Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.64/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City from the 2014 batch. Last had this beer in 2013, so I figured I would update my score with an actual review. Poured into a small Belgian style snifter glass.
Appearance - Pours a slightly opaque rust color with tawny highlights. Atop the body is a half finger of off-white head that quickly recedes to a ringlet of large bubbles and a smattering of film across the surface of the liquid. Lacing consists of a few spotlets intermittent along the sides of the glass.
Smell - Big, pungent notes of citrus, with the dominant profile being white grapefruit and zest. There is also a generous presence from the grain profile, with caramel sweetness and honey-glazed bread combating the enormous hop profile. It's very in your face on both fronts.
Taste - Picking up where the aroma left off, there is a huge hop profile, with a lot more going on than the initial grapefruit I picked up. In fact, I'd say that there's almost too much going on--it's hard to make out much in the way of individual flavors--just lots of citrus and a considerable bitterness of grapefruit pith. As with the smell, there is a large presence from the malt, imparting a sweet, caramelized finish that prevents the overpowering hops from getting out of control. In many ways, this reminds me of an American barleywine.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate to light carbonation. Bittersweet finish that lingers for quite awhile after swallowing.
Overall, a beer that is interesting and unique, but I can never bring myself to buy a four-pack because about one per season is plenty. It's just too over-the-top with hops and is a bit of a jumbled mess. I like it, but only in extreme moderation (oxymoron, I know). Founders can almost do no wrong in my book, but this particular beer is not one of my favorites.
Serving type: on-tap
06-11-2014 07:25:39 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.84/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is an amber copper color with good clarity and vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.
Smell: Floral, grassy, pungent, citrus, onion, garlic, booze, and caramel.
Taste: Same as above. Burning tingly boozy sensation going down. Even after warming up, it's still the same.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, tingly bitterness, and real boozy. It's definitely a sipper.
Overall: It's been a while, but still tasty. Should have held on to this one a bit longer.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 05:59:39 | More by Flounder57
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,698 ratings.