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Founders Devil Dancer - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,425
Hads: 4,763
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 24.68%
Wants: 330
Gots: 1,033 | FT: 36
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 SHODriver
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May of this year

A: poured into a tulip to a light brown with a little orange with a finger and a half of off white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of caramel sweetness and orange marmalade. some slight herbal bitterness as well along with some alcohol
T: taste is caramel, orange marmalade, herbal hop bitterness but a lot of sweet citrus. a little toasted bread as well and the swallow brings some citrus rind, tropical fruit, piney hop bitterness, caramel sweetness, and more orange marmalade
M: medium on the palate with soft carbonation and an oily hop finish that leaves things refreshing
O: This is a pretty big beer with a lot of complexity and it will be interesting to see how it changes as it ages. I wish I could have gotten to this beer when it was fresher but there is still a lot of hop flavor in this beer. the front end seems to have faded the most but the swallow is amazing.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured a very dark ruby orange color. Formed a nice finger of medium tan head. Minimal lacing.
S - Hops and grapefruit. Aroma is a little subdued on this particular brew.
T - Wow. Super boozy. Lots of sweet sweet orange, apple, grapefruit and tangerine, finishes only slightly bitter. Definitely a "sweet" IPA, even though it states that it has 112 IBUs. Very good.
O - A damned good IPA, 5 stars. An experience.
V - Quite expensive at almost 20 dollars a four pack.

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Photo of SackBlabbath
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Bought this because i found a single for 7 bucks, not about to pay 25 bucks for 4 of these. That said, this is one of the best TRIPA's i've ever had. Couldn't drink more than one for sure, but what a treat. If you can find a single pick it up. I wouldn't want to sit on something like this, so be ready to drink it.

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The one I tried was in the bottle about 6 months.. I would have liked to try a really fresh one! To me it was really malty. I did taste the hops but this beer is super sweet. And not something you was to session at 12% ABV it's more of a once in a while treat if you like super high ABV malty beers.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to @xicanobeerrun for the trade.

This is from a six month old bottle. How does that happen? And no, it didn’t magically turn into some amazing blend of pixie tears and cotton candy, or whatever it is the kids hope their old triple IPAs metamorphosize into after a few months of shelf life. But it wasn’t a drainpour either, in case you’re in the “bottled yesterday means it’s already too old to drink” camp. So there.

At any rate this looks incredible. There’s a malty amber, slightly reddish-caramel hue to it that’s inviting and mysterious. Hops have faded, leaving some notes of a candied orange peel and straw lingering around. The flavor has a surprisingly rounded bitterness that hits midpalate with a drying finish and just enough malt to give it some definition without feeling heavy. So: do I wish I had this fresh? Yes, of course. But am I disappointed that the only taste I have of it is one from a bottle half a year old? Not in the least.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice combination of brown and red liquid. Not much of a head and lacing. I smell hops and sweet malt. As I get further along the drink, I detect a strong chocolate aroma. Taste is initially malty sweet and is balanced by a heavy hop aftertaste. As the drink progresses, the hops flavor becomes more pronounced. The feel is amazing! A full bodied chewy and thick liquid that feels heavy on your mouth.
If you love hops this is the beer for you! If you like a good buzz, this is the one for you! I had just one and as I'm typing this I notice that I'm almost smashed!! Another good brew from Founders!

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Photo of hopflyer
3.97/5  rDev +1%

Full on blitz of all sorts of hops, hitting multiple taste profiles. Doesn't really lean on the piney, resinous, or citrus side of things. Just a fully bitter. Some pale malts. Really almost overdone with the alpha acids on this one. Doesn't really settle in a characteristic that an be enjoyed. booziness is present and abv isn't hidden too well.

Not bad by any means but feels like just loaded this one to the brim

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Photo of beerdedking
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I understand this is not your every day IIPA. If you're looking for an Enjoy By clone, walk on by. This is a TRIPLE IPA, which I believe is deserving of it's own category. The malt bill is heavy duty, the hops in equal proportion. Beers of this ilk, cross the bridge between American Barleywine and DIPA, and that's exactly where you will find Devil Dancer. Fruity, tangy, cirtrusy hoppy, malty....yes you've got all of theseys. Oops, I'm stuck. Not a hint of alcohol while weighing in at 12% ABV with 112 IBUs. This beer is an EXPERIENCE, not just another DIPA. Next year, when you buy your four pack, drink two and let another two sit for 4-5 months. You'll be rewarded I can assure you....

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

While basically its is a barleywine at this date, it still has a massive malt backbone and the essential bittering hops which still proves the devil can still dance.

