by Founders Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
12.00 % ABV When you dance with the Devil, the Devil don\'t change. You do. Massive in complexity, the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphas used to create it. At an incredible 112 IBUs, it\'s dry-hopped with ten hop varieties.
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Devil Dancer is one hell of a hop bomb. As soon as the bottle is opened the intense hoppiness makes your nose hairs stand on end. Pours a deep mahogany with a slight chill haze. A white one finger head formed on the pour and faded to a solid cap with thick head along the edges. Leaves sheet lacing after each sip that slowly falls back into the body but leaves thick drink history lines.
This beer is so incredibly hoppy it actually clears your sinuses. There is a strong caramel maltiness. Strong for other beers but it doesn't hold a candle to the hops in this monster. This beer just drips with resinous hops. There's also that aspirin quality from the tremendous amount of hops added. Some pine needles as well.
Starts with the big caramel maltiness but it's quickly beat aside by the huge hoppiness. There is a musty woodiness that shows up just before the hops take over. Resinous hops drip from my tongue. Pine needles and some unsweetened grapefruit show up toward the end of the show. That aspirin bitterness comes by on the swallow and the hoppy bitterness just lingers and lingers.
Viscous and lush mouthfeel. The carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum. As soon as this beer hits your lips and tongue they go completely numb. It's like the first DIPA I ever expierenced but it happens everytime I drink this beer. A beating that I can't get enough of.
I know this beer is huge. I know my mouth is completely numb after the first sip. I know the alcohol is way too much to drink more than one but I can't get enough of this stuff. I could drink it till I can't drink anymore.
One of my favorite DIPAs for the simple fact that I love to take a beating every now and again. This will certainly do that to the tastebuds. Another great beer from Founders. Everything they make is great.
Price: $12.99 Served In: Pint Glass
Pours a viscous, golden orange hue with an iced tea core. Faint head of light khaki bubbles recedes to a thin veil, but is surprisingly well-retained given the 12% ABV. Thick aroma, laden with caramel-toffee malts providing a sweet backbone. The hops are sweet and fragrant, suggesting tea leaves, pot resin, and grapefruit. Nice nose, with a slight tinge of pineapple booze.
Very impressed by this beer, although I shouldn't be surprised given how well Founders does high alcohol brews. Bubblegum, saltwater taffy, and caramel malts lay down a sweet (but not cloyingly so) backdrop upon which resinous hops are laid. Bursting with hop flavor, with a well-restrained bitterness riding across the back of the tongue alongside a nice warming alcohol presence. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, but smooth and almost creamy...me likey. Excellent job Founders, but how bout you start distributing to TX already!!!
Served In: Mug
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 12-12-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
Got this one in a trade with SPLITGRIN and have kept it for about four months now since I was told that the hops were still “hot,” hope it’s toned down a bit by now.
Pours a dark caramel color with about a quarter of an inch of foam.
The aroma is heavy with caramel malts followed by citrus, pine, and toasted malts. Hints of chocolate and toffee followed by some ripe orange and orange blossoms.
The taste is quite good and the hops are still very potent, but I like those hops! Similar to the aroma but a little more intense. Caramel, chocolate, toffee, cherries, citrus and pine hops.
The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and the aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. This beer does not taste like it’s 13%
I seem to have picked a good day to open this beer because it seems just right. The hops are not too “hot” but they are not flat or “cardboard” tasting. I’m curious to see how this one tastes fresh but it certainly holds well for a few months (the one I’m drinking is probably about a year old now). Getting close to a barleywine if aged longer.
Served In: Tulip
Color is a rusted orange murk with a slim, fake orange-tan head of smooth foam. Brief lasting, glaring lace in thick, short strings stick across the glass.
Fat and juicy aroma with evident alcohol laced with a pinch of mint. Hops juices are there in full swing with dark citrusy piths, oils, and peels. Semi bittering on the nose too as a fairly large backing of caramel malt keeps a nice balance.
Taste mirrors the aroma well with a nice balancing act of dark citrusy oils and caramel malt. Very Barelywine-esk in character.
Finish is what brings this full circle. It takes a while to develope as its front and middle is moslty the malt base leveling the playing field for the team of hops to take their positions on the palate. Lots of piney bittering tones mesh with some dark citric hop oils. Big warmth at the end. Whoof da, wow does this stuff have some late kick too it. So watch out and hold on. Its a wonderful ride.
Feel is oily and rich with a medium body. Soothingly bold and smooth. Again, much like a Barleywine here. Nice hoppy finish and alcoholic stealth. Seems to have some areas missing for a beer this big, perhaps the complexity isn't up to par with some other 2IPA's but its stellar for any beer whatever you want to call it.
A fairly big taster and holds its own with most big West Coast goodies. Not a sessioning beer. A hoppy nectar sipper if anything.
Served In: Pint Glass
A: Poured an amber color with little to no head. Lacing is long lasting so if there was more head this would be really nice.
S: Super intense alcohol smell. Not much can bust through that.
T: Tastes of hops, a little caramel and lots of alcohol. Tastes like a Barleywine to me.
M: Thick mouthfeel with still a bit too much alcohol present.
This is a fairly good to pretty good Barlewine IMO. Not sure I'd go out of my way to get this one again.
Served In: Tulip
Nice beer. heat is painfully obvious otherwise is would score much higher. I love the creamy carmel flavor profile. Nice long bitter finish but again the heat is a knock knock knocking...
Price: $4.50 Served In: Bottle
Color is dark. Somewhat reddish brown maybe. Certainly much darker than any "Triple IPA" I've seen. But then again, I consider this one to be a barleywine in reality. Maybe I subscribe to the Hair of the Dog school of the definition of a DIPA. Smell is intense. Uber hops, and thick as can be. Alcohol, malts, sweet, hops. That's about what you get. Taste is about what you smell, with malt and a semi-sweet taste first. The hops bitterness and the alcohol. Finish is somewhat bitter too. Feel is t-h-i-c-k. Sticky thick, that puts even the most oily "true" DIPAs to shame.
Overall, this is a very good barleywine. It sides more on the hops side for that style, but it also claims to be a "Triple IPA", which as I mentioned I remain dubious about that even being a true style. A super-duper strong DIPA, sure. A barleywine that highlights the hops, sure. Wouldn't recommend slamming the whole 4pk on this one, but it certainly is another good bottle in a long line of good bottles from Founders.
Served In: Bottle
Review from 09/28/06
Poured from bottle into tulip.
A - Surprisingly given the 13% abv, there is an almost one finger head on this, off white and creamy looking. Body is garnet with a hint of orange, slightly hazy. Great lacing.
S - Sweet and malty. Definitely pick up the alcohol here. Strong resiny pine hop nose.
T - Sweet malt up front makes way to some piney hops, then comes the warming alcohol. Finishes with a strong black licorice aftertaste.
M - Thick and sticky. Carbonation is good for such a high alcohol brew.
D - One will be plenty. Not a big drinker.
Served In: Pint Glass
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