gdubu493 (48) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Sweet, malty nose.
Appearance: Cloudy, dark-ruby amber color. Thin off-white colored, one-finger head that disappeared almost instantly. No lacing.
Taste: Malt. Caramel. Grapefruit. Cherries. Hops tempers fruity taste well. Balanced. Hops not terrible distinctive for a triple IPA.
Overall: I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a glass in which I like to drink beer. The beer was bottled 5/20/2014 (opened eight months later) which may explain its weak carbonation. Well balanced for 12% alcohol but doesn’t drink as big as a I would imagine a triple IPA would. RateBeer member Barnoloid summed it up well, "...IPA that doesn’t feel much like an IPA. The feel is more barleywine." #respectbeerbrethren.
Svesse (6848) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 17 Oct 2014) Reddish amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with caramel, red fruit, black-currant and vinous hints of alcohol. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, red fruit, black-currant, wine-gum and a generous resiny bitterness in a finish with a certain alcohol glow. Full body, with a certain sweetness. Very tasty and quite bitter, a bit boozy but with an impressive hop presence. Very nice.
JohnGalt1 (734) - , Idaho, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz purchased at the AJ’s Fine Wine in Scottsdale.
1" sorta yellowish head.. descent lacing dies pretty quickly but the brew is a very pretty glowing hop hazed deep orange..
Nose is thick pithy grapefruit.. plenty of malts to balance, but the hops are really front and center.
Flavor is a bunch of sorta syrupy maltiness to balance the alpha assault that begins with every sip... hops are really fruity... more fruity than the little pine that is present.. the malt sweetness is a mildly complex mix of toast.. caramel and bread.. but both hops and malts are well represented.. in fact, I am a bit surprised at how balanced this brew is.. the mouthfeel is pretty thick and oily... the viscosity is sliced down a notch by a nice carbonation that helps me want another sip.
Drinkability walks a fine line with me.
lightbias (262) - USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring this from the glass I expected a big aroma, but it seems that this one is another that likes to be a little less than cold to release it’s secrets.
A sweet, malty nose, once things get going; a dark ruby amber and a soft, porous head make up the presentation of this beer...I this poured into a tulip hoping to capture that aroma. The head is gone in minutes, but the aroma is only getting itself started.The warmer this gets, the headier it becomes.
The thick, sticky body is draping itself over my mouth, coating my teeth, lips and tongue with a syrupy goodness. This has a few months on it, so I was not thrilled about doing a review on it, but it’s not actually too bad for the age. May...2014. It is a really good DIPA 7 months later, so I decided to go for it. I will look for this fresh, so that I can experience the Devil Dancer the way it was meant to be had, but even now I can say I will definitely try this again.
That being said, the carbonation is weak and could be so much more for the brew. Next time...it will be fresh. Certainly.
Foxbush (1461) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle This is a big IPA. Your first sniff lets you know strap in for the ride. The D/IPA pours a cloudy amber with a small off white head and modest lacing. Your nose is greeted with a piney-citrus aroma. The taste is more complex with a malty resin like flavor. There is a fruity taste that mingles with the bitter hops and high ABV. I have been told IBUs greater than 100 can not be detected by our taste buds. The ale has a medium body with soft carbonation. The finish has hop resin in the upper mouth that closes out each swallow.
jcp23 (53) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Richy Rich! Big bold massive mutha of a beer. Aroma is full, robust crystal clear malt blast, magnificently married with sweet, slick, voluptuous hops. Presents itself in my gold-rimmed snifter with a deep orange-hued amber distinctiveness, topped with a bubbly, creamy tan foam. Tastes of ridiculously rich, sweet, caramelly malt goodness, richly and regally reveling with luscious layers of densely-wrapped complex hop flavors that dance devilishly across the tongue. Did I mention rich? Devitasting!
rondphoto (2690) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear dark amber brown with a beige rim head, streamers of lace. Taste is power malt and alcohol that is cut by medium hops in the finish. It is more strong alcohol than anything else, making it okay, but not particularly enjoyable.
coachd (269) - Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never had a triple IPA before; here’s to hoping this ale lives up to the hefty price tag ($15 for a 4-pack) and the RB rating. Smells of pine hops, honey malt sweetness, and a slight amount of booze. In no way does it smell like it should be 12% ABV. Pours out dark and slightly thick for an IPA. Wonderful amber color with a nearly white head. Foam sticks around - surprising for the strength of this beer. Hoppy up front, then sweet, and finishing with more hops and a slight alcohol burn, which I actually like. Although the hops smell like pine, the taste is all citrus. Not as bitter as I thought it would be. Think of this as a less bitter version of Stone Ruination. Almost as good as Hopslam. One of the best palates I have had in an IPA. I recommend this one for anyone who likes a huge hoppy IPA.
miyauchi38 (662) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Nikki’s - 5 months old (sorry, still going to review it.) Amber-brown with a heavy haze, thin cream-colored head, fine, fades to film with sea foam patches. Aroma is a fruit medley: pear, berries, orange, as well as some dark caramel notes. Flavor is huge caramel, substantial but clean and non-astringent bitterness, with a sherry-like finish. Body is medium-heavy with a moderate carbonation with some burn, not too prickly for the body weight, but still prickly on an absolute scale. A nice sipper, still not up to my expectations given the ratings; however, I wholly believe that if this had been brewed within the last month, my experience might have been entirely different.