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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,282
Reviews: 1,351
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 291
Gots: 737 | FT: 31
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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Pony Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a thing off-white head that dissipates to an extremely thin ring of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Mixture of citrus, grassy, and pine hops.

T: Slightly sweet up front from a caramel malts but the finish is all hop bitterness. The hops are mostly grassy with some hints of citrus and pine.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Good but not great in one of my preferred styles. I think I would appreciate a little more focus in the hops flavors rather than the mixture of flavors you get in this beer. Definitely sessionable and I could enjoy another right now.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FINEBEERGUY for sharing this one while waiting in line for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, honey, and some herbal and vegetal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit extract, and some herbal and oniony hop flavors. There is a somewhat assertive bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and it’s nowhere near as bad as I have heard some people make it out to be.

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2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$7 for 8oz at midway pub. served in a tulip. Tasted on 2/23/12. Here is what I wrote down while reviewing this at my table:

a- reddish amber color, little head, specks of lacing.

s- like a barley wine almost, with malts/vanilla-y scents and dark fruit...but weird...there's weird garlic smells. i'm not sure about this beer.

t- cherries, some wine. slightly hoppy. very boozy. what made me really dislike this beer is that it tastes slightly meaty, like sausages, and straight up onion soup. not pleasant. at all. awful.

m: med-carb med-full body, a bit cloying/syrupy.

o- i was really excited to try this, but i wish had saved myself the $7 and gotten something else. I'm not sure what went wrong here. i'd be afraid to try this again

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Soonami
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$6 for a 12 oz stubby bottle at Wineworks in Marlton, NJ.

Smells dank and oniony with sweet curshed oranges and yeasty bread

Appears a brownish amber, no head and slightly hazy

Tastes dank and overwhelmingly bitter and astringent. Vegetably and tannic--too much hops? Definitely too harsh though

Booze is very present and the mouthfeel is alarmingly thick

Not quite sure what to make of this beer. I've put a couple in the cellar and I'm hoping aging can improve this beer. It seems like the hoppiness subsiding would definitely benefit this beer and take away the harshness. However, the onion-y hops are something that I absolutely detest, so I don't know if that will get any better.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass

Appearance – Pours a very hazey, aged-copper color. Its body looks thick upon pouring almost as though it is part syrup. A tan head with large carbonation bubbles is present upon pouring and forms a nice bit of lacing upon dissipation.

Smell – The smell is citrus and pine hop heavy up front with an ever so light floral hop aroma. Aromas of fruit and malt then come in to mix with the hops. The malt is bready and caramel in nature while the fruit aromas are of some dark and tropical fruits. Aromas of bananas, mango and cherry are all there. Surprisingly no booze aroma was detected for this potent brew.

Taste –Like the aroma, there is a big hit of pine and citrus throughout the taste and some nice bready malt flavors in the beginning and middle of the flavor experience. Unlike the aroma however, there was not too much sweet caramel or much detectable fruit at all. And very different from the aroma, the taste had a very prevalent alcohol presence. This one is boozy bomb. The taste of alcohol works its way in the middle and grows stronger as the taste experience goes on, culminating at the end where in mixes with the still present heavy hoppiness and leaves a very satisfying aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Just as the appearance originally let on, this beer is very thick and creamy with a lighter level of carbonation. The beer coats the mouth and tongue with its pleasing creaminess, which when mixed with the alcohol feel, warms the mouth (and the body) through and through.

Overall - A very “heavy” IPA with some wonderful characteristics. Its mouthfeel and appearance are some of the best around for an IPA. The aroma is very nice and if you are feeling like a hoppy warmer this is a beer for you.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,282 ratings.