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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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1,419 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,419
Hads: 4,730
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 24.43%
Wants: 327
Gots: 999 | 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:
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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Reviews: 1,419 | Hads: 4,730
Photo of dacrza1
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE REVIEWED: August 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: Hoppopotamus pint... OCCASION: laughing and analyzing with Ryan , Jer, Shan and cousin Cheri...APPEARANCE: dark brown, iced tea-like body; off-white,, pencil-thin moustache-like head; could not expect much more, given the alcohol content... AROMA: tight, punchy hops; pine resin and some doughy malts; a bit of a brown ale too...then subtly scotch and bourbon in its end and warmth... PALATE: full, warm and rather flat; as the glass drains, it evens out and fills pleasantly... TASTE: sour lemon and smoky warm hops; coal and port elements; some cognac too--a complex experience, with the bourbon power invading; strong and shouldering.... OVERALL: a big beer to experience, and at 12% ABV, intriguing...however, at $19.99 a four-pack, NOT worth the experience--a nuance that does not deserve its price tag...still an experience to have....

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Photo of Justin8mypants
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 4 pack for $18

A- Beautiful dark amber with a khaki head that dissipated rather quickly

S- Lots of anise, carmel, malt, raisin, grape, banana, as it warms I am getting a bit of lemon and citrus. You can definitely smell the alcohol

T- a lot of the fruit comes through with a bit of lingering banana. There are a lot of hops, but it is offset by the malty sweetness, and it balances the hops really well. As you would think you get a nice amt of alcohol warmth

B- Maybe a bit under-carbonated, but nice smooth body.

O- Good beer. A lot different than I expected. I thought it would be just a hop bomb, but it is in my opinion a well balanced beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Pours a blood red amber copper color. Big tan head leaves nice lacing. Not easy to see through.

S- Sweet malt, alcohol, minimal hops.

T- A boatload of sugary boozy malts. There is some citrus hop flavor but it can get lost in this big beer.

M- Syrupy with a lingering hop tang. Sweet alcohol. Full.

O- It's a big booze bomb. For me, that suppresses the flavor and the effects of the hops. Oh, well.

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Photo of Emassa78
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This tripple goes down smooth but packs a punch. The appearance is amber with a ruby tint, the smell reminds of chemicals and cardboard. Taste has notes of caramel, hops, alcohol, some more alcohol, full malty sweet body. THe mouth-feel is a little weak as the growler has set for over 96 hours since original opening. I am not dissapointed in this beer, but would not go out of my way for another.

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Photo of DannyS
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An extra from a trade with DocHo11idaze. Bottled 5/15/2014. Poured into a pint mason jar glass.

A - Pours a deep translucent brown amber with only a thin collar of foam and loose spots of lacing.

S - Boozy, piney, malty, funky, and a bit musty. Smells like a moderately aged 90min , which could be good or bad...

T - Probably the maltiest IPA I've had. In stark contrast to fresh flower and pine bombs like Heady and Pliny, this is a dank, oily, syrupy, earthy sort of brew with a subtle yet long-lasting bitterness. It's sweet, dirty, and funky.

M - Pretty heavy and oily on the tongue. Barely elevated by its carbonation. This is a weighty brew.

Overall - At 12% ABV, this one is quite boozy and goes right to the head, so be careful with it! If you're used to the bright, bitter, flowery kinds of IPA's, I definitely recommend you seek this one out to get a taste of the dank side.

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Photo of qchic
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Single bottle ($5.99!) pours a very rosy amber with modest head.

Aroma: caramelly hop syrup. Sensing the 12%

Taste: boozy fruit punch, caramel, cherry cough drop, goes from sweet to bitter to fire breath.

Mo: gentle carb, noticeable alcohol warmth, body isn't overwhelming for 12%

Over: I knew this was a polarizing beer, and I was in the mood for a big beer (which I am no stranger to), so I kept an open mind. Glad I tried it, but I won't revisit this one again. I was surprised to just stumble upon it and I remember the guy at the shop talking about how good it was lol.

Value: horrible

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Photo of Fernans
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Interesting, expected something stronger. Not necessarily a bad thing. Robust without over powering hoppines. Malty start is as vibrant as some of the great imperial IPAs out there. Though enjoyable, I preferred the back woods bastard from founders. Cheers!

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Photo of rawfish
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours rusty amber and red with a this line of beige bubbles. Not really enough here to count on any head retention and a few flecks of 'lace'.

Caramel notes out of the malt that is more of a corn syrup and alcohol mixture. Hops provide a dark tangerine and apricot tone with some apple juice mixing with the sugars.

Malt is way lighter here than on the nose, thank goodness, a nice bready quality with backing of caramel and molasses. Hops hit with dark orange citrus and an herbal backing, somewhat onion-y and gnarly that carries through the bitterness in the finish. Herbal and earthy in the aftertaste that compliments the bitterness.

Smooth carbonation, a sipper but not overly heavy handed. Solid over the palate and you can feel a nice viscosity allowing the hops to stick. Alcohol is present but well under what I feared.

