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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,415
Hads: 4,705
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 24.43%
Wants: 325
Gots: 986 | FT: 36
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!
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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sorry Founders, this is a Barleywine...either that or I got an old one that's turned. Now to be completely honest, I like my Barleywines', SN's Bigfoot and Stone's Old Guardian, but when I'm wanting the hop-induced nectar that is a true IIPA (RuinTen comes to mind), the sweetness and overwhelming alcohol aftertaste just doesn't fit the bill. Now come Jan-Feb, the three remaining will certainly on deck! Finally, like many posters', this stuff is WAY over-priced for what it is.

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Photo of Elimav
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of a red ale with a thin but silky head. A very interesting fruity nose. The taste is very hoppy but not overly bitter. It reminds me of the dogfish head 120. The mouth feel is nice with a nice effervescence for having such a seemingly light carbonation. Overall a very good "triple" IPA.

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Photo of PatrickCT
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

a: A nice deep copper body. The cascade from the carbonation looks like the bubbles are fighting to rise in a syrup. Nice finger and a half of beige head which dissipated quickly.

s: Tree sap. Cooked citrus zest, pine, compost.

t: This is not at all pleasurable. It burns. And lingers. It reminds me of when one feels the need to get extremely firery hot sauce. Seems the hops here are just for the sake of throwing them it.

I am finished with my review. This is a drain pour. Hoptimum and 120 IPA seem like session beers comparatively.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz, bottled on 5/5/15. Four month old ipa but was I worried about the hops being faded? Lmao. Dark amber color, almost red, one inch head that fades to half inch and doesn't disappear. Minimal retention and lacing. The booze scent blankets most but I do get some grapefruit when taking a huge sniff. Taste is...punch in the face. What did you expect? Lots of booze, grapefruit and pine upfront but finishes spicy pepper. Nice carbonation. Because I've had this in the past I knew what to expect and I love this beer. People saying its too much...that's what they were going for haha, sack up! Cheers!

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat disappointing. Founders rarely lets me down, but this one was not too great. Pours amber with little head. Alcohol on the nose is not unexpected given the ABV, but dominates unfortunately. I was hoping to get hop-bombed. Bitter taste for sure, but not all in a good way, and very little character. I'll try it again next year, but glad I only got a single of this overpriced brew.

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Photo of brurevu
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber with a subtle head. Very sharp hop and sweet aroma with heat underneath. The taste was palate pummeling with massive malts and bracingly bitter hops. A 12 oz endurance for your taste buds that I am happy I tried but not sure I will revisit. A very intense and flavor forward brew that takes the triple IPA to its max. The 12% ABV is present from the start and while the flavors mask the heat the alcohol is apparent. Big and beastly dancing with the devil is a risk you should take at least once.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper color with a fingernail of beige covering the top. Moderate lacing. Deep bitter piney aroma is very prominent. There's also a massive amount of light malt to try to hold this monster in check. The taste is a massive amount of predominantly piney hops with some citrus and grapefruit notes present. There's plenty of gently spicy light malt I can taste. The mouth is thick, chewy, and resinous. This is not for the faint of palate. If you don't like hoppy or high ABV beers you should definitely steer clear.

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Photo of TheBottleMuse
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a chance to try this when a friend brought some over. Poured into a tulip glass. Looked like an amber ale in color, had a very strong alcohol and hop nose to it. There isn't a whole lot beyond an obscene hoppiness and very strong alcohol content to this beer. The feel was very thick and almost pulpy, but again all there was for taste was hops and alcohol. I would like this a lot better if I were able to pinpoint a single hops tell tale flavor here, but that's not what this beer is for I don't think.

A good beer, not a great beer by any means.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was a dark amber in color with a thick white head. It had a very hoppy smell to it. It tasted just like it smelled and could definitely tell that there was alcohol present.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good overall beer. $19 for a 4 pack is ridiculous. Good thing I stole that shit ;) well technically I put it in a custom 6er but I digress. It was like a southern tier 2xIPA on steroids. I could've brewed a better triple ipa had I had 10 different hops in my possession. Booze is hidden well though.

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Photo of Bone53
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im a huge fan of Founders, but this has to be one of the most overpriced beers for the quality that iv had. Very syrupy and not much complexities in aromas or taste. A syrupy, bitter mess. More of a barleywine than IPA. Easily my least favorite Founders beer that i have tried

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Photo of MacMalt
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. The color is a pretty, dark orange honey, with a thick, foamy cream-colored head and thick, attractive lacing. It's a very nice looking beer. Although labeled an IPA, the smell is quite malty, with a sweet caramel, citrus, and a hint of pine. I'm also picking up something sweet (molasses?). It reminds me of Curmudgeon Old Ale. The first taste is a sweet malt with a thick caramel, followed by a slightly hoppy, bitter pine. For an "IPA," there is very little citrus in the taste. Maybe it's this particular bottle, but I can't believe this is 112 IBU's. This is a medium-bodied, nicely carbonated and quite boozy. Overall, this bottle is much less bitter and hoppy than the 2014 I had last year. I understand why many reviewers say it's more of a barleywine than an IPA. I enjoyed it but don't think it's worth its inflated price.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am kinda' disappointed in this. Sure it is big, bold, hoppy and boozy, but it is one of the DIPA that seems to go closer to a Am. Barley Wine than a classic DIPA, that I know and love.
The hoppiness is largely in the bitterness which is high, but it is quite malty and not just pale malts but quite sweet and rich. And then there is the alcohol, which is readily apparent, warm, rose/perfume like and boozy (not like but boozy). That's not a DIPA. It may be dancing with the devil and the swirling in my head belies that, but I don't think I'll cross into hysteria, mania or criminality. The aroma is medicine like and syrupy.
I can't say there aren't hops, cuz there are. A bit flowery and fruit and then the bitterness kicks in with full "monster" (as my grandson might say).
Flatter, which is good and semi-thick.
Still, lacking refinement and character. Seems like a lot of malt, a lot of hops and a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of ChrisCKrueger
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't review many beers. But this is one I've saw for way over a year in stores. At basically 25bucks a 4 pack I've always been intrigued.it's one to leave alone. Price doesn't equal greatness, and this beers low ratings are well deserved. Its one of the stickiest cloying offerings you'll ever have. Its a barleywine no doubt, not a triplE IPA. it's a bitter. Complex brew that could be okay other than complete cloying sticki-ness. Its a weird syrup bomb that goes hop strong and bitter until the sticky sets in. More like
a 12 dollar 4 pack than than the Price they ask

