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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,753 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 268
Gots: 603 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Triple IPA. Dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. 112 actual IBU; although it calculates to over 200!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,753 ratings.