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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

4,308 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,308
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 295
Gots: 756 | 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:
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: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got as a freebie in a recent trade. It was bottled 6/17/11 so i'm guessing it will be past it's prime, but, for documentation, I am going to review it.

Appearance: Golden amber with some red notes. Thin head

Smell: Grapefruit, with a large hop nose which is really impressive given how long ago it was bottled. It does a slight fruit funk to it; almost a very small does of banana? Again, it's probably past prime, but I'm still really impressed with how good and strong the nose is given the bottle date.

Taste: Very big hop profile to that, wow. Finishes in the classical, 'this was good but man this would have been a lot better a couple months ago'-past prime IPA bitter. It has some almost toffee or caramel to it. Some alcohol is present but still, damm, there is a lot of hop in there.

Mouthfeel: A good amount of carbonation in there moves things around nicely. Thickness is on point with the style.

Overall: Hop bomb! Wow there was some hops in there. Even 7 months after it was bottled, it still had a very floral palate and nose, very impressive! There was some good grapefruit in there but it was still past its prime. I really would love to try this fresh. *grumbles to self about freebie way past prime IPAs/ want to have this fresh!***

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/5/11 poured into a Russian River Belgian glass

Poured a hazy dark orange color with a ring of white head that leaves surprising lacing.

Even at 7 months old, there is huge, juicy hop aroma. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, pine needle, and onion.

Taste is different from any IPA I've had. There are tons of spices here. Onion and garlic are as prominent as the citrus and grapefruit. Also, there is a serious caramel malt backbone that provides an odd balance given how strong the flavors are. Long lingering hop aftertaste mixed with alcohol.

Big chewy body that sticks to your tongue for what seems like forever.

I really hope I have the chance to try this fresh one day. Even with the age on it, I enjoyed the beer, although the taste still has me puzzled.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a long time ago, I guess I just forgot to post them on BA.

Had on tap at Crunchy's at Founders night after having CBS for the first time!

10 different kinds of hops that pretty impressive lets see if it turns out as good as in theory.

Short notes:

fluffy head white the head clings in specks, red transparent beer. subdued floral hops, pine neddles and a odd spiciness. bit buttery, strongly hopped. Kinda and odd sourness to it. Very Bitter and semi dry finish. Medium to low body, on the higher end of carbonation.

Very expensive for what it is I'm disappointing for 7 dollars a sniffer.

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1/12 Review:
What the shit is this? haha. Thanks dragomni, for burning my taste buds right off.

I could only handle a few drinks of this, and the last one gave me the shivers. I'm not a hop head, and this is pretty much straight hops, with some draino thrown in? Seriously, though, it's extremely bitter, very citrusy (normally I like that! not here!), and extremely bitter. Did I say it's bitter? Holy hell. If you want to have a beer just for bitterness sake, here it is.

2013 Update - My tastebuds are now more acclimated to the hops and extreme DIPAs and Imperials so I re-reviewed. Plus the 2013 vintage is just better than 2012 was.

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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 6/5/11, reviewed from notes taken 12/31/11. Thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing one of these with me.

A: Pours a hazy, orange-copper color with a finger of light white head.

S: A musty caramel flavor dominates here, smelling slightly like a basement. Lightly hoppy, which I expect is from the age.

T: In contrast to the smell, the hop flavors found here are very potent, and based on them I would have had no problem believing this was totally fresh. Tons of pine, along with a generous portion of citrus flavors. Heavily bitter from the hops, but the sweet malts do a good job of maintaining balance. Big bitter finish, very resiny.

M: Thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation and a lightly dry finish.

O: Enjoyed this one quite a bit; no need to hesitate if you find a slightly old bottle, but I'll be looking for a chance to try it when it's brand new too.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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