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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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very good

3,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 3035
Reviews: 1251
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%

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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Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

2.74/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a hazy dirty looking orange color. 1 inch head, settles quickly into an oily film on top of the beer. Not much lacing.

Smells like alcohol, pine, lemon, and honey.

Tastes pretty similar. Very high distracting alcohol here, along with crushing pine bitterness, syrupy honey malt sweetness, and a weird lemon tartness. Some vegetal hop aromas as well. Just...bad. Too high in alcohol, and too much of a mess.

Full bodied, incredibly syrupy and dirty feel to this one.


Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 02:55:58 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of martyl1000


4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Dexter's, Madison. Incredible. Beautiful brown poor in a 6 oz. snifter with a finger of off white head. The aroma is surprisingly tame (maybe just too cold). As it warms, the bubblegum/juicy-fruit gum aroma gets enveloped by citrus and floral hop bitterness.

Triple IPA, yes, this drinks like an American style barley wine barley wine. Listed at 112 IBU, the caro-syrup sweetness pushes the complex hop bitterness to a higher plane of flavor sensation. Butter-caramel and plum/raisin in the backend. Very mild fruity alcohol on the breath.

Sticky. Wonderful.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 05:19:08 | More by martyl1000
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.13/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 18:56:51 | More by lordofthewiens
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber hue off white head. Super piney resinous hops, a little soapy, a little boozey.

Full thick body with a huge malt bill, caramel burnt brown sugar followed by massive hop presence and bitterness. Oddly no taste a booze but again a little soapy, bitterness is high but the malt lingers around with the hops nicely. A good beer I prefer double trouble though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 18:20:59 | More by jtierney89
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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

until I had the Molotov cocktail from evil twin, I was not sure an American ipa could get any bigger. this thing is colossal. it pours a yeasty thick burning orange honey color with a foamy white head that relaxes with time. it smells like dense hop oil, dank and west coast, but more complex than the generic version of that, with some citrus, some residual sugar sweetness, and a malt body that exceeds the double ipa style norm. long bitterness dominates a finish otherwise crowded out by alcohol and a hoppy extract that seems somewhere beyond necessary. balance doesn't matter here, as this beer is all pedals to the floor. hops are not unique but they are strong, and the alcohol in overbearing with the provocative carbonation. a pint of this could kill a man, and im not ready to die...

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2013 02:39:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

High-octane brew that is sweet in taste, throughout. Sweet date, raisin, and oak initially, oaky at end. If I just drink and don't "taste", this beer seems to end there. If I let a sip sit on my tongue a bit, I note a resin, woody pull I don't get with a normal drink.

Overall, I think I am growing into enjoying this beer. Te longer aftertaste tends back towards the sweet beginning. I'd rather it die off more dry.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 22:41:22 | More by cjgiant
Photo of smalenberg


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprised to enjoy this more than Doom. Almost a rye-like character. Sweet and malty with a complex hop blend that leaves you going back to the glass to pick out the distinctions. This is a big beer with an appreciable complexity. Great way to celebrate IPA day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 21:50:44 | More by smalenberg
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3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: deep amber with a short whitish head that fades slowly, leaving solid lacing.

S: a lot of booze, some citrus, caramel malt; a bit sweet.

T: really strong piney hop taste but a strong burn of alcohol, okay going down but the alcohol is noticeable.

M: heavy bodied for a DIPA, but there is some creaminess. Alcohol is noticeable for sure.

O: worth a try but the alcohol overpowers the hops. A bit boozy for my liking, not enough of a beer backbone for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 00:52:16 | More by Mikecap
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3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle. I've wanted to have Devil Dancer for awhile now, but I never wanted to pay full-price for a bottle, since I read it described as something I really didn't want to bother paying for.

Appearance: Copper. Basically no haze at all. A ring floats on top, but there's no actual head.. maybe quarter of a finger. Lacing is actually exceptional given the ABV of this beer.

Smell: Definitely a huge amount of hops. Not so much citrus, but just a lot of earthy, pine sorts of hops that really "dance" in your nostrils. Devil Dancer is definitely pungent, and it stood out among my sampler.

Taste/feel: Interesting. Weird. Unusual. I think there definitely has to be summit hops used in this one -- the flavor has that somewhat burning (thanks to the alcohol, no doubt) with the dirty/earthy onion sorts of flavors. If I were to drink a tea made of poison ivy, I imagine it tasting something like this.

Overall, a strange, strange beer. As many have said, it really is a pretty extreme beer that, to me, is distinctively Devil Dancer. It drinks pretty well and it tastes solid, but I don't think I'd pay whatever the cost is for a four-pack of this stuff. I tend to love Founders offerings, but I just like this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 02:46:22 | More by Alextricity
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Sheffield's in Chicago, poured Into a goblet.

A - Poured a very dark mahogany color, with one finger of light tan head. Great lacing left behind as I sipped.

S - This smell was big earthy hops, pine, and some musty grapefruit.

