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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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4,306 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,306
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 294
Gots: 755 | FT: 32
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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 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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep hazy dark amber/brown color. No real head to speak of. Lacing sticks to the glass which is a nice sight to see. Looks like a killer beer.

S- Big piney hop smell with some deep malts coming through the beer. Nothing really too much else really. Big hoppy beer for sure and I like it. Wish there was a little more to this beer than what it is. Can't complain though it does smell good.

T- The taste is a little more on the malty side which I didn't expect at first. This beer has lost some of the hop qualities that it is known for but there is still a distinct bitterness there that I have come to know and love. The end of the beer has a very bitter taste to it which came out of nowhere. Big bitter upfront with a sweet middle ending with a bitter bite to it. Very enjoyable.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel with this beer. Carbonation could be a little more but still good with the style. Hops are left everywhere in the mouth coating everything in a hoppy oily resin. Big hop aftertaste which leaves you coming back for more.

D- This beer is a heavy hitter which I enjoy but only one for me before I go onto something else. Good beer and I would like to see how this beer ends up with about a year age on it.

Photo of Reneejane
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was had on tap and was a red beer with a white head. The aroma was very citrussy hoppiness with a hint of pineiness. Very hoppy with a bit of malt, too. You could definitely taste the Amarillo (or very similar) hops in there. I thought this beer was similar to Southern Tier IPA, but I'm really not sure it merits the "triple" label. I recognize that double and triple IPA's are a bit arbitrary but even so I expected a little more power, a little more hops and a bit more stickiness. However, an admirable beer on it's own, and was a tasty drink!

Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to cvaypai for sending me this one in another one of our trades. Thanks again, Craig!

A: This one pours a rich amber color with one finger of off-white foam that soon dissipates to a thin layer.

S: What a nose on this! Tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange, followed by a light pine and a nice malt backing, which seems to be a trademark of even the hoppiest Midwestern IPAs.

T: Very bitter up front. The citrus flavors are much more subdued than I expected from the nose. There still is a burst of grapefruit flavor in the middle of the sip. Following the initial onslaught of bitterness is a surprisingly sweet caramel malt flavor. As the beer warms, a bit of alcohol heat comes through on the finish.

M: Featuring low to moderate carbonation, quite full bodied for an IPA.

D: This is a beer that I have been waiting to try for quite some time, and I am certainly glad that I did. This beer is a little low on the drinkability just because of the initial bitterness and the alcoholic finish, but still a great beer.

Photo of drpimento
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured with a big, foamy, frothy, off-white head and loads of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy deep amber. Aroma is a citrus and apple hop and some malt. Flavor's about the same with a little butterscotch. Mouth is quite soft. Very bitter finish. Some flavors here that clash to me. Liked other Founders stuff much better. Not a session beer

Photo of beermanbrian
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with a small white head. Nothing to make you say wow. The smell brings a little more punch than the appearance. Some big piney hops that slips into sugar cane sweetness. Some alcohol punches through too. Taste is very sweet up front but quickly turns to alcohol burn. This one is a prime canidate for barrel aging which would certainly help smooth out the alcohol. Unfortunately this one just becomes overbearing. Finishes bone dry. Somewhat of a dissapointment for a Founders beer. Glad i tried it but won't make my permanent wish list.

Photo of sculls65
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass..a pretty amber orange color with a creamy head which quickly fades...smells of carmeliized malt and hops dominate..,with so many hops the taste is piney at first but then the malt and alcohol take over and this beer is syrupy the hops linger on your tongue between sips....i enjoyed this one more than i thought i would ..would definitely drink again

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

Somewhat nebulous dirty orange color with a slight creamy yellowed head. Barleywine-like aroma of punchy dark hops, sticky caramel, pine sap, a bit of steel and alcohol. Heavy, hoppy flavor...very dark, bitter, and dangerous. Dark, sweet malt underlies everything, but the sugar-encrusted oranges, rind, and a piney bitterness overtakes all. Just sinister, dank, pungent hop resin. I'm definitely drinking this one a little too fast; which isn't to say it's exactly an "easy drinker". The mouthfeel is a creamy smooth, yet abrasively bitter experience, warming the throat on the way down. Love the aftertaste. This is a dark and delicious buzz in a bottle. I only wish the aroma was a little more subtle in the alcohol department, but at 12% that might be a little too much to ask.

