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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,308 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,308
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 295
Gots: 756 | FT: 33
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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 hero27
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Talk about edgy...this mammoth offering from Founders is sure to impress all hopheads, if only for pure hoppiness' sake. It pours an ominous dark copper color with a tight head of foam that holds really well. The aroma is just unrelenting hops..a mix of God knows how many varieties...resinous, abundant, and completely in-your-face. The huge malts get their ass handed to them by the hops, but they're still cowering in the background in some lame attempt to keep the bitterness in check. Creamy going down, with an alcoholic warming effect combined with the stinging bitterness. 13% abv? Incredible..

A beer that makes an outrageous claim and backs it up? a Triple IPA? Yeah, I'll buy it in this case. Because as far as over-the-top beers go, this one holds it's own with the best of them. A must try for the extreme beer lover.

Photo of ScaryEd
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ericj551
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first sampled this beer at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston. Although my favorite of the fest was definitely Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, this one was certainly up there. It pours a orange red/amber, with no head at all, despite a somewhat vigorous pour. The aroma is big citrusy hops, sweet orange and some grapefruit. Taste is just a big hop punch, tons of citrus, with the malty sweetness mostly hidden but still somewhat apparent. The alcohol is present but amazingly diguised for 13%. A little carbonation would be nice, but I think that being just slightly effervescent works for a beer of this strength. At $15 for a four pack, this is a beer I won't be drinking too often, but I can't say its not worth the price.

Photo of krl2112
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of crowsnest
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kirok1999
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a good day with 2 new reviews and some other quality brews already reviewed.

A- Pours a cloudy dark copper with a nice creamy head that laces like concrete. This looks like a barleywine.

S- Smells of bitter alpha hops. Definitely an IPA, Strangely enough the malts invade the hops and come through nicely. Hops are spicy and floral.

T- Although the hops are over the top there must be a ton of malts used because this tastes like a hoppy barleywine. I love it!!! The hops dry the mouth at first and the malt sweetness dominates the finish. This is an incredibly balanced brew; I expected hops over the top, and they are, but the malts come through and balance it all very nicely.

M- Very dry and crisp, bitter and oily.

D- I started as a hop head, then began to appreciate malts. This one has both in abundance, with the hops dominant. Very good, but very expensive.

Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of amishbooze
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of suckaj
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Oidmoe
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper-orange pour with quickly fading head and decent lacing. Big hoppy, floral, citusy nose that reminds me of a barley wine. Lots of orange and caramel with a hint of pine. The taste is huge, sticky, resiny bitterness right from the start. Tons of grapefruit and pine with sweet caramel malt trying to emerge, but it's quickly overcome by the puckering bitterness of this awesome hop bomb. Slightly syrupy, sticky and oily and the warmth of the alcohol is definitely present, but it's disguided really well for a 12% brew. It's about as drinkable as a beer this big can be. It's a sipper for sure, but I almost wanted another when I was finished. Once again, Founders doesn't disappoint!

Photo of CHADMC3
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber to reddish copper, very thin off white head that sticks around briefly leaving just faint remnants behind.

Wow, there's a lot going on here, big sweet malt, varied dry hops, earthy, piney, and more, and even some vinous characteristics.

Equally complex flavor, featuring piney hops, sweet caramel like malt, dark fruit such as cherries or grapes, and a big hop finish.

Moderate carbonation, medium in body, sharp hop bite with a pleasant abv finish.

Great beer, easy to drink, huge/diverse palate and capable of kicking you in the shorts.

Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rxthree
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber-orange cloudy body with 2 finger frothy head, lots of lacing.

S: Hops (simcoe and amarillo mix maybe)? also I smell something sweet. Grapefruit, mango, citrous some pine.

T: Follows the nose. This beer is for sure bitter, but the sweetness masks it quite well (I wouldn't have guessed 112 IBU). Piney hop bitterness kicks in at the end. oily. Surprisingly lots of malt in this beer. Quite well balanced for such mega hopped beer.

M: Smooth throughout and dry finish. A bit hot.

O: Very good (Triple) IPA! Very impressive given its ABV.

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

A: This 13% monster pours a chunky-cloudy reddish-orange in color. Thick, thick, thick layer of tannish-colored head boils up and does a wonderful job of residually lacing the glass.

S: Complex would be a good descriptor here. I detect a lot more than just hops here...more like a barleywine that's been in a street fight with some hope cones. Lots of hop oils/cones here, medicinal alcohol, caramel squares, chocolate?, and a very nice aroma of honey.

T: Double IPA? Triple IPA? Barleywine? This is a toughie to categorize. There's definitely good characteristics from both a monster b-wine and an uber-hopped DIPA. Sharp, biting hop flavors up front. Huge dose of malt sweetness barrels in with notes of Heath bar, brown sugar, maybe some dark fruit. All of this gets mixed together on your mouth, tantalizing your palate with ups-n-downs of malt and hop mingling. Finish is a warming kick of alcohol mixed in with a long-lasting honey aftertaste.

M/D: Massively full mouthfeel. Low carbonation makes for a super-thick feeling beer. One to savor at near room temperature to fully experience the flavors and aromas.

Notes: Over the top? Hell yeah. But very balanced and refined. It's gotta be hard to make this beer, but the gang at Founder's bring it off. Just awesome.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ethanmc12
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of projectflam86
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a orange/ruby red color with a thick white foam head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Definitely smells hoppy! Red grapefruit and pine with some really dank aromas. I am getting some of those onion like aromas that I've heard other people describing as well.

T- Very syrupy with a huge amount of sweetness initially. I was expecting quite a bit more bitterness considering the IBU's and the truck loads of hops that went into making this, but honestly its a bit disapointing. The onion flavor is back and doesn't do much for me. Really boozy in the finish.

M- Full bodied and boozy with a thick chewy mouthfeel.

O - Overall it looks the part and doesn't smell too bad but I wasn't impressed with the flavor.

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,308 ratings.