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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,041 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3041
Reviews: 1252
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the fridge, poured into standard pint glass.

First triple IPA, love Founders, so where better to start.

Lovely coloring, coppery red, clear, small head which retained well

smelled delicious too, hops to be sure, but some sweet maltiness as well

Taste was, in a word, BITTER! Very bitter indeed. Though oddly, to me, the bitterness did not stay on the tongue too long, and that makes it quite drinkable. Which can be dangerous for a 12.0.

Mouth was much thinner than you would think, and didn't really have much of the boozy taste associated with high abv's of other styles.

Overall, I can reccommend trying this beer, though personally I doubt I will be out getting a 4-pack of it every week. It is a strange beer, taste-wise, but I'm certainly up for trying some other breweries offerings for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:06:22 | More by MikeWard
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 12, 2013.

It has a nice looking amber-copper color with an off-white head that sticks around briefly. Slightly cloudy too.

The aroma is just so vibrant with floral hops, grapefruit, and astonishing bitterness that tears into the senses. There is also a bread and butter thing happening.

The body is in the medium range but there is a noticeable astringency too.

The taste is overwhelmed by floral and citrusy hops. The bread is there too but it is really in the background. Triple hops really make a difference in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:50:40 | More by puboflyons
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, bottled 6/3/13

A- pours a dark amber color with a ruby red hue, small creamy off-white head that reduces to a small layer, leaving short lasting lace

S- dry floral and earthy hops, some fruity esters, a trace of garlic & onion, a bit of sweet malt to close it out. Not as pungeant as I would expect from a triple IPA.

T- what it lacked in hop aroma, it makes up for in taste. Bitter earthy and leafy hops attack the palate with some floral, pine and herbal notes. A big malty sweetness kicks in mid-palate that actually stands up to the huge hops, it follows all the way to the finish with more leafy hop notes and just a bit of vegetal flavor, long bitter linger

M- this and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Some warming alcohol at the end, but its needed to stand up to the huge flavor.

O- this one is a slow sipper. Thick, boozy and full of hops. I didn't have high hopes after the aroma but the flavor made up for it. Definitely worth a try for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:05:58 | More by Treyliff
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a very slight tint of red. 1 finger white head that retains nicely.

Nose is dominated by earthy hops, mainly black pepper spice and grassy notes. Malt is detectable and smells somewhat sweet.

Spicy hops dominate the majority of the flavor In this. Some earthiness and grassy notes are also present. Finish has a big bitter character

Mouthfeel has a big oily feel. Finish is dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:43:06 | More by Fcolle2
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slader

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color is exceptional...most amazing deep copper hue with tincture of fluorescent pumpkin. Pours into the glass like a churning alchemaic event that foreshadows the bold taste to follow. Taste is pure fog cutter that shreds the minutia of whatever you were thinking of before your first sip. Kudos to the brewmaster!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:11:18 | More by slader
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jeff1973

California

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. A month old? Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Maudite tulip.

A - Brilliant reddish orange. Off-white head with decent retention.

S - Catpiss mixed with caramel and pineapple.

T - More of a hoppy Barleywine. Catpiss and grapefruit upfront, mellows out to peach and pineapple, then to caramel and biscuit notes. Really complex and alcohol is really well hidden.

M - Very full and thick, but not overwhelming. Perfect for the style.

O - Great beer. Great contrast between the great hop flavor and caramel malt sweetness. One of my favorite to trade for.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 06:37:31 | More by jeff1973
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date:
Glass: Tulip

Founders' Devil Dancer is about as over-the-top as American DIPAs can get at the moment, with a destroying force of intense hops and ethanol rendering the palate insensate after partaking of this beer. In a way, Founders' plays with styles here: what is the difference between a triple-IPA and an American Barleywine? Surprisingly appetizing for being a brute force of hops, ethanol, and to a lesser extent, malt, this is a beer that was interesting to try, though I do not see myself returning with any regularity. At best, this is a hoppy dessert beer, as nothing will go well on your palate after this beverage, and it's too laden with ethanol to be considered the cap to a night of drinking.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of beige-colored foam, with average retention time of about one minute, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is modest to minimal, a few small spots and blotches cling to the sides of the glass. The body is a moderately bright amber red color, light bringing out orange-red hues with yellow highlights. Beer is surprisingly transparent (20-30% opaque) with visible carbonation running up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of serious hops, giving wild hop flower and grapefruit characters; layered, deep caramel malts with assorted fruit-like esters (watery apple, green grapes, and peach) courtesy of the ale yeast; and ethanol.

