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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

4,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,345
Reviews: 1,371
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 299
Gots: 773 | 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:
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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Ratings: 4,345 | Reviews: 1,371
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very thin head on a hazy copper and crimson body.

S: very malty moving towards barleywine territory with candied fruit, pine resin and overall very sweet.

T: as expected, very bitter and pungent but still clean. strong herbal and earthy hops. sweetness is rivaled by the bitterness with candied fruit and some tart lemon custard getting through.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very crisp for the degree of carbonation.

Overall: this one warms you up quickly and burns a little. The alcohol is obviously prominent as are the hops. Try it for sure, would still with one bottle and maybe sharing it.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a fresh 4-pack of this at my local store...store was limiting this to one four-pack per customer...I would have bought more...anything with TRIPLE IPA on the label is gonna get bought!

Anyway, pours a deep copper color with a thin quickly disapating white head. Looks great.

Smell was fresh and clean, really nice.

The taste, ahhh...it was good, but I was expecting a bit better..it is strong and a bit thick, but has some nice deep, hot taste and a nice overall flavor. Your gonna get some heat with a 12%ABV beer, so it was not unexpected, I was just hoping for a bit more bite with the hops.

Mouthfeel--like I said, thick, but smooth..no complaints!

Overall...great...really liked this...

Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber-orange cloudy body with 2 finger frothy head, lots of lacing.

S: Hops (simcoe and amarillo mix maybe)? also I smell something sweet. Grapefruit, mango, citrous some pine.

T: Follows the nose. This beer is for sure bitter, but the sweetness masks it quite well (I wouldn't have guessed 112 IBU). Piney hop bitterness kicks in at the end. oily. Surprisingly lots of malt in this beer. Quite well balanced for such mega hopped beer.

M: Smooth throughout and dry finish. A bit hot.

O: Very good (Triple) IPA! Very impressive given its ABV.

Photo of rudy0908
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of claspada
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep clear amber color with a small quickly dissipating off white head that leaves a very thin film which quickly receded leaving a decent lace.

Aromas begin extremely floral and grassy. Some lighter citrus and pine also join in and as it warms you get some of the lightly toasted caramel maltiness but don't get me wrong hops own this show.

The tastes begin with bitter pine and citrus hoppiness and then you get waves of earthy and floral hops which dominate into the finish. in The background initially you get the lightly sweet caramel maltiness but it it overwhelmed by the hops into the finish. Not ridiculously bitter but pretty darn intense. I've def tasted bitterer beers but I believe the malt backbone is helping to balance/mask the 120 IBUs.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. The finish is slightly sweet and becomes pretty boozy as it warms which is a slight knock.

Overall I enjoyed this 2012 version exponentially more than last year's version, but I still don't think it is an extremely drinkable or enjoyable offering. I think they must have over dry-hopped last year's because it smelled and tasted like a head shop or a Phish concert. Don't get me wrong, this is super hoppy, highlighted by intense floral aromas and piney resiny flavors but it is not overtly offensive in the taste like it was last year. Still a one and done for me and I don't plan to revisit anytime soon because the intense flavors are just too much to enjoy in bulk or even once a year in 12oz form.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of codysjb
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 devil dancer from a bottle into my dfh signature glass
A: Pours a small head that dissipates very quickly, an excellent autumn orange red color. Like the leaves when they are turning from red to orange.
S: Caramel, malts, hops, kinda like a strong ale mixed with an ipa.
T: Alcohol burn, some caramel andhops.
M: Kinda, sweet less hops than I expected and more alcohol on the end. It burns.
O: Interesting, I didn’t think I would like this but its really interesting. I wouldn’t say this is an IPA but its good as some kind of strong ale IPA hybrid.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a hazed golden copper color with an off-white head that fades leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The smell is resinous with pine and big dank and herbal hop character. A solvent sting of alcohol makes itself known even while it is colder than ideal temperature. Lots of pulp and citrus zest with cheese emerge as the brew warms up.

The taste is herbal and resinous with a flavor of pine. It displays a long dank aftertaste and big solvent burn of alcohol. Some cheese and faint caramel sweetness is noted as the brew warms up but unfortunately as the brew warms up so does the intensity of the alcohol.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A bold sipper with some of the most intense dank aromatics but an overbearing solvent alcohol inclusion that isnt integrated that well which hinders its overall drinkability.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of AdamMY
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nut brown, while it had a decent head, it faded quickly with little lacing.

Aroma is incredible. Nice light and fresh, with sweet honey and fruit aromas. A lot of strawberry, and grapefruit, perhaps a touch of apples, with a lot of wonderful grain and malt aromas.

Mouthfeel feels incredible at first, but the mouthfeel after the swallow is almost biting and acidic. so I am giving it average as its both really good and reallly bad at the same time.

Taste is absolutely packed with fruit, and honey and malt. It has a decent bit of grape fruit and oranges, but no where near as much as I am used to from IPAs. (Which is good because I detest the strong grapefruit taste a lot of IPAs have).

Overall a solid and enjoyable beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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