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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,325 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,325
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 296
Gots: 767 | 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:
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 Blksab99
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shreegs
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me of DFH 120, but hoppier. Its got a kick! Overpriced, but you only live once. Founders is an exceptional Brewery...all their brews are dee-licious.

Photo of sethmcconkey
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justjonas
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Much love for founders but this is just a hot malty mess.

Photo of wapcap
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A very very very good triple IPA! Let it cellar a few weeks.

Photo of Buzz3d
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HiWire
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrucialBlue
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Going out of my dining-out comfort zone with this one, Founders Devil's Dance Triple IPA clocks in at a hearty 12% APV, making this my kind of beer! With a fairly mild malt aroma and bitterness out of this world, it leaves a carmel aftertaste that was more than what I expected. This does result in the usual IPA hoppiness being overrun by the malts. Slightly silky mouthfeel but no sticky residual. Went well with the calamari I ordered as an appetizer and even better with the rack of lamb.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (bottled on: 5/20/14)

A: Hazy deep dark brown that has a tiny collar.
S: Sweet malts like a fine barleywine. The hops have been overwhelmed by the malts.
T: This is probably Founders version of Bigfoot, with some amped up abv and hops. Makes me want to get some fresh. Reminds me a lot of Bigfoot, but with a bit more of a pronounced singular hop note, if that is what you'd call it. There is just a delicious initial crescendo that fades into hops.
M: Nice solid mouthfeel that is of your standard light carbonation.
O: About 7 months old, but still delicious in the form of an American Barleywine. If it's anything like fresh Double Trouble, then I want some.

Photo of winningwes91
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one was a drain pour. Tastes like medicine

Photo of alcohline_trip
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sintech
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Great taste for a triple IPA. Brought two..gonna open one a year later..wish me luck

Photo of rjp217
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Robdiesel21
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ale_Dog
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmgeng
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been keeping an eye out for this "triple" IPA and I finally got my hands on one.

A - Deep amber color. Great clarity with small white head and decent lacing. Pours pretty thick for an IPA.

S - Lots of citrus, floral, and fruit notes mixed with alcohol, caramel, and some malt. Not a full on hop assault but a strong hoppy beer. Like a largely dry hopped American barley wine.

T - Upfront the citrus, grapefruit, resin character is strong and then the alcohol and malt kick in. This beer has a big malt backbone to with some caramel to accompany the bitterness, alcohol, and hop flavors on the front. The finish makes an attempt for balance with the bitterness to match the richness. Though it isn't as rich as a barley wine or as hop flavored as some DIPAs but there is great flavor throughout.

M - Medium to heavy mouth-feel with lower carbonation. With the pour and 12% I was expecting a heavier mouth feel but it is more balanced than I was lead to believe. The flavors do linger but it isn't cloying or as hot as some bigger DIPAs out there.

Overall, a very good beer but isn't as amazing as some DIPAs out there. This beer treads the line between DIPA and barley wine very well and if that is what you want then this is the perfect beer. I would rather have a fresher tasting DIPA than this but for once in a while this is a great beer. My bottle wasn't harsh or oxidized but I could expect those characteristics at different ages of this beer.

Glass- Perfect Pint

Photo of biggumby
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of uawildcat
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had Founder's Double Trouble last night. Overall I think that this is a better beer.

Look: No head, but at 12.0% ABV what do you expect? It is darker than the Double Trouble, I think there may be a different grain composition.

Smell: Sweet, just like Double Trouble. Though the hops come through a bit more. I sense orange blossoms and citrus smells.

Taste: Very sweet for an IPA. Has more of a caramel flavor compared to the Double Trouble. Darker flavor profile. Hops are not as piney as the Double Trouble. I would say its more orange blossom like it smells, citrus, and a touch of the piney flavors. Very pleasant.

Feel: Like most well-done high ABV beers, it is deceiving. Just a touch touch sticky-sweet, but I like it. Of course it has a little burn.

Overall: Awesome Triple IPA. I like this more than the Double Trouble. Seems like I am in a minority.

Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jduprey007
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,325 ratings.