Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap and decent label art served into a Spaten stange-krug in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which has made beers I thought were excellent. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because it identifies itself as such by implication. Acquired at my local HEB Grocery for $4.65. 12% ABV confirmed. 112 IBUs.

Served cold – straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show emerges as I pour. Pours a one finger wide head of light beige-khaki colour. Good thickness. Decent creaminess. Not much frothiness. Shiny wet complexion. Not much lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good for the style – about 6 minutes. It’s a pretty nice head overall.

Body colour is a clear orange-red of average vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s atypical for the style, and I like the appearance. Most imperial IPAs are a predictable copper.

Sm: Has a surprising presence of caramalt. Some toasted character, even some spice – perhaps from a dash of rye? Hops are prominent but not as dominant as you’d expect given the style; I get floral, herbal, and candi hop character. The candi sweetness undermines the apparent balance and turns me off. Pine. Grassy character. Pale malts, some bready malts, and sticky syrup. Noticeable alcohol warmth. I’m really concerned about the balance. I don’t find this particularly appealing, nor does it come off alive or inviting.

No yeast character is detectable.

T: Any hoppy bitterness is well concealed here, at the expense of clarity and flavour. It’s a messy brew, with no notes allowed to truly ring distinct. Everything gets caught up in the core hodgepodge of caramalts, pale malts, candi sweetness, sticky syrupy sugars, and muddled floral hops. There’s some pine and grassiness buried in there. Somewhat bready. Alcohol is lightly noticeable. The egregious lack of balance really brings this one down. Caramel in particular is out of control. Vague fruitiness is present throughout but adds little of interest. As diverse as the flavours are, they all meld together to form a beer that is surprisingly one-dimensional.

Overly sweet for the style, which demands much more bitterness.

Intensity of flavour is above average. Shallow depth of flavour. Average flavour duration.

No yeast character comes through.

I’m not enjoying this one much. It’s below average for the style, even a bit bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Sticky and sweet. Somewhat syrupy. Above average thickness; quite unnecessary given the low depth of flavour. Doesn’t complement the flavour profile all that well, but it’s within style conventions. Subpar presence on the palate. Troublesome body. Unrefreshing.

Dr: As much as I love Founders, I can’t get behind this one – but it’s by no means a bad beer. Alcohol is noticeable, and its boozy syrupy sweetness really restrains drinkability. I wouldn’t get this again, especially at its $4.65 pricetag in Texas. I doubt even those who love this beer would want more than one or two in the same night. I’m sure this beer has its fans, but I’ve tried many (dareisay most) of the best beers in the style, and this doesn’t come anywhere near them.

Might pair well with turkey. Might make a good base for a sauce paired with turkey.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't normally type reviews, but a simple number rating doesn't do this beer justice. Poured a slightly chilled bottle into a snifter, and despite previous warnings I decided to tackle the whole bottle in one sitting. My initial response to the beer was fantastic. You get a wonderful floral character when you first sip, which slowly transitions to a stronger and stronger bitter taste as the thick liquid coats your mouth. Very pleasantly lingers where you can continue to enjoy the aroma that sticks around. The hint of sweetness and strong hoppiness prevent you from really feeling the 12% alcohol taste in your mouth. Overall my first impression was fantastic, a very complex and tasty strong IPA.

Unfortunately, I had about 10 oz to go. This is the one downside of the beer... because it is so intense it is really something to be enjoyed perhaps 4-6 oz at a time, as beyond that it becomes a little overwhelming.

I would consider Devil Dancer an experience. Not a particularly drinkable beer, but a very fun brew to try.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a reddish amber color with a small amount of foamy tan head.

Smell is very potent, lots of astringent hop flavors (citrus, pine, floral) mixed with heavy malts as well.

Taste is ridiculous, massive dose of bitter hop flavors accompanied by a syrupy sweet caramel malt. I know big crazy flavors is what Founders does, but I can't imagine Devil Dancer would appeal to many people beyond a committed core of hopheads...

Mouthfeel is very thick and heavy, almost like a hop syrup goo has been used to coat your mouth. Lots of alcohol in this one too.

Overall for me, Devil Dancer is just too much to enjoy.

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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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