Devil Dancer Triple IPA by Founders Brewing Company, Michigan

Devil Dancer
Tasting: February 23, 2011
Style: (Triple) IPA

I love finding a forgotten gem in the back of my fridge and I found a titan. If I had a top 5 beers of the year, this would be near, if not at the top of the list (I’m working on it) – easily 94 points for me. I had forgotten my first tasting back in the summer (before I had this blog site). I remember I gave John a bottle back in August — and afterward he said, “This beer changed my life”. Really, I’ll say that this is definitely a benchmark beer. Other than Cerise (in my opinion), Founders produces outstanding beer after outstanding beer. After reading about the process, where Founders dry-hopped this beer with ten different hops — and the IBUs beyond any measurable standard (they say 112 IBU). I was expecting crushing bitter of hops – yet I found a strong malty/toffee/molasses taste (ala Stone’s Double Bastard). I just can’t wait until next July.

Update: August 5, 2011 — I was able to procure five bottles of the 2011 Devil Dancer. I served up the first in my cognac glass. This beer truly is complex and awash with elegant power. It has changed from bottle to bottle. When fresh, it tastes as if you have stuffed your mouth with fresh hops and as it ages, the malt/toffee start to show itself. Aged it becomes more like a California-Style Barleywine. Either way – my score from last year stands up — 94 points.

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