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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 Jackalope1977
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with czoch75 a long, long time ago.

A: The ale is a darlk ruby red, damn near brown with no visibility whatsoever. Darker orange highlights come through when held to light. The head is large and laces sporadically in the glass.

S: The nose is full of citrusy strong hops, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple. Some pine resin notes come through as well. The hops are met with an equally strong alcohol component that almost burns the nostrils.

T: Big hops, big malts and big alcohol. Never have seven words so aptly summarized a beer. The hops are intensely bitter, full of grapefruit and citrus notes that quickly dull the tastebuds. The malts are strong enough that this beer is easily mistaken for a Stone 10-like barleywine IPA hybrid. The flavors from both components easily overwhelm and flatten the palate. The hefty alcohol doesn't aid matters in any fashion.

M: The mouthfeel is overwhelming, full of big intense flavors. The hops are huge, bitter and strong.

D: One bottle'll do you just fine. Any more and the next morning will be one messy hangover.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Illegible bottle date but the guy at the store said it was fresh.
Pours a copper color with about a finger of off white head. Looks similar to the many pumpkin beers I've been drinking lately. Left some sticky lacing.

As soon as I popped open the bottle the smell of hops ambushed my nose. Underneath of the huge hops there is a sweet caramel malt backbone. Alcohol is noticeable. Definitely smells like a big beer.

Taste is pretty similar to the smell.Piney hops up front followed by sweet caramel malt. It finishes dry and bitter. The after taste sticks around for quite a while.

A medium amount of carbonation helps break up the astringency and bittness.
Took me a while to finish this one.
Its one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had for sure. Definitely a must try for a hophead.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probert
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of montesown
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeRusso
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color and smell of the beer is great. It has a nice caramel color and a sweet hoppy smell. At 12% the alcohol content is a little high for my liking, but its a nice beer to sip on for a lazy cool afternoon. To me this is more of a fall beer to drink at night.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Svyturys30
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass (from notes):

A: Pours deep red and hazy with about 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Leaves great lacing. Too red for my taste, but it's just a color...

S: I can tell this is going to be extreme... Huge hop character. Heavy on the herbal dank quality (weed), big pine, some floral notes, and some tropical fruit too. There is definitely an onion/garlic character, but not too bad. I get a little sweet malt, but way way in the background. The hops are almost overwhelming off the nose.

T: Hop bomb, check. Hop character follows the nose, albeit it more intense with a dank herbal-forward character and everything else fighting behind it. Onion/garlic come through stronger than the nose, but it's not too offensive. It's really just an incredibly potent hop explosion with massive pine bitterness emerging in the middle. Big, sweet malt base that gives a little big of candy-like quality to the citrus hop character. Finish is a little sticky sweet with massive lingering bitterness.

M: Practically a full body with moderate carbonation. As sticky and resinous as it gets. Fairly hot as well. Not an easy drinker.

O: Devil Dancer sure is a good name for this beast. It's up there with Hopsickle as the most outrageous hop-bomb I've ever had. That said, I'm not a fan of the dank herbal hop quality, it's just way too much for me, especially with the potent onion/garlic thing going on. It succeeds as an all-out, take no prisoners hop-bomb of epic proportions, but it's just not my thing. I really couldn't drink much of this stuff.

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Photo of Dennoman
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second bottle from a Founders 4-pack I got earlier this year through a trade. 2012 bottling, so it was probably only two months old when I originally got it. I know it's December, but I felt like a big IPA for whatever reason.

A: Beautiful deep, dark orange. Small head that doesn't hold its own.

S: Nice pineapple and pine character, big maltiness is predominant. Some generic citrus hops and bubble gum. Fairly sweet.

T: Booze and sweetness hit the palate first, then followed by citrus and finally dry bitterness on the finish. Keeps pumping flavor into your mouth after swallowing, pretty amazing.

M: Fairly boozy, definitely not over-carbonated. In fact, it seems a little flatter than it should be for this kind of brew.

O: I haven't had many TIPA's, but this seems like a more than fair example of the style. Very boozy, sweet and almost spicy hot, but the hops do a good job of keeping things balanced. Real hopheads might want to steer clear of this, but if you don't mind some heavy malts and booze in your IPA's, this might just be a fridge staple!

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Photo of Prufrock
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

rich reddish amber with a thin layer of off-white head that leaves a thin webbing of lace.

strong aroma, both hoppy and malty. caramelly, almost roasty, bready malts with floral notes. the strong malty notes give it a slightly stout-like aroma.

syrupy thick malts, then a blast of floral hops. medicinal and hoppy finish. intensely malty, hoppy and alcoholic, although slightly less boozy than expected given the ABV. not hugely drinkable, but i don't think it was intended for chugging. a decently balanced 13% beer, if there is such a thing.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bleedblue9150
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sammyt728
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Boppar
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz into snifter

A: Pours a brilliant deep orange/red color. Almost non-existent head, with a faint ring of lace around the edges. As strange as it sounds, it looks almost like a tawny port.

S: It smells very sweet. Much sweeter than I would have thought for this beer. Definite notes of sticky molasses. There are some resinous hop aromas, but not nearly as many as I would've expected from a beer that boasts "Triple IPA" status.

T: Surprisingly malty. The dominant flavors are molasses and a pumpkin-ish sweetness that I've noticed in barleywines. Maybe a little orange rind action in there for good measure. It's fairly tasty, and it's almost scary how well that 13% ABV is hidden in there. It doesn't taste a bit over 8%. But what I really want to know is: where are the hops?! The only hop taste I'm getting is some bittering hops on the finish.

M: Almost still. The nearly complete absence of carbonation is sort of a relief, considering the ABV. It's thick, it's sticky, it's still.

D: Considering this has three times as much alcohol in it as some beers on the market, the drinkability is the one area in which Devil Dancer really excels.

I was expecting a hop-bomb. This hardly fits that description. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but I think I would like it better if it were called a barleywine, rather than a "triple IPA." I mean hell, it isn't even a single IPA, let alone a double or triple.

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of primaldiscord
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of MikesnoHSL
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of CTbrew32
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mhewes
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A : Pours a cloudy orange amber. Very thin head that sticks around for a little bit

S : Hoppy with a touch of malt. You can definitely smell the alcohol

T : Lots of piney, malty taste with a hop finish. It's a good medium between the hops and the malt.

M : Creamy and chewy. Talk about a thick beer.

D : Definitely a sipper. Touch to finish a entire bottle.

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Photo of sdmvd6
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy deep orange with a finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Absolutely huge hops all around. Marijuana dominating with grassy, green bean, and citrus notes in the background.

T - Just like it smells. A punch in the face of hops, hops, and more hops. Marijuana, green beans, and just a slight hint of citrus. Finishes very bitter, and peppery from the alcohol. Could stand to be a bit more balanced, as there is not much of a malt backbone.

M - It feels like you would expect from an IPA with this much hop content. Very sticky, chewy, and resinous.

O - This is the first "triple" IPA I have had, but I would like a bit more balance in the malt department. The hot, peppery alcohol flavor is to be expected, as well as the bitterness (obviously). It lacks the toasty and citrus flavors to counter. The feel is excellent, however.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5,063 ratings
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