She Devil IIPA - Browning's Brewery
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
3.23/5 rDev -14.3%
Pours a slightly hazy copper color, with an enormous head, every pour, it took me 4 to get it into the glass. It's kind of annoying, but it doesn't detract much. The head is off-white, and pillowy, leaving bits of lacing. The nose is full of powdery malts, crisp hops, but not too awfully powerful, and some very light esters. I get a pretty decent smell of bready malt and some crystal malt in there, and the hops I'd say have a light leafy, resinous, maybe a bit grassy presence, not much in terms of citrus or the other typical smells. The malt sweetness sort of dominates, which is nice, since it claims to be an imperial pale ale, not a DIPA. The taste comes with some sticky, bready malts, mixed in with a nice grassy sort of citrus rind presence. Not a whole lot of bitterness in my opinion, but also, not a whole lot of hop flavor. There are some esters in there, which give it a kind of dry fruit peel sort of character, a bit tart and bitter, but the hops kind of pick it up and don't let it fall too far out of balance (in terms of estery tastes I mean). The malt presence is actually very nice, bready, a bit toasty, some decent sweetness. It's all there. There's a light sort of grassy, piney finish, with a bit of bitterness, and the malt gets a little slick in the finish. The beer is close to medium-bodied, but doesn't quite make it all the way. The carbonation is kind of light, but nice. Overall, it's fairly enjoyable. There's a good balance (don't let the label fool you too much, it's a harder hitter than most, but not for an imperial pale ale/IPA - actually, IPA might be a pretty good category for it). I enjoyed it - but it was kind of slow starting. I enjoyed it more towards the end.
07-15-2009 23:05:24 | More by taylorhamrick
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4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
22 oz bottle from The Keg in Clarksville, Indiana. Pours into a pint glass a hazy honey amber body with a small offwhite head. Good retention with some patchy lacing.
Aroma is pungent citrus with grapefruit, orange, and mango notes. Hints of spicy pepper and toasted caramel add an inviting allure.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ideal moderate carbonation.
Taste is well balanced, with a solid caramel malty backbone being slightly eclipsed by a bitter grapefruit and orange hoppiness. No hint of alcohol. Finishes with a pleasant peppery bite.
Being a two hour drive from Louisville, I feel very remiss for never visiting Browning's brewpub. Their limited bottlings are impressive.
10-03-2007 12:59:57 | More by merlin48
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
Received this in the BIF Race of 2008.
A- Good looking beer, cloudy yet opaque orange with a large head even with a light pour.
S- Very estery with slight hint of citrus
T- Very fruit, banana and light orange.
M- Very smooth with no carbonation detectable. Lots of malt.
D- Very drinkable, had no problem finishing off a bomber.
04-27-2008 22:33:51 | More by WeymouthMike
1.93/5 rDev -48.8%
From a 1 pint 6 ounce bottle dated "2010." I'm tempted to try it again just to see if I might have gotten a skunky one. Dark brew. Thin, quickly yielding head. Sweet molasses scent. Sour and bitter molasses/licorice taste. A bit like unsweetened chocolate. I detected no citrusy or piney hops. Only the licorice aftertaste is redeeming. Not recommended for American IPA fans. Very disappointing.
07-08-2010 01:34:25 | More by plinythethirsty
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
Picked this up at Whole Foods on Nicholasville Rd. while in Lexington.
Pours dark orange-red (or red-orange) with minimal head and lacing.
Smells of citrus, pine, and guava.
After figuring out the smell was guava it is also apparent in the taste. Lots of guava followed by citrus and pine.
The feel is on the lighter side, but it works for this beer.
I'd say the drinkability is quite high. It's refreshing and interesting enough to drink the whole bomber.
06-05-2010 18:41:31 | More by RomaniIteDomum
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
Had a bottle yesterday at Hopleaf in Chicago, about the last place i'd expect to find an Imperial IPA from Kentucky. Bottle caption states "Imperial Pale Ale".
