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Devil Dancer

Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
5 / 6
38 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This beer pours a dark copper color with a hint of haze and a thin, long-lasting head. For a Triple IPA, the hop aroma is a bit subdued, but there are typical grapefruity citrus and pine aromas, along with some tropical fruit in the background. There is a solid spicy alcohol note and big rich toasty caramel aroma. In the flavor however, there is a huge hop presence. The sticky, tongue-piercing bitterness lasts long into the finish. If you crave bitterness, this will be your nirvana. The flavor is exactly what I would expect from a Triple IPA -- huge sticky resinous pine, juicy citrus, and a touch of mango. The alcohol also adds to the complexity and is slightly boozy. The malt is my favorite aspect of this beer. It plays its supporting role well with a rich melanoidin flavor and a caramel finish. Often these huge IPAs tend to be one-trick ponies and forget about the malt, but this beer does not. The mouthfeel is chewy, which one expects from a beer of this size. All in all, a solid beer that pulls no punches in flavor or ABV (be cautioned, I was feeling it at the end of the pint and that's rare for a Wisconsinite). I just wish it had more in the way of hop aroma.