Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.64/5 rDev -6.9%
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
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-a ruby caramel color with a thin layer of cream head that disappears quickly to leave a layer of lace
S-caramel and toffee, rum soaked raisins, the hops become more present as the beer warms. Big pine and citrus presence.
T-much more hops in the taste than the smell. Caramel malt, raisins and pine and citrus hop bitterness. I can't believe this is 12%...
M-full body, reminds me a bit of a barleywine, light to moderate carbonation, pretty smooth for such a big beer
Overall a very big beer, not too sweet, good bitterness, and no alcohol burn.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 21:56:20 | More by ksimons
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,601 ratings.