Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3,969 | Reviews: 1,329 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a rather flat, slightly hazy amber. Looks like a barely wine with big bubbles around the edges.
Smells of pears, very resiny, pine needles, with hints of skunk (like marijuana skunk). A faint bit of garlic or onion as well.
Whoa.. Alcohol punch here; no surprise. more of the resiny, skunkiness in the taste. Noticeable pear and tropical fruit flavors but with a finishing heat, almost like its laced with chili peppers. The bitterness is pleasant and lingers after the taste is long gone.
Full bodied, viscous, with little carbonation. The heat of the alcohol makes up for it though.
This is bold. Tastes like it has more alcohol than it does. Glad I got to try and maybe I should have had it a bit fresher, but this tastes like it could be aged as well. If you dont like bitter, dont bother.
09-13-2011 00:19:32 | More by phiberoptik
3.13/5 rDev -19.7%
Bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours a hazy copper hue with an eggshell foam head, very spongy and very tight.
S: Aroma is gratuitously hoppy with pine, floral, and subtle citrus tones. Borderline salty and even a bit earthy.
T/M: Flavor is very thick, like biting into a hop cone, I imagine. The liquid coats your mouth and leaves a warming sensation from the alcohol. It has a medium amount of carbonation and lots of woody, earthy traits. I feel like it's giving me instant heartburn. There are faint hints of caramel sweetness but seriously, everything is drowned out by the hops.
Is this bottle worth $7? In the sense that it should be consumed in moderation, yes, but for quality, no. It's more of a novelty. I'll admit, the hoppiness becomes more manageable the more it's consumed, but no beer should have this much hops in it and be serious.
09-12-2011 00:55:29 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Beer pours an orangish red color with very little head. A thin lacing remains throughout the beer.
S: I get a ton of different smells here. Garlic and citrus fruit are very present. Pine also makes an appearance as well as marijuana. The more the I smell it the stronger the weed smell gets. I love it!
T: Tastes almost like it smells. Very hoppy initial taste with a good amount of bitterness. It has a very good earthy mid taste to it where the marijuana makes an appearance. The beer finishes very spicy with a long aftertaste. I don't get much garlic, not nearly as much as the smell offered up.
M: Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. It has a creamy aspect that is very appropriate.
O: This is a very good beer but not one that you could drink everyday. Personally, the aftertaste lasts a little to long in my mouth and my mouth starts to feel burnt towards the end.
09-10-2011 01:21:05 | More by shortbus7
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
bottled date of 6/2011
poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Orangish amber bodied beer. White head almost a finger high after a vigorous pour. Head drops down really quickly to a small ring of white around the outside of the glass.
Smell: Mild pine, tropical fruits like a pinapple and a mango, little bit grassy and floral. Little bit of spiciness too, almost like garlic...but not really. Can't place that spicy smell. To round it all off a hint of rubbing alcohol, the only unpleasant smell in this brew. A really busy nose to say the least.
Taste: Hops forward beer with moderate bitterness. Piney and grassy first just like the nose. It has the spiciness that I smelled, but it kind of tastes like garlic and cilantro blended together. You get just a quick glance of malty backbone that is sweet and tastes like biscuits and caramel. All you taste in the aftertaste of this beer is spicy and bitter hops. Tastes boozey once it hits room temperature.
Mouthfeel: Its a beast for an Imperial IPA, the only bigger Imperial IPA I have had is DFH 120 minute IPA. Full bodied beer and low carbonation. Very syrupy, but not as much as the 120 minute IPA. I prefer an IPA that is crisp and refreshing, so this is opposite of what I prefer of the mouthfeel from this beer style.
Overall: First time I have tried a "triple IPA" according to the bottle anyways. Its an aggressive beer, living up to some of the hype. Its definately a sipper. I expected this beer to rip my toungue out from the bitterness. This beer was not like that at all. I think that I have tried other hoppy beers that seemed to have a more bitter bite than this beer. All that said, this is probably my least favorite founders beer that I have tasted. Its still worth a try for all you hopheads out there. Extra sharp cheddar cheese pairs well with this beer.
09-08-2011 04:06:02 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.5/5 rDev -35.9%
A: pours a clear reddish orange with a decent head which settles into a decent lacing with very fine bubbles.
S: pine, garlic, and onion hit hard. They overpower the malt, sweetness, and whatever else. Smells kind of skunky.
T: garlic, pine, onion, bitterness, and skunk. Not sure if this batch went bad, but this is gross.
M: mouthfeel is fine, leaving out the rest. It has a nice malt backbone of thickness, then hits you with great carbonation for this hefty of an ale.
