Devil Dancer
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,249
Ranked #15,804
3.9 | pDev: 13.33%
Oct 31, 2021
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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4 by doctorgary from New York on Oct 31, 2021
3.61 by Urs from Connecticut on Jul 16, 2021
4.13 by Sinister from New York on Feb 21, 2021
2.93 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Dec 29, 2020
4.14 by Sellen from Connecticut on Jul 05, 2020
3.82 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Jun 07, 2020
3.27 by WickedBeer from Alabama on May 16, 2020
3.83 by cgrunin from Texas on May 08, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by woemad from Washington

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
3.78 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 16, 2020
4.16 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Mar 09, 2020
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NCSapiens from Indiana

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
4.19 by rcjennings from Ohio on Feb 26, 2020
4.2 by RBorsato from Virginia on Feb 23, 2020
4 by C2H5 from Illinois on Feb 13, 2020
4.26 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Feb 13, 2020
4.45 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio on Feb 13, 2020
3.2 by Dduquette from Maryland on Feb 10, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by PathofChaos from Maryland

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
3.97 by Seal4676 from Michigan on Dec 30, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beersampler6 from Michigan

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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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by JohnFred4 from New York

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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4.84/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Joe_Tool from New Jersey

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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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

Even at two years old, this packed a lot of good flavor.

Apr 06, 2019
3.24 by EdTheEdge from California on Mar 09, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jan 01, 2019
3.85 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by mudROCK from Illinois

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
3.97 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio on Oct 03, 2018
4 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 18, 2018
2.61 by Chilmer from Iowa on May 24, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by jacobdunne from Colorado

Similar to 120 but smoother. Delicious

Mar 18, 2018
4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Feb 11, 2018
3.85 by jet812 from Indiana on Jan 13, 2018
3.43 by TheBrewsky from California on Jan 12, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Tony210 from New Jersey

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.

12 oz bottle dated 5/4/15
4 rating

Jan 09, 2018
3.43 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania on Jan 07, 2018
3.75 by danoble1 from Indiana on Jan 07, 2018
3.86 by BenHoppy from Michigan on Dec 29, 2017
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