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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in 12 oz. tulip.

A- Light copper with a little pink hue to it. Nice head retention with some lacing left on the glass.

S- Sweet dark fruit with big citrusy grapefruit as well.

T- Sweet malts and a lot of citrus (grapefruit, orange) comes through in the middle. Huge bitter orange peel at the finish along with a good amount of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied. Fairly thin for a 13% beer. Bitterness sticks in your mouth after each drink.

O- Had this last year and thought it was better then. Think I will let the other 3 bottles age for a year or so.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of RobertColianni
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Bammer21
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dacrza1
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE REVIEWED: August 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: Hoppopotamus pint... OCCASION: laughing and analyzing with Ryan , Jer, Shan and cousin Cheri...APPEARANCE: dark brown, iced tea-like body; off-white,, pencil-thin moustache-like head; could not expect much more, given the alcohol content... AROMA: tight, punchy hops; pine resin and some doughy malts; a bit of a brown ale too...then subtly scotch and bourbon in its end and warmth... PALATE: full, warm and rather flat; as the glass drains, it evens out and fills pleasantly... TASTE: sour lemon and smoky warm hops; coal and port elements; some cognac too--a complex experience, with the bourbon power invading; strong and shouldering.... OVERALL: a big beer to experience, and at 12% ABV, intriguing...however, at $19.99 a four-pack, NOT worth the experience--a nuance that does not deserve its price tag...still an experience to have....

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of rodlavers
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Perfect Pint glass.

Pour yields about a finger of light, light tan head, which fades to almost nothing, with decent retention on glass. Dark orange/Ruby Red grapfruit coloring, looks fantastic. I was not expecting the smell to be so dank, particularly because I just tried this for the first time 2 days ago on draft, after picking up six bottles, and was not terribly impressed (which leads me to embark on another story, for another time, about my fondness for bottle over daft in most cases). This, though, is amazing. I smell pine resin, intense malt with a dash of caramel but not much. There is citrus, most likely grapefruit, and of course sick hops. Taste out of the bottle dwarfs the draft version I had but two days ago. In general, taste here follows the nose. Dank pine resin and citrus hops galore, brilliantly hide the 12%ABV. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, with light to medium carbonation and light bitterness. Overall this is excellent. I suppose I enjoy this more than most, but then again, Founders makes my favorite beers. I should have bought more of this.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Founders brew and a monster at that. Thanks Mid for the hookup bro! Many cheers.

12% ABV and 112 IBU's? No joke. *pint glass

A: Devil Dancer pours a dense amber color with some golden edges and a great creamy 2.5 fingers of khaki tan head that laced the glass in interval waves.

S: Smells like tha Ganja! Seriously - a combo of earth, pine, some citrus fruit and bready malts all come together and resemble..well..the herb. Like a freshly spun doober! And it lingers. So awesome!

T: Tastes of just plain sticky icky green buds. Like chewing on herb stems. Has an a initial bitterness on the palate and a residual caramel candy sweetness but both play background to this mix of earthy pine and tropical fruit that come off so danky. Like wet mary jane. Little bit of a stinging off aftertaste - can't really pinpoint but maybe an astringency from too much resinous plant matter here! Some heat on it but not bad at all for a 12% ABV. Queue the Bob Marley and my other "chalice".

M: A surprisingly light and creamy body with a nice peppery bitterness on the palate and slight sticky tongue coat. Slight drying cottonmouth effect (as to be expected).

D: This is the Sour Diesel of beers! I was expecting a malt bomb for an East Coast Triple IPA but much too my surprise this one is very light in body and mighty drinkable for 12%ABV. If there was ever a beer that tasted like is Devil Dancer. So I can see how it is just NOT for some. But me likey!

Devil Dancer pairs well with Kush. Similar to Pizza Ports "Plant to Pint" wet hop brew but on an Imperial level of course. Now I have to see about getting some more!


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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Intense, Over the Top, Huge, West Coast like IPA. I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t repeat. At $4 plus a single, I can’t justify buying this again when compared to similar, and much cheaper beers.

Appearance: Intimidating reddish orange body with plenty of carbonation and a thick beige head that immediately compacts to just a skim.

Aroma: American Barley Wine like. Citrus hops, peppery spice, pine, and vanilla over the faintest caramel.

