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Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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3.9/5
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5,059 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#6,820
Reviews:
1,487
Ratings:
5,059
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
343
Gots:
1,171
Trade:
32
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

until I had the Molotov cocktail from evil twin, I was not sure an American ipa could get any bigger. this thing is colossal. it pours a yeasty thick burning orange honey color with a foamy white head that relaxes with time. it smells like dense hop oil, dank and west coast, but more complex than the generic version of that, with some citrus, some residual sugar sweetness, and a malt body that exceeds the double ipa style norm. long bitterness dominates a finish otherwise crowded out by alcohol and a hoppy extract that seems somewhere beyond necessary. balance doesn't matter here, as this beer is all pedals to the floor. hops are not unique but they are strong, and the alcohol is overbearing with the provocative carbonation. a pint of this could kill a man, and im not ready to die...

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured a Deep reddish brown into a snifter with a puff of head that quickly reduces to a single pencil neck ring around the glass.

S - Abundant floral notes, sugar, alcohol, malts, citrus notes, this all ties together create a phenomenal smelling brew

T - Big flavor follows the nose - hop forward on the palate followed by a balancing act with the sweet malts and ends with a drying bitter finish. This is as robust as they come, but it is amazing at how drinkable it is.

O - It is incredible what Founders accomplishes with this brew - drinks as smooth as an every day IPA, yet knocks you on your can before you can think about it. A sipper at the least or a nice way to close out a Saturday night and a day of watching football with a body buzzing bomb.

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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.

Low C

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5,059 ratings
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