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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,225 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,225
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 287
Gots: 716 | 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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Photo of fatmcb1
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/5/11 poured into a Russian River Belgian glass

Poured a hazy dark orange color with a ring of white head that leaves surprising lacing.

Even at 7 months old, there is huge, juicy hop aroma. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, pine needle, and onion.

Taste is different from any IPA I've had. There are tons of spices here. Onion and garlic are as prominent as the citrus and grapefruit. Also, there is a serious caramel malt backbone that provides an odd balance given how strong the flavors are. Long lingering hop aftertaste mixed with alcohol.

Big chewy body that sticks to your tongue for what seems like forever.

I really hope I have the chance to try this fresh one day. Even with the age on it, I enjoyed the beer, although the taste still has me puzzled.

fatmcb1, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

msuspartan22, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Sparger, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jakers90, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

btesta, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jack53, Jan 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

SortaAmbivalent, Jan 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

hattingc, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

DarthGuitarHero, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

mjmadsen21, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of minterro
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a long time ago, I guess I just forgot to post them on BA.

Had on tap at Crunchy's at Founders night after having CBS for the first time!

10 different kinds of hops that pretty impressive lets see if it turns out as good as in theory.

Short notes:

fluffy head white the head clings in specks, red transparent beer. subdued floral hops, pine neddles and a odd spiciness. bit buttery, strongly hopped. Kinda and odd sourness to it. Very Bitter and semi dry finish. Medium to low body, on the higher end of carbonation.

Very expensive for what it is I'm disappointing for 7 dollars a sniffer.

minterro, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

Ruger44, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

zekeman17, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of stealth
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1/12 Review:
What the shit is this? haha. Thanks dragomni, for burning my taste buds right off.

I could only handle a few drinks of this, and the last one gave me the shivers. I'm not a hop head, and this is pretty much straight hops, with some draino thrown in? Seriously, though, it's extremely bitter, very citrusy (normally I like that! not here!), and extremely bitter. Did I say it's bitter? Holy hell. If you want to have a beer just for bitterness sake, here it is.

2013 Update - My tastebuds are now more acclimated to the hops and extreme DIPAs and Imperials so I re-reviewed. Plus the 2013 vintage is just better than 2012 was.

stealth, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 6/5/11, reviewed from notes taken 12/31/11. Thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing one of these with me.

A: Pours a hazy, orange-copper color with a finger of light white head.

S: A musty caramel flavor dominates here, smelling slightly like a basement. Lightly hoppy, which I expect is from the age.

T: In contrast to the smell, the hop flavors found here are very potent, and based on them I would have had no problem believing this was totally fresh. Tons of pine, along with a generous portion of citrus flavors. Heavily bitter from the hops, but the sweet malts do a good job of maintaining balance. Big bitter finish, very resiny.

M: Thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation and a lightly dry finish.

O: Enjoyed this one quite a bit; no need to hesitate if you find a slightly old bottle, but I'll be looking for a chance to try it when it's brand new too.

AwYeh, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

AngryNucleus, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

CMack, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 7/27/11

Appearance: Pours thick, dark orange/amber - thin white head that doesn't leave much lacing - could look much more appealing

Smell: Absolutely bizarre and a little disturbing, like some kind of cross between weed and spaghetti sauce - dank, with onions and garlic - some serious citrus under this, as well as more herbal and floral notes - some oily pine, too - syrupy malts underneath

Taste: Indescribably bitter and over the top - extremely harsh and volatile - flavors are chaotic and borderline insane (and not really in a delicious way) - tons of citrus, citrus rind, oily pine, resin, pine cones - tons of malt, too - toasted, caramelized - the malts are so heavy and there is so much booze that this kind of tastes like a liqueur or something

Mouthfeel: Heavy, syrupy - thick with a serious alcohol bite - needs more carbonation

Overall: More of an experience than a beer

This is one of the most bizarre creations I have encountered. I expected it to be intense, but Devil Dancer is just absurd. The problem with this level of absurdity is that it inspires curiosity... While I didn't love this, I am curious to try it again.

angrybabboon, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

BucsNBucks, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

PaulMc, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

toneigh, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

KarlSpackler, Jan 07, 2012
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,225 ratings.