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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,125
Reviews: 1,336
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 281
Gots: 707 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Triple IPA. Dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. 112 actual IBU; although it calculates to over 200!

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Photo of yossarian14
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-It appears to have no head, very little carbonation and to cling to sides of the glass. I poured into a Chimay chalice and the dark reddish/burnt auburn color was almost intimidating, as is the ABV

S-I smell caramel and alcohol

T-Sweet and malty and sticky. I love it...once a month

M-A viscuous beverage, that does well to warm and hang around awhile.

D-Well I had to say that this is about average for sipping style of drinking most triples, which is generally slow and small.

yossarian14, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Roeters
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Reddish hazy color with a thin cream colored head that is about 1/4" thick.

Alcohol, malt sweetness, with a hop aroma hidden with in the rest

front is a balance of the sweetness and the alcohol, it mellows through the middle, the end the hop flavors come out of this beer, some citrus and other hop flavors

Thick with a light carbonation release

This beer has a high APV cutting back on the over all drinkability but the flavor has a great complexity that make me want to keep drinking it

Roeters, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--cloudy, brown body. no head

S--strong malt smell--no hops?

T--malt and chocolate blast with a resin pine like finish


D--alot of alchol but not very much hop/malt balance/ also the flavors are not just as full as an imperial should be.

jneiswender, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of marcpal
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Acquired this bad boy a while back via trade and have been sitting on it, apologies for not recalling who sent it along but an extra that needed to be had. I guess its the IBUs that lead this to claim itself the triple IPA.

12oz bottle poured energetically into a huge dogfishi goblet. Poured cool temperature with the viscosity of syrup, and warmed as I sipped through.

A: Dark mahogany red with a filmy khaki head, very thin quickly. There is some carbonation and cottony lacing. Looks innocent enough. Note: this beer should have a date on it, would think time would do justice.

S: Sweet malts and fumes of gasoline. You look for all those hops you can find them but I can only imagine the malts infused into this to cover up that volume of hops.

T: Sweet and lacing of hops do follow. It is balanced and like the DFH 120 the amounts of both to do so are a little bit overdone and wearing. To no shock, plenty of alcohol burn. I do like the taste and did find it a fun one to drink- crushed flavors of todays earlier beers in my mouth and tongue.

M: Thick, that one word wraps it all up. Chewy, full bodied as well but thickness is all that comes to mind.

D: Oh, this is a sipping beer indeed. A very ambitious beer that is worth a try but can leave your taste buds fried. Not as funky as I would've thought, but textbook sipper.

Time did it well- Id consider it more of an american barleywine in taste and sweetness. So many flavors and bodied functions here that the sheer ridiculous amount of hops go under the radar more than you would think.

marcpal, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Devil Dancer pours a dirty ruby red brown color, some haze and a small white head. Sweetness on the nose, notes of sweet, peppery malts, wood, pine resin and sugar sweet hops. While tasting you get pretty much the same characters from the nose, the malt sweetness of a barley wine with the ungodly amounts of hops and pleasant, resiny bitterness. i was expecting to get baked with alcohol heat but got nothing, the 13% feels like 8 at most. Medium coating body, decent drinkability, low carbonation. I love big beers.

ATPete, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rust like color with a bubbly 1 finger off white colored head.

Smells of big citrus hops, sweet caramel, toffee, and a boozy aroma.

Wow, this is a huge beer. Huge malty sweet caramel flavor with an equally huge hop profile, earthy, citric, & herbal. Lots of fruity over ripe fig like flavor. Big boozy finsh. Overwhelming flavors going on here.

Little carbonation, thick yet smooth, sticky, huge, syrupy, chewy, lingering alcohol taste.

This beer is rich, big, & 13%. You could probably share a 12oz bottle. Although I didn't & didn't have a problem.

Wow, this beer was quite an experience. Did I mention it's HUGE. I would gladly have it again.

bbothen, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Wow. Really off-putting at the start, but grew on me. Reminded me at times of a much more intense Bridgeport IPA (for various reasons that don't make sense right away), but really came through the more I drank.

Surprisingly balanced, no real ridiculous back of throat lingering taste, it's bitter but not for bitterness sake. Malt sweetness and character comes through. Nice texture. Surprisingly drinkable for 13%.

