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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,328 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,328
Reviews: 1,368
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 296
Gots: 768 | 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 pgrow
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased the last two single bottles available at a specialty beer store I drove by in my travels. Poured into a pint glass, not much of a head, hazy amber color. The smell is very hoppy and citrusy - definitely pleasant. I didn't particularly taste the 12% ABV in each sip which is nice for a high ABV beer. I'd recommend this for sure.

Photo of hophead247
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of Harpreet from Perry's...

Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a medium head. Huge sweet caramel malt scent followed by that grapefruit hop scent that I absolutely love. At 12%, I didn't find it too overpowering on the alcohol side of it, quite enjoyable actually. Huge sweet malt flavor, but the hops are definitely there as well. Pretty thick mouthfeel for an Imperial IPA, but thats what I like and I'm sticking to it. This beer will knock alot of people on their asses if they drink too much, but when consumed in moderation over a period of time, it could be very enjoyable.

Photo of mjl21
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Bill. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 6/17/09. Comes in at 12% and 112 IBUs.

A-Pours a somewhat hazy amber. It has a small off white head that fades quickly except for one portion of the glass where it remains as a bubbly layer. Some sediment can be seen floating through the glass. It leaves some wavy lace patterns.

S-Aromas of pineapple, pine, orange, and a little grapefruit are all given off from the hops. Considering it had a few months of age on it, it does not smell of sweet malt. Not surprisingly, as it warms the 12% becomes more noticeable.

T-The taste follows the nose. Lots of pine and citrus are evident along with some sweet caramel malt that cuts in midway through each sip. It finishes with some bitterness. The booze is not as strong as I expected it would be in each sip. There is a lingering pine taste in between sips.

M-Thick and full bodied with light carbonation.

D-The 12% limits this beer, although it was not as boozy as expected.

I was pretty impressed with how well this tasted with four plus months of age on it. It did not turn into the malt monster I was expecting. Would love to try when extremely fresh.

Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am writing this review for the third time in 2012. I reviewed in 2009 (July, not November as listed). Had the same impression in 2010, but changed the review to be much lower in 2011. Now, I am raising it again, but not quite to the point I had it in 2009. It seems that 2011 was an anomaly, and more specifically, was a borderline disgusting onion bomb. Hopefully the below review will stick.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Burnt reddish-copper with thin head and slight lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruity malts, caramel, pineapple, pine, grapefruit and citrus hops, some alcohol noticeable in the background. Smells like a very hoppy Barleywine.

Taste: Hop onslaught - definite pine, grapefruit and citrus. Some pineapple and onion (just a touch in 2012). Complex sweet malts, with caramel, toast and fruit. Extremely bitter at the finish, but the sweetness remains for balance. Somewhat boozy tasting.

Feel: Thick and chewy, smooth, low carbonation, dry finish. Extremely warming. Feels like a Barleywine - a strong one at that.

Overall: Excellent slow sipper. Great balance of hops and malt but the relatively low bitterness makes this seem more like a hop-forward Barleywine than a DIPA.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter 9/20/09

Bottled 6/17/09 - yikes, three months old, hmm...

A - Deep amber color; generally dense & murky with some notable cloudiness. Poured a ¼ inch head that was in a hurry for the sky. Minimal retention & not much lacing of which to speak.

S - A hop armada: an intense pine aroma is coupled with a comparable citrus presence - grapefruit, some orange & a spot of pineapple. Has a juicy quality overall. Not much as far as malt in the nose.

T - A glorious, seething bitterness & alcohol heat grab the tip of the tongue, proceeding to sizzle down well into the stomach. In this land of hops the shots are called by a fury of pine. Citrus rages on too, though less apparent compared to the nose. There's got to be some malt in there, but it has long since conceded.

M - Relentlessly intense. Full-bodied with just enough carbonation. Bold, somewhat gritty & slick on the palate.

D - Very impressive that the hops held this long. This was a single found in the cooler at Party Source, so likely it spent most of its store life chilled. I can only imagine what this beer is like fresh. As it stands, it's a most righteous & dangerous tightrope walk, indeed.

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

I gave this 4's across not because it wasn't good, but it was something my pallet had yet to taste. A friend who really enjoys this said it's definitely one you open and share with a friend, I couldn't agree more.

