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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,038
Reviews: 1,334
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 280
Gots: 690 | FT: 33
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!

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%

Thanks to Shane for splitting this one with me. Been wanting to try it for a while.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with no head and a little bit of lacing.

S: Lots of malt and alcohol with some very faint hop and citrus presence. Some caramel and toffee, as well as a bid of doughy bread. Was expecting more of a hop explosion.

T: A bit harsh from the alcohol. There is a lot of toffee and caramel, and very little hop presence - no pine or citrus really to speak of.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit on the syrupy side.

O: Disappointing, probably the first beer from Founders that I haven't at least enjoyed. Usually their beers are right up my ally, but this one misses the mark.

mdaschaf, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Illegible bottle date but the guy at the store said it was fresh.
Pours a copper color with about a finger of off white head. Looks similar to the many pumpkin beers I've been drinking lately. Left some sticky lacing.

As soon as I popped open the bottle the smell of hops ambushed my nose. Underneath of the huge hops there is a sweet caramel malt backbone. Alcohol is noticeable. Definitely smells like a big beer.

Taste is pretty similar to the smell.Piney hops up front followed by sweet caramel malt. It finishes dry and bitter. The after taste sticks around for quite a while.

A medium amount of carbonation helps break up the astringency and bittness.
Took me a while to finish this one.
Its one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had for sure. Definitely a must try for a hophead.

IdrinkGas, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of mactrail
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%

Another junior high school chemistry experiment. It does have a lot of rich malt and plenty of sugar. Unidentifiable fruit going bad is next. Then the hops start in. Quite a bewildering smorgasbord of hop flavors but the bitterness prevents any real tasting. Very acidic. Aftertaste is like canned grapefruit juice left in the refrigerator. Woody, teeth-on-edge harshness. Orange amber color is fine.

I just don't see the point in this exercise. Seems like a waste of so many hops, but let's support our farmers.

mactrail, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +11%

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Pours hazy amber-copper with a small tan head. The head fades slowly to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are huge notes of grapefruit and citrus peel, along with funk, caramel, pepper, grain and a touch of pine. The flavor is moderately sweet with intensely bitter hops. Dominant notes in the flavor are citrus peel, toasty caramel malts, resin and pine. The finish is long and bitter with resiny hops. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great triple IPA.

CuriousMonk, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of ahq514
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours a dark golden reddish color. Has a small head that diminishes to a chunky film on top of the beer. Appears to have low carbonation. Laces fairly nicely.

Wow this has a complex aroma. There are so many things going on in there. Lots of herb/floral aromas mixed in there with some citrus. People were right when they said there was a little bit of garlic and onion in there. Has a sort of stale peanut aroma to it as well. I'm assuming these all come from varieties of hops, of which I am more unfamiliar with. Sweet malt is hidden by the hop complexities. This is a big bold beer. For that I commend it, but some of those aromas are a little off putting.

Never tasted anything like this before. Bitter, citrus hops hit you in the face right away, but it doesn't linger around long. The oniony/stale peanuttiness/weird herbs that I got in the aroma comes through strong here. I think this flavor will stay in my mouth longer than actual onions do. I can tell there is some sweet malt in there, but the hops flavors just dominate so much. As it warms up there is a little bit more bitterness.

Pretty full beer and low carbonation, exactly what I enjoy for this style. Definitely want to take it easy and sip this beer over at least an hour. This is definitely a sipper.

Overall, this is an incredibly complex beer that runs the gamut on a large variety of aromas and taste. Bitter, but not as much as I was expecting. Wish I didn't have to score this one, its so different from anything else. Onion flavors were just as appealing as they were repulsing, as weird as that sounds. While this may not be my favorite beer, I applaud Founders for doing something different. Will probably sip on this for the next 1 1/2 hours or so and see how it changes as it warms.

ahq514, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

Disclaimer: This bottle is about 3 months old.

A: Poured into my SN XXX glass, this brew pours hellish orange with a red tint. The orange cream head simply settles to a ring. The color is fair, but the lack of head is disappointing.

S: The aroma smells like raw hops, heavy caramel malt, and a nice boozy sting.

T: The flavor of this beer at three months of age is similar to a high quality barley wine. This brew has a nice hop bit on this finish, however, any detail in the flavors of the hops are skewed by the intense caramel malt in this beer. Nice flavors of toffee and dark fruit.

MF: Mouthfeel is full, but is lacking a full carbonation.

Overall, this is a great beer. Not a "triple IPA" at this point, but closer to a barley wine, and an damn good one. Thanks again to Chris and Matt Capone for this brew.

TKEbeerman, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of baconbourbon
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Appearance - Lots of lacing, a nice copper tone to the body. This guy looks good.

Smell - A very strong mixture of citrus hops and malt. The smell is inredibly complex.

Taste - Extremely bitter with a nice malty after taste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and sticky. The alcohol content is quite noticable.

