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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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3,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,976
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 278
Gots: 674 | FT: 30
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!

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Photo of andylipp


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Purchased while visiting the Bottle Shop at Capone's in Norristown, PA. No bottling date on the 12 ouncer.

Appearance - A cloudy copper pour yielded an inch of latte colored head in my Corsendonk tulip. Lots o' lacing. Carbonation seems rather fine.

Smell - Malty, caramel and toffee with apparent alcohol in the nose. It smelled big. Floral and citrusy hop aromas mixed in, but malt wins out in the end.

Taste - A sweet, malty start with the resiny, grapefruity hops kicking in a moment later. A sweet center with floral hop flavors mixed in and a long, bitter finish. Big, but the warming alcohol I noticed mainly on the way down. The malt/hops balance is excellent.

Mouthfeel - Thick and very chewy; it coated every part of my mouth. Carbonation was moderate and got significantly lighter as I sipped. Great!

Drinkability- It's a sipper to be sure, but a great one. I wished I had bought more than one.

Comments- If DFH made a 105 Minute, it might taste like this. Not as sweet or overpowering as a 120 but in the same vein.

Since I have no way of telling how old this bottle may have been, I hope that one day I'll get some more of it that's certified fresh and also cellar some. Is it a DIPA? A triple IPA, as the label states? A barleywine in DIPA's clothing? Who cares? This stuff is excellent.

08-23-2008 19:49:00 | More by andylipp
Photo of mechamifune

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Wasn't sure what i was going to get with this one, but was hoping that after paying $6 for a 12oz bottle that I would at least enjoy it.

Poured very thick, almost syrupy, with very minimal head. Sense of pleasant hops to the smell, but nothing overwhelming as with a lot of double ipa's.

Heavy mouthfeel that matches the appearance, but, to me anyway, not much of an overwhelming sense of alcohol. The malt backbone is very obvious, but in the end feels very balanced.

In essence for me it was sort of a more drinkable version of a barleywine and probably fits somewhere between the two styles. An interesting beer to drink, but at the price point I don't know if i'd buy it again.

01-01-2010 18:32:32 | More by mechamifune
Photo of caskstrength


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

wow. triple IPA is a perfect description. This is a big beer.

looks light orange. white foamy head. not that much head. too much flavor to be released in bubbles, right?

smell is the citrusy piney vibe I would expect. nothing less. not overwhelming, but appropriate.

taste is pungent hops, intense, thick (yes, even the taste is thick). as advertised. nothing other than what you'd expect. but what you'd expect in spades. Citrus pine sap concentrate with some carbonation and heavy malts to "balance." Directions should say "just add water" if you wanted something more reasonable. But who buys a Triple IPA (Founders style) hoping for something reasonable? Not I.

very full, think mouthfeel ,complements the taste.

everything I thought it should be. barleywine style IPA that packs a TON of flavor. Over the top, but it works for those seeking the flavors present here. Good luck drinking more than one at a time.

08-20-2009 21:49:04 | More by caskstrength
Photo of NorthsideFred


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Enjoying 8 ounces, in a snifter, on tap, at Founders, for $5.

A: Pretty. Pours a hazy orange.

S: The most intense pine I've ever sniffed in a beer! Some tropical fruits try to squeeze through, but this is all about the pine (and the hints of pot, onions, basil, etc...).

T: I like it a lot. Sweet, piney, goodness, with a hint of tropical fruit. If George Brett was here, he'd make them check the glass for pine tar!

M: I don't know how one beer can be both oily and sticky but it is. Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation.

O: Damn good beer. One of the most complex beers I've ever had. Couldn't drink too many, but I like it a lot.

07-02-2011 04:06:06 | More by NorthsideFred
Photo of BRLockwood


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

My first online review. I decided to start with the Devil Dancer because I have been pining (no pun intended) for this beer for a long time. Picked up three 12 packs while at the brewery (along with some other Founders growlers).

