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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,425
Hads: 4,761
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 24.68%
Wants: 330
Gots: 1,030 | FT: 36
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 philbe311
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very light red appearance with copper highlights... Little or no head or lace... Very inviting appearance...

S - Bitter hops and grapefruit... And more bitter hops... Subtle, but not too over powering...

T - Very pronounced hops taste... Firm yet flavorful... Taste lingers, doesn't dissipate and remains solid throughout until the next sip...

M - Wow, exceptionally smooth, almost silky... Given the ABV, I'm shocked how easy it is to drink...

D - Exceptionally vibrant brew... Given the strong hops and ABV content, I was surprised at how drinkable this was... If there is such a thing as a 13% ABV session beer, this is it...

All around a job well done by Founders... This is my first Founders brew and I look forward to sampling many of their others...

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Photo of Kudashov
2.24/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Devil Dancer Triple IPA 13 % ABV . Label is colored a reddish /auburn hue . There is a woman who is being held by the Devil no doubt with orange flames comming from underneath . Smell is some hops and very " boozy ". Alcohol aroma is very prominent . On the tongue it is hot and intense . As the alcohol warms it is not very pleasant . The lacing in nice to look at all over the glass . Few more sips solidifies my thoughts that this is just too boozy , medicinal . Booze bomb that is harsh , thick , and just not worth trying again . The Devil Dancer will leave your throat and mouth with an oily fire .

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Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at the great local Piccadilly, and they had some in the back room for regular and discriminating patrons. I'm pleased and honored to be considered among them. A finger of head caps a brown-orange body, with thick lacing around the Yankees pint glass all the way down. The smell is thick with hops, but caramel emerges with enough prodding. Same with the taste, although there is enough citrus and spice to reflect good complexity. Devil Dancer is certainly bitter, but complex enough to offer a smooth texture. I'd characterize it as loaded, rather than larded down, with hops, and the difference is significant. While impossible to miss the hop flavor in this beast, it doesn't stifle other elements.

This is a very tasty but also distinct DIPA, one reminiscent of barleywine to a degree with its strong, thick taste extending well beyond well-hopped. Very impressive, Devil Dancer is a DIPA around which to tread warily.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to markgugs for this tasty treat.

Burgandy/brown in color with a thin tan head that erodes rather quickly. Thick looking. Little light gets through.
Wow! This smells like a woman's purfume. Tons of fruity hops with some fusal alcohol.
Rich malt flavors. Caramel, brown sugar. Tons of fruity hoppy flavors. Straight brandy and some rum. Taste more like a liquer.
Mouthfeel is THICK and very filling. You can also feel the alcohol.
Not a very drinkable beer. Best served in a shot glass or in a whisky glass on the rocks. But I amidantly am a light weight.
This taste nothing like a DIPA. It's a good and interesting beer but I'm not sure if I'll try another.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a great brownish-red with little head

S: Has a fruity smell. One of the best smelling beers I've run into yet.

T: What else can I say, might be the best beer I've had yet!!

M: A bit bitter off the bat, but mellows out to leave a sweeter after taste. Enjoyable indeed.

D: At %13 you could get in trouble, but drinking a bunch of these is not out of the question.

One of the best beers I've had yet

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Photo of bosco7
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with thin creamy head. Nothing pale about this beer. Looks thick and syrupy.

Strawberry,mango, grapefruit, tobacco, orange juice, and pine in the nose. Pleasant.

Big and sweet upfront. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors in fact the hop flavors are masked until the latter half of the sip. Candied orange flavors along side of tobacco and woody flavors in the middle. Pine and lots of it. The finish is bitter but not too aggressive with some alcohol bite as well.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and a bit oily in a good way. You are not going to be sipping this beast in the summer that's for sure. Very large brew. This is an American Barleywine despite being labeled as a TIPA, but who cares about styles? It's a good beer and you should try it.

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Photo of Lothore
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a beautiful orangey blood red with almost no head which is its only downfall.

S- Smell is very sweet, hoppy, bits of floral pine come through a bit of red ale in the nose.

T- Taste is awesome, however a bit unbalanced. When you do the huge triple IPAs like pliny the younger and so on I think theres a very fine line between on and off balance, the bigger you get I think you have to really get it right. All of that said I really do love the taste though, starts out smooth, malty sweet and a wave of hops breaks over the tongue and lingers for quite a while.

M- Mouthfeel is super thick with a low dose of carbonation, a bit too thick for me but it fits well with the style.

