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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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very good

3,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 3038
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 MattyBones

New York

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this with high expectations as I've grown to be a huge fan of Founder's brew. I was excited to try this, but what I was left with was my least favorite beer from them.

Appearance: Pores a nice, dark copper with a slick oily look to it. Light carbonation look with a thin soapy head.

Smell: Alcohol, Pine and a doughy sort of smell to it.

Taste: Wow, this tasted like Alcohol mixed with malts, with a slight piney hoppy note floating around within the alcohol. I don't mind a boozy beer if the other flavors help mask it, but this was a bit overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy oily feel that coats the tongue. Goes down slick with the heat of alcohol.

Overall: Not pleased. Not terrible, but definitely not as good as I hoped. It had some hints of some good flavors but nothing quite stepped forward to push the alcohol into the back seat. Would I try it again? Yes, maybe it was just a bad night lol.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 20:25:48 | More by MattyBones
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Devil Dancer pours a gold-tinged russet color, topped with a cream-colored head somewhere between 1/8 and 1/4" tall. There's a nice haze with no visible sediment and evidence of decent carbonation. Although dark, light can pass through the beverage.

The aroma is just what you would expect from a strong American DIPA. A robust sweetness from the malts, and from the hops, herbal, resinous, and pine scents. After a sip this beer reveals itself to be everything I had hoped for and more. It's not as dry and bitter initially... there's this splash of fruit esters and some grapefruit flavors from the hops coming through as well. Even a little toastiness. Those 10 hop varieties added gives it the desirable level of complexity.

Very shortly after that initial flavor detection, a blast of stinging, pungent bitterness rolls over the drinker in waves! Its zesty, tangy, citrusy, and comes with an almost honeyed characteristic as well. Very impressive! Nice mouth feel and finish that lingers. The perceived level of alcohol is low, however once one is nearly through drinking it, the room feels quite a bit warmer.

Overall, I would recommend tracking this down, because it truly is it's own animal and unique among things like Barleywines, Palate Wreckers, and 120 Minute IPAs. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moon light?

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 03:29:50 | More by Neorebel
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South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Brown pour with a 2 finger head that laces well. Nose is slight, but of malt, alcohol and hops. The taste is complex. The malt serves as a backbone to aggressive hoping, which is amazingly balanced in terms of flavor and bitterness against a 12% alcohol content. Full bodied, which is rare in an IPA. It finishes balanced as well, with hop flavor and malt as the base with a lingering bitterness and alcohol note. This is a well crafted beer, especially considering the IBUs and alcohol content, but it takes those factors to extremes.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 20:33:32 | More by tillmac62
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
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Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Deep copper and a touch hazy (chill haze) pouring to a single finger of head with low retention falling to a thin collar and bits of lacing.

S: Big malty nose, almost sticky, raisins. A big bouquet of spicy bittering hops; alcohol.

T: Massive sweet malt and heavy caramel. Tons of American bittering for a powerful pucker factor, but not enough to dry the finish out.

M: Big body and low carbonation; big, thick, syrupy.

O: This feels and drinks like a hoppy barleywine; not that that’s a bad thing…just saying! A tasty beer, showing what pushing the grain bill can do.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 13:10:36 | More by mtomlins
Photo of Brandegee


3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Bottle into conventional glass. A store find, but unfortunately probably rather old.

Appearance - 3.75 - Some lacing but little head, looks boozy and thick. Deep amber

Smell - 3.5 - Mostly smells of hops and candy or sugar. Pleasant but nothing unusual or overwhelming

Taste - 3.75 - Mouthfeel is the immediate impression, but a strong bitterness and malty finish dominate. The immediate taste is something like maple syrup, or maybe maple/apple syrup. Then some pine as the bitterness lingers. A complex taste profile, made for sipping. This might have rated higher, a 4 or 4.25 for me, but the hop bitterness gets in the way of the beer after about 5-6 sips.

Mouthfeel 4.5 - Very thick. Many dark beers have far less body, and this was unexpectedly nice. Very syrupy, which I like.

