Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,402 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,402
Hads: 4,598
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 322
Gots: 930 | FT: 32
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:
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!
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Devil Dancer Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,402 | Hads: 4,598
Photo of Smittysguinness
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic American TIPA; absolutely incredible.

It pours a beautiful deep orange/brown, to be near copper. Left about a 1/2" - 1/4" head with a broad lacing down the sides of the glass. Unfiltered.

The smell is a solid example of the style, with big pine and citrus scents; imagine breaking open an orange near your Christmas tree. Absolutely tantilizing.

The taste is what really drove it home for me. You get the huge grapefruit-and-pine-needle hops right up front, followed immediately by a massive malt attack. The result is that your tongue is literally covered by 3 of the 4 areas all at once: sweet, sour and bitter simultaneously. Incredible. Not one dominates over the other.

The mouthfeel is tightly but lightly carbonated, with a dry finish. The 13% ABV, which would normally leave much more of an alcoholic warming, is well-hidden by the muted power of the hops balanced by the malt.

Outstanding beer overall. I drink this whenever I can find it, but usually only do 1 or 2. Not a session beer, given the huge ABV (you'd be blitzed) and the big hops and dry finish. But not every beer is a session beer. Some beers are simply spectacular. Like Devil Dancer. (1,192 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty water brownish red or shall we say amber with little head that dissipates rather quickly and slight lacing. Smells IPA all the way; citrus, pine, slight alcohol, cascade hops (I think) and a good flower component.

For 13% alcohol it's hidden very well. This is a very complex brew. Big hops with an enormous amount of citrusy pine forest, with huge amounts of sweet malt. Covers the palate very consistently making this beer extremely balanced. Only problem is a slight drying hoppiness on the finish may make this beer a 1 or 2 and move one. Yet very good and worth a try. (590 characters)

Photo of MrSeth
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Pours the color of red tea with just a small head, it settles and leaves bits and pieces on the surface.

Sm: Oranges, breakfast tea, malt.

Ta/Mf: Whoa! Although it has the usual orangey hops and maltiness of an IPA (no surprises there), this is NO usual IPA! It covers the entire palate with the greatest malt-hops attack I've ever had. And to top it off, the balance between the two is excellent! I will say that the alcohol sticks out a bit.

Da: High. Dangerously Drinkable! (491 characters)

Photo of MDekker
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This brownish-orange (or orangish-brown?) elixir poured out with some viscosity and formed essentially no head at all, but kept a thin layer of microscopic bubbles across the top. The aroma nearly overpowered me - the alcohol content really came through with the sweet malty smell.

The taste is similar, like thick, well-ripened fruit, full with flavor that gave me the chills a few times. Again, the alcohol reared its head and the bitterness of the hops stuck around afterward. It felt very smooth, not quite creamy, but quite thicker than water. With the powerful taste (like I was drinking wine), this beer isn't chuggable - one bottle will be plenty for me. (665 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was great to finally get to try this beer I was anticipating it for awhile.Poured a deep burgundy with a thinner slight off white head,big fruity esters in the nose like alcohol dipped dark fruit with an undelying but very noticable piney hop elemant.Aroma wise and flavor wise this is an hopped up American barley wine,flavors are of dark fruit and brown sugar up front finishing very piney.The alcohol to me was pretty well hidden and very decieving,in some ways reminded me of Great Divide Old Ruffian in its hop profile.A great brew Iam hoping that it will be on tap at Founders next month when in GR. (608 characters)

Photo of MrHolland
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Smittyguinness agian for another awesome beer!
This one pours dark reddish-orange color with very minimal head into a oversized wine glass.

Damn does this beer smell good! The smell is very malty with a very fruity background smell to it as well.

WOW, there is a huge malt punch right up front with this beer, which has very hoppy and fruit after taste that lingers around. The 13% is hidden very well, can feel the warmness in the throat.
Mouthfeel is heavy with perfect amount of carbonation.
Drinkability low just because of the 13%, but could drink 2 or 3 in one night and this is also a great beer to start St. Patty's day with. (652 characters)

Photo of soulfly967
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my trip to Indy last November and finally got around to it.