D- Not hugely drinkable I loved to enjoy this one. An awesome TIPA, I would recommend it to any hophead out there as one of the best and by far the best that is semi-commonly available.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured an orangish-brown with very little head. the smell was mostly hops with a bit of fruitiness and spice also present in the nose. there is a good balance of malty sweetness to go along with the hop bitterness. the finish is a bit bitter. this beer seemed to be a bit thinner than i expected, but it seemed to get a bit better as time passed. this is a fairly easy to drink beer, although, due to the high abv, i couldn't handle more than one or so.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear brown with very little head. The aroma is very hoppy with a slight sweetness noticeable. The taste is very, very hoppy with a sweet, citrus flavor also noticeable. I think it turned my tongue inside out! This is an excellent beer, but might be a bit intense for easy drinking.

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Photo of quad07
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked these up at UFS. $11.99 for a four pack of 12oz brown bottles with twist off caps. I looked for a bottled date or freshness date but could not find one. 13% ABV

Pored into a large 23oz beer glass and did not produce much of a head at all. The head was an off white with very tight small bubbles. The color was a burnt orange and amber. When held up to the light you could see the carbonated bubbles slowly rising to the top of the glass.

You could smell the presence of hops rite off and then some fruity aromas that I could not nail down.

The green taste of hops is what I noticed first off. I keep getting this mental picture of rose stems. Then a very pleasant sweet taste of fruit, honey, and sweet malt that finishes a mild alcohol bite and the bittering hop taste stays with you/

The mouth feel is thick like syrup or honey with a little carbonation and some warming going on.

I could only drink two of these in one sitting and the alcohol will sneak up on you so handle with care. Over all it is very drinkable and I highly recommend it. I think this stuff will continue age nicely.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yep...one of my new favorites within the style. A monster but not really a hop bomb. Pours a murky ruby orange/mahogany color. Thin head that forms a ring and sticky lacing down the glass. Smell is a fresh and piney blast of hops with an impressive malt backbone. Caramel and biscuity malt waft into the air. A bittery crisp sugared grapefruit as well. Taste is just as good as the smell. A well balanced beast of a brew, if that's possible. Slightly warming alcohol but not 13% warm. Resinous and oily in the mouth. A little tickle on the tongue but more of a creamy sensation and big body. Great drinkability. Founders does it again.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to try this one for a bit, finally went back into stock at Abe's. 12 oz bottle poured into a wide tulip to swirl and enjoy.

Coppery red color with some sparse light tan head that didn't retain and didn't leave any lacing. Starting to seem more and more like a barleywine.

Smell is caramel malts, pretty sweet, very boozy with a big hop presence as well. Smells a lot like a big hoppy barleywine. Taste is right on for a barleywine as well. Sweet malts balanced with big alcohol and hops. Mouthfeel is kind of sticky, medium low carbonation. Drinkability is limited by how big this one is, i guess they give you appropriate warning but this should probably just be labeled a barley wine.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: 13% abv., not much else, but what’s left to say?

Aroma: Wow! Massive assault, tar like pine and citric waves. Heavy everything, alcoholic under attenuated malt, bales of hops, I think this was made with heavy water.

Appearance: Deceptively clear amber glass holds a scanty cover that draws curtains of lace.

Flavor: Citric punch, orange and lime juice, a firm tea quality (all hop driven madness), the slightly under attenuated malt sweetness, and a surprisingly light and clean finish. A little alcohol peeks through, but only intensifies the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with no chew and a light oily quality. Low carbonation.

Overall Impression: Wow. Hard core beer, but really well made and really good to drink. The profile reminds me of Arrogant Bastard and 120 minute IPA, heavy west coast hops with a firm malt back. Seriously good beer, strongly recommended.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red in an oversized wine glass. minimal head.

Smell like citrusy hops. Why would this smell like anything else. However, this is almost barleywine like in smell.

Tastes like grapefruity hops. It's very strong but very good. Some of these IIPA's are like eating hops. Tis does not have that pucker factor. Easy to drink for a big beer.

Feels good. That's why I said it was good.

Yeah, I'ld drink this again. I love a good IIPA. to me, strong hoppy beers are something to look forward too. This is not something to turn down. If you do I'll drink it for you.

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

Big thanks to NJpadreFan for this trade. Got is awhile back and figured I've looked at it long enough.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into a snifter. Founders dating system is dumb... so.. your dumb.

