Devil Dancer
Founders Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,705
Ranked #11,448
3.94 | pDev: 13.2%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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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Phocion from Minnesota

3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle with the notoriously unreadable Founder's dating stamped on the neck. Poured into a Duvel tulip a much darker color than I was expecting. Slightly murky dark copper with a tiny crown of beige head which fades into nothing within a minute. Thin sheet of lacing around the glass.

This one definitely has quite the hoppy nose. Dry hopped with ten different varietals and you can tell. Massive fruity bouquet stands out, but is so overwhelming that all the flavors blend together, tying in with a bit of resin. There's a ton of caramel malts in this thing too, adding a nice backbone to all the hops with caramel, toast, brown sugar, and molasses notes. Definite brandy-like fusel alcohol aromas as well.

This drinks almost as much like a liqueur as a beer. Thick, sweet, sugary molasses and caramel malts combine with the tropical fruits to make this actually a bit sweet. Somewhat rum-like between the massive sweetness and alcohol flavors. Overly sweet finish combines with a highly bitter finish to create something quite unpleasant.

Thick, chewy, sappy mouthfeel. Heavy-bodied with little carbonation.

I've had many DIPAs and even a couple that claim to be "Triple IPAs," and this doesn't stand up to most. Throwing as much barley and hops as humanly possible into a kettle doesn't make a good beer. The flavors are overwhelming, and not in a good way. More of a ridiculously overhopped barley wine than anything else.

Jul 09, 2014
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Aug 19, 2014
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baudcity from Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

WOW. This triple hits hard. 2015 batch is very good -but I would put it in category with Dogfishhead 120. Really heavy in total experience, more of a sipping beer.

Actually - this is like the moonshine of beers. You sip it and enjoy, your face numbs, and your body feels weird, and you maybe start to slur in a funny way.

Really awesome adventure. Tried two in a row and I am a heavyweight in alcohol terms - but this is too much - better just sipped all day for a full day buzz and wonderful mouth and body feel

Ill let let the chefs in the audience describe the flavors - I can only say wonderful, glad to be able to buy it locally and one of the joys this summer.

If I was a kindergarten teacher - I would give it five golden stars in large metallica sticker form.

Jun 28, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Hey, remember that one time you got punched really hard in your mouth. Drink this beer and re-live the memories!!!

Jun 08, 2015
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 5/10/16 and reviewed 6/6/16

pours dark amber with a solid head.

smell is very bland, lots of caramel malt to this. slight hops aroma, was expecting this to be overwhelming with hops.

taste is damn near barleywine-esque. lots of malt with a hop smoothness, slight burn at the end. gets smoother at this warms.

overall this isn't bad but it sure is different. personally i prefer 120 Minute over this but they're different.

bottled 5/10/16 and consumed 8/10/16
the first time i had this it was very malty and large. i prefer 120 Minute to this greatly.
-still this has a barleywine feel to it. good flavor and easy drinking for 12%. seems much more like a barleywine (which is fine) but from the jump this never felt like an IPA to me, even when fresh.

this is more barleywine to me than anything. i had this less than 30 days old and i had this 3 months old. better with moderate age but still more barleywine-y to me.

Jun 07, 2016
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good overall beer. $19 for a 4 pack is ridiculous. Good thing I stole that shit ;) well technically I put it in a custom 6er but I digress. It was like a southern tier 2xIPA on steroids. I could've brewed a better triple ipa had I had 10 different hops in my possession. Booze is hidden well though.

Aug 11, 2015
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harrisonpainter from Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this fresh on tap during a Founder's tap takeover event at Redemption Alewerks in Indy, and it was DELICIOUS. Has a barleywine feel with a sweetness that balanced out the high ABV nicely.

Jul 12, 2015
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle. Bottle date 5-11-16. Poured into Aslin Brewing Teku glass.

L: Good 3F+ head with surprising retention considering ABV (uh oh, is it malted over?), plenty of lacing and a ring. Beer is deep amber, not too hazy as you can see some carbonation bubbles.

S: Not sure if this is supposed to be more malt forward or if we are getting some hop fade. Brewer says they went malt forward to balance the ten different hops they used, so let's go with that. So yes, lots of sweet malt up front. I get some of the tropical scents and floral hints, but surely they intend more from a ten hop concoction? No alcohol in the nose, so that's good.

T: Malt forward, lots of caramel and wheat, maybe some Pils, tropical fruit and some pine in there as well. A bit floral. A little bit of alcohol on the end. Others have remarked there is a barleywine-ish character and I would not disagree.

F: Medium to full bodied, light to medium carbonation as the alcohol does the drying work. By default, getting all these malts and hops into a reasonable tasting beer is a plus for construction, and the balancing of this very high IBU is well-done.

O: Would like to try it fresh and see if there is any difference, but when I think Triple IPA, I think of Kane's Hop Lab and not this interpretation of the style.

Jul 10, 2016
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brownbeer from Missouri

4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber with a small, white head.

Rich with malt and every form of hop note possible; catty, floral, pine resin with doughy malts and a belgiany raisin quality and an alcohol note, of course.

The hops definately represent with piney notes and a grassy finish. In between? Becomes more sweet as it warms up, with rich honeyish malt, caramel, and bread dough, finishing dry and warm but not hot at all.

This is an epic beer worth fearing just a little bit. It meets in between old ale, barleywine, and double ipa in a wonderful way. Let it warm up, delicious.

Feb 24, 2010
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Pours a blood red amber copper color. Big tan head leaves nice lacing. Not easy to see through.

S- Sweet malt, alcohol, minimal hops.