Bottled on 5/20/2014

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Photo of mchegash
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5/5
Deep amber color. Very little head, almost none. The color makes me excited to try

Smell - 3.5/5
Hops, piney, citrusy. Thick, almost bready smell. Hard to describe (there is a "weight" to the smell)

Taste - 3.5/5
Not nearly as hoppy as I thought this beer would be, given how much boasted the beer had about being a "Triple IPA". Took a deep sip to start, initial taste was orange/citrusy. Beer is very smooth. After drinking several sips, start to feel a small, minor "burning" sensation in the throat. The taste is good, but nothing special either. The main redeeming quality of this beer is it's smoothness

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Beer is very smooth. 12% ABV but you don't taste cause it's so smooth. The beer feels moderately thick in the mouth, but goes down smooth

Overall - 4/5
A good beer, but actually not that hoppy for an IPA. The nice color and great mouthfeel, combined with a decent taste are what make this brew a quality one.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.25

Founders Devil Dancer

Look 10/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 32/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 2/20

Overall 66/100

SUPER/MEGA bitter, I mean bruisingly over the top. Some may enjoy that. Founders is possibly my favorite brewery. It's just the style is so extreme and aggressive that I can't bring myself to enjoy it. The 'Look' however, is absolutely beautiful~

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

November 1, 2014

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Dark red to mahogany, mild chill haze, looks somewhat viscous. Almost no head, a few pinkish-white bubbles sit on top.

S – Dark cherries and other dark fruit, some smooth alcohol warmth that makes the nose twitch. Mildly earthy hops with some grapefruit showing through.

T – Bitterness is loaded up front, definitely the most prominent flavor. Dark fruits are minor here, the grapefruit and a bit of pine and resin take hold. Malt sweetness is there, helping to balance everything else, but still leaning heavily toward hop bitterness.

M – Very thin due to the alcohol, and obviously very bitter from start to finish. Very low carbonation, just enough to get by.

O – Very much a hop bomb, and that was the intention. That said, it’s a bit thin and a bit unbalanced for my tastes. Good, but not great.

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Photo of mmessmore
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

It has all the things I want from an IPA, without walking into that place where it leaves the mouth too dry to be refreshing.

It's not ridiculous like some IPAs have become. Bitterness is not the only aspect here. It has a wonderful complexity of flavor that makes every taste an experience.

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Photo of cratez
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA - 12% ABV DIPA - Bottled June 2014 - Consumed Oct. 23/2014.

A: Dark orangey-red hue with one finger of cream white foam and several strands of lacing on the tulip glass. Lots of active carbonation in the body. Head and lace retain well despite the high ABV. An impressive looking beer.

S: Toffee/sugary malt, citrusy, oily and fruity hops, alcohol esters, nectarine, caramel, honey dew melon, candied orange, mango, and red grapefruit. A very enticing nose.

T: Massive juicy, citric and resinous hop flavours, toffee, stone fruit, caramel, toasty malt, melon, candied orange, balanced bitterness precedes a long, semi-dry, and boozy finish with some heat in the throat. Delectable flavours that closely resemble a young, hop-forward barley wine.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, juicy-oily and somewhat creamy middle, balanced, citric and resinous hop bitterness transitions to an off-dry finish with a good dose of alcoholic warmth going down. A little boozier than I'd prefer, but solid nonetheless.

O: A righteous and successful experiment in high gravity brewing - hoppy, warming and extremely satisfying to drink. Well done, Founders.

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Photo of ILMbrew
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper red. Some head from the pour, fizzling down to a slight ring around the glass. Smells more of caramel malt than anything else. Some hops presence in the nose but nothing typical of the major hop bombs on the market. More caramel in the taste. Some citrus hop in the finish but it really competes with the malt body and fails. Tastes more like an imperial Amber or red than anything. A slight alcohol bite can be noticed in the finish as well. Rich mouthfell. This is a big beer and the malt body lIves up to that. Overall this is pretty good but not as an IPA. Maybe an imperial hoppy Amber ale. Is that a thing?

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange with a medium tan head. Aroma is of floral hops, grapefruit, citrus and caramelized malt notes. Taste is floral hops, citrus and grapefruit flavors with sweet caramel malt, has a bit of toffee notes as well as it warms up. Palate is a medium full body, a smooth mouth feel and good carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt toffee flavor followed by floral, citrus and grapefruit notes. The ending is somewhat sweet dry bitterness with a bit of toffee on the end for balance Seems slightly on the bitter side, alcohol seems well hidden but hits you in the end. Overall a good flavorful and good drinking brew.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Picked up a four pack from Bevmo in mid-June for $18.00. Bottled on 5/15/14.

