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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

4,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,345
Reviews: 1,371
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 299
Gots: 773 | FT: 27
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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Pours a nice reddish amber with a small head. First smell is very piney. Very strong pine scent. Taste is pretty good and the first thought is that I'm drinking a bourbon mixed with beer. The alcohol at 12% is fairly noticeable and obviously very strong. A decent beer. Not sure if it's worth $5/bottle.

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Poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 05/03/14

A- Pours a medium hazy deep ruby with a tiny tan head that dissipated quickly. Definite alcohol legs on the glass.

S- Lots of sweet malt notes. Dark fruits of date, cherry, amaretto, the alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Some spicy hop character, maybe light pineapple, maybe a big Magnum hop presence? Not the big hop aroma I was expecting from a beer that was dry hopped for so long.

T- Similar to arom a, dark fruits, sweet, not as much alcohol as I was expecting from what I've heard. There are hops here but not in the realm of what I consider a TIPA, more of a smooth bitterness.

M- Pretty syrupy and a definite sipper.

O- This is really a barleywine, not an IPA. With that in mind it is a pretty good barleywine. Really love the color, nice sweet malts, and the hops are great for an American version of an English barleywine. My one major gripe is with the price, 20 bucks for a 4-pack is a bit much for a beer that does't taste that much different than Bigfoot, which I think is actually noticeably more hoppy. I can imagine a barrel aged version of this would be great.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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