Overall - Solid 4, especially considering this bottle had probably been sitting for six months or more. It was a challenging beer to consume, but each sip was interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 23:15:50 | More by Brandegee
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
Photo of TheSSG


2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a huge, dense, resiny, off-white head that has great lacing and is insanely persistent. Bright, citrus hop aroma with sweet malt behind that and....booze. It all combines to create a floral/medicinal bouquet that has a syrupy note to it. Burnt umber, clear color. Starts with a sweet malt, syrup-like mouthfeel, and warming booze. The hop bitterness starts to ease itself in, starting out like pine sap. Moves into a more poignant bitterness that is a little astringent. Lingering hop bitterness becomes like citrus rind, and then becomes pine-like as it sits on the tongue. As it lingers for awhile, there is finally a green hop-like flavor that comes out, but the astringent bitterness masks this.

Honestly, this isn't that great. It's surprisingly sweet and abrasively bitter. This is one of those biers that is bitter, but not really hoppy. It's also sweet, but not really malty. I like hops, and I like malt. But this is just the worst aspects of hops and malt. Then the booze is very noticeable. This isn't as refined as I expect from Founders; it's a bit crass. I don't want to finish this. I was hoping for something a la "Revelry" by Two Brothers, but this was a bust.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 00:44:45 | More by TheSSG
Photo of hopley


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4 - Aggressive pour, nice initial head, amber color, some lacing but no head retention

Smell - 4 - Nice smell but not really strong

Taste - 3.5 - Bitter, very malty aftertaste - it's almost like there's a treble and a bass - but no midrange - nothing in between the initial bitter hit and the end malt

Mouthfeel - 4.0 - nicely full bodied

Overall - 3.75 - kinda kills me not to give a higher rating to this Founders' bomb but I just can't. Wouldn't buy again but glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:14:39 | More by hopley
Photo of scotorum


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/9/13 Bought at Harvest Market in Bedford NH 10/5 on sale. At four months of age it probably will not be as hoppy as it was when fresh. But from what others have reported, that may not be such a bad thing.

a: Perfectly beautiful clear deep amber surmounted by an inch and a half white head which dissipated to heavy surface foam and excellent patterned lacing.

s: Strong citrus and pine.

t: Smooth malt at first, then piney hops hit your tongue and penetrate it, leaving a very bitter aftertaste tongueside. The very high ABV, highest I have had yet in any beer (although I have Dogfish Palo Santo Marron and Firestone Walker Sucaba waiting in the wings), is not very evident

m: Medium, good body, very slickly smooth! Bitterness distracts somewhat.

o: A powerful and tasty TIPA which pleased me more than I had expected given the many relatively unenthusiastic reviews. However, even at four months old this baby carpet hop bombs your tongue and leaves it writhing with a harsh aftertaste. But then you look at that clear beauty and that great patterned lacing and you want more.

My attitude is, it was called Devil Dancer for a reason. Don't expect your palate to be dancing with a lightweight you can sweep off your feet - or your tongue - easily.

Now I wish I had bought a fourpack.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 05:18:43 | More by scotorum
Photo of Qbdoo


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was overwhelmed - in not such a good way - by my first two bottles of this. Just seemed excessively bitter and almost - to this hop head - undrinkable. I had to force it down. But I learned to really appreciate it once the shock wore off. The hoppiness is not just bitter but rather complex, especially if you let it warm. And the high alcohol content is nicely masked. If this were priced reasonably, I'd buy up a bunch whenever it comes out. But at $20+/4-pack this outstanding beer is just not worth it. But offer me one at your house, and I jump at it.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 02:37:16 | More by Qbdoo
Photo of Cylinsier


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a cloudy orange-red, yellowish fine head dissipates to a film.

Smells of apples, bourbon, sweet citrus hops, and some pine and molasses.

Tastes of bourbon, apples, and brown sugar malts, followed by a bitter grapefruit and maple hoppiness.

Full body with a bit of syrupy character, a stinging carbonation on the tongue, and a light singe of alcohol.

