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 WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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 MizzouBrew
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Pours a dark orange/almost brown, with a thick creamy tan head (similar to the look of Dirty Bastard). Beautiful lacing that sticks to the glass all the way down. This is meant for small sips - extremely hoppy (112 IBU's!) and somewhat sweet with very long lasting hop bitterness. Medium-Full bodied. Bought as a single at Randall's in Fairview Hgts, IL for $3.49 (seen elsewhere for $15-20 per four).

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +5.9%
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 +3.8%
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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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +15.8%
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 -0.8%
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%
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 +7.4%
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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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of Ikeithbot
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of DBosco
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was a 15 month old bottle rescued from the local shelves. Reddish orange with little head. Smells malty with hops minus any citrus or floral character. Tastes of malty sweetness, with some piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little oily, not much carbonation; alcohol not prominent surprisingly. Overall, pretty much what I expected - not objectionable but not great, but then I knew this was an old bottle.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a snifter with a finger's worth of sandstone colored head. The brew itself is relatively clear and beautifully deep ruby red. Good retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Good lacing, with chunks and large spots making up the bulk of it.

Smell - Interesting aroma, with notes of orange, grapefruit, sweetened raisins, toffee and a bit of spice.

Taste - A bit of a mess on the tongue. Near overwhelming amount of pine and citrus bitterness, while malts come through with a raisin bread-like sweetness. Cinnamon spice. Aftertaste lingers with more pine, grapefruit pith and a whole lot of boozy astringency.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky texture; near syrupy. Dry, boozy finish.

Overall - One thing's for certain: this will definitely challenge the taste buds. Even for a well-versed hoppy beer drinker such as myself, I find this a bit rough and abrasive. It's certainly not undrinkable, and it does have its positive qualities, but I won't ever be dropping $20+ on a 4 pack for it.

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Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love the outliers. This is on the edge. 112 btu, 12% Abv, dark bomb.

A: Looks great. 4 on color. Tawny, hazed, alcohol mirrored body, over set by scant lace and after a thick head, just a ring. Best color.
S: Given what's to come, too light. malty, candied fruit, pine resin, sweet, approaching barley wine.
T: Ample, complex, extremely bitter. Peppery, spicey, pungent yet still clean. Complex, strong herbal and earthy hops. Sweetness is balanced by the bitterness with candied fruit and tart citrus custard. Grand Mariner like.
F: Thick, brandy body with low carbonation. Sharp & crisp for the degree of sugar.

Overall:Warms up quickly and burns. The alcohol is prominent as are the pungent, bitter hops.
As A bros wrote:
"This beer is insane. No, absolutely insane! dropped bombs on our palates, fight fire with fire! Aim and launch it at some really spicy"

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Description: Appearance is almost red when held up to a light with no real discernible head or lacing to speak of. Smell is rich, caramel, bread, with more sweetness than hops. Not what I would term "hoppy", despite a mountain of IBUs. The taste is bitter but not crisp or dry the way that a West Coast IPA might be. Instead, it's more earthy and woody, even though I don't think this is barrel aged. There's also a certain "funk" in the aroma that reminds me of onion. Kind of musty but in a good way. Feel is smooth, thick and velvety for an IPA.

Suggested food pairing: Philly cheese steak with lots of peppers and onions

If you like this beer then you should also try: Waldo's Special Ale

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Allow me to qualify the review above by saying that it was based on a bottle over two years old. On the advice of a local Beer Store Guy (BSG), I aged a few against the strict edicts of the IPA Freshness Police. I have to say, it made a significant difference. When I drank the fresh ones, they were O.K. but maybe a little harsh. The aging mellowed it out and it was an altogether better beer.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Dark Amber color with almost no head. Smell very malty with caramel and hoppy notes. Taste surprisingly sweet with caramel and toffee malts. Then the hops hits you. Very piney and earthy notes. Intense. Finish leaves a hippy coating in your mouth for awhile. This beer is very intense. Took me 3-4 sips to begin to love it. Very hoppy and good but a little too malty to be a favorite. Will happily drink again. I wish it had more flavor profile to really enjoy but at 112 IBUs it's tough (for me at least) to pick up any other flavors in it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma has caramel, dark oranges and earth hops. Taste starts with big punch of hops, bitter and abrasive. Earthy, resiny and grassy. Intense, bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a well made beer but triple IPA is not one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is so bitter that it actually straddles the line into sweetness. The first taste the mouth picks up upon sipping is sweetness, followed immediately by a rush of bitterness. It's a good looking ale - reminiscent of that of a barleywine. There's also a mild creaminess in the mouthfeel. Quite strong, very tasty, and very rewarding.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75 is a super malty backbone has an Amber pour minimal head. Smell some ripe pineapple, more sweet smelling than last two in past month from same pack. Saving one more as a "see what happens to a hi abv TIPA after a year-ish-barleywine characteristics?" Tastes Carmel malts, I can really see this being a mock BW with some age already, only 2 months in..Feel is not the greatest as an IPA goes, but this all around is a weird IPA..while I rate it moderately low, I really like it, and I wrote this up after first four or five sips, so I know the 12% isn't running my mouth..interesting to say the least.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark amber beer with a one finger high, beige, creamy head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Resin, pine, oak, orange, caramel malt and toffee.
Taste: Pine, orange marmalade, hops and orange peel.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonation. Oily and smooth texture. Bitter ending.

The 12% ABV is very well hidden! I can fell the warmth of the alcohol after a while.

Great beer!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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