Poured an opaque dark orange, with creamy foam that looked a little like soapsuds around the edges. The surface had a smooth, creamy sheen, with irregular craters here and there. Visible carbonation.
Aroma of piney hops, dry and herbal. Lacked citrus, but it smelled fine for an IPA. Not especially pungent or over the top, just about standard issue for the style.
Flavor had a good deal of bittering hop bite to it, and a long herbal hop finish. Caramel malt seemed to dominate in the middle. It was relatively dry, and the abv came out a little in the taste. A tad too much prickly carbonation, but that's minor.
I finished a bomber myself, but would probably opt to share next time. Pretty much a decent IIPA, not too extreme, and pretty drinkable.
03-30-2008 21:00:47 | More by emerge077
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
22 ounce bottle, bottled in 2008. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about an inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is nice, it smells mostly like pine hops, but there's also citrusy (orange peel, grapefruit) hops and sweet malt too. Taste is similar to the aroma, the pine hops are strongest by far but I can also taste citrusy hops (orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple), caramel and bready malt. There's a malty sweetness that comes out once the beer warms up, and there's also a good bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers around a while. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, dry and a bit oily/slick. Drinkability is good, it's enjoyable to drink. Overall I think it's a good, solid brew. I'd recommend this to others and I'll pick this up again the next time I come across it.
08-28-2008 23:42:33 | More by bluejacket74
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Twenty-Two oz capped bottle served right out of the fridge and poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A - Poured a very nice and hazy and cloudy amber with a very nice two finger high head of rich white foamy lace. Very nice retention as the head stayed around for a good few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin layer across the top. Large amounts of side glass lace were present here, leaving a very nice spider web of sticky and gooey lace completely down the sides of the glass. Very nice appearance. Some nice carbonation was apparent as well making its way up from the depths of the bottom of the glass to replenish the head at the top repeatedly. Pretty classic look for a big IPA if I had to say so myself. This was very nice overall.
S - The aroma was huge and right up front and in your face from the first moment, you took a sip. Very large floral aromas here with a very sharp and biting nose to it. Very bitter citrus hops coming through, literally clearing the senses almost immediately and letting you know you were in for it with this one from the very start. Big orange and pineapple notes here with a good touch of grapefruit as well, really making this a big sensory explosion. Hints of strong pine were easily picked up as well really shattering the IBU factor, at least from the nose perspective. As it warmed, it tended to mild up a tad, and brought out some of the sweetness from the malts. This one really tried to balance out but it was going to leave itself with the impression it was going to be huge. Some alcohol present in the aroma as well, not much but it was apparent that it was there.
T - The flavor was huge and ripped through my mouth with the very first sip; shattering any hope that I had that this was not going to be a giant double IPA. This let you know right from the start it was not going to be fooled around with and was really going to hurt you if you do not appreciate what it was. A huge hop explosion was the first thing that I noticed, clearly dominating everything else around it and destroying the taste buds for anything else that was going to try and come after it. A very big grapefruit and pineapple flavor came through immediately. Shattering through the mouth and ripping the taste buds to shreds. Huge IBU's in this one, there was no doubt about that. Then came the deep resin like pine flavors, right in behind it to steal the show, very sticky like flavors and a deep bitter flavor. There was a subtle sweetness present as well as it started to warm up this became more and more pronounced. Towards the end of the session some light notes of sugar, as well as some light grains were starting to work their way through the profile and start to balance it out a little, very nice transition actually and as it warmed, it became a little less hot as well. The finish was very big, long and dry with no moisture left in your mouth when it was done to contend with. A long drawn out fresh hop taste lingering for a good long while when it was done as well. Overall and excellent flavor profile for a nice double IPA and a welcome surprise.
