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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,035 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3035
Reviews: 1251
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)
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Color is a rusted orange murk with a slim, fake orange-tan head of smooth foam. Brief lasting, glaring lace in thick, short strings stick across the glass.

Fat and juicy aroma with evident alcohol laced with a pinch of mint. Hops juices are there in full swing with dark citrusy piths, oils, and peels. Semi bittering on the nose too as a fairly large backing of caramel malt keeps a nice balance.

Taste mirrors the aroma well with a nice balancing act of dark citrusy oils and caramel malt. Very Barelywine-esk in character.
Finish is what brings this full circle. It takes a while to develope as its front and middle is moslty the malt base leveling the playing field for the team of hops to take their positions on the palate. Lots of piney bittering tones mesh with some dark citric hop oils. Big warmth at the end. Whoof da, wow does this stuff have some late kick too it. So watch out and hold on. Its a wonderful ride.

Feel is oily and rich with a medium body. Soothingly bold and smooth. Again, much like a Barleywine here. Nice hoppy finish and alcoholic stealth. Seems to have some areas missing for a beer this big, perhaps the complexity isn't up to par with some other 2IPA's but its stellar for any beer whatever you want to call it.

A fairly big taster and holds its own with most big West Coast goodies. Not a sessioning beer. A hoppy nectar sipper if anything.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 02:25:59 | More by tavernjef
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Newbie BIF... Thanks Gaisgeil.

I've been wanting this beer for a long time and it showed up on my doorstep last week. I've even tried to get friends from Michigan to bring it home with them and it never seemed to happen as they couldn't find it.

Look is very good. Brown/deep copper/murky...

First whiff is terrific. Hoppy/piney/citrus... some sweet caramel and nutmeg... even borderline maple. What a great smelling beer.

Soooo smooth on the palate. Founders is excellent at this. Mouthfeel is perfect in my book. Thick, creamy, just enough carbonation.

Taste is hoppy, yet balanced. Pine. Some bubblegum. It never overpowers, but the hops are in the forefront. Somewhat sweet and spicy and even malty. Slight alcohol burn makes my tummy warm. What an exceptional brew. Highly complex. Seriously very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 03:25:58 | More by Fugazme
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a one finger head that slowly fades leaving a nice ring and a soapy cap. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell; man those hops almost jump out of the glass and slap you in the face. lots of floral/piney hops, citrus, roasted malts and caramel.

Taste; Piney hops with a bit of citrus, nice caramel malty backbone, and there's an almost peppery spiciness, with warming alsohol in the finish. The hops weren't quite as overwhelming as it smelled, and had a pretty good malt balance to it. Mouthfeel was full bodied, and just a little slick with hop resins. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden for the very high content that this one has. As others have stated, it seemed a little closer to a barleywine than it does an IPA of any kind. Still, I liked this a lot, I just don't think I could drink more than one because of the ABV%.

I've had aged and fresh versions of various vintages, and I've always preferred the fresher versions. A really big beer that I find myself returning to every time I get a chance to. Thank you Founders, for creating this bad ass hop bomb of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 02:26:41 | More by RedHaze
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a deep auburn-brown with a crystal clear body and a medium thin head of off-white cream. A nice full carbonation of medium size bubbles.

S- The smell of green fresh hops is balanced by a soft caramel roasted malt and a slight sweetness.

T- This beer has a nice deep caramel roasted malt beginning that is blended with a green piney hops then it finishes with a nice bold hop bitterness and an alcohol flavor to balance.

M- medium full body with a slight warmth from the alcohol really blends with the hop bitterness.

D- A triple IPA as the label proclaims is right. This has a nice roasted caramel malt flavor that balances the hops and alcohol nicely. It is somewhere between an American barley wine and a big IPA. Nice twist on a new classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 03:41:11 | More by rhoadsrage
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a clear red into my pint glass, and had under a half finger head. The alcohol must be restraining the head, I suppose.

Aroma was citrus and pine hops, very intense. There were also hints of caramel over a slightly sweet malt core. But the hops took center stage.