It was a nice golden amber triple IPA with almost no head. It was poured from the bottle to glass. Very bitter and hoppy smell which also went through in the taste, I believe the bottle says 112 IBU's. Nice sweet and hoppy balance with a strong alcohol taste after. It was kind of harsh going down at first but was good.

Photo of Casey10
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Winchester wine and spirits while in MA. Glad I had a chance to try this.

A - Copper red orange with a small head not bad from a 12 oz bottle.

S - reminds me of a DFH 90 alot with a malty pungent smell of cituis.

T - Didn't do a lot for me average taste maybe because I expected more.

M - Just a bit above average it was a lot like a DFH 90 but it didn't wow me either.

D - Again rated a little low. I know a lot went into this beer, however I can pay more than half of what this cost and get a DFH 90 (although a bit lower in ABV)I know costs may or may not be a factor, but that is how I am rating this one.

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

A: Poured a medium sienna orange with a thin, creamy khaki colored head that lasted a few minutes before dissipating leaving a solid sticky ring lacing. Visible carbonation was medium and random but short lived after the initial pour.

S: The nose was sweet and tart tangerines, citrus and pine thought not as much as I expected per its labeled 112 ibus.

T: The flavor was malty with warm tangerines and alcohol. There is a good sense of bitterness with pine and grapefruit being the most notable along with a spicy alcohol nature. The malting is toasted while the finish finds a dry bitterness of grapefruit peels and malty residue smoothering and lacing the tongue with a dry flowery coating. Glimpses of sweet grains come through all but briefly near the finish while an alcohol twang of warm apple cider and watered down whiskey lingers for a brief while after the swallow providing a dry warming. While the bitterness was fairly good and strong it was certainly not dry hopped or at any near proportion as a moylans hopsickle. Im guessing the massive abv of 12% and the grain sweetness balances things out a bit. Overall a solidly good beer though a little limited complexity wise and somehow was expecting more from this especially considering the asking price of $8 a bottle.

M: light with a very slick texture. Absolutely no carbonation while a good flowery bitterness was left behind on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was fairly good considering its 12%abv which does come through but no more then a typical 8-9% beer. Very manageable with a moderately good enjoyablity factor. Worth a single purchase if you don't mind or can spare the added cost per bottle.

Photo of spartanfan
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy orange red color with a cream colored head that is leaving nice lacing and sticking around nicely.

S: I could smell this beer all day. Grapefruit hoppyness, a syrupy sweetness, and just a touch of alcohol in the nose.

T: Tastes like a ripe sweet ruby red grapefruit and caramel. Not too sweet and not too bitter. A taste of strawberry jam as the beer warms in my mouth.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and full; very enjoyable.

D: This beer is very well balanced for a 12% abv TIPA. Incredibly drinkable.

Photo of meatmallet
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep copper color with a thin off white head.

Smell: Very good you can smell the bitter hops right away. Grapefruit and floral hops with lots of malt and some honey.

Taste: Sweet and bitter at the same time. The first sip brings quite a bit of warming. Lots of sweet caramel malt and hop flavor.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Has a great aftertaste. The bitter hops stick to the tongue quite a long time. Light carbonation and a medium body.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a very hazy dark amber. Just beautiful looking. Incredibly bitter and loaded with hops. Tastes simply amazing. No alc. taste in it, but you can feel it running through your body. So be careful if you're taking on more then one of these bad boys. Just blown away by how delicious this brew was. More please!

Photo of jt31914
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle:

A: 1/3 fingers head. Dark amber/brown color. Very dark IPA.

S: Hoppy with cloves and typical IPA aromas (except stronger).

T: Strong hoppiness with cloves following. Some nice sweetness on the palate for how strange this beer is.

D/M: Good but not great, which is impressive considering the IBUs of this beer.

Very similar to the Dar Horse Crooked Tree Double IPA. Both are pretty good but not worth the price.

Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to jampics2 for this awesome extra!

Served cold in a chalice. It opens with barely a hiss and pours stright in with little head at all. What there is settles immediately leaving little evidence of lacing behind.

Aroma is pure hoppiness but more along the lines of a barley wine style ale. Lots of caramel apple and brown sugar sweetness.

