Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
1,488
Ratings:
5,076
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
343
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1,173
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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep rich taste, like a top quality UK conditioned old ale, a very good American barleywine, hoppy beginning and great bitter finish, woith buzz from the high alcohol. Barleywine aroma. Only sold in fours at $18, last case and hard to find, at Chuck's near Cleveland.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very thin head on a hazy copper and crimson body.

S: very malty moving towards barleywine territory with candied fruit, pine resin and overall very sweet.

T: as expected, very bitter and pungent but still clean. strong herbal and earthy hops. sweetness is rivaled by the bitterness with candied fruit and some tart lemon custard getting through.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very crisp for the degree of carbonation.

Overall: this one warms you up quickly and burns a little. The alcohol is obviously prominent as are the hops. Try it for sure, would still with one bottle and maybe sharing it.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

until I had the Molotov cocktail from evil twin, I was not sure an American ipa could get any bigger. this thing is colossal. it pours a yeasty thick burning orange honey color with a foamy white head that relaxes with time. it smells like dense hop oil, dank and west coast, but more complex than the generic version of that, with some citrus, some residual sugar sweetness, and a malt body that exceeds the double ipa style norm. long bitterness dominates a finish otherwise crowded out by alcohol and a hoppy extract that seems somewhere beyond necessary. balance doesn't matter here, as this beer is all pedals to the floor. hops are not unique but they are strong, and the alcohol is overbearing with the provocative carbonation. a pint of this could kill a man, and im not ready to die...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FINEBEERGUY for sharing this one while waiting in line for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, honey, and some herbal and vegetal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit extract, and some herbal and oniony hop flavors. There is a somewhat assertive bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and it’s nowhere near as bad as I have heard some people make it out to be.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a special drink and one that we don't get here in California. (Thank goodness I travel and shop!)

Dark honey color; white head. Unfortunately a very light nose with only hints of malt-carmel and orange peel. The nose doesn't really prepare you for what's to come.

Huge intense bold gigantic orange peel/carmel/malt flavors that are medium sweet in the mid palate. Large, long lasting and bold hop/bitter finish.

This is an intense drink but also goes very well with food; intense but pleasing and a drink that shows complexity and lots of character.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a brew this is! Poured out as a golden copper color, the head was thick and white at first. The head settles but leaves some white soapy looking suds on the glass. The smell is incredibly hoppy. Just an assault of hops on the nose, not too much else. The taste is the same way, it's super hoppy and bitter. I was expecting it to be pretty extreme but not this much. The mouthfeel isn't too bad really but it tingles a lot with every sip along with a warming booze feeling too. Overall it's fun to try, glad I did but holy crap! I may buy more one day.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is reddish orange in color. It poured with a thick ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass, leaving some lacing in the center and down the sides.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrus and pine resin hops and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness. The underlying malts are very noticeable.
M: It feels full-bodied and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong, but the alcohol is well masked from the taste. I enjoyed it because it packs in a lot of hop flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a powerful beer! Is it that much more than a simple Double IPA? Well, with a ton of boldness on all fronts, let's see...

The beer pours with a thickness and weight that promises creaminess and fullness just from the look. As expected, the off white head forms a stern barrier between me and the beverage; I could likely bounce a quarter off of it. Lots of lacing and supple legging gives the appearance of both IPA's and barleywines. Hazy orange/copper colored from firm maltiness and dry-hopping give a diffused glow.

Strong hop aroma portrays sharp citrus (orange, grapefruit); earthiness (pine and fresh cut grass); and a spicy note that will offer much more than a balancing bitterness. Maltiness represent notes of fresh breads, caramels, and fruity esters but nowhere near competing with the hops. More floral tones could really round this guy out.

Hop flavor is as aggressive as in any beer you'll find, and the flavor of hops never waiver under the bitterness and alcohol. Bold caramel and bread crust maliness persists and offer only moderate sweetness compared to the resiny hops that favor the pine, musty grasses, and a dank garlic (pleasantly so)taste.

