Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by JLeege:
3.53/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Triple IPA, now it’s a party! Bottled 6/12/11.
Appearance- Poured into a tulip glass, pours a very slightly hazy amber color with about two fingers of off white head. Decent retention for a huge beer, a little lace.
Smell- Loads of hops on the nose. Every smell brings up something else. From pine, to citrus, and slightly herbaceous. An underlying sweetness as well. Complex hop bill, but could use a bit more focus if you want to get picky.
Taste- A dank earthiness at the outset, borderline dank weed like presence. Then some major pine resin towards the middle of the drink. Leading into some more floral and citrus notes towards the finish. Grapefruit and bitter orange peel are noted. The underlying sweetness is lingering throughout as the aroma would suggest, almost like a caramelized hop candy. There is also the distinct onion presence on the finish, though personally I don’t find it as off putting as some.
Mouthfeel- Slightly oily body and a bit sticky. It is bitter, but it is restrained with the sweet malty backbone. ABV’s are hid well for 12%, just a slight warming.
Overall- It is worth trying, but it’s not the complete hop orgy I was hoping for. I can see where the onion flavor can be a total turnoff for some people, it’s not necessarily pleasant, but it doesn’t completely ruin the beer for me. Triple IPA is not an official style, but there are many other Imperial/Double IPA’s in the 8-10% ABV range that I would chose over this.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2011 23:52:16 | More by JLeege
More User Reviews:
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 3,595 ratings.