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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,133
Reviews: 1,336
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 279
Gots: 709 | FT: 35
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:
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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004)
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Photo of PaulUH
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

PaulUH, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

adeblieck, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

socalbrewlvr, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of diddly
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark copper with a thin tan head.

Bottled in June, so it's on the old side for an IPA, so I have to take that into account...that being said, there was very minimal hop flavor or aroma, so I have to consider that.

Aroma was all alcohol and sweetness.

Flavor was bitter, which was of course expected and wonderful, and a bit of alcoholic warmth.

Beer seems undercarbonated, a bit flat...kind of syrupy.

Overall, I was disappointed in this beer - I'll definitely keep an eye out next year and try a fresh version, though, since I'm confident that was at least part of my issue.

diddly, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DemoniChris, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Morakaton, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of GuitarIPA
3/5  rDev -23.1%

GuitarIPA, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

GonzoHomebrewer, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of pgrenvicz
4/5  rDev +2.6%

pgrenvicz, Nov 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

oglmcdgl, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

mmulebarn, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of king75
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

king75, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of MattyBones
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this with high expectations as I've grown to be a huge fan of Founder's brew. I was excited to try this, but what I was left with was my least favorite beer from them.

Appearance: Pores a nice, dark copper with a slick oily look to it. Light carbonation look with a thin soapy head.

Smell: Alcohol, Pine and a doughy sort of smell to it.

Taste: Wow, this tasted like Alcohol mixed with malts, with a slight piney hoppy note floating around within the alcohol. I don't mind a boozy beer if the other flavors help mask it, but this was a bit overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy oily feel that coats the tongue. Goes down slick with the heat of alcohol.

Overall: Not pleased. Not terrible, but definitely not as good as I hoped. It had some hints of some good flavors but nothing quite stepped forward to push the alcohol into the back seat. Would I try it again? Yes, maybe it was just a bad night lol.

MattyBones, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Neorebel
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Devil Dancer pours a gold-tinged russet color, topped with a cream-colored head somewhere between 1/8 and 1/4" tall. There's a nice haze with no visible sediment and evidence of decent carbonation. Although dark, light can pass through the beverage.

The aroma is just what you would expect from a strong American DIPA. A robust sweetness from the malts, and from the hops, herbal, resinous, and pine scents. After a sip this beer reveals itself to be everything I had hoped for and more. It's not as dry and bitter initially... there's this splash of fruit esters and some grapefruit flavors from the hops coming through as well. Even a little toastiness. Those 10 hop varieties added gives it the desirable level of complexity.

Very shortly after that initial flavor detection, a blast of stinging, pungent bitterness rolls over the drinker in waves! Its zesty, tangy, citrusy, and comes with an almost honeyed characteristic as well. Very impressive! Nice mouth feel and finish that lingers. The perceived level of alcohol is low, however once one is nearly through drinking it, the room feels quite a bit warmer.

Overall, I would recommend tracking this down, because it truly is it's own animal and unique among things like Barleywines, Palate Wreckers, and 120 Minute IPAs. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moon light?

Neorebel, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

chewy6935, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

beav19, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

rEBELlION, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of tillmac62
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Brown pour with a 2 finger head that laces well. Nose is slight, but of malt, alcohol and hops. The taste is complex. The malt serves as a backbone to aggressive hoping, which is amazingly balanced in terms of flavor and bitterness against a 12% alcohol content. Full bodied, which is rare in an IPA. It finishes balanced as well, with hop flavor and malt as the base with a lingering bitterness and alcohol note. This is a well crafted beer, especially considering the IBUs and alcohol content, but it takes those factors to extremes.

tillmac62, Nov 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

swtdixie91, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Shawner, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Betajeff, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Mycescephalus, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Benesi88, Nov 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

tarheels4life23, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

dmk91, Nov 07, 2013
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,133 ratings.