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 bahumutx
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: A dark amber color with a small head. Nice lacing along the edge of the glass.

Smell: As soon as I started to pour the Devil Dancer into the snifter the wonderful aroma hit my nose. I can still smell it with the glass about 5 feet away. The first thing that hits my nose is the smell of hops along with some fruit smell. Also some hints of pine and alcohol and some candy sweetness.

Taste: First thing that hits the tongue is hop bitterness, then some alcohol burn, then maltiness and finally ends with some more hop bitterness. As it warms hints of spiciness and sweetness come through and the alcohol becomes more pronounced but not overpowering. Also a nice malt flavor starts to show as it warms. There are also the flavors of citrus and other fruits present. A very complex blend of flavors that is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick Mouthfeel with not a lot of carbonation present but just the right amount.

Drinkability: A good beer to sip. I could have a couple of these in a sitting. Bitter throughout but it does not overpower all the other wonderful flavors. Finishes a bitterness that lingers on your tongue.

Founders once again surprised me with a awesome beer with a very complex flavor. Keep up the great work Founders!!!

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

Pours a deep caramel with an off white head. Smells of strong hops, caramel and a nice sweetness with a malt backbone. The taste is malty at first, but the hops come screaming through pretty quick and overwhelm your tastebuds. Caramel flavor comes through at the end but seemes to lack any real body or balance. Mouthfeel is very heavy but smooth, with low carbonation. Might like a bit more. Drinkibility is predictably low due to high hop content and high alcohol.

This isn't a bad beer, it just seems like another one of those beers trying to hard to be extreme without much in the way of balance or complexity.

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Photo of bheilman
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance is red but also translucent. The smell does have hops but also has a strong sweetness that dominates the scent. The taste is dominated by hops bitterness but does have a taste of malt sweetness. This is bitter on the level of grapefruit and lime. So sour it almost forces a pucker. The aftertaste follows that flavor which is nice if you can withstand the first five seconds. The beer is intense with alcohol and too bitter to drink more than one. Worth a try, but not my favorite of the style. I don't write this a lot, but I would have to include too much hops.

Drank another one after waiting 2 months. Much more drinkable. Still bitter but has a much better balance. Almost barleywine, but a bit lighter. I really like this beer better now than fresh, but I'm a barleywine fan. Scent is malt rich now, and flavor still is dominated with hops with a strong bitter aftertaste, but the balance seems good. I now believe I could drink 2 of these in a sitting and maybe even want more. This time around the taste would bump up to 4.5 and drinkability would at least be 3.5.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle born on 6/18/12 into a big snifter.

Appearance: a slightly hazy light amber deep golden color with a thin film of white head that leaves little traces of lacing.

Smells: a heavy earthy hop note. I pick out a pine and grassy like hops that have a scent on some alcohol.

Tastes: A huge spicy bitter hop kick. There is a sweet amber like malt that comes through in the middle, but there is a pleasant pungent earth like hop punch that lasts to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: I pick up the higher Abv. but the intense hop bill bites just as much as the burn and both are very unique and enjoyable.

Overall: I have to say I love Double Trouble, but this brew is complex and yummy. I paid just under $6 for a 12 oz bottle of this and believe it was worth every last cent, thankful I grabbed a few.

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer reminds me of a homebrew I did a while back, where I boiled too much water off and ended up with a highly condensed IPA (which already had aggressive hopping). The aroma and flavor are dominated by a sherry, alcoholic, malty backbone. The hops are over indulged: the effect is an amorphous bitterness which obscures any of the underlying hop complexity. Overall not a bad beer but a little overdone.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

wow. triple IPA is a perfect description. This is a big beer.

looks light orange. white foamy head. not that much head. too much flavor to be released in bubbles, right?

smell is the citrusy piney vibe I would expect. nothing less. not overwhelming, but appropriate.

taste is pungent hops, intense, thick (yes, even the taste is thick). as advertised. nothing other than what you'd expect. but what you'd expect in spades. Citrus pine sap concentrate with some carbonation and heavy malts to "balance." Directions should say "just add water" if you wanted something more reasonable. But who buys a Triple IPA (Founders style) hoping for something reasonable? Not I.

very full, think mouthfeel ,complements the taste.

everything I thought it should be. barleywine style IPA that packs a TON of flavor. Over the top, but it works for those seeking the flavors present here. Good luck drinking more than one at a time.

