Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +14.1%
DO NOT DRINK THIS BEER IF YOU'RE NOT READY FOR IT. Ok now that I got that out of the way, Founders Devil Dancer is a very heavy, very hoppy, very delicious beer. But if you're going to eat or drink anything else in the same night as Devil Dancer, make sure you have Devil Dancer last. It will fry your taste-buds for hours. This is one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had and that says alot if you know me. I like the hops.
Alright down to the details, Devil Dancer poured a slightly hazy reddish-amber with very little head. There was not a very complex portfolio of flavors because the spicy hops flavor smacks you in the face. If anything I tasted some pepper but that faint due to the overwhelming hops.
Recommendation: I'd suggest that you don't try this beer until you are about 3 years into your craft beer experience. It's just too hoppy and sampling this earlier in your beer career might scare you away from craft beer. This is a good beer for a once a year sampling and 8oz. may have been a bit too much. If you happen to have a bottle of this I'd split it between at least 2 people.
01-19-2011 06:37:16 | More by benz08
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
Had on tap at Capones in East Norriton, PA
This brew pours a deep, hazy orange color. It has a half decent white head. It left a nice sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.
The aroma on this brew is huge when it comes to hops. There is a huge aroma of pine, grapefruit and a very strong pine hop aroma that comes from the glass on this brew.
This brew is a hops power house. Its a thick, almost chewy beer. It has a very strong malt syrup like base. It doesn't start out hard, its actually nice an sweet at the front, but then a huge hop punch hits you at the end and the power flavors of pine, grapefruit and pine hit you with a wonderful, delicious flavor.
The mouthful on this brew is pretty good. It a pretty thick brew, but has a nice sudsy like carbonation that make it even more enjoyable. Its cream and goes down very smooth. It has a nice dry finish, that leaves you lingering for more.
This brew has a very nice drinkability. Though the high ABV might be a turn away for some beer drinkers, its hidden really well in this brew and gives it a nice warming bite. This brew has over 10 different styles of hops, its makes this brew a hops lover dream. Another great brew by Founders.
01-18-2011 04:03:59 | More by mattgreger
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
Hrm...1.5 years since I've reviewed. And this is number 400 too! Probably 6 year old bottle.
Currently packing up my apartment to move cross country. Drinking down my cellar, probably should have reviewed some of my other old beers too.
I'm reviewing this more as a barleywine.
Slight hiss on the pop of the top. Murky brown with copper highlights. No head to speak of, just a tiny ring around the edge of the glass.
No hops to speak of really in the aroma. Has a brown sugar, crystal malt aroma throughout, hints of cherry, molassas.
Flavor is similar in many aspects, some bitterness remains to remind that this is American, even after 6 years. Some oxidation and sherry-like notes, but to be expected. Finishes with a touch of chocolate. Similar to some old ale's I've had with the sweetness. Alcohol flare, which is evident of fresh samples is gone, but some of the estery characteristics still remain to hint at its strength.
Fairly thick mouthfeel with low carbonation, syrupy to some extent which makes this a sipper. But definitely a good beer after a night of packing when its in the single digits outside.
01-15-2011 03:27:58 | More by blitz134
3.35/5 rDev -14.1%
I picked up a single 12 ounce bottle of Devil Dancer.
Appearance is dark burnt orange with a one finger head. It smells like grapefruit, orange, along with other citrus accents, some spice as well. Taste has hops, caramel, malt, sticky pine in the finish. MF is fairly strong, not too much carbonation. With a high ABV and the general richness of Devil Dancer, it is a task to drink just the one. That being said, it was interesting to try.
01-08-2011 20:08:14 | More by mltobin
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
A - nice clear orange pour with a thin amount of head
S - Fruity hop notes with a bit of spiciness and some sweet malt smell
T - Can definitely tell it's up there in abv but it's not hot per say. Getting the citrusy hops and a good amount of malt flavor in there. Maybe a bit of pear flavor in there.
M - This comes off pretty thick and it coats the mouth and lingers for a while.
D - I don't think I'd sit down and drink a few bottles of this. It's a good chaser though to a lighter beer as a start and then move to this.
01-08-2011 02:48:54 | More by drumenigma
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
Initial review from 2010 batch
A- Pours syrupy thick into a hop orange color with good carbonation, but the head was a little subpar. Lacing was nice however.
S- Tropical notes. A tinge of booze. Tons of caramel malt. Gives off an aroma more typical of a barleywine than a double IPA. Definitely a bitter aroma, but at the same time there are plenty of hints that there's giant amount of malt in the beer.
