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Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004

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

A-Thin dense off white head on a cloudy amber body.
S- Huge hop aroma. Pine, little citrus, and some grass. Just a huge complex hop aroma. Alcohol is stuck pretty strong in there too.
T- Follows the aroma with the huge hops. Nice complex hop flavor, alcohol, big malt body for them to stand on. Nice big bitterness on the tongue is left after. Alcohol does come in very strong and leaves a nice warming in back of throat. Dry pine left in aftertaste.
M- Full chewy body with low carbonation to make it very smooth.
D- I think it is a very tasty brew. Not sure how much of it I could drink but I wouldn't mind more of these at all.

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Photo of Riggsy
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish, dark copper. Very thin white head disappeared as quick as it came. Not surprising because of the alcohol content.

Aroma is dominated with citrusy, floral hops. Grapefruit, lemon, and pine stand out. Background of alcohol and sweet malt.

The taste is a hophead's dream. A smacking bitterness at the start with a bit of caramel malt sweetness. The hop flavor is citrus and piney as in the aroma. The finish is more sweet with the hops providing a mild astringency in the aftertaste. A nice warmth from alcohol wraps it all up.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. Enough carbonation to keep the malt from sticking on the tongue too much.

One and done knocks drinkability down a notch. Would like more but I also like to walk. More like a hoppy barleywine than a double IPA but does it matter?

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Photo of Beertracker
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders Devil Dancer was on tap at the recent 21st Annual Great Taste of the Midwest as a special tapping by the brewery. According to the website, it is best served at 42°F from a "bubble" glass. This American DIPA pours up rather meager with a small, barely lacy whitish head that's barely sustanable over a bright, deep golden-bronzish body. The clarity seemed to suffer initially from chill-haze, but becomes very bright as it warms in hand. The fragrant hop dominated aroma is filled with a complex intermingling of fruity esters (apricot, grapefruit & ripe citrus), herbal (heather tips, lemon balm, sage) & spicy phenolic (fennel seeds, cracked coriander & lemon-pepper) notes. There's lots of alcoholic warmth and complexity underlying the rich, almost cloying-honeyish malt notes. The satisfying flavor starts off a bit sugary & somewhat chewy with a huge sweet candied maltiness. The huge hop influence eventually overtakes the big time, in your face maltiness that packs a surreptitious alcoholic warmth. Founders Devil Dancer is one serious hop fueled & barley fed monster! "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?"

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a deep clear red amber with a small white head and a minimal amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rich with malts and alcohol. I haven't experienced many beers that smell as strong as Devil Dancer.

The taste is sharp and bright with the warmth of the alcohol quickly coming through and nearly overpowering the malts. A drying hops presence brings some bitterness and pine to the finish.

Mouthfeel is warm, smooth, yet also sharp with a modest carbonation.

This definitely a beer to enjoy casually and in no rush. Very nice, but I wish the alcohol was pushed back a little. I know, that's hard to do with a 13% abv.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked the bottle up at Thirsty's in York, PA.
Poured cold into a snifter and experienced gradually for at least an hour and a half.
A - A brilliant clear garnet with amber highlights and an almost non-existant head. Very, very compact bubbles w/ a mysterious half moon head pattern. It becomes a little hazy w/ bottle yeast.

S - Mucho malty! Very sugary smelling w/ a light smell of roasted barley and some woody hops. Smells like a barleywine should.

M - Very smooth, yet intense if that makes any sense. Bitter and very sweet at the same time. Sugar and syrupy texture combines w/ a hop texture that comes off as dry in the finish.

T - A full-on fiery bitterness w/ a big bitter hop acidity up front. A malty, boozy deep malt taste full of sweetness + a goodly amount of warmth of alcohol right off the bat. A great blend of earth + fire w/ the intensity of hops and malt as well as the strength of 13% abv.Toasty bitter and strong, full of unbridled flavor. In many ways this tastes like a west coast barleywine - amped up hops and sweetness w/ a punch of high octane following suit. A dramatic ale fit for a dance w/ the devil.

D - Very full flavored and full of strength, but very drinkable for all the punch it contains. It is both full of hop taste and alcohol which makes for an intensely big ale, as big as most barleywines if not bigger. A very in your face, take no prisoners kind of experience. Up front with malt and intensely flavored hops and bitterness, yet still manages to hold on to some sweetness in the finish. About as balanced as you can imagine a 13% Triple IPA could be. Don't miss a chance to take a wild ride w/ a Devil Dancer!

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Photo of far333
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy reddish orange colored, with a low off-white head that sinks quickly, as can be expected with this octane level.

Rich aroma of sweet doughey malt, grainy brown sugar, overripe fruits, cinnamon, and toffee. Faint alcoholic aromatics.

Pungent and deep flavor of thick chewy malt, resinous brown sugar and toffee, cinnamon, ripe pear and apple, and a surprisingly faint nuance of alcohol, although there is a very noticeable warmth in the finish. All of this is punctuated with a grapefruit rind bitter that rides along, but doesn't burst through the other flavors to show its hoppy presence and dominate the palate. Lots of flavors move in and out as the glass drains.

Firm mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, tingly finish, and definite warming feel. Pretty drinkable, but it's a sipper, and I probably wouldn't have more than 8 or 9 in one sitting due to the strength.