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; deep burnt orange in color; less than a 1 finger light tan head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: sweet malt; alcohol;

T: sweet malt; caramel; booze; light to moderate bitterness builds from mid-palate to the finish; bitterness is long lasting;

M: medium bodied - a little syrupy; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; alcohol is evident - warming, not hot;

O: definitely a sipper;

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 05/04/15

Pours ruby red with fluffy reddish white head. Smell is mostly malt, cereal with old sticky hop aromas. Taste is is big bitter and boozy up front. Piney, sticky, resinous hop flavors, earthy sweet malt backbone. Very hot. I was gifted this bottle and don't know how it was stored. Tastes a bit old, but still servicable as an American barleywine.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks. Glowing reddish Amber, thin head.
Smell. Peachy, fresh, citric, slightly beery.
Taste. Very mild malts, flat dry finish, definitely to the hoppy side of the scale.
Feel. Substantial, semi-heavy load, slightly tangy, slightly sparkley.
Overall. Good load of ingredients, with a definite lean to the hoppy, dry side. I like the substance, but want a little more mellow maltiness.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a vibrant, clear deep amber with 3/4" white head that recedes slowly. Retention & lacing are quite good.

S: Very deep caramel nuttiness & huge hop undertones.

T: Leads with off-sweet roasted nut & macerated fruit notes. Mid palate is more roasty-toasty nuttiness & hints of citrus peel. Bittering hops are present. Finish is off-sweet as well & lingers with dense resinous hops.

M: Moderate carb & a thick syrupy, yet surprisingly delicate body come together nicely.

O: This may well be one of my new faves.

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Photo of MadCat
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a dark amber color with a short white head that leaves little lacing

Smell: Piney and resinous hops, heavy chewy malts

Taste: More of the piney and resinous hops and thick chewy malts

Feel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Not what I would expect from Founders for an IPA. Just seems real messy and not harmonious

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Photo of h4ger
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is wonderful. I have not experienced a 12% that is as smooth this...This is heavy but scary smooth. I will go back for more with no question.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a glowing golden copper brown into the glass. A two-finger head of egg-cream beige foam made up of tight bubbles mixed with loose, larger ones slowly collapses, leaving delicate, patchy rings around the glass and a pock-marked cover across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a vibrant deep sunset red/orange and moderately translucent, with a column of bubbles rising through the center. The color of the beer in the glass is spot-on for its name.

S - Hard rock candy sugars mix with pine resin and mandarin orange hops delivered on a plate of subtle ABV. Dried herbal hops emerge, followed by perfumy floral notes. There's a lot of different hop characteristics floating around in the nose. The nose itself is pretty subdued, and the ABV very tamped down, although it does start to break free as the beer warms in the glass.

T - A foundation of well-toasted malts featuring somewhat dark caramel and butterscotch delivers a cornucopia of hops. Jolly Rancher orange gives way to lots of bitter herbals backed by resin. While the hops certainly dominate, there's enough malt foundation to provide some semblance of balance. In the lingering back-end of the finish, puckering grapefruit citrus appears.

M - Rich and rather dense, with a creamy, almost foamy texture across the tongue that's slick. Plenty of carbonation with a solid, almost thick body. Components are thoroughly integrated, with no ABV burn. Finish is quite dry and of moderate length, with just a trace of the hops lingering.

O - Big hop feature backed by a strong supporting foundation for balance. ABV is remarkably well-hidden, really only showing its strength as it warms the tummy. Definitely a nightcap for those who want a big beer that's all about a variety of hops. Definitely a triple IPA.

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Photo of harrisonpainter
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this fresh on tap during a Founder's tap takeover event at Redemption Alewerks in Indy, and it was DELICIOUS. Has a barleywine feel with a sweetness that balanced out the high ABV nicely.

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Photo of Domvan
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Amber/brown color, medium head
Smell - Malt forward with a hot hoppiness
Taste - This beer is hot, drinks like a barleywine. More malty/sweet than hoppy for me, but I like that
Feel - Medium bodied mouthfeel

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Photo of Austin32
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer but just a little too boozy for my taste. Once you start getting over 10% I want a malty chocolaty stout or barley wine. This is definitely worth a try though and I am curious to see what its like after some aging.

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Photo of larryi86
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to garymuchow for sending this
12 oz bottle dated 5/5/15 poured into snifter

A- A slightly hazy reddish amber with a two finger off white head.

S- Earthy/piney hops, some wet grass, caramel malts, cherries, hint of citrus, smells like a really hoppy barelywine.

T- Piney finish, really sweet caramel malts, hint of fruits, faint citrus, alcohol is well hidden, hints of floral/grassy hops.

M- Full body, a little syrupy.

O- This is more on an over hopped barelywine than even a triple IPA. Some where between DFH 120 and Olde School but "low" alcohol. The big plus for this beer is how well hidden the alcohol is hidden.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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