tillmac62 (135) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour with a 2 finger head that laces well. Nose is slight, but of malt, alcohol and hops. The taste is complex. The malt serves as a backbone to aggressive hoping, which is amazingly balanced in terms of flavor and bitterness against a 12% alcohol content. Full bodied, which is rare in an IPA. It finishes balanced as well, with hop flavor and malt as the base with a lingering bitterness and alcohol note. This is a well crafted beer, especially considering the IBUs and alcohol content, but it takes those factors to extremes.
MaroonOrange (124) - - NOV 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Copper color with a decent head. Grain and hops on the nose. Tons of malt and hops. Grain, citrus, and grassy, straw notes. Intense palate with a strong hop presence on the finish.
kraddel (2437) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark orange, almost no foam
smells sweet, syrupy, some hops
taste is sweet, very sweet ( barleywine ?) with a bit hops . in a blind tasting, i wouldnt even cdall this an IPA . this is a BW to me ..
joshwoodward (486) - - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Dangerously drinkable for a 12 percent beer. Great balance, fresh hops, not too boozy.
SamP01 (515) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper orange with a medium tan head. Aroma is of floral hops, grapefruit, citrus and caramelized malt notes. Taste is floral hops, citrus and grapefruit flavors with sweet caramel malt, has a bit of toffee notes as well as it warms up. Palate is a medium full body, a smooth mouth feel and good carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt toffee flavor followed by floral, citrus and grapefruit notes. The ending is somewhat sweet dry bitterness with a bit of toffee on the end for balance Seems slightly on the bitter side, alcohol seems well hidden but hits you in the end. Overall a good flavorful and good drinking brew.
BackyardDogs (35) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another Founders delight. Full of flavor. Packs a punch. Nice IPA. Nice citrus notes back up by Founders delicious base of hops and malts.
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kevinator (717) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really good and complex. Despite high IBUís this is well balanced and easy to drink. Nice blend of hop aromas from citrus to floral with a maltiness thrown in. Nice hazy light copper color with a good head. Weighty palate with rounded finish of dryness and a little sweet. The alcohol was very well hidden. Bitterness up front but not a complete palate wrecker. Sweet malts and a little spice that was almost like rye. Try this if you see it.
zvikar (2836) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Rotemís place. Pours orange hazy with a nice orange like head, aroma of honey, malt, molasses, marmalade and orange jam, flavor is bitter and sweet with grapefruit, tangerine, soy, slightly lemony with lots of alcohol, medium to full bodied
wheresyourball (445) - El Cajon, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade, poured into a tulip. Golden amber color, thin white head. Nose is booze, bitter grapefruit, grass. Taste follows with caramel, malt. Medium body. Decent.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on-tap at One-Eyed Bettyís in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle. Iíve wanted to have Devil Dancer for awhile now, but I never wanted to pay full-price for a bottle, since I read it described as something I really didnít want to bother paying for.
Appearance: Copper. Basically no haze at all. A ring floats on top, but thereís no actual head.. maybe quarter of a finger. Lacing is actually exceptional given the ABV of this beer.
Smell: Definitely a huge amount of hops. Not so much citrus, but just a lot of earthy, pine sorts of hops that really "dance" in your nostrils. Devil Dancer is definitely pungent, and it stood out among my sampler.
Taste/feel: Interesting. Weird. Unusual. I think there definitely has to be summit hops used in this one -- the flavor has that somewhat burning (thanks to the alcohol, no doubt) with the dirty/earthy onion sorts of flavors. If I were to drink a tea made of poison ivy, I imagine it tasting something like this.
Overall, a strange, strange beer. As many have said, it really is a pretty extreme beer that, to me, is distinctively Devil Dancer. It drinks pretty well and it tastes solid, but I donít think Iíd pay whatever the cost is for a four-pack of this stuff. I tend to love Founders offerings, but I just like this one.