Appearance is a dark amber color with a slight carbonation to it. It has a medium head with low retention but decent lacing on the pint glass. It looks a little lackluster yet the color is inviting.

The smell is good and strong, piney and fruity - hard to get a handle on the full smell characteristics.

Wow! The taste is strong, well built and hoppy, but not overly hoppy. It makes me think of the DFH 90 minute but different. It says its a Triple IPA on the bottle but for some reason I find myself wishing it was more hoppy! Maybe there is too much other flavor for a hophead like me, maybe too malty?

The mouthfeel is heavy but not overly so and coarse. Carbonation is good.

Drinkability: It's a tasty beer but the 13% abv come through strong so you can tell you can't drink too may. It's a little sweet but not nearly as sweet as the DFH 120 minute.

Definitely a good beer but I like to think of it as a nightcap beer. Similar to some barleywines that I've had - only better!

Thank you - I'll have another!

10-26-2005 23:47:23 | More by BRLockwood
Photo of superspak


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 6/2/2011. Pours slightly hazy brick red color with a small 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some decent lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of big mango, orange, grapefruit, pine resin, floral, caramel, and some toasted malts. Some excellent aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of big orange, mango, pine, lemon zest, caramel, toasted malt, and spiciness. Big sweetness in the front that leads to a strong brutal bitterness on the finish that lasts. Lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, and spiciness on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that goes down smoothly, but is still a sipper. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 12%, the warming on the finish is barely noticeable. Great balance of flavor and bitterness. Overall, an excellent and tasty Imperial IPA from Founders.

11-11-2011 03:39:26 | More by superspak
Photo of Spiekerbox


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

A- Cloudy orange-amber with a small white head.

S- Strong mixture of hops in the scent, more citrus than pine or herbal but all are present. There is also a little malty sweetness in the background.

T- Sweet and hops are the first part of this beer followed by a huge slam of hops. Finishes with a good bitterness and a strong alcohol presence. Aftertaste has a bit of a burn to it which mixes with the hops.

M- Crisp with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Quite a bit of warmth from the alcohol throughout the drinking. Definitely a sipping beer

O- I like this, a good DIPA that has a lot of hop flavor throughout the drink. A little overpriced in my mind but a good beer to try.

07-13-2012 00:22:51 | More by Spiekerbox
Photo of UnionMade

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Thanks for the bottle Mikey!
Cloudy copper red-brown, a short creamy head, with a generous amount of greyish yeast pooled at the bottom. Spotty bits of lace.
Foreboding aroma, thick with hop juice, pale malt and booze. The hoppy scent is extremely resiny and pine cone like, the malt deep and rich with toasted sweetness. Fruity grape and apple notes, drenching the brew with an estery alcoholic tang. Smells very much like a big, hoppy barleywine.
The flavor opens up with a bang, thick and rich, coating the tongue immediately with hop oil. It just starts beating on your palate right away. Plenty of malt to back it up, slick and syrupy, with a heavy, toasty sweetness. Alcoholic, rich fruit blends with strong piney hops, keeping the beer balanced slightly towards the bitter side. Raisin, red grape, prune and cidery apple. Giant, hoppy finish, angry bitterness threatening to drown out the considerable malt sweetness. A slight vinous note, softening the mouthfeel and providing integration for all the flavors. Moderate carbonation does a good job moving this hugely bodied brew along. Whew.
Absolutely gigantic. Very few brews can top this one in sheer beery musclepower. Think of it as a muscle car, perhaps a 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS454. Delicious, but it just kicks the hell out of your tastebuds. I don't think I can taste another beer after this. Drink with very pungent indian or thai dishes, perhaps sushi slathered in wasabi. More my idea of a giant, hoppy barleywine, rather than a triple IPA. It's a fine line, I guess, or maybe simply a matter of packaging. So american it almost hurts. I don't know if bigger is better as far as beer goes, but for what it is, it's one of my favorites.