A sipping DIPA with a crazy amount of malt and surprisingly enough hops to balance, though it doesn't particularly excel in that department. I was fearing the size of the beer but it is drinkable in its own way.

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Photo of MikeRusso
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color and smell of the beer is great. It has a nice caramel color and a sweet hoppy smell. At 12% the alcohol content is a little high for my liking, but its a nice beer to sip on for a lazy cool afternoon. To me this is more of a fall beer to drink at night.

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, rich amber color. Not much head to speak of. Decent lacing.

Not too much smells here. Definite booze. Some citrus/grapefruit/lemon. Some floral notes.

Good taste. A little malty for an IPA. Pretty boozy, but not overpowering. I like malty beers, but as far as IPAs go this blurs the line between an IPA and a barleywine.

Good mouthfeel. Very full and creamy with light carbonation.

Like the dogfish 120, I'm gonna age two or three of these and see how they do in a little while. Looking forward to the next time!

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Photo of Beaz18
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My first Founders!!! Can't get it where I live in CO. So when I saw this triple IPA on the East coast I had to try it. Big IPA fan but didn't expect the barley wine quality. Beautiful red color. Very intriguing smell. As for the taste the malty base hit first. Bready, some citrus, strawberry sweet maybe. Took a while to figure this one out. The mouthfeel is what was disappointing. I would have enjoyed this much more if there was more carbonation. No way I could sense the 125 IBUs I was expecting. Overall I enjoyed the beer but I felt like I should have bought the double trouble for my first Founders IPA experience.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is an amber copper color with good clarity and vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Floral, grassy, pungent, citrus, onion, garlic, booze, and caramel.

Taste: Same as above. Burning tingly boozy sensation going down. Even after warming up, it's still the same.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, tingly bitterness, and real boozy. It's definitely a sipper.

Overall: It's been a while, but still tasty. Should have held on to this one a bit longer.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.61/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

. Pours pretty enough. Reddish orange with a thin head of khaki foam that falls fast. Nose is very sweet fruit. Floral and just a sugary sweetness. Hard to name a fruit. The malt is caramel and also smells sweet. There's no herbal no depth. Just sweet and a touch of alcohol fumes. Taste is cough syrup. Sickeningly sweet fruit meets hop bitter. The caramel is thick and pronounced and then fades out to the alcohol on the palate and the hop bitterness that over rides s the fruitiness. it's got way too much alcohol. it was hard to rate the mouthfeel. For a 12 percent beer it had a 12 percent mouthfeel. For an IPA it had a syrupy sluggish and very slow mouthfeel with some stickiness. Tasted awful and I actually made a face.

Thank you Roguer for the chance to try this beer.

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Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark for an India Pale! This got me excited. Then the smell got me excited - smells like some of the best IPAs I've had... Pliny, Double Jack... this one's up there. The taste meets and/or exceeds expectations. Maybe a little on the sweeter side, but if that were adjusted more to my taste she'd be getting a perfect 5. Can't be just handing those out to anyone. Still can't believe this beer doesn't score higher. Very creamy mouthfeel with a tickling carb. Awesome brew. Try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed dark reddish/orange amber. A thin head becomes a wide lasting patch.

The smell is of pine caramel and grapefruit.

The taste of pine and grapefruit mix with a heavy hand of caramel and alcohol.

It is full-bodied. Raw. Alcohol cuts into the body.

A solidly strong Imperial IPA.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour got only a modest head on this dark mahogany beer. The nose is excellent, though, very heady, with a rich, complex maltiness and a flowering of grassy, citrusy hops. Flavor is big as well, with caramel, toffee malt notes, a ripe fruitiness, and, of course, high bitterness and lots of hop flavor. The malt really makes it, I think. Despite the very high strength, there's little alcoholic burn, though it's definitely a warming beer. Body is substantial without being overly heavy. Very good beer. Good sipping beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a ruby caramel color with a thin layer of cream head that disappears quickly to leave a layer of lace

S-caramel and toffee, rum soaked raisins, the hops become more present as the beer warms. Big pine and citrus presence.

T-much more hops in the taste than the smell. Caramel malt, raisins and pine and citrus hop bitterness. I can't believe this is 12%...

M-full body, reminds me a bit of a barleywine, light to moderate carbonation, pretty smooth for such a big beer

Overall a very big beer, not too sweet, good bitterness, and no alcohol burn.

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Photo of Phocion
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle with the notoriously unreadable Founder's dating stamped on the neck. Poured into a Duvel tulip a much darker color than I was expecting. Slightly murky dark copper with a tiny crown of beige head which fades into nothing within a minute. Thin sheet of lacing around the glass.

This one definitely has quite the hoppy nose. Dry hopped with ten different varietals and you can tell. Massive fruity bouquet stands out, but is so overwhelming that all the flavors blend together, tying in with a bit of resin. There's a ton of caramel malts in this thing too, adding a nice backbone to all the hops with caramel, toast, brown sugar, and molasses notes. Definite brandy-like fusel alcohol aromas as well.