Flavor is intense and plenty bitter. This is definately one to ruin the palate. What first seems sweet quickly turns very bitter, sucking the saliva from my mouth and pulling at my cheeks. There is certainly a huge grain bill backing it all up but you'd be crazy to call it balanced. Caramel and toffee give way to over the top hops.

Mouthfeel is very big on body, low on carbonation, and huge on bitterness. It's a slow sipper. Without a doubt, one of the most hoppy bitter beers I've ever had.

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

Hazy copper/amber (think dirty penny) with thin tan head. Grapefruit intermingling with pine. Also get a hint of a scent that I can only describe as a minty banana. Big pine hops taste, but that's just the beginning. Gooey citrusy orange and grapefruit with a hint of bananas and sweet cherries. The banana component is odd for me, because I've really only had that with Belgians and Hefe's. Rich and thick feel with just the right amount of carbonation. The only downfall of this beer is the price tag. On a forum thread, I picked this as my "money no object" beer that would always be in my fridge. The drinkability of this beast is the scary thing. Taste wise, I'd love to session it, but I'd also like to be able to walk.

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

I poured into a pint glass to very little light tan head. It is copper in color and opaque. It appears to pour somewhat syrupy. It smells balanced with piney hops and bready malts. The taste is huge, pine, malt, citrus. I don't taste alcohol which is surprising out of a 12% brew. I would love to have it again if it weren't for the price.


Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle review...
Boasting 112 IBUS and an hefty 12% ABV, this "Triple IPA" is a great example of how truly great beers do exceptionally well at masking high alcohol content while simultaneously delivering flavor and style.
Piney, minty hops bursting through the aroma, which, as expected, is also highly evident in the overall flavor profile...
Great stuff from Founders...

Photo of jbhuxley
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the last survivor of the 4 pack that I purchased in July. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 6/17/09.

Pours hazy, brilliant ruby copper in color, with one finger of smooth cream colored head. Retention is good, subsiding to a ring after the first couple of sips. Leaves behind a solid sticky but runny coat of lacing.

Smells strongly of grapefruit citrus hops with a malty, honey/toffee aroma. Alcohol presence is also very noticeable. As the beer warms up a bit, some dark fruit scents begin to come out.

There's a blast of earthy, grassy hops right from the start. The malt is packed full of brown sugar flavors, but not overly sweet. The alcohol warms on its way down.

There is less of a fruity hop presence than I remember from drinking this beer back in July and August. I would have loved to save this beer for longer, but I didn't want to kill the hoppiness. I am however, getting much more of a toffee presence than I remember from drinking this beer in the past.

Mouthfeel is not overly thick but still a bit sticky. The alcohol is not so much noticeable in the taste, just in the warming as it goes down. This beer is exceptionally drinkable, considering the ABV and the IBUs listed on the bottle.

Photo of Duhast500
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a hazy orange/amber with some foamy off white head and some nice lacing that leaves a film on the glass.

The smell is very hoppy with some citrus and floral hop flavors jumping out at the nose. A spicy mix of flavors await.

The taste is pretty mellow compared to the wallop expected from this triple IPA. The hop effect seems to come on rather quietly as you sip. Just the right amount of a warming, soothing feel mixed with the great hoppy bitterness makes this beer a nice surprise for it's quiet hop flavor that does bot pronounce itself too loudly.

The feel is quite light is just right for a hoppy monster. Just the right amount of hops and get about the night amount of funk.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery and consumed in July 2009.

Pours a red amber with a white head and a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of a lot of sweet malt, an assortment of hops, and a little bit of earthiness. Pine comes from the hops in the greatest abundance. The taste is actually quite a bit malty and sweet, not as hoppy as I would think. The mouthfeel is quite thick and has good carbonation. The beer is a little too sweet and hot to be too drinkable, but an interesting offering nonetheless.

Photo of trekbiker3000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat cloudy amber color. A 1-finger head that dissipated slowly. Fresh hops in the aroma. Over the top flavor but not overly bitter. As far as this being atriple IPA at 112 IBUs, it doesn't taste any bitter than most IPAs and double IPAs. The 12% alcohol is present but there isn;t the noticable alcohol burn on the tongue. A big beer but not what I would call a triple IPA.