Taste was INTENSE citrus hops, some caramel malts, and a light roasted character that disappeared after the first couple of sips. This was one VERY flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel was syrupy, chewy, and it coated the tongue well. Damn, this was one full-bodied brew. But I SWEAR it did not taste like it was 13%.

Drinkability I have to put way up there... although I couldn't drink this beer too fast, I can easily see myself pacing two or three out over an entire night and not getting sick of it.

I think "Triple IPA" is a bit much... but very easily a double. And I am not going to get drawn into the Double IPA/Barleywine debate.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 22:07:01 | More by connecticutpoet
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beerinator

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, amber with off-white head. The first six ounce here didn't pour quite as cloudy, so probably there was some sediment in the bottle.

Aroma: Smells sharply bitter and vegital. With what seems to be peppery spices. The sweetness seems a bit muffled by the sharp bitter smell. There is however a bit of yeast roll breadyness lingering.

Taste: The hop flavors aren't quite as large as I expected. There is a smokyness to this beer, reminding me of peat or moss. The flavor is well balanced, with flavors that seem pleasant. But it's not quite as hoppy as I expected. The finish leaves your tongue bitter, but it's not overwhelming. Overall it's (once again) pleasant.

Notes: It's unbelievable that this beer is 13% abv. This beer is tasty and flavorful, but should it be labeled a Triple IPA? While it is hoppier than a regular IPA, I think it's slightly too big for it's britches. A definate try,

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 03:31:43 | More by beerinator
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice. Cloudy, reddish-brown. Very little head.

Smell is all hops, citrus and pine. Alcohol is right there, too.

Flavor is intense hops, but with a discernable (but small) caramelly malt component. Boozy as well. Tart with citrus, oily and piney. The alcohol is certainly present, and a major part of the taste, but it doesn't come across to me as 13%. Reminds me more of the SN Bigfoot I reviewed last week. It's very Barleywine-ish, and that is not a complaint. Good after a long day at work, and that certainly applies in this case.

Mouthfeel is thick and, for lack of a better term, gluey.

Drinkability is moderate, a little above average. Before tasting, I was a little concerned about this bad boy. I mean, I love IPAs/DIPAs, but 13% is a little intimidating. Founders did a nice job with this one, though. It wears it's ABV and intense flavor profile well.

I'm glad to see this stuff finally available in MA. Found at Julio's Liquors in Westboro during the Fall Classic last month (great event BTW). Keep them coming, boys!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 23:49:05 | More by ghostwalker
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a Corsendonk snifter. A medium brown color, almost like a nut brown ale. Slight white head. Great lacing from a small white ring that remained on the outside of the beer throughout my casual sipping.

Smell: Hops and alcohol really predominate. A little bit of citrus. Almost smells like a spicey cognac.

Taste: Mild hops. High alcohol presence. All in all, sort of plain. I was expecting a fairly complex brew, but I found this to be straightforward. It is initially sweet, followed by hop bitterness, then a warming alcohol. There is nothing specifically bad, just nothing special either.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and wonderful/

Drinkabilty: Not sure why, but despite the high alcohol I feel like I could drink a ton of these.

All in all, a fine brew, but nothing mindblowing. I actually think it is more of a barley-wine.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 05:17:48 | More by Lnedrive14
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bahumutx

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: A dark amber color with a small head. Nice lacing along the edge of the glass.

Smell: As soon as I started to pour the Devil Dancer into the snifter the wonderful aroma hit my nose. I can still smell it with the glass about 5 feet away. The first thing that hits my nose is the smell of hops along with some fruit smell. Also some hints of pine and alcohol and some candy sweetness.

Taste: First thing that hits the tongue is hop bitterness, then some alcohol burn, then maltiness and finally ends with some more hop bitterness. As it warms hints of spiciness and sweetness come through and the alcohol becomes more pronounced but not overpowering. Also a nice malt flavor starts to show as it warms. There are also the flavors of citrus and other fruits present. A very complex blend of flavors that is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick Mouthfeel with not a lot of carbonation present but just the right amount.

Drinkability: A good beer to sip. I could have a couple of these in a sitting. Bitter throughout but it does not overpower all the other wonderful flavors. Finishes a bitterness that lingers on your tongue.