Overall - This is an impressive exercise in brewing, but that's about it. It's an all around good beer, but nothing spectacular.

baconbourbon, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

12 oz bottle. Bottling date is unreadable.

Penny copper body. Tiny, tan tinged head that doesn't leave much covering. Some lacing on the glass.

Peach, mango, papaya and some skunk weed on the nose. Light spicing. Lots of sweet caramel candy. Over all sweet smelling on the nose.

An all out hop assault. Some tropical fruit sweetness leads to an intense pine and floral bitterness. Pepper and some caramel and biscuit malts. These are immediately beaten down by an extreme bitterness that completely dries out the mouth and leaves some burning alcohol flavors in the mouth.

Balance is nowhere to be seen. I know that I should probably ding this beer for that, but the bitterness compels me to keep drinking it. It just destroys your mouth, and leaves you wanting more. As a Triple IPA should. Very good.

litheum94, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz. bottle with "Bottled on 6/2/11" printed on the neck of the bottle.

Pours a hazy red-orange color and is topped by one finger's worth of cream colored foam that has settled to pretty thin lace after a few minutes. Sticky hops make the head retention impressive on this one despite being so high in alcohol.

Smell is malt heavy with sticky/grassy hops not too far behind the initial malt-wall.

Wow! More of the same in the taste. A huge uppercut of malty goodness followed by a backhand across the face of sticky hops. Sweet finish with a lingering bitterness.

Thick full bodied mouthfeel with a sticky syrupy character.

It's not really fair to put this up against the likes of other elite DIPAs, because this is more of a hopped up Barleywine. An enjoyable brew never the less.

Morey's Bottom Line: A sipper to be sure. Not sure I like the release date on this one. Would prefer a fall/winter release, but I'll take it when I can get it. Big Beer....not for the inexperienced.

Morey, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy body with a tawny hue. Poured with a very thin layer of tan foam. Pretty mellow appearance.

Smell: aroma is reminiscent of a strong ale with a big malt character and tons of hops. Hop complexity is nice with herbal, spicy and even a little bit of citrus character. I like it.

Taste: big malt backbone and a massive bitterness. Flavor is good with a complex hop bill similar to the aroma, but it is a little bit of a mess. I like it, but it lacks refinement.

Mouthfeel: big body with a decent carbonation yielding a silky, somewhat creamy texture. For the style and the ABV, it is quite nice.

Overall: this is an enjoyable strong ale / double IPA / whatever. Like I said, it is a bit all over the place, but it is still a pretty tasty quaff.

flagmantho, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of dfclav
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%

A - a dark amber / bronzelike pour with a decent two finger head that doesn't hang around for long but leaves decent patchy lacing.

S - the aroma is actually a bit boozy with a whole bunch of hops. Grapefruit is a big standout, but it also has a subtle scent of tropical fruit. A bunch of sweet caramel malts in there as well, like a barleywine or an old ale. Pretty decent

T - first sip leaves a good grapefruit flavor that starts off complex as if it's going to bring you a bunch of tropical flavors. Sadly, as the complexity starts to show, aspirin-like bitterness slams you in waves. Hop resins slightly coat the tongue, but not as much as I've experienced in less hop-forward IPA's. A bit of a pine hop kick toward the end but fairly dominated by the bitterness. Not as boozy as I would think given that it's 12% so good job there.

M - pretty damn thick, but about what I was expecting for a "triple IPA" carbonation level is ok, but I think it could be a bit more. Resins coat the tongue slightly but the bitterness is more noticed in the back of the throat then on the tongue.

O - well, it's boundary pushing but that doesn't mean it's great. I wasn't extremely impressed here, but they did do a great job hiding the alcohol. Founders is a fantastic brewery and I am happy they do things like this. This one isn't a big hit in my book, but it wouldn't keep me from buying more offerings from a brewery if this was some new brewery and they released something like this. Have to applaud the effort.

dfclav, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

two 6 ounce pours shared with a friend. Paired with sharp cheddar cheese and colemans mustard and dark pretzels.

A: Super murky amber haze. Very little head, looks sort of like dirty pond water, I am not too appetized, but more intimidated by its looks.

S: The smell is extremely potent, Dank Weed, Onions, Chives, and earthy red grapes.

T: Wow this is one of the most unique beers I've ever tried. It tastes like marijuana juice, the hop oils are intense and the finish is dry and bitter. This is what I imagine sucking on a hops lollipop would taste like. Tere is a distinct hop spice. Its hard to comment on the sweet maltiness of it as the hops totally wreck yr pallette and coat your mouth and tongue, but there is an obvious strong malt backbone to this beer. I think this extreme beer tastes wonderful and slightly frightening at the same time.

M: This is a total sipper of a beast. I am drinking it almost like a scotch , slow and intently. I like sloshing it around my mouth, especially the tip of the tongue to begin, there is so much flavor to be detected in this beer, all the flavor zones in your mouth should be affected if you move it around. I wouldn't start the evening this as you won't taste much else afterward.