T- Syrupy malt balanced by a tremendous amount of hops. Begins pretty sweet, but shortly after the hops take precedence and begin to build up. There's a long lingering bitterness after you're done your sip. Every sip has a caramel/alcohol introduction which leaves off quickly as the hops kick in.
M- Thick, sticky, syrupy, and slightly dry. It's so thick that the carbonation feels absent. Extremely full.
D- Very drinkable as the hops hide the alcohol well enough. Very much a sipper. They seemed to pack a lot of flavor into this for a 12% beer. The only things that slowed me down were the thickness of it and the notes of alcohol occasionally popping up. It's fairly liquor like. It can hit you pretty fast, and it's unfortunate, as I'd love to be able to enjoy a few of these.
Before this I used to think of founders as the stout/porter brewery, but this made me realize that they're more well rounded and make good beers of all different styles. I'd recommend picking it up at least once despite the hefty price tag.
2011: Had two 8oz glasses at the brewery. It had a just awful aroma which was somewhat onion-like as is frequently mentioned. Taste however is solid. It's also seemingly far more hoppy this year (yes it's possible), and was probably the first beer I can think of that I wouldn't want to have any more hops. Not a drink to take lightly.
12-19-2010 22:41:44 | More by BBP
3.63/5 rDev -6.9%
A-Poured a clear ruby orange into my oversized snifter. There was a thin cream colored head that didn't hang long and left not much lacing. Looks a bit thick and rich.
S-Sweet piny hops with a bit of a brisk backbone.
T-Piny...almost evergreen like (if that makes sense), sappy.
M/D-Thick and rich. Not overbearing and only a tad bitter. Alcohol is dangerously hidden (imo). The brew is definitely heavy, but at 12 ABV...would you really expect any less?
Edit: had the 2011 version within a month of bottling. Found the beer to be better than I originally thought. Still sticky and piny a bit boozy, but probably 4 across the board this time around.
12-18-2010 04:04:12 | More by cosmicevan
2.2/5 rDev -43.6%
12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy amber with finger or so of foamy off-white head. This reduces to a skim fairly quickly, but does leave scattered streaks of lacing.
Smells a lot like a fresh hot and hoppy barleywine. Sure, there's lot of hops- plentiful citrus, a smaller dose of pine- but a tidal wave of sweet maltiness and booze ensure they aren't showcased. A bit doughy as well.
I remain unconvinced that a "triple IPA" is such a great idea. On the positive side, Devil Dancer achieves a searing level of grapefruit bitterness, a burn which is accentuated to some degree by a corresponding burn of alcohol. Very heavyhanded with the malts, though- toffee and caramel from start to finish. Almost a creamy sweetness at times. I'd rate it much higher as a barleywine, which it continues to most closely resemble. Finishes much cleaner than you'd expect from a 12% barleywinish beverage.
Overall impression: Glad I tried it, but I'll take a pass next time.
12-17-2010 15:58:26 | More by PDXHops
4.33/5 rDev +11%
A - Deep amber/copper in colour, produced about a finger's worth of white and smooth head with a medium pour. Retention consists mostly of a ring.
S - Grapefruit hops with a touch of pine, blended with strong malt characteristics.
T - Predominately grapefruit hops with notes of pine resin in the bitterness. Malt backbone is present but subdued by the strong bitterness, tastes slightly sweet. Individual flavours are hard to pull out of the malt, the palate is dominated by the hops.
M/D - Couldn't believe that this was a 12% ABV, though as it warms up you can certainly taste traces of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium. The mouthfeel almost has a slight syrupy aspect to it but still feels smooth. Drinkability is great for a beer of this ABV and bitterness.
Overall the beer is great. It lets the hops shine by allowing their bitterness and flavour to pass through in the taste while keeping it in check with the sweet malts. I've had more bitter beers, but this was great. Certainly worth trying another.
12-16-2010 02:11:13 | More by StarshipPoopers
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
Notes from 12/10/10
A:Pours a hazy orange color with a fingers worth of white head that falls fairly slowly,
nice lacing is left down the glass.
S:Nose picks up lots of sweet caramelized malts followed up by a nice aroma of citrus
and pine hops are very inviting.
T:Up front sweet malt makes way thru the front and middle of the tongue then the
explosion happens. Big hops hit the backend like a bomb, strong citrus attacks
the palate and does not give way leaving a bite hanging around relentlessly.
M:A little thinner body than you would expect by the look of it. Alcohol is not really a
factor on the finish but it is present left hanging around on the palate leaving it a little dry and asking for another sip.
