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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,030 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,030
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 279
Gots: 689 | FT: 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 Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

A deep rich taste, like a top quality UK conditioned old ale, a very good American barleywine, hoppy beginning and great bitter finish, woith buzz from the high alcohol. Barleywine aroma. Only sold in fours at $18, last case and hard to find, at Chuck's near Cleveland.

Sammy, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.6%

t0rin0, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9%

Thanks to FINEBEERGUY for sharing this one while waiting in line for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, honey, and some herbal and vegetal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit extract, and some herbal and oniony hop flavors. There is a somewhat assertive bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and it’s nowhere near as bad as I have heard some people make it out to be.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle purchased at the brewery and consumed in July 2009.

Pours a red amber with a white head and a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of a lot of sweet malt, an assortment of hops, and a little bit of earthiness. Pine comes from the hops in the greatest abundance. The taste is actually quite a bit malty and sweet, not as hoppy as I would think. The mouthfeel is quite thick and has good carbonation. The beer is a little too sweet and hot to be too drinkable, but an interesting offering nonetheless.

Thorpe429, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.6%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

metter98, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a big bubbled head that hangs around for a while and leaves sheets of lacing

Smell: Piney hops aroma wafts above a caramel malt background; alcohol notes waft forward as well

Taste: Huge sweet toffee malt flavors dash to the front but fade to the background like a pace horse within seconds as the pithy and piney bitterness builds and builds on the side of the mouth; nevertheless, the residual sweetness lingers on the tip of the tongue throughout; plenty of lingering bitterness on the finish as well

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky with modest carbonation; considerable warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: What an aggressive beer for the extreme hophead; worth seeking out, particularly when fresh

Thanks, HopasaurusRex, for the experience

brentk56, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%

Diamond-clear fiery dark bronzed ripe blood orange with brilliant polished radiant sunset orange highlights. The interior of the beer is eerily quiet with almost nothing in the way of Beelzebubbles. Up top is a stunningly gorgeous head of orange-influenced light caramel that is the consistency of heavily whipped cream. Frosting thick sheets of lace look like they were spread on with a butter knife and will undoubtedly outlast the beer.

The aroma is wall to wall hops, yet there's room enough to squeeze in a fair amount of melted caramel and a whiff or two of Cognac-like alcohol fusels. It isn't enough of a pure hopfest to make me rhapsodic, but it's still wonderful and is perfectly in keeping with what I expected for a 'triple' IPA. Bombastic.

Wow. After one sip, I now realize that Devil Dancer should be enjoyed in a snifter at room temperature. Warming it over a candle to further bring out the aromatics wouldn't be out of line. This is one of the most liquor-like beers that I've ever had, and I mean that in a good way. I don't know if it's possible for Founders to have jammed more malt and more hops into the bottle. The beer is absolutely mouthfilling.

The malt backbone is a big as I've tasted on anything other than a Russian Imperial Stout and provides flavors of sweet caramel, sticky dates and brown sugar syrup. The beer tastes like liquified, dark rum-soaked toffee cake drizzled with caramel sauce. Understandably, the hop load (even at 200! IBUs) has a difficult time standing up to that much malt. If you're looking for an insane hop bomb that will strip the mucous membranes from your mouth and tongue, you've come to the wrong beer. I'll give it balanced though, in a scale destroying sort of way.

The 'triple IPA' on the label may be overstating the case, but only a little. This is the biggest, baddest DIPA to ever find its way to my taste buds, there's no doubt about that. I'd like a slight readjustment in the malt:hop balance, but there's no denying that Founders has aimed high and hit their target in the smack dab center.

Need I even mention that the mouthfeel is as large as the flavor? Full doesn't do it justice. How about thick, rich, resinous, sappy, molten? Even though the viscous mouthfeel might be too much for some, I absolutely love it. Carbonation is seemingly nonexistent, but the beer doesn't feel flat at all. Yeah, there's some alcohol present. So what? If you don't like it, go crawling back to your mommy.

Devil Dancer is big beer for big beer lovers. Everything about it is over the top, from the malt to the hops to the 13% ABV. Founders should be renamed the Midas Brewing Company since everything they touch lately turns to gold. I'm more than ready to Dance with the Devil until I drop. This is a Hell of a beer.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep cloudy orangey color ale with a small white foamy head with limited retention. Aroma consists of huge bitter piney and citrus hops are dominating unsurprisingly. Body is very sweet and has a great malt backbone which provides a bit of balance with some of the hops. Body is full with some low carbonation and no alcohol could be directly noticeable, which is quite a feat at 13$ ABV. Overall, I thought this was an interesting experiment at the intersection of an IIPA, barley wine and American Strong Ale.

Phyl21ca, May 25, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

What a powerful beer! Is it that much more than a simple Double IPA? Well, with a ton of boldness on all fronts, let's see...

The beer pours with a thickness and weight that promises creaminess and fullness just from the look. As expected, the off white head forms a stern barrier between me and the beverage; I could likely bounce a quarter off of it. Lots of lacing and supple legging gives the appearance of both IPA's and barleywines. Hazy orange/copper colored from firm maltiness and dry-hopping give a diffused glow.

Strong hop aroma portrays sharp citrus (orange, grapefruit); earthiness (pine and fresh cut grass); and a spicy note that will offer much more than a balancing bitterness. Maltiness represent notes of fresh breads, caramels, and fruity esters but nowhere near competing with the hops. More floral tones could really round this guy out.

