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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,133 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,133
Reviews: 1,336
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 279
Gots: 709 | FT: 35
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,133 | Reviews: 1,336 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ManekiNeko:
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served lightly chilled in a Rapscallion goblet (complete with bootylicious dancing devil). Thanks to CRJMellor for the trade.

Appearance: Fiery crimson, clear, slowly rising bubbles. Yellowish tan head, about 1/2" tall. Very thick and made of small bubbles. Beer appears very viscous. After a few minutes, the head fades to a thick collar and a healthy layer of foam. Nice specks and rings of lace left on the glass.

Smell: Intense, nosehair-burnin', sprucy, grapefruity, capsicum peppery, tear-inducin' lupulin essences. Understatement: This smells hoppy.

Taste: Aggressively bitter hops, almost salty. Ruination, Dreadnaught, and Pliny the Elder tremble in comparison. Piny, sappy, astringent and acidic grapefruit concentrate. Long lasting bitter resin aftertastes. Mild boozy overtones. Solid malt sweetness provides a great backbone.

Mouthfeel: Burly and aggressively massive flavors. Solid medium body. Roided-out pro wrassler big.

Drinkability: IIIPA or frigginly hoppy Barleywine? This is an Incredible Hulk of a beer, and Banner is angry. If you're not a hophead, you won't like him when he's angry. If you are, you're gonna get roughed up a bit. Wow.

ManekiNeko, Apr 01, 2005
More User Reviews:
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 oberon
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was great to finally get to try this beer I was anticipating it for awhile.Poured a deep burgundy with a thinner slight off white head,big fruity esters in the nose like alcohol dipped dark fruit with an undelying but very noticable piney hop elemant.Aroma wise and flavor wise this is an hopped up American barley wine,flavors are of dark fruit and brown sugar up front finishing very piney.The alcohol to me was pretty well hidden and very decieving,in some ways reminded me of Great Divide Old Ruffian in its hop profile.A great brew Iam hoping that it will be on tap at Founders next month when in GR.

oberon, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of IronCity1822
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

IronCity1822, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a thick, heavy orange with a brownish tint to the liquid and sported a big, super-puffy off-white head.

Smell – The deep, mature, sharp malts form a rich bouquet. The caramel especially is thick and heavy. The hops are extremely complex; I can’t begin to describe them all so won’t even try. The citrus is dominant and the pine is sharp but well-blended.

Taste – The malts here “sugar up” at the taste. They very sweet and offer a nice balance to the gigantic hop profile.

Mouthfeel – This medium to full-bodied “triple” IPA is very boozy. The bitterness is completely worked out of the mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This was a tasty treat that should never, ever, be bottled in bombers!

Comments – Thanks to the much-respected and highly-regarded BuckeyeNation for tossing this little hop bomb into my trading box. Good “triple IPAs” are hard to find, but this one certainly lived up to my expectations of this unofficial style.

RoyalT, May 15, 2005
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +2.6%

aszatk01, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Intense, Over the Top, Huge, West Coast like IPA. I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t repeat. At $4 plus a single, I can’t justify buying this again when compared to similar, and much cheaper beers.

Appearance: Intimidating reddish orange body with plenty of carbonation and a thick beige head that immediately compacts to just a skim.

Aroma: American Barley Wine like. Citrus hops, peppery spice, pine, and vanilla over the faintest caramel.

Taste/MF: this is a sipper indeed but many great flavors are still prevalent: pine and grapefruit for sure but also mangoes, cherry jam, marmalade, juniper, tobacco, and more. Warmth comes in waves, tidal waves, but the carbonation keeps the booze from coming on to thick. Very nice.

Drinkability: One is enough for me.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DanGeo, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a copper-orange color with a small head that leaves minimal lacing. The first whiff hits with a load of caramel toasted malts, a touch of vanilla, and an abundance of alcohol. A touch of fruity flavors are hinted at, but not very noticeable. The alcohol gets stronger and stronger as the beer gets warmer, until eventually it's almost the only thing you notice, along with the malts. For a "triple IPA", it's weird how much the malts and alcohol overpower the actual hop smell. Hops are present, but not at all in the foreground.

