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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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep cloudy orangey color ale with a small white foamy head with limited retention. Aroma consists of huge bitter piney and citrus hops are dominating unsurprisingly. Body is very sweet and has a great malt backbone which provides a bit of balance with some of the hops. Body is full with some low carbonation and no alcohol could be directly noticeable, which is quite a feat at 13$ ABV. Overall, I thought this was an interesting experiment at the intersection of an IIPA, barley wine and American Strong Ale.

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Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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 kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery and consumed in July 2009.

Pours a red amber with a white head and a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of a lot of sweet malt, an assortment of hops, and a little bit of earthiness. Pine comes from the hops in the greatest abundance. The taste is actually quite a bit malty and sweet, not as hoppy as I would think. The mouthfeel is quite thick and has good carbonation. The beer is a little too sweet and hot to be too drinkable, but an interesting offering nonetheless.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Pungent, perfumy hops with sweet malt notes of toffee and brown sugar as well as orange an dgrapefruit in the background.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with notes of toffee and light caramel. Very sweet through the middle with some hop notes of pine and grapefruit as well as thick toffee and leather. Finishes with mustardy hop resins, dense sugar, caramel syrup, and intense, puckering bitterness.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - To me, this comes across as more like a barley wine than a DIPA, but it works pretty well nonetheless. The malt is rich enough that this could improve with time while the hops have enough punch to make it surprisingly drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was great to finally get to try this beer I was anticipating it for awhile.Poured a deep burgundy with a thinner slight off white head,big fruity esters in the nose like alcohol dipped dark fruit with an undelying but very noticable piney hop elemant.Aroma wise and flavor wise this is an hopped up American barley wine,flavors are of dark fruit and brown sugar up front finishing very piney.The alcohol to me was pretty well hidden and very decieving,in some ways reminded me of Great Divide Old Ruffian in its hop profile.A great brew Iam hoping that it will be on tap at Founders next month when in GR.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$6.50 for a 12oz beer, this better be really awesome! I've recently seen it on sale for $4.25 since it wasn't selling, but I got this one earlier.

A: Pours a lighter head covering into my oversized snifter, as the creamy looking head fades to almost nothing. It's a pretty hazy maroon orange brown color with lots of bubbles rising up.

N: Yep, lots of hops. Not so much bright hops as it is heavy thick hops. Very chewy like hop aroma, with some pine, citrus, spicy hop, some malty qualities, and almost a nugat aroma, and some light boozy aromas.

T: Very heavy and thick, as I expected. Very bitter! Reminds me a lot of 120min IPA. Pretty boozy tasting but not overpowering with alcohol burn or taste. Chewy hops definitely. Then some pine and lots of citrus. It's so bitter. Light tropical fruit, as well as earthy and juicy hops as well. Some malt flavors, sweetness a little with some caramel.

M: Very thick and chewy, some boozy feel and warmth, good carbonation, surprisingly for how heavy it is and its 6 months old in a screw cap.

F: FInishes very bitter, and it starts to dry off and the bitterness and dryness accent each other as they often do. A little malty sweetness and caramel linger in the background. The chewy candy juicy hop flavor is really what sticks. I wonder if the hops are brighter when it's more fresh, but this is a pretty heavy thick decent 3IPA. It's definitely a sipper. I would like to compare this to 120min sometime.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into traditional pint glass.

Pours a small ½ finger of beige head that doesn't last very long. Fades to a ring around the outside of the class, leaving some splattered lace. Color is a clear copper bronze. I expected a little more head on this beer.

Aroma: A nice amount of earthy and floral hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus fresh fruits. Caramel. Bready malts. No sense of the 12% abv yet.

Taste: Very bready malts here. Caramel mixed with grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and a mixture of other citrus fruits. The alcohol is a little more apparent here. I can taste way more hops here than I could smell in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, very bitter. It is kind of weird to say this, but this beer brings some heat with it. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a super hoppy/citrus fruit flavored aftertaste. Surprisingly it is fairly clean.

Overall, for the abv being so high, this beast is pretty drinkable. My glass is going a lot faster than I anticipated it to and I am enjoying all the hops. I think this is my first triple IPA, and I must say it lives up to the title of triple.

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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 Kegatron
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a somewhat murky amber/orange with a thinnish head that left behind some nice lacing. Aroma is straight up hops & alcohol with some sweetness in the background.

Taste is bitter hoppiness up front that quickly melds into sweet malt and finishes with more bitterness. The alcohol is evident but even as it warms, is kept in check by the hop & malt balance. Nice viscous body to this one.

Wow, what a fantastic Triple IPA! At 13%, this is one you definitley want to take your time with. The Devil Dancer is definitely strong on the pallet but it's excellent balance keeps it quite drinkable. Definitely recommended!

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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 NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intense to say the least! Triple IPA??? Hell yeah! This bitch rocks!

It pours a clear dark orange amber body beneath a short head of frothy off-white foam that holds well and leaves some nice lace as it goes.

Citrusy and piney hops accent a lightly sweet, caramel touched malt in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied/dextrinous and lightly crisp with a fine-bubbled carbonation that's reigned in by the gravity.

