RATINGS: 1754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 112   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2789) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Rating #400... bottle. Alright, so Im fairly excited for this one, Founders seems incapable of missing, so well see what their Triple IPA is like. Pour is a reddish brown color with a very minimal head. As Im pouring, I am almost overwhelmed with the hops aroma... pineapple and grapefruit are the dominant hops scents, but there are other caramel malt promises that are lurking in the background. Im not picking up any sniffs of the 13% ABV... First thoughts are that it is fairly syrupy and thick... almost a sugary stickiness. That malty sweetness gives way to a hops blast of bitterness that finishes out the beer. Im not sure that this is anywhere near one of my favorite IPAs... it is simply a little over the top and unidimensional... It is certainly a really nice Imp. IPA, but the supremely bitter finish with an alcoholic astringency leave me a little disappointed. Still, really nice... just expected a little more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2007
The First of the Dan Journal. Tasted 4/11/2006. Murky with a caramel hue. Spotty off-white head. Syrupy with port and caramel in the nose. Sugary bitter and long. Initially sweet with caramel notes. Then a citrus bomb, followed by a dry and sticky piney hop finish. Fantastic!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Full bodied yet a bit oily with floral aroma and fruity hoppy flavor and with out excessive sweetness or malt. Pine, orange, grapefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 Pours a deep copper color with nice sized head and good lacing. Beer smells quite strong, full of hops and malt. Taste is not bad, considering 13% ABV, and leaves a nice film in your mouth full of bitterness. Actually, not too bitter! Just the alcohol taste is bad, otherwise would be one of the best Imperials.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very deep golden/amber with a heavy haze. There is almost no head to speak of. Aromas of orange and sweet toffee. The smell is delicious. Flavors consist of toffee, grapefruit, and caramel. The alohol shows up with a nice little sting on the tip of your tounge, finishing off with a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is very oily. Very light carbonation. This is definately a full-bodied beer. I love IIPAs, and this one for me ranks near the best I have had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1773) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2007
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 dont know what 200 Ibus is like, but this is certainly more than 100 ibus. The first time I didnt 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 ive 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2007
its 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 its 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1782) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2007
bottle. color is deep red-orange. much darker than any ipa ive 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. its 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.

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