O: had this on tap at the brewery and it was awesome. In bottle form, this is the worst double IPA I've had. This is the only Founders beer that I have not absolutely loved. If you want a great, big DIPA, grab the Double Crooked Tree from Dark Horse.
09-08-2011 00:40:17 | More by Holland
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On 06/02/11) into a snifter glass.
A vigorous pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that quickly recedes in a couple minutes to an almost nonexistent dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy red amber with a good amount of tiny, energetic carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.
Pine and citrus hops aromas carry notes of tangerines and apricots. They are well-balanced by sweet, caramel malts with a slight alcohol heat noticeable in the background.
Sweet malts start the taste with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuits. As soon as the beer is swallowed, pine and citrus hops take over but is well matched by a strong alcohol presence. A decent pine bitterness rests in the back of the throat as an aftertaste.
Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable considering its body and ABV. The body is thick and coating, but is not syrupy and only slightly sticky. The carbonation is not overly apparent and could definitely stand to be a bit stronger.
09-06-2011 13:23:06 | More by output01x
4.45/5 rDev +14.1%
12 oz. bottle (bottled June 2011) poured into a Sierra Nevada Snifter Style glass. A hearty amber color with excellent clarity, I didn't expect it to be so well filtered. Small white cap, doesn't really stick around, no lacing.
Smell is wonderful. As most of this style, it's extremely hoppy. Big combination of various hops tickle your nose, floral, herbal and slight citrus. At the same time it's pretty well malted. Sort of like sweet syrup that was left on the stove and slightly burned. A slight bit of alcohol tickles your nose at the end. So basically very hoppy, with a good malt backbone and a touch of alcohol that warms your nose.
Taste is wonderful, it picks up right where the smell leaves off. Sweetness is right there to begin with, as good as any high gravity well malted beers, even heavier stouts and porters. However the hop factor comes up and comes up big. Alcohol still present, but not overbearing, 12% is not what I would have guessed. It's pretty pleasant. I've heard several people bring up the marijuana flavors...I've detected that when it's fresh, but not as much on this one that's about 3 months old.
Moutnfeel is very good. Has a lot going on and well balanced despite of everything. Sort of a weak carbonation level that makes it feel a little more like a liquor. As it warms the flavor gets stronger and stronger, pretty good. A strong bitter finish.
Devil Dancer is a really great double (or triple as the label says) IPA. Another grand slam from Founders, keep it up!
09-06-2011 01:03:42 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.33/5 rDev +11%
12oz bottle into a Tulip Glass
Bottled on ?/02/11
$6.00 at Dicicco's in Brewster
A- Pours a bright dark orange that super cloudy with less than a finger white head around the glass. Splotchy lacing with some really nice alcohol legs on the side of the glass.
S- I'm really surprised at how balanced the aroma is. I expected the hops or malts to dominate but it's a pretty fairly even amount of both and blend really nicely. Super strong, dank, earthy, marijuana like pine, almost onion or garluc smelling hop that stings the nose. Caramel malts and sweetness shine through after a nice swirl around the glass with a good amount of alcohol as well. Definitely tons of summit hops here!
T- Just like the aroma but so much better. Super strong bitter brutal earthy dank hops with tons of fresh Mari J, pine, grass, and green onion that immediately dry out the mouth and slams the tongue till it's numb. Behind the hops lies a nice full body of sweet caramel toffee malts with a alcohol fullness that is hidden very nicely in the bitterness.
M- Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a strong brutal drying finish that is extremely bitter.
Overall I was very skeptical of this one due to all the bad hype but honestly I think this stuff is pretty damn worth every penny. I understand that if someone is used to super fruity Ipa's like Exponential Hoppiness or Pliney this would probably taste bad to them. But for a guy like me when I drink a double IPA let alone a TRIPLE, I want to taste nothing but fresh greens as if I pulled the hops of the vine right there and were chewing on them. This beer delivers!
09-05-2011 21:37:52 | More by Arenbeer
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Nice looking beer. Bright amberish color and silky cream head. Nose has lots of malts and hops. But a bit boozy. As is the taste. Medium to full body well carbonated. Not bad, just too much alcohol. Really gets in the way.
09-04-2011 23:56:23 | More by rye726
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from bottle into snifter
A - clear pale amber with a thin head that quickly dissipated.
S - hop bomb. Some faint aromas of alcohol and malt but it is quickly overwhelmed by hops. The hops were hard to pin down however. Seems like an interesting blend of hops.
T - initially a nice balance of hops and malt with a slight alcohol burn. This brew finishes with a huge bitter finish though.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary.
