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: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a year+ bottle into an unbranded tulip after a long day and the chosen brew by the new lady, ill consider this a test of fate with her, love it fresh, heard about sitting on it lets see if it pays off

appearance - deep amberish red color, a fingers off white head that leaves nice lacing, good carbonation, looks like love at first sight

smell - unline fresh sweet malts dominate the nose, caramel, vanilla, dominate with slight hints of what used to be floral hops and grapefruit juice with an alcoholic tinge that is present throughout, excited, not what it used to be but still smells delicious

taste - this is more of an american strong ale or barley wine rather than a "TIPA", sweet caramel malts dominate up front, with hints of vanilla and an almost raisin like flavor, this fades into a sweet, warming alcoholic tinge, but no burn left in this little guy, the 12% is hidden quite well now, finishes with a small amount of citrus and a resin that hangs around for a while, over all this is a damn tasty brew, its a completely different beer with some time on it, a delicious beer with some time on it

mouthfeel - kinda thick, almost syrupy, but the carbonation helps lighten the load, coats the throat a s it goes down

overall - will always remember to set one aside for a yearly treat but fresh is still so damn tasty

as for her test of fate, with beer sense like this theres potential

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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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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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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 5,046 ratings.
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