D:Drink on this was way easier than I expected with the ABV and IBU's, bitter hops
dominate this one with no mercy and thats how I like it. Body and nose could use a
little improvement but other than that this is one that hop lovers should look out for.
12-12-2010 23:06:21 | More by SuperNova777
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a bright orange/copper color with a huge frothy white head that never fades and leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. Great pour. Nose is dominated with hops and citrus fruits. Very sweet smelling and really overpowering. Taste is smooth for the 12% abv. Lots of citrus, floral, and breads up front with a huge hop bomb that finishes the quaff. Unbelievable DIPA. Mouthfeel is full bodied with hops that dance on the tongue. Drinkability is solid. Obviously the 12% diminishes this category slightly but still an amazing beer.
12-08-2010 02:16:50 | More by abrand
3.9/5 rDev 0%
A - Tea colored and translucent with very little head, except for the slight foam that gathers tightly to the edges.
S - Obviously, hops but earthy as well. A bit of a heady floral gathering takes place after this warms up a bit.
T - Ambitiously hoppy with a simple, tiny touch of honey sweetness just before it finishes bitterly.
M - Thick and chewy. Very little carbonation, yet it has a natural zing in its chemistry.
Drinkable when you seek out a true palate wrecking beverage, but not for amateurs and not my first choice for drinking more than one. With that said, it's a very tempting diversion.
12-03-2010 00:12:09 | More by gopens44
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
Bottle received as an extra from DLeep. Thanks man!
A: Crimson or deep orange with ruby highlights - it's quite a beautiful color. The beer is rather hazy, with a gargantuan head that absolutely coats the glass with a thick sheet of lacing.
S: Bold aroma, I should have wafted instead of burying my nose in the glass. Alcohol, pine, toasted malt, and hops comprise the basic scents.
T: The flavor is big and bold, similar in many regards to a hop forward American barleywine. This is certainly a different take on the IPA style, which I appreciate. However, I do prefer IPA and DIPA brews to be hop forward with minimal maltiness. That being said, I can't deny that Founders Devil Dancer tastes very good, which is not often the case when drinking a hearty DIPA with a prominent malt character. The feel is oily, piny, and sticky with a slight sweetness from the high alcohol content.
M: Thick and strong, with a long-lasting aftertaste and a warming alcohol sensation. The beer coats the palate with sticky pine residue. The finish is bitter and bold.
D: Definitely a sipper and not something of which I would drink more than one. A good beer to enjoy slowly on a cold day.
12-02-2010 03:23:54 | More by Huhzubendah
4.65/5 rDev +19.2%
From notes (on tap at Capone's Black Friday 2010):
A: A very nice rusty, dark orange with a egg-white head.
S: Like pine extract. A bit of malt sweetness on the nose, but the beer smells downright sticky - remarkable stuff, really.
T: The taste of this beer, like most Founders brews, is an achievement that should be studied by other brewers. I would like someone at Founders to explain to me how they can make the taste begin so bitter, with almost harsh notes of pine, lemon rind, and grapefruit. The middle of the taste invites a toffee sweetness to the party that just makes things more complex, but the end of the taste is a creamsickle-y vanilla smoothness that absolutely astounds me every time I take a sip. If Good Humor made hop flavored creamsickles (rather than orange, or whathaveyou), this would be the liquid equivalent.
M: Lovely carbonation, though I suppose it is quite bitter.
D: A great sipper, because the bitterness is always well taken care of by the end of the taste and invites you to take another.
Marry me, Devil Dancer.
11-28-2010 01:12:35 | More by mfunk9786
3.33/5 rDev -14.6%
12oz poured into a snifter
Been wanting to try this beer (in addition to every other Founders beer), hippityhops85 was nice enough to make this a reality. Thanks!
L: Deep amber bordering on reddish, nearly opaque, but transparent around the edges. 1-finger beautiful thick cream-head. This doesn't look at all like an IPA.
S: Tons and tons and tons of sweetness, chased by a ton of hops. Nearly crushingly so. Caramel and fruit, nasty quad sweetness here. This smells like a massively-hopped-out barleywine. Like hog heaven, but hoppier. Again, this really doesn't smell like an IPA.
T: Sweetness and hoptitude more intermingled than the nose would suggest. Caramel sweetness, with ... almost subtle hops ... for how jacked the IBU is. Balance is definitely on the hoppier side, finish is a touch bitter, but not too bad. Not at all an IPA, still a hopped-out barleywine. This is becoming a theme.
F: Lucious and thick. Lingering. Not as refreshing as an IPA of any varient should be. Still feels like a barleywine.
