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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,425 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,425
Hads: 4,763
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 24.68%
Wants: 330
Gots: 1,032 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,425 | Hads: 4,763
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.
Cheers!

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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....


Cheers2Beers

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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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Photo of 1fastz28
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful red color with hardly any carbonation, a small head hangs out for a while. smell is good with lots of floral and citrusy hops, little malt aroma. taste is CRAZY, extremely unique type of ipa, unlike anything i've ever had, very strong but still tasty, mouthfeel is very thick, i absolutely love it, my buddy on the other hand washed it down with a natural light, he hated the aftertaste..
it does have a very tart aftertaste. but i love this beer

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger tan head that quickly fades, and there really is not much lacing. Body is a slightly hazy orange tinted amber.

Smell - Intense aromas of pine resin, toffee, and caramel. Mouthwatering. Simple and straightforward, but intense, and again, mouthwatering.

Taste - like the smell promises. Intense and bitter pine resin upfront, with very rich toffee and caramel in the middle, and then more bitter and intense pine resin on the finish. There is also some spicy and warm alcohol on the finish, but mostly the alcohol is well hidden. This is hearty and delicious. The malt here is much more than a mere backbone, it is an intense, rich, and co-equal counterpoint to the hops, the way it is in an American Barley Wine, and I think that this ale would be better thought of as such. The malt and hops are both strong and intense, each constantly asserting themselves, and making this ale very balanced, very rich, and surprisingly very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, very slick from hop oils, and dry from both hop bitterness and alcohol.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale. It is hearty and delicious. It is also easily drinkable in spite of its high abv. The high abv does limit the sessionability, but this goes down so easy, and is so delicious that it would be easy to get carried away. Also this is listed here as a DIPA, but I regard it as an American Barley Wine, and an excellent one at that.

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Photo of genog
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky dark amber color with creamy dark, tan head. Smell is of thick caramel malt & a syrupy like hop juice. Taste reminds me at first a little of hopslam, then the malty balance kicks in slowly. This has a sticky and sweet characteristic. There is also a warming alcohol presence toward the end of each sip.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a wonderful copper color. tan head, it dissapates and leaves a lot of lace. I have come to realize this is my 1st founder's brew as well. very very grassy nose.

very matly. you can taste the alchohol. but over all a well crafted brew. balanced, and drinkable. the matly and ABV smack you in the face whn you 1st try it, but the hops stick around for the after party and make it a lasting finish. very thick mouthfeel.

A "stiff" beer but very good overall. well worth the effort

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

Lots of strong caramel aromas with a faint roasted hint and behind all that you get that calm before the storm feeling in the sense that you can tell this thing is packed with bitterness and hops to high hell.

Pours deep red and hazy

The first sip actually sent a weird sensation through the roof of my mouth and made my nose twitch, aside from that you get a very strong caramel malt backbone and maybe its because I am a hop head but an almost subdued bitterness leaving you with a sharp toasty sweetness on your tongue that makes you wonder if you should drink more knowing this is a beast at 13% and no where in it would you realize it.

Mouth feel is full like having soup

If you have ever been out drinking and made the last beer of the night be the one that in reality you really should not have gotten as your last beer and in fact maybe made it the beer you had the night before cause it packed such a punch, well this would be that one.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bottle at Monk's the last time I stopped there. The beer was a pleasant copper collor with a nice head. The smell was suprisingly very citrusy with a lot of hop smell. The taste was great. For a double IPA, it has a small amount of hop kick to it. The beer was very carbonated but quite very drinkable.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy and murky ruby color. Tan-colored,1/2 finger head that briefly makes an appearance and then melts away to a faint whispy skim and tiny ring that leaves a minimal amount of lace as it recedes.

S: HUGE aromas of citrus hops, alcohol heat, caramel, tropical fruit, apples, and not much else. This has "don't fuck with me" written all over it!

T: Spicy caramel, hot alcohol, and citrus hops are the big boys here. Also noted are apple, molassas, pineapple, pear, and a touch of resinous pine sap. Very complex.

M: Bitter, hoppy, hot, ragged, sweet, and velvety smooth are a few of the words that come to mind. Initially, it's deceptively smooth and then it turns hot and raw and very sticky. Definitely meant to be sipped.

D: I'd say he alcohol heat detracts slightly from the drinkability score. Other than that, this is an incredible beer well worth the hype!

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Photo of ttu94
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look out for this beer! It packs a heck of a punch. It looks ok out of the bottle. A dark orange color with a small head. Smell is very hop ladden as it should be. Very flavorful with a lot of hop citrus flavor to it. The ABV is just too much though. It brings the mouthfeel and defenitly the drinkability way down.
Don't make the mistake of doing a taste test between this and DFH 90min. You start speaking in toungs and have to ask people what happened last night.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the stubby 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip the beer was a bright ruby red with about one-finger of just off-white head that stuck around for a while and was fed with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. Excellent head rentention; it lasted throughout the sample.

The nose is dominated with alcohol and hops. Hard to pick up much else, both aromas dominate.

The taste starts out suprisingly malty and sweet with a strong hop presence in the back of the tounge. Not exceedingly bitter upfront, but most certainly hoppy. The malty sweetness provides considerable balance as the bitterness does eventually let itself be known. Some caramel and dark fruitty flavors come through, some barleywine-ish flavors insofar as figgy sweetness. The alcohol is present throughout, a very hot phenolic finish to the beer makes sipping imperative. Bitterness continues through the finish and leaves the "coating" of bitterness on the palate that makes everything else taste of hops.

