Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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4,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,544
Reviews: 1,425
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 318
Gots: 901 | FT: 32
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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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Ratings: 4,544 | Reviews: 1,425
Reviews by corey0212:
Photo of corey0212
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got this beast from SirSketch in the Comic Book BIF!

Pours slow and thick out of the bottle, a murky mahogany color, not even a trace of a head on this beer, though a pencil-thin ring develops around the edge of the glass....this thing just looks scary. Massive amount of caramel in the nose, big juicy citrus notes, and definitely more than a hint of alcohol is present. Flavors follow right along, really bitter grapefruit, sticky caramel, and a good dose of pine. Mouthfeel is outrageous on this beer, and definitely steals the show. Thick, oily, ragged, the bitterness will likely stay with me for hours....this is quite possibly the chewiest beer I've ever had. And as much is everything in this beer is turned to 11, there seems to a pretty good balance between hops and malts. A slow-sipping, taste-bud-thrashing Definitely a once or twice a year treat.

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 KevChiTown
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Hey, remember that one time you got punched really hard in your mouth. Drink this beer and re-live the memories!!!

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.


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 mschrei
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into large wine goblet.
Nice color. Nose a bit too strong.
Great taste. Not as heavy as I thought it would be, but it definitely provides the booze in taste and effect.

Perfect afternoon beer for the last day at home alone before your wife starts summer break.

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 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 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 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 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 BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 07

The label reads "Triple IPA." Man, you've gotta love American brewers. When an idea has been done a few too many times, just make it bigger!

Hazy, tawny color. Thin on the head but the lace stays for a good while. Fresh, orange citric zest and soft piney resin aroma with a flare of alcohol and toasted malt. Intense palate of alcohol and hops right from the get go. Big oily bite of hop bitterness and a sting of spicy alcohol set the tone, followed by waves upon waves of hop bitterness with pungent citric rind flavors. Alcohol throws out some tropical fruit (mango and pineapple) and an assertive heat. Seems like the aftertaste lasts forever, with a hardcore bitter hop and the residuals of a spicy alcohol warmth.

This beer is insane. No, absolutely insane! Both the alcohol and hops dropped bombs on our palates, and it's going to be hard to recover from the shredding. As for a pairing: fight fire with fire! Aim and launch it at some really spicy food, preferably something with habanero peppers.

Photo of newk340
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a clear sparkling amber that just screams hops!

S: a smooth hoppy aroma, however somewhat atypical of other IPAs ive tried since there is no noticeable citrus.

T: an initial hop sizzle that continues to coat the mouth well after its been swallowed while leaving lingering hints of pine.

MF/D: VERY smooth while leaving a warm tingle. certainly not as eye-opening as many DIPAs ive tried.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The Devil Dancer "Triple IPA" pours from the bottle a deep auburn, quite dark with a nice inch of creamy khaki head on top. The head lingers and is impressive considering the 13% abv. I can smell the hops already without getting near the glass. Big aromas of massively oily, resiny piney hops smack me across the face. A rich, deep sweet caramel malt is present as well. Citrus fruits, pineapple, some raisins, vanilla and wafts of alcohol esters as well. Much more reminiscent of a barleywine than a double IPA but enchanting all the same.

First sip brings a rich, deep caramel maltiness that carries with it a gargantuan helping of piney herbally citric hop oils. A big bitter bite is present but the sweet maltiness really helps keep it in check. Hints of raisins, dark fruits and butter rum midway through. Alcohol peeks out and makes its presence known. A massively tasty brew that is seriously a kick in the mouth. Lovely lingering hoppy bitterness. Yum.

Mouthfeel is dense and creamy...simply coats the palate and does not let up. Nice carbonation as well. Divine enjoyment. Obviously...this is not a brew to drink in mass quantities, however it goes down smooth and is incredibly tasty. My only complaint would be that this should really be labeled as a barleywine instead of a "triple ipa"...but hey...I guess that is not my call now is it! Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity to try another tasty Founders treat.

Photo of blitz134
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hrm...1.5 years since I've reviewed. And this is number 400 too! Probably 6 year old bottle.

Currently packing up my apartment to move cross country. Drinking down my cellar, probably should have reviewed some of my other old beers too.

I'm reviewing this more as a barleywine.

Slight hiss on the pop of the top. Murky brown with copper highlights. No head to speak of, just a tiny ring around the edge of the glass.

No hops to speak of really in the aroma. Has a brown sugar, crystal malt aroma throughout, hints of cherry, molassas.

Flavor is similar in many aspects, some bitterness remains to remind that this is American, even after 6 years. Some oxidation and sherry-like notes, but to be expected. Finishes with a touch of chocolate. Similar to some old ale's I've had with the sweetness. Alcohol flare, which is evident of fresh samples is gone, but some of the estery characteristics still remain to hint at its strength.

Fairly thick mouthfeel with low carbonation, syrupy to some extent which makes this a sipper. But definitely a good beer after a night of packing when its in the single digits outside.

Photo of nickadams2
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a reddish amber color with off white head. Slight lacing.

S_Hardcore hops.Citrus and honey with slight alcohol smell.

