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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,308
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
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Gots: 756 | FT: 33
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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 Andrewtherooster
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a deep reddish amber with a slight haze. The head quickly shrinks into a ring around the edge and a cloud in the middle.

It smells surprisingly of cranberries. It's very delicious and inviting aroma. There are hints of sweet grapefruit, and an even stronger presence of rose petals.

When it comes to taste, bitterness is the word. Damn this beer is bitter. It has some tart fruit nuances (cranberries or tart cherries), with a sweeter citrus finish that's empowered with some alcohol burn. The malt is present here, but not remarkable. Its duty seems to be to simply add body and lend a little bit of sweetness. The show belongs to the hops, which are mostly of the floral and citrus nature. The bitterness here is cloying, but I suppose that's to be expected. The bottle does boast that it's 112 IBU's.

I have a hard time calling a beer like this "balanced," as it is clearly a hop-nuke, but there is a nice sweetness to it that makes sipping it very enjoyable. Unfortunately, this beer becomes a chore a little over halfway through the 12oz. If you're drinking it alone, like I was, it just becomes too much and seems to completely destroy your palate miserably. Maybe a beer for the masochistic. Maybe that's why it's called "Devil Dancer," because when you start your dance with it, it's wonderful, but then you realize how much of that dance you have left, and then it's grueling. My suggestion: split the 12oz. with someone who will appreciate it. That way you get the best of this beer without it getting the best of you.

Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade. This bottle is almost a year old, but I have wanted to try this one for quite some time, and it is with great anticipation that I open the bottle. The bottle states that it is a triple IPA, but my immediate impression is that it looks, feels and tastes a lot more like an aged barleywine.

In the glass, this one is orange, cloudy and capped with a minimal amount of ecru colored foam, which retreats rapidly to the sides of the glass. Slightly oxidized, I get aromas of caramel, vanilla, light citrus and bubblegum. On the palate, this one is pretty malty, with caramel and brown sugar, but I do get some grapefruit from the hops and a little warmth from the alcohol. Very good, but I am looking forward to trying a fresh bottle this year.

Photo of wedgie9
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours cloudy orange-amber with a thin beige head with very strong retention. Nose of caramel malts, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and some yeast. This beer has some sweetness that shows up with the caramel on the front of the palate. All of that fruitiness comes through soon after with the hops and grapefruit kicking in on the back of the palate. There is a flavor that is somewhat medicinal, but not offensive. The body is big, the carbonation is light, and the finish is long. This beer is very balanced, barely showing the high alcohol.

Photo of gafferjohn
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 poured into homemade glass. cloudy orange.

smells of pine , malt, a little medicinal, a little citrus.

carmely, malty sweetness. Medicinal with a nice finishing biterness.

Nice, solid mouthfeel with a soft finish.

lingering sourness prohibits drinking many in a row.

Photo of wchesak
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

A - light ruby orange, slightly hazy; small off white head, bit of long strands of lac

S - caramel, vanilla mixed with broiled/brown sugar coated grapefruit

T - malt heavy up front much like a DIPA but with the dry, crisp, yeasty-ness of a triple, dryness continues but it is from strong hop presence, bitter aftertaste - piney, citrusy

M - medium bodied, good carbonation that keeps a tiny ring of head fed, a bit sticky

D - interesting combo, alcohol is never hot or overrides any of the flavor, more felt in the chest, takes belgian style ipas to another and might i say better level

Photo of jzeilinger
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange color with slight lacing around the top and mild to very little carbonation.

Smell is really underwhelming for a beer of this magnitude, I was really disappointed by the nose, way too delicate for a big beer with big %$#@&s! Smells of caramel, toffee, very heavy on the malt aroma, slight hint of grapefruit presence, smelled a little bisquity as well. I've read the other reviews for this beer and the citrus/pine domination just didn't settle in my nose like the others. Maybe I've been too bastardized by the love of hops?