Poured an interesting combination of amber and ruby red with a minimal off white head.

Smell was dominated by hops with some sweet dark fruits and a blast of alcohol.

Taste was very sweet with some hops bitterness, but not much. Sweet fruits came through with a very slight alcohol burn at the end and a lingering hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel was very rich and syrupy thick.

This is an excellent sipping beer, but no more than one for me. (530 characters)

Photo of WaffleSauce
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can’t thank WarriorSoul enough for this one. . .

Pretty straightforward 12oz bottle. 13% ABV. . .(insert maniacal laughter here).

Pours like soup into my trusty Stone pint glass. Very deep amber color. . .Little bit of bubble action. . .dark tan head, not real big, but doesn’t look like it wants to go anywhere any time soon. Heroic lacing clings to every place possible.

Nose is citrusy hops and more hops. . .surprisingly, no alcohol smell. Has a very sweet, candy-like smell.

Wow!! Surprising malt punch of front. . .rolling into a strawberry/prune taste hop. . .very complex. . .has hints that remind me of Arrogant Bastard. Very thick and complex. . .lingers on the tongue. Feels heavy on the tongue, alcohol is hardly noticeable save the all-to-familiar warming in the tummy.

This isn’t what I expected it to be. . .but it is DAMN good! Deifnately a sipper. . .this is the kind of beer I’d like to start the night with, but I think I would want to move to something a little less demanding thereafter. Very, very good though. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damn, this beer is a monster. Loads upon loads of flavors and aromas. Just huge. The perfect session beer in my opinion. Definately something I could drink everyday. Dark red color with a fairly healthy head, which retains well considering its potency. Unbelievable aroma of malt (caramel, honey laden fruits and toffee), along with an incredible diversity of aromatic hops. Enormous, coating malt flavor which provides an underlying maltiness of caramel, fruit and toffee along with one of the most substancial hop contributions I’ve ever tasted. It’s so malty that the brewery could easily describe this as an American Barley Wine and no one would complain that it wasn’t stylistic. Just an amazing beer. Probably the best "Double IPA" I’ve ever had. (756 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep ruby red with a quickly disappearing off white head.

Resin smell dominates. Very piney, with a bitrusy background. Alcohol presence enough to make your eyes watery. some raisiny malt notes.

Upon drinking, instant hop gratification ensues. Huge flavors of kumquat and pomegranate. Raisiny sweetness. Leaves a very bitter nearly rubber flavor on the back of the tongue. Lingers, just won't quit. Warming alcohol on the way down.

Big and chewy, nearly oily, the only improvement this beer could use is a bit more dryness. Other than that a fine beverage. Close enough to 120 min. for government work with 1/3 the pricetag. (639 characters)

Photo of jlh8643
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into my Delerium Tremens tulip glass. Dark rust body with a light carmel colored head. Almost no lace at all. Lots of piney, resiny PNW hops. An equal amount of alcohol and sweet malt too. The body is fairly balanced between the malts and hops. Lots of caramel malts flavors. Very alcohol warming. The bitterness goes to the end. The mouthfeel is full. Good drinkability for a 13% beer. (413 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/08/06- Received via mail order with Archer's Liquors.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. It is from the 2005 batch though. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark cherry-mahagoney color. 1/2 inch head which then leaves a slight rim around the top of the liquid. Average lace at best.

Smell- Huge aroma going on here. Lots of big roasted malt and lots of pine ridden hops. Alcohol fumes...ahhh, sweet alcohol fumes as well. Smells like Bigfoot amped up.

Taste- Hmm, tastes like Bigfoot amped up as well. The hops are a bit smoother than Bigfoot, especially the 2006 version. Pretty hearty malt profile to go with a pine sap hop resin taste. Very warming as 13% should be.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, average, maybe a touch lower than average carbonation. Light bitter aftertaste. As said before, you can feel this smooth lava flow all the way down your esophogus.

