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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,059 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,059
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 279
Gots: 694 | 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:
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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Reviews by vandemonian:
Photo of vandemonian
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had Devil Dancer at the Founders event at Big Hunt in DC. It poured with a cloudy orange colour and although it didn't have much of a head, it maintained good lacing. It has a delicious, sweet, orange smell that made me want to drink it immediately. The flavour was initially tangy and orange then some tangy, bitter orange rind flavours kicked in. Throughout, there was a delicious tang in the back of my mouth. The bitter hoppiness built as I drank more. My glass was nice and thick in my mouth but lacked carbonation. I love was double IPAs, and this was really delicious: one of my favourites of the style.

vandemonian, Jan 21, 2011
More User Reviews:
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 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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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

Zakk, Jun 18, 2012
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

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

Tiernan, Jul 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

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

readicculus, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of newk340
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

newk340, Jul 13, 2010
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.

orbitalr0x, Aug 11, 2005
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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,059 ratings.