Taste starts out with sweet caramel malt that hits up front and the middle of the tongue, tastes a little bisquite-like, is sticky sweet, and ends with a bittersweet grapefruit finish that evolves into a warm and boozy finish. Bitterness seems to take a back seat to the malts which I find unusual for an American IPA, especially a Triple.

Mouthfeel is sticky, thick, semi-smooth on the tongue, and the finish leaves a thick syrup-like finish in the mouth. Body is borderline heavy.

Drinkability is decent, but I would like to see more hop dominance for a triple IPA. Still, very well brewed and an enjoyable sipper. I do like this beer.

Photo of evansrdbrew
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank on: 2/27/10
12% ABV 112 IBU
12 oz. in pint glass

A= Deep copper colored very opaque brew. Little head dissapaited to leave a skinny halo.

S= Rich thick sweetness, candy-like. Piney hops are noticable along with the alcohol. hints of cherry.

T= Alcohol. Sweet heady carmel flavor. Hop bitterness comes through but the grainy sweetness puts it away almost completely. Almost honey-like sweetness with flavors of tabbacco and leather in the aftertaste.

MF= THICK, coats the mouth completely. Hot, alcohol feeling on the tongue. Slight tingle of CO2 with a light lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

D= Had trouble drinking all of this one. A little to thick and sweet for me personally. I do actually belive this may be the devil in a bottle.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from hoppymcgee, bottled 6/17/09.

A: Cloudy orange color with a cream colored head that is really more of a thin cap of bubbles, a few spots of lacing, the head really recedes to a thin island of bubbles in the middle of the glass. Quite nice looking.

S: Big strong caramel maltyness up front, citrus and piney hops, but they have faded a little from age, fairly hoppy though. Very reminiscent of a barleywine at this stage in the game. Not a bad smelling beer.

T: Malty sweetness up front, notes of caramel and honey really stand out at first. This leads into a rather strong hop bitterness that melds into a slightly astringent booze. Hop profile is quite piney, and mixes with the booze nicely. Lots of lingering bitterness. Has a few different layers of depth, and that is quite nice, bitterness is spot on, hop flavors are a little subdued though, probably due to age. Still nice.

M: Very thick bodied beer, medium carbonation, strong boozey warmth, sticky on the lips. Definitely more in line with a barleywine, but it does work for a DIPA as well.

D: One and done for this cowboy, intense bitterness, huge boozeyness and an overall strength really make this beer a sipper. However, it is a damn fine sipper. At this stage in the game, I saw barleywine instead of DIPA. I'd love to try it fresh though.

Thanks Greg!

Photo of thequeen711
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy, golden yellow, nice 1/4" head, dissipating into light lace. Nose of fruity hops, taste hoppy complexity, citrusey. I'm not very good at describing IPA's since I've just come to appreciate them. The alcohol kicks in after the swallow, the remnants of a 12% brew burning actually tastes great. Another touche for the guys at Founders!

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

Pours cloudy amber with a small, white head.

Rich with malt and every form of hop note possible; catty, floral, pine resin with doughy malts and a belgiany raisin quality and an alcohol note, of course.

The hops definately represent with piney notes and a grassy finish. In between? Becomes more sweet as it warms up, with rich honeyish malt, caramel, and bread dough, finishing dry and warm but not hot at all.

This is an epic beer worth fearing just a little bit. It meets in between old ale, barleywine, and double ipa in a wonderful way. Let it warm up, delicious.

Photo of chaz410
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stout snifter.
Pours a bright orange amber body that lends a half finger white head.
Smells of stinky grass and pine hops. Laced over with some caramel malt and vienna malt.
Taste of sharp, crisp pine and pineapple singe along with some herbal and eathy grass hops. Barley and caramel ring out underneath a thick layering of biscuit malts. Finish with a huge pinneaple and mango hop character.
very sharp drinking beer, not for everyone but it does have enough malt to make it bareable.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at bocktown saturday night. Served in a snifter.

A-Body is a medium to bright amber color that is served with an approx 1/2 finger foamy white head- this fades and leaves a thin collar with no lacing in the glass. It doesn't really need the head though because you can smell it from a mile away. Body is nearly transparent but still has a minimal fogginess to it.