Drinkability- Double, Triple IPA...still no. A very hopped up and tasty Barleywine...yes. Any way you look at it, it's a very warming and drinkable beer. Just seems like it's in the wrong category. If it is in the right catagory...Pliny the Younger puts this one to shame. (1,176 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting. For the longest time I've been wanting to try this so called "Triple IPA." Thanks to jpm30 for giving me the chance to try it. Overall, I enjoyed it, but there's absolutely no reason they couldn't have called this a barleywine. Triple IPA is just a marketing ploy, obviously, and this still doesn't quite fit into the Double IPA category.

Pours to a dark brownish amber color. Very murky. Looks like a barleywine, or maybe even something like a port wine with a nice off-white head.

The smell is very barleywine-like as well. Has the malty undertones of dark earthy fruits along with a shit-ton of hops.

The taste is very similar, though much much more potent. Surprisingly not as hoppy as I was expecting from a beer that boasts over 200 IBU's. Really not all that bitter in the finish, though it is very obvious that the hops are there. On that note, this beer is really 13%? Goes down more like an 8.

The mouthfeel is full of dextrins. Very sweet, sticky, and full. Long lasting finish. Drinkability is off the charts for as high an ABV as it has, but it is not something I would want to drink often. (1,133 characters)

Photo of kdmorse
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured it hard (hard like a rock) and still only 1 finger of head. Murky auburn color with golden highlights.

S: Sweet malt flavor with hints of syrup, caramel, and dried fruit. Whispers of hops, but don’t tell anyone; I think it’s a secret. Also useful as a nose-hair trimmer because of the alcohol scent.

T: Aggressive raisin/fruity flavor. Every time I think it is going to get too sweet, the hops kick in and balance things out. I feel likes the (sweet) malt and (piney?) hops are having a brawl in my mouth for dominance; neither one wants to give in but neither is strong enough to conquer.

M: Thick. I don’t generally chew my IPAs, but this is an exception. Not bad, just substantial.

D: 13.0%. That’s how it feels and tastes. Strong, but fun. I like to drink it, but it is a challenge.

Notes: This is part of my “IPA Series” tonight. Starting with an IPA, then a DIPA, and finishing with a TIPA. Strong, flavorful, and unique. I have 200+ IBUs in my mouth and I like it. (1,003 characters)

Photo of macpapi
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have wanted to try this beer since its release. Have been somewhat deterred by price and high a.b.v. It turns out to be a worthy effort by Founders on the whole. Devil Dancer pours an interesting medium brown color with light red tints. There is a small tannish head, and good lacing. Smell is of strong hops, dark fruit and plenty of citrus. Orange and grapefruit dominate the back part of the aroma. Very well balanced on the nose. The taste is of deep malt and powerfully bitter hops. There is some plum and raisin (or other dark fruits) there, but citrus is the dominant fruit taste. Also the strong presence of alcohol must be mentioned. Mouthfeel is full and bitter. There is very little carbonation to this beer. On the whole this is a nice brew. It is extremely potent and not for the faint of heart. Hop-heads will love it, but it offers more than pure bitter bliss. Smooth and comparatively pleasant to drink, albeit in a sipping fashion. (948 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a low light tan head that soon becomes a thin ring around the glass. The beer is a dark amber in color.

smell: The first smells I notice are hops and alcohol. The hops are very floral with big similarities to pine, and not so much citrus. Just slightl hints of a tealike boiled hop matter. Along with that is a pretty damn considerable ethanol note almost burning the nose. That is not to say that there isn't a good malt presence, because there is, giving hints of sugary dark fruit and overcarmelized caramel. There are also some notes of tropical fruits. Smells really good...just doesn't make me say "wow" like a couple other DIPAs I've had.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the upper side of the low range, and very smooth. The body is on the lower side of the heavy range.

taste: At first sip I like the taste better than the smell, it just seems to come together more effectively. Save for a big stomach warming, the alcohol is not as apparent here as the nose might have one think. There is a little more balance here, it seems, though the hops still rule. The tealike hop flavor soon turns to bitterness after the swallow. Plenty of malt give some much welcome sweetness, though not lending much flavor outside of dark fruits. Finishes sweet and bitter.

drinkability: I mean it is tasty, but damn if I'd one more than one, or even a bomber.