Hop flavor is as aggressive as in any beer you'll find, and the flavor of hops never waiver under the bitterness and alcohol. Bold caramel and bread crust maliness persists and offer only moderate sweetness compared to the resiny hops that favor the pine, musty grasses, and a dank garlic (pleasantly so)taste.

Very full bodied, the beer's sweetness and creamy carbonation amplify the effect of fullness. And with a fully sweet feel, the beer seems very barleywine-ish to start. But the aggressive hop dryness and alcohol warmth give a firm rebuttal at mid palate and usher in a quick fleeting dryness that's remarkable for such a highly malted mouthfeel.

Those who beleive that today's American IPA's share too much in common with American Barleywines should try this one for an education in the differences that should be exemplified by these larger-than-life IPA's.

BEERchitect, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +11%

Much thanks to jaxon53?? for the bottle

Poured a deep cloudy and hazy amber, pretty much the perfect color for a Triple IPA, or at least that I would like to see. No real head on this, only a very thin film which quickly daeded leaving a decent lace. Lots of carbonation, tiny bit of sediment, only real loss of score here would be on the lack of head. Smell was classic Hop Bomb, deep pine resin, with a strong alcohol presence upon first smell, as it warmed some of the more subtle scents started to come through, a slight sugary sweetness and citrus, specifically grapefruit were now there to be found. Overall smell was very nice, not over powering, but did have enough to tingle the nose a bit. Taste was very crisp, clean, and warming. Alcohol was a big factor in the beginning again, with a huge pine hop hit. Letting it warm brings out the malt that was trying to balance it with a bit of sweetness, but is still overpowered by the hops. This was a very good brew, and I am glad I got to try it. A true hop bomb, and at 13%abv, a strong one at that. Very nice indeed, will search it out again.

mikesgroove, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

Big thanks to cvaypai for sending me this one in another one of our trades. Thanks again, Craig!

A: This one pours a rich amber color with one finger of off-white foam that soon dissipates to a thin layer.

S: What a nose on this! Tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange, followed by a light pine and a nice malt backing, which seems to be a trademark of even the hoppiest Midwestern IPAs.

T: Very bitter up front. The citrus flavors are much more subdued than I expected from the nose. There still is a burst of grapefruit flavor in the middle of the sip. Following the initial onslaught of bitterness is a surprisingly sweet caramel malt flavor. As the beer warms, a bit of alcohol heat comes through on the finish.

M: Featuring low to moderate carbonation, quite full bodied for an IPA.

D: This is a beer that I have been waiting to try for quite some time, and I am certainly glad that I did. This beer is a little low on the drinkability just because of the initial bitterness and the alcoholic finish, but still a great beer.

womencantsail, Sep 16, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

ygtbsm94, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.6%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

This is a special drink and one that we don't get here in California. (Thank goodness I travel and shop!)

Dark honey color; white head. Unfortunately a very light nose with only hints of malt-carmel and orange peel. The nose doesn't really prepare you for what's to come.

Huge intense bold gigantic orange peel/carmel/malt flavors that are medium sweet in the mid palate. Large, long lasting and bold hop/bitter finish.

This is an intense drink but also goes very well with food; intense but pleasing and a drink that shows complexity and lots of character.

GRG1313, May 15, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

A: very thin head on a hazy copper and crimson body.

S: very malty moving towards barleywine territory with candied fruit, pine resin and overall very sweet.

T: as expected, very bitter and pungent but still clean. strong herbal and earthy hops. sweetness is rivaled by the bitterness with candied fruit and some tart lemon custard getting through.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very crisp for the degree of carbonation.

Overall: this one warms you up quickly and burns a little. The alcohol is obviously prominent as are the hops. Try it for sure, would still with one bottle and maybe sharing it.

kylehay2004, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

jaydoc, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev 0%

What a brew this is! Poured out as a golden copper color, the head was thick and white at first. The head settles but leaves some white soapy looking suds on the glass. The smell is incredibly hoppy. Just an assault of hops on the nose, not too much else. The taste is the same way, it's super hoppy and bitter. I was expecting it to be pretty extreme but not this much. The mouthfeel isn't too bad really but it tingles a lot with every sip along with a warming booze feeling too. Overall it's fun to try, glad I did but holy crap! I may buy more one day.

Knapp85, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

It was great to finally get to try this beer I was anticipating it for awhile.Poured a deep burgundy with a thinner slight off white head,big fruity esters in the nose like alcohol dipped dark fruit with an undelying but very noticable piney hop elemant.Aroma wise and flavor wise this is an hopped up American barley wine,flavors are of dark fruit and brown sugar up front finishing very piney.The alcohol to me was pretty well hidden and very decieving,in some ways reminded me of Great Divide Old Ruffian in its hop profile.A great brew Iam hoping that it will be on tap at Founders next month when in GR.

oberon, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

With VDubb's urging, I delve into a "triple IPA". It pours a hazy orange amber with only a small layer of bubbles functioning as a head. The nose comprises a somewhat balanced effort between heavy pine notes (both needle and sap) and thick, sweet caramel. Neither side o'ermatches the other without input from the latter. The taste isn't much of a change of pace, though here the piny notes really start to assert themselves on the back end. The caramel doesn't go without a fight, though. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and a thick, gooey feel. Overall, a decent hoppy IPA, but not something to indulge in too often.

TMoney2591, Aug 20, 2010
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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,030 ratings.