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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 charlesw
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, OK, I know the style doesn't really exist, but the bottle says Triple IPA on it. It's too bad there's no freshness date on this - I'm curious to know how much time it's had in the bottle. More on that later, I suppose. First things first! Thanks OHLRangers for the opportunity to try this one out! I'd never have guessed that I wanted it until you sent it to me!

It's sort of like... A cross between an American Barleywine and an English one, at this point. But... Maybe that's 'cause it's not really young. Um. What I mean is that I don't get a lot of hop nose, here, and that makes me think it's been aged at least a few months. Which is fine - it comes out at more of a barleywine - but weird with the style name. See?

So, it has the residual sweetness of an English B'wine and the hop bitterness of a 'Merican one. Smooth and easy to drink! Good thing I've only got this one :) Wait. Bummer, I've only got this one :(

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy darker brown/amber with a ruby hue and a thick creme head. Nose is clogged with character. Globs of hops and malts with alcohol in the mix as well. Flavor is fully hops. It reminds me a lot of the DFH 120. Just thick hop character that needs some time to calm down. Sickly sweet aftertaste lingers after the ridonkulous hop invasion. Feel is pretty smooth.

This needs time to mellow. I say don't drink it immediately, but feel free to grab a couple bottles so that you can observe it over time.

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Photo of dave12285
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a bottle from a recent trade.

A: Amber reddish in color similar to a barleywine.

S: Very sweet. You can smell the alcohol pretty easily. A little bit of citrus fruit mixed in there as well.

T: Again, like a barleywine. Very boozey with tons of sweet malt character and a little bit of hops and fruit.

M: It seems very malty and sugar packed so the mouthfeel was big and coating. Although not like an IRS, it had that high ABV linger to it.

D: I had half a 12oz. It seems like 8 to 10oz servings of this would be appropriate. Tough to take down more than that.

Overall, it was a good beer that i'm glad i tried. It was simialr to a Stone 10th anny. Because of that i'm assuming when it came out that the hop character was a lot more upfront than it is now. It seems to have aged into a barelywine. That being said, i don't know how old my bottle was or how it had been stored, but the hops were definitely diminished.

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Photo of dbalsock
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a thick looking amber, with a minimal offwhite head. Not much going on for lacing or anything else here.

Smell: Nice floral bouquet with a fantastic malt background. Seems well balanced, and is very enticing. The hops aren't quite as intense as I expected, but they're present.

Taste: I'm not so impressed, but this could be a lot worse. The hops and malts are both very noticeable, with the malt kinda stealing the show. The hops take a step back, which is not what I like in my double ipas. The caramel of the malt is too intense with the high alcohol and reminded me more of an american barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Rather bitter on the swallow, but does not linger on the aftertaste. This is a problem for me, as I always expect a good lingering, if not growing bitterness from a double ipa.

Drinkability: Wow, hard to get down and finish because of the dichotomy of malts and hops and the high alcohol.

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Photo of chefdejour
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle Poured a turbid dark caramel - slight off-white head gave way to a ring around the rim - little to no lacing at all.

Tons of alcohol - not very pleasant
some sherry and dried fruit - but the alc just devistated everything.

Acrid as hell - some malty caramel sweetness coming through, but the stale hops were just over the top

Full bodied and creamy from the carbonation

I had a real hard time getting through it - my mouth was exhausted

I felt completely disappointed - it must have been an old bottle, there are no BOD markings anywhere so it's hard to tell how old it is.
My only guess is that it wasn't taken care of - it didn't age gracefully if old and was over the top harsh without the usual hop aromas if it was fresh . . .

may try another bottle from another source.

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Photo of JasonA
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark malty carmel. Is this a DIPA? Thick foamy head Lots of lacing.

Smell moderate hops. Highly malty which stinks of ABV (in a good way). Grapefruit?

Creamy, ABV hops. Hop bomb? Definately. Nice pale finish. Carmel, pine resin hops.

Yummy, nice and creamy. Swish in the mouth very well.

I would love to drink more of this. The finish is very nice and like a Pale Ale the hops sit with you a while.

I want more

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Photo of buffettfan
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a night of beer tasting at Stella in Traverse City Mich. Our waiter warned me when I ordered it!

