Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
5,042 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,042
Reviews:
1,485
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
342
Gots:
1,171
For Trade:
35
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Bottle at Monk's in Philly. Pours an absolutely stunning, totally opaque red-amber with a fairly unimpressive one-finger head and good lacing. I suppose the alcohol kills head retention (although it doesn't seem to do that in Belgium), but the appearance is otherwise outstanding.

The aroma is rich, concentrated floral/citric hop resin and loads of malt. I mean shitloads of malt. And hops. This beer smells like a fresh loaf of bread soaked in grapefruit juice-- and that's a good thing. Alcohol is slightly perceptible as spiciness.

Tastes like it smells-- spectacular. Opens up with sweet malts that quickly yield to strong fruity and floral hop flavors-- grapefruit, pineapple, and, you know, flowers. The finish is absolutely phenomenal, with bitterness from hops, creaminess from malts, and spiciness from alcohol. Every component of this beer is working together in perfect harmony-- you can taste the craft behind this one in every sip.

Mouthfeel is creamy throughout with moderate carbonation; the strong malt backbone really holds the beer together and is a nice foil to the hops without cutting into the IBU appeal.

Drinkability is off the charts for the size of this beer, but it's 13% ABV, and a session of these would probably end with your drinking buddies standing over your casket.

Still, it's pretty tempting...

Hands down, the best "extreme" beer I've tried to date.

rerate: sweet zombie jesus, this is awesome. The fact that Stone IPA is on the Top 100 and this isn't is just more proof that the Atheists are right.

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Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

A - light ruby orange, slightly hazy; small off white head, bit of long strands of lac

S - caramel, vanilla mixed with broiled/brown sugar coated grapefruit

T - malt heavy up front much like a DIPA but with the dry, crisp, yeasty-ness of a triple, dryness continues but it is from strong hop presence, bitter aftertaste - piney, citrusy

M - medium bodied, good carbonation that keeps a tiny ring of head fed, a bit sticky

D - interesting combo, alcohol is never hot or overrides any of the flavor, more felt in the chest, takes belgian style ipas to another and might i say better level

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 5,042 ratings.
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