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing this beauty, and especially for doing so with a surprise package that appeared on my doorstep this afternoon.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep (Ron) burgundy with very little head and lacing. Smells of dark dried fruit, fig, plum and piney hops. Tastes very similar to the smells. The strong elements remind me of a barleywine. Sweet and hoppy. Though this is a thick beer the extreme ABV is not as noticeable as you would think. Drinkability is good considering. Overall worth trying.

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Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: served on tap at Capones in Norristown PA. A Crimson red color, beautiful look in a 6 ounce snifter, with ivory head and nice light lacing.

Smell: A warm hop liquor aroma. Malts yes but not very sweet. It is biter and it doesn't back down on the alcohol. I like it but it could easily be perceived as intimidating on both counts, Hop and Alcohol.

Taste: It looks good it smells good but it really needs some age to become a decent mellow light barley wine. Double IPA. WOW. I don't know. At some point you just get too hot to be an IPA. Still it is tasty.

Mouthfeel: It starts with a nice some malt body giving it a smooth medium feel. As it harms more and more the booze comes out and the hotness makes the malts disappear a bit and gives a thinning impression at the end. Not bad though.

Drinkability: This is a one and done beer for me. It is a monster. An enjoyable one for a small serving but it is certainly a sipper.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle received in trade 3 or 4 months ago. No date on the label, but I believe this is from a batch released in late winter/early spring 2007. Enjoyed in two separate 6 oz. pours on the same night - once with dinner (grilled steak and vegetables) and the remainder near the end of the evening. Poured to a snifter.

A: Gorgeous terra cotta auburn-orange with a rosy glow. A slight haze attests to the bottle conditioning (as does the thin sludge at the bottom of the bottle). Capped initially with about 1/2 a finger of off-white creaminess, but it fades quickly to a swirl of thin film and a dense 1/4" ring. Very little carbonation visible in that murkiness, but plenty of cascading tiny bubbles perform when the glass is agitated. Lace is a slippery sheets, sticking at random.

S: My wife was prepping dinner several feet away when I cracked the bottle open and poured. Within a minute she asks, "What am I SMELLING?". Granted she has a strong sense for odors but that surprised me how quickly this filled the room. She even took a sniff from near the glass, and pronounced it "good" (though she wouldn't taste it...too hoppy). My take on it: outstanding maltiness; sweet, syrupy and full of grainy caramel. Citrus fruit fills the nose with pungent hoppiness and a fair amount of alcohol is detectable - even singeing my nostrils a little with it's burn. A supple, tannic oakiness pervades, too. Reminds me of an excellent barleywine...

T: There's no denying the intense bitterness here: a bold hoppiness, spicy and full of resin (pine) permeates. Malty sweetness of caramel glaze and a fruitiness of apples and tangerines help to soften it, but the zesty burn of hops emanates in waves.

M: Full! Viscous and thick, this one has a heavy feel in the mouth with a mellowed, velvety texture that holds very little carbonation. L-o-n-g lasting bittering sticks on the tongue - not only could I still taste this an hour after finishing (just before bed), but also there where traces still when I woke up this morning...

D: This one is tough, because as much as I enjoyed the mightiness of this beer, I also found it easy to put down the glass after a small sip. Too much alcohol burn, a bit overt on the intense hops, imbalanced a bit. It's a very good beer, just not one I'd reach for too often; for that a 3.5 seems about right.

Thanks to grynder33 for sending this a few months back.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a mug from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep rich amber and copper color. A hearty two finger sticky head rises up and leaves an equally as sticky lace. Minimal amounts of beading are noticed.

Smell: Very candy-like upon first sniff. Caramel dipped red apples, sweet oranges and tangerines. Just a touch of piney conifer is there. Nice and inviting.

Taste: Not really what I was expecting for such a massively hopped ale. Tons of those sweet oranges come back with minimal pine bitterness. Very full malt bill. Not massive but a noticeable and spicy alcohol presence is shown in the finish. This is a big ballsy IPA. I LOVE IT!!!

Mouthfeel: Full and syrupy although the alcohol helps to keep its fatness in check. Its more than a mouthfull for sure.

Drinkability: For 13% this has an ease of quaff that has not been seen by me in a LONG time. Not cloying at all but this is coming from a hop head deluxe. Drink up!!! and as always....


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Photo of number1bum
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twist off bottle pours a very deep amber color, but even a vigorous pour generated only a half inch of off-white head. Retains very little lacing but does leave some patchy stick on the sides. Pretty good clarity, but it looks thick.

Smell is really sweet yet aggressively bitter. Lots of caramel malt, and the hops are a bitter, herbal, pine scent with a touch of citrus. There's also a pungent alcohol smell that makes its presence known a bit more than I'd like.

Taste slaps you in the face with some crazy hop bitterness, then there's some actual hop flavor of grass, pine and citrus, followed by some sweet, biscuity malt and dirt. Finishes with a very herbal, earthy sort of hop bitterness, and lingers long on the palate. Ehhh...I'm really trying to like this more than I do, but I don't love it. Mouthfeel is damn near full bodied, carbonation seems appropriate, and it's very thick and chewy.

Interesting beer, and definitely worth a try. I'm really not sure I have any reason to come back to this one, though. It's not very drinkable and I'd much rather take a nice citrusy DIPA with moderate, balanced bitterness.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.