Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle into pint glass. June '06. Not the freshest, but plenty fresh.
Pours deep copper with just a hint of haze, and nary a hint of a head whatsoever.
Nose is big, rich, and pungent - rich, caramel-soaked bread (a bit toasty) underneath a big, pungent hop note, and big, boozey slap across the face. Very fruity as well - almost barleywine-esque.
Taste starts off with a big (BIG) caramel sweetness, on the toasty side, rich, thick, and with a boozey, fruitcakey quality, that quickly settles in underneath a huge, pungent, fruity hop note that bites the tongue while always letting that big malt body shine through. Finish is long, huge caramel pairs with a moderate lingering pungen bitterness that's slow to fade. This beer really is huge - malt forward, hops forward, alcohol forward - just plain forward.
Mouthfeel is big, syrupy, light carbonation pokes through, with a drying,.spicy alcohol presence trying to battle through the thick body.
Drinkability isn't bad. It's just really, really big. Lots of everything lends a balance of a sort, but man. It's like a barleywine got a DIPA drunk and they had a kid the size of a linebacker.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2009 03:04:23 | More by JohnQVegas
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 3,583 ratings.