M - The feel was pretty classic as well for a big IPA. Had that nice medium body with a pretty good consistency and a nice carbonation profile s well. Never got dull or flat throughout the session, rather stayed pretty light and balanced. Had a bit of an oily or resin like context to it, from the hops, however this was not bad, just letting you know it was fresh. Awesome finish as well, really tearing up the mouth and letting it go to town.
D - The was definitely a sipper, well at least the first glass was anyway. The ABV was not too bad at 8%, however to be honest it felt a lot bigger then that, in fact it felt like it was way above 10% until it warmed up and mellowed out. The second pour was much smoother, bring out more of the sugary malts and really toning down the alcohol flavors allowing it to be much more drinkable and allowing for bigger sips at the same time.
Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I had just randomly received it in a trade and had never heard of it before to be honest, but this was very good. Pretty high up there with the IBU's so if you cannot handle big hops this one is not for you. Comes off a bit hot at first, but really mellows quite well in the end. I would have to say I would definitely recommend this one, a top-notch contribution and really a great representation of the style, highly recommended.
02-10-2008 13:40:07 | More by mikesgroove
2.9/5 rDev -23.1%
I think BEERchitect hit it on the head with this beer - although it wants to be a pumped-up APA, the hops profile is much more in line with a British IPA, and perhaps just a more "bitter" Bitter. Much as I want to support my local brewery, this beer just didn't seem all that well put-together. Hops were monotone with not much interesting going on. Perhaps it is one of those beers that does not transition to bottle well.
12-30-2009 17:06:06 | More by Brent
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured this 22 0z. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated 2007 vintage. Body was light golden-orange and clear. Two fingers of creamy head left minimal lacing.
Smell was fruity and grassy green. Aromatic and nice.
Taste was fruity like marmalade. Puckering dry bitterness (a good thing in my opinion) was counterbalanced by a strong malty sweetness. However, you cannot call this one balanced. It starts bitter, unfolds to an intense sweetness and finishes with a parching bitterness. I could drink this one all day.
Mouthfeel was medium/full in body with only light carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable. The alcohol was very well hidden. I believe Mr. Reymiller (one time Victory Brewing employee) was inspired by Hop Devil which he takes to a new level with She Devil. Very nice indeed.
02-12-2008 16:40:26 | More by Cresant
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a lightly hazy orange color with a nice cream colored head that leaves some decent lace down my glass.
Aroma is nice and fruity, citrus flavors riding on a caramel malty base thats sweet smelling. Seems more fruity to nose then big citrus bitter hop smell you usually get, nice though.
Taste is there those bitter hops are nice sweet malt caramel hints of toffee from toasting. Fruity grapefruit, apples some light herbal spice that has a lingering spicy bitterness mixed with grapefruit rind. Over all an enjoyable IIPA nice and malty plus decent favorable hop kick that is more then just bitter.
Mouthfeel is a big medium good body with lightly peppy carbonation that brings the hops out.
Drinkability is good, very enjoyable, would be a regular pick if I lived by this little brewery. Many thanks to merlin48 for this little known treat.
12-04-2007 17:59:07 | More by mntlover
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.
Vintage Beer Bottled: April 2008
A: Pours a lovely looking hazy and bright peach color capped with an amazing light-orange head that does a fantastic impersonation of meringue. The foam shows off excellent retention and leaves a lacy mess inside my glass.
S: I'd have to say that the dominant aromas at work here are fresh cut pine bough and fresh cut grass. As it comes up to temp I began to notice a few more things going on here. Mango, caramel, plantain, herbal/floral hops, and toasted malt all drop by and say howdy.
T: Sort of a one trick pony at first pour. Very piney! During the warm up process, this beer came alive. Juicy tropical fruit (pineapple and mango), toasted malt, white pepper, lawn clippings, fried plantain, apple, herbal hops, vanilla, and caramel.
M: Very dry and bitter. Perhaps too much? Thankfully the hop astringency is offset by the juicy and sticky fruit flavors. Very prickly and peppery.
D: Drinkability was very good. Proper serving temperature is paramount to fully enjoying this beer. Do not serve too cold!
