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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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3,925 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,925
Reviews: 1,326
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 277
Gots: 659 | FT: 27
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 adamette


4.33/5  rDev +11%

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few days ago as a part of a $20.99 4 pack. Ouch, I am hoping that it is worth the $! Bottled on 05 17 10 printed on the neck of the bottle, so you know it is fresh! Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet, one of my favorite glasses to sample a new beer.

A One cm head despite a vigorous pour dissipates within about 90 seconds to a thin layer on top of the translucent copper body. Good lacing left on the inside of the glass. One would not expect a large head with such a high ABV. 4.0

S Tart grapefruit and floral hops with a strong malt, alcohol presence as well. The smell is nothing if not interesting. 4.5

T This, I believe, has the most hops of any beer that I have tasted. Moylan's Hopsickle was pretty high up there but this taste is as if there is every hop variety in one beer. There is an alcoholic sweetness in the far distance, eclipsed by an entire harvest of floral, citrusy, bitter hops and the bitterness lingers on the center back of my tongue for several minutes after my last sip. I have no problem with calling this a triple IPA as it is all that and a bag of chips. The hops bitterness is so concentrated it tastes as if someone added an equal amount of water it might be a regular IPA. Lastly, there is an interesting sweetness on my lips several minutes later. Wow! 4.5

M Syrupy, hop bitter bigness abounds and lingers for at least 60 seconds. I love big, huge mouthfeels like this one! 5.0

D Not that good. Whether I look at the 12% ABV or the 112 IBU's or the tremendous bitterness, I could only conceivably have one of these per night. That being said, I will provide a rating to the style, a triple IPA, which is not, in my opinion, a particularly "drinkable" style. This beer was at least interesting to drink. 3.5

07-16-2010 02:29:27 | More by adamette
Photo of crossovert


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

12 oz brown bottle. Brewed in late may (forgot the date, threw bottle out).

Pours into my snifter a rich copper with a hint of prupleish/red and a small but tight off-white head. The head recedes quickly but leaves nice lacing.

The smell is a pungent mix of hops and malt. There is bitter grapefruit and caramel.

The taste is intense, unbridled bitterness but also unbridled sugar. It is both cloying and bitter that the same time. It is hot with alcohol, though not over the top. The main flavors here are fruit/citrus rind and caramel. The mouthfeel is dense and thick, but also hot and cloying.

This is a monster of a beer, be careful with it.

07-15-2010 22:50:33 | More by crossovert
Photo of IPAescotch


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Nice thick amber color, poured into a thin stange glass. No prominent head to speak of, and not much lacing. Very alluring hue though.

Smells sweet and malty, something there which reminds me of hard candy. Very curious

Mmm the sweetness is fairly dominating at first, but the hops come to the rescue for a fond aftertaste. Thick enough you could serve it on waffles.

Nice and bitter, spicy and citrusy, i could savor the first sip for about ten minutes

I couldn't drink many of these, but i feel very satisfied with one.

07-15-2010 20:10:46 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of HosP


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Picked up 2 bottles the other day. Still have one left if anyone is looking to trade for one.

A: Poured a nice amber color. Little white head to it, left pretty quickly.

S: Smelled pretty hoppy. Lots of aromas coming through, floral, pine, some citrus. With 12% alcohol you can get a good sense of how strong this beer can be.

T: Big hopped up beer. Lots of different hop flavors coming out, with a big malt background to this drink. Warming alcohol taste comes on strong toward the end. Still makes you want another taste to figure out all the flavors!

M: It surprised me how smooth this drink was with the higher ABV. Medium body with some carbonation.

D: There are so many flavors that seem to fight for attention that it almost is to much. The hops were equaled out with malts pretty nicely which made it easier to drink. It was a good beer that I could drink for some special occasions, however I wouldn't see myself drinking every night.

07-15-2010 00:03:04 | More by HosP
Photo of billab914


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

It's been a long week already, I think opening a Devil Dancer on a Wednesday is appropriate. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a caramel brown color with a bit of ruby red highlights where the light hits it. It poured with just a thin and spotty lacing for a head, but left some good lacing.

The aroma has a lot in common with an American Barleywine, only hoppier. It has a big malty, caramel and toffee flavor in the nose, bigger then any other DIPA's that I can think of. The hops come through with a nice floral, fruity and juicy flavor to them. Alcohol comes through as well, but I had to expect it at 12%.