Seriously laden with heavy caramel malt, bitter/dank hops, and ethanol, this is an extreme beer by any definition. Front of palate is of heavy caramel and base malts, with evident ethanol and quite strong hop bitterness and oiliness as well: grapefruit, pine, pepper. Mid-palate of intense hop bitterness with equally strong hop flavors of hop flowers, grapefruit, and pine resin; heavy caramel malt; spicy and burning ethanol. Back of palate is of heavy ethanol heat and spiciness, with intense hop bitterness and spiciness, hints of grapefruit and pine resin, and a mild caramel malt backbone attempting to meld the ethanol and hops together. Aftertaste is of a wall of hop bitterness (palate totally ruined by hops), ethanol spiciness and burn, with caramel sweetness still trying to patch-up the disparate elements together (somewhat successful, somewhat failing).

Beer is heavy-bodied, substantially weighty with moderate levels of carbonation, resulting in a fairly smooth, lightly fizzy beer with strong bittering agents and quite perceptible ethanol. Ethanol is easily felt on the tongue and back of throat, as well as in the nostrils; other, equally strong beers have hidden their alcohol content much better than this. Closes quite dryly, as expected from the hops and ethanol. Ethanol burn lingers well after each sip, as does the substantial stickiness from the immense amount of malt used in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 04:50:35 | More by falloutsnow
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured the 12oz Devil Dancer procured from Solo on the east coast into a pilsner glass. It was a nice autumn orange with very little foam head. Not much lacing that could be seen. Could be that this was aging for a while, I went and found the bottled date and it said 06/2012.

The smell was dense and dark and full of caramel. It had a slight smell of oak but I don't think it was oaked aged. The taste was balanced and pretty smooth for such a high abv. The taste was caramel filled and bitter through and through. Overall a wonderful beer which I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:15:31 | More by cswhitehorse
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brewer007

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark carmel, nice head retention, well Carbinated

S: Rich hop aroma with fruity and citrus tones pared eith a rich malt aroma as well

T: Dark rich munich malts present pared with a bold combination of bitter and aroma hops. A balance between bitter, citrus and malt tones. The bitter and malt tines stand out more than the citrus and fruit notes.

M: Thick, malty, bitter feel that holds true to a double IPA

O: The malty bitter notes hold true to a double IPA. The octane is there too. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:24:54 | More by brewer007
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, bottled 6/8/13, poured into my The Bruery tulip glass, drank over several hours.

Apperance: 3/3 - dark brown coloration, impressive clarity like Double Trouble (can both see or read through), minimal white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing with moderate middle residuals, big alcohol legs

Aroma: 10/12 - an admixture of grapefruit, pineapple and tropical fruits...and lots of booze c/w its 12% ABV; some bready/biscuity notes are also detectable but much more subdued than the two aforementioned

Flavor: 15/20 - a big hop and alcohol presence dominates initially; again, the malt characteristics are much more subdued, which mainly serve to add complexity to huge hop and alcohol presence; moderate bitterness and not overlying drying

Mouthfeel: 7/10 - full-bodied is an understatement; unlike the 9.4% in Double Trouble, alcohol is a major constituent in the mouthfeel as well; light-to-moderate carbonation is to be expected for the high ABV

Overall Impression: 8/10 - I read some of the other reviews, and, to be frank, was expecting a much worse beer; although I prefer Double Trouble, this is an excellent beer with all the characteristics you'd expect in an American barley...cough, "triple IPA"...big hop presence and alcohol in the aroma and flavor; it's a definite sipper and not nearly as refreshing as Double Trouble, but I'll certainly return to this again and would be interested to see how it ages too

TOTAL SCORE - 43/50

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 03:06:30 | More by MNishCT77
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013

A: Poured from bottle to tulip, color is a deep hazy copper. Small off white head that dissipates quickly and leave a small amount of lacing.

S: Huge caramel smell up front with an intense combination of citrus, piney, and spicy hop aroma.

T: Follows the nose with a big caramel sweetness up front and a very different hop character in the finish. The alcohol is very well hidden in this despite it being 12%.

