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RATINGS: 1754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 112   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Founders most complex, most innovative, most feared and yet most revered ale produced. Massive in complexity the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphas used to create this monster. More IBUs than any brewery has documented, more than you would believe and dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. Dangerously drinkable and deliciously evil. We dare you to dance with the Devil. 112 IBUs

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: This one pours a rich amber color with one finger of off-white foam that soon dissipates to a thin layer. S: What a nose on this! Tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange, followed by a light pine and a nice malt backing, which seems to be a trademark of even the hoppiest Midwestern IPAs. T: Very bitter up front. The citrus flavors are much more subdued than I expected from the nose. There still is a burst of grapefruit flavor in the middle of the sip. Following the initial onslaught of bitterness is a surprisingly sweet caramel malt flavor. As the beer warms, a bit of alcohol heat comes through on the finish. M: Featuring low to moderate carbonation, quite full bodied for an IPA. D: This is a beer that I have been waiting to try for quite some time, and I am certainly glad that I did. This beer is a little low on the drinkability just because of the initial bitterness and the alcoholic finish, but still a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Bottle. Poured a hazy orange color. No real head to speak of. Aroma was strong pine, spruce, and grass. Flavor was very bitter. Strong bite of pine, citrus, and some alcohol coming through. Long, stticky finish with some alcohol burn. Very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Hazy orange pour with a slightly orange head. Aroma is tangerine, citrus hops. Flavor is bitter, quite astringent and nice duration. The bitterness was there, just not enough other flavor from the hops that I like to see.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2010
From bottle. Pours deep orange amber with very thin white head. Grapefruit and citrus hops with some toasty malt aromas. Citrus and fresh pine Very smooth and full mouthfeel. Classic IIIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Great and sneaky beer. Aroma was very good. Strong caramel malt with notes of grapefruit. Pour was a nice medium orange with plenty of bubbles and a pinky sized off white head. Taste was great. As in most non-west coast IIPAs malt is the star in this beer. Strong caramel malt in the front and grapefruit and bitter pine in the middle and in the wet sticky aftertaste. Nice carbonation for the style. There is no way I would guess this beer was 12%. Hides alcohol perfectly. Great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
The aroma is potent, rich in hops and strong notes of alcohol. Honey amber brown in color it pours with a small head but nice lacing. It is so pungent in hops, with all the bitterness and sweetness you want in overdrive. This is just too much for my palate, but Id love to age it for a year and try it then.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
12oz bottle from MrChopin. Super good. Doesnt taste like 12%. Sharp and sweet together. Not overpowering. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5133) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
This was obtained in a trade with Strylzone. Thanks! From the 12 oz bottle this poured a slightly cloudy deep hue between amber and red, with a very robust creamy off-white head with orange hues in the bubbles. The nose greets you with ripe tropical fruit aromas and alcohol. The body is very rich and the mouthfeel is kind of like cough syrup. The flavors are complex and full of fruit. The finish is very long and bitter. This is a really big IIIPA and considering how powerful it is, remains quite drinkable. A remarkable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9922) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 12 oz. bottle from fidelis83 via trade- thanks, Jeremiah! Pours a hazy red-orange color with a very small off-white head that leaves a ring and a tiny bit of lacing. A variety of hops on the aroma, as well as notes of mixed fruits (citrus, apricot, pineapple), toffee, and caramel malt. The flavor is hoppy and malty, and not as bitter as youd expect based on the description. Notes of fruits (grapefruit especially), caramel, and then some alcohol late. A balance of bitter and sweet/malty. There is a lingering bitterness, but not hoppy- more medicinal, as dasilky1 points out. Dry, with a medium body and almost sticky mouthfeel. Very good, but I would have liked that bitterness to be more hoppy or natural than it felt. RE-RATE: 7/13/10: Still a very, very bitter finish on this beer. Nice nose, better than I remember, but still not top shelf. Fresh and hoppy on tap, with all the individual notes more apparent. Lingering bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours a deep hazy red orange with a lot of effervescence, but not really any head. A orange-beige foamy rim though. The aroma is extremely complex with brown sugar, scotch, resin, citrus, alcohol... there is almost too much going on. The flavor hits first with a deep caramelized malt with a toffee nuttiness. The next wave is the extraordinary bitter. However, because of the strong malt, I almost get a spectrum of fruit on the way to bitter resin. It is as though the flavor profile sweeps through golden raisins, to apricot, until the bitter takes over with a citrus rind and finally the resin. The body is extremely rich. Though this beer kind of needs it to balance out the ridiculous bitterness, it might almost be a little bit too sweet. That would really be my only complaint.


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