Not enamored with the aroma. One of the darker IPA's I've ever imbibed.

Hard to be great within this style, but this beer tried and didn't fall flat on its face but didn't scream world-beater, either.

USCTrojanBrian, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this brew pours up a reddish amber color with a white head. the nose is slight citrus. the taste is caramel, citrus, floral hops. a sweet brew. full bodied, very smoothe. more like a Barleywine. 13% alcohol!? no freakin way! it definately masks it totally.

stumac, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Risser09
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2008 bottling - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, brown, red colored brew with a 1/4", short-lived, deep yellow head. Not much lace until a swig is taken from the brew.

Smell: Heavy malt and hops fill the nose. Caramel mixes with toffee. Cherry and other fruits. Grapefruit and piney hops round out the nose.

Taste: A big, bulbous taste of bitter pine and toffee. Dark fruits and hops fight each other to tickle my palate. This beer definitely has an interesting mix of powerful flavors that you would either enjoy or dislike. I really enjoy it for its individuality.

Mouthfeel: Lots of bitterness but also tons of sweetness. Alcohol is very distinct and strong. This beer is thick and syrupy.

Drinkability: A few of these would be quite a tasty treat. Lots of strong flavors and IBUs. Warming alcohol and complex flavor make this a winner.

Risser09, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazed, tea-like color with ruby highlights, and a thin ring of Belgian lace.

S: Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, mango and honey. Like Cognac, a dominant whiff of alcohol surfaces in the background.

T: Sweet malt and tropical fruits upfront with notes of toasted caramel, brown sugar, mango and honey. Waves of bitterness follow as slick layers of hop oil begin to coat the palate. As Devil Dancer warms, the alcohol begins to dominate - almost to a fault. Finishes dry and astringent.

M: Thick, chewy and syrupy.

D: Overall, Devil Dancer is an exercise in excess: Big on hops. Big on malt. Big on booze. Take 45 minutes and dance with a snifter. One and you're definitely done.

CaptainIPA, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this thing is a monster! Pours reddish-orange but my particular bottle had very little head or retention. It did travel cross-country but then again several other beers did and they still poured perfectly. Smell is of hops, alcohol (but only a little) and a strong sweet caramel. Smells like a Barleywine. Taste is good. Taste is of hops and nothing but hops. At times there is a bit of a malt backbone that tries to make an appearance with a bit of caramel but the hops beat it down. A thick, oily, and warming sensation as it does down. Overall this is a very well crafted beer. I have to say I've had several beers that have a much lower ABV where I notice the alcohol more. I've heard people debate on what catagory this beer should be in. As for a DIPA or Barleywine I really dont know. All I know is that this beer has a hell of a kick to it and you should drink this warmer and a bottle should last you about 2 hours or so. Sip and enjoy!

bunnyhustle, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber, almost the color of cognac or freshly brewed tea with some orange in it. Small head leaves instantly. Thin ring remains. Small lacing.

S - Like shoving your nose into a vat of liquid malt. Caramel, malt, booze, some dark fruit feel, too.

T - Rich sweet center, heavy malt. Carmel and booze. Although heavy and sweet, does a nice job of trying to balance it out with the hops in the end. Doesn't quite make it, but it was a tough job.

M - Thick, viscous, liquid candy laced with hard liquor. Minimal carb, extensive coating.

D - Cannot do more than one of these - palate, and brain, shot after one.

I like this one, just very extreme, IMO.

srandycarter, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of andylipp
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased while visiting the Bottle Shop at Capone's in Norristown, PA. No bottling date on the 12 ouncer.

Appearance - A cloudy copper pour yielded an inch of latte colored head in my Corsendonk tulip. Lots o' lacing. Carbonation seems rather fine.

Smell - Malty, caramel and toffee with apparent alcohol in the nose. It smelled big. Floral and citrusy hop aromas mixed in, but malt wins out in the end.

Taste - A sweet, malty start with the resiny, grapefruity hops kicking in a moment later. A sweet center with floral hop flavors mixed in and a long, bitter finish. Big, but the warming alcohol I noticed mainly on the way down. The malt/hops balance is excellent.

Mouthfeel - Thick and very chewy; it coated every part of my mouth. Carbonation was moderate and got significantly lighter as I sipped. Great!

Drinkability- It's a sipper to be sure, but a great one. I wished I had bought more than one.