O - pretty solid beer. Definitely a sipper, not only because of the alcohol but also because of the bitterness.
09-03-2011 01:48:57 | More by jmeyers78
1.1/5 rDev -71.8%
Shared 2 bottles with a friend on two separate occasions.
Poured a nice golden amber into a snifter. Very attractive beer with nice head that did not hang around too long.
Smell, well this is where it went downhill for me. It smelled like a mix between mildew, old garbage and a skunk.
The taste resembles the smells listed above. It tasted like a skunk smells.
Overall I thought this beer was one of the worst beer experiences of my life. I know that it is best fresh and that the hops fade with time. However, with this one the hop pressense was still there, it just tasted awful. Not sure really why it tasted so bad.
09-02-2011 04:26:56 | More by dnolan36
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
Served in a Chimay goblet at Michael's in Charlottesville.
A: No head. Clear red-amber. Gorgeous.
S: Marijuana and hops. Alcoholic sugars.
T: Herbal, explosive, spicy hops. Astringent dry on the end. Nit even remotely balanced.
M: Drying, light carbonation. Hop bitterness.
O: If you like hops, this is a must drink. Recommended. Will have again. Stupid unbalanced.
08-29-2011 02:20:06 | More by AgentMunky
3.55/5 rDev -9%
Big thanks to schmoopsbeer for reading through my ridiculous "wants" and including this in our trade. I've been wanting to try this.
I don't know whether or not to approve or not over the labeling this beer as a "triple IPA" because there's really no line drawn yet. Does that make PtY and Exponential Hoppiness triple IPAs? Of course this won't affect the beer's review, but just a thought.
Bottle opened on 8/27 and poured into my FW pint glass.
A- What a difference from other IPAs I've seen; this one comes out red. Like a rust color. Very cloudy. Not too much head on it, even with an aggressive pour.
S- I immediately get apricots and grapefruit, but it's slightly off. I understand the connections to garlic and onions, but I don't mind it. It smells alright to me.
T- The citrus fruits are there, but they're not leaving the booze taste. 12%? I believe it. Nice malty aftertaste. It's almost like eating a hard caramel candy as it's really sweet and present. It's not as strong as the smell would insinuate, which is a good thing. This is going to be a sipper...
M- Sticky. Full bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The real downfall here is the alcohol flavor.
O- I find it better than what others are saying, but I wouldn't choose this over any other Founders beers I've had. It's very different, very strong, and damn, it would be awesome with some Cuban food with extra garlic and onions.
08-28-2011 06:14:37 | More by jm1229
3.55/5 rDev -9%
The first thing I noticed about this beer was its appearance. It almost appears to the naked eye to be a red ale.
I'm not sure where other folks get the onion and garlic smell, but it did smell kind of dank and swampy, and a little like ethahol.
With 10 hops used in its making, i thought it might have more citrus and pine on the palate. What's so odd is the taste of marijuana I get from this beer, not that I know what it tastes like. The alchohol is way over the top. Almost seems as if malt was sacrificed for everything except color.
Decent head but the lacing disappeared after a time because it took me an hour to drink this beer. I'd suggest the good folks at Founders sell this brew in 8-oz. cans.
I don't agree that this beer is undrinkable. It has a lasting effect on a guy, especially on the tongue. The aftertasted goes on and on. As a pairing I'd go opposite of this and drink it with something really hearty, like a prime rib or a pork chop.
08-28-2011 00:10:00 | More by Kjendahl
2.73/5 rDev -30%
Finally tried the controversial "Onion Dancer." Overall I'd say this is a fairly unpleasant beer. Pours a cloudy dark gold with very little head. Some small amount of lacing..little bubbles rise to the top with each sip. Smell has tons of simcoe hops, mild grapefruit, and that much-discussed onion and garlic odor. Taste is incredibly bitter with any subtleties quickly replaced by bracing bitterness and hints of onion.
A hop and booze bomb. Not very drinkable at all...got me buzzed quickly, so there's that. Not very appealing though. Might be someone's cup of tea but not mine. Lingers on the tongue way too long. Not really enjoyable in any way. Won't be coming back but glad I tried it...falls short of a drain pour but had trouble finishing the bottle.
Reading some other reviews of this beer, I noticed a great discrepancy in the description of the beer's appearance, head, and lacing. Did I wait too long on this one? No real head to speak of and only minimal lacing but carbonation was still there in appropriate levels. Hmmm. To each their own, I suppose.
08-27-2011 22:28:15 | More by tobelerone
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
Transcribed from my notebook.
Appears slightly cloudy bronzed reddish-orange, one finger head that recedes to a slick on the surface of the brew, some mediocre lacing is left behind...