M: Full bodied, fairly high carbonation, so so dry finish.

O: A good brew but I really can't justify the price, there are so many amazing IPA's for half the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:07:08 | More by xShoWTeKx
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fitrock2112

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured the Devil Dancer into a Tulip.

A - Pours amber color with a thin white head.

S - Some candied qualities, smooth malt, vanilla, orange and light grapefruit. Love the aroma on this one.

T - Bitterness right off the bat, grapefruit, pine needles. The hop monster comes out big time here. It grabs you and squeezes your tongue. Wow, not too bad.

M - Medium carbonation, smooth nice beer with some syrup qualities in there.

O - Not bad shit here, this is another quality brew from Founders. Enjoy! Cheers!!.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:00:38 | More by fitrock2112
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emyers

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date: 5/30/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep, slightly cloudy copper-amber color with a finger-and-a-half off-white head. Pretty good head retention considering the abv, and leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Looks very enticing.

Smell: Big blast of grapefruit and pine up front along with some tangerine. The hops then give way to the malt, which comes through with strong caramel and toffee notes. The interaction between the hops and malt is really interesting here, as both are very strong, yet thet manage to stay out of each others' way.

Taste: Huge malt and hop flavors hit the palate simultaneously, providing an explosion of flavor. Pine, grapefruit, and grassy hop flavors mix with caramel, dark fruit, and biscuity malt flavors. Where the aroma came through in separately discernible layers, this really just all hits you at once. It can be somewhat overwhelming if you aren't ready for it (which is a feeling I remember quite well from the first time I tried this beer), but it's extremely unique and complex.

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied with farily low carbonation. The mouthfeel is quite smooth despite the intensity of the flavor.

Overall: It's actually very difficult to rate this beer, as it isn't really similar to anything on the market. It's not something you just drink, it's something you experience. And if you can handle the storm, it's a wonderful experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:38:44 | More by emyers
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 6-?-13. About two weeks old. Healthy pour into a chalice.

A palate wrecker (to borrow a phrase and a title). The maltiness keeps the excerburant hoppiness in check. This beer is ready to drink now. An automatic favorite - just can't have move than one or two per session.

A - A beautiful and brillant clear dark amber with a one-finger biege head that quickly disapates, but does not completely disappear.

S - Very piney & resinous, but not over the top when compared to the many hop bombs out there. Plenty of malty sweetness.

T - Hoppy bitter but sweet and malty for balance, but still a hop monster. Hides the high ABV very well.

MF - Medium to heavy bodied. Carbonated but not sparkling or bright in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:44:16 | More by Sludgeman
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter --Reddish orange with white 2cm head

Smell - pine, booze, a bit of citrus

Mouthfeel - Astringent, slightly bigger body than your typical IPA, medium carb

Taste - PUNCH YOU IN THE MOUTH bitter, but does have a bit of malty sweetness to balance it a bit. After the initial bitterness settles into the sweetness you can actually taste a bit of citrus before a crazy bitter finish that lingers for a while!

Overall - Interesting brew, I've always wanted to try a "Triple IPA" so had to get a couple bottles of this. I think I'll let the other one sit for a while to see how it settles down. Unless it becomes amazing after some aging, I don't see myself shelling out $6 a bottle for this next year.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 21:14:17 | More by maxcoinage
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vic21234

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Surprised to snag a 4 pack at my local bottle shop, this is the first time I've been able to get my hands on some. Bottled on date is 6/8/13.

A- Pours a clear deep amber/ mahogany color with a very small amount of white head that quickly fades. Lacing is apparent along the sides of the glass.

S- Hops and booze in the aroma. The hops give off a piney and dank aroma. I also get a sweet syrupy note too.

T- The initial sip is deceiving in that it goes in smooth before hitting your taste buds. Then all sorts of hop bitterness come through. As mentioned in the smell, the hops are all piney/ dank with no noted citrus properties in my opinion.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, medium carbonation, bitter and dry. No balance to it, just a big hop bomb, but I can't say I expected any balance with a TIPA. The 12% ABV is noted and I get some warming in each sip from the alcohol.