Very full bodied, the beer's sweetness and creamy carbonation amplify the effect of fullness. And with a fully sweet feel, the beer seems very barleywine-ish to start. But the aggressive hop dryness and alcohol warmth give a firm rebuttal at mid palate and usher in a quick fleeting dryness that's remarkable for such a highly malted mouthfeel.

Those who beleive that today's American IPA's share too much in common with American Barleywines should try this one for an education in the differences that should be exemplified by these larger-than-life IPA's.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap and decent label art served into a Spaten stange-krug in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which has made beers I thought were excellent. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because it identifies itself as such by implication. Acquired at my local HEB Grocery for $4.65. 12% ABV confirmed. 112 IBUs.

Served cold – straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show emerges as I pour. Pours a one finger wide head of light beige-khaki colour. Good thickness. Decent creaminess. Not much frothiness. Shiny wet complexion. Not much lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good for the style – about 6 minutes. It’s a pretty nice head overall.

Body colour is a clear orange-red of average vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s atypical for the style, and I like the appearance. Most imperial IPAs are a predictable copper.

Sm: Has a surprising presence of caramalt. Some toasted character, even some spice – perhaps from a dash of rye? Hops are prominent but not as dominant as you’d expect given the style; I get floral, herbal, and candi hop character. The candi sweetness undermines the apparent balance and turns me off. Pine. Grassy character. Pale malts, some bready malts, and sticky syrup. Noticeable alcohol warmth. I’m really concerned about the balance. I don’t find this particularly appealing, nor does it come off alive or inviting.

No yeast character is detectable.

T: Any hoppy bitterness is well concealed here, at the expense of clarity and flavour. It’s a messy brew, with no notes allowed to truly ring distinct. Everything gets caught up in the core hodgepodge of caramalts, pale malts, candi sweetness, sticky syrupy sugars, and muddled floral hops. There’s some pine and grassiness buried in there. Somewhat bready. Alcohol is lightly noticeable. The egregious lack of balance really brings this one down. Caramel in particular is out of control. Vague fruitiness is present throughout but adds little of interest. As diverse as the flavours are, they all meld together to form a beer that is surprisingly one-dimensional.

Overly sweet for the style, which demands much more bitterness.

Intensity of flavour is above average. Shallow depth of flavour. Average flavour duration.

No yeast character comes through.

I’m not enjoying this one much. It’s below average for the style, even a bit bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Sticky and sweet. Somewhat syrupy. Above average thickness; quite unnecessary given the low depth of flavour. Doesn’t complement the flavour profile all that well, but it’s within style conventions. Subpar presence on the palate. Troublesome body. Unrefreshing.

Dr: As much as I love Founders, I can’t get behind this one – but it’s by no means a bad beer. Alcohol is noticeable, and its boozy syrupy sweetness really restrains drinkability. I wouldn’t get this again, especially at its $4.65 pricetag in Texas. I doubt even those who love this beer would want more than one or two in the same night. I’m sure this beer has its fans, but I’ve tried many (dareisay most) of the best beers in the style, and this doesn’t come anywhere near them.

Might pair well with turkey. Might make a good base for a sauce paired with turkey.

Low C

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish tone, with a good level of clarity. Spotty lace lines the glass for a good half hour.

Sticky honeysuckle nectar and strawberry bubblegum. Never knew hops could smell so good.

Big citrusy punch up front, mellow warming toward the middle. Ten varieties of hops, and I believe it. Complex yet approachable, this IPA goes off in multiple angular directions. Earthy, herbal, dry hop bitterness at the tail end. Balanced by a floating, effervescent sweetness that lingers briefly.

Rich & syrupy mouthfeel, not heavy, just decadent.
BIg, boozy, verging on a Barleywine in terms of m/f and drinkability. One and done for me...

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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 zeff80
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of thick foam. It left some thin trails of lace.

S - Wow, what a blast of aromas: floral notes, pine and citrus smack you in the face.

T - It tasted of spicy, piney hops with a sweet, burnt toast maltiness. You can taste a little of the strong alcohol.

M - It was crisp, sharp and still smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer with a very warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a great tasting brew. It is extremely hoppy and fairly easy drinking considering the high ABV.

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Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5,076 ratings