Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an incredibly intense beer! Pours a deep amber red with a thin head. This beer blasts you in the face with alcohol and caramel. This thing is incredibly friggin thick, bitter and resinous. Dark fruits, plums, raisins, figs and syrupy sweetness mix with hoppy bitterness to create a unique beer experience. I can understand how this isn't for everyone but it sure as hell is for me!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color, not much head to speak of but not surprising considering the 13% ABV. The smell is extremely aromatic, big malty base with a large dose of hops. Taste taste has a very malty backbone with a strong hop presence and some warming from the alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and slightly chewy. Wow, this is the definition of an extreme beer. Only in America can you find a brewer with the balls to brew this monster. Overall, Founders Devil Dancer is quite an experience, definitely recommended to give it a shot.

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Photo of kenito799
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, IPA tasting
Dark orangey amber brew, smewhat murky, no head, nice lace.

Aroma of tea leaves, tobacco, citrus and some blue cheese.

The flavor is an amazingly intense slap in the face. Piney juniper, mouth crushing astringency, hop oils coating the palate and saturating all the taste buts, beatingthem into submission, with an unctuous, rich, tangy, over-the-top onslaught of flavor. The bitterness coats the palate and travels down the throat, leaving the palate exhausted and completely dominated.

This is an experience as much as a beer and it is a great one.

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Photo of SeaUrchin
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a year+ bottle into an unbranded tulip after a long day and the chosen brew by the new lady, ill consider this a test of fate with her, love it fresh, heard about sitting on it lets see if it pays off

appearance - deep amberish red color, a fingers off white head that leaves nice lacing, good carbonation, looks like love at first sight

smell - unline fresh sweet malts dominate the nose, caramel, vanilla, dominate with slight hints of what used to be floral hops and grapefruit juice with an alcoholic tinge that is present throughout, excited, not what it used to be but still smells delicious

taste - this is more of an american strong ale or barley wine rather than a "TIPA", sweet caramel malts dominate up front, with hints of vanilla and an almost raisin like flavor, this fades into a sweet, warming alcoholic tinge, but no burn left in this little guy, the 12% is hidden quite well now, finishes with a small amount of citrus and a resin that hangs around for a while, over all this is a damn tasty brew, its a completely different beer with some time on it, a delicious beer with some time on it

mouthfeel - kinda thick, almost syrupy, but the carbonation helps lighten the load, coats the throat a s it goes down

overall - will always remember to set one aside for a yearly treat but fresh is still so damn tasty

as for her test of fate, with beer sense like this theres potential

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to jaxon53?? for the bottle

Poured a deep cloudy and hazy amber, pretty much the perfect color for a Triple IPA, or at least that I would like to see. No real head on this, only a very thin film which quickly daeded leaving a decent lace. Lots of carbonation, tiny bit of sediment, only real loss of score here would be on the lack of head. Smell was classic Hop Bomb, deep pine resin, with a strong alcohol presence upon first smell, as it warmed some of the more subtle scents started to come through, a slight sugary sweetness and citrus, specifically grapefruit were now there to be found. Overall smell was very nice, not over powering, but did have enough to tingle the nose a bit. Taste was very crisp, clean, and warming. Alcohol was a big factor in the beginning again, with a huge pine hop hit. Letting it warm brings out the malt that was trying to balance it with a bit of sweetness, but is still overpowered by the hops. This was a very good brew, and I am glad I got to try it. A true hop bomb, and at 13%abv, a strong one at that. Very nice indeed, will search it out again.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper, light mahogany color. Thin white head holds for a few minutes then gives up. I think the hops killed it! Strong hop aroma is an understatement. Citrusy, piney and floral hop aromas practically leap out of the glass and fill the air. There is a great malt backbone, which is filled with very sweet caramel flavors, and some ripe fruits. The malt flavors give way to the hop attack very quickly. Loads of piney, citrusy and hop flavors attack the tastebuds. Raw hop flavors. Raw hop flavors. Low carbonation gives this a good mouthfeel. For being 13% ABV, this is dangerously drinkable. Take heed! A solid beer, seems to border on an American Barleywine, but who really cares what "style" this fits into. If you are into big beers, this is a must try. Big cheers to BAs macallister and pixel for sharing!

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Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger off white frothy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earthy caramel and a resinous hop sppice.

