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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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4,307 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,307
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 295
Gots: 755 | 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!
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3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-brown in body with frothy milk head. Aroma of citrus, citrus rind, caramel, toffee, subtle hazelnut, some medicinal notes, booze. Tastes of deep citrus juice with sour rind, caramel, toffee, light hazelnut, grass, lemon zest, hop resin, and booze. Chewy medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slick on the palate. Big boozy, malty IPA.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Clear copper amber with a 2 finger off white clumpy head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S - piney resin, grassy, a bit of citrus, oak

T - follows the nose, moderate-high bitter for the style, nice caramel malt and a touch of sweet at the start, but a nice bold bitter finish and just a touch of oak, spice, not sure what precisely, and some booze.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation. Chewy.

O - Very solid DIPA from founders, they never seem to disappoint. They call it a triple but the booze it not as overwhelming as some others beers in this style. Nice balance, nothing uber standout though.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw the reviews for this on here and found this available via the single bottle in Totowa, so I figured I'd give it a try. As good as this was, it's too strong and as others have alluded to on here, the alcohol is a bit overpowering. With that being said, this is a must for any hophead and to have had a beer with this many IBU's that went down so easily was an opportunity to be fully enjoyed, even if I'm nearly on my ass after one bottle.

Good pour to this with a copper hue, nice aroma, and a head that held its own before fading away. This reminded me big-time of the Troegs Nugget Nectar because of the overwhelming hop presence both in the smell and in the taste. Pine, resin, grapefruit, and some orange were all to be found here as well. A nice earthy aftertaste lingered here and this beer almost reminded me of a Sierra Nevada offering taken up another degree. The hops are not terribly strong, overpowering, or metallic like so many other beers that end up in this category.

That's not the case when it came to the alcohol here. this is strong and not afraid to admit it, and I could feel it after one of these. The crystalline malts balance this out nicely and for those willing to take the dance with the Devil, their efforts will be rewarded. It's not a West Coast "hop bomb" but it held its own and everything that shone through the alcohol worked together well. This just isn't head and shoulders above the other IPA's out there.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jayhoop!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy orange-amber with a thin head.

Smell. Oranges with lots of zest, sweet caramel malts, some booze and sweet red grapefruit with just a little pine.

Taste. Big sweet caramel malts, some orange and grapefruit rinds and juice, some woody pine sap and sharp alcohol, but not as much as I would have thought for the abv.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with lower carbonation. Some booze warmth.

Overall. A big IPA for sure. Huge malt base provides ballance, but I prefer a little higher hop to malt ratio.

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2.29/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a copper-orange color with a small head that leaves minimal lacing. The first whiff hits with a load of caramel toasted malts, a touch of vanilla, and an abundance of alcohol. A touch of fruity flavors are hinted at, but not very noticeable. The alcohol gets stronger and stronger as the beer gets warmer, until eventually it's almost the only thing you notice, along with the malts. For a "triple IPA", it's weird how much the malts and alcohol overpower the actual hop smell. Hops are present, but not at all in the foreground.

The taste... well, I don't understand how so many people have given this beer a good review. I guess that's just the difference in tastes. But this beer was bleh. Hoppy and bitter, with overpowering malts, and extremely annoying alcoholic properties. Way too boozy. And not boozy in a "oak barrel aged bourbon" kind of way - boozy in a "this is difficult to drink" kind of way. It's as if the alcohol is there unnecessarily. It's unwarranted, unwanted, and uncalled for in this amount. I feel like Founder's was strictly going for the novelty of 12% ABV without much regard to the actual taste, which is a shame because most of their brews are amazing. This beer left a sharp bite on the back of the throat and the booze only got stronger and more arrogant as time went on. Super thick and left the mouth feeling sticky and coated. Pungent, heavily alcoholic aftertaste.

Yuck. I was very disappointed with this. Founder's puts out amazing stuff, but this just missed the mark. Instead of an incredibly complex, hoppy brew, I was sucking on a hodge-podge of malts, unwanted bitterness, and overpowering alcohol burn. I'll definitely be passing this one up next time.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,307 ratings.