Beer poured garnet with a thin head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is big hop aroma.

Taste is very well balanced between the massive malt backbone and the huge alpha hops. Drinks like a barleywine.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth.

I find this brew to be drinkable. It was a bit hot with the initial sips but was fine afterward. I plan on aging this like Bigfoot...look forward to the outcome over the next 3 years!

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Photo of adnauseam007
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Bottled 25-May-2014, Drank 9-Sep-2014 (yes, I waited too long)

Aroma (10/12) - Heavy handed caramel malt flavor with hints of orange. Together smells a lot like orange marmalade. No fruity esters noted in the background and despite the 12% ABV count I don't get any hints of the alcohol warming.

Appearance (2/3) - Pours a deep amber color with a wonderful garnet tinge. Very clear, no haze even upon initial pour. Head retention is poor, a thin layer is visible after letting it sit for a while and never really got going without a lot of dexterity.

Flavor (13/20) - That orange marmalade flavor is stuck in my head and is carrying over into the flavor. Malt is heavy handed and the hops are orange-pithy flavored and fall to the background (likely as a result of hop fading). Balance ends up towards the caramel malt flavor resulting in an almost barleywine style. Slight notes of oxidation as it warms up a little.

Mouthfeel (4/5) - No bitter aftertaste despite the 115 IBUs promised on the label. I taste a little bit of alcohol pricklyness when swallowed (but after consuming about 1/3 of the bottle I am already starting to feel a little tipsy). No creaminess or astringency and goes down incredibly smooth for a 12% ABV beer.

Overall (7/10) - This is a great beer and even after three months I'd expect to get some more hopiness out of this one. The orange marmalade flavor is very memorable and the dangerously easy way this drinks is even more memorable. I will try to grab one next summer and taste a little fresher to see if my opinions change.

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Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured a rich, semi-cloudy amber body with no head, but a thin ring of off-white lace. Quite nice looking, like a good Barleywine. Scents of rich, sweet malt with notes of caramel, brown sugar and molasses, strong fruity esters reminiscent of overripe stone fruit, moderate-high scents of alcohol, and an underlying hop aroma with notes of pine, indeterminate citrus and faint tropical fruit. Overall impression is of an aroma that is far more weighed towards the malty sweet and boozy end of the scale than the hop side. It reminds one of a strong English Barleywine. Quite pleasant. Flavor begins strongly sweet with notes of caramel, overripe fruit and a bit of alcohol balanced by faint hop bitterness. This moves into a still sweet middle with notes of caramel, rum-soaked fruit, medium levels of bitter hops and alcohol. Finish is still sweet, with notes of caramel, brown sugar, rum-soaked fruit, a bit of indeterminate citrus peel and flesh, alcohol and a still medium level of bitter hops. Aftertaste is semi-dry with notes of bitter, piney hops, dried apricot, toasted malt and alcohol warmth. Overall impression is of a rich, malty profile, balanced by alcohol warmth and a nice level of hops that shine on the aftertaste. Very much a Barleywine is impression and quite the good one. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with moderate-low carbonation and a sticky, chewy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol warmth. Overall impression is of a classic Barleywine mouthfeel that is warming and pleasant. Overall this is a nice Barleywine. It shines in aroma and flavor, and is aided by its mouthfeel. It hits the style quite well and trends more towards the malty sweet variety. Hops and alcohol keep it from becoming cloying, which helps the overall impression of the beer. Quite nice and highly recommended.

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Photo of PeterParker
4/5  rDev +1.8%

So excited I was able to finally get my hands on this.

Pours a dark ruby with a shred of light coming through. Translucent, but dark. Half a finger of white head.

Nose has booze, some bourbon characteristics, sweet malts. Very slight hop aroma consisting of pineapple and citrus.

Big strong and boozy. Very sweet, like a barleywine. A bit of hop presence, though not enough to call it an IPA I’m afraid, dry pineapple and citrusy hops. Warming sweet finish. Reminds me of Dogfish 120. Good but more of a barleywine than an IPA.

Slick and frothy for such a big beer. A bit of boozy warming and a sweet finish in the throat.

This is really good. Reminds me of a lesser DFH 120. Not really for hopheads, more for big beer fanatics, either way it’s good.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Devil Dancer Triple IPA is brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA. Available in 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft as part of Founders' limited release series, released annually in June. No label information. I am reviewing this alongside a 1 year, 3 month vintage.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 47 degrees fahrenheit.

