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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: 289
Gots: 727 | 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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Photo of TexIndy
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]

Photo of Gosox8787
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.

Photo of jmhart
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.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
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.

Photo of stonelis
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.

Photo of mondegreen
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.

Photo of stewart124
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!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
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!

Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
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.

Photo of elgiacomo
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

Photo of Augustiner719
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.

Photo of jrallen34
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.

Photo of Vinyeard
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

Photo of seh410
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.

Photo of farrago
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.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
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.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$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.

Photo of scottfrie
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.

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

Reviewed from notes on 7-30-10.

A: The color is a brownish-amber with a gold tint. There is no head at all poured into my snifter; just a thin, hazy covering results. The carbonation bubbles dawdle slowly upward in perfect lines. The lacing of DD is pleasing to the eye, but nothing spectacular.

S: Big. Citrus, tropical fruit, and pine hop aromas blend fairly seamlessly with a ramped up and caramel-ly malt bill. I am impressed by how well the hops match the malts in a 12% beer. This might be the most bitter smelling beer that I have encountered to date.

T: The tropical fruit hop and malt combination is the initial flavor blast onto my palate. The caramel malt presence then sits sweetly and heavily on the broadside of my tongue, which is sucked away at the end of the sip by a puckering, resin-like bitter hop attack. The high a.b.v. is evident as the beer warms.

M: Very full and sweet for the first half of the sip, then a combination of heavy hops and alcohol dry the mouth and clean the sweetness of the malts off of my palate.

D: This is about as drinkable as a 12% "Triple IPA" can come. The alcohol is very evident in the smell and taste as the beer warms, but the balance between hops and malts is struck phenomenally well.

Photo of optiontwo
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear dark ruby with a half inch beige head and awesome lacing.

S: Aroma is incredibly juicy and fruity and has a distinct pot like smell. For all that hop smell there is actually some nice sweet malt in there.

T: Instead of some IPAs and DIPAs that hit you with the hops then finish with malt this one has hop flavor throughout and the malt peeks in intermittently which adds to the complexity. I had this on tap somewhere else the other day and it was way more bitter so I wonder if perhaps they were kegged at significantly different times. Either way, it's still bitter just not as crazy as I thought it'd be, but that's good. The fruit in it is very citrusy but the malt sweetness mixes well and brings in almost a soft berry flavor.

M: I would say this is pretty much perfect for a DIPA. Not too thick, not too light. Finishes nice and bitter.

D: If I didn't know I would probably guess this beer was 10% but I'm not surprised to read that it's 12%. That being said I think thy it's fairly well hidden but obviously one could only have so much.

O: Very nice DIPA. I'm glad I have the opportunity to have his on tap because the four packs are a bit of an investment. Not to say it's not worth it though, any hop head would be happy to have this brew.

Photo of hosehead83
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve-ounce bottle into a wine goblet
Deep russet, burnt-orange in color, with a short head of off-white foam
Aroma-Big malt and citrussy, piney hop notes
Taste-Big slap of reisinous, piney hops and a chewy, thick malt backbone for balance. Feel the gravity! Alchohol is present, but hides in the bushes, watching and waiting. Smooth for the considerable strength, but this is a definite sipper, worthy of your utmost respect.
Overall,a powerfull, flavorfull, nicely balanced smooth sipper of a "North Coast" Imperial IPA that will crash through the woods and destroy your campsite-if you're not carefull. Drink with caution!

Photo of Norfawkers
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep orange/amber, slightly cloudy, with a foamy light tan head

Smell: Sweet and malty

Taste: Not much to it... Flavor is similar to a barley wine. It's complex, malty, and grainy.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick. You can definitely taste the alcohol throughout the beer. It has a lingering bitter finish.

Drinkability: Not one of Founder's strongest, but definitely sippable. I would prefer a triple IPA to have more hop character..

Photo of PicoPapa
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/25/10. After a recent trip to MA I finally get to try my first Devil Dancer. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Duvel Tulip. Appearance is a viscous brownish gold with very little lacing. I smell a faint hint of hops... Seriously though, hop aroma is overwhelming. Pine, citrus and some caramel. Boozey. And the taste is more of the same. Tastes like hops, hops and more hops. Super bitter pine and citrus peel. Some earth and booze as well but the bitter piney hops are the star here. Delicious. Heavy mouthfeel for the style. Reisnous. My palate is done. Glad I finally got a chance to try this beer and hopefully can get my hands on some more in the near future.

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