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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,216 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,216
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 287
Gots: 715 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

bishopdc0, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. This pours a hazy amber orange color with two fingers of off white head with some gobs of sticky lace.

Candied orange on the initial smell with some hints of bready malt in the background. Pine notes in show up in the middle. The pallet has a sticky orange candy flavor with piney hops rounding it out. Comes off as a bit sweet and not as bitter as I would hop. This has a predominant backbone of bready malts.

The body is heavy and somewhat sticky with low carbonation. Overall this one isn't offensive but I suppose I just hoped for more a tongue bruising hop experience. This seems like more of a barley wine to me.

Bendurgin, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a hazy redish orange amber, very little head, some
Soota of lacing going on.

S: smells of citrus, and dark resinous pine and caramel.... A clear alcohol aroma as well, not greatest smelling brew.

T: much more intense then the nose. Booze, and caramel filled with resinous bitter pine, some citrus notes are also present along with an alcohol bite.... A very aggressive brew, I
Like it.

M: medium bodied, slick, oily and resinous. Bitter in the finish, medium/low carbonation. Mouthfeel works very well for this brew.

O: I love this brew, and look forward to its release every year, an insanely aggressive palate wrecker with enough booze in it to give you a good solid kick in the ads.

PeterIngemi, Jun 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

jculler82, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date is smudged beyond being readable, so I'm not sure if this is a 2011 bottle and/or if 2012 bottles are even out yet (the website says it gets released in July, but you never know...)

A: Pours a golden amber color with plenty of carbonation and a fingers worth of head. Impressive for the abv

S: Nice citrusy hops (mostly grapefruit), big malts, and slight alcohol. Malts seem pretty sweet

T: Follows the nose, with more of the malt and alcohol coming out. Piney hops now dominate instead of citrus, but are still fairly equally balanced with the malt and alcohol. Definitely bitter at the finish and long after

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly sticky

O: After tasting, it definitely seems like a 2012 bottle. The hops are still very present, as well as the alcohol. A definite sipper, but a tasty one. Definitely recommended for people who like big beers and IPAs. And for those questioning the pricing ($5ish for a single, $19 for a 4-pack) just think about all those $10 bombers and imports that are $6+ for an 11.2 single

BEERMILER12, Jun 21, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cherry amber into my over sized Maudite chalice, very clear with a reddish copper colored head that dissipates to only an outer ring rather quickly. Lacing iis good

S - Huge citrusy/sweet fruit explosion in the nose, grapefruits, pineapple, mango. A little bit of an alcohol aroma, but not overpowering. Really just citrusy hop bomb, my nose is unable to get by that and pick up the malt profile.

T - Holy ef. The bitterness will put the stone anniversary ruination i had on deck to shame, going to have to save that for another day so it doesn't taste like water. Very robust, in your face hop bomb. Very enjoyable but I would not want to let this one warm up too much, the flavors/viscosity would probably be more difficult to enjoy. Currently consuming at around 40-45F. Really just straight bitter grapefruit/pineapple/zest hop explosiveness, alcohol is present but not overbearing. Just a big bold aggressive hop bomb. Cant really get much more out of the taste, long long lasting bitter dry aftertaste which is very nice.

M - The alcohol is well hidden, its definitely a medium bodied+ brew. Appropriate carbonation, mouth feel would probably be far too full if consumed any warmer, a bit of a sipper.

O - Definitely tasty, but a little one dimensional. The wow factor for this beer is good but at $20 a sixer and its over the top aggressiveness, this isnt going to become one of my go-to's. A fun hop bomb none the less

MacQ32, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Ultraman9000, Jun 19, 2012
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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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5/5  rDev +28.2%

soccerfancooch, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Fahz, Jun 14, 2012
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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

virinow, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

cowboy83, Jun 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Clayton1220, Jun 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

beergorrilla, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

erha2, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

ccozzi, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

lbriones5, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Doggfish90, May 24, 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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

40451, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

CarolinaKev, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Beer_Geek, May 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ejimhof, May 16, 2012
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,216 ratings.