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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,063
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 279
Gots: 693 | 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:
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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Photo of BostonHops
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
freshness date is illegible.

pours a hazy dull orange tone while yielding a short-lived 3/4" beige head; expected mediocre retention, fades to a collar around the glass. spotty lacing. wow, nose is something else. very pungent and unique with herbal, floral, citric notes... unripened mango... sort of dank, almost musty.

taste is likewise really different, and for me a relatively significant departure from the aroma. citric and floral hoppy notes, yes, but with that onion/garlic/weed presence (summit hops, i believe). very bitter, with a significant booziness. not really enjoying it. full-bodied mouthfeel with some chew to it. i realize many enjoy this brew's flavor profile, but upon some consideration it seems i'm not taking a shine to it at all.

overall, a unique beer, i'll give it that, but not my cup of (triple) IPA; definitely not one of the better offerings i've had from founders. 3 more in the 4pk...

(originally reviewed: 07-17-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Zakk, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Fahz, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FINALLY available in upstate NY!!!

A- Pours a beautiful, mostly clear copper/cherry color with a thick, reddish tinted head that floats effortlessly before colapsing in on itself like a volcano, leaving a nice healthy ring of sticky lacing around the glass.

S- Huge notes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, sticky caramel, and alcohol! WOW! Wishing it had more complexity. More underlying notes that would soften the citrus and alcohol kick.

T- This is all about the pink grapefruit/citrus and alcohol! Holy cow does that booze hit ya in the kisser! The malty, caramel sweetness does a nice job laying underneath and letting the piney, citrus punch and the alcohol burn shine. The sweetness fades in and out on each sip.

M- Booze and grapefruit/resin/pine sap!!! What do you expect from a 12%abv IIIPA! Really wishing the alcohol was a little less abrasive and melded better with the caramel sweetness and pungent citrus notes.

O- Only an idiot would try a 12% IIPA and complain about the alcohol burn... so I won't. It doesn't bother me that much at all, but I wish it had a bit more balance between the booze/malts/hops. Probably not something I'll get from them all the time at $20/4-pack... but I'll definately be having this one again down the road.

Thickfreakness, Jun 13, 2012
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2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2011 vintage.

A: deep amber. decent off-white head

S: great aroma; citrus, pine, spices and huge hops.

T: way over the top. too strong of an alcohol taste that kills/overrides the expected (but non-existent) citrus, pine and hops flavors. Lingering bitter, bitter aftertaste.

M: low carbonation

O: i love DIPAs but this is not the beer for me.

dafla67, May 23, 2012
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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,063 ratings.