Photo of nickd717
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade, thanks to Tyson. Wow, didn't realize what a bruiser this one was until I actually poured it. 12%, damn!

A - Pours cloudy amber with a tiny off-white head. Carbonation looks low.

S - Aroma is in your face and awesome with loads of citrus, pine, and resinous hops, as well as a little malty sweetness.

T - Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit and resinous hops, tropical fruit, and alcohol on the finish. Slight oxidative notes, but nothing too bad (Note to Founders - twist-offs suck!).

M - Oily and syrupy with a little alcohol burn, and fairly flat, which I'm guessing is also due to the twist off cap. Would love to try this on tap somewhere - would probably be awesome.

D - Well, high for a 12% TIPA, but overall it is definitely a sipper.

Photo of SirSketch
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, light red to orange in color. Bright white, splotchy head that sticks. Aroma is completely void of hops... NOT! Quite the opposite. Resiny hops bring a range of smells from cedar, plum, fresh pine, cut grass and earth. Any malt aroma is lost in the jungle of hops. This is one big and boozy beer. Floral flavoring hops make up most the taste. Bitterness is there, but not as intense as I hoped. Hard to believe this is 112 IBUs. Very intense, warming alcoholic character. Syrupy going down the hatch, and leaves a biting, dry bitterness with every sip. I'm not really sure if this 'Triple IPA' really qualifies as a completely different style, but I applaud Founders for trying something new and delicious!

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

Appearance is very good- looks thick and gooey, nice copper tones, small head, slight lacing.
Smell and taste are very good- a fresh dousing of grapefruit and slight lemon, accompanied by a power punch of hops and well hidden but still apparent alcohol. Slightly more balanced than expected as some honey and biscuity flavor is present. Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky- exactly what I want in my double er? triple IPA's. Drinkability, when you put together all the factors, it's still goes down better than expected.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally got a chance to dance with the devil. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish-orange, on the darker side. A finger and a half of slightly off-white head that subsided fairly quickly. Pretty good lacing

Smell: Lots of sweet, bready and honey notes from the malt. Intense pine and hops are there, but the malt masks it somewhat. Some citrus notes in there. Much more balanced than I would have expected from a "Triple IPA"

Taste: Much like it smells...lots of sweet malt, and lots of alcohol. Definitely a hoppy, bitter aftertaste. Not a particularly complex flavor, and while it's bitter, it doesn't taste as bitter as the 112 IBUs its advertised as (likely because of the heavy use of malt). I'm not overly impressed with this one...I mean, it's good, but it tastes rather geneic, just with more alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, and good carbonation. The thickness of the beer makes the strong flavors stand out more

Drinkability: Eh. I mean, it was alright to drink, but it wasn't great, and nothing that made it really stand out to me. One was enough, and there are plenty of other DIPAs I'd rather have than this one. All of that said though, it's not a bad beer.

Photo of JoeMayo
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH snifter

A- Pours a rich amber color with red mahogony tones when held to the light. Not much head formed, even after a relatively hard pour. Small spots of lacing down the glass.

S- Very hoppy and definately sweet with alcohol. After some agitation I forced a head to form that let off a grassy hop aroma. Some citrus (orange) comes through as well. The alcohol and citrus are reminiscent of an orange liquer. A slight hint of resin comes through at the end.

T- Again, a orange liquer flavor that I'm not sure how I feel about. Definately some bitterness, but not as complex as I would have immagined. Orange way in the foreground with lemon, pineapple, pine, resin, and citrus pith. Definately an alcohol presence, but not hot.

M- Less effervescent than it appears. Sticky, yet extremely dry and brisk. It's unusual to have such a long-lasting finish in such a dry beer.

D- It's surprisingly drinkable at 100+ IBUs and 12%abv. Well balanced, but somewhat overrated imho.