D: A sipper for sure, but good, just not an IPA. I'm actually sort of baffled as to why they call this an IPA. The amount of malt required to balance out the comical and gimicky amount of hopping here makes this actually a pretty standard barleywine resting on the hoppier side of the genre ... but that's common these days. As an IPA it's sub-average, as a barleywine ... it's about average.
11-26-2010 23:26:17 | More by codewarrior
4.33/5 rDev +11%
12 oz bottle, IPA tasting
Dark orangey amber brew, smewhat murky, no head, nice lace.
Aroma of tea leaves, tobacco, citrus and some blue cheese.
The flavor is an amazingly intense slap in the face. Piney juniper, mouth crushing astringency, hop oils coating the palate and saturating all the taste buts, beatingthem into submission, with an unctuous, rich, tangy, over-the-top onslaught of flavor. The bitterness coats the palate and travels down the throat, leaving the palate exhausted and completely dominated.
This is an experience as much as a beer and it is a great one.
11-24-2010 07:18:12 | More by kenito799
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Reviewed on 22 November 2010. Much thanks to 'brewseum' for sending this one! He drove waaay out of his way to obtain this one.
I drank this right out of the package that came 15 minutes ago. Split between two standard snifters and shared with a family member. Temperature is between 45 and 50ºF, 1-finger head reduces to a pretty film, lacing is runny. Color is slightly cloudy deep orange.
Wow, the alcohol is HOT on this beer! Reminds me of the hotness of DFH 120 minute, begging the question -- would this [IPA] age well at 12%? The beer is dry-hopped for 29 days with 10 varieties of hops, and ends up with 112 IBUs. Awesome. The carbonation is a little heavier than I would expect a 12% beer. Aroma is.... malty. Heavy, alcoholic malts. Taste? Heavy, alcoholic malts. Very bitter. It may sound like I'm beating down on this beer, but sipping this like a port wine makes this much more enjoyable. Yeah, maybe I could sit for a few more minutes to sip and sniff this beer, but guessing ingredients would be a dart throw, and I never win cricket. I think I'll try to cellar one of these after sending the rest to share with my friends. I'd like to see if flavors develop and alcohol loses bite. It may seem like my score is low, but I enjoyed this beer.
11-22-2010 22:29:41 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
2.65/5 rDev -32.1%
On-tap at The Big Hunt DuPont Circle DC 11.12.10.
Orangish amber clear body some visible carbonation, 1/2 finger white head quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Tropical notes in the nose, some caramel but the alcohol is really upfront and subsumes other aromas. Taste mirrors nose, overwhelmingly boozy. Hot mouthfeel. Minimal drinkability. I've drank a lot of DIPAs, really love this style, and to be honest this was undrinkable. Other DIPAs with this high ABV re Exponential Hoppiness are able to find a modicum of balance, this beer, unfortunately was just out of whack. It might take on some nice barleywine characteristics and the heat might mellow out after some aging, but this was by far my least favorite beer of my DC beer sojourn- and the 2.5 for drinkability is generous!
EDIT-Upon consultation, I've adjusted the drinkability number down. This beer is, err, not good.
11-22-2010 00:32:23 | More by jdense
3.91/5 rDev +0.3%
Big thick orange and amber brown pour, it looks thick and viscous. Big barleywine smell, hops, alcohol, heavy malt. Strong.
Taste, whoa, this gives Hopsickle a run for its money in terms of bitterness, but this is much more balanced. Seriously, like a super hopped barleywine, this beer is big all around, you know its high in alcohol, but relatively speaking, keeps it a few ticks lower than you might expect, but damn it does some damage. Slight wood aspect, but burning hops and warming alcohol. Hops kinda defy a specific description, they can't stand out because everything is so big, stand out in terms of like a traditional ipa, I guess I would lean more to the grapefruit side since this is real bitter, moreso than a pine bitter hop mouthfeel.
I thinks this is a cool beer to have, to really see the edge of what you can do with hops, but not simply over the top in one edge. Can't think of a more hoppy beer out there that I like. It isn't subtle, but not a one dimensional sledgehammer either. Wish I had more of these to age, but I got 2 this year (thanks oreo, this and nemesis as an extra? Awesome dude) and have now drank them both w/in about 60 days of getting them.
11-20-2010 04:34:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Purchased this at Oak Tree Buy Rite in S. Plainfield, NJ. Into a stemmed Stone glass, it poured a cloudy copper hue, with two fingers of offwhite head that retained very well and laced very little. Little visible carbonation. Smelled of grapefruit, caramel apple, sweet raisins, and maybe a little pineapple, with a definite alcohol presence. In the taste, malty caramel apple raisin gives way to a bitter dry peel finish, with a LOT of alcohol evident. Smooth, no carbonation, yet viscous thick. Good for sipping; there is NO way you could slam this down.