The taste... well, I don't understand how so many people have given this beer a good review. I guess that's just the difference in tastes. But this beer was bleh. Hoppy and bitter, with overpowering malts, and extremely annoying alcoholic properties. Way too boozy. And not boozy in a "oak barrel aged bourbon" kind of way - boozy in a "this is difficult to drink" kind of way. It's as if the alcohol is there unnecessarily. It's unwarranted, unwanted, and uncalled for in this amount. I feel like Founder's was strictly going for the novelty of 12% ABV without much regard to the actual taste, which is a shame because most of their brews are amazing. This beer left a sharp bite on the back of the throat and the booze only got stronger and more arrogant as time went on. Super thick and left the mouth feeling sticky and coated. Pungent, heavily alcoholic aftertaste.

Yuck. I was very disappointed with this. Founder's puts out amazing stuff, but this just missed the mark. Instead of an incredibly complex, hoppy brew, I was sucking on a hodge-podge of malts, unwanted bitterness, and overpowering alcohol burn. I'll definitely be passing this one up next time.

tectactoe, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of ExtraStout
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby red and copper with a thin, half-inch head that quickly dissipates. What’s left over clings to the glass and leaves a nice lacing - a trait I find in most all Founder’s beers.

Poking my nose into this one I get a lot of sweet hops - most apricot and apple as well as caramel malt. Fairly big and alcoholic in the nose. Funny, but the hop bitterness is just missing from this beer - especially given it’s reputation and high IBUs. It’s sweet and cloying - not in a completely bad way, but not what you would expect. Definitely big on the sugary malts.

Alcoholic and somewhat astringent - not what I would classify as a IIPA or barleywine by any stretch. Definitely an interesting beer, but not one I will go out of my way for again.

ExtraStout, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 7-30-10.

A: The color is a brownish-amber with a gold tint. There is no head at all poured into my snifter; just a thin, hazy covering results. The carbonation bubbles dawdle slowly upward in perfect lines. The lacing of DD is pleasing to the eye, but nothing spectacular.

S: Big. Citrus, tropical fruit, and pine hop aromas blend fairly seamlessly with a ramped up and caramel-ly malt bill. I am impressed by how well the hops match the malts in a 12% beer. This might be the most bitter smelling beer that I have encountered to date.

T: The tropical fruit hop and malt combination is the initial flavor blast onto my palate. The caramel malt presence then sits sweetly and heavily on the broadside of my tongue, which is sucked away at the end of the sip by a puckering, resin-like bitter hop attack. The high a.b.v. is evident as the beer warms.

M: Very full and sweet for the first half of the sip, then a combination of heavy hops and alcohol dry the mouth and clean the sweetness of the malts off of my palate.

D: This is about as drinkable as a 12% "Triple IPA" can come. The alcohol is very evident in the smell and taste as the beer warms, but the balance between hops and malts is struck phenomenally well.

TCHopCraver, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Marcov300
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Marcov300, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Zakk, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of jono0101
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jono0101, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber with a small, white head.

Rich with malt and every form of hop note possible; catty, floral, pine resin with doughy malts and a belgiany raisin quality and an alcohol note, of course.

The hops definately represent with piney notes and a grassy finish. In between? Becomes more sweet as it warms up, with rich honeyish malt, caramel, and bread dough, finishing dry and warm but not hot at all.

This is an epic beer worth fearing just a little bit. It meets in between old ale, barleywine, and double ipa in a wonderful way. Let it warm up, delicious.

brownbeer, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of BeerEnergy
4.25/5  rDev +9%

BeerEnergy, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Schlais, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Tiernan, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4/5  rDev +2.6%

TimBeaulieu, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

GameOfBeers, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of readicculus
4/5  rDev +2.6%

readicculus, Dec 14, 2011
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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,133 ratings.