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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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very good

4,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,042
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 279
Gots: 690 | FT: 33
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

richobrien, Sep 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottled 25-May-2014, Drank 9-Sep-2014 (yes, I waited too long)

Aroma (10/12) - Heavy handed caramel malt flavor with hints of orange. Together smells a lot like orange marmalade. No fruity esters noted in the background and despite the 12% ABV count I don't get any hints of the alcohol warming.

Appearance (2/3) - Pours a deep amber color with a wonderful garnet tinge. Very clear, no haze even upon initial pour. Head retention is poor, a thin layer is visible after letting it sit for a while and never really got going without a lot of dexterity.

Flavor (13/20) - That orange marmalade flavor is stuck in my head and is carrying over into the flavor. Malt is heavy handed and the hops are orange-pithy flavored and fall to the background (likely as a result of hop fading). Balance ends up towards the caramel malt flavor resulting in an almost barleywine style. Slight notes of oxidation as it warms up a little.

Mouthfeel (4/5) - No bitter aftertaste despite the 115 IBUs promised on the label. I taste a little bit of alcohol pricklyness when swallowed (but after consuming about 1/3 of the bottle I am already starting to feel a little tipsy). No creaminess or astringency and goes down incredibly smooth for a 12% ABV beer.

Overall (7/10) - This is a great beer and even after three months I'd expect to get some more hopiness out of this one. The orange marmalade flavor is very memorable and the dangerously easy way this drinks is even more memorable. I will try to grab one next summer and taste a little fresher to see if my opinions change.

adnauseam007, Sep 10, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Poured a rich, semi-cloudy amber body with no head, but a thin ring of off-white lace. Quite nice looking, like a good Barleywine. Scents of rich, sweet malt with notes of caramel, brown sugar and molasses, strong fruity esters reminiscent of overripe stone fruit, moderate-high scents of alcohol, and an underlying hop aroma with notes of pine, indeterminate citrus and faint tropical fruit. Overall impression is of an aroma that is far more weighed towards the malty sweet and boozy end of the scale than the hop side. It reminds one of a strong English Barleywine. Quite pleasant. Flavor begins strongly sweet with notes of caramel, overripe fruit and a bit of alcohol balanced by faint hop bitterness. This moves into a still sweet middle with notes of caramel, rum-soaked fruit, medium levels of bitter hops and alcohol. Finish is still sweet, with notes of caramel, brown sugar, rum-soaked fruit, a bit of indeterminate citrus peel and flesh, alcohol and a still medium level of bitter hops. Aftertaste is semi-dry with notes of bitter, piney hops, dried apricot, toasted malt and alcohol warmth. Overall impression is of a rich, malty profile, balanced by alcohol warmth and a nice level of hops that shine on the aftertaste. Very much a Barleywine is impression and quite the good one. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with moderate-low carbonation and a sticky, chewy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol warmth. Overall impression is of a classic Barleywine mouthfeel that is warming and pleasant. Overall this is a nice Barleywine. It shines in aroma and flavor, and is aided by its mouthfeel. It hits the style quite well and trends more towards the malty sweet variety. Hops and alcohol keep it from becoming cloying, which helps the overall impression of the beer. Quite nice and highly recommended.

Auraan, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

So excited I was able to finally get my hands on this.

Pours a dark ruby with a shred of light coming through. Translucent, but dark. Half a finger of white head.

Nose has booze, some bourbon characteristics, sweet malts. Very slight hop aroma consisting of pineapple and citrus.

Big strong and boozy. Very sweet, like a barleywine. A bit of hop presence, though not enough to call it an IPA I’m afraid, dry pineapple and citrusy hops. Warming sweet finish. Reminds me of Dogfish 120. Good but more of a barleywine than an IPA.

Slick and frothy for such a big beer. A bit of boozy warming and a sweet finish in the throat.

This is really good. Reminds me of a lesser DFH 120. Not really for hopheads, more for big beer fanatics, either way it’s good.

PeterParker, Sep 05, 2014
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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,042 ratings.