Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.7/5 rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Devil Dancer opens with almost exactly the kind of aroma that one could expect from a triple IPA: bursting with hops, bringing swaths of pine resin, grapefruit rind, and dandelion stem, and a nice supporting citrus blend of pink grapefruit and lemon, as well as touches of mint and eucalyptus. In addition, the beer sports a full range of sugars, including orange liqueurs, berry and nectarine fruit esters, and shovelfuls of sticky brown sugars. And all this lies atop a frame of biscuit and toast crust, though the bready notes are admittedly hard to locate against the sugar and hop blast. As a whole, the nose is excellent, being nicely balanced between bitter and sweet, with just enough of each aroma to nicely play off of the next one. A touch more bread would have been nice, as the sugary notes do lend the beer a candy-like overtone.
On the tongue, the beer blasts away with all of the expected palate-wrecking bitterness brought by 112 IBUs: huge intercontinental ballistic pine resin and dandelion stem hop missiles shred the taste buds, with only slightly smaller grapefruit rind and eucalyptus SCUDs removing virtually all that is left. Against this massive bitter blast other notes are rather difficult to locate, but there is still a good bit of lemon and mint from the hops, as well as orange, berry, and nectarine fruits, and plenty of brown sugars. Only a slight rim of bread and toast crust translates to the tongue, the rest lost against the hop onslaught. Subsequent sips reveal a slightly larger candy sugar base, with increasing orange liqueur and berry flavors. The 12% ABV does leave a heavy fog of alcohol vapors in the mouth and nasal cavities, but this blends well with the sugars and hops, much like a good cocktail. The aftertaste is, no surprise, mainly hops, with lingering sugars and toast crust, and sticks to the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is a thick, sticky, oily medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is excellent fare, and while the overpowering nature of the hops will make this undrinkable to anyone who can’t even take a simpler IPA, it should definitely be on the list for any serious hophead. The hops in here are well chosen to present a variety of flavors, and balanced slightly toward the more bitter of those flavors, but with just enough citrus left to prevent the drinker from feeling like they’re chewing on pine sap. Simultaneously, the huge sugars in here play nicely off of the hops, bursting on the tongue in sweet goodness. In fact, it’s hard to imagine more flavor being crammed into a bottle. A must-try.
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2012 17:32:36 | More by jondeelee
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