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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,324 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,324
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 296
Gots: 766 | FT: 30
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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 david18
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I previously reviewed this beer under my own created brand because I thought it wasn't on BA. The brand says Triple IPA so I was confused. Here's what I wrote:

I wasn't sure if this was a triple IPA, like IPA with more intense hops and malt or tripel IPA, some amalgam belgian ipa. It was definitely the former and definitely one of the best over-the-top IPAs I've ever had. Great hop aroma and intense bitterness. Very good malt/sweet flavor. Really strong...I'm feeling it now. Definitely get this beer. I forget the name but will post when I see it again.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy ruby brown body topped by a finger of mouse-like, off-white head; scattered large bubbles. The color is quite beautiful and there is a good amount of head retention.

Floral, grapefruit, lemon citrus, pineapple, fresh cut grass, damp earth, sticky sweet caramel sweet grain, and hints of onion, garlic, and tomatoes (the last three being the least pleasant and subsequently bringing down the aroma rating).

Full bodied, medium carbonated, and creamy with sticky caramel, sugar and pine that are detectable on top of an ominously building undertone of bitterness that while surprisingly never exceeds the malt sweetness does burst with a rush of alcohol heat and fades out during the finish. Full of fruity sweet melon, orange, and apricots. Taste mimics the nose for the most part (thankfully the vegetable scents are way in the background) but malt is definitely the star.

Despite the intense hopping and malt poundage used in the brewing of this beer, it is surprisingly drinkable and balanced; similar to a hoppy barleywine.

No harshness or unpleasant astringency and a delicious variety of vibrant and juicy hop flavor. Alcohol is surprisingly restrained but definitely noticeable. As the beer warms the aroma gets messy which is my only complaint.

Overall a highly sippable, flavor rich, balanced and tasty brew.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice reddish amber hue with a very thin .35 inch head that is off white and recedes quickly. Pour is a bit viscous. Head recedes quickly.

S - Very fruity and sweet malty backbone with a great piney and hopy resin with a nice citric hint. Nice flowery and grassy hints as well. Almost like a bouquet of roses with a nice vinous quality as well.

T - Grains are immediately present then a rush of citrus and pine resin. Wow. Very flowery in taste as well. The flower aroma is intense and very pleasant at the same time. Not overwhelming at all. Some mild bready and nice strong fruit sweetness are followed by a blast of citrus and dry bitter hop character. A bit boozy but not too much. Very delicious brew intense bitterness though not for all. Tons of pot. I remember this flavor clearly from my younger days. Wow. This is crazy dank.

M & D - Nice and smooth, crisp and oily at the same time. Medium body but with great complexity of flavors. Grapes, dark fruits, roses, bread, and so much more. Drinkability is High in terms of flavor for my hop loving mouth but 12% is HIGH!

Photo of Schmaltzy
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Given to me as an extra from Woody, Thanks.

A- Dark amber/brownish orange hued with thin head that lingers like a fog on the top of the beer with slight lacing.

S- Dank orange, citrus, grapefruit and pine hops with a huge dose of caramel malt. Huge smell as intended with a triple IPA but loads of malt make me skeptical.

T- Taste is very similar to the aroma but reverse, starts with a mouthful of sweet malt and follows with a more piney/citrus hop. As this beer warms up and you drink more it becomes more syrupy.

M- Full body, thick, sweet malt, oily hops and a decent balance for the style. Carbonation is low and towards the end of my glass was non exisistent. Alcohol is present but only mildly warming, would never guess 12%.

D- Good Triple IPA but I couldn't drink too many of these in one sitting. A little to malty and syrupy for my liking but for the style I got to let that slide.

Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange color with a thin off white head. The aroma has oranges, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and caramel malt.

The taste is much like the aroma. oranges, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, pine and caramel malt. It starts out sweet, but gets more bitter the more you drink.

Full bodied, syrupy, sweet, oily, and bitter. Very low carbonation. The alcohol has a warming effect, but is not that noticeable while drinking. This is a nice beer to sip, and it gets better as it warms. Well done.

Photo of berpwillie
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a brown copper color with spare head, spare lacing, and soft carbonation. very very strong citrus hop smell that was very good to the nose. taste was more of a piney grass hop flavor, with some citrus hints. very harsh bitter taste and finish. medium body with a oily sticky texture. long flavor duration and by far the most bitter beer i've ever had. alcohol fairly well hidden but apparent in the finish. this beer was not even close to as good as i expected it to be, still a decent brew but i was very let down.

Photo of jjanega08
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A= The pour is a bright red color! It almost looks like food coloring has been added this is so red. The head is a nice slightly off white color that rises to about a finger high and falls to what I would call a "thick" skin on top of the beer and great lacing.

S= Pineapple jumps out at me first. Lots and lots of pineapple. Maybe a little orange in it as well. Really an interesting hop character. It doesn't really smell all to bitter but it does smell really really fruity. There is a great malt backbone in it as well that is evident in the smell.

T= Very similar to the smell. Loads of hops of course but they are sort of a softer fruitier hop than most DIPAs. I get big pineapple and orange in the taste similar to the smell but there is also a bit of a vegetable hop character making me guess some Summit hops were used. Again it's not super bitter like I would expect. The hops are really really soft and gentle.

M= ULTRA CREAMY! Really a soft smooth character to it.

D= Wow this beer is awesome. A great hop character to it and a nice malty balance. It says calculated over 200 IBU but this is such a nice soft hop character that doesn't rip your tongue off like you would expect. Worth seeking out.

Photo of vdoz3
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

32 oz growler poured Saturday 6/26, drank mostly on 6/27 with the last 6oz or so saved for a review today because, honestly, I was a little thrown off by this beer.