07-21-2008 23:31:56 | More by GbVDave
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
A hazy golden amber color with a one inch head off white colored head. The head shows great retention, lacing slowly down the glass. At first scent the hoppy aroma of citrus and pine comes outward. Then it gradually fades to a mild malt sweet scent, but nothing to abrupt or drastic. The sweetness of the malt comes out at the start, then the hop party begins. There is a trio of flavors hitting the palate, grapefruit/citrus, pine, and grass. These combine together to create a very intense flavor. A very even bodied feel, a little thin at the front, but becomes medium bodied and consistant all the way through. The phrase, "evenly balanced beer" is listed on the label, yeah right. This is still a very good beer, a beautiful look, great aroma and taste, and consistant feel. All that does is make me want another one.
01-16-2008 02:20:47 | More by cameraman
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
From the tap at RichO's Ale House / Sportstime Pizza in New Albany, IN just across the river from Louisville where Browning's Brewery created this nice Imperial IPA. Pair with the Carnivore -5 meat pizza for a great meal.
Well balanced with bigger malt base to support the load of hops. Aroma suggest dryhopping. Very nice finish with some grapefruit lingering briefly.
Doesn't have the mouthfeel of Dreadnaught (3F) but still a nice find on the way home from the East coast.
08-11-2007 10:10:05 | More by karst
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
On tap at the brewery poured into pint glass (2009 Kentucky Derby trip). Poured medium orange with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweet orange peel and grapefruit with warmer spicy pine and warmth on the back. The flavor found sweeter caramel paired with grapefruit at the core with pine and citrusy bitterness around that struck me as a tad raw. Alcohol amplifed the bitterness primarily and helped leave a warm citrus and caramel finish. Tasty overall. Heavier-bodied with only OK balance on the palate.
02-22-2011 20:29:10 | More by CuriousMonk
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
Appearance - good orange/amber pour with a few fingers of caramelish white foam. Decent stick around the sides but plenty of open space too.
Aroma - mango/pineapple style citrus, followed by big caramel, sticky and fruity. This AIPA smells like a fat barleywine!
Taste - nice biscuity base, light caramel in support. The hops are more citrusy at first, sweet but a little thin. On the swallow, the bitterness develops, but it too is a bit lacking on depth and flavor. It isn't lifeless, it's just that a good bit of oomph that would be expected following the rich sniff just isn't there. Perhaps a victim of dilution. Still, it has nice balance, even a touch of toastiness on the finish. To be fair, the smell set me up for a huge taste, but the profile is more in line with an IPA than a barleywine.
Mouthfeel - some decent smoothness, pretty crisp, nicely done.
Drinkability - this could be an interesting one to age, but it really is rather versatile. Nothing unusual develops with warming, a very consistent beer throughout. Not too high of an abv, it's okay for several pints; also has some nice variation of flavor, ought to be a popular pairing for many dishes at Browning's Restaurant.
02-23-2010 05:03:38 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
Browning's She-Devil is a solid hoppy beer that seems more English than American but with a lot of toast and caramel flavor, yet finishing crisp and refreshing.
She-Devil opens with a much darker than expected borwn-coppper-mohogany hue. A mild haze shows evidence of dry-hopping. A modest carbonation gives a light but withstanding head that is persistent while leaving traces of lace behind.
Piney and resiny hops take the forefront while deep, deep caramels and toffees follow closely behind. A nutty, woody, and somewhat vinous must comes through at times but seems to disipate soon enough. Fruity esters are light and blend well into the malt aroma.
Flavors of hops do not dominate as they do in the nose. Instead the strong toast and toffee notes balance the hop flavor well. Bitterness, however paint a different picture. Aggressive pine and resins intensify into a true 70 IBU impact on the back of the tongue. A long linger of hops eventually fade and I once again am able to appreciate those toffee and toast flavors that shows earlier.
