Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by EvilKeith:
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I have managed to get my palate to enjoy and even look forward to DIPAs. Now along comes this one touting itself as a triple IPA Oh, what the hell. Lets give it a try Fear not the hops, right?
Devil Dancer poured into the glass hazed and somewhere between dark amber and burnt orange in color. The head was a finger and a half of yellow-beige dense creamy foam. A curtain of lace covered the glass and marked every level change, quite nice.
The smell was a mix of fruity sweetness, pine resin, grapefruit citrus, sweet caramel malts and a touch of alcohol.
The taste follows the smell pretty well with the flavors exploding in waves. Sweet pale fruits and caramel, citrus and pine. There is an overt hop presence that brings a bold bitterness followed by the bite of peppery alcohol and warming. Surprisingly balance is maintained with just enough sweetness to offset what should be overwhelming hoppiness.
The body is medium plus and the carbonation light to moderate.
This one was a real treat. I will have to seek out more and recommend you do as well. Remember, fear not the hops
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2006 13:51:25 | More by EvilKeith
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2.96/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
12 oz. bottle with the notoriously unreadable Founder's dating stamped on the neck. Poured into a Duvel tulip a much darker color than I was expecting. Slightly murky dark copper with a tiny crown of beige head which fades into nothing within a minute. Thin sheet of lacing around the glass.
This one definitely has quite the hoppy nose. Dry hopped with ten different varietals and you can tell. Massive fruity bouquet stands out, but is so overwhelming that all the flavors blend together, tying in with a bit of resin. There's a ton of caramel malts in this thing too, adding a nice backbone to all the hops with caramel, toast, brown sugar, and molasses notes. Definite brandy-like fusel alcohol aromas as well.
This drinks almost as much like a liqueur as a beer. Thick, sweet, sugary molasses and caramel malts combine with the tropical fruits to make this actually a bit sweet. Somewhat rum-like between the massive sweetness and alcohol flavors. Overly sweet finish combines with a highly bitter finish to create something quite unpleasant.
Thick, chewy, sappy mouthfeel. Heavy-bodied with little carbonation.
I've had many DIPAs and even a couple that claim to be "Triple IPAs," and this doesn't stand up to most. Throwing as much barley and hops as humanly possible into a kettle doesn't make a good beer. The flavors are overhwelming, and not in a good way. More of a ridiculously overhopped barley wine than anything else.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 01:27:12 | More by Phocion
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,588 ratings.