Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
Founders Devil Dancer
Appearance: Founders triple IPA (is this really a thing? Or is this simply a ludicrous IIPA/DIPA?) pours a deep, crystal clear orange with very little head. The carbonation is slow but steady off the bottom of the glass and significant alcohol legs crown the top of the almost-red liquid in lieu of head. It is strange for a beer of this type to not have very little in the way of head, but it is 12% (and this is not the freshest Devil Dancer). Still, it is a pretty beer that looks like it is going to be quite a bit maltier than expected by the name and IBU count.
Aroma: Fruity hops and sweet malts vie for precedence throughout the nose. This is another surprise given how bitter this beer is supposed to be. The fruit does predominate, however just barely, with strong, somewhat indiscernible notes (berries of some kind?). Alcohol is present in a minor capacity. There is also lots of citrus. Honestly, this beer smells quite a bit like a less aromatic Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, which would definitely be a good comparison if the beer were stronger smelling.
Taste: You would not know it by the smell and look, but this is a triple-A caliber beer. The taste snaps the drinker back to reality after what can only be referred to as the former two criteria lulling the palate into a false sense of security. This is massively complex with an initial juicy fruitiness not unlike biting into a piece of Bubblicious –berry gum. There are orange notes, peach notes, tangerine notes, strawberry notes (a first for this drinker), grapefruit notes, and just a hint of rindy bitterness. Then the malt hits and saves the tongue from total destruction while imparting a delectable, syrupy sweetness. Finally, the bitter aftertaste wipes out any semblance of taste and preps the mouth for the next massive drink.
Mouthfeel: Nearly as wonderful as the taste, the mouthfeel is humongous, thick, syrupy, sticky, and just what one would expect at 12% ABV and a “triple” IPA. This may be one of the only “sipper” IPAs out there (DFH’s 120 Min comes to mind as well). There is not a lot of carbonation, but what is there is adequate. The malts give a minor amount of creaminess, and the alcohol has a wonderful warmth to it. Lastly, the astringency is massive. This will destroy palates almost as much as Ruination and the aptly named Palate Wrecker, but it also begs for that next, juicy drink.
Overall: While I was initially skeptical of the beer based on the first two grading categories, the last two (the important two, as I like to call them) really made up for it. Hopheads will love this beer. It was easily worth the $3 for a single bottle that I paid, and I would even say that it beats out DFH’s 90 Minute for my favorite DIPA, though I will have to reevaluate that when I finally give that one its long-delayed review. Pick this up if you like hops, like a good melding of East Coast maltiness and West Coast palate destroying IPAs. 16/20
11-15-2012 03:47:54 | More by THANAT0PSIS
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,917 ratings.