Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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88
very good

4,279 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,279
Reviews: 1,350
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 291
Gots: 735 | FT: 31
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is rich, caramel red with light head and not much lacing.

Nose is thick malt, caramel, with some black cherry and anise.

Taste is a malt bomb. Hops are high, but right below the surface. Black cherry & charred oak.

Mouthfeel is biting. Sipper for sure.

Overall, flavor isn't especially memorable, but it is true to style for what they call a triple IPA.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a thick and syrupy looking beer, glowing the color of bright pumpkin-orange. It holds a two finger head of tight yet creamy off-white bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving uneven sheets of lacing around the glass. The head is easily reproducible with a quick swirl. There is a thick haze to the beer, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears quite mild. The aroma shows a thick malty base. There is bright caramel, musk, and big buttery diacetyls. The latter gives a woody quality to the nose, leaving room for a nice boozy backing. The hops are relatively mild, but show prominent grass and light citrus. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nice, and there are big malts, but the booze is way big. As we sip, warm caramel malts, walnut sweetness, buttery diacetyls, musk, and wood, all as in the nose, appear. The booze is noticeable even at the front, giving fusel air and stinging bite to each sip. The peak is more mild and sweet, with more butter and caramel, and some black cherry and plum to mix. These juxtapose over that peppery booze nicely, with some resiny hop oils and hot pine to bring us to the finish. The end is otherwise characterized by a fusel boozy wash, with caramel, citric hops red cherries, fresh woodiness, mustard seed, and black pepper. The aftertaste breathes most bitterly of the citric, piney, and soapy hops, booze, pepper, more of the nuttiness from the start, sesame seed, and paler malts. The body is full and syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. While the brew is thick and sweet, it lacks that utter stickiness to the lips that you get with many barleywines, for example. It remains soft, with nice slurp, cream, and froth. The mouth is coated but quickly dried with boozy astringency. The abv is big, warming, biting, and puckering, but the drinkability remains fair.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. The malt backing was huge!! There was such a full, potent quality, with sweetness of caramel and pales, while adding buttery character, spice, and wood. This helped to hold up against the monstrous booziness. The hops were a bit subdued, but retained enough vigor to keep this classifiable as a DIPA. This is a strong tasty brew, and certainly not a surprise from Founders.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into CCB pint glass.

A: Deep copper, a bit hazy and minimal visible carbonation. Forms only a thin white head.

S: Caramel, boozy, and a touch of pine hops.

T: Caramel, booze, some fruity sweetness that strikes me as apple in character and leaves me with an overall impression of drinking an alcoholic caramel apple. A touch of pine hop bitterness too, but it's relatively faint.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. This is certainly boozy; however, I'll say that it is almost well-hidden considering the high ABV.

O: Not a bad "triple IPA". Better flavors than others I've had, but still not something I'd sit down & drink often.

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,279 ratings.