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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,038 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 3038
Reviews: 1251
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%


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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004)
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DNorm

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(A) Cloudy with copper color and hints of maroon. Barely one finger of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Decent lacing. Not bad considering the double-digit ABV.

(S) Citrusy pine with grapefruit and mango. Minor floral notes. Bready malt with a hint of caramel.
Slight alcohol. Fairly complex.

(T) Pine and citrus. I detect grapefruit and orange. Slightly sweet malt with hints of caramel. Alcohol does come through. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Could be more balanced.

(M) Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat syrupy. Finish is somewhat dry with lingering bitterness.

(O) This big beer is more drinkable than one might think and is quite unique. This so-called triple IPA actually reminds me of a barley wine. It may not be what you’d expect, but it’s worth a try if you can find it. Keep in mind that it’s a seasonal offering, so be sure to mark your calendars for early summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:49:52 | More by DNorm
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear, light brown color with almost no head. The aroma is rich with hops. The taste is bold, bitter, yet still a little sweet with lots of citrus hints. I completely agree with their description of “Dangerously drinkable and deliciously evil.” Lots of hops and lots of bitterness. One of the best made IPAs I’ve ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:31:14 | More by Lemke10
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ZRBE

Oregon

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Stoked to be able to try this, thanks Max! Darker color for an IPA, but looks great. Good lacing, small head. Nose is floral but hints at the malt presence to come. And malt there is, malt for days. Reminds me of double jack, if double jack had about twice the amount of heat and four times as much hop presence. This beer definitely builds as you go, and I'm not certain if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I'm on the fence with this one. Good, but needs a bit of work. I don't think I can categorize this like I would other triple IPA's that I've had like younger or notorious because of the huge caramel malt body which overshadows the hop action, but I like it just the same.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 03:08:54 | More by ZRBE
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a rich, vibrant, dark caramel coloring with a thin, frothy, off-white head that starts as a low profile coat and settles into a ring on the surface. Aromas are robust, and very rich in caramel malts, smoky and roasted. Tropical fruit sweetness blends with a spiced and bitter hops character, giving an overall tangy, rich nose. Flavors are bold and robust. Holy shit, this one's got some body. Wow, this is a rich, smooth, thick brew in mouth. Roasted caramel backbone, with a blast of pepper and resiny hops, with a bitterness that is relentless, and builds as you drink. Pine pitch throughout, along with mango, pineapple, and grapefruit sweetness. The malt profile is profound, and continues to pack a punch with every sip. The spices build as you drink, and combined with the ABV, you are left with a nice warmth. Tangy, rich sweetness and spiced, resiny bitterness in the aftertaste. This beer stays with you long after each sip, and it is a sipper. This beer is a beast, and leans a bit towards the malt-bomb side, but with some very clear bitterness and heat.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:47:51 | More by GarthDanielson
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Excited to try this beer, my first encounter with a bottle of Founders Devil Dancer. Got a single bottle from the local beer store for about $6, so it wasn't exactly a hard call to make. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass, because I lack a snifter.

A - Somewhat aggressive pour yields a quarter inch of khaki colored head that dies out within seconds. Body color is a dark blood orange / ruby, with some cloudiness present. No sediment, and hardly any bubbles. No lacing.

S - Smell is entirely strange, and not what you would expect from an IPA. Almost a dirty sock like smell to it, like a peach Faygo soda. Candied fruits begin to come out after a minute reminiscent of apricot & mango. There are some alcohol esters present in the nose also.

T - Taste is extraordinarily bitter and dry, with a ton of alcohol warmth in the mouth. Definitely fruity in some ways (grapefruit, apricot, mango), but the hop bitterness is overpowering. A little bit of brown sugar sweetness here and there. As strange as it is, I got some kind of a tootsie roll type taste out of it. Not getting any of the dreaded "onion and garlic" that some people complain of experiencing.

M - Feel isn't much different than your average DIPA. Some hop resin bitterness coating the palate, some fruity sugars, and dry in the finish with some alcohol heat.