The taste consisted of a full on crystal malt, peppery and herbal hops, a resinous citrus and a light alcohol.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall, complex, sinister, abusive and delicious.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with a small, off-white head that slowly fades out into a little floating cap. Streaks of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuit, caramel, heavy sugar, nuts, molasses, and hoppy pine sap.
Taste is of the above mentioned aromas with an extreme hoppy, and sugary mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, bitterly mixed with some evident abv.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber/copper in colour, produced about a finger's worth of white and smooth head with a medium pour. Retention consists mostly of a ring.

S - Grapefruit hops with a touch of pine, blended with strong malt characteristics.

T - Predominately grapefruit hops with notes of pine resin in the bitterness. Malt backbone is present but subdued by the strong bitterness, tastes slightly sweet. Individual flavours are hard to pull out of the malt, the palate is dominated by the hops.

M/D - Couldn't believe that this was a 12% ABV, though as it warms up you can certainly taste traces of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium. The mouthfeel almost has a slight syrupy aspect to it but still feels smooth. Drinkability is great for a beer of this ABV and bitterness.

Overall the beer is great. It lets the hops shine by allowing their bitterness and flavour to pass through in the taste while keeping it in check with the sweet malts. I've had more bitter beers, but this was great. Certainly worth trying another.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby brown into a Brooklyn Brewery stem. Very small off-white head that quickly dissolved into shiny film.
Aromas of 13% alcohol, raisin, caramel and molasses.
Super thick in the mouth. Very bitter grapefruit hop syrup. Viscous as hell. This one hurt so good.

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Photo of tim9887
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a stemmed tulip glass. Pours deep reddish amber with off white head, but not much head. Aromas of onion, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Same in the flavor - a very, very, VERY bitter ale - perhaps the most bitter I've ever had? Maybe... low-ish carbonation gives it a slick, smooth mouthfeel. A little bit of alcohol warmth in the chest. Wow. A pretty incredible brew.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 12oz. bottle served into a Gulden Draak tulip

Pours burnt orange/copper with a one-finger sized porcelain-white head. The beer laces well, with sudsy patterns. Attractive and well-executed.

The nose opens with a grenade blast of hops. Devil Dancer doesn't really smell floral like many heavily hopped beers do. The hop bouquet is more resiny and oily. This beer smells bitter, if that makes any sense. Its almost as if I'm experiencing the strength of a normal IPA's hop flavors on the tongue... only I'm experiencing that level of strength purely through my nose. This beer was also less boozy than I expected, but the alcohol is present nonetheless.

The word "hopbomb" doesn't do Devil Dancer justice. Not quite. This beer is sublimely hoppy. Mango and pineapple are strong initially -- the fruit digs a hole into the center of my tongue, deposits a bomb in said hole, and then explodes it. After the first few sips you get used to it and the resiny hop flavors start to take over. This is a bitter, oily, gooey tasting hop experience. Its like lapping up the distilled juice of a blended-together garden. Eventually, as the beer warms, the generous malt bill asserts itself. It features a light kind of sweetness... its candy in nature (bubblegum?) but is not cloying or cringe-inducing, ever. The more the beer opens up, the more I am reminded of American Barleywine flavors. This is like a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot hopped up on HGH (Hop Growth Hormone, obv.) in many respects. It should be noted that this beer is not boozy tasting, but each swallow carries along with it some alcohol fusels that go straight to your nose. Considering that this beer was dry-hopped for a brain-pretzeling 26 consecutive days, I am surprised that the aftertaste is not harsher than it is. The lingering aftertaste is pleasantly like some kind of hop vapor -- flavorful but light.

Devil Dancer is pretty thick in the mouth. The carbonation might be less than desired; the feel gets pretty syrupy at times. But it is never unpleasantly thick, and it sort of contributes to the beer's uniqueness. Drinkability is tough to score. The beer is disappearing really quickly despite its strong flavors and 12% ABV. At the same time, both of those factors make for a beer that you aren't going to want to have multiples of in one night (not often, anyway).

Founders Devil Dancer is insane. Twenty-six consecutive days of dry-hopping? Devilish indeed were the people who conceived of this beer. I'll be interested to see what cellaring will do to this beer; to see how good of an American Barelywine this beer will turn out to be. You can't go wrong with drinking Devil Dancer when its in its fresh, young, "Triple IPA" stage, either. $20 is certainly a lot for only a 4-pack of 12oz. bottles, but Devil Dancer is absolutely worth trying once. If you're like me then once won't be nearly enough.

