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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,917 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,917
Reviews: 1,326
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 277
Gots: 655 | FT: 27
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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gosk

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-24-2012 17:11:58 | More by gosk
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oneturbucfan

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-22-2012 11:39:59 | More by oneturbucfan
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ncworster

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-22-2012 01:06:27 | More by ncworster
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-21-2012 21:23:27 | More by heddar33
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baker2gs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-21-2012 14:46:35 | More by baker2gs
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-21-2012 02:12:35 | More by dsuedbeck
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fin711

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-21-2012 00:33:49 | More by fin711
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DaleMcMutt

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

11-17-2012 15:20:24 | More by DaleMcMutt
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Anonymous1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-16-2012 07:39:25 | More by Anonymous1
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gratefuld

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

11-15-2012 11:37:01 | More by gratefuld
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pixieskid

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2012 06:36:24 | More by pixieskid
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

Founders Devil Dancer

Appearance: Founders triple IPA (is this really a thing? Or is this simply a ludicrous IIPA/DIPA?) pours a deep, crystal clear orange with very little head. The carbonation is slow but steady off the bottom of the glass and significant alcohol legs crown the top of the almost-red liquid in lieu of head. It is strange for a beer of this type to not have very little in the way of head, but it is 12% (and this is not the freshest Devil Dancer). Still, it is a pretty beer that looks like it is going to be quite a bit maltier than expected by the name and IBU count.

Aroma: Fruity hops and sweet malts vie for precedence throughout the nose. This is another surprise given how bitter this beer is supposed to be. The fruit does predominate, however just barely, with strong, somewhat indiscernible notes (berries of some kind?). Alcohol is present in a minor capacity. There is also lots of citrus. Honestly, this beer smells quite a bit like a less aromatic Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, which would definitely be a good comparison if the beer were stronger smelling.

Taste: You would not know it by the smell and look, but this is a triple-A caliber beer. The taste snaps the drinker back to reality after what can only be referred to as the former two criteria lulling the palate into a false sense of security. This is massively complex with an initial juicy fruitiness not unlike biting into a piece of Bubblicious –berry gum. There are orange notes, peach notes, tangerine notes, strawberry notes (a first for this drinker), grapefruit notes, and just a hint of rindy bitterness. Then the malt hits and saves the tongue from total destruction while imparting a delectable, syrupy sweetness. Finally, the bitter aftertaste wipes out any semblance of taste and preps the mouth for the next massive drink.

Mouthfeel: Nearly as wonderful as the taste, the mouthfeel is humongous, thick, syrupy, sticky, and just what one would expect at 12% ABV and a “triple” IPA. This may be one of the only “sipper” IPAs out there (DFH’s 120 Min comes to mind as well). There is not a lot of carbonation, but what is there is adequate. The malts give a minor amount of creaminess, and the alcohol has a wonderful warmth to it. Lastly, the astringency is massive. This will destroy palates almost as much as Ruination and the aptly named Palate Wrecker, but it also begs for that next, juicy drink.

Overall: While I was initially skeptical of the beer based on the first two grading categories, the last two (the important two, as I like to call them) really made up for it. Hopheads will love this beer. It was easily worth the $3 for a single bottle that I paid, and I would even say that it beats out DFH’s 90 Minute for my favorite DIPA, though I will have to reevaluate that when I finally give that one its long-delayed review. Pick this up if you like hops, like a good melding of East Coast maltiness and West Coast palate destroying IPAs. 16/20

11-15-2012 03:47:54 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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sneaks2210

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-15-2012 03:18:02 | More by sneaks2210
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2012 03:51:28 | More by ComRock12
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TreLey

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2012 03:19:04 | More by TreLey
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Phishyhopps


4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-14-2012 01:21:16 | More by Phishyhopps
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robmoak

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-13-2012 17:11:52 | More by robmoak
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YeastInception

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

11-12-2012 01:09:01 | More by YeastInception
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Rupert50

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-11-2012 17:09:25 | More by Rupert50
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-10-2012 18:06:33 | More by SadMachine
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-10-2012 14:17:41 | More by ScaryEd
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Grfilwett

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-09-2012 20:32:51 | More by Grfilwett
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prisdefer

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-09-2012 20:12:43 | More by prisdefer
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-09-2012 15:03:30 | More by tbone1384
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tt0027

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-09-2012 00:44:57 | More by tt0027
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,917 ratings.