Brought a bottle back from Madison courtesy of dirtylou, cellared for about two months. (1,481 characters)

Photo of Tallboy
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours : A deep orangeish crimson/amber with a nice off-white head, with verry apparent lacing still left on my pint glass.

Scent : Soon as you open this beer lookout for a nice and wonderfull ride of pure bliss. sweet and juicey grapefruit,oranges,tangerines, followed by distinct earthy pine needles and full bodied malt and hops. I was busy like a beaver trying to put names to all of the different scents as I took my first sip and instantly forgot the task at hand as I was now going to drink a beer like no other beer I had drank before.

Taste : Sweet caramel malts and possible honey and fruit. Was bitter and hoppy but in a verry flavorable sense this mere mortal cannot describe. verry stout warmth at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel : Was ritch with a medium body and verry creamy. verry easy to throw back.

Drinkability : A+++ This is an outstanding find by some nameless gent at my local beer store. I will add this to my weekly IPA rotation for sure.[the Alchol is a sleeper and will creep up on be forwarned.] (1,040 characters)

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

Appears cloudy amber crimson with an off white tan tinted head leaves behind even specks of lacing. Aroma is fueled by alcohol grapefruit and other citrus rinds along with vinous layers of alcohol infused sweetness very barleywine in nature leaves bready caramel notes that come trhough with the alcoholic phenols. Taste has a deep pine almost tree bark in flavor hop bitterness can be described as citrus peel puckering bitterness embeds itself on your lips finishes deep plum flavor with other over ripened alcohol soaked fruit tones. Mouthfeel is full bodied slow moving gurgling carbonation completely takes a layer of living cells off the tongue what's left of the palate is saturated in bitterness and 13% abv. Drinkability is extreme another "push the envelope" brew calling itself a triple IPA when it's a big hardcore barleywine. I'm not sure if I completely enjoyed it but it's an experience I won't soon forget.

Update bottle released 6/2/11 not as bad as I remember it being way back when but damn it's still an intense experience. Appears a deep ruby red with pale tan cream head forming pretty thick for the alcohol level and beer itself. Aroma is almost syrupy sweet with hops and an abundance of malts, smell is full of grapefruit/citrus hop juice with a mild barleywine esque experience with each smell. Flavor wise super sweet malt base with a burning alcohol sensation on the palate, really pretty much kills with hop bitterness think hop liquor. Is it good, not really it's abrasive but do I enjoy how extreme this experience is, somewhat it's almost a sadistic form of abuse to really sit and drink this 12 ounce bottle. That's my recommended volume to drink and I don't feel this will age like the best barleywines out there however I'm willing to experiment. Very harsh mouthfeel alcohol is upfront with a cloying residual sugar sweetness and the most oily hop experience I've ever had, that's where this beer really loses track of what any or extreme beer drinkers want. A beer tha is crazy big but still easy to drink, this beer is burdensome in it's truest since it's like a beer willing to push the envelope on what beer is. My local store sold out in 3 days I picked up the last four pack because I'm crazy into beer, it was around 22 bucks for a four pack, why? B/C demand drives prices and evidently if you make limited quantities of something like this you can yield very high prices even if it isn't the best product out there. (2,460 characters)

Photo of counselor
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a fine white head leaves a crinkly white lace as I consume the beer. The beer smells of thick hops, piney, green & resinous. Also, there sneaks in some caramel malt notes. The beer is smooth across the tongue with lots of malt viscosity. Then the hops kick in, grassy and fresh hay like green meadows, then moving to darker, woodsy pine hops that stick to your gums and teeth. The hops stick around well after the beer is down the gullet leaving a resinous and dry tart feeling in th emouth. This beer is big, and packs a wallop. A bottle full of tasty beer, can't see me putting away more that 1 of these in an evening though. (652 characters)