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Photo of waston
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into tulip. Bottled 5/24/13, almost three months ago..

A- Deep copper color. Tan/white head that fades to almost nothing.

S- Citrus, Pine, Booze, and lightly earthy

T- Holy Hops this beer is bitter! Bitter up front, transitioning tolightly citrusy and malty, ending with a boozy finish. Alcohol flavor increases as the beer warms. Surprisingly balanced for the high ABV.

M- Very big beer for an IPA. Thick and leaves the mouth feeling almost sticky. low/med carbonation.

D- Very bitter and boozy. very bold and agressive beer overall for the hoppiest of hopheads! Would definitely get again! I'm going to age one for a year or so and see how that affects the hop/malt flavors.

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Photo of scifan
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby amber color with a small wispy head. It's slightly hazy and the head fades rather quickly into a ring around the glass.
Smells of sweet citrus fruit, oranges, lemon, and mangoes come to mind. There's also piney aroma coming through as well. Lovely sweet malty aromas shine through to balance.
I can tell the malts are there but this beer is all about the hops. Lovely citrusy hops hit my tongue with brutal force. Then some slightly sweet malts shine for just a second then a nice piney bitterness washes it all away. This is one huge beer,and its a palate raper. The other night I had one and then drank a Ruination and the Ruination could not hold up at all. This is one uber hoppy beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a ruby color and a cloudy texture. There was a surprisingly thin, foamy head that dissipated quickly. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, citrus and pine.

T: As you would expect, lots of hops in this one, along with citrus, pine and a hint of malt. A big, bitter, complex flavor.

M: A big amount of carbonation and a slightly syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer, to be sure, but not something I would drink a lot of in one sitting. Still, another good beer from Founders.

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Photo of engagechad
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into DFH snifter.

Pours a deep amber orange with dense head and great lacing. Smells.. like.. wow.. really? Weed. No joke. This beer smells like dank weed. It's dirty and funky but hoppy at the same time and it's just interesting!? Taste is nice and smooth for 12%.

Overall this is an awesome double IPA that you all should try.

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Photo of harrymel
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date partially rubbed off: so unk

A: Pours a nice ruddy amber ale with less than a finger of creamy foam which dissipates to a sheet of the same. No lace.

S: Wow, this shit's dank like a mutha' fucka' (insert Sam Jackson voice over). I really can't smell anything beyond the weed notes. Jesus, this takes me back to high school. I really can't imagine a "triple IPA", but I'm convinced this is the definition.

T: Snap! Weed, lemon rinds, rosemary (burnt), body odor, onion, more weed. Goddam this is hardcore. I like it....too much.

M: Medium bodied with moderate on low carb. Man, this beer is fucking intense, I struggle to care about anything except to say, the hops are insane!!!!

O: Wowzaa! I haven't had a hop bomb like this in years. I mean, when you first start drinking IPA's and you look for the most intense oral hop rape?! Yeah, this does that....again. Fuck me rotten this is insane. I can't even tell if I like it cuz I finished so fast, which makes me want more! Like my first piece of pussy.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trapper2408 for including this in our recent trade as an extra.

Pours a murky deep orange that resembles a dark orange juice with extra pulp. Minimal head, leaves a very thing cap of white to top of this thick looking beer. Lacing looks to be really sticky. 

Fruity, with some grapefruit, but the most overwhelming smell is a mixture of pine-soaked orange juice. No real detection of booze.  

Hops jump to the top of your mouth in an almost burning sensation that starts at the back of your front teeth and scorched the rest of the palate in like some hop laced napalm.  I don't detect any of the fruity nose that I picked up, a little bit of pine. I would venture a guess that this beer isn't super fresh because I am detecting none of the booze, and even Founder's would have trouble hiding 12 that well. 

Mouthfeel is unlike anything I have ever felt before, and I am still trying to decide if I like this much hops or not....I do. 

Drinks scaringly easy, and I would hate to see myself if I ever had the opportunity to buy a case of this. 

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Photo of callmemickey
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red/amber with a thin tan head that quickly fades.

S: Blast of pine and grapefruit hop flavors. Not much malt in the nose. Bit of alcohol shines through.