A nice beer that I'm glad I got to give a try. It is a nice hop bomb and a must try for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 23:37:51 | More by vic21234
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Ego

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

eyes
it's the one that says bad mother f*r
light brown with an amber glow, the head rises to maybe one finger and then runs like gump... right out of the stadium, the ABV leaves legs for sure and the head that remains evaporates along the glass at a tremendous pace, it literally melts away in a fraction of a moment, carbonation is apparent but the bubbles are quite small, on a quick glance this reminds me of a british pub hand draft except I know the dragon that stirs underneath the seemingly calm exterior

nose...
candied hops, brown hops, caramel malt, raw alcohol, pine resin, orange peel, all mixed together... I can't say I love it, it has some nice character but I am not swooning

taste etc...
medium bodied, I was bracing for real harshness but this was not as crazy as some of the things I heard about this satanic jig, that said this is no walk in the park... the alcohol teeters on the edge of being too hot but just holds back before it pushes you off the cliff, this is not overly bitter to this mouth... considering the IBUs I suppose that is strange but there is enough of everything else to keep this from puckering up, each mouthful runs a full gamut, you get the sweet malt, the various bitter flavors (which seem to be on the sides of my tongue rather than the back), the carbonation is perfectly sublime.. a nice little prickly sensation, this is rather easy drinking considering the weight (and boy does it warm the stomach)

verdict?
damn tasty, maybe one bottle is a bit much... can this be a desert IPA ? or something along that line? the various differentiation in the bitter flavors is really interesting, a really nice beer. not something I would reach for often but something to perhaps have a bottle with friends once in a moon

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 05:32:15 | More by Ego
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founders Devil Dancer

Look - Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass this pours a clear ruby amber with a small soapy head, spotty lacing.

Smell - Sweet malt and deep citrus hops with a dash of alcohol, quite mouth watering here but you can tell it is going to be trouble.

Taste - A ballsy rich malt with a bitter piney and citrus (hyper bitter) hop resonation. Some alcohol is definitely detectable.

Mouthfeel - Sits bitter and boozy. Decent drinkability but I did not want another for sure. Medium-bodied and somewhat sticky. Throat hot boozy, super face hot boozy.

Overall - Not bad, a little boozy and there are hoppier "TIPAs" out there which I would likely reach for before choosing this one. Would still recommend though because it is a powerhouse.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 21:05:45 | More by JMScowcroft
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roger617

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass
A: 3.75 Dark copper/auburn color. Pours with little head that reduces quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: 4.0 Piney. Hops forward, not much else noticeable on the nose.
T: 3.75 For 12% this is very well balanced. Loads of hops with a good blend combo of malt and more hops.
M: 4.0 Smooth. Surprisingly high carb level for 12% - not too high, just surprised.
O: 3.75 When I think IPA, I don't think of pine. When I think DIPA, I lean more towards sweet, citrus, and stron malt bills. This is the first TIPA I've had, and I am pleasantly surprised overall at how dominant all of the characteristics are throughout the beer. Once my pallet was nicely destroyed I was able to pick up on the subleties that make this beer delicious.

***edit. I was able to enjoy this on tap on 7/22/13. I would rate on tap quite a bit higher than bottled. More of a well balanced blend vs pine forward on tap. Overall closer to 4.25.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:27:46 | More by roger617
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JordanPhraczek

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Just arrived at the store (Quality Liquors, Salem, MA) bottled in May. Served in a 14oz water goblet.

A - Pretty lively movement of foam considering there isn't much of a head. Reddish dark amber/maple syrup color. Filtered.

S - Alcohol and cough syrup with loads of piney hops.

T - Super bitter with a candy malt. Not sure this is what I was expecting but it grows on you for sure. Brown sugar and pine tar.

M - A bit thin, but for the alcohol content it holds it's own. Palate is pleasantly wrecked.

O - Not to many Triple IPAs out there so it's tough to judge based on style with a limited control group. Sugar in the beer allow the yeast to create loads of alcohol. Tries to seek balance on a super hoppy beer so it is very sweet and very bitter. Get past the bitterness and you can enjoy this sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 23:24:00 | More by JordanPhraczek
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DanE

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated 5/30/2013. $21 and change for a 4-pack @ Manchester Beer and Wine.

