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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,306
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 294
Gots: 755 | FT: 32
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004

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 GeezLynn
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Cloudy orange/cider appearance. Not much of a head and little there is is gone quicker than a Twins lead vs the Yankees.

S: The hops - they've faded a bit since this was released this summer so that there's now a nice balance in the aroma. Pine, grapefruit, green apple and a big, sweet caramel base. Smells like a big barleywine.

T: Resinous pine. Grapefruit rind. Turpentine. Well, I'm guessing at that last one but this is just tongue-strippingly harsh. Even the huge sweet caramel easily apparent in the smell is mostly obscured by bitter hop flavors, except for in the finish.

M: Thick and chewy, with plenty of fine carbonation. Light alcohol burn, but not bad considering the 12% abv.

This is my third time drinking this beer (one left). I respect the effort and it's alright if you're in the mood for extreme. On the other hand, for me it's nowhere near being good enough to justify the high price. No thanks.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Thick brown, golden tan nice 1 inch creamy head.

Smell - Hops, grapefruit, more hops, malts. And i think i smelt some more hops

Taste - Very strong and bold. Hops just crush you. You basically get hops and alcohol with this. The malts are limited, its all about the hops

Mouthfeel - It will burn your mouth if left sitting to long. Its bitter as hell, will crush and destroy whole mouth. Eat something or go to bed after drinking this.

Drinkabilty - You cant drink this every day. this would ruin you for sure. And, there are better High end ipa's out there. This beer sacrifices taste and flavor for just extreme hops. I would like to drink this with less alcohol and hops, and more malts and spices. And, its expensive on top of it

Photo of joefuzz
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just received as a extra in a trade with a very generous BA, poured into cigar city snifter.

A - pours a strong copper with some red hints. Not much head to speak of.

S - a strong sweet citrus hop smell fills the nose.

T - just as the smell lets on there is a very dominate hop flavor. Big hop bite on the aftertaste with the malts coming through.

M - Not much carbonation, leaves a mild oily consistency in the mouth.

D - Something i could sip on for a while but a very good beer.

Photo of Kadonny
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally, Devil Dancer on tap at Capones in Norristown. Nice an fresh too! Poured into a snifter glass.

A: A clear dark orange and almost light brown color with a minimal slight white head. No glass lacing.

S: Wow, just popping with earthy piney hops. Some slight citrus on the nose and a deep sweet bready caramel malt. This is a hop bomb waiting to happen.

T: Hops assault the tongue immediately. Huge hop flavors of pine, earth, a bit of floral tones and a bit of citrus. The bitterness jumps in right away. The huge caramel malt tries to subdue the hops but they have no part in this. The massive bitter hops dominate the end and finish with a punching blow to the mouth. Wow, this beer if freaking incredible from tap when fresh. Bitterness pounds the mouth long after the beer is gone. Wow, just wow.

M: Full, massive, prickly, sweet, bitter. Did I say bitter? Yes! Alcohol is very noticeable but not overly intrusive. Crazy good.

D: For 12%? Insanely good. Get this straight though, this is a beer to be enjoyed over a good period of time, not a beer to pound down.

Overall I can't believe the difference in this beer from tap (fresh) to bottle. The tap version just pops so much more with flavor and raw hops bitterness. The beer is crazy good and I have become even a bigger fan of it. I am still shaking my head as to how good this was. If you like it from bottle, I beg of you to get it on tap. Incredible. Mindblowing.

I bow to Founders once again.

Photo of Macky20
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a package from gratefulbeerhead, thanks Eric!

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Stone stemless snifter. Not an overload of head, but what's there is solid and has good retention (sometimes hard to pour into a good head in a snifter anyways...)
Appearance is dark burnt orange. Smell is a great deal of hops with a good combination of piney sweet malt character and a small hint of alcohol.

A sweet tartness overloads the tongue on the first sip, not bad at all! I would characterize it is as a huge hop bite well balanced with a pine/molasses taste. I will admit though, there is something there I just can't identify. There is an alcohol taste left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel isn't bad for the style, could use a small amount more carbonation. Even when I poured the last one into a full pint glass it was hard to generate head into the pour.

Drinkability suffers here because of the alcohol on the tongue. Honestly is just overloads your palate with so much, that I have to carefully sip my way through one of these! For a Trip IPA and 12% ABV though.... I would put it above average though...

