Devil Dancer
Founders Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,431
ABV:
12%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,882
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 13.2%
Reviews:
1,495
Ratings:
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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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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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woemad from Washington, Apr 26, 2020
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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NCSapiens from Indiana, Mar 02, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours the color dark wildflower honey, a deep amber with sunny hues of orange.

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

Taste:
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.

Feel:
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

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PathofChaos from Maryland, Jan 09, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Sep 26, 2019
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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!

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JohnFred4 from New York, Sep 20, 2019
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4.84/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Joe_Tool from New Jersey, Jun 16, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Mar 04, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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mudROCK from Illinois, Oct 14, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: bottle date 5/4/15

This bottle was pushed to the back of the collection and just unearthed.
Pours a clear reddish amber with a billowy head that slowly fades. Lots of malt and caramel on the nose. Very flavorful, lots of caramel, malt, butterscotch, ends with a clean bitterness. Boozy, 12% abv is obvious. Thick and syrupy, carbonation is still great after 2.5 years!
Overall this is a great triple IPA, aged well imo.

1/9/18
12 oz bottle dated 5/4/15
4 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Jan 09, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a light copper red and yields the same color body with a nice haziness. A half centimeter white head quickly fades leaving extremely little lacing. The smell has the malts up front combined with some caramel, hops provide a decent background. The taste is the same as the smell with some lemon coming in. The palate has a dry sticky finish and aftertaste, and has about a moderate amount of harshness. This is pretty drinkable. Overall, I like it, the alcohol is well hidden in the taste, smell and mouthfeel. I’d come back to this one.

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap. Pretty clear amber copper color with a modest light tan head. Plenty of grapefruit and orange on the nose, balanced with toasty malt. The taste was similar- bitter orange and citrus with some earthy notes. Not as malty as I expected given the huge ABV. Clean dry finish with a ringing bitterness.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, May 22, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I got this down at friar tucks in Savoy IL with my good friend and neighbor. The scent had hints of bitter citrus and molasses. The taste was bitter leaning with rich caramel malt fight. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review taken from 2014 I forgot to put on my BA page. Big and boozy ipa. I can see why they label it triple ipa though it reminds me of a massive and heavy textured American barleywine. This is one imperial ipa you can age and it's magnificent from some cellar time. Aging mellows the big alcohol bite and the booziness benefits from age as it layers itself very well after about a year. But hey, I'm no beer expert, but I do consider this world class after it does some time in my cellar.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber/brown producing 2+ fingers of moderately lasting, creamy but variously bubbled, chunky, moderately lasting, beige head that leaves nice sticky webs of lace. Aroma is thick caramel, brown sugar, light vanilla, floral, pine resin & citrus hops swimming in alcohol booze. Taste is burnt caramel malt sweetness well balanced with cedar, pine & citrus hops up front with hops dominating by mid-sip, becoming full throttle by the finish & delightfully bitter in the aftertaste. Starts predominantly sweet before turning hoppy, finishing dry, extremely hoppy & bitter. Alcohol prominent throughout & expressed as warmth, bitterness & spice. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low-medium carbonation, oily & syrupy, mouth coating, gritty on the tongue & slightly astringent in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - nice cloudy amber color as expected
S - citrus, pine, the usual
T - tons of flavor but the booziness seems out of place. Maybe I'm just being picky, or maybe it was an imperfect batch. I know it takes a lot to perfect a monster like this.
M - great carbonation, but still manages to be a little syrupy.
O - buy it again, still one of my all time favorites, maybe not for $5 though

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4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz short bottle into tulip. Bottled on May 10th 2016.

L: Rich red orange color. Finger width head with excellent retention. Beautiful lacing.

S: Fresh citrus, pine notes and some herbal spiciness.

T: Strong alcoholic bite with hop bitterness that is almost chewy. Lots of orange zest and other citric notes, a hint of pine in the finish, quite unbalanced but at this point who cares?

F: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Lots of hoppy oils on the tongue but not too slick.

