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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,038 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,038
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 280
Gots: 690 | FT: 33
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 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
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
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
Photo of jaydoc
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
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a deep reddish tone, with a good level of clarity. Spotty lace lines the glass for a good half hour.

Sticky honeysuckle nectar and strawberry bubblegum. Never knew hops could smell so good.

Big citrusy punch up front, mellow warming toward the middle. Ten varieties of hops, and I believe it. Complex yet approachable, this IPA goes off in multiple angular directions. Earthy, herbal, dry hop bitterness at the tail end. Balanced by a floating, effervescent sweetness that lingers briefly.

Rich & syrupy mouthfeel, not heavy, just decadent.
BIg, boozy, verging on a Barleywine in terms of m/f and drinkability. One and done for me...

emerge077, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of largadeer
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%

Appearance: Pours a rich amber-red color with a ton of hop haze; definitely not the palest India Pale Ale around. An inch of head forms from a gentle pour and then quickly recedes.

Smell: Huge pine and grapefruit with an equally large malt character to support the hops. Fruit punch and caramel come out as the beer warms. No noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Extremely bold, resiny and sweet; equally balanced between malts and hops. Mango and grapefruit, lemon rind and caramel. Incredibly intense, but fairly drinkable (albeit slowly). Alcohol is barely noticed between the massive hop bitterness and the malty sweetness. Resiny bitterness completely consumes the palate in the finish, relentlessly attacking the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, oily and thick, bordering on downright syrupy. Moderate carbonation keeps this one lively and somewhat drinkable.

A decent DIPA, but too heavy on the malt for my liking. Actually, just too heavy in general; this beer has no finesse.

largadeer, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

A - Poured out a clear, copper/burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of thick foam. It left some thin trails of lace.

S - Wow, what a blast of aromas: floral notes, pine and citrus smack you in the face.

T - It tasted of spicy, piney hops with a sweet, burnt toast maltiness. You can taste a little of the strong alcohol.

M - It was crisp, sharp and still smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer with a very warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a great tasting brew. It is extremely hoppy and fairly easy drinking considering the high ABV.

zeff80, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%

Intense to say the least! Triple IPA??? Hell yeah! This bitch rocks!

It pours a clear dark orange amber body beneath a short head of frothy off-white foam that holds well and leaves some nice lace as it goes.

Citrusy and piney hops accent a lightly sweet, caramel touched malt in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied/dextrinous and lightly crisp with a fine-bubbled carbonation that's reigned in by the gravity.

Hops lead the assault in the flavor (citrusy, grassy, piney), storming their way across dextrinous, caramel-tinged, biscuity and bready malt. The maltiness becomes more prominent across the middle as its bitterness and a slap of alcohol rise. Do I need to say that it finishes hoppy and bitter with a touch of alcohol?!?!?!

This is one full-throttle beer that's almost overwhelming. It's intense, but not particularly complex. And it's definitely a palate buster! But it still remains quite enjoyable. It may, in fact, be a bit too much as it's drinkability is limited. You may think you want another one while you're driniking it, but I doubt you'll crack that second bad-boy open. WILD. UNRESTRAINED. WORTH TRYING!

NeroFiddled, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

SocalKicks, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange-amber color with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, brown sugar, citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is balanced, but hits you very hard with everything up front, with flavors of hops, brown sugar, caramel and some fruit. There's a slight touch of alcohol, but not as much as you would expect from a beer with 13.00% ABV. The malt character is decent but the after-taste is hoppy and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily for a beer with such a high ABV, not very filling, I liked this beer a lot, but it's definitely one that is a sipper instead of a pounder, because after one or two (three at the most) you're pretty much done for the night. It also seemed more like a barley wine than a "Triple IPA" unless the difference between double and triple IPA means that there's a lot less hops and lot more sweetness and alcohol. Putting the gray areas between style boundaries behind, this is still a hardcore and very good beer, which I liked a lot.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a foggy darker brown/amber with a ruby hue and a thick creme head. Nose is clogged with character. Globs of hops and malts with alcohol in the mix as well. Flavor is fully hops. It reminds me a lot of the DFH 120. Just thick hop character that needs some time to calm down. Sickly sweet aftertaste lingers after the ridonkulous hop invasion. Feel is pretty smooth.

This needs time to mellow. I say don't drink it immediately, but feel free to grab a couple bottles so that you can observe it over time.

RblWthACoz, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Pungent, perfumy hops with sweet malt notes of toffee and brown sugar as well as orange an dgrapefruit in the background.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with notes of toffee and light caramel. Very sweet through the middle with some hop notes of pine and grapefruit as well as thick toffee and leather. Finishes with mustardy hop resins, dense sugar, caramel syrup, and intense, puckering bitterness.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - To me, this comes across as more like a barley wine than a DIPA, but it works pretty well nonetheless. The malt is rich enough that this could improve with time while the hops have enough punch to make it surprisingly drinkable for what it is.

nickfl, Jul 29, 2012
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,038 ratings.