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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,307 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,307
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 295
Gots: 756 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004

Triple IPA. Dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. 112 actual IBU; although it calculates to over 200!
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Photo of Robdiesel21
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ale_Dog
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmgeng
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been keeping an eye out for this "triple" IPA and I finally got my hands on one.

A - Deep amber color. Great clarity with small white head and decent lacing. Pours pretty thick for an IPA.

S - Lots of citrus, floral, and fruit notes mixed with alcohol, caramel, and some malt. Not a full on hop assault but a strong hoppy beer. Like a largely dry hopped American barley wine.

T - Upfront the citrus, grapefruit, resin character is strong and then the alcohol and malt kick in. This beer has a big malt backbone to with some caramel to accompany the bitterness, alcohol, and hop flavors on the front. The finish makes an attempt for balance with the bitterness to match the richness. Though it isn't as rich as a barley wine or as hop flavored as some DIPAs but there is great flavor throughout.

M - Medium to heavy mouth-feel with lower carbonation. With the pour and 12% I was expecting a heavier mouth feel but it is more balanced than I was lead to believe. The flavors do linger but it isn't cloying or as hot as some bigger DIPAs out there.

Overall, a very good beer but isn't as amazing as some DIPAs out there. This beer treads the line between DIPA and barley wine very well and if that is what you want then this is the perfect beer. I would rather have a fresher tasting DIPA than this but for once in a while this is a great beer. My bottle wasn't harsh or oxidized but I could expect those characteristics at different ages of this beer.

Glass- Perfect Pint

Photo of biggumby
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of uawildcat
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had Founder's Double Trouble last night. Overall I think that this is a better beer.

Look: No head, but at 12.0% ABV what do you expect? It is darker than the Double Trouble, I think there may be a different grain composition.

Smell: Sweet, just like Double Trouble. Though the hops come through a bit more. I sense orange blossoms and citrus smells.

Taste: Very sweet for an IPA. Has more of a caramel flavor compared to the Double Trouble. Darker flavor profile. Hops are not as piney as the Double Trouble. I would say its more orange blossom like it smells, citrus, and a touch of the piney flavors. Very pleasant.

Feel: Like most well-done high ABV beers, it is deceiving. Just a touch touch sticky-sweet, but I like it. Of course it has a little burn.

Overall: Awesome Triple IPA. I like this more than the Double Trouble. Seems like I am in a minority.

Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jduprey007
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lincolnman
4.98/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very good Ipa and enjoyable!

Photo of VonZipper
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lurkerson
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May of this year

A: poured into a tulip to a light brown with a little orange with a finger and a half of off white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of caramel sweetness and orange marmalade. some slight herbal bitterness as well along with some alcohol
T: taste is caramel, orange marmalade, herbal hop bitterness but a lot of sweet citrus. a little toasted bread as well and the swallow brings some citrus rind, tropical fruit, piney hop bitterness, caramel sweetness, and more orange marmalade
M: medium on the palate with soft carbonation and an oily hop finish that leaves things refreshing
O: This is a pretty big beer with a lot of complexity and it will be interesting to see how it changes as it ages. I wish I could have gotten to this beer when it was fresher but there is still a lot of hop flavor in this beer. the front end seems to have faded the most but the swallow is amazing.

Photo of murphius1118
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured a very dark ruby orange color. Formed a nice finger of medium tan head. Minimal lacing.
S - Hops and grapefruit. Aroma is a little subdued on this particular brew.
T - Wow. Super boozy. Lots of sweet sweet orange, apple, grapefruit and tangerine, finishes only slightly bitter. Definitely a "sweet" IPA, even though it states that it has 112 IBUs. Very good.
O - A damned good IPA, 5 stars. An experience.
V - Quite expensive at almost 20 dollars a four pack.

Photo of Cath
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thedevi8one
4.86/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Great mix, thick malty hoppy sweet goodness. Fantastic experience from first sniff to last drop. Hides the ABV well. My favorite beer to date.

Photo of Barnoloid
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimG_0913
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good overall brew. The ABV is hidden very well. Really enjoyed this brew.

Photo of drone
2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

It sure hides that 112 well.

Photo of dllman25
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,307 ratings.