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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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4,328 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,328
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 296
Gots: 769 | FT: 30
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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle is from 2011.

pours a deep copper with a tiny amount of head that didn't last long at all.

smells very sweet. flowers, caramel, pine, honey.. for being a year old, it still smells pretty hoppy.

tastes roasty bitter up front, followed up by a heavy rubbing alcohol type taste (reminds me of cleaning out my old nintendo games), then gets sweet from the malts in the backbone. very earthy beer, pretty bitter but the sweetness from the malts helps even it out.

full body, very heavy, very boozy, slightly carbonated, creamy. damn heavy for an ipa!

this is a very nice sipper. overall, for an ipa it is too much i think - i'm not sure how it is fresh, but any hoppier/more bitter than this and it probably wouldn't be all that good. the year of being aged i think gave the malty background more power in the long run - and helped even this one out.

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruby with a one finger head, some carbonation.

S-Hops, Hops, Hops ohh and more hops. Got some malt as well but it is dwarfed in comparison.

T-Starts grassy and resiny and ends with huge amounts of hop bitterness. Not balanced at all but full of flavor.

M-Lighter in body, alcohol heat is present and not much carbonation.

O-Take this beer camping because it is intense. Age should do it some good, the alcohol is too present and the hops overwhelming everything.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 6/1/12 although not supposed to be released until July. Poured into Jackie O's snifter.

A- Pours a cherry red amber, pretty much no head, some carbonation but not much.

S- Hops, spices, some light bready malt, booze, and citrus notes in the background.

T- Bready malts, Hops, a little bit of sweet caramel, light citrus, some oranges, surrounded by the presence of booze. Definitely on the bitter side, can taste the 112 IBU.

M- Medium bodied, about average carbonation, for 12% abv not much alcoholic burn, can detect it but not too much.

O- Kind of disappointed in this one. Usually I'm a big fan of Founders, which is why I felt like I had to try this one. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great. For 12% it was decently well hidden, but the flavor wasn't anything much above average- mainly bready malts, bitter hops, and a bit of caramel. For $6.40/12-ounce bottle it definitely wasn't worth it. Glad I only bought one. Double Trouble was significantly better.

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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy palate destroyers batman! Medium dark golden pour, cloudy. inch head. Smells of grapefruit, peach, almond and bread. Taste is Hopslam's hops + 1, and thats not always a good thing. It eschews any attempt at balance and just goes wild on hops. I like it, and its pretty unique, but I couldn't see this being a regular beer especially at the price. Though I would certainly recommend it for hop-heads and other adventurous souls.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of fmccormi
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversize wineglass (HF stemware, keepin’ it classy); there’s a bottling date printed in yellow ink on the neck of the bottle below the neck label, but it’s mostly illegible. In fact, it oddly looks like it’s saying “BOTTLE?”

Appearance (4.0): This has a very pretty ruby, almost strawberry-amber colored body, that’s got the PERFECT type of moderate chill-haze—nothing opaque or cloudy, just hazy. What head is on this beer starts out relatively small (half a finger) and fades at a moderate pace to a thin ring around the edge of the glass, but it leaves some modest rings and spots of lace.

Smell (3.5): Well now. Booze and hops combine to make some kind of solvent-feeling vapors, but the good kind of solvent. Like solvent made from a large pile of weed with a couple of onions tossed in for good measure. Somewhat hefty caramel underneath, signaling that (in case it wasn’t clear already) this is a big beer. Some overripe grapefruit’s hangin’ around, too. Aromatic, yes; hitting the mark, not quite.

Taste (3.0): Jesus Christ. The malt body is actually the first thing you notice, with a soft and understated sweetness that’s not just caramel like the nose leads you to think—it’s a deep, malty character reminiscent of dark stone fruits, like you might find in a barleywine. But then the hops come out. Moderate bite at the front, vegetal-herbal in nature, moving to a moderately astringent citrus pith bitterness, some strange, onion-y hop flavor in the middle, and then a very long, drawn-out, vegetal-herbal finish that just doesn’t fully go away at any point. Also, there’s booze in this bitch.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Full, syrupy, just enough bite from the carbonation, definite booze astringency drying things out, but not so much that you forget how much malt went into this monster. Definition of a sipper.

Overall (3.5): This is not an IPA or a (D/I)IPA, and if we’re going to call this a “Triple” IPA then we need to be more specific about the Pale Ale Spectrum taxonomy. This beer is special in its own way, but it is a thick, boozy, oniony mess of a “pale ale” in its own right. All of that is not necessarily bad, either, it’s just an entirely different animal. If I want a hop fix, I’ll go for something dry-hopped to hell between 7-9% ABV, depending on how long my night is / how many I’m in for. If I want a hop bomb over 10%, I’ll go with something like Hoptimum. This is one that I’m glad I tried, but probably won’t pick up again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BostonHops
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
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)

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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