A - gorgeous, deep blood-red amber; crimson in the center and slightly orange at the edges. The color might honestly be my favorite part about this beer.

S - What stands out most to me about the smell is honestly its sweet toffee/caramel/fruity (think cherries) malt. The warmer it gets the more the alcohol shows through.

T - The beer his the palate with a splash of heat from the booze before settling into a bitter, puckering, citrusy hop burst, ending on a hop cottonmouth.

M - Sweet, sticky, and chewy before ending on the cottonmouth. There are some people who love that, but I'm not one of them.

D - While I would definitely guess this is a boozy beer, I would not guess 12%, so well done on that end. Apart from that I find it cloyingly sweet.

In summary on the malty-hoppy spectrum, Devil Dancer is like an East Coast TIPA - heavier on the malt, like an amped up (also Founders) Double Trouble. Simply put, it's too sweet for me. For the hoppiest-nukiest-dang-hopnuke I've ever wandered across, I recommend Green Flash Palate Wrecker. Drinking it conjured up the radical curiosity and puckering confusion of "people like this?" that I haven't had since, as a beer newbie, I tried SNPA.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop bomb. Poured ruby red with a very thin white head, maybe because it was a growler pour? No lacing and only faint carb when sitting for a little bit. Aroma is of big juicy piney and resinous hops and chewy malts, smells like cherry a little too. Taste is balanced for such a hoppy beer. Nice malt profile with plenty of bittering hop. Real big hop punch, a little fruity, alot bitter and a lingering pine like aftertaste. Smooth sliky almost oily mouthfeel, thick and viscous. Very drinkable for a beer of its size, no indication of the abv and so well balanced I would have 2.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a big enticing rich autumn amber color with a giant bubbly head that lasts forever.

Smell is very strange and very hoppy. Lots of grapefruit, a huge pine aroma as well.

Taste is intense, tons of big bitter grapefruit and a huge layer of sweet malt in the finish. So this is what a triple IPA is, tons of malt and even more hops. This beer really brings the grapefruit, pine and bitterness. Kind of a slight off flavor in there though, it's hard to describe.

Mouthfeel is big, full and bitter. Medium carbonation, not too shabby.

Drinkablility is not this beers best feature, it is very big and raw. Fun to try though.

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

Another nice addition to a hop-head's cellar.

Great mouthfeel and balance. The sweet caramel malt is bashed over the head by a crisp and floral hop character. Surprising drinkability for the abv, very mellow on the palate and quite a pleasant experience. Worth the hype, too bad it's so limited.

Photo of tim9887
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a stemmed tulip glass. Pours deep reddish amber with off white head, but not much head. Aromas of onion, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Same in the flavor - a very, very, VERY bitter ale - perhaps the most bitter I've ever had? Maybe... low-ish carbonation gives it a slick, smooth mouthfeel. A little bit of alcohol warmth in the chest. Wow. A pretty incredible brew.

Photo of pdoran10
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my tulip glass. Should be really fresh. 2010 batch was just released.

Apperance is very dark amber almost looks like a red porter. Very thick looking, a fourth a finger of white head.

Smell is onions and floral. Very thick and powerful.

taste is floral, and onion coming to the forefront overpowering other hop flavors, with some hints of citrus and pine as an afterthought. all of these hops blended together dont work very well seems like a bit of a hop mess, would like to see specific hops dominate rather than a mix of so many.

Mouthfeel is thick, but smooth no problems here.

couldn't drink more than one or two of these. flavor profile overload.

Photo of zoso1967
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Devil Dancer arrives at the table crystal clear dark amber in color with a nice reddish hue. The head is slightly tan with pretty good retention and leaves slippery lace. The aroma of this beer is impressive. Hoppy with a good dose of grapefruit and pine, as well as a nice fruity character and caramel malt sweetness. One taste and I'm sold. Like all triple IPAs, it is malty and sweet to be sure, but has such great hop flavor. All those hops also, no doubt, help to tame some of the sweetness. The hop character is predominantly grapefruity with some pine and tropical fruit notes. Alcoholic bite is there, but well incorporated. They also have somehow managed to keep the mouthfeel from being too full and far from sticky. Very drinkable for such a strong beer, and another winner from Founders.

Photo of TrebleStauter
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. A decent amount of head that diminished quickly, leaving a slight haze of bubbles above a rich dark amber that is as close to red as I have seen in this style. The little head retention remains throughout, swirling and repositioning with each drink.

The aroma is summer fields of open growth rising in the heat of the sun. I know it is heavily dry hopped, but this is not pungent. It is a deep, complex aroma.

This packs a punch both in taste and %. I can definitely feel the slight burn, but I love that when it is complimented with such a fruit hop flavor.

This is not the best IIPA that I have had. It is, however, a very exciting beer that all who enjoy this style should try. It's cost confuses me only in that I might not be able to appreciate all that went into making it. I will likely buy this again in the future, but in singles rather than the full 4.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shot out to G311 for hooking me up with this tasty bottle.

Hazy orange in color with a quickly fading head and good lacing.

Smells like a dank barleywine. Very sweet, fruity and boozey.

The taste is rich. Caramel, booze soaked fruits, sweetness in the way of cherries and vanilla. THe hops(citrus mostly) are there but this is a year old bottle so no doubt they are faded, which might actually be a good thing bcause this is one deliciously malty brew. It give off an aged American Barleywine 'vibe'

THe body is medium full with medium carbonation and a smooth texture.

1 was tasty, 2 would be a good night cap, any more would be overkill. If this was available in the area I would definately stock up.

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!

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,324 ratings.