The taste definitely shows off a big hoppy flavor. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit flavors all come through in the hoppiness. It really feels like you get a multitude of different hop varieties and flavors all at once. A pretty big malty backbone is there as well but more hidden then it was in the nose. A warming alcohol flavor is present in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and carbonation is moderate to low. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some great flavors to it but the alcohol came through a little too much to be overly drinkable for me. The hoppiness was nicely done though. Overall a pretty good beer.

07-14-2010 23:44:44 | More by billab914
Photo of beerwolf77


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

I had this from the bottle and found it less than stellar. After having it on tap my opinion has changed dramtically. Enjoyed at Romans pub.

Poured into a squat oskar blues glass jar the beer is golden orange with a solid finger of creamy off white head. Tons of sticky lace.

The aroma is pure hop goodness. Loads of citrus and pine but never bitter. Grapefruit and mango along with fresh pine needles.

The flavor is unreal. So sour yet enough sweetness to keep it from being one sided and unbalanced. Not a trace of the abv is found.

Medium to full body. Super creamy with hardly any carbnation.

Overall as epic as advertised. Get this one on tap if you can. Not something you could drink more than one of but fantastic for sure.

07-14-2010 01:26:23 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of GregoryVII


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Devil Dancer received an aggressive pour down the middle of a snifter that produced minimal head. There were deep amber to red hues. The smell is a lovely, earthy hop breath with pine and citrus close behind. A little grapefruit, a little lemon. There is some malty sweetness that creeps in as you inhale, along with leafiness. Honestly, the hopping almost smells like a more in your face version of Red's Rye.

The beer is thick and lovely, coating your mouth evenly. It kicks everything up on your tongue, almost scrapping it bare. The bitter is strong, with pine and deep earth, high and low. Bitter is inescapable, but the malt isn't hiding. The malt is there in abundance. It just happens to get out sung, outshone and outdone by the hops on parade.

As the hop flavors progress, they become much deeper, more herbal and less bright. The sweetness also grows substantially, constantly evoking bitter and sweet combinations. It's like having a really strong cup of bitter black coffee along with a sweet cider donut. Eventually the malt almost comes to the foreground and becomes slightly cloying. As that balance shifts as the beer progresses, no favor is being done for the drinker.

It's a good beer that is undone in the end by its own excesses.

07-13-2010 20:10:39 | More by GregoryVII
Photo of newk340


3.9/5  rDev 0%

A: a clear sparkling amber that just screams hops!

S: a smooth hoppy aroma, however somewhat atypical of other IPAs ive tried since there is no noticeable citrus.

T: an initial hop sizzle that continues to coat the mouth well after its been swallowed while leaving lingering hints of pine.

MF/D: VERY smooth while leaving a warm tingle. certainly not as eye-opening as many DIPAs ive tried.

07-13-2010 04:39:03 | More by newk340
Photo of robwestcott


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

tapped a couple hours ago at yogis in Bloomington for Indiana beer week... full disclosure: this one followed a couple glasses of founders CBS.

poured a thick honey orange to a 12 ounce snifter with a super thin short lasting head leaving lace to the rim of the glass.

aroma of citrus and subtle piney hops.

thick, syrupy, in your face taste of piney hops up front and bitter all over the palate. after the palate recovers, citrus / ripe tangerine notes also evident. alcohol burn is self-evident.

this one's tough on the palate - but it's a 3xIPA so that's simply truth in advertising - carbonation is noticed and bitterness is what it's all about.

drinkability - one and done.

07-12-2010 23:49:56 | More by robwestcott
Photo of jsanford


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured into a Unibroue tulip

A - Hazy orange-amber with a very slight off-white head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.
S - Lotsa pine resin, grapefruit, and passion fruit hops with a sweet caramel and honey malt backbone.
T - Like drinking pine resin mixed with grapefruit juice. There's a lot of caramel malt in there, too, with more of that tropical fruit quality. Incredibly bitter aftertaste, like sucking on grapefruit pith.
M - Whew, this is definitely a sipper. Very syrupy and boozy. Chewy and sticky. Carbonation is the one saving grace, nice and prickly, and it helps to get this beast down your gullet.
D - I consider myself a "hop-head", but this is just too messy, too boozy, and too one-dimensional. Wish I had someone to split this with, this glass is gonna disappear slooowly.