Pretty solid double IPA, really more like an American Barleywine. Good flavor and balance, quite enjoyable, and while it feels strong, it doesn't feel as strong as it is. Worth trying for sure, though there are better ABWs and DIPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:15:06 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of 4ster

Quebec (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 06/08/13, poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark iodine-amber-gold, cloudy, off-white head, not a lot obviously with the abv of this one, and doesn't last too long, and with minimal lacing. On the nose I'd say the malts, sweetness and booze dominant amazingly the large amount of hops in this beer, but there is a some florals and citrus. Starts of with lots of sweetness, caramel malts, sweet booze, syrup and citrus, finishes with a lot of drying bitterness, with some pith and pine resins, and still some booze after bite. As to mouth feel, it was like drinking malt syrup... very sticky, syrupy, rich and creamy.... almost like drinking a stout.... also drying... not much carbonation.

Overall it's hard to review as a IPA,DIPA or a Belgium triple.. not really what I was expecting and it certainly is a beer that hits hard... and that's not always a bad thing, but it's a fine line between making a triple style beer that is very strong, or a very triple hoppy beer, as I think the large amount of malts and thick body kill the hops a bit even as much as they tried to compensatre for it... an interesting beer for sure and worth trying... not your typical refreshing ipa, and more of something you can drink in the winter when you want a more hoppy alternative to a stout or barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 05:33:04 | More by 4ster
Photo of jtierney89

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
Photo of StonedTrippin


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
Photo of andrewjraab


4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured a Deep reddish brown into a snifter with a puff of head that quickly reduces to a single pencil neck ring around the glass.

S - Abundant floral notes, sugar, alcohol, malts, citrus notes, this all ties together create a phenomenal smelling brew

T - Big flavor follows the nose - hop forward on the palate followed by a balancing act with the sweet malts and ends with a drying bitter finish. This is as robust as they come, but it is amazing at how drinkable it is.

O - It is incredible what Founders accomplishes with this brew - drinks as smooth as an every day IPA, yet knocks you on your can before you can think about it. A sipper at the least or a nice way to close out a Saturday night and a day of watching football with a body buzzing bomb.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 20:34:08 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of kojevergas


2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap and decent label art served into a Spaten stange-krug in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which has made beers I thought were excellent. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because it identifies itself as such by implication. Acquired at my local HEB Grocery for $4.65. 12% ABV confirmed. 112 IBUs.

Served cold – straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show emerges as I pour. Pours a one finger wide head of light beige-khaki colour. Good thickness. Decent creaminess. Not much frothiness. Shiny wet complexion. Not much lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good for the style – about 6 minutes. It’s a pretty nice head overall.

Body colour is a clear orange-red of average vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s atypical for the style, and I like the appearance. Most imperial IPAs are a predictable copper.

Sm: Has a surprising presence of caramalt. Some toasted character, even some spice – perhaps from a dash of rye? Hops are prominent but not as dominant as you’d expect given the style; I get floral, herbal, and candi hop character. The candi sweetness undermines the apparent balance and turns me off. Pine. Grassy character. Pale malts, some bready malts, and sticky syrup. Noticeable alcohol warmth. I’m really concerned about the balance. I don’t find this particularly appealing, nor does it come off alive or inviting.

No yeast character is detectable.

T: Any hoppy bitterness is well concealed here, at the expense of clarity and flavour. It’s a messy brew, with no notes allowed to truly ring distinct. Everything gets caught up in the core hodgepodge of caramalts, pale malts, candi sweetness, sticky syrupy sugars, and muddled floral hops. There’s some pine and grassiness buried in there. Somewhat bready. Alcohol is lightly noticeable. The egregious lack of balance really brings this one down. Caramel in particular is out of control. Vague fruitiness is present throughout but adds little of interest. As diverse as the flavours are, they all meld together to form a beer that is surprisingly one-dimensional.

Overly sweet for the style, which demands much more bitterness.

Intensity of flavour is above average. Shallow depth of flavour. Average flavour duration.