A: a darker, amber color, pretty clear. A small white head but great lacing. A lot of legs which is a testament to the 12.0 ABV. Looks tasty to me.

s: Sweet, piney, a little citrus. The warmer it gets the more alcohol I get. Smells how i'd expect. Can't pick up on any specific hops.

t: extremely flavorful. The hops definitely linger on for several minutes. A similar profile to Hoptimum, except i like this more. the warmer it gets the more alcohol i get. I like the flavor profile. I don't get the aggressive summit hop profile people have suggested in past batches.

m: slick, like a barley wine.

I like this beer. I believe this beer is intended to be "unbalanced" to ensure the hops are front and center. Any maltier and i think this would taste more like an american strong ale. I like this beer and anyone with the balance sheet to afford it at $22 a 4-pack must try it. A great treat for the hop head in the best of us.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 19:23:01 | More by DanE
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very nice dark orange to red grapefruit coloring with a reasonably thick bubbly head.

I get huge piney resin and floral scent here. No fruit to speak of but an underlining of malty, tea leaves.

I get alcohol, piney, floral alcohol. If you sip it slow it mitigates a piney, metallic alcohol taste but can't fight the burn. As I drink it slower, it begins to grow on me. The initial shock is gone and the taste is piney hops but it has a certain sweetness and a certain character.

This beer gives the feel of over the top, in your face, Bam...hops! It succeeds but the alcohol taste and burn ruins it a bit for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 19:26:46 | More by KYGunner
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sennin

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip glass on 17 June 2013.

A: A small white head develops on the pour, but dissipates throughout the drinking session. Amber colored with some nice bubbling. Lacing definitely prevalent, but decreases throughout the drinking session.

S: Very interesting, I'm getting something like raspberry jelly, as well as blackberry and raspberry currants. Huge red fruit presence in the the smell. Pine resin is especially dominant though. It has both a bitter and sweet smell and has a very intriguing balance.

T: Bitter, goddamn bitter. Ruination bitter, but I obviously mean that in the best way possible. Very piney, lots and lots and lots of glorious hops. There is an underlying presence of orange and obviously grapefruit as well. Alcohol is definitely present as well but doesn't overwhelm considering the percentage. It is worth noting though that the taste is a bit unbalanced and the bitterness can get to be a bit much throughout the drinking session. This is a slow drinker obviously, but more in the vein of a bourbon or scotch simply because of the outright intensity that it embodies. Still, very good and one of my favorite brews.

M: Caramel like and smooth on the first sip. After the swallow, there is a definite chalky dry feeling on the tongue, probably from the large alcohol percentage. It's bubbly and pleasant though, pretty perfect mouth feel honestly, one of the best I have tried.

Overall, this is a very slow drinker, but it's one of those that you need to try. Especially if you are a hop-head. This beer has some very interesting stuff going on in it and I commend Founders for it. Stay away if you can't handle beers like Stone's Ruination though, this one isn't as good, but it's definitely in the same league as that devilish bastard.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 06:16:45 | More by sennin
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CMUbrew

Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks somewhat thick and syrupy on the pour. Head never manages to form, so we'll settle for a thin ring of foam here. Color is fairly dark, but shows some bright red orange directly in the light.

S: Extremely piney and resinous. That's really about it.

T: Huge raw bitterness from start to finish. Bitter citrus rind and resinous pine flavors are there. Seriously, this is bitter. I was expecting a lot of malt sweetness to balance the 100+ IBU, but that is not happening. I'm a hophead, but damn. The lack of balance and increased alcohol presence with warming makes this a sipper for sure.

M: Being a 12% beer this seems about right. A little thick, and a little slick and oily. Carbonation is on the lower side.

O: This is a really unbalanced beer and seems a little extreme, even with what's out there today in the IPA DIPA market. That being said, it is drinkable. However, I think Founders needs to brew up a good replacement for this next year in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 00:31:34 | More by CMUbrew
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Broanoke

Virginia

2.89/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pored a beautiful red/copper. very clear

Huge burst of hops on the nose. Tropical fruits, citrus and pine. Then followed by a yeast smell. Like a bread dough yeast. Awful

Hops in the taste and no hint of alcohol. But then there is this underling yeast flavor and smell. Cant get it out of my head now.

Mouthfeel was medium. Decent carbonation on the tongue.

I would have been way more into this had it not been for the yeast smell/flavor. Maybe my palate was off, maybe a bad bottle. I dont know. It was very off putting.

Serving type: bottle

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