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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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very good

4,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,342
Reviews: 1,371
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 299
Gots: 773 | FT: 28
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004

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!
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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.

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It is so thick it just won't let much has through. It's a deep reddish brown color with just a little fizz continually being released.

The aroma is a pronounced blend of sweet booze and his. It's a dark smell. The taste is sweet yet still hoppy. It's heavy and boozy but very pleasingly so. The aftertaste sticks with you sweet and boozingly.

This is definitely a big beer worth trying. Actually, I'd like to have this regularly but I am afraid the alcohol content is not healthy. This stuff is strong!

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12oz Bottle, purchased 6/9/14 at Atlas Bottle Works, Pittsburgh, PA. Served in snifter.

A - Pours viscous with minimal carbonation. Thin head dissipates quickly. Bright and clear, wonderful rich ruby color

S - Rich malts and fruit. Raspberry, citrus, and cedar complimented by caramel and toffee. Subdued for what I was anticipating from a "triple IPA"

T - Rich malts dominate from the start giving way to citrus, pine, dark fruit, and finally a swell of bitterness drying out the palate. A lot going on, interesting enough to keep sipping, evolves as the ale warms

M - Viscous yet carbonated enough to not become syrupy

O - My first so-called "triple IPA," I give the beer an outstanding because I am a fan of American Strong Ales and I think this is an interesting example that completely drys out (and wrecks) the palate on the finish. Lives up to the other tasty heavy beers that I've had from this brewery

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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