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

A deep amber color, with touches of red along the sides of the glass. A quarter inch thick head forms on top, it is cream in color, slowly dissolving away to a thin layer on top and leaving a ring around the glass. The aroma is intense, grass, grapefruit, earth and pine, combine to attack the nose. Then the aroma brings out hints of some sweetness in malt and there is slight twinge of alcohol. A surprising sweet taste at the front, which does not last long, the hops soon begin their assault. An immense grapefruit and other citrus flavors slam into the palate, lingering for some time and blending to an earthy flavor. It all finishes with a grassy and tobacco flavors at the end. A heavy medium bodied feel, with some tingling from carbonation, it leaves the palate an arid dry feel from the middle to the back of the palate. This beer is intense, to say the least, the incredible aroma and deep color are inviting, then you add the intensity of the flavor and the dryness of the feel, WOW. Throw this at anything spicy, it may even overwhelm the heat.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Dark caramel color with mild tan head. Caramel cider smell with mild pine needles. Taste is highly bitter and hoppy with lots of pine syrup. The finish somehow ends up slightly on the sweet side, again very syrupy. Drinkable to a hophead, not so much otherwise.

This is big bold IPA, very hoppy and very powerful.

Photo of Reaper16
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 12oz. bottle served into a Gulden Draak tulip

Pours burnt orange/copper with a one-finger sized porcelain-white head. The beer laces well, with sudsy patterns. Attractive and well-executed.

The nose opens with a grenade blast of hops. Devil Dancer doesn't really smell floral like many heavily hopped beers do. The hop bouquet is more resiny and oily. This beer smells bitter, if that makes any sense. Its almost as if I'm experiencing the strength of a normal IPA's hop flavors on the tongue... only I'm experiencing that level of strength purely through my nose. This beer was also less boozy than I expected, but the alcohol is present nonetheless.

The word "hopbomb" doesn't do Devil Dancer justice. Not quite. This beer is sublimely hoppy. Mango and pineapple are strong initially -- the fruit digs a hole into the center of my tongue, deposits a bomb in said hole, and then explodes it. After the first few sips you get used to it and the resiny hop flavors start to take over. This is a bitter, oily, gooey tasting hop experience. Its like lapping up the distilled juice of a blended-together garden. Eventually, as the beer warms, the generous malt bill asserts itself. It features a light kind of sweetness... its candy in nature (bubblegum?) but is not cloying or cringe-inducing, ever. The more the beer opens up, the more I am reminded of American Barleywine flavors. This is like a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot hopped up on HGH (Hop Growth Hormone, obv.) in many respects. It should be noted that this beer is not boozy tasting, but each swallow carries along with it some alcohol fusels that go straight to your nose. Considering that this beer was dry-hopped for a brain-pretzeling 26 consecutive days, I am surprised that the aftertaste is not harsher than it is. The lingering aftertaste is pleasantly like some kind of hop vapor -- flavorful but light.

Devil Dancer is pretty thick in the mouth. The carbonation might be less than desired; the feel gets pretty syrupy at times. But it is never unpleasantly thick, and it sort of contributes to the beer's uniqueness. Drinkability is tough to score. The beer is disappearing really quickly despite its strong flavors and 12% ABV. At the same time, both of those factors make for a beer that you aren't going to want to have multiples of in one night (not often, anyway).

Founders Devil Dancer is insane. Twenty-six consecutive days of dry-hopping? Devilish indeed were the people who conceived of this beer. I'll be interested to see what cellaring will do to this beer; to see how good of an American Barelywine this beer will turn out to be. You can't go wrong with drinking Devil Dancer when its in its fresh, young, "Triple IPA" stage, either. $20 is certainly a lot for only a 4-pack of 12oz. bottles, but Devil Dancer is absolutely worth trying once. If you're like me then once won't be nearly enough.

Photo of bbeane
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... nice dark amber color with little head that recedes... leaves light lacing. Little activity

S- Smells extremely hoppy with a little bread smell as well as alcohol aroma

T- For the most part it tastes like it smells. Sweet malty start with an crazy hop follow through. Don't notice the alcohol in the taste as much as in the smell

M- Medium bodied with little carbonation. Leaves hop flavor clinging to your mouth after swallowing

D- Aside from the high abv, very drinkable... especially for a real hophead


Photo of infestaxion
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Coppery red with a very thin eggshell head.

S - Sweet caramel malt dominates the nose. Some piny hops in the background.

T - Oh wow. The malt and hops mix so well it's amazing. Caramel and piny, citrus. There's a wonderful bitter hop punch in the finish. This is just a fantastic beer.

