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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,216 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,216
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 287
Gots: 715 | FT: 32
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:
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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004)
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Photo of bwood06
4.25/5  rDev +9%

A - Creamy head that disappears rather quickly to a thin lacing. Deep reddish amber in color with a subtle hint of haze. 3.75/5

S - Hops are actually somewhat subdued here which is unusual for an IPA. Slight resin, grass, pine aroma. There is some sourness to the aroma reflecting the alcohol content (12%). I also get plenty of stone fruit such as dates. 4.5/5

T - Sweet malt, caramel, and toffee hits me right off the bat. Fruitiness (dates) then enters the picture followed by some resin and pine. Very complex layering here. One flavor hits my tongue right after another. 4.5/5

M - Medium body. Coats the tongue nicely in the beginning and then finishes clean. Somewhat heavier body than most IPAs that I've had. 4/5

O - Amazingly complex beer. Both flavors and aromas are layered very nicely. Can't drink more than one but a great beer to finish the evening with. 4.5/5

bwood06, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of WunderLlama
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pilsner

Appearance: 1 finger whote foam head quickly settles to a lake of bubbles on the top. No visible carbonation. Ruby red , brown opaque liquid.

Aroma: dark rich fruits, caramel

Taste: starts off sweet on the front of the tongue and very quickly creates a tart, bitterness on the back and sides. Deep rich fruits, figs, malts and then a strong alcoholic taste. Bitterness, not to sharp in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation

Overall: Interesting drink. Sweet then tart. Explosion of hop bitterness nice sipper that punches you in the face with hops and also balances it with quite a bit of malt. Another great Founders brew. A different, full flavored beer but not a style that I will repeat.

WunderLlama, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of NiceTaps
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Pours a blood red amber copper color. Big tan head leaves nice lacing. Not easy to see through.

S- Sweet malt, alcohol, minimal hops.

T- A boatload of sugary boozy malts. There is some citrus hop flavor but it can get lost in this big beer.

M- Syrupy with a lingering hop tang. Sweet alcohol. Full.

O- It's a big booze bomb. For me, that suppresses the flavor and the effects of the hops. Oh, well.

NiceTaps, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Gaisgeil
2.33/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This brew is definitely too much of a good thing. I'm sure it's a hop lover's delight, but I just don't get what all the raving is all about. Pours a deep hazy gold in color with a loose white head. Nose is intense hops, grapefruit and pine, incredibly pungant and alcoholic. Taste is very much the same, very drying on the palate, not a pleasant experience. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, coats the palate. This is a horribly out of balance brew and something I just don't care much for.


Gaisgeil, Jun 09, 2006
3/5  rDev -23.1%

TEKNISHE, Yesterday at 03:45 PM
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

adamcobrien, Friday at 06:07 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

nickleeye, Friday at 02:57 PM
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

a77cj7, Friday at 06:42 AM
Photo of beerdedking
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I understand this is not your every day IIPA. If you're looking for an Enjoy By clone, walk on by. This is a TRIPLE IPA, which I believe is deserving of it's own category. The malt bill is heavy duty, the hops in equal proportion. Beers of this ilk, cross the bridge between American Barleywine and DIPA, and that's exactly where you will find Devil Dancer. Fruity, tangy, cirtrusy hoppy, malty....yes you've got all of theseys. Oops, I'm stuck. Not a hint of alcohol while weighing in at 12% ABV with 112 IBUs. This beer is an EXPERIENCE, not just another DIPA. Next year, when you buy your four pack, drink two and let another two sit for 4-5 months. You'll be rewarded I can assure you....

beerdedking, Friday at 01:20 AM
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

McMatt7, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.9/5  rDev -25.6%

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

While basically its is a barleywine at this date, it still has a massive malt backbone and the essential bittering hops which still proves the devil can still dance.

Bottled on 5/20/2014

TubaManJack, Nov 16, 2014
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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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