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Shelf life of Founder's Devil Dancer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Maxwell_James, Dec 29, 2012.

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  1. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Better w/age IMO, though expect an American Barleywine, as said above.
  2. sukwonee

    sukwonee Dec 13, 2011 Washington
    Beer Trader

    I had a bottle fresh and it was pretty good.

    I am aging the 2nd bottle I have. I hear it ages pretty well.
  3. geocool

    geocool Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    Completely wrong. I've had a few of these with over a year of age and they're great! Hop aroma and flavor fade, bitterness not so much. DFH 120 Minute is overly sweet, IMHO, whether fresh or aged. Devil Dancer is lovely.
  4. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I've never had a 6 month old brew, but I assumed that when the hops fade the malt takes over = sweet. Glad it ages well.
  5. Jade

    Jade Sep 1, 2012 Ohio

    Devil Dancer is $6 a bottle in KY/OH region, same as KBS. $24 a four-pack and worth it! Best IPA I've ever had. Then again, I love malt and this is a hop/malt bomb! Kinda like Monster on steroids!
  6. Jade

    Jade Sep 1, 2012 Ohio

    I have to say this, not directed at anyone in particular, but it's Curmudgeon Old Ale, not Old Curmudgeon. I see this way too often. Sorry! Nothing personal. Just irks me. Now, comes the dislikes and hate mail. No, I'm not perfect either.
  7. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Tw in Gso has dd bottles 4.99 I believe, I passed.
  8. roger617

    roger617 Jun 1, 2013 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    I picked up a 4 pack yesterday, had the first tonight. Solid brew, first TIPA, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'll be aging at least 2 of these for a year plus after reading this thread.
  9. lic217

    lic217 Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    I have never had it but my guess is the shelf life is over 10 years. At that high an alcohol percentage and that much hops it should stay good forever. i have never had it, but I am interested in trying it. Aging it might be interesting....
  10. imscotty

    imscotty Mar 23, 2007 Massachusetts

    Devil Dancer is a different beer fresh vs aged. In 3-4 years it becomes an excellent American Barleywine. Aged, it is one of my favorite beers. I just picked up two 4-packs of 2013's to put away for a few years. Gonna have an enjoyable vertical of this beer someday.
  11. 7ate9

    7ate9 Apr 26, 2007 Virginia

    I opened a 3 year old bottle last week and it was undrinkable.
  12. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Aged IPAs DO NOT become barleywines. I don't know why people keep saying that. The malt profiles are completely different between the two styles.

    That said, I had a year old Devil Dancer and it was great. NOT a barleywine, but still a really nice super hoppy IPA.
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  13. KevSal

    KevSal Oct 17, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    i had one with a year on it and freaking loved it, still a hoppy beast
  14. BasterdInABasket

    BasterdInABasket Nov 8, 2010 Wisconsin

    Any particular reason?
  15. tectactoe

    tectactoe Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    I opened a fresh bottle and had the same results.
  16. mellowmark

    mellowmark Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Might have been the way it was stored?
  17. 7ate9

    7ate9 Apr 26, 2007 Virginia

    Bought it fresh 3 years ago and it spent its whole life resting in a 55degree warehouse.
    It had the most distinct, musty wet cardboard smell I've ever experienced in a beer. And just nasty, old cheesy hops. No body and still so, so bitter.
  18. mellowmark

    mellowmark Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Hmm. Maybe the lights in the warehouse had sometihng to do with it? If you got a cardboard smell that is probably becuase it was lightstruck.
  19. digdug1810

    digdug1810 Mar 1, 2011 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    had a 2012 along with my 2013 this year.. the 2012 did not age well.. i wouldn't bother aging this beer.. but that's just me
  20. readicculus

    readicculus Dec 29, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Lightstruck = "skunking"; Wet cardboard = extreme oxidation. 2 different things.
  21. mellowmark

    mellowmark Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    I am pretty sure that a beer being lightstruck can also have that wet cardboard affect.
  22. 7ate9

    7ate9 Apr 26, 2007 Virginia

    It was in a box the whole time.
  23. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Maybe that's where the cardboard affect came from hmmmm?!?!? ;)
  24. superspak

    superspak May 5, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I had a 2 year old bottle 2 weeks ago and it was awesome.
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  25. drtth

    drtth Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    No, that's caused by oxidation. A light struck beer smells/tastes like a skunk.
  26. drtth

    drtth Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Sorry, but the effect of light is to skunk beer.
  27. TwelveOunces

    TwelveOunces Nov 7, 2011 Kentucky

    It had a dead raccoon in it.
  28. SteelersX

    SteelersX Jan 30, 2011 New York
    Beer Trader

    I threw a couple four packs in the cellar in 06 and opened one recently blind and everyone thought it was amazing.

    No one really knows, they only know what they are told. - Do blind tastings for real eye openers. No pun intended.
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