T_Extremely bitter. Huge hop kick. Make this your last beer because it totally destroys your palate. Bitterness rounded out by grapefruit.pine and honey. Alcohol is present but hidden very well.

M_Full bodied and sticky on the lips.

D_Very drinkable for the ABV.

This beer is extreme. Must be a true "hop head" to handle this one.

Photo of Kjanisch7
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Triple IPA means business...had it both in a bottle and on tap. I've got to say, if I had the review the bottle version of this beer I'd give it a 3.75, maybe a 4. On tap this beer was drastically different and absolutely brilliant.

A: A beautiful reddish brown matched with an off-white head.

S: Craziness in the aroma department here. Lovely citrus-pine smell.

T: Initially this one is pretty bitter, but it tapers out quickly into a very juicy IPA. In the bottle, the booziness lingers and burns a bit, but on tap the citrus hoppiness stays and there's less booziness. Wonderful taste overall.

M: Full bodied IPA done right. This was far more lightly carbonated than I thought it was going to be, but it was a nice surprise.

D: Because it's such a thick and boozy IPA, it was tough to drink many of these, but I enjoyed every sip of the ones I drank.

If you haven't had it, GET IT NOW.

Photo of JasonA
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark malty carmel. Is this a DIPA? Thick foamy head Lots of lacing.

Smell moderate hops. Highly malty which stinks of ABV (in a good way). Grapefruit?

Creamy, ABV hops. Hop bomb? Definately. Nice pale finish. Carmel, pine resin hops.

Yummy, nice and creamy. Swish in the mouth very well.

I would love to drink more of this. The finish is very nice and like a Pale Ale the hops sit with you a while.

I want more

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a dark amber color with a thick off-white head. There was abundant lace.

Aroma of piney hops, and a little sweet malt.

Taste of pine and pine resins. A bit of bread.

0ily mouthfeel. Hoppy. I thought the 12% ABV was very well hidden. Still this is a beer to be sipped and savored.

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled date 5/17/10; consumed 7/1/10

A vigorous pour yields 1/2 finger of quickly dissipating head. Pours a clear reddish brown.

Smell is primarily citrus hops and some subtle malts.

Taste is monstrous juicy hops up front, but still a nice malt finish to balance things out. Finish is lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with relatively low carbonation.

This is a sipper for sure, and I usually feel a bit dehydrated about halfway through a bottle. Probably the last beer of the night as it is a bit of a palate wrecker.

Photo of marvin213
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appropriate for dancing with the devil, its color's on the darker side of IPAs--a light brown, yet translucent. Oddly, the carefree pour provides basically no head. A thin line of fizz circles only the edge of the cap. Lacing is evident.

Like the look, there's nothing remarkable about the smell. It actually lacks the hop wave characteristic of hop bombs. Instead, you definitely sense a malty balance. It neither looks nor smells overly malty, but both provide proof that it's more than a hop monster. A hint of charred wood, like roasted, malty oak lingers on the nose.

It tastes good, but it's like I taste more ethanol than hop. Instead of a IIIPA, it tastes more like a light but strong amber. Again, I sense the wood--this time with alcohol on it. It's a big Michigan beer, but it's not as tasty as its West Coast counterparts. It's a different beer, obviously, but I miss pine and grapefruit...I miss more hop appeal. In the inevitable intra-state argument, this is no Hopslam. Perhaps that's an unfair comparison, but to what else should I compare a Michigan Triple IPA? I realize Founders can't copy the honey recipe, but the amber-like barley malts don't as effectively balance the hops. I like it, but IIIPAs aren't supposed to taste so plain (but strong). In attempts to consider the style while rating, I guess it is the average Triple IPA.

I want to give the beer a good score, and mouthfeel is the best realm in which to do it. It tastes plain enough to swallow down, but the alcohol makes me hang onto it for a minute. The ethanol gives my cheeks a raisin-like tingle, like a hop- or barleywine...even like a merlot. It's like the beer's got complexities that merge into a simply strong amber. It's nothing like I expected, but the malty mouthfeel complements the big alcohol nicely.

Drinkability is a relative weakness. It's strong, yet (seemingly) so plain, and those characteristics do not a Bud Light commercial make. It's drinkable like an amber, and that's not really good. Even among hopster counterparts, this wouldn't be your go-to choice. I'd prefer 3 Hopslams over a Devil Dancer...2 Hop Stoopids.

I'm coming to the conclusion that Founders rules the darker stouts (read: KBS and double chocolate oatmeal), whereas Bells brings hop reign (read: Hopslam and Two-hearted). I'm okay with that...and proud of Michigan.

Photo of Beaver13
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very murky light brown with a thin light tan head that quickly goes to a thin skim that lightly laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet tangy grapefruit and caramel, with a little metallic note. Oranges, alcohol and a little floral hoppiness come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet caramel and fruitiness initially followed by a fairly big earthy, grassy almost grainy bitterness. It has a kind of charcoal bitter (yet kind of sweet) finish and aftertaste. The alcohol is pretty well hidden but warming and becomes more prevalent as it warms. I would never guess this was 13% though. The mouthfeel is very full with light carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA3. There are better DIPAs that are better balanced though.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,544 ratings.