Founders once again surprised me with a awesome beer with a very complex flavor. Keep up the great work Founders!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 01:21:59 | More by bahumutx
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ahking

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer both at the Michigan Beer Fest (2005) and at home when i purchased a four pack (12.99). Pours nicely into a snifter, a rich autumnal red with a slight tannish head. Aroma is strong, woody, fruity, and of alcohol. This is a very spicy ale. Lots of great hop aroma and bite. Almost like red hots candy. Quite a thick beer, heavy on the palate. Hop spiciness dominates the flavor, but it is also quite fruity as an ale should be. Great testament to American brewing (and Michigan in particular).

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 00:32:33 | More by ahking
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RedwoodGeorge

California

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep cloudy orange-brown with little in the way of a head. A clumpy sheen of tan foam hangs in the center of the glass and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is strong of alcohol and soft hops. Flavor is a bold malt note of caramel, spicy hop flavors and quite a bit of alcohol burn. Mild bitterness from the hops but by no means a monster.

Mouthfeel is thick, quite a bit like apricot nectar - quite 'fuzzy' with solids but no carbonation to lighten the palate. Finishes with heat from the high ABV which does not encourage another sip.

More like a barleywine than an IPA, very high in alcohol but without a clearly defined hop profile to bring the drink to life. Not exactly everyday drinking but an interesting and unusual brew.

[Thanks to TikkiGodxxx for sending so many Midwest brews to the Left Coast]

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 05:07:27 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber orange color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a drab brown amber color. Barely a wisp of a head forms when poured, but if roused forms a thin amber-tan color. The aroma is a mix of concentrated malt and hops with a bit of alcohol in the finish. The aroma is a bit muddy actually, I was expecting a bit more of a hop attack.

The taste is thick and rich with concentrated notes of hops and malt, and that same muddy note that is found in the aroma. Up front this has nice concentrated notes of pure hop nectar (lots of citrus with notes of pine, herbs and a bit of menthol), it does seem to die off in the finish though. This has quite a thick, syrup-like palate to it; it sticks to your mouth even after you have swallowed it, and for some reason it is not all that pleasant. The malt also plays a heavy hand in this beer, it is not just all hops; there is a concentrated unfermented beer taste to it (very similar to malt extract), with lots of notes of caramel, & toasted malt. I am gonna have to say that this was pushed a bit too far, it is a bit too over the top. The flavors just clash on my palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 05:11:34 | More by Gueuzedude
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

ruby brown with an head that doesn't hang around long but the remnants lace well down the glass. this beer smells like a sappy pine cone. the intensepiney grapefruit dominates, with a moderate amount of booze. i pick up faint caramel, honey, cherries, apricot. hop honey come to mind.
the taste starts with some berry fruit characteristics with caramel. it moves onto citric honey and apricot making way for the piney grapefruit hops that kick your palates ass pretty hard. spicy alcohol pervades across the palate. pineapple come out as it warms along with lemon rind bitterness, sweet pine needles, apple, pear, brown sugar, and again hop honey comes to mind.
the body is full with comparatively strong carbonation or maybe thats the alcohol thats tingling (no seriously i think it is, this might actually not be that carbonated). oily and resinous like a beer like this ought to be. i'll be licking sticky hops of my mouth for a while after this beer is done. drinkability suffers some from the sheer assualt that this beer is on the palate as well as the high, not always well hidden alcohol. overall quite an incredible beer, probably more of a barleywine than an DIPA, but where can the line be clearly drawn? a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 02:44:22 | More by kmo1030
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I guess you're crazy about it or it's just another high ABV good craft beer. Poured very aggressively at room temperature, not head formed.... initially, then bam a quarter inch head that quickly dissipated. Very fragrant, floral, hops and loads of alcohol. A bit sickly sweet in the taste department. I've grown to love DIPA's and all their characteristics; this one has them all, it's just not the best I've tried. Creamy mouthfeel, almost egg-cream like.