O: Overall, this is a ridiculous beer. My tongue is numb, I am slightly scared, but I welcome this experience now, and will revisit at some point in the indeterminate future. This is maybe the most intense beer I have ever tried, my mouth is on fire, I feel like the Devil IS dancing on my tongue, and Why did I so this to myself? However, I highly recommend trying this beer with a friend, it is just too much beer to handle alone, metaphysically speaking.

Avantyawn, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled: 06/02/2011. 112 IBUs!

A: It pours burnt-orange with a finger of off-white head that laces well.

S: Heavy floral hoppiness, backing caramel maltiness, and some alcohol peaking through.

T: Orange marmalade, rose water, and plenty of alcohol.

M: Thick, syrupy, and relatively low carbonation.

O: Not as hoppy as I imagined. Booze is hidden okay.

bucklemyshoe, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of caddybuyer
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%

A-Pours a ruddy veiled crimson amber with a thin scuddy head that fades to a ring in the glass. Cool color.

S-This may be cold, but it is an odd nose...almost onion like...garlic? I am not picking up any malt here at all. Not sure about this.

T-Whew....this is a palate wrecker if there ever was one. Intense onion bitterness quickly gives way to a full bodied malt sweetness in an odd reversal of a typical flavor profile. A strange fresh fruity undertone is present throughout this. Pineapple? This is not terribly complex...just brutal.

M-Oily, rich and full....I can't imagine you can brew a TIPA any other way.

O-Great poster child for extreme beer. Better than the totally undrinkable and utterly nasty 120 minute, this is an answer to a question that I for one, did not ask. I love a great strong ale. This is fun, but good, it aint.

caddybuyer, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Caramel colored body with an off white head.

Caramel, citrus and candied fruits on the nose.

That is one BIG freaking beer. The flavor leads down the same path as the aroma. Sweet caramel malt first, grapefruit, tangerine, and vanilla. Bitterness reaches every bit of 112 IBUs, but there is very little boozy flavor given a 12% ABV. Very bitter with massive, Barleywine level malt character, but the depth of hop flavor is dissapointing given the dry hop regiment, hype, and price tag.

Full, sticky, oily body.

Drinkability is pretty low here. While the ABV is well hidden, the hop flavor doesn't make up for the intense hop bitterness. All pain and no gain. Dissapointed here, had a hard time finishing it. I guess this was more beer than I could handle.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of harrymel
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Bottle date partially rubbed off: so unk

A: Pours a nice ruddy amber ale with less than a finger of creamy foam which dissipates to a sheet of the same. No lace.

S: Wow, this shit's dank like a mutha' fucka' (insert Sam Jackson voice over). I really can't smell anything beyond the weed notes. Jesus, this takes me back to high school. I really can't imagine a "triple IPA", but I'm convinced this is the definition.

T: Snap! Weed, lemon rinds, rosemary (burnt), body odor, onion, more weed. Goddam this is hardcore. I like it....too much.

M: Medium bodied with moderate on low carb. Man, this beer is fucking intense, I struggle to care about anything except to say, the hops are insane!!!!

O: Wowzaa! I haven't had a hop bomb like this in years. I mean, when you first start drinking IPA's and you look for the most intense oral hop rape?! Yeah, this does that....again. Fuck me rotten this is insane. I can't even tell if I like it cuz I finished so fast, which makes me want more! Like my first piece of pussy.

harrymel, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of forcedlaughter
3/5  rDev -23.1%

I love a good DIPA (Triple IPA? Sounds gimmicky) but this thing was the most unbalanced waste of my time.

Looks fine, smells pretty good, but then it just assaults your mouth with onion and garlic and hops and alcohol...and nothing else.

This can only happen in America. I love Founders, but leave this to DFH or someone. No class, just a very poor example of a style that can be truly great.

forcedlaughter, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%

Received 12oz bottle in trade. Poured bottle into Belgian Tulip.

A: Cloudy orange color. Decent head and lacing.

S: Wow. Pine and more pine. Not much else.

T: Same. Intensely piney, and a lot of onion. Very bitter. The malt backbone is pretty non-existent.

M: Full bodied. Well carbonated.

O: Not crazy about this one. Bitter, but lacking. I just can't really get into it.

avaldivia, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

A- Poured a cloudy, dark orange body. Thin, white, one finger head that doesn't stay around long. Very little lacing. Too be expected with 12% abv.

S- Holy Hop! Such a variety of hop aromas. Tropical fruit, citrus, honey, pine, and an earthy fragrance dominate the aroma. Bits of caramel malts poke through in the back.

T- Wonderful notes of tropical fruit, honey, citrus, and earthy hops are perfectly balanced with a malt sweetness. Not overly bitter. You barely notice the 12% abv.

M- Great. Very full and rich. Almost creamy, in fact.

Jishguy, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of phiberoptik
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.

phiberoptik, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
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.


TheBeerAlmanac, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of shortbus7
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.

shortbus7, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Holland
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.

Holland, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of output01x
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.

output01x, Sep 06, 2011
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,038 ratings.