Overall, it's nothing extraordinary. It is a slightly above average triple IPA, and nothing more. I would much rather prefer drinking many other standard DIPA's that can be bought year round. It definitely packs a punch, with a well-concealed 12.00% abv, but the beer's big alcohol is noticeable, and seems to compromise on flavor in some ways. Glad to have tried it, but I'm definitely glad I was able to snag a single bottle rather than the entire 4 pack.

Founders Devil Dancer ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 02:52:10 | More by mfnmbvp
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: deep amber with a short whitish head that fades slowly, leaving solid lacing.

S: a lot of booze, some citrus, caramel malt; a bit sweet.

T: really strong piney hop taste but a strong burn of alcohol, okay going down but the alcohol is noticeable.

M: heavy bodied for a DIPA, but there is some creaminess. Alcohol is noticeable for sure.

O: worth a try but the alcohol overpowers the hops. A bit boozy for my liking, not enough of a beer backbone for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 00:52:16 | More by Mikecap
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hopdaddy49

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle (from my son for my birthday) and...WOW. Though the ABV is super high, it could not overpower the extreme delicious maltiness of this beauty. The hop finish was intense as well, but due to the tremendous malty beauty that this beer delivers in droves, the balance was awesome. Intense all the way around, it was definitely a party in the mouth experience, and one of my favorite beers ever. Thank you Founders, I look forward to sampling this beauty at your brewpub. Cheers :)

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 17:03:25 | More by hopdaddy49
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the fridge, poured into standard pint glass.

First triple IPA, love Founders, so where better to start.

Lovely coloring, coppery red, clear, small head which retained well

smelled delicious too, hops to be sure, but some sweet maltiness as well

Taste was, in a word, BITTER! Very bitter indeed. Though oddly, to me, the bitterness did not stay on the tongue too long, and that makes it quite drinkable. Which can be dangerous for a 12.0.

Mouth was much thinner than you would think, and didn't really have much of the boozy taste associated with high abv's of other styles.

Overall, I can reccommend trying this beer, though personally I doubt I will be out getting a 4-pack of it every week. It is a strange beer, taste-wise, but I'm certainly up for trying some other breweries offerings for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:06:22 | More by MikeWard
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle. I've wanted to have Devil Dancer for awhile now, but I never wanted to pay full-price for a bottle, since I read it described as something I really didn't want to bother paying for.

Appearance: Copper. Basically no haze at all. A ring floats on top, but there's no actual head.. maybe quarter of a finger. Lacing is actually exceptional given the ABV of this beer.

Smell: Definitely a huge amount of hops. Not so much citrus, but just a lot of earthy, pine sorts of hops that really "dance" in your nostrils. Devil Dancer is definitely pungent, and it stood out among my sampler.

Taste/feel: Interesting. Weird. Unusual. I think there definitely has to be summit hops used in this one -- the flavor has that somewhat burning (thanks to the alcohol, no doubt) with the dirty/earthy onion sorts of flavors. If I were to drink a tea made of poison ivy, I imagine it tasting something like this.

Overall, a strange, strange beer. As many have said, it really is a pretty extreme beer that, to me, is distinctively Devil Dancer. It drinks pretty well and it tastes solid, but I don't think I'd pay whatever the cost is for a four-pack of this stuff. I tend to love Founders offerings, but I just like this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 02:46:22 | More by Alextricity
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 12, 2013.

It has a nice looking amber-copper color with an off-white head that sticks around briefly. Slightly cloudy too.

The aroma is just so vibrant with floral hops, grapefruit, and astonishing bitterness that tears into the senses. There is also a bread and butter thing happening.

The body is in the medium range but there is a noticeable astringency too.

The taste is overwhelmed by floral and citrusy hops. The bread is there too but it is really in the background. Triple hops really make a difference in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:50:40 | More by puboflyons
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, bottled 6/3/13

A- pours a dark amber color with a ruby red hue, small creamy off-white head that reduces to a small layer, leaving short lasting lace

S- dry floral and earthy hops, some fruity esters, a trace of garlic & onion, a bit of sweet malt to close it out. Not as pungeant as I would expect from a triple IPA.