Comments- If DFH made a 105 Minute, it might taste like this. Not as sweet or overpowering as a 120 but in the same vein.

Since I have no way of telling how old this bottle may have been, I hope that one day I'll get some more of it that's certified fresh and also cellar some. Is it a DIPA? A triple IPA, as the label states? A barleywine in DIPA's clothing? Who cares? This stuff is excellent.

andylipp, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, maybe even murky, orangy body. Topped by a level thick finger of bone china foam. Some good lace.

Powerful aroma thick with caramel, with some bakery and candy notes.

Solid, thick semi-sweet foundation slathers across the tongue. Heaps of bittering hops pile up the sides and roof of the mouth. Apricot undercurrent. Other citrus further down. Bits of pine. Strong but not necessarily boozy.

Thick mouthfeeling, creamy. Surprisingly and dangerous drinkable.

Big and balanced aint easy, particularly in IPAs to whatever power, but they got the job done right here. Malty than many of its class, and damn tasty.

RonfromJersey, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i know i'm going against the grain here, and dipa's are my favorite style, so i thought i'd love this triple ipa...but this is just too boozy. on the pour this just looks thick, a cloudy deep amber with a minimal white head that the carbonation struggles to fight through, leaving a decent collar of lace. aroma is boozy and rummy. the aroma also features dark dried fruit and molasses. smells more like a steroidal barleywine than a dipa/triple ipa. taste is big sweet fruity malt, bitterness comes on in waves; smooth at first and then becomes dominant and bracing. evenly balanced between sweet malt and bitter hop but the boozy alcohol dominates overall. mouthfeel is viscous and thick with a just a hint of carbonation. long finish. my overall impression is that this would be much better served as an accompaniement (sp?) to a fine cigar.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish brown color with minimal white head. Looked more like a barley wine than an IPA.

S: Tight nose. Hints of malt. Again like an aged barley wine except this was a fresh bottle.

T: Deep hop and malt taste. I thought this would be a malt bomb but the hops were there. More like an aged DIPA. Just without the age.

M: Thick mouthfeel. Clings to everything on it's way down.

D: Thick and crazy but smooth. This would make an excellent winter IPA if that makes sense at all.

aerozeppl, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The initial start of my pour didn't start creating much head. I changed to a little bit more agressive of a pour and yielded a 1/4 finger head. The retention is fairly decent and the color is a beautiful cloudy red.

There is a huge grapefruit fruity ester upfront. There are other undertones underneath of apple and plum I believe, but it's really hard to tell with the huge grapefruit ester. There is also a huge whiff of caramel malts. With some floral hoppiness underneath. Citrusy smell from the hops come out as the beer warms.

Huge caramel and toasted malts upfront with a huge grapefruit profile. Mild astringency from the bav, but not bad at all. This is very very maty like a barleywine/dipa hybrid. There is still a large amount of bitterness, but it is far more balanced with a huge malting upfront.

The mouthfeel is smooth with mild carbonation and a slight astringency from the 13% abv. For the abv it is pretty good.

This is a nightcap beer, but one I would consistently reach for as a nightcap. Give this a try.

jasonjlewis, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beauty has a clear red amber color with a big light tan head that declines quickly with good lace. There is a full butterscotch malt aroma, sweet and announcing the alcohol presence. The flavor is strong butterscotch and alcohol and buttery malt. Grapey and toffee toward the piney hops idea. This is pretty potent although it doesn't knock you out as a tough drinker, but that may be wishful thinking. A warm tastiness here. Recommended.

Durge, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle. Much appreciated.

Appearance: It pours an extremely hazy, reddish bronze color. A hard pour yielded a small, one finger head. Clearly the alcohol killed it. Retention was short and lacing was on the lighter side. Frankly, it looks a little evil. Extra points for that.

Smell: The nose is extremely impressive. It's very, very hoppy. Generally, I'd don't buy into the "triple IPA" classification, but I'd almost do so based upon this nose. There's a very heavy caramel malt scent that suggests some balance. Dark fruits also play a large role. Could it be a little barleywine-esque? Perhaps. It's sugary and sweet. Alcohol is very noticeable. Boozy sums it up pretty well. Who wouldn't expect that here?