T- A boatload of sugary boozy malts. There is some citrus hop flavor but it can get lost in this big beer.

M- Syrupy with a lingering hop tang. Sweet alcohol. Full.

O- It's a big booze bomb. For me, that suppresses the flavor and the effects of the hops. Oh, well.

Aug 05, 2014
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BethanyB from New York

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

Big, frothy golden head melts quickly over a cloudy body the color of cherry wood stain. No lacing--the glass is left clean and clear.

A strong, multilayered aroma of toasted malt, floral and earthy hops, peppercorn, oak, maraschino cherries, mint leaves, and milk chocolate. Boozy and brilliantly complex.

A sipper, for sure. Rye flavors mix with citrus rinds and small doses of dark stone fruit liqueurs. A roasted character adds to the strong bitterness brought on by big helpings of resinous hops. As one becomes accustomed to this beast, more gentle flavors come through, such as caramel and buttered cinnamon toast.

Creamy, with a medium body and a bit of an oil slick, this has a bitter, biting finish. Carbonation is moderate, making this big beer seem even bigger. A more crisp quality would reign this back into the IPA style.

A big, complex, bitter, booze-fest, this beer is not for the faint of heart. Great for those who aren't afraid of a gargantuan first impression!

Mar 25, 2016
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mschrei from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into large wine goblet.
Nice color. Nose a bit too strong.
Great taste. Not as heavy as I thought it would be, but it definitely provides the booze in taste and effect.

Perfect afternoon beer for the last day at home alone before your wife starts summer break.

Jun 12, 2015
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Gaisgeil from Michigan

2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This brew is definitely too much of a good thing. I'm sure it's a hop lover's delight, but I just don't get what all the raving is all about. Pours a deep hazy gold in color with a loose white head. Nose is intense hops, grapefruit and pine, incredibly pungant and alcoholic. Taste is very much the same, very drying on the palate, not a pleasant experience. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, coats the palate. This is a horribly out of balance brew and something I just don't care much for.

SlĂ inte!

Jun 09, 2006
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pilsner

Appearance: 1 finger whote foam head quickly settles to a lake of bubbles on the top. No visible carbonation. Ruby red , brown opaque liquid.

Aroma: dark rich fruits, caramel

Taste: starts off sweet on the front of the tongue and very quickly creates a tart, bitterness on the back and sides. Deep rich fruits, figs, malts and then a strong alcoholic taste. Bitterness, not to sharp in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation

Overall: Interesting drink. Sweet then tart. Explosion of hop bitterness nice sipper that punches you in the face with hops and also balances it with quite a bit of malt. Another great Founders brew. A different, full flavored beer but not a style that I will repeat.

Aug 10, 2014
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I definitely enjoy this style and been wanting to try this for a while. $21 for a four pack though, youch that is pricey for an American beer. Pours a dark, Amber looks like s barley wine. Smell is earthy, herbaceous, piney hops. Very muddled with numerous flavors coming through mildly. Taste is a vague medley of hops with nothing distinct followed by a barley wine level of sweetness, bread and booziness. Mouthfeel is viscous and thick.

Overall, I came into this liking the style but having a low level of expectation for Founders ability to do hoppy styles. They hit the malty dark beers well but I've never had a quality hoppy beer from them. True to form this didn't impress. The label says 10 hop varieties used and that's a good summation for the beer. It's like they lobbed a bunch of malts and hops in with no regard for the flavors they'd bring. It's a bit of a garbage bin beer.

Jun 06, 2016
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

a: A nice deep copper body. The cascade from the carbonation looks like the bubbles are fighting to rise in a syrup. Nice finger and a half of beige head which dissipated quickly.

s: Tree sap. Cooked citrus zest, pine, compost.

t: This is not at all pleasurable. It burns. And lingers. It reminds me of when one feels the need to get extremely fiery hot sauce. Seems the hops here are just for the sake of throwing them it.

I am finished with my review. This is a drain pour. Hoptimum and 120 IPA seem like session beers comparatively.

Sep 09, 2015
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Brolo75 from California

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep rich golden color with a vanilla cream colored head, some slight lacing, no head retention, low carbonation.

A: Lots of malts, sweet caramel, toffee malts, hop presence not like I expected, a mix of piney/citrusy aromas, alcohol comes through pretty strong, reminds me of an American style barley wine.

T: Follows the nose, a mix of piney/citrusy hop notes with a big malty finish, caramel, toffee, there's a punch of bitterness in the middle like chewing on pine needles and citrus peel, finish is very dry, heat lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied with a dry finish and low carbonation, a little stick on the palate.

O: This is a big sipper of a beer, I like it but I don't think it drinks like a IIIPA, more like a hoppy barley wine because of the big malt presence, well balanced, but if you're looking for a hop bomb, I don't think this beer is for you.

Jun 04, 2016
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lackenhauser from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice deep,orange color. Almost a coppery orange. Big, big hop aroma with a nice balance of some sweetness. A trace of alcohol heat comes thru as well. Huge hop flavor-not only is it extremely floral but a huge bitterness behind it all. Big caramel flavor and a somewhat alcohol finish. Not hot but its definately there. Very good body-fairly well balanced considering the high abv. Dangerously drinkable. More like a barleywine then a Double IPA to me. Really pushes the envelope as far as the alcohol goes but does a good job of it for sure. Get some for now and later.

Jul 08, 2005
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brandoman63 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Nov 19, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Sep 29, 2012
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

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

Aug 24, 2016
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DangerDawg from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jul 12, 2012
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BdubleEdubleRUN from California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Aug 31, 2012
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bonez05404 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jul 28, 2012
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dcloeren from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Jul 16, 2013
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