Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
5,046 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer
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
Ratings:
5,046
Reviews:
1,486
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
343
Gots:
1,168
For Trade:
33
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a snifter with a finger's worth of sandstone colored head. The brew itself is relatively clear and beautifully deep ruby red. Good retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Good lacing, with chunks and large spots making up the bulk of it.

Smell - Interesting aroma, with notes of orange, grapefruit, sweetened raisins, toffee and a bit of spice.

Taste - A bit of a mess on the tongue. Near overwhelming amount of pine and citrus bitterness, while malts come through with a raisin bread-like sweetness. Cinnamon spice. Aftertaste lingers with more pine, grapefruit pith and a whole lot of boozy astringency.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky texture; near syrupy. Dry, boozy finish.

Overall - One thing's for certain: this will definitely challenge the taste buds. Even for a well-versed hoppy beer drinker such as myself, I find this a bit rough and abrasive. It's certainly not undrinkable, and it does have its positive qualities, but I won't ever be dropping $20+ on a 4 pack for it.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gbw5009
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebastianMandeville
2.27/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DavidRandall
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love the outliers. This is on the edge. 112 btu, 12% Abv, dark bomb.

A: Looks great. 4 on color. Tawny, hazed, alcohol mirrored body, over set by scant lace and after a thick head, just a ring. Best color.
S: Given what's to come, too light. malty, candied fruit, pine resin, sweet, approaching barley wine.
T: Ample, complex, extremely bitter. Peppery, spicey, pungent yet still clean. Complex, strong herbal and earthy hops. Sweetness is balanced by the bitterness with candied fruit and tart citrus custard. Grand Mariner like.
F: Thick, brandy body with low carbonation. Sharp & crisp for the degree of sugar.

Overall:Warms up quickly and burns. The alcohol is prominent as are the pungent, bitter hops.
As A bros wrote:
"This beer is insane. No, absolutely insane! dropped bombs on our palates, fight fire with fire! Aim and launch it at some really spicy"

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Photo of ejohnson654
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Cvescalante
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of innominat
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SHDoyle
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Description: Appearance is almost red when held up to a light with no real discernible head or lacing to speak of. Smell is rich, caramel, bread, with more sweetness than hops. Not what I would term "hoppy", despite a mountain of IBUs. The taste is bitter but not crisp or dry the way that a West Coast IPA might be. Instead, it's more earthy and woody, even though I don't think this is barrel aged. There's also a certain "funk" in the aroma that reminds me of onion. Kind of musty but in a good way. Feel is smooth, thick and velvety for an IPA.

Suggested food pairing: Philly cheese steak with lots of peppers and onions

If you like this beer then you should also try: Waldo's Special Ale

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Allow me to qualify the review above by saying that it was based on a bottle over two years old. On the advice of a local Beer Store Guy (BSG), I aged a few against the strict edicts of the IPA Freshness Police. I have to say, it made a significant difference. When I drank the fresh ones, they were O.K. but maybe a little harsh. The aging mellowed it out and it was an altogether better beer.

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Photo of Heeenrik
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PaleAleSean
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wpreynolds
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tmr_1877
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a draft quart from Red Dog. Coppery color, floral and fruity scent. Average beer, wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmd1978
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Dark Amber color with almost no head. Smell very malty with caramel and hoppy notes. Taste surprisingly sweet with caramel and toffee malts. Then the hops hits you. Very piney and earthy notes. Intense. Finish leaves a hippy coating in your mouth for awhile. This beer is very intense. Took me 3-4 sips to begin to love it. Very hoppy and good but a little too malty to be a favorite. Will happily drink again. I wish it had more flavor profile to really enjoy but at 112 IBUs it's tough (for me at least) to pick up any other flavors in it.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma has caramel, dark oranges and earth hops. Taste starts with big punch of hops, bitter and abrasive. Earthy, resiny and grassy. Intense, bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a well made beer but triple IPA is not one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 5,046 ratings.
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