12-05-2005 04:00:39 | More by UnionMade
Photo of paulozanello


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Had this on tap at a Founders event at The Big Hunt in DC.
Pours a hazy/translucid orange and brown color with little head and fairly good lacing.
Smell is very sweet and fruity/citric, mainly grapefruit, oranges and tangerines. You can definitely sense the sweet malts too.
Taste is a hop bomb. Pretty much this is all citric hops: orange, grapefruit, peach, and other tropical fruits. It ends with a grassy note. Malt is very present making this beer very sticky and not too bitter.
Body is heavy with mild to low carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Great triple IPA from Founders.

11-11-2010 00:10:00 | More by paulozanello
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz bottle comped by ErikRFS at Flying Saucer Raleigh, poured into a Duvel glass (a real one, not a dollar store Duvel Green one) a crisp amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is loads of pine and burnt caramel. The taste is a very nice balance of sticky pine hops and burnt caramel malts, especially nice balance for 12% alcohol. The beer is certainly somewhat heavy, but tolerable with slight dryness. I must say, I've had high expectations of this beer and have wanted to try it for a while now, and it does not disappoint!

07-07-2009 23:01:17 | More by atsprings
Photo of Bradaplast

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

08-23-2014 14:00:34 | More by Bradaplast
Photo of dukedevil0


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Picked up a 4-pack from Binny's in Des Plaines, IL. Has a bottled on date of 6/17/09, super fresh!

A: Pours an orangy/reddish hint of amber with a finger of white head that settled down to almost nothing but a rim of white, leaving some lacing in the process.

S: Smells of citrusy, grapefruit, pine, hops, sweet malt, but definitely a boozy scent coming out too...almost a minty scent comes out somehow (possibly the malt and alcohol coming together)

T: Super well-balanced, but with an insane amount of hoppiness. Enamel bursting hop flavors, grapefruit, pine, citrus, but there is a valiant attempt by sweet malt to balance this out. It's almost like they started with a perfectly balanced DIPA and then were like, "let's cram in as much hops as possible!" There is only a slight alcohol taste, but you can tell this thing is going to destroy you.

M: Thick and syrupy, and leaves a resinous, oily mess on my tongue, carbonation is a lower than most...the residue that this leaves is definitely an experience, but a bit much

D: I really love the flavor, but there's no doubt this is not a keep drinking type of beer. One and done for me!

07-08-2009 01:27:56 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of meatmallet


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: Hazy deep copper color with a thin off white head.

Smell: Very good you can smell the bitter hops right away. Grapefruit and floral hops with lots of malt and some honey.

Taste: Sweet and bitter at the same time. The first sip brings quite a bit of warming. Lots of sweet caramel malt and hop flavor.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Has a great aftertaste. The bitter hops stick to the tongue quite a long time. Light carbonation and a medium body.

10-16-2009 03:08:07 | More by meatmallet
Photo of shortbus7


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Beer pours an orangish red color with very little head. A thin lacing remains throughout the beer.

S: I get a ton of different smells here. Garlic and citrus fruit are very present. Pine also makes an appearance as well as marijuana. The more the I smell it the stronger the weed smell gets. I love it!

T: Tastes almost like it smells. Very hoppy initial taste with a good amount of bitterness. It has a very good earthy mid taste to it where the marijuana makes an appearance. The beer finishes very spicy with a long aftertaste. I don't get much garlic, not nearly as much as the smell offered up.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. It has a creamy aspect that is very appropriate.

O: This is a very good beer but not one that you could drink everyday. Personally, the aftertaste lasts a little to long in my mouth and my mouth starts to feel burnt towards the end.