M - Outstandingly syrupy and sticky. Not much in carbonation but I wouldn't expect that out of such a big beer.

D - I would never have thought that this was 12%. It goes down way too smooth.

I've had this aged and it is amazing. Fresh is just as good. This beer holds a special place in my heart. Well worth the price tag and I will be getting another 4.

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

color is a deep, murky amber with almost golden edges and an off-white head. smells hoppy, with lots of alcohol and a citrus fruit sweetness. also, noticeable malt presence.

weird, but enticing flavor. full of hops and malt, and, well, alcohol. a lot of fruit present. tangerine and grapefruit especially. also a hint of orange. citrusy and hoppy, with a bigger than expected (both in the smell and the flavor) malt presence. a deep burn in the throat after going down, accompanied by a resonant hop bitterness (grapefruit here again too).

mouthfeel is truly exceptional. thick and full-bodied... well carbonated. leaves the palate nice and oily. drinkability so far is good, but 12% might slow me down after awhile... we'll see.

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

Picked up on a random beer trip ... man, I love Founders.

A - extremely nice copper color. thin layer of head sits on top of the beer quite nicely.

S - Grapefruit hops. enough said.

T - Enough malt to balance ok, but man do those hops come through. Very bitter. Label says it is a triple ipa, and I agree with that. Double IPA doesn't do it justice.

M - blast those hops. They really sit on the tongue.

1 or 2 of these in a night, maybe. 12% abv will catch up with you quickly. Enjoyable, but might be a bit too over the top.

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

Pours a hazy, red color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, alcohol, slight sweet malt, and a general grassy sweetness (hard to distinguish). Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and slight grassy sweetness. Overall, a good blend, body, aroma, and drinkability.

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

12oz bottle courtesy of Ryan's Ghetto Fab. Thanks!

Pours a viscous, golden orange hue with an iced tea core. Faint head of light khaki bubbles recedes to a thin veil, but is surprisingly well-retained given the 12% ABV. Thick aroma, laden with caramel-toffee malts providing a sweet backbone. The hops are sweet and fragrant, suggesting tea leaves, pot resin, and grapefruit. Nice nose, with a slight tinge of pineapple booze.

Very impressed by this beer, although I shouldn't be surprised given how well Founders does high alcohol brews. Bubblegum, saltwater taffy, and caramel malts lay down a sweet (but not cloyingly so) backdrop upon which resinous hops are laid. Bursting with hop flavor, with a well-restrained bitterness riding across the back of the tongue alongside a nice warming alcohol presence. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, but smooth and almost creamy...me likey. Excellent job Founders, but how bout you start distributing to TX already!!!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a powerful beer! Is it that much more than a simple Double IPA? Well, with a ton of boldness on all fronts, let's see...

The beer pours with a thickness and weight that promises creaminess and fullness just from the look. As expected, the off white head forms a stern barrier between me and the beverage; I could likely bounce a quarter off of it. Lots of lacing and supple legging gives the appearance of both IPA's and barleywines. Hazy orange/copper colored from firm maltiness and dry-hopping give a diffused glow.

Strong hop aroma portrays sharp citrus (orange, grapefruit); earthiness (pine and fresh cut grass); and a spicy note that will offer much more than a balancing bitterness. Maltiness represent notes of fresh breads, caramels, and fruity esters but nowhere near competing with the hops. More floral tones could really round this guy out.

Hop flavor is as aggressive as in any beer you'll find, and the flavor of hops never waiver under the bitterness and alcohol. Bold caramel and bread crust maliness persists and offer only moderate sweetness compared to the resiny hops that favor the pine, musty grasses, and a dank garlic (pleasantly so)taste.

Very full bodied, the beer's sweetness and creamy carbonation amplify the effect of fullness. And with a fully sweet feel, the beer seems very barleywine-ish to start. But the aggressive hop dryness and alcohol warmth give a firm rebuttal at mid palate and usher in a quick fleeting dryness that's remarkable for such a highly malted mouthfeel.

Those who beleive that today's American IPA's share too much in common with American Barleywines should try this one for an education in the differences that should be exemplified by these larger-than-life IPA's.

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 4,306 ratings.