Devil Dancer
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,192
Ranked #16,158
3.9 | pDev: 13.33%
May 18, 2023
May 17, 2004
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Reviewed by buckthehog from Texas

4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Drinking this triple ipa with my boys Keith and Greg on the patio on a hot summer night in Dallas brings back great memories. So dank and so dirty. Like the pine tar from George Brett’s bat mixed with the sweat from a Neanderthal woman. Physically and psychologically one of my favorite dirty bird beers ever. I love you Founders.
May 18, 2023
Rated: 3.73 by DOCRW from Washington

May 02, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 3.73 by Slyde180 from Texas

Jan 21, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 04, 2023
Rated: 4.23 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 20, 2022
Rated: 3.34 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 13, 2022
Rated: 3.06 by Danny27

Jun 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Oct 31, 2021
Rated: 3.61 by Urs from Connecticut

Jul 16, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by Sinister from New York

Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 2.93 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by Sellen from Connecticut

Jul 05, 2020
Rated: 3.82 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Jun 07, 2020
Rated: 3.27 by WickedBeer from Alabama

May 16, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by cgrunin from Texas

May 08, 2020
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Reviewed by woemad from Washington

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle courtesy of Whyteboar. According to the stamp on the rear label, this was bottled on January 16, 2020. Perhaps not ideal for a normal IPA, but as the same rear label makes clear, this ain't no normal IPA, as it clocks in at a fierce 12% abv!

Poured into a tulip-shaped hybrid glass (don't know what else to call it), this was a dark amber color, taking on a rubyish hue when held up to light. About an inch or so of beige colored foam was present as head, and left a decent amount of lace for such a strong beer.

Nose was of herbal grassy hops, bready malts, plus a little bit of band aid type aroma. As it warms, it gets a bit boozy.

More promising in the flavor department than in the nose. Grapefruity, piney, peppery and bready - this is a big beer that makes a big impact on the taste buds. Quite a bit of alcohol "heat" is present. Unsurprisingly, for a triple IPA from the midwest, there's a massive malt backbone, so for the hops to stand out as much as they do, there must have been an ungodly amount used.

Medium to full body, with a coating, resiny, almost syrupy mouthfeel.

This is a beast! I imagine this is a beer that is very expensive to make, and get why it's not widely distributed at this point. Enjoyed this in the middle of the afternoon on a day with no commitments outside the home, and that's probably for the best! Thank you for getting this to me, Craig! It's one I've long been wanting to try!
Apr 26, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Mar 16, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Mar 09, 2020
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Amber hues and sticky sweet. Booze and pine. Caramel malts. Noticeable lack of citrus on the nose and in the taste. Musty hops and dark fig fruit. Bubbly to the finish. Outrageous bitterness becomes more pronounced as it warms, rounding out the flavor profile and improving the taste. Overall quite nice. And at 12% ABV, it will do the trick.
Mar 02, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by rcjennings from Ohio

Feb 26, 2020
Rated: 4.2 by RBorsato from Virginia

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 4 by C2H5 from Illinois

Feb 13, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Feb 13, 2020
Rated: 4.45 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Feb 13, 2020
Rated: 3.2 by Dduquette from Maryland

Feb 10, 2020
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours the color dark wildflower honey, a deep amber with sunny hues of orange.

Syrupy sweet hops, mango, citrus, and pleasing, earthy yeast after-notes.

Ye gods, hops! A spectacular symphony of hops: musty herbals, bright florals, and sharp citruses. All riding in on a lush wave of lavish treats, like butterscotch, caramel, and raspberries. Finishes with a clean, powerful heat.

Full-bodied. Satiny molasses with a bubbly bite. The treacle-like qualities don't overstay their welcome, but the bright, effervescence lingers like a miniature fireworks display, as its tickling bubbles burst brilliantly in all corners of the mouth. The contrast is delightful.

Reviewer's Notes:
Bottle aged for 3 years at 42 degrees Fahrenheit, no exposure to sunlight. Bottling Date: 05/10/2016
Jan 09, 2020
Rated: 3.97 by Seal4676 from Michigan

Dec 30, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Boy this one’s good. Whew. Powerful and strong yet flavorful and clean. So-called “triple” IPA obtained fresh from Founders via growler. Purchased on 9/6/19. Start off only decent, pours a honeyed medium amber color with a little white head that quickly settled to a thin film. Also just a little scarce spotty lingering lacing. Even with a rocky pour, the fluffy white head had settled quickly. The aromas, however, were just incredible. Beautiful fruity hops of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, guava and lemon. Also some nice malt, floral and herbal hops, bread, caramel and a little dankness. Taste follows the nose, very rich and flavorful with good balance. The strong hit of hoppy bitterness was well offset by the sweeter malt backbone that had a good presence. Mouthfeel was excellent, sticky, slightly luscious, smooth and coated the palate. Good amount of carbonation. This was definitely a sipper, the higher ABV was quite present even with the beer cold, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. I’m happy that Founders brought this one out of retirement to serve it on tap at their brewery.
Sep 26, 2019
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Reviewed by JohnFred4 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Look: Oooooh. Almost brown-orange. Easily the prettiest of the four IPAs I ordered as a flight at the Founders brewery. Persistent lacing and continuous bubbles.

Smell: It smells wet, the way that yeasty Belgians can, but in a way that I know it's not actually going to taste like that. It's weird; honestly it smells a little "off", but the taste is fine.

Taste: Astringently hoppy (which I like),

Feel: tingly, foamy. Thick and resinous but so effervescent, so quite a contradiction in mouthfeel

Overall: compared against Founder's 12 Feet Under, I'd say I prefer 12 Feet Under. Maybe it's just because I have a fond place in my heart for things like Dogfish 120, or because barrell-aing anything is a great way to my heart. This is fine, and very hop forward, but doesn't have the depth of 12 Feet Under. Dogfish 120...12 Feet Under...120 Feet Under? I smell a collaboration in the future. Get on it, Founders!
Sep 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Joe_Tool from New Jersey

4.84/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottle from the cellar. Bought in 2012. With a cabinet full of barley wines and belgian darks, this is a real standout. Low carb, low to no head. Deep copper/red color. Slight warmth. The aromas and taste of this one are why I put these beers away for years. Hats off, founders.
Jun 16, 2019
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Rated by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Even at two years old, this packed a lot of good flavor.
Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 3.24 by EdTheEdge from California

Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 5/24/15; drank 6/28/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque ruby red appearance.

A rough pour produced a nice tan head; nice lace.

Grapefruit, mango, booze heat & faint caramel notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel, raspberry & strawberry flavors up front; a brutally bitter, dry alcohol heat finish.

Good flavors lurk beneath a punishing finish. Too bad.
Mar 04, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 01, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2018
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Reviewed by mudROCK from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Smell of butterscotch. Taste starts as butterscotch and slowly fades to nearly the taste of the last sip of a sweet bourbon Manhattan. Aftertaste sticks around for minutes. Perfect mouthfeel. I really enjoy this beer, and you should too!
Oct 14, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio

Oct 03, 2018
Rated: 4 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 18, 2018
Rated: 2.61 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 24, 2018
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