O: I think this would be better with a lower ABV but still a stellar brew from Founders.

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Photo of aronamerican
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Ahhhh, dancing with Mr. D., the quintessential master manipulator. Through guile and artifice you have the masses convinced you are nothing more than an ordinary triple IPA, but in reality you are a delicious barleywine. The jig is up.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy copper/reddish hue.
S: Orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, biscuit, roasted nuts. Something funky mixed in there but I can't place it.
T: Tons of flavor. Caramel sweetness mixed with citrusy hops. Booze is definitely there.
F: Thick, coats the tongue. Big booziness on the finish.
O: Monster of a beer. Good, but I'm not surprised that it was removed from the release calendar for 2017.

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Photo of puck1225
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not something for everyday, but good for something different. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Nice beige head and good lacing, rich copper color. Boozy smell and taste. Nuttiness and sweet caramel taste. Nice with cheese and crackers.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy copper color, with cream colored head that isn't big, but laces all day. Smells of flowers and citrus fruit with a pleasant burnt sugar background. One of the nicest smelling beers I've ever smelled. For a beer with such a bitter profile, the taste is wonderfully balanced. Each thick, creamy sip starts with a caramel sweetness at the top, which quickly sinks into bitter hops that leave you with a nice, hoppy aftertaste. For a 12% ABV brew, there's little hint of alcohol in the taste. A fairly complex and well-balanced beer, without any one aspect overpowering the others. Definitely premium and worth the price.

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Beerdanza from Michigan, Dec 10, 2016
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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/2/2016. Pours fairly hazy ruby red/light orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, creamy/bready, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent huge DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV, and despite aggressive bitterness. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Oct 16, 2016
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3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Greenville SC.
Pour is hazy brown-copper. The large, foamy off-white head is durable and leaves foamy lacing.
Aroma: boozy, hoppy and sweet, with a promise of toffee.
Flavor: moderately-high bitterness, but less than expected, and more sweet malts. some complexity. A bit boozy

Overall: a malty triple IPA.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Oct 15, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A really nice beer, but overall killed by the candy sweetness. This could have been great. Caramel and toffee sweetness in the aroma, sweet malts in the flavor, a sugary malt bomb. No sign of the ABV though, although I suspect it will sneak up on me later.

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stevoj from Idaho, Sep 26, 2016
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5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Understanding the amount of work and time that goes into an IPA monster of this magnitude is missed by 90% of these reviews. You can't compare Jackson Pollock to Norman Rockwell

A: pours a vibrant, clear deep amber with 3/4" white head that recedes slowly. Retention & lacing are quite good.

S: Very deep caramel nuttiness & huge hop undertones.

T: Leads with off-sweet roasted nut & macerated fruit notes. Mid palate is more roasty-toasty nuttiness & hints of citrus peel. Bittering hops are present. Finish is off-sweet as well & lingers with dense resinous hops.

M: Moderate carb & a thick syrupy, yet surprisingly delicate body come together nicely.

O: This may well be one of my new faves.

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Ikeithbot from New York, Sep 20, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber-copper with a 1-finger tan head.

Aroma: sweet bready-malt with a solid hop background. From the aroma, you know this beer will be sweet.

Flavor: caramel and light molasses followed by a heavy dose of hops. The molasses is quite pronounced in the finish. I’ve only had molasses like this in imperial stouts. Well balanced, though. The hops last through to the finish and really shine. There is no alcoholic warmth and little, if any, alcohol flavor, despite being 12% abv.

Mouthfeel: body is light-medium, and light enough you’d likely drink another. The light body allows this beer to creep up on you. Remarkably drinkable given its strength.

Overall: good, but not great. This beer is certainly worth trying, but given a good selection of 2X IPAs or “triple IPAs”, I’d opt for others. This beer is very hoppy, but the hops don’t seem to be the headliner – more of an equal partner to the malt. Again, well balanced, but for a triple IPA, I’d expect the hops to be far more prominent.

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