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Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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3.9/5
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5,060 Ratings
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,826
Reviews:
1,487
Ratings:
5,060
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
343
Gots:
1,171
Trade:
32
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Ratings: 5,060 |  Reviews: 1,487
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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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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Photo of dmorgan310
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 brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a big bubbled head that hangs around for a while and leaves sheets of lacing

Smell: Piney hops aroma wafts above a caramel malt background; alcohol notes waft forward as well

Taste: Huge sweet toffee malt flavors dash to the front but fade to the background like a pace horse within seconds as the pithy and piney bitterness builds and builds on the side of the mouth; nevertheless, the residual sweetness lingers on the tip of the tongue throughout; plenty of lingering bitterness on the finish as well

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky with modest carbonation; considerable warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: What an aggressive beer for the extreme hophead; worth seeking out, particularly when fresh

Thanks, HopasaurusRex, for the experience

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 largadeer
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a rich amber-red color with a ton of hop haze; definitely not the palest India Pale Ale around. An inch of head forms from a gentle pour and then quickly recedes.

Smell: Huge pine and grapefruit with an equally large malt character to support the hops. Fruit punch and caramel come out as the beer warms. No noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Extremely bold, resiny and sweet; equally balanced between malts and hops. Mango and grapefruit, lemon rind and caramel. Incredibly intense, but fairly drinkable (albeit slowly). Alcohol is barely noticed between the massive hop bitterness and the malty sweetness. Resiny bitterness completely consumes the palate in the finish, relentlessly attacking the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, oily and thick, bordering on downright syrupy. Moderate carbonation keeps this one lively and somewhat drinkable.

A decent DIPA, but too heavy on the malt for my liking. Actually, just too heavy in general; this beer has no finesse.

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Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
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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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5,060 ratings
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