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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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very good

4,308 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,308
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 295
Gots: 756 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into CCB pint glass.

A: Deep copper, a bit hazy and minimal visible carbonation. Forms only a thin white head.

S: Caramel, boozy, and a touch of pine hops.

T: Caramel, booze, some fruity sweetness that strikes me as apple in character and leaves me with an overall impression of drinking an alcoholic caramel apple. A touch of pine hop bitterness too, but it's relatively faint.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. This is certainly boozy; however, I'll say that it is almost well-hidden considering the high ABV.

O: Not a bad "triple IPA". Better flavors than others I've had, but still not something I'd sit down & drink often.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date just wiped off- it was some time in June 2012.

Pours an orangey-amber colour. A fairly vigorous pour leaves only a small off-white head that fades to a few bubbles quickly.

Lots of hops in the nose. Pine is big, with some citrus. Also lots of caramel malt, and a fair bit of booze. Smells not unlike a hoppy barleywine. You can tell that this one is big, and that the taste will be intense.

Caramel malt flavours hit first, but there are a lot of pine resin flavoured hops around as well. Actually a lot of sweetness in the beer, despite the big hop presence. It is hard to call it balanced, because it seems to be intensely sweet and bitter at the same time, but it occupies a weird place on the spectrum. Aftertaste is very bitter. Quite boozy. Again, like a super hoppy barleywine. It's a bit of a mess, but the sort of mess that happens to appeal to me.

Full bodied, oily, moderate carbonation. A bit heavy.

Overall, as I said above, a mess of a beer but I actually like it. It is boozy and it is anything but subtle, but has its charms. Not something anybody would want too often.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/25/2012
Consumed 9/5/2012
Bottle into tulip.

A- Copper/red pour, slightly hazy with a soapy, sticky finger width off white head. Lacing is great.

S- Bright citrus of grapefruit and mandarin. There is a sweetness of strawberries and caramel. Slightly dank smelling (in a good way) with a touch of alcohol in the back.

T- Dank bitter hops. Floral and pine with a grapefruit finish. Slightly sweet, with very little alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium body, slightly chewy, good carbonation.

O- I've had this super fresh and now with a little time on it. Both experiences were amazing.

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost red, slight white head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smells like a floral combination of hops, malt and resin. Very strong smell. Alcohol odor is prevalent.

Tastes like the smell. Big hop bomb, with a sticky resin malt flavor. About as much IPA flavor as can be contained in a single bottle. Bitter but sweet.

Easy to drink, not highly carbonated but not so flat or thick that it's hard to get down.

Really a great beer that everyone needs to try once their taste buds are ready. This is really a complex beer, very hard to describe, and very strong. This beer needs to be treated with respect or the drinker will find himself in a world of hurt. Very enjoyable experience, but also a very serious taste that might not be acceptable to a large audience.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 release

A - Pours a darker shade of amber and it has some ruby highlights around the edges...the head was white and creamy and stood about two fingers...it retained very nicely and left some good lacing

S - The hops are strong in the nose providing resiny pine and a deep hop presence...the caramel malts are also strong and provide a lot of sweetness to the nose

T - Here's where the beer started to go downhill for me...the hops were strong, just like nose suggested, with a lot of resin but the caramel really worked its way through...the sweetness started to overpower any sort of hop flavor especially as the beer warmed...the bitterness was still there, but there was no hop flavor...the sweet caramel lasted through the finish

M - Medium bodied...syrupy, sticky, sweet, alcohol burn, lots of bitterness...just wasn't working for me

O - With the combination of sticky sweet and the alcohol burn, this one didn't work for me...I know some people enjoy this type of big IPA, but I like to taste the hops and prefer my IPA's on the hoppier side

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters tulip glass.

A: Clear amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a thin half-finger head. Lacing is almost non-existent but is present in a few spots around the glass. A big thicker head would have made this a prettier beer.

S: Big malts up front with a hop profile that you can tell is just waiting to do some damage on the palate. ABV is most definitely present here as well...also waiting to do some damage.

T: Follows the nose but adds the huge bitter notes that define the hops. Super sticky sweet with a super puckering bitterness that balances this one pretty well.

M: Big feel, big bitter finish. A touch undercarbonated.

O: A solid drinking BIG ABV beer. Easy drinking and nicely done. Not one I'll hurry to get but one I'll pick up a single and enjoy it slowly.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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

a: medium mahogany. small head

s: piney hops, sweet caramel malts

t: piney hops immediately followed by caramel maltiness. Booziness lingers at the end

m: medium body, low carbonation

o: glad to try this once. alcohol does not hide itself. A bit pricey.

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,308 ratings.