No yeast character comes through.

I’m not enjoying this one much. It’s below average for the style, even a bit bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Sticky and sweet. Somewhat syrupy. Above average thickness; quite unnecessary given the low depth of flavour. Doesn’t complement the flavour profile all that well, but it’s within style conventions. Subpar presence on the palate. Troublesome body. Unrefreshing.

Dr: As much as I love Founders, I can’t get behind this one – but it’s by no means a bad beer. Alcohol is noticeable, and its boozy syrupy sweetness really restrains drinkability. I wouldn’t get this again, especially at its $4.65 pricetag in Texas. I doubt even those who love this beer would want more than one or two in the same night. I’m sure this beer has its fans, but I’ve tried many (dareisay most) of the best beers in the style, and this doesn’t come anywhere near them.

Might pair well with turkey. Might make a good base for a sauce paired with turkey.

Low C

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:18:41 | More by kojevergas
Photo of MarkGutz


4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a reddish amber color with a small amount of foamy tan head.

Smell is very potent, lots of astringent hop flavors (citrus, pine, floral) mixed with heavy malts as well.

Taste is ridiculous, massive dose of bitter hop flavors accompanied by a syrupy sweet caramel malt. I know big crazy flavors is what Founders does, but I can't imagine Devil Dancer would appeal to many people beyond a committed core of hopheads...

Mouthfeel is very thick and heavy, almost like a hop syrup goo has been used to coat your mouth. Lots of alcohol in this one too.

Overall for me, Devil Dancer is just too much to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 22:56:13 | More by Dave_in_GR
Photo of mhksuccess


3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into Bruery snifter
color is reddish brown with little head
smell is very malty
and taste is similar extremely malty not the hop bite i am used to and
could not get anything but malt out of it
possible that it was just the bottle i got
anyway it was fairly easy drinking for 12% abv just not what i am looking for in a DIPA
was more like a malty red

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 19:08:44 | More by mhksuccess
Photo of blackcompg


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was fortunate enough to get a 4-pack of this, been wanting to try this for some time. I really enjoy IPA's & DIPA's, and regardless of the hype, I want to be brutally honest. I have yet to try a Founders product I didn't really like, but this beer has seen it's own share of "controversy" in the blogs... okay - let's do this...

Appearance - A fairly aggressive pour yields just over 2 fingers of a light golden creamy head of thick foam. The head took about 10-15 seconds to "form", as the viscosity (and possibly cooler temp) slowed it's forming, sort of what you see on a guiness commercial. The body is a gorgeous and almost glowing amber orange-red color. There is a slight haze, and bubbles slowly but steadily rise from the bottom of the glass. I have some vey substantial "zebra stripes" coating the inside of my glass when the beer is finished - NICE.

Smell - from the bottle prior to pouring: Heavy citrus and tropical, almost "thick" smelling, very bold and substantial. Like candied orange peels, papaya and mango nectars. A few more whiffs and a substantial amount of floral hop scents enter the mix. More of the same after pouring into a glass, with the floral playing a stronger role.

Taste - Wow. The transition here is perfect from the sweet end of the spectrum to very bitter. The start is a thick citrusy tropical syrup, very sweet. There is also a slight alcohol presence at the start which could be best described as spiked butterscotch. Moments later sweet florals join in, along with a little bit of grapefruit. Now a few herbals arise, i pick up a touch of green parsley and basil. Now the alcohol begins to assert, and the citrus and florals begin to bitter and dry out. Once you swallow your mouth fills with dry grapefruit pith and dried grapefruit zests, then some sticky pine sap and semi-sweet hop resins. There is definitely plenty of sweetness throughout, and quite a bit of alcohol too. Drink this one cold, as alcohol will interrupt the flavors as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Full. Very full and mouthcoating. Not really creamy/thick full, I would describe this as heavy and syrupy. Carb is definitely on the low side and is very soft and smooth. This contributes to a substantial and complete taste transition, as the hops are allowed to play out completely, uninterrupted by any carb scrub. This also contributes to the substantial sweetness, and a very long, bitter hoppy finish.