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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Devil Dancer

Appearance: Founders triple IPA (is this really a thing? Or is this simply a ludicrous IIPA/DIPA?) pours a deep, crystal clear orange with very little head. The carbonation is slow but steady off the bottom of the glass and significant alcohol legs crown the top of the almost-red liquid in lieu of head. It is strange for a beer of this type to not have very little in the way of head, but it is 12% (and this is not the freshest Devil Dancer). Still, it is a pretty beer that looks like it is going to be quite a bit maltier than expected by the name and IBU count.

Aroma: Fruity hops and sweet malts vie for precedence throughout the nose. This is another surprise given how bitter this beer is supposed to be. The fruit does predominate, however just barely, with strong, somewhat indiscernible notes (berries of some kind?). Alcohol is present in a minor capacity. There is also lots of citrus. Honestly, this beer smells quite a bit like a less aromatic Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, which would definitely be a good comparison if the beer were stronger smelling.

Taste: You would not know it by the smell and look, but this is a triple-A caliber beer. The taste snaps the drinker back to reality after what can only be referred to as the former two criteria lulling the palate into a false sense of security. This is massively complex with an initial juicy fruitiness not unlike biting into a piece of Bubblicious –berry gum. There are orange notes, peach notes, tangerine notes, strawberry notes (a first for this drinker), grapefruit notes, and just a hint of rindy bitterness. Then the malt hits and saves the tongue from total destruction while imparting a delectable, syrupy sweetness. Finally, the bitter aftertaste wipes out any semblance of taste and preps the mouth for the next massive drink.

Mouthfeel: Nearly as wonderful as the taste, the mouthfeel is humongous, thick, syrupy, sticky, and just what one would expect at 12% ABV and a “triple” IPA. This may be one of the only “sipper” IPAs out there (DFH’s 120 Min comes to mind as well). There is not a lot of carbonation, but what is there is adequate. The malts give a minor amount of creaminess, and the alcohol has a wonderful warmth to it. Lastly, the astringency is massive. This will destroy palates almost as much as Ruination and the aptly named Palate Wrecker, but it also begs for that next, juicy drink.

Overall: While I was initially skeptical of the beer based on the first two grading categories, the last two (the important two, as I like to call them) really made up for it. Hopheads will love this beer. It was easily worth the $3 for a single bottle that I paid, and I would even say that it beats out DFH’s 90 Minute for my favorite DIPA, though I will have to reevaluate that when I finally give that one its long-delayed review. Pick this up if you like hops, like a good melding of East Coast maltiness and West Coast palate destroying IPAs. 16/20

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep orange/amber, slightly cloudy, with a foamy light tan head

Smell: Sweet and malty

Taste: Not much to it... Flavor is similar to a barley wine. It's complex, malty, and grainy.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick. You can definitely taste the alcohol throughout the beer. It has a lingering bitter finish.

Drinkability: Not one of Founder's strongest, but definitely sippable. I would prefer a triple IPA to have more hop character..

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Photo of counselor
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a fine white head leaves a crinkly white lace as I consume the beer. The beer smells of thick hops, piney, green & resinous. Also, there sneaks in some caramel malt notes. The beer is smooth across the tongue with lots of malt viscosity. Then the hops kick in, grassy and fresh hay like green meadows, then moving to darker, woodsy pine hops that stick to your gums and teeth. The hops stick around well after the beer is down the gullet leaving a resinous and dry tart feeling in th emouth. This beer is big, and packs a wallop. A bottle full of tasty beer, can't see me putting away more that 1 of these in an evening though.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was darker than I expected. There was not much of a head, but it is a nice, clear, copper color.

The aroma is amazing. Lots of sweet, sweet hops. Mostly floral.

The taste is very hoppy and very malty. Not real bitter, just a lot of hops. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Well balanced right on the edge, one false move either way and this thing would be undrinkable.

(Already burping up hops after a few sips.)

For what it is, the drinkability is good. But I would suggest splitting the first bottle with someone before opening one up alone.

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Photo of waldowin
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

MANY thanks to Gaisgeil for this in a great BiF box!

Pours a slightly golden red, slightly hazy, and no head. Not surprising considering the ABV on this beast.

Smell is rich, malty and full of caramel, with a pop of grapefruit.

Taste is *intensely* hoppy. They weren't kidding when they labeled this as a "Triple IPA." Grapefruit just absolutely dominates from start to finish, with a hint of bourbon, raisins, and grapes that wash in just after the initial blast of citrus bite, and fade out to pine and more grapefruit.

As much as the alcohol works to thin the mouthfeel, this bad boy has a large bite, and just destroys your tastebuds with bitter. Definitely my style of beer!

Basically a condensate of essence of IPA extract. You might even need to split a 12oz bottle. But man, I'm keeping this one all to myself.

