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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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very good

4,060 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,060
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 278
Gots: 695 | 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:
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 TheSSG
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a huge, dense, resiny, off-white head that has great lacing and is insanely persistent. Bright, citrus hop aroma with sweet malt behind that and....booze. It all combines to create a floral/medicinal bouquet that has a syrupy note to it. Burnt umber, clear color. Starts with a sweet malt, syrup-like mouthfeel, and warming booze. The hop bitterness starts to ease itself in, starting out like pine sap. Moves into a more poignant bitterness that is a little astringent. Lingering hop bitterness becomes like citrus rind, and then becomes pine-like as it sits on the tongue. As it lingers for awhile, there is finally a green hop-like flavor that comes out, but the astringent bitterness masks this.

Honestly, this isn't that great. It's surprisingly sweet and abrasively bitter. This is one of those biers that is bitter, but not really hoppy. It's also sweet, but not really malty. I like hops, and I like malt. But this is just the worst aspects of hops and malt. Then the booze is very noticeable. This isn't as refined as I expect from Founders; it's a bit crass. I don't want to finish this. I was hoping for something a la "Revelry" by Two Brothers, but this was a bust.

TheSSG, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

KISSFR33K, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of rockrob
4.25/5  rDev +9%

rockrob, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Bustersuess
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Bustersuess, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of hopley
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4 - Aggressive pour, nice initial head, amber color, some lacing but no head retention

Smell - 4 - Nice smell but not really strong

Taste - 3.5 - Bitter, very malty aftertaste - it's almost like there's a treble and a bass - but no midrange - nothing in between the initial bitter hit and the end malt

Mouthfeel - 4.0 - nicely full bodied

Overall - 3.75 - kinda kills me not to give a higher rating to this Founders' bomb but I just can't. Wouldn't buy again but glad I tried it.

hopley, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

AndyGator, Oct 11, 2013
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

MITCHELLMPLS, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Rand_ale_Thor, Oct 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

SE-VAbeerdrink, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

NHhomebrewguy, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/9/13 Bought at Harvest Market in Bedford NH 10/5 on sale. At four months of age it probably will not be as hoppy as it was when fresh. But from what others have reported, that may not be such a bad thing.

a: Perfectly beautiful clear deep amber surmounted by an inch and a half white head which dissipated to heavy surface foam and excellent patterned lacing.

s: Strong citrus and pine.

t: Smooth malt at first, then piney hops hit your tongue and penetrate it, leaving a very bitter aftertaste tongueside. The very high ABV, highest I have had yet in any beer (although I have Dogfish Palo Santo Marron and Firestone Walker Sucaba waiting in the wings), is not very evident

m: Medium, good body, very slickly smooth! Bitterness distracts somewhat.

o: A powerful and tasty TIPA which pleased me more than I had expected given the many relatively unenthusiastic reviews. However, even at four months old this baby carpet hop bombs your tongue and leaves it writhing with a harsh aftertaste. But then you look at that clear beauty and that great patterned lacing and you want more.

My attitude is, it was called Devil Dancer for a reason. Don't expect your palate to be dancing with a lightweight you can sweep off your feet - or your tongue - easily.

Now I wish I had bought a fourpack.

scotorum, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

MidwestBA, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Nuggetz, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

beer-thirty, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

SwG237, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

TheMultiYeast, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Andonato, Oct 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

robgabaree, Oct 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

joeponte, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Qbdoo
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was overwhelmed - in not such a good way - by my first two bottles of this. Just seemed excessively bitter and almost - to this hop head - undrinkable. I had to force it down. But I learned to really appreciate it once the shock wore off. The hoppiness is not just bitter but rather complex, especially if you let it warm. And the high alcohol content is nicely masked. If this were priced reasonably, I'd buy up a bunch whenever it comes out. But at $20+/4-pack this outstanding beer is just not worth it. But offer me one at your house, and I jump at it.

Qbdoo, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ChrisMQ, Oct 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Kmlund, Oct 02, 2013
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,060 ratings.