T/M - The taste isn't as fierce as the smell leads onto, but it is still pretty assertive with the hops. Sharp pine hits the tongue first, followed by a nice caramel malt backbone. Then finishes with a bitter lemon resin. Medium/heavy mouthfeel, really good carbonation.

O - Overall this beer is a very good DIPA. Big hop profile, but an even bigger malt bill to stand up to the alpha acids. Very nice hop resin left behind in the aftertaste. I love that in a DIPA. The alcohol is a little sharp at 12%, but still isn't that fiery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 23:48:15 | More by Rizalini
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New Jersey

4.44/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 18:55:50 | More by Kjanisch7
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4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a deep brown with some amber. Good head on top for this ABV. Webbed lacing - really complex.

S: Over the top hops. Very piney.

T: Hop bomb. So bitter it's sweet. Obvious malting bringing a nice sweetening.

M: ABV hidden well. Medium to heavy.

O: Outstanding brew. Hope to see this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 22:02:30 | More by Oakenator
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear Ruby amber with a nice lacy head.

S- Mild hoppy smell. Not what I was expecting for something that was dry hopped for so long. You name the hop characteristic and it's there though. Carmel notes in there too, probably from the crystal malt though and not hops.

T Smooth, bitter, and malty. Big bitter taste that fills the mouth with a wonderful hoppy flavor.

M- You need a fork and knife to eat this. Thick thick thick.

O- Man, what a wonderful triple APA. You can tell that a lot of work went into this and it was done very well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 01:12:35 | More by MeowTom
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snifter pour at the brewery.

Appearance - ochre. Not unexpected.

Smell - very plain, I was thrilled when this was announced on tap and was let down by this aspect especially. And out of a snifter!

Taste - not bad, not bad at all for a strong double.

Mouthfeel - strong. I like Double Trouble because it hides its alcohol well. Don't expect the same from this release.

Overall - meh. Spend less money and go for Double Trouble.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2012 16:18:48 | More by JamesShoemaker
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Summit's Wayside Tavern August 31, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Clear sunset orange with a light head. Relaxed carbonation. Good. 4

(Smell) light caramel, mild citrus hops. Clean aroma, light potency. 3.5

(Taste) Heavy caramel sweetness, mild clean citrus and floral bitter hops, heavy booze laden finish, Long lasting slick bitterness. Not bad but certainly could have toned down on the alcohol potency quite a bit for a more enjoyable drink. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) very smooth, slick, a bit syrupy thick in texture. Alcohol presence is medium-high. Body is medium. Good, a bit heavy on the alcohol and ultimately more sweet than bitter. 3.5

(Overall) One may find it hard to enjoy Devil Dancer based on the heavy booze flavors and slick sweetness of the malt bill but it's probably worth seeking out at least once. 4

Founders Brewing Company's
Devil Dancer Triple IPA

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 03:50:24 | More by Jadjunk
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3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 release

A - Pours a darker shade of amber and it has some ruby highlights around the edges...the head was white and creamy and stood about two fingers...it retained very nicely and left some good lacing

S - The hops are strong in the nose providing resiny pine and a deep hop presence...the caramel malts are also strong and provide a lot of sweetness to the nose

T - Here's where the beer started to go downhill for me...the hops were strong, just like nose suggested, with a lot of resin but the caramel really worked its way through...the sweetness started to overpower any sort of hop flavor especially as the beer warmed...the bitterness was still there, but there was no hop flavor...the sweet caramel lasted through the finish

M - Medium bodied...syrupy, sticky, sweet, alcohol burn, lots of bitterness...just wasn't working for me

O - With the combination of sticky sweet and the alcohol burn, this one didn't work for me...I know some people enjoy this type of big IPA, but I like to taste the hops and prefer my IPA's on the hoppier side

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2012 18:53:09 | More by thain709
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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Dragged my feet on this one for a while, but when I saw it on tap the other day, I figured my time had come at last. Served in a snifter, a very attractive, brazen, reddish copper color, hazy, with a neat little cap of dense white head that retained well and left a bit of lacing on the glass right until the end. Aroma is expectedly hop-dominant, piney, citrus zest/pith, caramel and bready malts in the background. Big blast of fresh hops in the taste, unctuous resin, citrus pith, with a thick and ubiquitous malt sweetness, for a nice counteraction that still leaves the hops clearly in charge. Strong, bitter aftertaste, and can be a palate-wrecker for the unprepared. Chewy and full-bodied, warm with booze. Very nice for the style, and really hit the spot for the hop-craver in me after a string of light summer beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 00:26:37 | More by Rifugium
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New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep clear amber color with a small quickly dissipating off white head that leaves a very thin film which quickly receded leaving a decent lace.

Aromas begin extremely floral and grassy. Some lighter citrus and pine also join in and as it warms you get some of the lightly toasted caramel maltiness but don't get me wrong hops own this show.

The tastes begin with bitter pine and citrus hoppiness and then you get waves of earthy and floral hops which dominate into the finish. in The background initially you get the lightly sweet caramel maltiness but it it overwhelmed by the hops into the finish. Not ridiculously bitter but pretty darn intense. I've def tasted bitterer beers but I believe the malt backbone is helping to balance/mask the 120 IBUs.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. The finish is slightly sweet and becomes pretty boozy as it warms which is a slight knock.