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Photo of Boppar
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz into snifter

A: Pours a brilliant deep orange/red color. Almost non-existent head, with a faint ring of lace around the edges. As strange as it sounds, it looks almost like a tawny port.

S: It smells very sweet. Much sweeter than I would have thought for this beer. Definite notes of sticky molasses. There are some resinous hop aromas, but not nearly as many as I would've expected from a beer that boasts "Triple IPA" status.

T: Surprisingly malty. The dominant flavors are molasses and a pumpkin-ish sweetness that I've noticed in barleywines. Maybe a little orange rind action in there for good measure. It's fairly tasty, and it's almost scary how well that 13% ABV is hidden in there. It doesn't taste a bit over 8%. But what I really want to know is: where are the hops?! The only hop taste I'm getting is some bittering hops on the finish.

M: Almost still. The nearly complete absence of carbonation is sort of a relief, considering the ABV. It's thick, it's sticky, it's still.

D: Considering this has three times as much alcohol in it as some beers on the market, the drinkability is the one area in which Devil Dancer really excels.

I was expecting a hop-bomb. This hardly fits that description. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but I think I would like it better if it were called a barleywine, rather than a "triple IPA." I mean hell, it isn't even a single IPA, let alone a double or triple.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a beautiful cloudy sunset orange with a reddish tint. Features a thick frothy light tan head that took a good while to disappear and leaves wonderful lacing.

Has an overwhelming aroma of various hops. The smell is so strong that it nearly fills up the whole room. With the incredible number of hops there is still a bit of caramel malt present.

The first thing I notice in tasting this beer is the amount of caramel malt which is rather high given this is a triple IPA. Now that does not mean the hops are less than they should be as they carry from start to finish in a sip.

Medium body from the ABV which is in no way surprising at 12%.

This beer is nearly flawless and wonderful. Likely worth the high price tag if you enjoy plenty of hops.

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Photo of wchesak
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

A - light ruby orange, slightly hazy; small off white head, bit of long strands of lac

S - caramel, vanilla mixed with broiled/brown sugar coated grapefruit

T - malt heavy up front much like a DIPA but with the dry, crisp, yeasty-ness of a triple, dryness continues but it is from strong hop presence, bitter aftertaste - piney, citrusy

M - medium bodied, good carbonation that keeps a tiny ring of head fed, a bit sticky

D - interesting combo, alcohol is never hot or overrides any of the flavor, more felt in the chest, takes belgian style ipas to another and might i say better level

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Photo of benz08
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DO NOT DRINK THIS BEER IF YOU'RE NOT READY FOR IT. Ok now that I got that out of the way, Founders Devil Dancer is a very heavy, very hoppy, very delicious beer. But if you're going to eat or drink anything else in the same night as Devil Dancer, make sure you have Devil Dancer last. It will fry your taste-buds for hours. This is one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had and that says alot if you know me. I like the hops.
Alright down to the details, Devil Dancer poured a slightly hazy reddish-amber with very little head. There was not a very complex portfolio of flavors because the spicy hops flavor smacks you in the face. If anything I tasted some pepper but that faint due to the overwhelming hops.

Recommendation: I'd suggest that you don't try this beer until you are about 3 years into your craft beer experience. It's just too hoppy and sampling this earlier in your beer career might scare you away from craft beer. This is a good beer for a once a year sampling and 8oz. may have been a bit too much. If you happen to have a bottle of this I'd split it between at least 2 people.

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Photo of dejrrma
2.45/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$7 for 8oz at midway pub. served in a tulip. Tasted on 2/23/12. Here is what I wrote down while reviewing this at my table:

a- reddish amber color, little head, specks of lacing.

s- like a barley wine almost, with malts/vanilla-y scents and dark fruit...but weird...there's weird garlic smells. i'm not sure about this beer.

t- cherries, some wine. slightly hoppy. very boozy. what made me really dislike this beer is that it tastes slightly meaty, like sausages, and straight up onion soup. not pleasant. at all. awful.

m: med-carb med-full body, a bit cloying/syrupy.

o- i was really excited to try this, but i wish had saved myself the $7 and gotten something else. I'm not sure what went wrong here. i'd be afraid to try this again

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Photo of ken3c
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet and slightly hazy. Thick two finger head that slowly recedes to a ring with islands of foam. Good lacing patterns. Very impressive for a beer of this ABV.

Aroma is a strong mix of grass, floral, citrus, malt, and dark fruit. A slight hint of alcohol.

The taste is citrus, faint sweetness, floral, slightly fruity, some bitterness. Aftertaste is lingering bitterness and slightly drying.