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Bottled June 28, 2010.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of flowery and pine-scented hops. The flavor is more complex and is very hoppy. I get a lot o citrus and pine notes as well as some caramel malt. The bitterness is about medium and is not as bitter as I was expecting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Anthony1
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a deep orange-amber color with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass. The aroma is of hops, brown sugar, citrus and caramelized malt. The taste is balanced, but hits you very hard with everything up front, with flavors of hops, brown sugar, caramel and some fruit. There's a slight touch of alcohol, but not as much as you would expect from a beer with 13.00% ABV. The malt character is decent but The after-taste is hoppy and slightly bitter. Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where so many other super hops beers have a grating roughness, this beer is amazingly smooth. Slightly turbd ruby/amber with sticky head. Aroma is cotton candy and muted herbal hops. Sweet, but not sticky-sweet and appropriately balanced for the massive hops load. Resinous wihthout pine notes, and a distinct bite of alchohol near the end. Best to keep this monster at a cooler temperature, as the alcohol note grew a bit too sharp near the end as it warmed.

Photo of Thur123
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a super hazy brownish orange color with a finger of tight thick off white head that fades quickly and leave a thin layer of foam at the top. The smell is musky dank sweetness, floral aroma with orange rind and grapefruit, and at one point even a bit of cat piss. Very pungent fruity smell that's super complex.

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Well it's all tongue ripping hops here. The flavor is very herbal, almost medicinal with a mellower citrus back end. It difficult to describe this in any way that's not just super hoppy. My tongue cannot separate any distinct flavors. Overall I think this well be better as it warms but it might actually be too hoppy for a repeat visit. Mouth feel and body are fine.

Photo of ElDavicho
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evil, that goes without saying. This nectar of all things sinful pours an unnaturally clear, nectar amber...like honey water imbibed with the blood of virgins. No head on a modest pour, although a vigorous pour does coax a subtle emergence through the depths. This stuff is so clean and pure in appearance, but there is a tinge of something sinister...

Smells of pine, medicinal alcohol, and a slight nuttiness that reveals itself as a burst of burnt/roasted pumpkin seeds when it hits your tongue cold. It took a while to pinpoint what that taste was, and I am sure that's it. Slightly over-toasted, fresh pumpkin seeds. At it warms, resin and piney sweetness take over with a hint of savory, fresh nuts...almonds and seeds. Hops lingers long after the party stops.

This is a sticky, oily and thick brew. The carbonation fights for even a mention...it's there, but the oils coat the tongue too quickly to allow notice. It fires the throat and the belly, numbing your lips and mouth, this beer is fiery as hell. So appropriately named. I've had stronger brews that effect me less, this stuff feels almost narcotic. Do hops become psychotropic at this level?

Regardless, Founders has shown their talent in this one. A lesser brewery could make such an evil concoction, but only a master could fashion something so difficult that also manages to be absolutely delicious. This is a tough ale. But it deserves it's name and it's place.

Photo of mavbrew
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/17/10, poured into DFH snifter.

A: Pours copper/amber in color with a very small head, even when poured rather aggressively. The head is off-white and leaves some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: There is a strong presence of hops in the scent that overpowers everything. Also has a bit of an earthy and citrusy smell to it.

T: Similar to the smell, has intense hop flavor. Even though the hops take control up front, once settled in, the beer has a sweet malt flavor it. A nice combination. The finish is bitter and dry.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation and is pretty smooth for such a high ABV.

D: This is a stronger beer, being 12% ABV and the drinkability, although a smooth beer, is low, as expected. Overall this is a very good beer, I love the hops with a mix of sweet malt.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow pine like hops. In the taste, pine like hops and a quite balanced maltiness. A small bitterness, but mainly smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in aftertaste. Hides the alcohol, mellow for how big it is, quite nice.

Photo of axeman9182
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured right from the fridge into m Duvel tulip.

Devil Dancer pour a rich, deep orange, nearly entirely opaque. The head only comes to about a finger in height (off white), but sits there for an impressive amount of time before slowly fading. Lack of lacking is the only real letdown as far as looks go. The nose is a huge blast of caramel and resiny, piny hop goodness, fantastic. Each sip brings exactly what the nose promised, along with a monstrous (but given the prevailing sweetness, not overbearing) hop bite, and slight (but not entirely unpleasant) alcohol burn. Devil Dancer tastes like Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA's little brother, and that's meant to be a compliment. The body is thick, nice and syrupy, which is all one can expect from an IPA this big. Carbonation is on the low end, which works for this style. I'm impressed, for a beer this big and packing this much flavor Devil Dancer drinks pretty damn easily. The alcohol, while present, doesn't become a hindrance. Bravo to Founders for crafting a (triple) IPA that approaches crossing the line into being over the top without doing so. Too much of an experience to be a regular treat, but something I can drink every once in a while and enjoy very much.