At the very moment you take your first sniff, you know that you are holding a very large hop bomb. At first I get heavy pineapple, grapefruit peel, cannabis, clove, pepper, than I get medium onion and garlic, layered on top of lighter quantities of the grassy / floral / earthy noble hop spectrums, as well as a sturdy amount of sweet malt scent. The very first part of the sip hits your tongue with citric peel / sweet malt that is actually somewhat balanced, but that brief moment of harmony rapidly gets annihilated by the beer remembering that it is a hop bomb, and hitting your tongue with tremendous amounts of onion-garlic Simcoe-styled spiciness. And the finish is positively raw with the combination of onions and pine resinous bitters with a fair amount of hot booziness leaving you somewhat dried out. The body is medium-heavy, but not syrupy at all, for which I am grateful.
There is really nothing at all subtle about this beer, and if you don't like Simcoe, you should stay away. If you do like your onions and garlic in your beer, than this hop-bomb is pretty damn fun to experience at least once, although the price is kind of absurdly high. One "hop bomb" per week of something like this is more than enough to satisfy the masochistic tastebuds in my mouth.... I personally prefer the Oracle for doing the same thing only with less onion character.
08-27-2011 21:41:54 | More by WastingFreetime
3.65/5 rDev -6.4%
12oz bottle poured into a wine glass (from notes):
A: Pours deep red and hazy with about 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Leaves great lacing. Too red for my taste, but it's just a color...
S: I can tell this is going to be extreme... Huge hop character. Heavy on the herbal dank quality (weed), big pine, some floral notes, and some tropical fruit too. There is definitely an onion/garlic character, but not too bad. I get a little sweet malt, but way way in the background. The hops are almost overwhelming off the nose.
T: Hop bomb, check. Hop character follows the nose, albeit it more intense with a dank herbal-forward character and everything else fighting behind it. Onion/garlic come through stronger than the nose, but it's not too offensive. It's really just an incredibly potent hop explosion with massive pine bitterness emerging in the middle. Big, sweet malt base that gives a little big of candy-like quality to the citrus hop character. Finish is a little sticky sweet with massive lingering bitterness.
M: Practically a full body with moderate carbonation. As sticky and resinous as it gets. Fairly hot as well. Not an easy drinker.
O: Devil Dancer sure is a good name for this beast. It's up there with Hopsickle as the most outrageous hop-bomb I've ever had. That said, I'm not a fan of the dank herbal hop quality, it's just way too much for me, especially with the potent onion/garlic thing going on. It succeeds as an all-out, take no prisoners hop-bomb of epic proportions, but it's just not my thing. I really couldn't drink much of this stuff.
08-25-2011 00:25:04 | More by Satchboogie
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
didnt quite know what to expect going into this brew, but here goes nothing.
a-pours hazy dark orange/amber. very little head is white and disappears quickly.
s-some caramel malt then taken over by huge bitter hops. something spicy and peppery at the end as well
t-intensely hoppy and bitter. pine, grapefruit, orange zest and some more of that odd pepper flavor. seems unbalanced, but i suppose thats what it is supposed to be. a bit boozy as well. definitely a slow sipper.
m-again, alcohol is present. slightly oily feel, but enough carbonation to balance it out.
overall, I guess it is what it is...an out of balance hop-bomb. would be interesting to see what it was like with some age on it. seems a bit hot now and I dont know if i would necessarily seek it out again, but tasty no less.
08-22-2011 17:44:02 | More by crewfan16
3.55/5 rDev -9%
2011 Vintage. Poured into a tulip.
Appearance. Pours a hazy copper color. A finger of tope white head quickly dissipates to a thin layer around the glass.
Smell. Huge hop profile. Grassy, slightly herbal hop aromas are complemented by a nice citrus aroma as well. Not much malt profile here, totally dominated by hops.
Taste. A very brief amount of sweetness is noticable as it first touches the palate, but this is quickly taken over by a brief burst of citrus, namely grapefruit. An extreme bitterness takes over and dominates the palate. The finish is just a continuation of the bitterness before, but is also slightly dry.
Mouthfeel. Nice medium to heavy body. Fairly low amount of carbonation, but its not really missed.
This is really an extremely hoppy beer when its fresh. Definitely in need of some age.
08-21-2011 19:21:00 | More by jtingue
2.7/5 rDev -30.8%
12 oz bottle poured to Duvel Green tulip.
The appearance of this beer will be very memorable. Pours a very appealing ruby red with a tan-ish 2 inch head that leaves some of the best lacing I've ever seen.
