Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
We pour a thick and syrupy looking beer, glowing the color of bright pumpkin-orange. It holds a two finger head of tight yet creamy off-white bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving uneven sheets of lacing around the glass. The head is easily reproducible with a quick swirl. There is a thick haze to the beer, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears quite mild. The aroma shows a thick malty base. There is bright caramel, musk, and big buttery diacetyls. The latter gives a woody quality to the nose, leaving room for a nice boozy backing. The hops are relatively mild, but show prominent grass and light citrus. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nice, and there are big malts, but the booze is way big. As we sip, warm caramel malts, walnut sweetness, buttery diacetyls, musk, and wood, all as in the nose, appear. The booze is noticeable even at the front, giving fusel air and stinging bite to each sip. The peak is more mild and sweet, with more butter and caramel, and some black cherry and plum to mix. These juxtapose over that peppery booze nicely, with some resiny hop oils and hot pine to bring us to the finish. The end is otherwise characterized by a fusel boozy wash, with caramel, citric hops red cherries, fresh woodiness, mustard seed, and black pepper. The aftertaste breathes most bitterly of the citric, piney, and soapy hops, booze, pepper, more of the nuttiness from the start, sesame seed, and paler malts. The body is full and syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. While the brew is thick and sweet, it lacks that utter stickiness to the lips that you get with many barleywines, for example. It remains soft, with nice slurp, cream, and froth. The mouth is coated but quickly dried with boozy astringency. The abv is big, warming, biting, and puckering, but the drinkability remains fair.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. The malt backing was huge!! There was such a full, potent quality, with sweetness of caramel and pales, while adding buttery character, spice, and wood. This helped to hold up against the monstrous booziness. The hops were a bit subdued, but retained enough vigor to keep this classifiable as a DIPA. This is a strong tasty brew, and certainly not a surprise from Founders.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2012 01:05:55 | More by TheBrewo
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4.11/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 5/24/13 at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma – very deep pine/hemlock aroma
Head large (6.5cm), frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing to a 2 mm layer
Body clear, more amber than orange
Flavor begins with a thick sweet piney taste, very resinous, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate is medium, oily to syrupy, with a light bitter finish
I realize this beer is technically past its prime, but has aged well, becoming a very smooth flavorable ale. I’ll be buying more to cellar.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 00:05:46 | More by Ozzylizard
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,006 ratings.