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage. Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Pours a deep, hazy orange with a thin collar of head.. not even a thin cap. Can't expect too much from a DIPA that tips the charts at 12% abv.

S: Naturally, a very strong hop presences.. a maltier backbone than I was expecting. Probably because this isn't exactly "fresh", but it's close. Some citrus is apparent, as well.

T: Very strong hop presence, of course! Then the malt backbone shines through, accompanied with bitter citrus notes.. grapefruit and.. apple? The hops hammer it home with a very warm finish.

M: Slightly creamy and medium to full-bodied.

D: I mean, what can I say.. this beast is 12% abv!! Considering it's strength, it can be considered drinkable, but honestly, this is a VERY slow sipper that crushes your palate. I feel like I'm still going to taste this when I wake up, even after I brush my teeth.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A= It was hazy yellowish/orange color. It had a huge head and very nice lacing.

S= You notice the citrus in this beer when you smell it. It also has a hint of carmel and some sugars.

T= For me the taste was a little hint of citrus smell with you taste the different malts in this beer.

M= Really decent could have been a little bit fuller could have been more carbonated for me.

D= This one is one that is a great beer but you don't want to drink to many of them in one sitting. This is a good sipping beer.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright Golden, three finger head. Very tightly wound bubbles of yellow-beige in the head, which settles slowly. Pretty hazy, though. Very nice lacing.

S: Intensly, sharply, hoppy. There is a definite cedarness to the aroma. No malt or roast or anything like that, nor yeast or anything but hops. hops hops hops. I really like that it's just intensly hoppy.

T: Still intense hops. Still no malt really. Not a real hop tea, there is a malt backbone, at least in the texture. I would like a little more.

M: Thick, heavy, but not syrupy. The hops really help here and it's quite perfect.

D: Too intense for me, I'm not going to lie, but at 4 months old I think it's balanced out the sharp alcohol and maintained the hoppiness pretty good.

Photo of scottyb88
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/28/10...poured into Duvel glass

A- pours a cloudy dark reddish brown (looks like the color on the label where it says 'triple ipa'); nice head that disappears quicker than i was expecting, but I think the 12% might have something to do with that

S- grapefruit citrus, apple cider, a sweet and faint candied sugar smell; some pine in there but the remainder is mainly toasted and caramel malts

T- very similar in the taste with an apple skin bite at the end; it reminds me of granny smith apples soaked in brown sugar and dark rum; definitely get some orange and lemon rind and a bit of alcohol

M- pretty decent but I was hoping it be a bit fuller; aftertaste is what you'd expect with with citrus bitterness that isn't too dry and harsh

D- pretty intense beer; not very high drinkability in terms of more than one in an evening and in terms of seeking it out seasonally, but definitely a really nice one to try

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a hazy orange-copper, with about a 1/4 inch off white head. Retention settles to the edges of the glass, laces like glue

S - Bright citrus in the nose (orange, tangerine) with a heavy malt presence. Some sweeter, toasty and caramelized notes.

T&M - Full bodied and sweeter malt flavors with a good dose of fruity alcohol. The citrus and pine hops balance very well with the malts. Finish is malty, but as you dry swallow another wave of hops settles in; probably one of the most intriguing finishes I've had, and ends somewhat dry.

D - This is more drinkable then I imagined for a 12% big brew. Everything is well balanced and the alcohol adds more flavor then booziness. "When you dance wit the devil, the devil don't change..." indeed...

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, poured into a tulip. Been on my wants for quite some time, thanks for this one dude. Bottled on date of May 28, 2010.

My first triple IPA! Pours a hazy, deep golden brown, with hints of a lighter orange/tangerine around the edges. Couple fingers of offwhite head, and massive, thick and chunky lace. Minimal retention. Aroma is grapefruit, pine and oranges, alcohol peaks through a touch also. Hops are huge here, some dark breadiness as well. Alcohol becomes more prominent with warmth. Malt hits immediately, slick and sweet, very caramel-like. Fruits are hot on its tail, and a wave of alcohol arrives. Seeing as this has been sitting around for quite a bit, it feels as if this almost approached barleywine territory here. Malt is quite sweet here too, and although I heard some people claim that this takes away quite a bit from the beer, I have no problem with this. Many have also claimed that this is an absolute palate wrecker, and although I agree to a degree, I've had suffered more at the hands of other beers (this however may be a function of the bottling date). Does some substantial damage as well. Mouthfeel is a bit slick and sticky, with medium carbonation, and surprisingly reasonable drinkability given the 12% ABV. Mouthfeel became quite a bit stickier and syrupy as it warmed too. One is probably enough for the time being however.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