S- Wow- that'll clear your sinuses up right away. HUGE dominant, strong, aroma of citrus and pine hops. Once you get past this some caramel malt and phenols sneak their way through.

T- This brew is pretty complex. At first it comes off as a hopsickle level one-sided hoppy mess. With initial dominant flavors of pine and citrus hops a big pine finish and moderate to strong left over residual bitterness. As I continued to sip though a substantial backbone of sweet caramel malt came through and the citrus hop juices became much more noticeable as well. The residual bitterness adds some flavors of spicy hops. An alcohol heat is there but with all the strong flavors going on there is no way that alcohol flavor would be detected.

M- Medium to high carbonation and medium weight body full of smooth hop oils. Mouthfeel is good and smooth.

D- At first I thought I may not be able to handle this- and that hasn't happened with an IPA-type with me for a long time. Its in-your-face hops through and through but also has some balance and smoothness. You can tell the ABV is on the higher side but this one still remains pretty drinkable-I did order a second glass. I'd imagine I was drinking this pretty fresh as I read some bottled reviews that seem less hoppy. Great beer overall and nice job by Founder's.

Photo of jampics2
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, about 6 mos old. Amber red beer from a 12oz bottle. No head at all.

Smells like tea leaf, hops, a nice amount of malt sweetness as well.

Taste is more of a Barleywine than anything. And a great one at that. This is so much more balanced than when fresh. The closets thing Founders makes to one of my favorite styles. This is one of the nicest aging experiments yet! Sweet caramel malt, fruit, and some minimal citrus from the hops.

Perfect mouthfeel. Not syrupy at all. Just enough carb, Stellar.

Great stuff, dangerously drinkable at 12%. Very enjoyable.

Photo of GitcheGumee
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany color. Minimal head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: As expected, there is an overwhelming hop presence. I also detect some alcohol and sweet malt.

Taste: Obviously, hops dominate the sips. I taste a sweetness initially, followed by heavy amounts a hops bitterness. The alcohol is definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: This beer is thick! Definitely a slow sipper. It has a very sticky and viscous feel. I wish Founder's put a date on their bottles because I have a feeling this one is old. It has one of the old twist off tops which tells me it's older. The reason I bring it up is because I have a feeling the carbonation is off, considerably. This beer is really flat. I don't want to make any more judgments without trying a fresh one though.

Drinkability: I think it goes without saying that this beer is a 'one per' session beer. The alcohol content makes this thing potent, along with the abnormal amount of hops. That being said, this beer does go down pretty smooth, all things considered. I'll be purchasing more.

Photo of hippityhops85
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just picked up a 12 oz of this guy at my local spot. Founders is steadily becoming my favorite brewery currently and this does nothing to tarnish that. Pours cleanly into a mug, big fluffy head that sticks around 'till the end. Color is a deep devilish red, great color for the name. The taste is out of this world. The hops aren't overwhelming but definitely contains notes of grapefruit and thick grass. Bit of a bite on the tongue, whether that is the alcohol or not it doesn't detract from the taste. Couldn't recommend this beer more.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$6.50 for a 12oz beer, this better be really awesome! I've recently seen it on sale for $4.25 since it wasn't selling, but I got this one earlier.

A: Pours a lighter head covering into my oversized snifter, as the creamy looking head fades to almost nothing. It's a pretty hazy maroon orange brown color with lots of bubbles rising up.

N: Yep, lots of hops. Not so much bright hops as it is heavy thick hops. Very chewy like hop aroma, with some pine, citrus, spicy hop, some malty qualities, and almost a nugat aroma, and some light boozy aromas.

T: Very heavy and thick, as I expected. Very bitter! Reminds me a lot of 120min IPA. Pretty boozy tasting but not overpowering with alcohol burn or taste. Chewy hops definitely. Then some pine and lots of citrus. It's so bitter. Light tropical fruit, as well as earthy and juicy hops as well. Some malt flavors, sweetness a little with some caramel.

