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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,708 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,708
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 267
Gots: 584 | FT: 23
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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bbadger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-16-2013 02:29:06 | More by bbadger
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

07-16-2013 01:14:27 | More by Syracuse12
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Markito

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-16-2013 01:04:15 | More by Markito
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uturn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2013 22:52:11 | More by uturn
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tswater

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2013 20:25:09 | More by tswater
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Techichi

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.1%

07-15-2013 19:37:06 | More by Techichi
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hsus0225

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2013 18:39:59 | More by hsus0225
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2013 15:35:02 | More by bismarksays
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Excited to try this beer, my first encounter with a bottle of Founders Devil Dancer. Got a single bottle from the local beer store for about $6, so it wasn't exactly a hard call to make. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass, because I lack a snifter.

A - Somewhat aggressive pour yields a quarter inch of khaki colored head that dies out within seconds. Body color is a dark blood orange / ruby, with some cloudiness present. No sediment, and hardly any bubbles. No lacing.

S - Smell is entirely strange, and not what you would expect from an IPA. Almost a dirty sock like smell to it, like a peach Faygo soda. Candied fruits begin to come out after a minute reminiscent of apricot & mango. There are some alcohol esters present in the nose also.

T - Taste is extraordinarily bitter and dry, with a ton of alcohol warmth in the mouth. Definitely fruity in some ways (grapefruit, apricot, mango), but the hop bitterness is overpowering. A little bit of brown sugar sweetness here and there. As strange as it is, I got some kind of a tootsie roll type taste out of it. Not getting any of the dreaded "onion and garlic" that some people complain of experiencing.

M - Feel isn't much different than your average DIPA. Some hop resin bitterness coating the palate, some fruity sugars, and dry in the finish with some alcohol heat.

Overall, it's nothing extraordinary. It is a slightly above average triple IPA, and nothing more. I would much rather prefer drinking many other standard DIPA's that can be bought year round. It definitely packs a punch, with a well-concealed 12.00% abv, but the beer's big alcohol is noticeable, and seems to compromise on flavor in some ways. Glad to have tried it, but I'm definitely glad I was able to snag a single bottle rather than the entire 4 pack.

Founders Devil Dancer ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 02:52:10 | More by mfnmbvp
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: deep amber with a short whitish head that fades slowly, leaving solid lacing.

S: a lot of booze, some citrus, caramel malt; a bit sweet.

T: really strong piney hop taste but a strong burn of alcohol, okay going down but the alcohol is noticeable.

M: heavy bodied for a DIPA, but there is some creaminess. Alcohol is noticeable for sure.

O: worth a try but the alcohol overpowers the hops. A bit boozy for my liking, not enough of a beer backbone for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 00:52:16 | More by Mikecap
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Gerardes

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-14-2013 19:36:08 | More by Gerardes
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-14-2013 18:14:42 | More by Carpentiere
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-14-2013 17:28:21 | More by DaPan
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hopdaddy49

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle (from my son for my birthday) and...WOW. Though the ABV is super high, it could not overpower the extreme delicious maltiness of this beauty. The hop finish was intense as well, but due to the tremendous malty beauty that this beer delivers in droves, the balance was awesome. Intense all the way around, it was definitely a party in the mouth experience, and one of my favorite beers ever. Thank you Founders, I look forward to sampling this beauty at your brewpub. Cheers :)

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 17:03:25 | More by hopdaddy49
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ipc2000

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-14-2013 05:39:23 | More by ipc2000
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JohnBender

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-14-2013 05:15:25 | More by JohnBender
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bluntedboywonder

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-14-2013 04:19:35 | More by bluntedboywonder
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Kersh

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-14-2013 03:49:21 | More by Kersh
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MMBrew

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-14-2013 02:39:37 | More by MMBrew
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dbc5

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-14-2013 01:37:36 | More by dbc5
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Burman69

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-14-2013 01:27:29 | More by Burman69
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the fridge, poured into standard pint glass.

First triple IPA, love Founders, so where better to start.

Lovely coloring, coppery red, clear, small head which retained well

smelled delicious too, hops to be sure, but some sweet maltiness as well

Taste was, in a word, BITTER! Very bitter indeed. Though oddly, to me, the bitterness did not stay on the tongue too long, and that makes it quite drinkable. Which can be dangerous for a 12.0.

Mouth was much thinner than you would think, and didn't really have much of the boozy taste associated with high abv's of other styles.

Overall, I can reccommend trying this beer, though personally I doubt I will be out getting a 4-pack of it every week. It is a strange beer, taste-wise, but I'm certainly up for trying some other breweries offerings for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:06:22 | More by MikeWard
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traviswhillier

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-14-2013 00:27:43 | More by traviswhillier
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-14-2013 00:18:11 | More by buzzy
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DocBrass

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-13-2013 23:10:20 | More by DocBrass
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,708 ratings.