Overall I enjoyed this 2012 version exponentially more than last year's version, but I still don't think it is an extremely drinkable or enjoyable offering. I think they must have over dry-hopped last year's because it smelled and tasted like a head shop or a Phish concert. Don't get me wrong, this is super hoppy, highlighted by intense floral aromas and piney resiny flavors but it is not overtly offensive in the taste like it was last year. Still a one and done for me and I don't plan to revisit anytime soon because the intense flavors are just too much to enjoy in bulk or even once a year in 12oz form.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 23:27:38 | More by claspada
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4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Kegstand in WDM, MUCH cheaper than buying bottles.

Poured a murky orange with a copious amount of white foam. The aroma was citrus and mellon, lots of hops. The taste was similar, but LOTS of hops, some cantelope and pine mixed in. It does seem a tad earthy for the style. The flavor smacks you up front, smacks you again on the pallet, then smacks your gullet on the way down. This beer is brutal. And it sure felt like 12% because the 2nd glass would have put me in cab-calling territory.

According to Founder's website it's only available in July so get it before it dissapears.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 00:25:37 | More by DesMoinesMike
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half inch cream head that lingers, clinging to the glass.

Aroma is bready, heavily caramel malt, toasted, with surprisingly subtle floral and citrus hops.

There's a substantial slightly sweet caramel malt, bready flavor, backed by grapefruit pith and a very bitter finish. Citrus is more predominant as it warms, with resin and pine emerging late. Herbal hops linger in the finish, which is fairly hot. Onion and dank characters are somewhat subdued, but add complexity.

Body is fairly thick, with moderate to low carbonation and significant hot alcohol warmth. There's a bit of astringency present.

Far different than last year's offering, which was overwhelmingly oniony. More bitter than flavor hops, and a big malt backbone to carry the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2012 23:44:02 | More by barczar
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4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served On Tap at Churchkey DC.

A: A beautiful red blood orange hue. Zero head, all Laroux "In for the Kill" Bizness!
S: Sweet hoppy malts. !0 different hops in this freakish beauty. Fragrant ruby red grapefruit, sweet cherries, and sweet hay grass.
T: What can I say but DELICIOUSNESS in a glass!! This is my favorite IPA. Its got the sweet pull of a Lagunitas Undercover shutdown ale with the lushiousness of a Firestone Double Jack. It is the best of the best! Sour mash ruby red grapefruit, red berries, orange rind, honey hop sweet grass.
Ahhh so good!

M: Thick creamy low carbonation booze tingling amazingess. So thick. So syrupy, so good!

O: This is my favorite IPA hands down. Champion style beer that isn't too much of a Palate Wreaker. Just fantastic goodness in a glass!

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 22:28:30 | More by challenja
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is reddish orange in color. It poured with a thick ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass, leaving some lacing in the center and down the sides.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrus and pine resin hops and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness. The underlying malts are very noticeable.
M: It feels full-bodied and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong, but the alcohol is well masked from the taste. I enjoyed it because it packs in a lot of hop flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 01:59:29 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Pony Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a thing off-white head that dissipates to an extremely thin ring of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Mixture of citrus, grassy, and pine hops.

T: Slightly sweet up front from a caramel malts but the finish is all hop bitterness. The hops are mostly grassy with some hints of citrus and pine.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Good but not great in one of my preferred styles. I think I would appreciate a little more focus in the hops flavors rather than the mixture of flavors you get in this beer. Definitely sessionable and I could enjoy another right now.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 01:13:28 | More by dbrauneis
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2.4/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$7 for 8oz at midway pub. served in a tulip. Tasted on 2/23/12. Here is what I wrote down while reviewing this at my table:

a- reddish amber color, little head, specks of lacing.

s- like a barley wine almost, with malts/vanilla-y scents and dark fruit...but weird...there's weird garlic smells. i'm not sure about this beer.

t- cherries, some wine. slightly hoppy. very boozy. what made me really dislike this beer is that it tastes slightly meaty, like sausages, and straight up onion soup. not pleasant. at all. awful.

m: med-carb med-full body, a bit cloying/syrupy.

o- i was really excited to try this, but i wish had saved myself the $7 and gotten something else. I'm not sure what went wrong here. i'd be afraid to try this again

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 17:01:51 | More by dejrrma
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3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a long time ago, I guess I just forgot to post them on BA.

Had on tap at Crunchy's at Founders night after having CBS for the first time!

10 different kinds of hops that pretty impressive lets see if it turns out as good as in theory.

Short notes:

fluffy head white the head clings in specks, red transparent beer. subdued floral hops, pine neddles and a odd spiciness. bit buttery, strongly hopped. Kinda and odd sourness to it. Very Bitter and semi dry finish. Medium to low body, on the higher end of carbonation.

Very expensive for what it is I'm disappointing for 7 dollars a sniffer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 05:12:14 | More by minterro
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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,035 ratings.