M: Very thick and chewy, some boozy feel and warmth, good carbonation, surprisingly for how heavy it is and its 6 months old in a screw cap.

F: FInishes very bitter, and it starts to dry off and the bitterness and dryness accent each other as they often do. A little malty sweetness and caramel linger in the background. The chewy candy juicy hop flavor is really what sticks. I wonder if the hops are brighter when it's more fresh, but this is a pretty heavy thick decent 3IPA. It's definitely a sipper. I would like to compare this to 120min sometime.

Photo of MCfunkyJ
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first Triple IPA. I don't know how to compare to others but to be honest I'm not sure any can.

Pours: dark with a nice thick head that hung around the edge of the glass for a couple minutes.

Aroma: Pine, Sweet, Hoppy with an overpowering stench of Alcohol.

Taste: exceptional Hops explode all over your taste buds with a tint of pine and caramel. The aftertaste is somewhat similar to Double Bastard.

Mouthfeel: full-body, strong

Drinkability: After 2 of these bad boys w/ the high ABV level leaves you wondering if you will be able to handle another one. Although its 12% ABV it's leveled out by the exceptionally unique taste.

Photo of waddsworth
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this one at Blue Dog in Lansdale. Don't come across too many "Triple IPAs" (other than 120) very often, so I picked it up. Label claims 12% and 112 IBUs.

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Gave it a bit of a rougher pour towards the end in an effort to motivate some head formation, which was minimal and happened only after I had put the bottle down. Very interesting. The beer is a dull caramel color, and mine was hazy. Lacing was non-existent.

S - Malt dominated and very sweet - almost like cherries with subtle layers of citrus. Its as pleasant as it is different for an IPA.

T - Whoa. That 12% isn't hiding at all in this one. The sweet alcohol that is detected in the nose comes through up front, and strong. Fruity and toasty at the same time. The hops don't start to make their appearance until mid-way through, and gain strength right through the finish with orange peel and a bit of spice. But the malt doesn't give up so easily, especially as the beer warms. Its a very hard fought battle, and very entertaining for the palate.

M - Heavy and thick. Resinous syrup with little to no carbonation.

D - One and done. The only reason I might have more than one would be due to impacted decision making as a result of the high gravity.

I'm glad I tried this one. While not something I'd drink often it was def worth the experience. A solid offering from Founders.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark caramel / amber color - I would dare to say that at 12% this is not quite a triple IPA but just another name for a hopped up red ale.

Smells like a dank malt bomb with the citrus and pine complements usually present in a red ale. Pine is strongest on the hop end aroma of this beer. Caramel also present.

Tastes like a long boil time caramelized this one pretty well. Citrus at first, then bitter bitter pine take over. There is a residual sweetness left from the high alcohol content but booze is not present so much as a result of the extreme bittering that has a firm stranglehold on this one. Some tannic properties also present that left some cloying tastes at the end.

Drinkable but not one you would want more than one of in a sitting. I think many people will have a hard time finishing even one 12 oz bottle. Thick mouthfeel, syrupy consistency and sticky.

Photo of HopOverdose
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as a single for $6.00 at Martha's Vinyard in Grand Rapids, Mi

A - Beer pours very dark and thick. There is very little head great lacing. The lacing isn't too sticky and runs good along the glass. It is very dark and quite cloudy.

S - This beer is very citrusy and sweet on the nose. Its a sweet danky smell and the hops jump right out at you.

Taste - The taste is very hoppy throughout. The malt is noticed more in the beginning. The hops do hit hard in this one but they balance well throughout the sip. On the fron end is very sweet and the bitterness blends itself in right until the end. The taste fades perfectly and leaves a sweetness on the palate that is quite enjoyable. The alcohol is also noticed but very subtle.

M - Feels very thick and syrupy. Almost chewy.

Drinkability - Consuming an entire glass is tough. It's very thick and the alcohol hits you very quickly. Consuming it slow seemed better.

Photo of mechamifune
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure what i was going to get with this one, but was hoping that after paying $6 for a 12oz bottle that I would at least enjoy it.