Photo of plinythethirsty
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much head on this beer, but it has an inviting, dark, reddish color. Its flowery, caramel smell doesn't quite prepare you for the intense bitterness of the taste. The hops are there in spades, along with a licorice, resinous, citrus flavor that coats the mouth and lingers. The last thing I taste is the alcohol, as the brew's presence fades away. A nice triple, but to my palate, not as delicious Founder's Red's Rye and Centennial.

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

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA poured into Michigan Brewing Company Celis pint glass. Pour rendered very little head with almost no lacing on the glass. Color is hazy orange which is lighter than Founders other DIPA Double Trouble. First thing I notice when I take a big whiff is a strong citrusy hop smell with a note of alcohol. Taste is pretty standard for a double IPA, if there is such a thing. Strong bitter hops followed up by a nice malty backbone. The thing I didn't love about Devil Dancer was the fact that I was overcome with the taste of alcohol, making the drinkability for me less then desired.

For the price of 4 beers for $20 bought directly from the brewery I expected more. With all the hype surrounding this beer I really wanted to love it but I would much rather spend this type of money on some Double Crooked Tree, Hopslam or even Double Trouble.

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into traditional pint glass.

Pours a small ½ finger of beige head that doesn't last very long. Fades to a ring around the outside of the class, leaving some splattered lace. Color is a clear copper bronze. I expected a little more head on this beer.

Aroma: A nice amount of earthy and floral hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus fresh fruits. Caramel. Bready malts. No sense of the 12% abv yet.

Taste: Very bready malts here. Caramel mixed with grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and a mixture of other citrus fruits. The alcohol is a little more apparent here. I can taste way more hops here than I could smell in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, very bitter. It is kind of weird to say this, but this beer brings some heat with it. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a super hoppy/citrus fruit flavored aftertaste. Surprisingly it is fairly clean.

Overall, for the abv being so high, this beast is pretty drinkable. My glass is going a lot faster than I anticipated it to and I am enjoying all the hops. I think this is my first triple IPA, and I must say it lives up to the title of triple.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. Bottled 06/12/09. 112 IBU's, 12% ABV. TRIPLE IPA? Snap, this should be potent. Thanks to Sweemzander for another great brew!

A - Pours a hazy amber with an orange and deep honey highlight. The color mirrors the label exquisitely which is great design! The cream-colored head is small but has fantastic retention for the level of alcohol in this beer. Bits of lacing form on the glass everywhere.

S - Toasty breaded malt, very biscuity with a gooey glob of honey with potent hops. Not sharp, crisp potent hops, but sour grapefruit and citrus orange with pine needle. The aroma is more sweet and malty to combat the high level of hops more than anything else. Very complex and bot inviting and warning.

T - The flavor is so complex it's hard to know where to begin! It's both a malty and hop bomb. They are fighting for attention. Battling is a better way to put it. The malts come on strong and linger for the whole beer slowly becoming part of the background. They give off a sweet, almost cloying honey-coated bread flavor that turns into a citrusy, grapefruit-like bitter finish that packs one hell of a punch to it. You know when something is so bitter it makes your eyes twitch and head shake involuntarily? That's this. It's balanced very well and strong as all get-out with, for the percent ABV, only a light alcohol warmth at the end.

M - Definitely full-bodied with a sweet start and a killer bitter finish that begs to be taken a sip at a time. Smooth, borderline creamy from the sweetness and a touch of crisp carbonation at the end. Lingering dryness with sour grapefruit.

D - TRIPLE IPA?! Yeah. That's one of the most potent beers I've ever had. It's taking me quite a long time to finish but proves to be a great sipper that demands your attention as it smacks you square in the mouth with every sip. Two of these will knock you on your ass or have you dancing with the devil for sure.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber to reddish copper, very thin off white head that sticks around briefly leaving just faint remnants behind.

Wow, there's a lot going on here, big sweet malt, varied dry hops, earthy, piney, and more, and even some vinous characteristics.

Equally complex flavor, featuring piney hops, sweet caramel like malt, dark fruit such as cherries or grapes, and a big hop finish.

Moderate carbonation, medium in body, sharp hop bite with a pleasant abv finish.

Great beer, easy to drink, huge/diverse palate and capable of kicking you in the shorts.

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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