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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,753 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 268
Gots: 603 | FT: 25
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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:
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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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a ruby red with just a slight amount of haze to it. A small head, about half finger's worth. Recedes quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

S- Big amounts of hops and tropical fruit. I can definitely pick up a lot of alcohol as well. Just the slightest bit of malt on the tail end.

T- Big bitter hops right away. Lots of pine with a tropical twist. A little bit of a grassy note and big alcohol. Almost a little too boozy for my liking.

M- Medium to full bodied that is quite chewy. Not a lot of carbonation in the mouth feel. A big alcohol burn on the back of the throat.

D- One and done for sure. Seems to be bordering on barleywine territory. This one seems ageable but a lot of hops would be lost. I rarely say this but it might be way to boozy, even for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 18:25:12 | More by Wisconsinality
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GOGRANDE

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark amber with a white head and sticky legs. Looks like lots of hop oils in there. It also looks really juicy and full in body.

S: sweet malty fruity nose with some gassy hops too.

T: mmm sweet and fruity with lots of hops. Juicy with pinapple, citrus zing, maybe a pinch of green apple, and a dry hop finish. Sticks very well to the pallet.

M: same as most DIPA or in this case triple IPA. Nice and full, creamy, and juicy. I like it.

Thoughts* I think this is a great beer. I like a balance of sweet and hoppy IPA's but I dont think they should label it as a triple IPA. DIPA would be more suitable.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 22:13:07 | More by GOGRANDE
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

With VDubb's urging, I delve into a "triple IPA". It pours a hazy orange amber with only a small layer of bubbles functioning as a head. The nose comprises a somewhat balanced effort between heavy pine notes (both needle and sap) and thick, sweet caramel. Neither side o'ermatches the other without input from the latter. The taste isn't much of a change of pace, though here the piny notes really start to assert themselves on the back end. The caramel doesn't go without a fight, though. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and a thick, gooey feel. Overall, a decent hoppy IPA, but not something to indulge in too often.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:09:41 | More by TMoney2591
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curly31989

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect when I popped the cap on this one. It seems that you either love it or hate it.

A- This was a deep redish gold color with a medium cream head.

S- There were a lot of hops coming from this one with notes of pineapple and other citrus flavors.

T- This beer tasted better as the night wore on. I had this just below room temp which allowed for a strong malt backbone to complement the enormous amount of bitter hops.

M- This was a medium body, lower viscousity than I expected.

D- Well I can't imagine drinking more than one of these. Not only is the ABV extremely high but the hops pretty much determine your pallet for the rest of the evening. If you going to open one up, make sure you have a free evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 17:15:23 | More by curly31989
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beergod1

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a lasting white head. Aroma starts with sweet malts and finishes with a deep hop character, but not a crisp, citrusy hop? Hard to describe. Sugary malts are immediately counteracted by resinous, cloying/sticky hops, citrusy unlike the aroma. Smooth and very easy drinking for the ABV. Deceptive. After drinking this monster, I tasted the viscous hops on my lips several minutes after. 1 of these at a time is enough for me....but what a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 16:19:28 | More by beergod1
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TexIndy

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 5/17/10 lasered onto the neck. Was a slightly hazy amber color. Few stray carb bubbles. It had a small head that quickly settled into a thin collar and thin wisps. Good lacing but not much sticking.

The aroma was heavy on the caramel malt with lots of alcohol presence. Not much hop aroma which is surprising for a 3XIPA. Very disappointing. The taste had more of the hop flavor but again was very lacking for the style. Starts out very sweet and as that fades the alcohol shows up then that fades and a touch of moderately bitter hops hit at the end. Medium to full mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Slightly bitter and alcoholish aftertaste.

Overall, an average to good IPA that really disappointed. One of the few Founders misses for me. Way too sweet and the alcohol was too present. And it lacked hops! Not avail here in TX so got one during my Indy trip and shipped back. Rotation - if avail near me: I might try one again if I could get right after the release so the hops were at the freshest but other than that one is enough. [N;N]

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 23:31:50 | More by TexIndy
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. stubby bottle with a bottling date of 5-17-2010. Poured into a tulip glass and enjoyed at around room temperature.