07-12-2010 20:35:59 | More by jsanford
Photo of hu5om


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

split into 2 6oz taster glasses with newk340.

a- cloudy amber. looks rich. hint of white head, 1/2 a finger. some decent lacing

s- citrus, hops but not over the top. light pine.

t- very piney. almost a pine resin taste. bitter oranges, a touch of booze, and a bit of hemp. hops didn't hit as hard as i had expected. some malty spiciness balances it all out.

m- boozy and tingly. a resin stays on the palate. fairly smooth. i like mine more abrasive. low/medium carbonation

d- 6 oz is more than enough for me. i am more of a fan of the big hoppy ipas, (or triple ipas). not my cup of tea, but interesting and glad i sampled it. the $24 4 pack on the other hand, I'm not so sure about.

07-12-2010 16:32:14 | More by hu5om
Photo of semibaked


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured into a Founders Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber with a thin layer of foam, nothing much going on actually.

S - Hoppy but not overwhelming like I expected, nice underlying citrus and honey like sweetness, very good smelling.

T - Definitely has the hoppy bitterness, but also has alot of other things going on like floral and citrus notes, honey like sweetness and a hint of toffee.

M - Slightly syrupy, active carbonation, and some resin.

D - Man this is some tasty stuff, nicely balanced and smells wonderful. Another great one from Founders, but definitely can't see drinking this all the time, it packs a wallop.

07-12-2010 00:35:59 | More by semibaked
Photo of morimech


2.83/5  rDev -27.4%

Who in their right mind comes up with a beer like this? This beer is punishing to the drinker. Pours a radiant orangish amber color with a small head that did not hang around for long. A little sticky lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is the best thing about this beer. The hops give a big dose of citrus and tropical fruit aromas. There is a lot of alcohol as well giving this beer a rum-like charactor. What can I say about the flavor. One sip and my palate was shredded. The bitterness is extreme and lasts in the aftertaste forever. Combined with the huge alcohol flavor, makes this one tough beer to drink. The hop flavors are lost which is unfortunate. The body does its best to carry the IBUs and alcohol and there is a nice soft carbonation. Good texture. This beer in my opinion is hardly drinkable. Very tough when you have to force yourself to take another sip. Wish I just bought a single, now I have 3 more bottles to force myself through.

07-11-2010 17:00:30 | More by morimech
Photo of Freethyhops


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

thanks goes to biernutz for sending this hoppy behemoth as an extra in a recent trade.

a- pours a deep orange with a touch of rust before held to light. the light gives it awesome brilliance and range of colors. a big fluffy off-white head sits atop with great persistence considering the 12% liquid below. looks exactly like what I think a triple IPA should look like.

s- nostril stinging hop aromas hear. some very sharp and heavy pine is front and center with some grapefruit and a substantial caramel malt influence playing in as well. really a tame alcohol presence for this big of a brew.

t- seriously almost feels like drinking pine resin mixed with grapefruit juice. so intensely piney. big bready and sweet caramel malts fight the bitterness quite bravely, as it is also intensely bitter. this is a bonafide hop bomb. a little more tropical citrus and this one would be a straight 5 for taste and likely aroma, too. this stuff is awesome.

m- big, thick, chewy, sticky. some terms I rarely get to use, but do with great joy and appreciation. a medium-moderate carbonation makes it even more mouthfilling. really exceptional how big this IPA is and still has some refined and enjoyable hoppy qualities.

d- ahhh. where I gave it great praise before, this one is nothing more than a sipper at best. some intense stuff. the praise here is for how much a really enjoy it and would love to get some more of this one in the future. I'd really like to try it SUPER fresh next year to get the absolute full effect. this bottle is bordering on a 5-6weeks old, so it's still plenty young.

07-11-2010 05:10:08 | More by Freethyhops
Photo of levifunk


4/5  rDev +2.6%

thanks BenC for supplying this one. It was a good night.

a - red clear liquid, orange head.

s - hops and sweetness.

t - same as nose. hops are smooth not harsh. bitter on the end. taste a lot like double crooked tree.

m - med-heavy body. good carbonation

overall - very enjoyable beer. I'd recommend seeking this one out if you like DIPAs.