T- what it lacked in hop aroma, it makes up for in taste. Bitter earthy and leafy hops attack the palate with some floral, pine and herbal notes. A big malty sweetness kicks in mid-palate that actually stands up to the huge hops, it follows all the way to the finish with more leafy hop notes and just a bit of vegetal flavor, long bitter linger

M- this and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Some warming alcohol at the end, but its needed to stand up to the huge flavor.

O- this one is a slow sipper. Thick, boozy and full of hops. I didn't have high hopes after the aroma but the flavor made up for it. Definitely worth a try for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:05:58 | More by Treyliff
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a very slight tint of red. 1 finger white head that retains nicely.

Nose is dominated by earthy hops, mainly black pepper spice and grassy notes. Malt is detectable and smells somewhat sweet.

Spicy hops dominate the majority of the flavor In this. Some earthiness and grassy notes are also present. Finish has a big bitter character

Mouthfeel has a big oily feel. Finish is dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:43:06 | More by Fcolle2
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Rizalini

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Sheffield's in Chicago, poured Into a goblet.

A - Poured a very dark mahogany color, with one finger of light tan head. Great lacing left behind as I sipped.

S - This smell was big earthy hops, pine, and some musty grapefruit.

T/M - The taste isn't as fierce as the smell leads onto, but it is still pretty assertive with the hops. Sharp pine hits the tongue first, followed by a nice caramel malt backbone. Then finishes with a bitter lemon resin. Medium/heavy mouthfeel, really good carbonation.

O - Overall this beer is a very good DIPA. Big hop profile, but an even bigger malt bill to stand up to the alpha acids. Very nice hop resin left behind in the aftertaste. I love that in a DIPA. The alcohol is a little sharp at 12%, but still isn't that fiery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 23:48:15 | More by Rizalini
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slader

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color is exceptional...most amazing deep copper hue with tincture of fluorescent pumpkin. Pours into the glass like a churning alchemaic event that foreshadows the bold taste to follow. Taste is pure fog cutter that shreds the minutia of whatever you were thinking of before your first sip. Kudos to the brewmaster!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:11:18 | More by slader
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Kjanisch7

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Triple IPA means business...had it both in a bottle and on tap. I've got to say, if I had the review the bottle version of this beer I'd give it a 3.75, maybe a 4. On tap this beer was drastically different and absolutely brilliant.

A: A beautiful reddish brown matched with an off-white head.

S: Craziness in the aroma department here. Lovely citrus-pine smell.

T: Initially this one is pretty bitter, but it tapers out quickly into a very juicy IPA. In the bottle, the booziness lingers and burns a bit, but on tap the citrus hoppiness stays and there's less booziness. Wonderful taste overall.

M: Full bodied IPA done right. This was far more lightly carbonated than I thought it was going to be, but it was a nice surprise.

D: Because it's such a thick and boozy IPA, it was tough to drink many of these, but I enjoyed every sip of the ones I drank.

If you haven't had it, GET IT NOW.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 18:55:50 | More by Kjanisch7
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jeff1973

California

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. A month old? Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Maudite tulip.

A - Brilliant reddish orange. Off-white head with decent retention.

S - Catpiss mixed with caramel and pineapple.

T - More of a hoppy Barleywine. Catpiss and grapefruit upfront, mellows out to peach and pineapple, then to caramel and biscuit notes. Really complex and alcohol is really well hidden.

M - Very full and thick, but not overwhelming. Perfect for the style.