11-20-2010 00:29:33 | More by donniecuffs
3.43/5 rDev -12.1%
I won't buy this again just for the price alone, the fact that its an underperforming IPA overall is the last nail in the coffin. Beer poured into a Russian River wine glass.
Beer is hazy and red with a thin head that leaves some lacing on the glass. As the beer warms it clears a little. Looks OK.
Aroma is solventy and really piny with some earthiness to it. I can smell the alcohol.
Beer is thin to medium bodied and in your face bitter. the back palate is overwhelmed by bitterness and it creeps forward into the mid palate. 112 IBUs or whatever, I believe it. I really do. Its aggressive, a little sweet up front, you miss out on all the nice hop flavors in the midpalate unfortunately. I've had much much better IPAs in the past.
11-19-2010 17:24:09 | More by drabmuh
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into a pint glass.
A: Moderate to gentle pour yields 1/4 finger off-white head with good retention. A little more head would be nice. Hazy red with orange hues - looks nice.
S: Strong, dank, resinous, piney hoppiness. Strong estery alcohol as well. Aggressive. Like Triple Bastard, if they made it.
T: Sweet start with a growing warm character. Very bitter in a grapefruit way. Bitterness grows with each sip. Some candied orange or peach flavor. Reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard. I like it for wahat it is trying to be, but I wouldn't choose it over others.
M: Annihilating. Tongue thrasher. Almost like punishment. Syrupy.
D: Too much for more than 1. I would not buy 4 again, but I'd order a pint sometime. Too high ABV for more than 1.
11-13-2010 19:55:42 | More by dfillius
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
Clear copper-orange pour with quickly fading head and decent lacing. Big hoppy, floral, citusy nose that reminds me of a barley wine. Lots of orange and caramel with a hint of pine. The taste is huge, sticky, resiny bitterness right from the start. Tons of grapefruit and pine with sweet caramel malt trying to emerge, but it's quickly overcome by the puckering bitterness of this awesome hop bomb. Slightly syrupy, sticky and oily and the warmth of the alcohol is definitely present, but it's disguided really well for a 12% brew. It's about as drinkable as a beer this big can be. It's a sipper for sure, but I almost wanted another when I was finished. Once again, Founders doesn't disappoint!
11-13-2010 17:29:48 | More by beerdrifter
3.15/5 rDev -19.2%
12 oz bottle poured into large wine glass
Pours a clear auburn orange with a thin off white head. Fades into some film with a few streaks of lacing around the glass.
Crazy amounts of caramel malt and heavy alcohol in the nose along with flairs of piny hops and toasted bread crust.
Puckering bitterness right up front with boatloads of piny, resiny hops. A wave of intense malt rushes through, with plenty of caramel and biscuit, alongside a hit of molasses. More bitterness ensues as the alcohol burns through with near-astringent qualities. Some oxidation also becomes apparent with some sweet touches. Finishes with lingering flavor, heat, and overly bitter hops.
Fairly full bodied, very sticky and syrupy, wraps around the tongue and refuses to let go. Very slow and almost tough drinking throughout, as the 12% seems highly apparent and overdone. I love founders but this is just too much.
11-13-2010 06:39:08 | More by xnicknj
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: This pours an angry, fiery reddish orange color that almost jumps out of the glass. A generous level of creamy off-white foam rests on the top, gradually coating the glass with sticky lace.
Smell: Not surprisingly, the nose is loaded with hops. The hops manifest in a relatively simple combination of grapefruit and sticky pine. Caramel malt, some general sweetness, and some light alcohol fill out the aroma.
Taste: The taste just clobbers my palate. Everything about this beer is huge. The taste starts out with a large malt base; caramel is in charge here but it does not go over the top. There is some biscuity malt in there to keep it malty without creating too powerful of a flavor. With the huge hop bill and the different varieties used, it is not surprising that it was a little trying to distinguish all of the flavors in here. Juicy grapefruit hops prime the tongue, with pine stepping in as well. It finishes bitter with a touch of sweetness and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Huge body, rich and sappy. A bit grainy, but it also stays sticky on the lips. The carbonation is creamy, not at all fizzy.
Drinkability: I like the fact that it was more balanced than hop bomb, but by making it so huge I think some possible complexity was lost. Even with all of the different varieties of hops used, I was only able to extract a few flavors. Also, it goes without saying that at 12% ABV, this is a sipper.
11-11-2010 16:30:43 | More by KickInTheChalice
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,923 ratings.