Overall this is a decent brew, considering the cost, not sure when I'll try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 00:05:43 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I am talking about! Being primarily a german lager drinker, what I like best about beer is the malt character -- the more malt, the better. However, there reaches a point where beer can be so malty that it stops being beer and becomes an alco-pop. Devil Dancer is NOT that beer. While the malt character for this beer is incredibly striking, it is more than balanced out by the intense hop flavor. WOW.
To give you an idea how much I like this beer, lemme tell ya a story. I lived with an alcoholic for a while. Now, he's a good kid, just drinks a little too much. Well, when I came home one day to find my sweet, delicious Devil Dancer gone, well, I was pretty damn angry. I yelled, I screamed, I made a fuss. Well, maybe I overreacted. . . but no other beer has caused me to overreact that way. What a beer, what a beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 14:53:29 | More by shbobdb
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

presentation: 12oz. stubby bottle with an image of red fire or blood and two hands holding up a nude woman over the dangerous lookin' chaos below. devil dancer is in large script across the middle. "triple ipa" across the bottom over two clashing swords; one broken. there seems to be an illustrated story here, but i don't know what it is. 13% abv is displayed. no freshness date.

appearance: pours a muddy red-brown with orange highlights in a pint glass. head was a half inch off-white, but dropped very quickly to a ring around the glass. bubbles rose tiredly to the top to form the head. there are some floaties in the brew.

smell: citrusy and sweet. piney as well with caramel aromas. a tad vinous with some alcohol aromas.

taste: huge malts and then a balancing extreme bitterness beats it down. there's a sweet caramelly bready flavor with oranges, grapefruit and vinous grapes. bitterness is huge. carries from start to finish and in the aftertaste. finish is dry with a sharp cheeze flavor and crazy bitter. alcohol flavors in the finish as well; warming in your throat and your gut. i can almost taste the bitterness on the underside edges of my tongue. aftertaste is like i've been eating sharp cheese.

mouthfeel: extremely thick medium-heavy body for a double ipa (triple). rolls around smoothly and swallows smoothly. carbonation is lightly tingly. i like a thick creamy mouthfeel, but this is way thick!

drinkability: there is an odd balance here. in one hand you have a 13% abv beer that's definitely one of the most bitter beers i've ever tasted. in the other hand, there's a surprising huge amount of balancing malts and this beer leaves such an enticing aftertaste. all things considered, it's still pretty drinkable.

overall: this is a HUGE ipa! very balancing for an extremely bitter beer. you've got great hop character, balancing malt flavors, big alcohol and a super thick body. all things i like in a beer. however, this is a 1 or 2 and done. excellent try and definitely a good brew if you love big beers. thanks a ton, mark! (mlh1227).

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 21:03:22 | More by Px2GrafX
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BRLockwood

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first online review. I decided to start with the Devil Dancer because I have been pining (no pun intended) for this beer for a long time. Picked up three 12 packs while at the brewery (along with some other Founders growlers).

Appearance is a dark amber color with a slight carbonation to it. It has a medium head with low retention but decent lacing on the pint glass. It looks a little lackluster yet the color is inviting.

The smell is good and strong, piney and fruity - hard to get a handle on the full smell characteristics.

Wow! The taste is strong, well built and hoppy, but not overly hoppy. It makes me think of the DFH 90 minute but different. It says its a Triple IPA on the bottle but for some reason I find myself wishing it was more hoppy! Maybe there is too much other flavor for a hophead like me, maybe too malty?

The mouthfeel is heavy but not overly so and coarse. Carbonation is good.

Drinkability: It's a tasty beer but the 13% abv come through strong so you can tell you can't drink too may. It's a little sweet but not nearly as sweet as the DFH 120 minute.

Definitely a good beer but I like to think of it as a nightcap beer. Similar to some barleywines that I've had - only better!

Thank you - I'll have another!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 23:47:23 | More by BRLockwood
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard a lot of good things about this beer, and I've been waiting to try it. My time is finally here. The 13% abv excites me like a little kid on christmas morning.

It pours a dark mahogany red color, with a light layer of tan head across the top.

The nose is surprisingly sweet. I notice sweet caramel malts and dried apricots. Maybe another scent I cant quite put my finger on. The hop presence in the nose is much more subdued than I expected.

