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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: 298
Gots: 774 | FT: 28
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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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful deep reddish amber pours from the glass and looks heavy as the head forms. A thick frothy finger thick head is off beige and has thick bubbles. Really great lacing and some slight alcoholic legs.

Really thick caramel and malt notes are the first on the nose and they're followed quickly by strong booze and hop notes. Marijuana, citrus, and grassy notes are all present. The malt here is really the strongest stand out on the nose. Surprising for a Triple IPA.

Lots and lots of roasty caramel and malt on top. Followed closely by burning hops that take a few sips to adjust to. A boozy character in the center takes a moment to shine but really helps the entire beer showcase the hops. Citrus is the strongest hop character along with a slight piney flavor.

Thick and heavy in the mouth carried well by a decent amount of carbonation.

Great overall. Incredibly thick, rich and flavorful. Although the caramel and malt slightly steal the show. This shouldn't be considered an IPA but something more akin to a barleywine. A bit pricey but something I look forward to trying year after year.

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of DannyDan
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber hue with a thin whitehead that maintains some retention and lacing longer than most beers I have tried. It has a toasty malt, pine, citrus and caramel aroma. The taste is loaded with pine and citrus hops throughout that is balanced by some caramel and toasty malts. The warmth of the alcohol is throughout. The smooth oily buttery feel makes this very strong drink rather easy to drink, maybe too easy. This is a very yummy beer that is a must try, but even though it is very good please remember it has 12% alcohol so don't drink too much at a time.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half inch cream head that lingers, clinging to the glass.

Aroma is bready, heavily caramel malt, toasted, with surprisingly subtle floral and citrus hops.

There's a substantial slightly sweet caramel malt, bready flavor, backed by grapefruit pith and a very bitter finish. Citrus is more predominant as it warms, with resin and pine emerging late. Herbal hops linger in the finish, which is fairly hot. Onion and dank characters are somewhat subdued, but add complexity.

Body is fairly thick, with moderate to low carbonation and significant hot alcohol warmth. There's a bit of astringency present.

Far different than last year's offering, which was overwhelmingly oniony. More bitter than flavor hops, and a big malt backbone to carry the hops.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jegross2
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing a fresh and year old bottle of Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company.
Fresh Score: 86
Year Old Score: 45

Bottled 06/17/11 and 06/01/12. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 07/13/12.

Appearance: Pours a murky blood orange-red color. The fresh 2012 vintage looks a little darker in color than the year old bottle. The fresh bottle pours a thin layer of creamy tan color that settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass with okay lacing and retention. The year old bottle pours less head with less lacing/retention. 3.5/5

Smell: The fresh (2012) bottle has heavy notes of floral hops ahead of a strong caramel malt backbone. Some earthiness, lemon, citrusy pine and onion. Light booziness. Very balanced for such aggressive flavors. The year old (2011) vintage is super malty with strong doses of garlic and a little fruitiness. The 2011 bottle is much less balanced and aggressive in the nose and reminisce of a boozed up caramel-forward barleywine. Not getting any hops off the 2011 vintage. 4/5 (2012), 3/5 (2011)

Taste: The 2012 vintage is not as balanced on the palate as the nose leads on. Lemon citrus and piney hops, sugary caramel malt and a little onion. Earthy hops too. Very hop forward. Lingering spiced caramel malt flavor. The 2011 vintage is incredibly vegetal, caramel-y and barleywine like. Heavily laden with garlic and onion flavor with a ton of undesirable linger. This is a true palate killer. A little lemon in the background too. Strong lingering garlic flavor. Incredibly unbalanced and still quite boozy. This made me cringe as I sipped it. 3.75 (2012), 1.5/5 (2011)

Mouthfeel: Same mouthfeel to both beers. Medium-plus bodied, low carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter, sweet malty mouthfeel. 3.5/5

Overall: The 2012 kills the 2011 vintage. For what it's worth, the 2011 batch was not very good fresh either. I remember this beer being much more delicious when I first got into craft beer in 2009, but I only really liked IPA back then and had not really explored the depths of the IPA genre yet. This a very caramel-forward and hoppy beer that does not try to hide the hot booziness.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers should avoid this brew. If you like earthy hops and caramel-forward IPA or English-style barleywines, give this one a whirl. If you do decide to buy a four pack, DO NOT AGE ANY! Drink this one fresh.

Pairings: Indian food.

Cost: $19.99 for a four pack.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Spiekerbox
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy orange-amber with a small white head.

S- Strong mixture of hops in the scent, more citrus than pine or herbal but all are present. There is also a little malty sweetness in the background.

T- Sweet and hops are the first part of this beer followed by a huge slam of hops. Finishes with a good bitterness and a strong alcohol presence. Aftertaste has a bit of a burn to it which mixes with the hops.

M- Crisp with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Quite a bit of warmth from the alcohol throughout the drinking. Definitely a sipping beer

O- I like this, a good DIPA that has a lot of hop flavor throughout the drink. A little overpriced in my mind but a good beer to try.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mscudder
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 Edition. Dated 6/18/12. Poured into a globe.

A - After my third pour I finally got a good head. A rich, cloudy ruby hue with a fair sized white head. Little lacing lasts but the head is nice while it lasts.

S - Interesting. Initially you get what one may expect: piney hops, sweet malts (honey) and a few floral notes. Sadly these aromas last but a moment while the alcohol overwhelming them and leaves nothing but booze.

T - Same as the nose. Starts with some great flavor, something I really would enjoy, just a bit more intense than the fantastic balance of the Double Trouble. Sadly, the booze dominates the palette and takes over after a second or so. If one allows the beer to mix with the air the taste lasts a bit longer although one cannot do anything in the midst of such an intense ABV presence.

M - Great short of the strong alcohol presence. The warmth makes the hoppy nature shine, imo too much. The drinkability is bottom tier. After enjoying a few over a few days I really want to enjoy the brew but the forced sipping nature is a major turn off.

O - I wanted to love this after the reviews I have heard from my friends but I simply cannot support a brew of this kind. It tastes like a brute mixture of a fine IPA and barleywine, not mixing as it should. Certainly interesting but at $18/4pack I will not revisit.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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