaves some lace now that Iím about done with it. This is a barley wine. But I suppose maybe IPA3 is a more interesting/marketable moniker. Big citrus hop nose...and behind that lies a load of sweet carmel malt. 200IBUS???? they donít show up really, I donít find this overly bitter, actually I think it lands on the sweet side, but they did try to load it with hops for balance. The flavor is well intergrated hops and malt...citrus and carmel again...and that pretty much sums it up for me...slight alcohol burn at the end...slight...It does maintain a fairly light body for its considerable strength and sweetness...it was quite easy for me to drink in 30min or a bit more...I think this is a pretty solid American barleywine...reminds me of bigfoot without the pine/grass. Thanks Eric!
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Slightly cloud, though more transparent, orange/amber color with a rapidily diminishing light tan head. As can be expected hops dominated this beer, the aroma was filled with big big floral hops, and sweeter lighter hops. Flavor, again with the hops, super hops, syrupy hops, is there anything else in this beer? Oh yeah, 13% alcohol definately makes its appearance in a long dry bitter alcohol biting finish.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - many thanks to Eyedrinkale for the trade! Triple IPA, wow, interesting beer. This poured hazy and dark ruddy-amber with a very small beigey head. The aroma is intense, rich molasses maltiness, orange, peach, mixed citrus and a bit of pine. Bold flavor as well, very sweet and spicy - malt syrup, maple and clove - this borders on cloying yet itís balanced with an extreme hoppiness (seems odd to say "balanced with extreme hoppiness, but this is an IPA3), grapefruit rinds and pine-sol. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Thick, almost syrupy body with a creamy carbonation. This is good and definitely a treat, but almost too much of a beer to be really enjoyable to me. Extreme brewing.