08/20/10- Had a 12 oz bottle of this.
A: Brownish bloodorange amber, nice creamy head that died to a film and collar.
S: Sweet hops, grapefruit and pineapple, mildly cheesy, raisins, brown sugar, caramel.
T: Burning hop juice, syrupy sweet caramel covering apples, lingering grapefruit rind and a marked bitterness. Sharp alcohol comes off almost like gin and burns slightly.
M: Syrupy with a strange carbonation that is low and slow developing.
D: Very thick sipping beer.

Photo of berkey
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle reviewed 08/29/10, no freshness date listed.

Forms a medium sized head but it doesn't linger long. Lacing isn't bad. Body of the beer has an almost rosy grapefruit color to it.

Aroma is intensely sweet and fruity. Orange slice and alcohol with some grassy hop notes and little else.

This beer has some of the strong leafy and grassy over hopped flavor and outright alcohol combination of some young American Barleywines but without the malt complexity normally associated with that style.

Have to admit I'm a little taken back as this really doesn't live up to what I expect from Founders. Not that it's bad (I managed to finish it) but I can't say I enjoyed it and wouldn't seek it out again. It seems only a handful of these massive, high alcohol 'Triple' IPA's turn out well. I guess even a consistently great brewery can fall short from time to time.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Aromas in Athens. Poured into a snifter. Oily, resinous, sticky, clear lacing. Aroma is seemingly dominated by PINEAPPLE! Fascinating!!!! Really, really fascinating. Taste is juicy and malty sweet and bitter all blended together. Amazing masking of abv. What can I say? Style points. Delicious and exciting and unique.

Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Triple IPA huh? I didn't even know there was such a thing. Is that just marketing speak to appeal to hopheads, or is that a legitimate style?

It's been a few years since I've tried this one, so here is my 2010 review:

A: Bronze color (and even on the dark side of that), with a good amount of carbonation and about a 1/4 inch head.

S: When I poured this thing, I could literally smell it from 3 feet away. Yikes! I don't really smell the bitterness all that much, just TONS of caramel, pine, and every citrus fruit under the sun. Peaches?

T: Alcohol burn takes center stage here. Where's the citrus? The caramel is there but is muted. However, I'll give this one a little bit of credit for not being too sugar heavy.

M: Once again, the upfront alcohol is not pleasant.

NOTE: The website says that this one "ages with the best of them." I think that if you aged this one too much, it might turn into a Barleywine. I could be wrong.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to chubbyswans for this one.

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Neck stamped Bottled 5/28/10.

Appearance: Hazy or murky amber orange with thin off-white head.

Nose: HOP CANDY! Orange and lime zest all the way. Big citrus bomb backed up by raw sugar and medium caramel and toffee.

Palate: Big and fat with lots of big citrus peel/rind, barley, heavily toasted oak, old brown leather and driftwood (a little salty and woody). Tropical fruits crop up too. Sugar and sticky, but hugely hopped and very bitter too. Long bitter finish.

Notes: This is a massive IPA that most people probably won't like. I love it personally. Drinkability suffers just because it's so huge!

FFO Dogfish Head 120 Minute, Southern Tier UnEarthly and other East Coast IIPA's.

Photo of eatabagofbooger
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A very big thank you to CaptainRedBeard for including this as one of many generous extras.

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a snifter.

A: a beautiful beer. Pours a deep, slightly cloudy amber with a one finger white head. Although the head isn't huge, the retention is off the charts. Lacing is also very impressive-almost like soap. I sipped this beer over the course of an hour or so and the top of the glass was still thick with foam.

S: it's strong, I'll give it that. I can smell pine and citrus from about 6 ft away. A deeper whiff reveals some floral notes as well along with a surprising amount of breast malts (for a beer with a reputation for being unbalanced). Alcohol is quite noticable as well.

T: every bit as strong, but far less complex than the nose, at least initially. Lots of bitterness, but not much else from the hops. I also get a touch of breast malts and a good bit of alcohol. As the brew warms, however, grassy and floral flavors present themselves. Reminds me of some barlywines, but more bitter.

M: full bodied, especially for the style, but could have used more carbonation.

D: couldn't see having more than one of these in a night. Fairly harsh and the alcohol is not vert well hidden. Can't say I'm a fan of this beer, but it's certainly interesting (especially once it warms up a bit) and I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

M: full bodied, especially for the style,

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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