Taste: Wow. This really is incredibly hoppy. Very resiny and bitter. It is sweet and sugary. The malt backbone really can't be understated here either. There's some citrus grapefruit and pineapple lingering. Caramel malts are sweet and provide some balance. But, it's way too hoppy to discuss balance at length. There is a strong dark fruit presence here (mostly raisin and plum). It certainly has some characteristics of a barleywine. I'd buy into it if it were labeled as such. It finishes sweet and bitter. Very complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a very robust and full bodied beer. It's incredibly smooth and its low carbonation really attributes to its silky smooth feel. Given the abv and its robust character, drinkability is limited. There's no way I could down more than a single 12 oz. in a sitting. Perhaps only once a week if it was readily available.

Devil Dancer's a very unique, yet immensely satisfying beer. It's certainly not for the faint of heart. I'm sipping it, but enjoying it very much. This really is a beer that needs to be experienced for what it is. Lucifer's beer of choice? Perhaps. If so, he's got good taste.

prototypic, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged one out of the cellar to see how it's changed over the past months, 12oz to goblet, pours an oily reddish golden brown, foamy cream colored head fades quick to wonderful lacing - great bottle art, risque and well fitting to the beer.

smells like loads of hops, sweet citrus, pineapple, melon, bubble gum, grass, bitter as all hell, caramely malts, barley?, heavy and hot.

tastes thick and oily, hot alcohol slides down the throat, has mellowed some since initial release but still hot!, creamy bitterness, lemon, orange, grapefruit zestiness, this beer is a mess of flavors, so big and rich, 10 different hop varietals make it go everywhere, biscuity caramel malt backbone, sweet, just a crazy bold ipa, complex and comes off like an american barleywine pretty much with a huuuge hop bill

mouthfeel is oily, lingering bitter hops, sweet hot malts, loads of complexity and just a really nice take on an ipa, heavy and rich, worthy of a taste.

drxandy, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this one before, but never bothered to review it. I wish I had reviewed it earlier. My sniffer is a little stuffed up, but my tongue is on point.

A-Beautiful amber color. Light head that doesn't last and no lacing.

S-Floral, sweet and piney....from what I can pick up.

T-Nice, bitter hop flavor. Alcohol content is not overbearing and very well balanced.

M-Smooth then sticky. Taste hangs around for the right amount of time.

D-Could drink it all day long...hopefully. Great beer, out of the bottle or on tap.

TasteTester, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Onslow
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the closer at the first Stumelagram epic!! .. a very smooth brew indeed... lots sugar and alcohol and biting hops ... jack smokes ... would really benefit with so age on it ... a nightcap beer as defined in the dictionary ... thank you mr stu, this was a good night...

Onslow, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Phenom
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

A: Not much head at all. Murky brown color with an orange glow around the edges.
S: Really aromatic hops, lots of pine and earth-like smells. Some sweet fruity alcohol. Very inviting for hop heads.
T&M: Lots of hop oils, and some warming alcohol. The bitterness is off the charts. You can tell there is a lot of malt in this beer, but even so it is overwhelmed by the hops.
D: While the beer is interesting and worth a try, it will probably kill your palate for the night and is too strong to drink many of, so drinkability takes a hit.

Closest thing to this beer that I have had is DFH 120 minute, if you like that you will probably like this too.

Phenom, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet alcohol nose. Flavor is a strong, sweet caramel, alcohol and grapefruit hops, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Nice triple IPA. $3.80 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

jdhilt, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, 200+ IPA apparently,

A: Pours a dark amber with a small white head, great head retention, some sticky lacing.

S: Great smell, on first opening the bottle you get a burst of pine hops, very pungent. Once it sits in the glass for a while, you get a strong malty barleywine.

T: At first I thought I was going to try and compare this to Pliny the Younger, but that is a fallacy, they are completely different beers. Devil Dancer is much more of a barleywine. The malt is very heavy with burnt toast and treacle. Hops come in almost immediately, strong straightforward pine resin, there is really no citrus. Ethanol is present at 13%, adding a light solvent flavour that enriches all the characteristics of the brew.

M: Solventy, very resiny, relatively light in carbonation, but it is big.

D: Lowered because of its intense flavours, definitely a sipping libation. Overall a very good big IPA from Founders, glad I tried it.

Halcyondays, Aug 02, 2008
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,125 ratings.