Smell is of tropical fruits, pine, and dry hops. Everything you love to smell in a DIPA, but everything is too subtle. I was expecting a robust smell from a beer of this magnitude. I thought they would have to do a lot to cover up the booze, but I thought wrong.
Taste has a big malt backbone. It starts juicy and fruity with your typical mango, peach, pine , and grass. Then it is finished by the booze and extremely floral hops. There is something in this beer that is offensive, but I can't put my finger on it. Almost like tap water that has too much iron in it.
Mouthfeel is too creamy. Extremely low carbonation. The consistency is of a creamy Imperial Stout. I am having trouble getting this down.
Just not really into this one at all. Won't seek it out, but like always I'm glad I tried it.
08-21-2011 06:47:14 | More by DearthVader
3.7/5 rDev -5.1%
Review #999, the flip side of 666 for said namesake brew.
A – Peach ice-tea color. Disappointing head retention.
S – An interesting mix of bight sage and orange zest, with earthier tones of Mary Jane, and spicy notes of paprika and black pepper.
T – Super dry, right off the bat, and absolutely loaded with IBUs. Cinnamon, mustard powder, cedar, and huge herbal notes of sage, thyme and rosemary. Savory finish; almost like a pork dry rub. There’s a stunning lack of booze throughout the profile for a 12% beer.
M – Aridly dry, with a raw hop character throughout. Modest level of carbonation.
O – A liquid shot of hops.
08-20-2011 23:11:25 | More by vfgccp
3.48/5 rDev -10.8%
Bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: A deep orange/brown with a nice head that is lingers. This beer is also creating some really nice lacing.
S: Floral and citrus hop smell is the only thing I can detect in the aroma. A smell I happen to like a lot, but not a very complex beer. It pretty much has me making the assumption the only flavor will be intense bittering hops.
T: There is an off flavor in this that is pretty strange and I am not sure how to describe it. The booze is definitely noticeable in the middle of the taste and the finish is extremely dry and bitter with floral hops.
M: This beer feels pretty average in my mouth and how I would expect the style to feel. It may feel a little thinner and watery than other Imperial IPA's I have had, but not bad.
O: This isn't one of my favorite Imperial IPA's I have ever had, but its not bad. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in the taste, which isn't a terrible thing, but it's not a great one either. The main flavor is extreme bitterness which I like but it's pretty one sided. A lot more complexity could be present and that much hop flavor could easily hide any flaws. An okay beer.
08-20-2011 15:47:01 | More by jifigz
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
From a 12oz bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: It's a very red-orange color. I got no head on this pour. There is no lacing on the top of the beer, and after a couple of sips, there is none on the sides of the glass either.
Smell: The smell is pretty spectacular I think. You get slapped with a sense of booze, but your face is comforted with notes of citrus.
Taste: The initial taste is good. It's somewhat sweet. The aftertaste is really bitter though. Picture planting an orange tree or maybe even a grapefruit tree. Take the dirt around the tree, and somehow infuse it into the beer. You can definitely feel the alcohol, but the bitterness is more overwhelming. It lingers much more than the alcohol does.
Mouthfeel: It's pretty thick. There really isn't any carbonation at all.
Overall: It's not my favorite. But I could drink it again. The smell is much, much better than the taste. And the bitterness is probably what kills it for me.
08-20-2011 01:00:17 | More by nmbr0ne
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
12 oz. bottle poured into an RR -tion glass.
Appearance - Burnt orange body that isn't as cloudy as I'd expect. No head and no lacing. Looks kinda lifeless, but that's what I'd expect from a 12% ABV IPA.
Smell - Strong citrus aroma, but it's immediately overtaken by caramel malt and booze. I'm amazed any hops come through at all.
Taste - I'm amazed it tastes as good as it does. Hops at the front. You can tell it's citrus, but it's so malty that it doesn't last. Caramel and a bit of sweetness. Nowhere near as much sweetness as I thought it would be. Strong bitter finish and a lot of booze.
Mouthfeel - Thick and syrupy. Low carbonation and boozy. Everything wrong with an IPA, but somehow I want to keep drinking it. Very bitter finish, but it's good.
Overall - It's tough to rate it. For what it is, it's good. It's an over-the-top IPA and it actually tastes good. Much more drinkable than 120 and Double Crooked Tree.
08-19-2011 02:20:45 | More by Alieniloquium
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
I loved this brew. The 12%abv is most definitly there and the hops are in your face but a very easy drinking 12%abv as long as your sipping and respect the 12%abv because it will grab you. With every drink I felt as if this beer was evolving and I loved every bit of it. I would easily drink this brew again.
08-19-2011 00:23:48 | More by STKPICR0720
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,969 ratings.