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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,272 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,272
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 288
Gots: 729 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

Clear ruby grapefruit in color with deep, dark auburn edges and a thin khaki colored head that leaves the glass completely sticky and messy with sheets, spots, and lines of lacing.

I've never really quite known what people meant when they said their IPA smells like onion, until now! This beer is full of raw onion aroma--not quite enough to make me cry, but, it's starting to feel like I should! There's a bit of earth and grass character as well, along with some garlic, strangely enough, but the onion aroma is certainly dominant.

This is drinkable, but hardly. The onion and garlic flavors present again, and those aren't exactly flavors I look for in my DIPAs. The level of bitterness is huge, there's a touch of warming alcohol, though not nearly as much I feared. There's some piney and citrus hop flavors hidden underneath there somewhere...maybe?

Medium mouthfeel, oily, with low carbonation.

I wish I could bottle the rest of this so my friends could taste how terrible it is. I'm cruel.

**If given the chance to try this beer fresh, I will revisit my review, as the bottle I had was about 5 months old.**

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Devil Dancer has a very hazy body that is dark orange in color. The head is very thin and off-white. Retention is OK, but the lacing never really materializes.

The aroma is quite sweet, mixing juicy, citrus hops and a considerable malt base. Very leafy and resinous also. The hops absolutely dominate the aroma.

Devil Dancer's hop profile is quite good, as it is very juicy and fairly bright. Lots of citrus flavors come through immediately, bringing with them quite a bit of bitterness. Resin and leafy hops come through also, bringing even more bitterness. The hops never really die down in this one, but eventually I do notice the malt, which is caramel flavored and quite sweet. The malt profile is pretty big on this one too, which isn't a surprise considering it's a huge beer. With that said, the hops definitely are the dominant flavor here. The finish is quite long, and it mixes biting bitterness with biting heat and just a slight touch of fusel alcohol flavors.

Big, chewy body that practically burns your mouth with a combination of alcohol and bitterness.

It took me about an hour to polish off my 8 ounce pour of this one, so it is definitely a sipper. I was glad I ordered it though, even an hour later. This is a boozy beer, and it's a little on the sweet side, but for some reason anything that Founders brews tastes pretty good to me.

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A - A dark creamy orange with a lighter haze on the edges.

S - Onions?? strong super aggressive hops, unfortunately this is a bit of a downfall for me, its not quite a put off but its still mentionable. (Had a second bottle of this a few months later and this was much more subdued)

T - mmmm....no alcohol taste what so ever, very strong hop bite and a strong malt followup, this is a tasty brew and a great combination of flavors.

O - Really enjoyed the beer even with its off putting initial smell. Tasty and I saved one for a while and it had cooled down a bit and was really good.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,272 ratings.