O - Great beer. Great contrast between the great hop flavor and caramel malt sweetness. One of my favorite to trade for.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 06:37:31 | More by jeff1973
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date:
Glass: Tulip

Founders' Devil Dancer is about as over-the-top as American DIPAs can get at the moment, with a destroying force of intense hops and ethanol rendering the palate insensate after partaking of this beer. In a way, Founders' plays with styles here: what is the difference between a triple-IPA and an American Barleywine? Surprisingly appetizing for being a brute force of hops, ethanol, and to a lesser extent, malt, this is a beer that was interesting to try, though I do not see myself returning with any regularity. At best, this is a hoppy dessert beer, as nothing will go well on your palate after this beverage, and it's too laden with ethanol to be considered the cap to a night of drinking.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of beige-colored foam, with average retention time of about one minute, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is modest to minimal, a few small spots and blotches cling to the sides of the glass. The body is a moderately bright amber red color, light bringing out orange-red hues with yellow highlights. Beer is surprisingly transparent (20-30% opaque) with visible carbonation running up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of serious hops, giving wild hop flower and grapefruit characters; layered, deep caramel malts with assorted fruit-like esters (watery apple, green grapes, and peach) courtesy of the ale yeast; and ethanol.

Seriously laden with heavy caramel malt, bitter/dank hops, and ethanol, this is an extreme beer by any definition. Front of palate is of heavy caramel and base malts, with evident ethanol and quite strong hop bitterness and oiliness as well: grapefruit, pine, pepper. Mid-palate of intense hop bitterness with equally strong hop flavors of hop flowers, grapefruit, and pine resin; heavy caramel malt; spicy and burning ethanol. Back of palate is of heavy ethanol heat and spiciness, with intense hop bitterness and spiciness, hints of grapefruit and pine resin, and a mild caramel malt backbone attempting to meld the ethanol and hops together. Aftertaste is of a wall of hop bitterness (palate totally ruined by hops), ethanol spiciness and burn, with caramel sweetness still trying to patch-up the disparate elements together (somewhat successful, somewhat failing).

Beer is heavy-bodied, substantially weighty with moderate levels of carbonation, resulting in a fairly smooth, lightly fizzy beer with strong bittering agents and quite perceptible ethanol. Ethanol is easily felt on the tongue and back of throat, as well as in the nostrils; other, equally strong beers have hidden their alcohol content much better than this. Closes quite dryly, as expected from the hops and ethanol. Ethanol burn lingers well after each sip, as does the substantial stickiness from the immense amount of malt used in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 04:50:35 | More by falloutsnow
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured the 12oz Devil Dancer procured from Solo on the east coast into a pilsner glass. It was a nice autumn orange with very little foam head. Not much lacing that could be seen. Could be that this was aging for a while, I went and found the bottled date and it said 06/2012.

The smell was dense and dark and full of caramel. It had a slight smell of oak but I don't think it was oaked aged. The taste was balanced and pretty smooth for such a high abv. The taste was caramel filled and bitter through and through. Overall a wonderful beer which I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:15:31 | More by cswhitehorse
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brewer007

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark carmel, nice head retention, well Carbinated

S: Rich hop aroma with fruity and citrus tones pared eith a rich malt aroma as well

T: Dark rich munich malts present pared with a bold combination of bitter and aroma hops. A balance between bitter, citrus and malt tones. The bitter and malt tines stand out more than the citrus and fruit notes.

M: Thick, malty, bitter feel that holds true to a double IPA

O: The malty bitter notes hold true to a double IPA. The octane is there too. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:24:54 | More by brewer007
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, bottled 6/8/13, poured into my The Bruery tulip glass, drank over several hours.

Apperance: 3/3 - dark brown coloration, impressive clarity like Double Trouble (can both see or read through), minimal white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing with moderate middle residuals, big alcohol legs

Aroma: 10/12 - an admixture of grapefruit, pineapple and tropical fruits...and lots of booze c/w its 12% ABV; some bready/biscuity notes are also detectable but much more subdued than the two aforementioned

Flavor: 15/20 - a big hop and alcohol presence dominates initially; again, the malt characteristics are much more subdued, which mainly serve to add complexity to huge hop and alcohol presence; moderate bitterness and not overlying drying

Mouthfeel: 7/10 - full-bodied is an understatement; unlike the 9.4% in Double Trouble, alcohol is a major constituent in the mouthfeel as well; light-to-moderate carbonation is to be expected for the high ABV

Overall Impression: 8/10 - I read some of the other reviews, and, to be frank, was expecting a much worse beer; although I prefer Double Trouble, this is an excellent beer with all the characteristics you'd expect in an American barley...cough, "triple IPA"...big hop presence and alcohol in the aroma and flavor; it's a definite sipper and not nearly as refreshing as Double Trouble, but I'll certainly return to this again and would be interested to see how it ages too

TOTAL SCORE - 43/50

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 03:06:30 | More by MNishCT77
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013

A: Poured from bottle to tulip, color is a deep hazy copper. Small off white head that dissipates quickly and leave a small amount of lacing.

