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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

4,327 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 296
Gots: 768 | FT: 30
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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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jsprain1
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Red-Copper, very clear. Head is half a finger thick, good retention, milky white.
S- The smell is a big kick of hops. There is a touch of sugaryness with a big kick of grapefruit,
T- Big and hoppy up front. Grapefruit pith and a bit of sugar. I faint hint of pine as well. And then BAM! a big kick of alcohol.
M- The alcohol is pretty abrasive. The body is pretty oily before the alcoholdries everything out.
O- I had high expectations, I mean it's billed as a triple IPA. The hops are there, but the alcohol is just way too overwhelming.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SebD
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep orange/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet caramelly malts, citrus, grapefruit (somewhat tropical) and pine.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a strong bitterness upfront, with sweet caramelly malts, citrusy/tropical hops and some piney resin.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter bottled on 6/18/12.

A: Pours a clear copper brown with a white head that lasts the glass as a ring around the edge. No real lacing.

S: Strong malt and hop aromas dominate the nose. Can tell this is going to be a strong brew. A sweet malt, and kind of a dank basementy smell.

T: Has a real bitter bite but its very malty so you really have to pick it out. Aftertaste has more of a clear hop taste to it. Definitely a boozy bite at the end.

M: A lighter than expected body, but still a sticky and resinous brew. Low carbonation. Very warming on the both the mouth and stomach.

Overall a damn strong IPA that has a lot more malt than I anticipated. The only way they can make such a bitter beer palatable is with a ton of malt.

Photo of kingjames1
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a cloudy orangeish-red. Minimal head. Not a fantastic looking beer, but not bad either. The nose is surprisingly mild for this monster. I don't smell much - but here goes: citrus fruits, pine needles, and herbal notes. That's about all I get. The taste hits you hard - an assault after the subtle nose. It's like every hope variety in the world is included, and a sweet malty backbone attempts to balance it all. Bitter and sweet, but mostly bitter. Tastes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, pine resin, something almost medicinal, hot alcohols (fairly well covered under the bitterness), and caramel in the background. I'm reminded of an American Barleywine in the overall mouthfeel and taste. Top notch ale. Hence the price tag...

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep gold to amber color. Small, 1 finger head, that retains and laces very well. Lots of continuous carbonation rising.

S- Less hops than anticipated. Very sweet malts are more prominent. Hop scents are very fruity, with a slight tendency toward citrus.

T- Terrifically balanced. Bottled a couple months ago, but the hops character is still there, but almost equally balanced by a sweet malt bill. Hops reclaim some dominance about midway through the drink. Finishes very cleanly, with slight hop bite, but still some sweet malt. Gets a little hot as it warms up.

M- Smooth and adequately carbonated. Fairly sticky on the palate. Small amount of heat on the end from the alcohol, but not much for 12%.

Overall, a very solid beer that is very well balanced in my opinion. Boozey and malty for a so-called “triple IPA,” but more appealing to me than some overly hoppy DIPA’s. Gets me excited for my first taste of DFH 120.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of cnbrown313
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My everyday liquor store sells this for $22.99 a four pack and I could never pull the trigger on one. But, I found another store that sold single bottles for $5.99... so I decided to give it a go.

A - Pours a nice, deep amber red color with minimal head. The color and the appearance was by far my favorite aspect of this beer. The "Devil Dancer" name fits it well.

S - The smell is of grapefruit and other citrus-y, sweet hop smells.

T - I was ready for a hop bomb... and although the hops are definitely there, they didn't hit me as hard as I expected. This beer is also a lot sweeter than I expected (I assume to balance the massive amount of hops) - but it tasted more like a hoppy barley wine to me. There was also some kind of funny aftertaste... kind of like onions? Overall, I was not that impressed, but glad that I got to taste this.

M - Very thick and viscous - almost like a barley wine. Chewy. It was not a bad mouth feel, but just not what I would prefer for the style.

O - To me this slightly resembled something like a DFH 120 min, but it falls very short. It is a huge, sticky, IPA that looks beautiful in the glass... but comes up a little short on taste.

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,327 ratings.