07-11-2010 01:27:13 | More by levifunk
Photo of Lolli1315


3.55/5  rDev -9%

A- A very hazy red orange color with little head to speak of. Head holds decently, smll amount of lacing.

S- Incredible amount of citrus hops with the smell of grapefruit complementing the hop profile. The smell is incredibly strong, almost tickles the nostrils a little bit.

T- A sweet syrupy malt begins this beer only for the palate to be hammered by hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus comes through slightly only to be covered up by more of the spicy hops once again as the alcohol becomes slightly noticeable in the warming aftertaste.

M- Thick and syrupy feel in the mouth, quite chewy as well.

D- Might want to share one of these with a friend, a palate wrecker to say the very least.

Notes: This one is pretty rough on the mouth and I'm not sure if it knows what the meaning of balanced is, but if you are a hop head, seek this one out for sure. Enjoyed this one.

07-10-2010 17:02:21 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

From 7/2 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours an amber reddish color with no head and light carbonation.

s - Smells mainly of citrus hops, as well as grain and grass.

t - Tastes very bitter. Getting some grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops. Little bit of alcohol.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty nice beer. Lots of citrus and bitter hops in the smell and taste. Would try again.

07-10-2010 16:35:40 | More by mdfb79
Photo of nickadams2

New York

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

A_Pours a reddish amber color with off white head. Slight lacing.

S_Hardcore hops.Citrus and honey with slight alcohol smell.

T_Extremely bitter. Huge hop kick. Make this your last beer because it totally destroys your palate. Bitterness rounded out by grapefruit.pine and honey. Alcohol is present but hidden very well.

M_Full bodied and sticky on the lips.

D_Very drinkable for the ABV.

This beer is extreme. Must be a true "hop head" to handle this one.

07-10-2010 04:33:50 | More by nickadams2
Photo of steve8robin


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Decided it's about time to give this TIPA a try. Let's see...

A: An awesome deep ruby / copper with very slight hints of purple. A 1 inch off-white head that fades at a fast rate leaving a lace atop the brew. Perfect!

S: Hmm, very interesting here. Scent seems to be flirting with a barleywine. Earthy grapefruit hops and sweet sugar malts upfront. Booze lingers on the backend. Very good.

T: Kind of metallic dry taste. Kind of a toffee / caramel flavor upfront quickly followed by dry bitter citrus and hops. Booziness also evident upfront. Very unique blend of flavors for an IPA. Good.

M: A surprisingly good balance. Not too thick or too thin. Heavy body. Very good.

D: The flavors can be a little overwhelming because the blend is very unique. Decent.

All in all, this one was very interesting. I'd say calling it a TIPA was appropriate. It does not have the same flavors as a DIPA, but the strong hop IPA flavor is still very obvious as in a DIPA and standard IPA. The boozy character is definitely a lot more upfront than other IPA's. Definitely try this brew at least once. Worth hunting!

07-10-2010 03:02:29 | More by steve8robin
Photo of Mancer

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

This beer poured a beautiful red with a two finger high off-white head. Lively carbonation was visible, as well as a moderate amount of lacing. The initial smell of the beer was that of Citrus hops, pine, and fruits. The initial taste of the beer was the citrus hops , followed by piney overtones, with a light mount of malts. This brew finished in a rather weak manner, not as bitter as I would have expected. The beer had a medium body and was surprisingly not dry.

I would have to say that this is a pretty good DIPA. Although I would have liked it to be more bitter and dry, it still satiated my want for this style. Also, this was my first growler experience, and I'd say it panned out very nicely. An excellent beer, definitely worth seeking.

07-10-2010 00:12:18 | More by Mancer
Photo of dustine


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

10oz snifter poured at some awesome Founders tap-spectacular at Crane Alley in Champaign.

A: Almost totally red; pretty cool that they got the shade so close to the one on the bottle. It doesn't let very much light through but instead almost glows its color. Respectable amount of lacing.

S: I don't know, grapes?... swimming in water filtered through fruity hops.

T: Up front, as close as you can get to eating a grapefruit while chugging a can of cherry Dr. Pepper at the same time without doing exactly that. The middle tastes Robitussiny-medicinal and ends with a bitterness that's truly 'aggressive' (not to be confused with the clichéd overuse of this term in any high ABV IPA): the end hurts.