A: Carbonation didn't seem too powerful when I cracked it open... was there, just not strong. Pours a pale ruby red with some chill haze, yeast left in the bottle for now. Carbonation wasn't strong enough to push more than an 1/8 inch of white head that died pretty quickly. No lacing.

S: Smell was still nice and strong. Before pouring, I could pick up big piny and citrus hops flooding everywhere. After pouring, the malts kick into high gear and let you know this'll be a high octane brew. So highly malted and with such strong alcohol content, it smells more like a fresh barleywine.

T/M: The bitterness takes quite a bit to kick in but I believe the aging that's taken place has mellowed out the insane IBUs. Citrus and pepper have a nice phenolic zip to them. Malts take over about halfway through and keep a firm grip. Malts are candy syrup sweet and turn creamy with some pine nut taste. Hops add a touch of bitterness to the super dry finish. Body is medium and gets a tad heavier toward the end, almost syrupy. Alcohol doesn't stink too much, but brings a strong warming. After adding the yeast about halfway through(I normally like to try it both ways... especially powerful IPAs), the nutty flavor enhances and takes some a buttery, toasted character.

D: I would love to try this one from the brewery. Not exactly sure how old this one is but I'd say no younger than 9months. High alcohol and barleywine like potency make this a 1 beer sipper though easy to finish.

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Photo of rallison
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a 1 finger off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Smells of cognac soaked dates, hops and caramel.

First taste is initially quite strong - but this came right after some Belgian pales. Lots of piny hops - with a definite dose of citrus in there. Caramel and toffee. Dates & prunes. Some liquor. This is a strong beer, for sure, with lots of flavors going on. All in all, I'm enjoying this.

Mouthfeel is very rich with a definite alcohol presence.

Drinkability I rate as decent for what it is.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this. It's strong, alcoholic and thick, but the taste still keeps me coming back.

Edit: Got to up the drinkability a bit. I crave this beer every once in a while, so that's got to say something.

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

Got this one in a trade with SPLITGRIN and have kept it for about four months now since I was told that the hops were still “hot,” hope it’s toned down a bit by now.

Pours a dark caramel color with about a quarter of an inch of foam.

The aroma is heavy with caramel malts followed by citrus, pine, and toasted malts. Hints of chocolate and toffee followed by some ripe orange and orange blossoms.

The taste is quite good and the hops are still very potent, but I like those hops! Similar to the aroma but a little more intense. Caramel, chocolate, toffee, cherries, citrus and pine hops.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and the aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. This beer does not taste like it’s 13%

I seem to have picked a good day to open this beer because it seems just right. The hops are not too “hot” but they are not flat or “cardboard” tasting. I’m curious to see how this one tastes fresh but it certainly holds well for a few months (the one I’m drinking is probably about a year old now). Getting close to a barleywine if aged longer.

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Photo of jackorain
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-1/2 inch inconsistnet head from very aggressive pour. Head fell very quickly to a thin coat and collar. Light Brown/orange color with a slight haze.

S-really big caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, Pine and green hops in the finish

T-Big sweet malty up front. The toffee and brown sugar notes make themsleves know right up front. Dried stone fruit seems to come in right before the hops stomp on your pallete in the middle. The hops anre big green and big pine. There is slight hint of citrus but the gren and pine sure do dominate this one. The finish is long and bitter with the hops keeping the malt at bay. Oddly, I don't get a very strong alcohol taste.

M-Full body almost thick and chewy, maybe the fullest body of a double I've had. The alcohol does make it self know here with a bit of fumes.

D-I like this one but the big hops and the high ABV will limit me to one. Having said that, I am not sure what I would go to next as my pallete is surely ruined.

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Photo of DIM
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours a hazy reddish copper color with a minimal head.

s: The sweetness here is enticing and not at all cloying. The 13% abv is, ofo course, noticeable. Big citrus hop smell with some chocolate? Huge smell with lots of nuances.

t: Brown sugar and chocolate up front. They nailed the level of sweetness on this one. The hops are dry robust and very citric. The best uber IPA I've tried so far.

m: A bit more carbonation would have been nice, but this is satifyingly thick.

d: I'll certainly have more of these, but not too terribly often.

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Photo of Boppar
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz into snifter

A: Pours a brilliant deep orange/red color. Almost non-existent head, with a faint ring of lace around the edges. As strange as it sounds, it looks almost like a tawny port.

S: It smells very sweet. Much sweeter than I would have thought for this beer. Definite notes of sticky molasses. There are some resinous hop aromas, but not nearly as many as I would've expected from a beer that boasts "Triple IPA" status.