Appearance: Deep amber to medium brown in color with a one finger beige head and average retention. Leaves a lacing around the side of teh glass throughout.

Aroma: Strong pine with a little criturs, particularly grapefruit, mixed in. A surprisingly strong malt backbone presents with caramel.

Taste: Hops and more hops. Pine and grapefruit notes everywhere. Even though this is a little old, the hops really are still strong, just a little astrigent. Nice malt backbone here too as there are butterscotch and caramel notes here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and pretty heavily bodied for an IPA. Still manages to keep a good crispness with the carbonation.

Drinkability: The ABV doesn't feel as strong as it is, but the hops would make more than a couple of these just too much, even for the most experienced hophead.

Overall, an extreme yet balanced triple IPA. Definitely not something I would call sessionable, but I found the experience enjoyable. Definitely a beer that needs to be tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 19:27:42 | More by Gosox8787
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jmhart

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack at Green's on Ponce for ~$18. A tad pricey(not Green's, the beer).

Poured into a snifter

A- Deep rich amber-red. Slightly hazy. Bubbles stream up from the center and sides like a good champagne. Nice and carbonated. Not a huge head on the poor, but it forms a delcious foamy almond colored lace atop the beer and crawling up the sides. Been in the glass for almost 10 minutes now, with at least 3 sips, and the lace just keeps growing. Really beautiful. This is what beer is supposed to look like.

S- Caramel malt goodness followed up by apricots and dates. No hop presence on the nose.

T- Caramel/nutty start, followed up by raisins and dates and some other berry flavor. Has a bittersweet hop finish.

M- Thick and creamy. Rolls across your tongue again and again and again. Warm dry finish from the hops and alcohol. Deliciously creamy with a firm body, a lot like a good west coast barleywine.

D- A bit too dry without some other hop flavors on the finish for me and I wish it were a bit more herbaceous in the smell, but all around a terrific brew, but at $18/four pack, it's a bit too steep for my taste.

I understand referencing other brews while reviewing may be taboo, but, to give someone an idea of the flavor: imagine a dry hopped 12% Raison D'etre.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 20:33:55 | More by jmhart
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DwnTwnBwn

California

2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank from a tulip glass

A - Looks tasty. Nice copper color. Laced somewhat well. Slight haze.

S - Not too complex. Grassy hop notes. Not much else.

T - Falls flat on its face here. The hops are all mangled and mostly just bitter. Little to no flavor. Tastes of onions. Almost a drain pour. The malt is almost missing for 12%

M - Good carbonation. Medium body.

O - Disappointing coming from founders. Seems like they tried too hard with the hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 05:31:46 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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stonelis

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orange to amber color. Very thin head, Citrus smell. Wow, this is definately a hopped up barley wine. bitter, malty, sticky sweet. alcohol is present. While I think this is a great beer, I couldn't drink too many of these. maybe some cellaring would tame this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 13:01:24 | More by stonelis
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle into a Founders Tulip

A: Pours a brilliant orange/red color. Not much head, just a few bubbles floating atop the beer.

S: Huge hop aroma. Big citrus hops and inviting sweetness. Smells as good as any DIPA I've had yet.

T: Super bitter. If you are drinking multiple beers, make this the last, as the 112 IBUs will do a job on your palate. That said, the beer isn't completely unbalanced, as there is some heft in the malt department to help offset the almost overwhelming bitterness. If you love big hops, this beer is for you.

M: Medium bodied, lighter than I like my DIPAs. Not thin, but flavors this big deserve a big thick beer.

D: Each sip invites the next. Not a super complex beer, but one that struts its stuff quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:47:43 | More by mondegreen
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stewart124

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass this is almost ruby red with a thin white head.