Medium body with some ample carbonation. Slightly syrupy as the beer warms and that malty character get bigger.

An interesting beer for sure. Barleywine or DIPA it's hard to say. The dark fruit and hot alcohol make my lean towards American Barleywine. Regardless of this, enjoyable and a good sipper in the winter. I wouldn't rush back to it, but I can see seeking this out from time to time when the mood hits.

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Photo of awall422
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just didn't do it for me. alcohol heat overwhelmed everything else here other than syrupy maltiness. Looked ok, nice dark amber with a decent, though short-lived head. Aroma was sweet and pungent alcohol, very little hops. Taste was harsh and raw, not much balance at all. Too strong to enjoy.

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Photo of niall
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

O, this is a beautiful beer, falling somewhere between rust and copper in hue - a Cezanne color. I can look at it lovingly in different lights whilst waiting for the beer to warm up without growing impatient. I knocked off half a point for the relatively anemic lacing and head retention, which may be churlish of me, but a rocky, saison-style head would make this beer a sight to swoon over. Fsckable, even.

The smell's not surprising if you've looked at the ABV. I haven't had many high-alcohol beers that weren't sweet, bordering on cloying, and this one's no different. It starts sweet, turns astringent and at warm temperatures can make me cough. That's the sweet smell of excess!

The smell has nothing on the taste. This is probably the most OTT IPA I've had, shooting straight past "bitter" into "charred cotton candy" territory, with a scorching alcohol burn and phenol-fest laying waste to the palate in the finish. The first sips are table-banging, strangled noises from the throat drinking, but I warmed to it pretty quickly. Really spicy food pairings tame the sweetness and make this beer sing.

Mouthfeel is nice and more viscous than most beers, the carbonation cleansing, but the burning alcohol detracts from the experience.

Looking at my notes, I'd say only Dogfish 120 compares. Goose Island's Imperial IPA, Hercules, Dreadnaught, Ruination - these are paragons of moderation and balance compared to Devil Dancer. I have to give Founders props for their willingness to make a beer like it, and while Devil Dancer is not a beer I would drink very often, it's certainly a beer I'll drink again.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a rather viscous pour from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice, the ruddy, rust color beer oozes from the bottle and is topped with a 1/4" head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves only a tiny lace around the edges of the brew. Basically looks like an alcoholic, dark tea. The "freshness" notch is located just below the C in "13% Alc by vol" at the bottom of the bottle which means this was bottled sometime late in the year. This sample is atleast one year old so I am guessing this was bottled in 05.

Aroma, as it is first poured, is pure hoppy goodness. Plenty of piney aromas. As the head dies and the beer relaxes a bit, the smell turns into a sweet, sugary, malty, alcoholic, slightly hoppy aroma. I prefer the "first" smell to the second, but combined, both are unbelievable. Caramel, and syrupy sweetness are the most prevalent aromas.

Lots of hops and sweetness. The alcohol is certainly noticeable as the beer has warmed for nearly ten minutes now to around 55 degreesF. I am not totally sure what to make of this. It is sweet yet brutally hoppy and alcoholic. Fruitiness emerges such as pineapple, mango, and any other citrusy type fruit.

Overall, a very interesting brew indeed. I have had nothing of the kind before. I am glad I had this, but am not sure what to make of it. Basically a hoppy, alcoholic, spirit. Full bodied and sleek and sticky mouthfeel. Seems more like a barleywine than DIPA but maybe I am splitting hairs. As a barleywine, I would have to put this around a score of 4.7: That is due mostly in part to the sweetness, high ABV, aromas, and overall "feel" of the beer.

The high abv and the prevalance of said abv makes this a one timer for the session (and the day for that matter).

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Photo of david131
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A very clear burnt orange liquid fills my glass. A .75" head forms at the top and eventually settles to a thin sheet that covers the whole thing. I am surprised at how well the head retains with the high ABV.

S- Wow, lots of grapefruit and pine with a lot of malt. Lots of caramel. The alcohol is slightly detectable, but is by no means a problem.

T- What a little monster this is. Lots of tart citrus and pine. Is a tad harsh, but isn't it supposed to be? The alcohol is noticeable, but only after warming a little bit and when I was looking for it. I have had much lower ABV beers where the alcohol is overwhelming. Very nicely balanced- this is not hop water.

M- Oily and sticky at the same time. Pretty unique. The alcohol is well hidden and offers a slight warming effect. Surprisingly smooth.

D- As it warmed and my palate became increasingly numb, I found this to be more enjoyable and drinkable. Well done Founders.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry- thanks for the fresh bottle of liquid death!
Appearance is cloudy tangerine, minor amount of soapy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is a fresh pine forest. Taste- holy shit is that hoppy!!! Waves of bitterness (grapefruit rind, pine) are pulsating out of this nasty bugger of a beer. The inside of my mouth is a dehyrdated mess after a few sips. Must be a fresh bottle! Caramel malts try to bring a little something to the dance, but its tough. Mouthfeel is pretty quite good. Carbonation is low, but this is not nearly as sweet and cloying as I though it might be. Without a doubt, this is the most bitter beer I've ever had. It would make DFH 120 IPA weep like a child in fear of it. Thank christ it only comes on a 12 ounce bottle- you'd be in the fetal position after a bomber. Thanks Harry- this was F'n great!

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