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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,322 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,322
Reviews: 1,366
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 295
Gots: 766 | FT: 31
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!
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Devil Dancer

Appearance: Founders triple IPA (is this really a thing? Or is this simply a ludicrous IIPA/DIPA?) pours a deep, crystal clear orange with very little head. The carbonation is slow but steady off the bottom of the glass and significant alcohol legs crown the top of the almost-red liquid in lieu of head. It is strange for a beer of this type to not have very little in the way of head, but it is 12% (and this is not the freshest Devil Dancer). Still, it is a pretty beer that looks like it is going to be quite a bit maltier than expected by the name and IBU count.

Aroma: Fruity hops and sweet malts vie for precedence throughout the nose. This is another surprise given how bitter this beer is supposed to be. The fruit does predominate, however just barely, with strong, somewhat indiscernible notes (berries of some kind?). Alcohol is present in a minor capacity. There is also lots of citrus. Honestly, this beer smells quite a bit like a less aromatic Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, which would definitely be a good comparison if the beer were stronger smelling.

Taste: You would not know it by the smell and look, but this is a triple-A caliber beer. The taste snaps the drinker back to reality after what can only be referred to as the former two criteria lulling the palate into a false sense of security. This is massively complex with an initial juicy fruitiness not unlike biting into a piece of Bubblicious –berry gum. There are orange notes, peach notes, tangerine notes, strawberry notes (a first for this drinker), grapefruit notes, and just a hint of rindy bitterness. Then the malt hits and saves the tongue from total destruction while imparting a delectable, syrupy sweetness. Finally, the bitter aftertaste wipes out any semblance of taste and preps the mouth for the next massive drink.

Mouthfeel: Nearly as wonderful as the taste, the mouthfeel is humongous, thick, syrupy, sticky, and just what one would expect at 12% ABV and a “triple” IPA. This may be one of the only “sipper” IPAs out there (DFH’s 120 Min comes to mind as well). There is not a lot of carbonation, but what is there is adequate. The malts give a minor amount of creaminess, and the alcohol has a wonderful warmth to it. Lastly, the astringency is massive. This will destroy palates almost as much as Ruination and the aptly named Palate Wrecker, but it also begs for that next, juicy drink.

Overall: While I was initially skeptical of the beer based on the first two grading categories, the last two (the important two, as I like to call them) really made up for it. Hopheads will love this beer. It was easily worth the $3 for a single bottle that I paid, and I would even say that it beats out DFH’s 90 Minute for my favorite DIPA, though I will have to reevaluate that when I finally give that one its long-delayed review. Pick this up if you like hops, like a good melding of East Coast maltiness and West Coast palate destroying IPAs. 16/20

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

Photo of brownbeer
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Gaisgeil
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

Slàinte!

Photo of WunderLlama
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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.

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of IronCity1822
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tectactoe
2.29/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Marcov300
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jono0101
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerEnergy
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,322 ratings.