Taste/MF: this is a sipper indeed but many great flavors are still prevalent: pine and grapefruit for sure but also mangoes, cherry jam, marmalade, juniper, tobacco, and more. Warmth comes in waves, tidal waves, but the carbonation keeps the booze from coming on to thick. Very nice.

Drinkability: One is enough for me.

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Photo of number1bum
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twist off bottle pours a very deep amber color, but even a vigorous pour generated only a half inch of off-white head. Retains very little lacing but does leave some patchy stick on the sides. Pretty good clarity, but it looks thick.

Smell is really sweet yet aggressively bitter. Lots of caramel malt, and the hops are a bitter, herbal, pine scent with a touch of citrus. There's also a pungent alcohol smell that makes its presence known a bit more than I'd like.

Taste slaps you in the face with some crazy hop bitterness, then there's some actual hop flavor of grass, pine and citrus, followed by some sweet, biscuity malt and dirt. Finishes with a very herbal, earthy sort of hop bitterness, and lingers long on the palate. Ehhh...I'm really trying to like this more than I do, but I don't love it. Mouthfeel is damn near full bodied, carbonation seems appropriate, and it's very thick and chewy.

Interesting beer, and definitely worth a try. I'm really not sure I have any reason to come back to this one, though. It's not very drinkable and I'd much rather take a nice citrusy DIPA with moderate, balanced bitterness.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a very thin off-white head.

S - Lots of caramel malts with a faint hop aroma.

T - Follows the aroma. There is strong combination of sweet caramel malts and big piney hops. The finish has a lingering bitterness with a big amount of booziness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - Devil Dancer is a big beer boozy beer. I only need one a year. For fans of big hoppy beers this is definetly recommended.

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Photo of jdense
2.64/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at The Big Hunt DuPont Circle DC 11.12.10.

Orangish amber clear body some visible carbonation, 1/2 finger white head quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Tropical notes in the nose, some caramel but the alcohol is really upfront and subsumes other aromas. Taste mirrors nose, overwhelmingly boozy. Hot mouthfeel. Minimal drinkability. I've drank a lot of DIPAs, really love this style, and to be honest this was undrinkable. Other DIPAs with this high ABV re Exponential Hoppiness are able to find a modicum of balance, this beer, unfortunately was just out of whack. It might take on some nice barleywine characteristics and the heat might mellow out after some aging, but this was by far my least favorite beer of my DC beer sojourn- and the 2.5 for drinkability is generous!

EDIT-Upon consultation, I've adjusted the drinkability number down. This beer is, err, not good.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikecap
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: deep amber with a short whitish head that fades slowly, leaving solid lacing.

S: a lot of booze, some citrus, caramel malt; a bit sweet.

T: really strong piney hop taste but a strong burn of alcohol, okay going down but the alcohol is noticeable.

M: heavy bodied for a DIPA, but there is some creaminess. Alcohol is noticeable for sure.

O: worth a try but the alcohol overpowers the hops. A bit boozy for my liking, not enough of a beer backbone for me.

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Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founders Devil Dancer

Look - Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass this pours a clear ruby amber with a small soapy head, spotty lacing.

Smell - Sweet malt and deep citrus hops with a dash of alcohol, quite mouth watering here but you can tell it is going to be trouble.

Taste - A ballsy rich malt with a bitter piney and citrus (hyper bitter) hop resonation. Some alcohol is definitely detectable.

Mouthfeel - Sits bitter and boozy. Decent drinkability but I did not want another for sure. Medium-bodied and somewhat sticky. Throat hot boozy, super face hot boozy.

Overall - Not bad, a little boozy and there are hoppier "TIPAs" out there which I would likely reach for before choosing this one. Would still recommend though because it is a powerhouse.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-red amber color. Small off-white head. Scent is not what I was expecting...quite malty. Pineapple and citrus hops...nothing piney though. A bit off booze with sweet sugary aromas. Some bread-like aromas also. Taste'm very hesitant to call this a triple IPA. This taste very similar to Bigfoot with a bit more booze. This definitely tastes like a barleywine. Very malty with caramel and sweet brown sugar at first. Tingly, spicy booze and hoppiness. The booze can be a little overwhelming at times. Mouthfeel is full bodied and tingly. Drinkability is fair. Overall, this is not one of my favorite Founders beers. It is good in small doses, but this is not an IPA. Being from the west coast, I'm used to triple IPAs tasting like PtY, Drake's Black Label, Expo, etc. This one is much more malty and boozy. Good beer, but not great.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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