The nose is a nice perfume of citrus and fruity esters. Some apple and mango stick out.

Whoa! This is big! Huge mouthfeel and loads of hop bitterness! This obviously lingers quite a bit and punishes the tastebuds.

The alcohol is present but subdued by the hops. Pine and huge amounts of citrus hit the tastebuds but this blends very well with generous crystal malts.

Finish is a lingering hop bitterness and quite dry.

Another delicious creation by Founders. I am not sure you could pack much more bitterness in an IPA. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:41:15 | More by stewart124
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.
Brewed on date of 5/17/10

A - Cloudy medium amber colour with half a finger of thick bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Intense bitter aroma of hops up front that are well balanced by a sweet caramel malt nose that becomes more and more prevalent after the initial smell. The hops are grapefruit and piney.

T - Followed the nose. As was expected with a 12% ABV beer, there is a robust taste of bitter hops and very sweet caramel malts that balance each other out equally. The hops are pine and citrus and are very bitter up front but are mellowed out by the sweet malts and then return in the finish to leave a lingering bitter hop taste that exists for minutes after each mouthfull.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Thick and silky for an imperial IPA.

D - This one grew on me as I got half way through it. It is a very in your face beer but mellows out a little as you drink it. I would love to try this again and even more so on tap. Not my favourite imperial IPA, but a very good one.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:35:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Thank you to Mike (busternuggz) for this!

Pours a hazy copper/orange, fingers of faint orange tinted white head.Slow to dissipate, but no lacing.

Lots of bitterness, hops, citrus (grapefruit), and a hint of sweetness.

Wow, thats an intense taste! The alcohol is there, but there is a plethora of flavors going on, it's easy to over look it. Big citrus notes. The bitterness is stabbing, but it finishes with a semi sweet, but more bittersweet note. There is a little ending alcohol burn.

The mouth is naturally on the heavier end of medium. It's got a bit of silkiness, creaminess, and smoothness about it. Slightly coating.

This is a dangerously drinkable TIPA!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 23:50:20 | More by EgadBananas
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EchoCharlieEcho

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light, hazy amber with maybe 1/4'' off-white head. Settles down to a ring and some light lacing.

S: Floral, citrus, and pine hops at first with a hint of caramel malts. As it warms, it strengthens and tropical fruits take center stage. The malts become more pronounced as well.

T: Citrus and pine hops, with grapefruit being a little dominant. Caramel malts balance it out. As it warms, the flavor is stronger and blood orange comes through and the malts remind me more of toffee.

M: Medium to full-bodied, medium carbonation. A little hot.

D: I'm really enjoying this. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming, even at 12%. The profile changes dramatically as it warms; it actually seems playful. I'll be looking for this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 19:32:02 | More by EchoCharlieEcho
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The infamous devil dancer. Paid 7.50 at Fox Chapels Beer Nutz. Lowest price in town!

A - A really deep amber hue. Seems to be a cross between an orange with red highlights.

S - Ow wow! I sniffed it from the bottle and got a strong citrus but upon pouring it into my pub glass I got a strong tobacco like piney smell with spicy malt character. Overwhelming.

T - Really strong pine. The dry hopping here is the most I ever experienced in a beer. The bitterness was not as over welling as associated in other reviews I thought. The malt almost gave it a candy like experience but the bitter hops were the star of this show.

M - Bitter. Filling. ABV well hidden. This beer was almost a mystery on the mouth.

D - Well at 7.50 a pop it isn't an unreasonable cost to pay for the experience of trying a triple IPA but understandably it really is too much to pay for it repeatably. Also I really do not appreciate dry hopping enough to really enjoy this beer. I know it was a lot of effort to produce a beer like this and I enjoyed it regardless of repeated consumption.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 06:36:17 | More by DrDemento456
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 update, bottled June 2nd, enjoyed July 19th. Aroma and flavor are very heavy in marijuana and onions. Wow. Like REALLY heavy in those to flavors. Quite different than my notes of the 2010 vintage. I can see how this can be a polarizing beer. Good bitterness but not off the charts. Strong malt backbone. Will probably cellar one. Do have a 2010 I will crack open soon for comparison.