-Pours a caramel-white head of a creamy froth consistency over a red amber body with high clarity and very light, subtle carbonation. Head retention is average and lacing is light and droopy. Aroma is subtle and clean with an emerging caramel syrup body, very potent resinous, spicy and peppery hops and a whiff of alcohol. The aromatic potency is modest. The flavor improves on the limited aroma, with slick, undersweet and slightly grainy caramel malt syrup lining a peppery, resinous and massively bitter hop profile. Texture is slick, mildly viscous, slightly dry, with a subtle carbonation that generates a soft frothy mouthfeel. Body is high for the style, high overall. Balance is moderately bitter over sweet with a pinch of alcohol. The alcohol presence is moderate, off characters are minimal with some slight graininess to be expected. Overall, it's quite the bitter and brazen Triple IPA, although with an alcohol profile this high the sharp edges show a little easier- the alcohol comes through a little more than it should. Personally, I don't find that this beer stands up as well to others in its style, and the labeling of "Triple IPA" is more marketing than the merit of the beer itself. It's worth seeking out a single bottle before committing to a 4 pack, as the price is astoundingly high for what you get.

Founders Brewing Co.'s
Devil Dancer Triple IPA

1 Year, 3 month vintage: The appearance is much murkier and hazier in appearance with a similar styled head and retention. The alcohol profile is much more forward, grainy and boozy with a muted peppery and herbal hop profile. The flavor is similar, although much of the edgier hop profile has faded and a slightly fruitier and herbal hop profile remains, it doesn't remedy the booziness that has been revealed within this beer by time. The texture is slightly less clean, mildly chewy and peppery. Alcohol presence is moderate, and murky grain is amongst the many imperfections this beer has. Miles away a less favorable beer than the fresh vintage, nearly a drainpour! Drink as fresh as possible!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass

A: Amber, opaque. A tan two finger head that lingers. Super thick lacing.

S: Tropical fruits. Mangoes, peaches. Malts and some scotch, too.

T: Sip and be awed. So smooth. Grapefruit prevails with a scotch burn. Low bitterness. Sip this one slowly. The 12% will take your head off and not apologize.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Zowee! Glad I got to try this highly touted brew. At nearly $5 for a 12 oz. bottle, it needs to be shared with friends.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA has a thin, off-white head, a hazy, yet brilliant, rust-orange appearance with some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is strong and impressive- sweet malt, fruity (apricot) hops, and bread crust. Taste is of those elements, with some not particularly strong bitterness and some noticeable alcohol pickup. Mouthfeel is medium, slick, and there is some underlying chalk on the tongue. Founders Devil Dancer finishes semi-wet, boozy, and fairly harsh.


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Photo of bwood06
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Creamy head that disappears rather quickly to a thin lacing. Deep reddish amber in color with a subtle hint of haze. 3.75/5

S - Hops are actually somewhat subdued here which is unusual for an IPA. Slight resin, grass, pine aroma. There is some sourness to the aroma reflecting the alcohol content (12%). I also get plenty of stone fruit such as dates. 4.5/5

T - Sweet malt, caramel, and toffee hits me right off the bat. Fruitiness (dates) then enters the picture followed by some resin and pine. Very complex layering here. One flavor hits my tongue right after another. 4.5/5

M - Medium body. Coats the tongue nicely in the beginning and then finishes clean. Somewhat heavier body than most IPAs that I've had. 4/5

O - Amazingly complex beer. Both flavors and aromas are layered very nicely. Can't drink more than one but a great beer to finish the evening with. 4.5/5

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Photo of Bierman9
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%

I picked up a single, 12oz bottle of this yesterday ($5.25) and quaffed it out
in the 'Zebo later in the day.

Poured into a small tulip, it was considerably darker than I expected.
It was a deep amber/mahogany, like Bigfoot, with some ruby/garnet also present.
It was a slight touch cloudy, and I could not see what the carbo situation looked like.
The head was creamy, smooth and fine, tan in color, and lasted well. Lacing was quite
nice, too. The nose was both rindy and had some caramel/toffee, though it wasn't overly
strong. Loved the feel, as it was smooth and creamy, even a touch chewy, with a solid,
medium-plus body.

Flavor had a healthy amount of caramel and toffee at the outset. It soon became very hoppy,
but it was not biting or exceedingly bitter at all. It was somewhat piney and resiny, very
barleywine-like. The hopping lingered well in the finish. I found it somewhat like both Bigfoot
and Arrogant Bastard, in a way. Very nice indeed, though the price tag will likely keep me away.

4.24/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.85 | feel: 4.45 | taste: 4.35 | overall: 4.25


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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.