Very thick and creamy.

Almost too drinkable. I don't think I could have another right now. but I'd like another tomorrow.

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Photo of youngblood
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark ruby, decent head sitting on top. Leaves some nice lacing on the way down.

The smell is pretty one dimensional. I suppose that its intentional since its a triple IPA. This is 90% citrus and 10% pine. Awesome for the hophead inside of me.

Oh man, this is powerful. Its so strong! The bitterness makes my face pucker. This is what a triple IPA should be in my mind. The alcohol makes it pretty rough on the palate too. I wouldn't say that this is average by any means, but the this is such a bomb on my tongue I can't rate it higher than I did.

Feels very sticky and super dry on the tongue. I could only drink one of these because during the night since it kinda ruined my taste buds. Insane beer though.

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Photo of Bogforce
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very beautiful copper color, with a 1 finger head right off the bat. Goes away after first drink. Definitely some lacing on this beer. Looks great in the glass!

S: THANK YOU FOUNDERS. Finally I found a beer that just hits me in the face with extreme hops. Hops, hops, and more hops. A good mix too, not overly citrus and not overly floral. Perfect.

T: Goes with the smell, a bunch of hops right up front and to the back. You get a small but good backbone of malt but a very very good hop taste to this beer.

M: Goes down pretty smooth, although you get hit with the alcohol at the end. The only reason I docked this is because the alcohol on the tongue and throat. But its 12% what you do expect.


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Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark for an India Pale! This got me excited. Then the smell got me excited - smells like some of the best IPAs I've had... Pliny, Double Jack... this one's up there. The taste meets and/or exceeds expectations. Maybe a little on the sweeter side, but if that were adjusted more to my taste she'd be getting a perfect 5. Can't be just handing those out to anyone. Still can't believe this beer doesn't score higher. Very creamy mouthfeel with a tickling carb. Awesome brew. Try it if you get the chance.

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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 Jade
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served my ice cold TIPA in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy orange / amber glow, with the slightest white head dissipating quickly.

S- Not overpowering here: Caramel, pine, citrus scent (mainly orange)

T- Wow! This a malt & hop bomb! Almost a barrel-aged quality. First hit by fresh and tasty hops, followed by delicious malts (caramel & honey notes) and ending in a bitter dryness. As it warms, similar to a dark ale/ stout, the flavors become more prevalent. Tastes more malty and sweet than Curmudgeon w/ the freshness of hops. No alcohol present for me- very well hidden!

M- Thick, almost syrupy, but not sticky. Very smooth indeed. Good carbonation for this style.

O- Incredible! This is a Founder's IPA here. Refreshing, yet a sipper. I enjoyed this much better than Double Trouble, due to the malt load. Impressive...relax and enjoy this one!!!

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Photo of Reneejane
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was had on tap and was a red beer with a white head. The aroma was very citrussy hoppiness with a hint of pineiness. Very hoppy with a bit of malt, too. You could definitely taste the Amarillo (or very similar) hops in there. I thought this beer was similar to Southern Tier IPA, but I'm really not sure it merits the "triple" label. I recognize that double and triple IPA's are a bit arbitrary but even so I expected a little more power, a little more hops and a bit more stickiness. However, an admirable beer on it's own, and was a tasty drink!

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Photo of fatmcb1
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/5/11 poured into a Russian River Belgian glass

Poured a hazy dark orange color with a ring of white head that leaves surprising lacing.

Even at 7 months old, there is huge, juicy hop aroma. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, pine needle, and onion.

Taste is different from any IPA I've had. There are tons of spices here. Onion and garlic are as prominent as the citrus and grapefruit. Also, there is a serious caramel malt backbone that provides an odd balance given how strong the flavors are. Long lingering hop aftertaste mixed with alcohol.

Big chewy body that sticks to your tongue for what seems like forever.

I really hope I have the chance to try this fresh one day. Even with the age on it, I enjoyed the beer, although the taste still has me puzzled.

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Photo of crayphish
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try Devil Dancer for quite some time, the beer was good, but not great. This 'triple' IPA poured a deep copperish red. I tried to get a decent head each pour but was left with sparce thin caps. Moderate lacing from such a sparce head. Smell was pungent sweetness and hot alcohol hops. Taste was a nice balance of caramel malt and piney resiny hops. The alcohol heat makes it hard to discern much of anything, but thats not a bad thing in my book. Mouthfeel was blasted to death by alcohol and hops. Perhaps the sweetness lasted too long. I drank two of these brews in a sitting and found it to be quite enough.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 5,030 ratings.
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