Hops lead the assault in the flavor (citrusy, grassy, piney), storming their way across dextrinous, caramel-tinged, biscuity and bready malt. The maltiness becomes more prominent across the middle as its bitterness and a slap of alcohol rise. Do I need to say that it finishes hoppy and bitter with a touch of alcohol?!?!?!

This is one full-throttle beer that's almost overwhelming. It's intense, but not particularly complex. And it's definitely a palate buster! But it still remains quite enjoyable. It may, in fact, be a bit too much as it's drinkability is limited. You may think you want another one while you're driniking it, but I doubt you'll crack that second bad-boy open. WILD. UNRESTRAINED. WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of mactrail
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another junior high school chemistry experiment. It does have a lot of rich malt and plenty of sugar. Unidentifiable fruit going bad is next. Then the hops start in. Quite a bewildering smorgasbord of hop flavors but the bitterness prevents any real tasting. Very acidic. Aftertaste is like canned grapefruit juice left in the refrigerator. Woody, teeth-on-edge harshness. Orange amber color is fine.

I just don't see the point in this exercise. Seems like a waste of so many hops, but let's support our farmers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange-amber color with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, brown sugar, citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is balanced, but hits you very hard with everything up front, with flavors of hops, brown sugar, caramel and some fruit. There's a slight touch of alcohol, but not as much as you would expect from a beer with 13.00% ABV. The malt character is decent but the after-taste is hoppy and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily for a beer with such a high ABV, not very filling, I liked this beer a lot, but it's definitely one that is a sipper instead of a pounder, because after one or two (three at the most) you're pretty much done for the night. It also seemed more like a barley wine than a "Triple IPA" unless the difference between double and triple IPA means that there's a lot less hops and lot more sweetness and alcohol. Putting the gray areas between style boundaries behind, this is still a hardcore and very good beer, which I liked a lot.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Diamond-clear fiery dark bronzed ripe blood orange with brilliant polished radiant sunset orange highlights. The interior of the beer is eerily quiet with almost nothing in the way of Beelzebubbles. Up top is a stunningly gorgeous head of orange-influenced light caramel that is the consistency of heavily whipped cream. Frosting thick sheets of lace look like they were spread on with a butter knife and will undoubtedly outlast the beer.

The aroma is wall to wall hops, yet there's room enough to squeeze in a fair amount of melted caramel and a whiff or two of Cognac-like alcohol fusels. It isn't enough of a pure hopfest to make me rhapsodic, but it's still wonderful and is perfectly in keeping with what I expected for a 'triple' IPA. Bombastic.

Wow. After one sip, I now realize that Devil Dancer should be enjoyed in a snifter at room temperature. Warming it over a candle to further bring out the aromatics wouldn't be out of line. This is one of the most liquor-like beers that I've ever had, and I mean that in a good way. I don't know if it's possible for Founders to have jammed more malt and more hops into the bottle. The beer is absolutely mouthfilling.

The malt backbone is a big as I've tasted on anything other than a Russian Imperial Stout and provides flavors of sweet caramel, sticky dates and brown sugar syrup. The beer tastes like liquified, dark rum-soaked toffee cake drizzled with caramel sauce. Understandably, the hop load (even at 200! IBUs) has a difficult time standing up to that much malt. If you're looking for an insane hop bomb that will strip the mucous membranes from your mouth and tongue, you've come to the wrong beer. I'll give it balanced though, in a scale destroying sort of way.

The 'triple IPA' on the label may be overstating the case, but only a little. This is the biggest, baddest DIPA to ever find its way to my taste buds, there's no doubt about that. I'd like a slight readjustment in the malt:hop balance, but there's no denying that Founders has aimed high and hit their target in the smack dab center.

Need I even mention that the mouthfeel is as large as the flavor? Full doesn't do it justice. How about thick, rich, resinous, sappy, molten? Even though the viscous mouthfeel might be too much for some, I absolutely love it. Carbonation is seemingly nonexistent, but the beer doesn't feel flat at all. Yeah, there's some alcohol present. So what? If you don't like it, go crawling back to your mommy.

Devil Dancer is big beer for big beer lovers. Everything about it is over the top, from the malt to the hops to the 13% ABV. Founders should be renamed the Midas Brewing Company since everything they touch lately turns to gold. I'm more than ready to Dance with the Devil until I drop. This is a Hell of a beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Dragged my feet on this one for a while, but when I saw it on tap the other day, I figured my time had come at last. Served in a snifter, a very attractive, brazen, reddish copper color, hazy, with a neat little cap of dense white head that retained well and left a bit of lacing on the glass right until the end. Aroma is expectedly hop-dominant, piney, citrus zest/pith, caramel and bready malts in the background. Big blast of fresh hops in the taste, unctuous resin, citrus pith, with a thick and ubiquitous malt sweetness, for a nice counteraction that still leaves the hops clearly in charge. Strong, bitter aftertaste, and can be a palate-wrecker for the unprepared. Chewy and full-bodied, warm with booze. Very nice for the style, and really hit the spot for the hop-craver in me after a string of light summer beers.