The taste, woah. This one is a real eye-opener. Hold on tight for your first sip, it might just knock you out of your chair. Damn this is a mean beer. Strong flavors of dried fruits are combined with a hop bitterness in the background and sweet, tart, tangy, malty... man there's so much going on I can barely describe it all, and thats just the aftertaste. Must try this one to understand its magnitude. It is different than what I expected for the style, but I'm not sure if its the beer, or if I'm a little uneducated.

The mouthfeel is extremely full and heavy-bodied. There absolutely is nothing light or minimal about this brew at all.

The drinkability is maybe a little rough, but at 13% what can you expect? It has a very thick feel, and its definitly a sipper. It almost takes on a syrupy presence after a little while.

If I've ever drank anything that made me feel like a vampire, this is it. One hell of a beer and a definite must-try. I'd almost think this is more comparable to Jagermeister than it is to Budweiser. Props to Founders for knocking me on my ass.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 13:55:12 | More by jasonpeckins32
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unclederby

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

whoa...nellie.

this beer absolutely makes a beautiful pour. i couldn't stop admiring it really. it's slightly darker than most imperial ipa's- dense amber in appearance- and poured out with a nice head which didn't stay around long. no matter, with every move or tilt of the glass tiny bubbles of carbonation kept "dancing" with the surface.

ahh, the bouquet. citrus, piney hops and sweet malt all make their presence known- and it's just much too complex - but for me at least, the overall aromatic impression is pineapple.

well the taste didn't disappoint either. of course, strong hop character is the theme here...with notes of caramel and a nice, alcoholic warming finish. i'd like to guess at the complexity... but, i'm just drinking too fast to get the complexities.

resiny, syrupy mouthfeel with plenty of viscosity.

am i done? damn, give me another. this brew could be a palate killer if you plan switching to something else, but i would easily and most happily do three of these... if only i could- at 13% it's illegal to retail here in Ohio.

thanks to Travis for hooking me up with this, too bad i only have one.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 22:58:12 | More by unclederby
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – 12 oz bottle from Julio’s. The beer pours dark for an IPA, brown-red with rapid carbonation. The head is thin and white, and only lasts for a few minutes.

Smell – Certainly not lacking in the hops department. The predominant smell is loads of citrus and pine hops, sharp and pungent. No alcohol, no malt, just a huge hop smack.

Taste – Now to destroy my taste buds. My first impression is of a huge lingering bitterness and a strong alcohol presence. The hops are basically the only flavor, resinous and slightly citrusy, but mostly just bitter. The malts only serve to add some sweetness that is ravaged completely by the hops. This is a one trick flavor, it lacks the depth and complexity that many well made, huge, American IPA’s now have.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is overly full with brisk carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – After awhile the bitterness basically overwhelmed my taste buds causing the beer to have less and less flavor as time went on. This seems like the beer version of those Warhead sour candies from my youth, it’s like a contest to see who can handle the most bitterness without spitting the beer out. This is my least favorite Founder’s to date but I am glad to see this because it means that their big beers are making it to Massachusetts, hopefully it means that the Imperial and Breakfast stouts are somewhere around the corner. My taste buds are going to grow back, right?

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 00:50:34 | More by OldSock
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. After loving the 90 Minute IPA I had last night, I thought I was ready to tackle this beast that has been staring me down everytime I looked in my fridge for the past couple of weeks.

Pours a dark dark amber, much darker than I've ever seen in an IPA with a smallish khaki head that the alcohol soon devoured. Smell hits you across the nose like a shovel, intense piney, floral hops, concentrated peach and apricot and sweet, sweet caramel. Taste is equally as potent, pine needle extract, gobs of dripping apricot, buckets of caramel malts, and a hearty "light your ass on fire" warming alcohol rush. Mouthfeel is slick and sticky at the same time, coating your mouth with concentrated, ungodly amounts of flavor so intense it should be illegal. I took this dance with the devil, and I must say, I'm spent. This is certainly a one and done sipper, but that's all you need. I'm literally exhausted in mouth, mind, and body after conquering this beast. Definitely worth a try, but clear your schedule and make a night of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 04:05:54 | More by Golden2wenty1
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gotbeer

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- This beer pours a translucent dark amber, red. The head settles almost like it was poured from a nitro system. This leaves a thick head that laces the glass aggressively. It looks incredible.