Low carbonation and bold toffees gives the beer a heavier and sweeter effect on the mouth than what I think is ideal in an IPA. Still, the beer cleans up and rides into a minty and herbal crispness late. This is not enough to impress but it does help a bit.
She-Devil has the hop bitterness, flavor, and body to qualify as a good IPA; you just got to think English rather than American when gaguing expectations. The good news is that the beer is consistent from end to end.
11-03-2009 04:07:43 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
On tap at The Monkey Wrench in Louisville, KY.
She-Devil poured a bright, orange-copper color with a big, foamy, cream-colored head that lasted the duration of the beer and laced the glass nicely.
Bitter citrus, pine, and soft caramel mingle with big, sweet malt aromas foreshadowing a monster American IPA. The aroma was obviously meant to be a warning for the meek.
She-Devil is a beast. The big malt body barely holds the hop explosion in check. Rich flavors of toffee, caramel, and fresh-baked bread are counterbalanced with notes of grapefruit, pineapple and dry, bitter citrus zest, citrus oils and pine resin. The complexity of flavors linger and intertwine throughout the experience.
Large amounts of malt and oily hop resin create a full-bodied mouthfeel balanced by vibrant carbonation that allows the beer to finish crisp and not too heavy.
This is a beer to sit down with and enjoy. It's too big to be a session beer for me - both in body and abv - but it has outstanding drinkability and it really shines on draft.
11-16-2010 14:28:02 | More by johncampbell
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
A - Hazy golden brown with rocky, fluffy off-white head. Excellent retention and even better lacing. Huge chunks of foam lingering on the glass.
S - Stron pungent aroma of big citrusy and tropical hops. Orange and pineapple primarily with hints of tangerine and mango. A light caramel sweetness lingers in the back.
T - Strong caramel sweetness up front with some spicy notes as well. The hop blast comes through quickly with notes of grapefruit and orange. Excellent bitterness without being overwhelming. Taste is more DIPAish like the bottle says than just straight IPA like it is classified as.
M/D - Medium bodied and a touch light on the carbonation. Leaves a very light chalkiness in the mouth which, while not a great feel, does not take too much away from a very good beer.
10-02-2008 00:35:16 | More by ckeegan04
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a very translucent, hazey amber color with some pretty sticky lacing. Hard to see the bubbling in this brew. The aroma has some heavy notes of evergreen and some orange peel and lemon zest. The taste hasa bitter bread dough flavor. Lots of caramel toasted malts with a strong blend of douglas fir pines and limey, grapefruity citrus.Not too mention the herbal hop notes that bring a note of chammomile and carob into the mix.The palate is resiny and sweet for an IPA. Can only have one bomber for the day with this beer.
06-22-2008 23:36:38 | More by scruffwhor
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
an almost apple flavor is the first thing that hits my tounge, that fades to a rich malt and a robust citrus style hop finishes off the beer nicley, the after taste is one of strong alcohol. this is a beer that i am happy to have tryed but its not a beer that i think i will seak out in the future, cool lable though.
i had the 2007 vintage, think that i would have enjoyed the 2008 much better, i love my hops fresh
08-28-2008 14:17:06 | More by orcasteve
3.05/5 rDev -19.1%
Poured a big burnt orange color with a nice dirty white head. Nose is weaker than I expected with grains and maybe some hops. Taste is bitter from beginning to end with a caramel malt presence, bready and a big dryness. Mouthfeel is thick but still bitter and really dry with some floral and citrus notes hiding in there. Drinkability is average.
09-15-2009 01:28:58 | More by barleywinefiend
3.45/5 rDev -8.5%
Reviewed from notes:
Received this in the 2nd noob bif:
Appearance: amber brown with 1 finger off white head
Smell: citrus hops,
Taste: malts, hops,
Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, bitter, dry
Drinkability: not a bad IPA but just not outstanding. enjoyed.
03-02-2011 21:46:54 | More by THECPJ
She Devil IIPA from Browning's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.