T: Lots of hop bitterness. Lots of pine and grapefruit... Healthy amount of malts attempting to balance this monstrosity. Alcohol taste is apparent.

M: Full bodied. Slightly syrupy.

D: Just too much alcohol for this to be anything more than a sipper. But it is a damn good sipper.

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Photo of Brian700
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured nicely into my chalice and you could see that it was thick. It poured like hot syrup. It sat in the glass an orangish honey-like color with a small head.

The aroma was killer hops and malty sweetness.

The flavor had a lot of sweetness from the malt with a generous hop addition. A very nice beer to be sipping after just moving into my new place. Nice reward.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

Very drinkable for its ABV

I most definately recommend this monster of a beer.

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Photo of trbergman
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Translucent red-orange body with lazy carbonation and one finger of orange-tinged head.

S - Caramel, toffee, orange, pineapple and mango. Lush, inviting aroma.

T - Tastes follow from the nose. Flavors of toffee and Earl Grey, with tropical fruit - pineapple, mango - and aggressive, pithy hop bitterness.

M - Full-bodied and viscous, with a touch of astringency.

D - A tad boozy, but very good. Would drink again.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a rusted orange murk with a slim, fake orange-tan head of smooth foam. Brief lasting, glaring lace in thick, short strings stick across the glass.

Fat and juicy aroma with evident alcohol laced with a pinch of mint. Hops juices are there in full swing with dark citrusy piths, oils, and peels. Semi bittering on the nose too as a fairly large backing of caramel malt keeps a nice balance.

Taste mirrors the aroma well with a nice balancing act of dark citrusy oils and caramel malt. Very Barelywine-esk in character.
Finish is what brings this full circle. It takes a while to develope as its front and middle is moslty the malt base leveling the playing field for the team of hops to take their positions on the palate. Lots of piney bittering tones mesh with some dark citric hop oils. Big warmth at the end. Whoof da, wow does this stuff have some late kick too it. So watch out and hold on. Its a wonderful ride.

Feel is oily and rich with a medium body. Soothingly bold and smooth. Again, much like a Barleywine here. Nice hoppy finish and alcoholic stealth. Seems to have some areas missing for a beer this big, perhaps the complexity isn't up to par with some other 2IPA's but its stellar for any beer whatever you want to call it.

A fairly big taster and holds its own with most big West Coast goodies. Not a sessioning beer. A hoppy nectar sipper if anything.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 of my new favorites within the style. A monster but not really a hop bomb. Pours a murky ruby orange/mahogany color. Thin head that forms a ring and sticky lacing down the glass. Smell is a fresh and piney blast of hops with an impressive malt backbone. Caramel and biscuity malt waft into the air. A bittery crisp sugared grapefruit as well. Taste is just as good as the smell. A well balanced beast of a brew, if that's possible. Slightly warming alcohol but not 13% warm. Resinous and oily in the mouth. A little tickle on the tongue but more of a creamy sensation and big body. Great drinkability. Founders does it again.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy and viscous, dark orangey-copper, with a thin, off white head that struggled out of solution.
Pungent nose- agressive bitterness, acohol, and hops.
Blended rums and dark fruits laced with spruce syrup.
Thick, chewy, caramel malts spiked with an unapologetic bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, gummy, and long.
Bitterness assault leads the pallet, followed by sap drizzled citrus.
Alcohol is evident immediately also, and stands firm as the brew is chewed, and gains heat as each sip finishes.
Large malt base with toffee, sugar daddy bits, and caramel syrup, make Devil Dancer sream "barleywine!".
Finishes bitter, mildly sweet, and very warm.
A true sipper if ever was.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer is a clear deep copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is full of tons of pine and citrus hop aroma. There is a bit of sweet malt in the background with some fruit and grapefruit in the background.

T - Starts off with lots of piney hop flavor and bitterness. There is a bit of grapefruit hop flavor in the background wit ha bit of caramel sweet malts. Through the middle, stronger citrus hops come through and some more sweet malt flavor. The finish is a bit boozy with lots of piney hops and bitterness that linger.

M - Fill bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels very smooth and rich. It fells a bit thick and syrupy. The finish warms the mouth in a nice way from the alcohol.

D - Pretty drinkable. The beer is big and heavy with lots of rich and complex flavors. It is also a bit booze, but overall, it fits into the big flavors well. Tastes like a super-hopped barelywine.

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