S: Huge caramel smell up front with an intense combination of citrus, piney, and spicy hop aroma.

T: Follows the nose with a big caramel sweetness up front and a very different hop character in the finish. The alcohol is very well hidden in this despite it being 12%.

M: Full bodied, fairly high carbonation, so so dry finish.

O: A good brew but I really can't justify the price, there are so many amazing IPA's for half the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:07:08 | More by xShoWTeKx
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fitrock2112

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured the Devil Dancer into a Tulip.

A - Pours amber color with a thin white head.

S - Some candied qualities, smooth malt, vanilla, orange and light grapefruit. Love the aroma on this one.

T - Bitterness right off the bat, grapefruit, pine needles. The hop monster comes out big time here. It grabs you and squeezes your tongue. Wow, not too bad.

M - Medium carbonation, smooth nice beer with some syrup qualities in there.

O - Not bad shit here, this is another quality brew from Founders. Enjoy! Cheers!!.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:00:38 | More by fitrock2112
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emyers

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date: 5/30/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep, slightly cloudy copper-amber color with a finger-and-a-half off-white head. Pretty good head retention considering the abv, and leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Looks very enticing.

Smell: Big blast of grapefruit and pine up front along with some tangerine. The hops then give way to the malt, which comes through with strong caramel and toffee notes. The interaction between the hops and malt is really interesting here, as both are very strong, yet thet manage to stay out of each others' way.

Taste: Huge malt and hop flavors hit the palate simultaneously, providing an explosion of flavor. Pine, grapefruit, and grassy hop flavors mix with caramel, dark fruit, and biscuity malt flavors. Where the aroma came through in separately discernible layers, this really just all hits you at once. It can be somewhat overwhelming if you aren't ready for it (which is a feeling I remember quite well from the first time I tried this beer), but it's extremely unique and complex.

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied with farily low carbonation. The mouthfeel is quite smooth despite the intensity of the flavor.

Overall: It's actually very difficult to rate this beer, as it isn't really similar to anything on the market. It's not something you just drink, it's something you experience. And if you can handle the storm, it's a wonderful experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:38:44 | More by emyers
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 6-?-13. About two weeks old. Healthy pour into a chalice.

A palate wrecker (to borrow a phrase and a title). The maltiness keeps the excerburant hoppiness in check. This beer is ready to drink now. An automatic favorite - just can't have move than one or two per session.

A - A beautiful and brillant clear dark amber with a one-finger biege head that quickly disapates, but does not completely disappear.

S - Very piney & resinous, but not over the top when compared to the many hop bombs out there. Plenty of malty sweetness.

T - Hoppy bitter but sweet and malty for balance, but still a hop monster. Hides the high ABV very well.

MF - Medium to heavy bodied. Carbonated but not sparkling or bright in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:44:16 | More by Sludgeman
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter --Reddish orange with white 2cm head

Smell - pine, booze, a bit of citrus

Mouthfeel - Astringent, slightly bigger body than your typical IPA, medium carb

Taste - PUNCH YOU IN THE MOUTH bitter, but does have a bit of malty sweetness to balance it a bit. After the initial bitterness settles into the sweetness you can actually taste a bit of citrus before a crazy bitter finish that lingers for a while!

Overall - Interesting brew, I've always wanted to try a "Triple IPA" so had to get a couple bottles of this. I think I'll let the other one sit for a while to see how it settles down. Unless it becomes amazing after some aging, I don't see myself shelling out $6 a bottle for this next year.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 21:14:17 | More by maxcoinage
Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,038 ratings.