Original review, August 5, 2010:
12oz bottled on May 28, 2010. Pours lightly hazy orange/amber/copper with a one finger light tan head, leaves some spots of lacing and holds a light foamy cap. Aroma is heavy earthy, grassy and floral hops, some citrus and pine, light tropical fruits underneath, some caramel and bread. Only moderate strength, however. Does get better as it warms. Huge flavor of resinous and citrus rind hops, some pine, very bitter, a strong caramel malt presence is here, but it is short lived as the finish is an even bigger wave of biting bitterness and a kick of alcohol that only adds to the effect. Excellent. Mouthfeel is full, oily with sharp carbonation. I love ’em bitter and this is one of the best I’ve had yet.

Appearance 4, Smell 4, Taste 4.5, Mouthfeel 3.5, Overall 4.5, Score 4.28

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 02:14:21 | More by elgiacomo
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Augustiner719

New York

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

***200th Review***

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: Pours a very decadent reddish brown viscous color with almost 100% clarity. Does have some hop haze but really a filtered kind of look. The head is just off white, like eggshell with lots of little crators like honeycomb in it. Really sticky looking too. Not fantastic lacing but thats due to the booze in this guy.

Smell: The smell is unreal. Has a very sweet yet blanced sticky aroma of sugary pine needles, honeycomb and even some nice toasted pine cone. Also has that rich grapefruit aroma but caramalized. Sweet orange peel and candied lemons are very dominant.

Taste: This might be a dissapointment. going back to another sip to adjust my palate. Really not that overly hoppy. This is a dry hop monster but really this beer just tastes like hop steeped booze. Has a rum like sweetness mixed with the alcohol burn. Also has a a real bitter grapefruit and citrus pith overbearing taste on the finish mixed with the booze burn. On the plus side, its really malty and tries to get balanced but the booze and bitterness overbears.

Mouthfeel: For a beer this high in alcohol, its suprisingly carbonated well. really has the feel of a dipa, but overly bitter dry finish is not pleasing.

Drinkability: This beer is drinkable, but i would age it or at least let it sit open for a while to mellow. the bitterness and booze overpowers this. This one is very fresh and really needs time in the bottle. Drink this like a whisky, or a fine cognac in slow sips as its just too powerful and boozy right now.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:37:08 | More by Augustiner719
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip at Local Option...Pours a light orange clear, nice lacing...The aroma is super strong and acidic, its a biting hops, almost so strong that it disappears after awhile, possibly from olfactory fatigue....The taste is very bitter from start to finish but once again its so strongly bitter it somehow is less biting than you would think it is. Pine resin hop bitter from start to finish.

I actually like this pretty, very strong, a hop head must, but for sure worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 21:21:53 | More by jrallen34
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Vinyeard

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap, had nice solid rust color never had a triple IPA so i was expecting it be harsh... and it was not at all but you could not have more than one. it is a 12% beer very strong very good. I highly suggest more people get out there and try to track this bad boy down as im sure if anyone is from jersey on here good beer is not hard to find but you gotta drive around and look for the good ones

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 20:25:11 | More by Vinyeard
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seh410

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Reddish color, cloudy, no head to speak of but leaves very pretty lacing on the glass as you sip

Aroma: Fruity and citrusy hops, smells sweet and a little fruity, possibly picking up apples?