T: Surprisingly malty. The dominant flavors are molasses and a pumpkin-ish sweetness that I've noticed in barleywines. Maybe a little orange rind action in there for good measure. It's fairly tasty, and it's almost scary how well that 13% ABV is hidden in there. It doesn't taste a bit over 8%. But what I really want to know is: where are the hops?! The only hop taste I'm getting is some bittering hops on the finish.

M: Almost still. The nearly complete absence of carbonation is sort of a relief, considering the ABV. It's thick, it's sticky, it's still.

D: Considering this has three times as much alcohol in it as some beers on the market, the drinkability is the one area in which Devil Dancer really excels.

I was expecting a hop-bomb. This hardly fits that description. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but I think I would like it better if it were called a barleywine, rather than a "triple IPA." I mean hell, it isn't even a single IPA, let alone a double or triple.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky copper color with some faint red highlights. No head to speak of, and light lacing on the glass.

S: Hops and alcohol. Tons of hops, lots of hops resin. Some pine, some citrus. Hops, hops, hops!

T: Hops! A lot of hops resin, some pine, some citrus, some cherry, just lots of hops. The alcohol makes itself present too, but it's balanced nicely. A slight malt backbone tries to force its way into the mix.

M: Somewhat thick, but smooth. Great aftertaste with this one. Almost like a barleywine.

D: This is a great triple IPA, but it's pretty intense. It's definitely not something to be drank in a session, but one here and there is a nice treat.

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Photo of biegaman
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let me say this first: Devil Dancer may be the ugliest beer I've seen. It brings new definition to the word "murky". Having helped brew a double IPA loaded and dry hopped to the 'enth degree as well, I do know it will turn out nothing but murky. For this reason I cannot hold it against the beer - but hot damn, this looks like polluted swamp water!

A tarnished, almost radioactive looking orange colour. There was hardly any fizzle off prying the cap - to no surprise there is no head either. There is, however, plenty of little signs of carbonation in the form of bubbly trims and dotty lacing.

The smell is pure Founders - which is to say a particularly distinctive earthy, leafy, herbal hoppiness I've come to associate with the brewery. So hoppy, so alcohol filled, yet so smooth and seductive. Hop resin, so much hop resin. An explosion of every characteristic of every hop I've ever smelt: fruity, floral, herbal, piny, spicy - awesome.

And a quick word of advice: if you truly want to appreciate the beer in all its hoppy glory be sure to seek out a fresh bottle and, regardless of the alcohol content do not - I repeat, do not - let it age. You don't know Devil Dancer unless you've had it fresh. Really fresh!

The mouthfeel is surprisingly balanced with nearly as much malt as there is hops. Although equally sensed it is the hops that are tasted most. Grilled citrus and syrupy resins. There's nearly no alcohol present and this has an unexpectedly mellow persona. Nothing but toasty, caramel smothered malts, sticky resin and exotic fruits - every hop head's dream.

If the devil did brew a beer this is likely the kind of tantalizing, tempting tipple I bet he'd brew. Wheat Wine. Double IPA. Triple IPA - whatever it is it is something unique and something special. It is also a fantastic drinking beer, especially given its strength. I'm always down for a dance with the devil - it's ironically a rather heavenly experience.

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Photo of box299
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On a trip to Michigan I picked up a mix of locals... I made the mistake of trying this one first without first reading the label... 13% and very filling... It' looked, smelled and tasted great but it was about the only beer I tried that night. Maybe I am old but it was strong enough and filling enough that I should have had it at the end of the night rather than the beginning.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders- Devil Dancer

Purchased from Capone's- Norristown, PA

A- Hazy reddish orange with a small sticky one ring lacing head.
S- Strong fruits, cherry and grape. Thick rich caramel malt with a hint of alcohol.
T- Huge burning alcohol with a wallop of cherry, prune, and grape fruit. Big bitter green(wet) hops in the end.
M- Sweet with a burning alcohol flavor until the end where bitter hops take over.

Overall- At first this kicks your ass, but half way through the strong alc calms down in your mouth and the flavor pops.

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Photo of drseamus
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good red body with no head served in a snifter at the brewpub. There is a strong citrus hop aroma. The flavor matches the aroma, but with a very pronounced hop bitterness in addition to the hop flavor. The malty background manages to balance this beer somehow. It is surprising light for the flavor; around medium body.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.