09-10-2011 01:21:05 | More by shortbus7
Photo of MarkGutz


4.19/5  rDev +7.4%

I don't normally type reviews, but a simple number rating doesn't do this beer justice. Poured a slightly chilled bottle into a snifter, and despite previous warnings I decided to tackle the whole bottle in one sitting. My initial response to the beer was fantastic. You get a wonderful floral character when you first sip, which slowly transitions to a stronger and stronger bitter taste as the thick liquid coats your mouth. Very pleasantly lingers where you can continue to enjoy the aroma that sticks around. The hint of sweetness and strong hoppiness prevent you from really feeling the 12% alcohol taste in your mouth. Overall my first impression was fantastic, a very complex and tasty strong IPA.

Unfortunately, I had about 10 oz to go. This is the one downside of the beer... because it is so intense it is really something to be enjoyed perhaps 4-6 oz at a time, as beyond that it becomes a little overwhelming.

I would consider Devil Dancer an experience. Not a particularly drinkable beer, but a very fun brew to try.

08-30-2013 03:09:14 | More by MarkGutz
Photo of mondegreen


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

12oz Bottle into a Founders Tulip

A: Pours a brilliant orange/red color. Not much head, just a few bubbles floating atop the beer.

S: Huge hop aroma. Big citrus hops and inviting sweetness. Smells as good as any DIPA I've had yet.

T: Super bitter. If you are drinking multiple beers, make this the last, as the 112 IBUs will do a job on your palate. That said, the beer isn't completely unbalanced, as there is some heft in the malt department to help offset the almost overwhelming bitterness. If you love big hops, this beer is for you.

M: Medium bodied, lighter than I like my DIPAs. Not thin, but flavors this big deserve a big thick beer.

D: Each sip invites the next. Not a super complex beer, but one that struts its stuff quite well.

08-09-2010 01:47:43 | More by mondegreen
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a deep auburn-brown with a crystal clear body and a medium thin head of off-white cream. A nice full carbonation of medium size bubbles.

S- The smell of green fresh hops is balanced by a soft caramel roasted malt and a slight sweetness.

T- This beer has a nice deep caramel roasted malt beginning that is blended with a green piney hops then it finishes with a nice bold hop bitterness and an alcohol flavor to balance.

M- medium full body with a slight warmth from the alcohol really blends with the hop bitterness.

D- A triple IPA as the label proclaims is right. This has a nice roasted caramel malt flavor that balances the hops and alcohol nicely. It is somewhere between an American barley wine and a big IPA. Nice twist on a new classic.

11-19-2005 03:41:11 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of HosP


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Picked up 2 bottles the other day. Still have one left if anyone is looking to trade for one.

A: Poured a nice amber color. Little white head to it, left pretty quickly.

S: Smelled pretty hoppy. Lots of aromas coming through, floral, pine, some citrus. With 12% alcohol you can get a good sense of how strong this beer can be.

T: Big hopped up beer. Lots of different hop flavors coming out, with a big malt background to this drink. Warming alcohol taste comes on strong toward the end. Still makes you want another taste to figure out all the flavors!

M: It surprised me how smooth this drink was with the higher ABV. Medium body with some carbonation.

D: There are so many flavors that seem to fight for attention that it almost is to much. The hops were equaled out with malts pretty nicely which made it easier to drink. It was a good beer that I could drink for some special occasions, however I wouldn't see myself drinking every night.

07-15-2010 00:03:04 | More by HosP
Photo of chanokokoro


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Hard poured from a vintage 2012 12 oz. bottle into a Founders Brewing Company snifter

Pours a orangish amber with a one and a half finger head. An absolute blast of citrus rind, pine and alcohol floods the nostrils mixed with some sweet malt and bread. The bitterness can almost be tasted through the aroma. This brew opens with one of the most intense hop assaults my tastebuds have even been exposed to: Citrus rind and pine x 100 and alcohol dominate. Midpalate there is some sweetness from the abundant malt body, and the intense hop bitterness once again floods the tastebuds through the finish as the abundant alcohol brings warmth to my cheeks. Heavy, syrupy body with a surprising medium level of carbonation. This is one of the ultimate palate numbers.

