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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: 298
Gots: 772 | 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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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.

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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!

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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


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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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