Taste: smokey, extremely bitter, earthy hops and dried fruit. There's quite a bite from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, coats the tongue, feels very full in the mouth

Notes: Not really drinkable, sadly. It's very heavy and you can taste every bit of the 12% ABV. I actually found it to be rather syrupy and cloying, most likely a result of the super high ABV. I split a 10oz and felt that was too much. For me, one sip was enough.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 19:29:14 | More by seh410
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farrago

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finger plus of deep tan foam with an orange tint, pretty good density but has a lot of larger bubbles which hampers retention, slow and steady dissolve the lacing more thick streaks than "lace" per se. Burnt reddish orange color, close to brick-like, clear and close to full transparency, close to zero bubbles visible inside the glass (as opposed to outside the glass). Drives into your nose like a pick, even the ample honey, caramel and pine sap can't lessen the brunt of the highly herbaceous hoppiness and sour white to pink grapefruit, close to having a salty saline quality, the pineapple, nectarine, mango, papaya, kiwi fruit scents leaden and gluey, leaves you suspecting that there's more complexity under the massive density but you're not getting much of it. Full-bodied is putting it "lightly," hard to imagine an IPA more densely packed, little sense of movement, impressive if tiring. Pink grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin orange all juicy if not quite vivid. The nectarine, guava, mango, pineapple, apricot fruit steamrolled by the bitterness of the hops, so hard to focus on anything but those hops. Still, there's some molasses and brown sugar as well as pine, can't say it's that floral, would require airiness for that. I respect pushing the envelope but this is too over the top and just very hard to enjoy in its immediacy in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 03:20:02 | More by farrago
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HitokiriNate85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Lightly hazy, red body with a copper tinge around the edges. Fluffy, creamy tan head that might actually have some staying power. Leaves some half rings of lacing, which is pretty nice considering the ABV and lower carbonation.

S - Big citrus notes up front. Pineapple, mango with pine in the background. There's also a fair deal of malt to stand up. Honey, burnt caramel.

T - The nose carries through pretty well, but the hop character leans much more towards a small amount of grapefruit and bitter, resiny flavor. There's plenty of malt to counter. The same honey-ish notes from before mixed with caramel, and sweetness comes in to really push them through. Alcohol comes through in the finish, but it's very well handled for the ABV. I've had plenty of beers below 10% that showed their weight just as much.

MF - Incredibly thick and silky with light carbonation. In short, it's huge beer and it shows here.

D - Definitely on the lower end of the style. It's a huge beer with lots of sweetness that doesn't lean towards explosive hop flavor like a lot of other DIPAs. I can't imagine having more than one. It's not at all my preference for DIPAs(I completely prefer Double Trouble), but it's distinct and I can appreciate what Founder's is doing.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:43:29 | More by HitokiriNate85
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$19.99 / 4-pk.

A: Hazy deep copper body, with a big tight head of low retention leaving moderate lacing, and a creamy cover.

S: Apricots and grapefruit. Sweet but complimentary malt character. Absolutely fantastic.

T: Sweet malty backbone. Apricots and citrus in the background. Strong resinous hop character. Strong bitter aftertaste, but not the least boozy.

M: Medium body, and low to medium carbonation. Hop oil character, but crisp. (I know)

D: Not a session beer, but at 12% two is plenty.

O: Very good strong IPA. Amazing aroma and sure to impress any IPA enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:59:54 | More by dpnelson1978
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scottfrie

California

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter. A big thanks to HosP for this one!

A: Pours a brownish-ruby amber with an unimpressively thin tan head that quickly disappeared despite a very rigorous pour.
S: Big perfumey citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, mango and caramel malt.
T: Much more a barleywine than a big DIPA. Much maltier than the nose suggested. Hops come through with very fruity and citrusy. That said the hop flavor can easily be described as "juicy" with a honey-like sweetness to it. Flavors are bold and powerful. Aftertastes lingers with a light bitterness and tangerine rind flavor.
M: Full bodied with low carbonation and a viscous heavy mouthfeel. Very thick and heavy. Big alcohol presence that isn't hot on the palate but warms yours belly. Bitterness is surprisingly low for an IPA, but then again, this tastes like a big barleywine.
D: Not enough carb and a big alcohol punch make this beer drinkable, but not super enjoyable. A bit of a letdown. Aged a few years this would make a heck of a barleywine. Right now it's just an okay DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:48:54 | More by scottfrie
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,753 ratings.