07-04-2012 05:50:00 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of PhxHorn


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Damn, this is a big beer. Dark brownish red, not much head at all. Reeking of citrusy hops, and tastes as it smells. Overloaded with hops right to the edge of ridiculous. Orangy, grapefruit, malty, on the sweet side, anything worth doing is worth overdoing, is the motto, I guess. Just because of the intensity, this is not a beer I'd want more than one of; more of a sipping beer. Definitely a must-try for IPA and DIPA fans.

06-16-2008 04:52:09 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of toppoop


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

About 1 month after bottle date
A - Pours out a deep red almost matching the color of the bottle yielding a half inch bubbly head. Head disappears into a very light covering. Tiny bit of residue left behind.
S - Not much hop on the nose here. Lots of malty goodness. Caramel and milk chocolate.
T - Big malt profile. Tastes more like stout than an IPA. Milk chocolate and cherries.
M - Hits the back of the tongue well on the bitter receptors. Slight carbonation and little feeling of a 12% brew.
O - Worth trying again this year. Aged one last year for 6 months and it was fantastic.

06-20-2014 00:49:59 | More by toppoop
Photo of mcallister


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a dirty water brownish red or shall we say amber with little head that dissipates rather quickly and slight lacing. Smells IPA all the way; citrus, pine, slight alcohol, cascade hops (I think) and a good flower component.

For 13% alcohol it's hidden very well. This is a very complex brew. Big hops with an enormous amount of citrusy pine forest, with huge amounts of sweet malt. Covers the palate very consistently making this beer extremely balanced. Only problem is a slight drying hoppiness on the finish may make this beer a 1 or 2 and move one. Yet very good and worth a try.

04-05-2006 23:36:07 | More by mcallister
Photo of GClarkage


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

03/08/06- Received via mail order with Archer's Liquors.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. It is from the 2005 batch though. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark cherry-mahagoney color. 1/2 inch head which then leaves a slight rim around the top of the liquid. Average lace at best.

Smell- Huge aroma going on here. Lots of big roasted malt and lots of pine ridden hops. Alcohol fumes...ahhh, sweet alcohol fumes as well. Smells like Bigfoot amped up.

Taste- Hmm, tastes like Bigfoot amped up as well. The hops are a bit smoother than Bigfoot, especially the 2006 version. Pretty hearty malt profile to go with a pine sap hop resin taste. Very warming as 13% should be.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, average, maybe a touch lower than average carbonation. Light bitter aftertaste. As said before, you can feel this smooth lava flow all the way down your esophogus.

Drinkability- Double IPA..no, Triple IPA...still no. A very hopped up and tasty Barleywine...yes. Any way you look at it, it's a very warming and drinkable beer. Just seems like it's in the wrong category. If it is in the right catagory...Pliny the Younger puts this one to shame.

03-09-2006 04:15:12 | More by GClarkage
Photo of fiveo2270


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

It pours a dark yellow/amber color with just a little head. The smell is citrusy (if that's a word) with a nice pine fragrance as well, but I did not smell much of the alcohol in Devil Dancer despite it being 13% ABV.

Taste - it has a nice balance of carbonation to it's very solid hoppy flavor but this is where I noticed the alcohol, of course, and it was a tad overwhelming at first, but as I finished it off it was very satisfying. Don't have too many of these at one sitting or you won't be standing back up anytime soon.

07-20-2008 03:15:41 | More by fiveo2270
Photo of DaveonBA


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance: Surprising head for such a strong brew.

Smell: Pine, citrus, hops. Lots and lots of hops.

Taste: Slightly boozy, but mostly just hops.

Mouthfeel: Little too syrupy for me.

Drinkablility: This is a very intense beer. As another reviewer has stated, "recommended for the hops lover that thinks there is no such thing as too bitter''. I am such a hophead, and so I did enjoy this beer.

When fresh, this is an intense hop experience. Don't let it sit long though.

07-18-2010 00:11:11 | More by DaveonBA
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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