M: Very little alcohol taste. Makes everything you drink afterward taste like Founders Devil Dancer®.

D: One's (12oz. but even a 10oz. surrounded by other beers) enough, it's 12% for christ's sake. Slow down. Actually, I could probably drink another if there weren't three other stouty Founders stouts that I felt obligated to try that night.

07-09-2010 22:39:09 | More by dustine
Photo of Deuane


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

A 10 oz. snifter served from a FRESH sixtol at Brass Rail Deli.

A-Orange-red highlighted copper with a small off white head that reduced to a thin ring of retention that left spotty lace.

S-Hefty pop of tropical fruit with papaya, mango and pineapple tickling the nose along with a pleasant dose of citrus and a hint of spicy pine.

T-A veritable fruit bowl up front with a dose of sweet malt caramel sauce drizzled on top. As it warms it becomes more spicy and builds into a rather dry finish for a beer pack full of so much malt.

M-Medium-heavy but never syrupy. Hop flavours linger long on the palate.

D-A monster of a beer that is best enjoyed FRESH IMHO. I like my hops and they are greatly enjoyed in this one before they start to fade and give way to the gargantuan malt bill. Hard to believe that this clocks in at 12%---it is frighteningly drinkable.

07-09-2010 12:06:55 | More by Deuane
Photo of ShadesOfGray


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a traditional Founder style 12oz bottle into my tall Allagash snifter/chalice glass. Pours a clear amber color with an orange tinge that becomes slightly close to red in the glass. A late thick and large rising frothy off-white head...with awesome retention! This head is super thick! What great lacing too! Very thick and sticky.

Aroma is mouth-watering to say the least! Major league hops in this one! There are so many different hop types noticable in this great dry-hopped beer! Noticably malty and thick! Booze is apparent...but beautifully contributes to the overall aroma.

Flavor is slightly dissapointing...but not bad. Let me explain. The IPA characteristics are just about gone in this one, and it's fresh. It's too much of a malty mess to be likened to an IPA...of course, understandably it's classified as a triple IPA. With this all said, it tastes very good...but sweet mostly, and a mild lagging hop bite that keeps throbbing. The malty thickness, or full body is just making this very interesting. This beer seems like it would be awesome aged, and basically a barleywine at that point. Finishes slightly dry. Carbonation is pretty high and booze is definitely noticable. Overall, very tasty...just different.

07-09-2010 02:21:58 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of biggred1


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Honey amber with a dense, creamy head of nougat colored foam that leaves rings of sticky lace on the glass. Tropical fruity, and piney hop notes are the first thing I notice in the aroma (I guess they use ten different hop varieties) with tons of caramel malt. Big, aggressive pine sap, citrusy hop flavors and caramel slathered on toast would probably be an accurate description of the flavors. This brew is more of a super hopped barleywine to my taste buds and is actually nice with some age on it. Full bodied with fine carbonation. A lot of people tell me this reminds them of DFH 120 minute but I disagree, this beer is not nearly the syrupy beast that 120 is at all (I like 120, it's just different) but is just a big, extreme beer. I was kind of bummed at how expensive it is this year but I think this is the best vintage in years. Good stuff.

07-09-2010 02:21:22 | More by biggred1
Photo of zoolzoo


3.38/5  rDev -13.3%

A: Deep amber, sort of menacing. Half finger head yet zero retention, no lace.

S: Initially, pungent cannabis like hops. My first sniff was as if I put my nose in a bag of pot. Further investigation reveals citrus along with a diabetic-ally sweet malt base. The skunky herbal qualities begin to meld and soften the longer I keep my nose buried in the glass. Pleasingly aromatic.

T: Blast of bitter and citric hops, still herbal but less so than in the nose. While still cold from the fridge, my first sip did have that cannabis skunk but it faded as my palate was thrashed by bitterness and candy like malt. Big malt base, sweet...borderline cloying. Alcohol is well hidden for 12%, so the fact that the room is starting to spin comes as a surprise.

M: Bleh, thick and way under carbed. Lack of carbonation combined with sweetness and hefty body is indicative of a heavily hopped maple syrup. Im not saying this would be great on pancakes or french toast but you get the idea.

D: 12% ABV coupled with a disappointing mouthfeel means a one and done.

07-08-2010 18:01:50 | More by zoolzoo
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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