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RATINGS: 1703   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 112   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Founders most complex, most innovative, most feared and yet most revered ale produced. Massive in complexity the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alpha’s used to create this monster. More IBU’s than any brewery has documented, more than you would believe and dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. Dangerously drinkable and deliciously evil. We dare you to dance with the Devil. 112 IBUs


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Poured a nice dark cherry color with a beige colored head. Head didn’t last long and there was virtually no lacing, but still a nice looking brew. There is just a trace of some caramel in the smell, but this is pretty much all hops. Seemed like there were more grapefruit citrus hops than piney resinous, but either way, they worked very well together. Taste is full of much of the same, but there seems to be more piney hops in the taste than the aroma, there’s even a bit of caramel and dark fruit hidden beneath the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, full bodied and medium carbonation; maybe that’s not true to style, but it seemd to fit well. Very enjoyable beer, certainly worth trying, if you can find it.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alandudeman (25) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 29, 2008
APPEARANCE/ SMELL: reddish brown with no head. Sweet caramel smell with piny hops. MOUTHFEEL: thick, syrupy, and sticky TASTE: initially malty and sweet, then caramel. Then bitter then alcoholic. The alcohol wasn’t too pronounced but warmed on the way down. THOUGHTS: this more closely resembles a barley wine than IPA. DD was lacking in the citrus, lemony hop flavors and smells. The only thing hoppy about it was the bitter aftertaste, which wasn’t even that bitter or lasting. GREAT BARLEYWINE, POOR IPA

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Bottle: Thanks SQNFan! Nice looking pour with a hazy glowing amber color and a deep orange hue. The tan head is small but strong. Rich sweet noce with toasted vanilla, butterscotch soaked grapefruit, and gingerbread. Pretty inviting. Slick and warming feel, with apparent alcohol. Sweet flavor with toasted honey and a vanilla sweetness in the background. Some graham cracker and apparent alcohol burn. The finish has huge layers of resiny bitterness that makes the huge sticky body tolerable. This is a high octane IIPA that kind of works; although it’s very hot and over the top.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with CaptainCougar. Pours a cloudy dark amber with some reddish highlights when held against light. Very thin, uneven off-white head that quickly vanished. Very pleasant aroma of sweet malt, brandy, and some bright notes of citrus, particularly orange. The flavor is sweet malt up front followed by some very resinous hops. Very luxurious, almost sticky (in a good way) mouthfeel. Rich and full bodied. A bit of brandy in the aftertaste. I enjoyed this one very much in my Southampton snifter this one is a sipper for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle courtesy Ibrew2or3. Thanks Dave you Rock!!! Pours a hazy amber with a small but lasting off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is full on citrus, pine, floral, earthy, and spicy hops with a good dose of sweet malt and caramel to balance it all out. Taste is a punch int the face of hops with tons of sweet malt and caramel. Medium full mouthfeel with an intense amount of bitterness and warm but very smooth alcohol. Damn good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle pours a copper color with off white head. Has a big bold aroma that combines what smells like a huge malt bill and lots of hops since I smell lots of floral hints. Mouthfeel is heavy. Taste is very malty and sweet upfront. As is lingers it is very hoppy and the backside and the finish. The alcohol is hidden well. My brother had one and was dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyd365 (124) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Good GOD! This Devil Dancer was an explosion from start to finish-- I got smacked in the face with hops right out from the pour. I could smell those hops a-wafting several inches above the glass. It was pretty slow-going to drink this baby, but it went down alright. It felt pretty decent in my mouth- hoppy and of course bitter. The alcohol wasn’t noticable until the aftertaste, where I may have breathed just a bit of fire. Overall, this was definitely a fun one, and would recommend to any fellow hophead. Everyone else beware!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2374) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2008
12 oz bottle at BA Speedway line tasting (provider unknown). Poured a copper color with a small white head. Aroma of older musty citrus(this was probably not a fresh bottle). The taste featured caramel, citrus and earthy breads. The mouthfeel was full and malty. The finish was long with lingering caramel. Overall: Not a bad DIPA but not a great one, must try again when I know I’ve got a fresh bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1466) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours deep red with a tiny light tan head. Aroma is pretty much pure grapefruit hops. Flavor is bitter hops and fairly strong citrus/grapefruit hops, some more grassy hops and a little caramel sweetness. The bitterness builds up pretty strongly after just a couple of sips. Alcohol is hardly noticeable except for a bit of burn in the finish. This is very well done. I do, however, question why RateBeer’s description above gives 200+ IBUs while the Founders website only claims 112 IBUs.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle courtesy of StFun. Pours mahogany brown with a large bubbled, cream colored head when poured vigorously. The nose is wonderfully hoppy with pineapple and floral notes in addition to sweet caramel malt. The flavor is not as hoppy as the nose, with more caramel and molasses standing out, along with noticeable alcohol. A bit smooth and creamy on the palate. The finish is lingering bitter.


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