Overall - Okay, I'm very glad to have tried this beer, but am not sure I would seek it out again, especially since I have 4 of them (actually gave a good friend of mine one to try). I find this far more interesting than I do tasty. For such a powerful and potent beer it really does have nice complexity, although balance is out the window - as it goes from syrupy sweet to almost cloyingly bitter. And the alcohol is far from hidden. In fact, you need to drink this one on the colder side, as the alcohol rises exponentially with beer temp. I would recommend pouring half the bottle into a glass, then returning the bottle to the fridge until you finish. Bottom Line - try this for sure, at least so you can say that you did - BUT, if you are like me, you will realize that there are FAR BETTER DIPA's that are readily available and much less expensive that your $$$ are better spent on. If you want to "repeat" this more often, and less expensively, Double Dog should somewhat fill the bill until next summer ;o)

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:04:49 | More by blackcompg
Photo of joe1510


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle
Binny's Orland Park

Devil Dancer is one hell of a hop bomb. As soon as the bottle is opened the intense hoppiness makes your nose hairs stand on end. Pours a deep mahogany with a slight chill haze. A white one finger head formed on the pour and faded to a solid cap with thick head along the edges. Leaves sheet lacing after each sip that slowly falls back into the body but leaves thick drink history lines.

This beer is so incredibly hoppy it actually clears your sinuses. There is a strong caramel maltiness. Strong for other beers but it doesn't hold a candle to the hops in this monster. This beer just drips with resinous hops. There's also that aspirin quality from the tremendous amount of hops added. Some pine needles as well.

Starts with the big caramel maltiness but it's quickly beat aside by the huge hoppiness. There is a musty woodiness that shows up just before the hops take over. Resinous hops drip from my tongue. Pine needles and some unsweetened grapefruit show up toward the end of the show. That aspirin bitterness comes by on the swallow and the hoppy bitterness just lingers and lingers.

Viscous and lush mouthfeel. The carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum. As soon as this beer hits your lips and tongue they go completely numb. It's like the first DIPA I ever experienced but it happens every time I drink this beer. A beating that I can't get enough of.

I know this beer is huge. I know my mouth is completely numb after the first sip. I know the alcohol is way too much to drink more than one but I can't get enough of this stuff. I could drink it till I can't drink anymore.

One of my favorite DIPAs for the simple fact that I love to take a beating every now and again. This will certainly do that to the tastebuds. Another great beer from Founders. Everything they make is great.

Reviewed: 5/13/07

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:33:56 | More by joe1510
Photo of 3sheets2wind


3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-gold with almost no head. Smells like apricot and citrus. Taste is bitter biscuit with some orange rind. Nice chewy mouthfeel and the alcohol is very well-masked. This is a nice beer but it is way too expensive at $6.50 for a 12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 00:06:37 | More by 3sheets2wind
Photo of waston


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into tulip. Bottled 5/24/13, almost three months ago..

A- Deep copper color. Tan/white head that fades to almost nothing.

S- Citrus, Pine, Booze, and lightly earthy

T- Holy Hops this beer is bitter! Bitter up front, transitioning tolightly citrusy and malty, ending with a boozy finish. Alcohol flavor increases as the beer warms. Surprisingly balanced for the high ABV.

M- Very big beer for an IPA. Thick and leaves the mouth feeling almost sticky. low/med carbonation.

D- Very bitter and boozy. very bold and agressive beer overall for the hoppiest of hopheads! Would definitely get again! I'm going to age one for a year or so and see how that affects the hop/malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:12:29 | More by waston
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rich copper color into a pint glass, very little head at the top. Aroma of pine with sweet caramel malt, and big hops. Has a very hoppy taste with a huge bite. I can taste the alcohol, but it's not too overwhelming. It's very balanced considering the percentage and it definitely doesn't taste boozy at all. Very enjoyable and gives a nice warming feeling. Tastes more like a winter beer

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 20:55:27 | More by MWolverines66
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88 out of 100 based on 3,038 ratings.