This drinks almost as much like a liqueur as a beer. Thick, sweet, sugary molasses and caramel malts combine with the tropical fruits to make this actually a bit sweet. Somewhat rum-like between the massive sweetness and alcohol flavors. Overly sweet finish combines with a highly bitter finish to create something quite unpleasant.

Thick, chewy, sappy mouthfeel. Heavy-bodied with little carbonation.

I've had many DIPAs and even a couple that claim to be "Triple IPAs," and this doesn't stand up to most. Throwing as much barley and hops as humanly possible into a kettle doesn't make a good beer. The flavors are overwhelming, and not in a good way. More of a ridiculously overhopped barley wine than anything else.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Aggressively poured into a snifter, minimal head. Dark red, ruby body. Thin off white head. Fades quickly, maintains oily layer on the surface.

S - Lot's of sweetness. Dark fruit. Malt. Not much of a typical hop aroma.

T - Follows the nose with a ton a maltiness up front, hop bitterness cuts through this. Keeps it from being too sweet and cloying. I do detect an aftertaste of alcohol.

M - Thick body, low carb. Really coats the palate. Warming sensation, not a burn, form the 12% although it isn't as pronounced as I'd expect.

O - Happy to have tried it, but it is not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A triple IPA? Sure, I'll bite.

Has a fizzy, tan head that just isn't into it. Color is dark brown. Has a deep caramel and subtle piny hop aroma. Tastes like a slab of caramel candy has been melted and poured into your mouth, followed by more caramel mixed with hops, then some grain, persimmon, and a little spice in the distance. A sweet and hot mess that isn't bad for what it is, but living proof there can be too much of a good thing.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Milky deep amber body, schools of bubbles waft to the surface. A decent velvety head forms, stays a while, and eventually recedes to a thin spotty head. Too dark for a 'pale' ale.

S: Highly hopped, no doubt, and I'm glad (but a little disappointed) that they are restrained enough to not singe my nose hairs.

T: Much to my surprise, the most prominent flavor is a warm, sweet, toffee malt. Hops hide behind this initial wave and provide some acidity/crispness, a weak amount of their pine and citrus potential. This beer isn't very balanced; it is actually a pretty malty beer! Still, no hint of the 12% in here, so kudos for that.

M: Again, a warming, smooth feel, not like an (triple) IPA should be. The 112 IBU's are the mildest IBU's I've ever felt, thanks to the malt body. The hops do provide a refreshing feel from under their blanket of malt.

O: I apologize if the brewers responsible for this actually read this review, but... what happened here? The label looks like a Metallica cover (not one of the good ones), the triple-quantity hops are muffled by malt, and I get outright sweetness here and there. I like the flavor and would gladly drink another, but this is so far from the intended style that I'm kind of chuckling about it. Again, I love the completely unassuming 12%, you deserve a standing ovation for that, but next time could I get some hops with my malt?

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Photo of GeoJ
1.46/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Off the bat: I love Founders. Pretty much everything they do has been just dandy with me.

But ... What *exactly* is this beer supposed to be? I'm not keen on high abv brews, so that skewed my taste buds right from the very start.

I can't even pinpoint why I dislike this beer so much. It reminds me of carbonated DayQuil or something along the lines of a cheap bum wine.

Mouth feel is horrible. Grips the tongue and won't let go. Greasy, slick, relentless.

My first and only drain-pour from Founders.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. Red-brown in color - clear on the pour, a bit cloudy on the settle. two finger tan head, which disappears after a few minutes.

s. Dry hopped smell of honey - some bread/yeast notes.

t. Sweet honey taste into bitter hops on the back side. Not pine or grapefruit, just sweet/bitter.

m. The 12% ABV is hidden really well when you drink it, but appears in the mouthfeel after the finish with a dry/alcohol taste in the roof of the mouth.

o. This is an outstanding beer that I would revisit (ok, my rating might be slightly under outstanding - but over all it hits the mark). Stay away if you do not like dry hopped beers - as it has the essence of being dry hopped.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper and hazy with no carbonation, 1 finger of tan head with an almost red tinge.

S: Fruity peaches and cherries, caramel, candy, candy apple, cayenne pepper.

T: Sweet, fruity, orange candy cherry, raspberry, onion, garlic, alcohol, big bitter finish. Grapefruit in the bitterness.

M: Thick syrupy resinous body, little foamy carbonation.

O: Really good. My first ‘Triple IPA.” I know its not considered an independent style on Beer Advocate, and I see why after trying this. Its like a double IPA, only jacked up. Its really like a double though, just thicker in body and substance. I think your tongue can’t take any more in, so it levels off.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amberish with a light white head

Smell: Hops, fresh fruit, alcohol, cough syrup

Taste: Intense hops followed by fruit sweetness. There is a slight cough syrup after taste that is a bit odd. This beer does a whole bunch of crazy on your palate. Lots going on, nothing tame about this beer!

Overall: Not really an IPA, more of an IPA/Barleywine hybrid. The cough syrup aftertaste is a little off putting. Overall, worth a try if you can find it on tap!

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,419 ratings.