Photo of mcowgill
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice amber color with minimal head and slow climbing carbonation bubbles. The smell is both hoppy and alcoholic and very strong. Something tells me this is going to kick my ass! The smell only hints at the powerful flavor and kick that this beer has. Very alcoholic flavor with citrusy and piney hops throughout and quite good. The hops are reaking havoc in my mouth. All in all this is a very good beer although drinkability could be better. It's tough to get through the entire bottle. I'm going to need a nap to get through the rest of the day. (566 characters)

Photo of cracker
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is certainly not a beer for the faint of heart. Pours a cloudy amber burnt brown with little carbonation and minimal head. Smells of pine trees and loads of alcohol. Taste is literally bitter sweet with loads and loads of bittering hops that linger on the palate for quite a while. Lots of warming alcohol there. Somehow I detect a woody fruity pear like taste hidden in there. Not a bad beer to slowly enjoy in a snifter glass. I am certain that it will improve with age as well. Reminds me a lot of some American style barleywines. Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for this one. (575 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded light reddish brown colored ale with no head at all. I could call this amber if it wasn't so concentrated.

Smell is surprisingly fruity. Lots of tropical fruit smells along with the expected hop aromas. Good solid malt backbone here with some brown sugar in the scent. Pineapple, pine and some butterscotch are the strongest.

Taste is malty and fruity up front with a solid bitter finish at the beginning. Sweet honey flavors and some brown sugar in the flavor, rather a sweet tasting super IPA. Fruit flavors of figs and pineapples and some cherry. This doesn't taste as hoppy as it really is, very smooth for the hop load and not harsh at all. Pine and citrus flavors are in here just not sharp, a very smooth brew.

Mouthfeel is syrup thick.

Drinkability is extremely good for the strength of this beer. Nothing at all here hints at the alcohol level or the hop load and it DOES sneak up on you ...with little cat feet. Hops are strong enough to numb your tongue and senses but you just do not notice it happening. Alcohol level is only detectable in the warmth in the chest. One of the top three double and triple IPAs in the world. I think Three Floyd's Dreadnaught is a little better than this but I would never turn down the offer of one of these. (1,281 characters)

Photo of daedalus
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber/burnt orange with a slow rising tan head. Ripe pineapple, carmel and piney hops dominate the aroma. The body is thickish and coating and a heavy sweetness compensates for the 200+ advertised IBUs. Though hidden early in the bottle, a strong alcoholic presence becomes evident as the beer warms and reasserts itself during the finish along with more searing hop bitterness.

There's a lot going on with this one and flavors abound. I feel like Founder's went overboard with the syrupy-sweetness, but they probably had to in order to balance out the aggressive hops. It was worth a try, but there are many double IPAs that I would reach for first. (658 characters)

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a dark copper with a slight lace that became a lace around the rim of the glass.
the aroma is very hoppy, citrus, spicy, malty, pepper.
the flavor is slippery sweet has a extreme hopsack, bitterness, spiciness, pepper, malt, carmel.
the mouthfeel is wounderful coats the inside of your mouth.
best enjoyed on a cold night by a fire. (343 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very murky light brown with a thin light tan head that quickly goes to a thin skim that lightly laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet tangy grapefruit and caramel, with a little metallic note. Oranges, alcohol and a little floral hoppiness come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet caramel and fruitiness initially followed by a fairly big earthy, grassy almost grainy bitterness. It has a kind of charcoal bitter (yet kind of sweet) finish and aftertaste. The alcohol is pretty well hidden but warming and becomes more prevalent as it warms. I would never guess this was 13% though. The mouthfeel is very full with light carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA3. There are better DIPAs that are better balanced though. (746 characters)

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,402 ratings.