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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 dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Pony Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a thing off-white head that dissipates to an extremely thin ring of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Mixture of citrus, grassy, and pine hops.

T: Slightly sweet up front from a caramel malts but the finish is all hop bitterness. The hops are mostly grassy with some hints of citrus and pine.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Good but not great in one of my preferred styles. I think I would appreciate a little more focus in the hops flavors rather than the mixture of flavors you get in this beer. Definitely sessionable and I could enjoy another right now.

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

Picked the bottle up at Thirsty's in York, PA.
Poured cold into a snifter and experienced gradually for at least an hour and a half.
A - A brilliant clear garnet with amber highlights and an almost non-existant head. Very, very compact bubbles w/ a mysterious half moon head pattern. It becomes a little hazy w/ bottle yeast.

S - Mucho malty! Very sugary smelling w/ a light smell of roasted barley and some woody hops. Smells like a barleywine should.

M - Very smooth, yet intense if that makes any sense. Bitter and very sweet at the same time. Sugar and syrupy texture combines w/ a hop texture that comes off as dry in the finish.

T - A full-on fiery bitterness w/ a big bitter hop acidity up front. A malty, boozy deep malt taste full of sweetness + a goodly amount of warmth of alcohol right off the bat. A great blend of earth + fire w/ the intensity of hops and malt as well as the strength of 13% abv.Toasty bitter and strong, full of unbridled flavor. In many ways this tastes like a west coast barleywine - amped up hops and sweetness w/ a punch of high octane following suit. A dramatic ale fit for a dance w/ the devil.

D - Very full flavored and full of strength, but very drinkable for all the punch it contains. It is both full of hop taste and alcohol which makes for an intensely big ale, as big as most barleywines if not bigger. A very in your face, take no prisoners kind of experience. Up front with malt and intensely flavored hops and bitterness, yet still manages to hold on to some sweetness in the finish. About as balanced as you can imagine a 13% Triple IPA could be. Don't miss a chance to take a wild ride w/ a Devil Dancer!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to cvaypai for sending me this one in another one of our trades. Thanks again, Craig!

A: This one pours a rich amber color with one finger of off-white foam that soon dissipates to a thin layer.

S: What a nose on this! Tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange, followed by a light pine and a nice malt backing, which seems to be a trademark of even the hoppiest Midwestern IPAs.

T: Very bitter up front. The citrus flavors are much more subdued than I expected from the nose. There still is a burst of grapefruit flavor in the middle of the sip. Following the initial onslaught of bitterness is a surprisingly sweet caramel malt flavor. As the beer warms, a bit of alcohol heat comes through on the finish.

M: Featuring low to moderate carbonation, quite full bodied for an IPA.

D: This is a beer that I have been waiting to try for quite some time, and I am certainly glad that I did. This beer is a little low on the drinkability just because of the initial bitterness and the alcoholic finish, but still a great beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

got this from joe1510, cheers!

Pours an orange hued chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Viscous look to this. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Piney & cakey, plus brown sugar

T: Piney, with much cakeyness & a touch of pralines up front. Leafy hops, toffee, boozeyness, woody dryness are all in your face as this warms. Finishes with some orange peel, cakeyness, resiny hops, & some baker's chocolate, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: So chewy& a bit sticky, a moderate amount of carbonation pushes the hops out there a bit. Balances great all things considered

This is a bruiser, although I enjoyed the hell out of it; the complexity & abv weigh on you after a while

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly no head, spotty lace. Quite cloudy, orange, dark-amber color.

Barley Wine meets IPA: strong alcohol warmth in the smell which completely overwhelms any hop aroma. Surprising considering the IBU count.

On the plus side: originality. On the minus side: this beer has two extremes brought together--alcohol and bitterness (hop). The body is warming and oily from the high alcohol content--these are the initial impressions on the first sip. Soon, the hop takes over and becomes extraordinarily strong after the swallow, lasting seemingly forever.

Wonderfully creative and different...great simply to have the experience. However, I am not as enamored as most of these reviews. For me, extremism does not make this a superior beer regardless of how interesting it may be.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

With VDubb's urging, I delve into a "triple IPA". It pours a hazy orange amber with only a small layer of bubbles functioning as a head. The nose comprises a somewhat balanced effort between heavy pine notes (both needle and sap) and thick, sweet caramel. Neither side o'ermatches the other without input from the latter. The taste isn't much of a change of pace, though here the piny notes really start to assert themselves on the back end. The caramel doesn't go without a fight, though. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and a thick, gooey feel. Overall, a decent hoppy IPA, but not something to indulge in too often.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Shane for splitting this one with me. Been wanting to try it for a while.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with no head and a little bit of lacing.

S: Lots of malt and alcohol with some very faint hop and citrus presence. Some caramel and toffee, as well as a bid of doughy bread. Was expecting more of a hop explosion.

T: A bit harsh from the alcohol. There is a lot of toffee and caramel, and very little hop presence - no pine or citrus really to speak of.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit on the syrupy side.

O: Disappointing, probably the first beer from Founders that I haven't at least enjoyed. Usually their beers are right up my ally, but this one misses the mark.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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