Poured very thick, almost syrupy, with very minimal head. Sense of pleasant hops to the smell, but nothing overwhelming as with a lot of double ipa's.

Heavy mouthfeel that matches the appearance, but, to me anyway, not much of an overwhelming sense of alcohol. The malt backbone is very obvious, but in the end feels very balanced.

In essence for me it was sort of a more drinkable version of a barleywine and probably fits somewhere between the two styles. An interesting beer to drink, but at the price point I don't know if i'd buy it again.

Photo of baldmasterflex
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Picked up tonite at Capone's in SEPA. $7 for a single 12oz marked 2008 with the label reading 13% abv.

Very smooth pour with very little carbonation, just a low ringin forming around the rim of the glass. The color of the liquid is a very dense dark orange/ brown, with the lace being white. Lace coats the glass and stays throughout the session.

The smell is very very sweet, with the taste being very similar. I guess i was just hoping for something with more of a hop bite, but this tastes very similar to dogfish 90 or 120.

Mouthfeel is very thick and slimy with not much carbination.

Overall, its a very good brew that im glad i found. but at $7 for a single and $20 for a 4-pack the economics of it dont really work out.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz received as one of a few great extras from BS68280... Thanks Brannon.... It has been a long time since I've had one of these and I've never reviewed it.... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

1" sorta yellowish head.. descent lacing dies pretty quickly but the brew is a very pretty glowing hop hazed deep orange..

Nose is thick pithy grapefruit.. plenty of malts to balance, but the hops are really front and center.

Flavor is a bunch of sorta syrupy maltiness to balance the alpha assault that begins with every sip... hops are really fruity... more fruity than the little pine that is present.. the malt sweetness is a mildly complex mix of toast.. caramel and bread.. but both hops and malts are well represented.. in fact, I am a bit surprised at how balanced this brew is.. the mouthfeel is pretty thick and oily... the viscosity is sliced down a notch by a nice carbonation that helps me want another sip.

Drinkability walks a fine line with me.


Photo of pourmeup
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled in July 2009

A- pours a deep orange amber, retains a thin white ring of head, leaves an even lacing on the glass as I drink
S- strong smell of alcohol, grapefruit and citrus rind, has a nice toasty malt aroma as well
T- lots of alcohol, lots of citrus notes on the front and lots pine resin on the aftertaste, has a great sweetness through the entire taste from the malts
M- very creamy and smooth, nice and thick, not much carbonation but very good
D- the 12% alcohol shows it self on this beer, the taste and mouthfeel make me want to keep drinking but the alcohol slows me down

(review by Daniel)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Beer Friday!

First off, thanks to kzoobrew for this great extra.

Appearance - Pours out with a thick, amber color that obtains a finger worth of head that slowly dissipates and is leaving decent lacing as I let it sit for a bit and warm up while I poke around BA.

Smell - I immediately smell a bit of tropical fruit that fades to more of a unripe grapefruit almost instantaneously. This is followed by a generous amount of sweet malt with a hint of sweetness like caramel or toffee and finishes with a nice hoppy/pine scent. Can't wait to try this!

Taste - This is my first "Triple IPA". Ironically enough, the taste is extremely sedate compared to the smell. I was expecting to be hit with a more bitter/citrus flavor but for the first second it seems my tongue has to wake up and finally register what it is tasting. After it "awakes" I can taste the tropical flavors first which is followed by a potent malt backbone. The more I drink, however, the more some bitterness shows through which to me makes it a better beer. I am enjoying this quite a bit now!

Mouthfeel - Extremely creamy, thick, syrupy. Virtually no carbonation. But honestly, silky smooth going down.

Drinkability - I honestly, and I mean this, can't taste the alcohol. This is a very potent brew, that lends itself as a Trojan horse. As stated, the more it warms up, the more the flavors shine through, yet no alcohol notes are detected. This is, in my opinion, very drinkable despite it being an incredible 12% abv. A pretty damn good "triple" ipa!

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,308 ratings.