S- Piney hops and fussel alcohol hits you square in the nose

T- The taste is full of bitter piney hops and alcohol. Herbal and some gin like flavors going on. There is a surprising malt balance, but it is a little overshadowed by the hops and alcohol. This beer is huge, and is definitely a sipper. Like a very hoppy barleywine.

M- Very chewy and viscous. It's has an oil like consistency in the mouth.

D- At 13% ABV this is beer to sip slowly. I can't see myself wanting more than one or two in a sitting (and 2 is probably too much).

Great beer for what it is- a huge sipping brew that overwhelms your tastebuds with flavor. Interesting and worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 22:33:23 | More by gotbeer
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GreenWBush

Oregon

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

Appearance here is quite true to name: a satanic crimson that creates a huge, pillowy head for the style: a full 1" pillow that leaves a stick even before the first sip.

Holy shit this is a complex nose: astonishingly sweet and syrupy; bruisingly boozy - the first whiff burns the nose and is strangely similar to hop-vodka. Strong cherries, molasses, maple syrup, grapefruit, and pine-tar can be found upon further examination. Other heavyweight double IPA's are evoked in the nose, this reviewer found some Ruination things happening too.

The taste starkly contrasts the nose...and leads me to the conclusion that this monster of a beer is actually balanced (gasp). Think double Bigfoot if your mind can fathom such a thing. Absolutely a sugar-sweet hop-sicle with a big-ass footprint. The hop burps here could start a wildfire. Piney, herbal, dank.
Like wolfing down a huge spliff of some wicked-potent but silky smooth sinsimillia, the effects not knocking your head until the creep kicks in.

This feels good going down, even with the major booziness and wicked hopping levels. Wickedly smooth even though the alcohol burns your eyes...I felt like a lightweight after this ONE beer. It felt like I drank a six-pack in no time...

This beer does make me wonder about the diminishing returns of wickedly enormous hop-demons...like DFH's 120 minute IPA there is just so much syrupy sweetness and alcohol here it seems like the hop-flavor is drowned out. But still...wicked and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 17:16:48 | More by GreenWBush
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Sephiroth

Indiana

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

Released sometime before today in 05: Pours a beautiful mahogany into a tulip. The nose is of citric piney hops, oranges and grapefruits, and barley malt. A slight raw alcohol scent is noticed. Enticing.

The initial rush of beer is numbing on contact, but percieved later on the palate as white hot, bitter grapefruit. The pine and orange parts of the hop kick provide respite from this bitterness. There is a sugary and slightly malty character to this beer. Reminiscent of an American Barleywine.

This mouthfeel reminds me of that time I gargled with motor oil, except this tastes better. This tastes great in fact, and the mouthfeel is to be expected with any great IIPA. It is thick, chewy, and coating. The first time I had this I drank three bottles. That should settle the issue of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 09:23:15 | More by Sephiroth
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sopor

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazed mahogany with golden highlights, very littel light visible through, but I see very few small bubbles rising to the top of my chalice. 1 finger of creamy/chunky tan/yellow head that fades slowly to a clumpy film and ring. Smells strongly of grapefruit peel and carmelly/molasses sweet malt.

Some of that caramelly molasses falvor comes back on th tongue for a quick "how do you do" but is quickly swept aside by the much more assertive and full of themselves hops. The hops speak of grapefruit, resinuous pine sap and herbal bitterness. And there is absolutely no shortage of the hops. Alcohol is not evident immediately on the tongue, but you could breathe fire after just a sip or two of this beast! The malts are a little stronger and more assertive as is the alcohol as the beer warms up.

Thick, slick, almost oily mouthfeel. LIke carbonated sweet vegetabe oil. Like a spectacular Barleywine I had once, that neasrly required chewing. It took me 1 hour to drink the first one of these. The second one took less time, but was in a different day. I could never drink two of these in a row without falling asleep, but I'd love to try. This is tasty. It makes me wonder how Founders could do with a Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 11:34:23 | More by sopor
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,035 ratings.