Appearance. Golden dark brown/redish.
Smell- at first, tons of hops, with a candy/carmel sweet smell, with some alcohal notes.
Taste- WOW! Explosive flavor! Almost overloud. Not as hoppy as I was expecting, but there was a lot of hops there. Has a sweet, carmel flavor, like brandy.
Mouthfeel was very thick. Not a lot of carbanation.
Drinkablty- not something I would want to drink everyday. Its a good dessert beer, and should be enjoyed one at a time.

Great beer, wish I could get it in my area!

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.92/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours in to a pint glass an extremely murky reddish brown, leaving plenty of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Very little off white head that fades away to a ring around the glass. Nose is full of hugely aromatic malts, amaretto, cherries, plums, alcohol presence, and an earthy hop presence as well. Flavor is more of an explosion of dark, ripe fruits bombarding the pallete with raisins, plums, cherries, very reminiscient of a good barleywine, with a strong bitter hop finish taking over the palette in the end that holds on for dear life, alongside a deeply alcohol warming effect down the gullet. Mouthfeel is extremely heavy and syrupy, light carbonation, and semi-dry, bitter finish. I tend to think that this beer is a bit too extreme, and that is its downfall. Good to have one once in a while in place of a barleywine, but other than that, I shall pass. I expected much more to be honest. Way over the top.

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Photo of greyvoodoo
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark Brown color, darker than the average IPA, but that is to be expected considering that it is a triple IPA.

S- Hops are apparant off of first whiff, but the caramel comes through later on.

T- Nicley complex, I am impressed by the beer's mixture of fruit rinds that are actually palatable in the glass combined with the obvious hops and caramel.

M- Not as carbonated as I expected (last hop filled brew I drank was Hop 15) but I actually preffered it. thickness is exactly where it should be.

D- Only one at a time here. Too high in body for a session drink but most definetly an enjoyable beer.

I'm also a sucker for a fun name.

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Photo of fiveo2270
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark yellow/amber color with just a little head. The smell is citrusy (if that's a word) with a nice pine fragrance as well, but I did not smell much of the alcohol in Devil Dancer despite it being 13% ABV.

Taste - it has a nice balance of carbonation to it's very solid hoppy flavor but this is where I noticed the alcohol, of course, and it was a tad overwhelming at first, but as I finished it off it was very satisfying. Don't have too many of these at one sitting or you won't be standing back up anytime soon.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby brown into a Brooklyn Brewery stem. Very small off-white head that quickly dissolved into shiny film.
Aromas of 13% alcohol, raisin, caramel and molasses.
Super thick in the mouth. Very bitter grapefruit hop syrup. Viscous as hell. This one hurt so good.

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Photo of Overlord
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a luscious, coppery, murky orange. Mild white foam head with a long lasting thin white crust. Smells like malt, pine, and grapefruit in abundance. Yum.

Taste is explosively and, frankly, fantastic. It's really more of a barleywine than anything else, with an awesome dessert sweet malt background overlaid with huge juicy grapefruit (it's like I'm biting into one), pine, and a bit of caramel drizzle. Splendidly thick mouthfeel.

Really underrated.

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

Pours a deep mahogany color with very little head. Minimal lacing. Smells very hoppy with a slight alcohol profile to it, I'm thinking brandy. The beer first greets you with a mix of caramel flavor and bitterness. It's a great combination and not overly powerful in any respect. Very well balanced for a "triple IPA." What's really nice is after the initial flavor rush there is a subtle pineapple flavor to it as well. The lack of carbonation certainly adds to the mouthfeel in that it is very thick and syrupy making this beer ideal for sipping, which is probably a good thing to given that it is 13%.

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Photo of daftafne
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass quite vigorously and produced no head despite this. However, lacing was present atop the beer. A deep brown/red color. Smells of citrus. Flavor begins with hops then with caramel and ends with pine. Pretty sticky and thick. I can hardly detect any carbonation. The alcohol is very noticable. Low drinkability due to the high ABV.

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Photo of Jayli
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up at a local liquor store on a whim....a triple IPA? 13% ABV? Sign me up!
This beer poured a relatively dark amber color, very minimal head, and the scent of malt and hops was definitely apparent. And for a triple IPA that hops better be apparent! The first few sips were a shock to the mouth...not bad, but I hadn't quite prepped for the overpowering hops. It took me a while to acclimate to the sharp taste. However, after a few sips, this is a nice beer that has a minimal after taste to it. As tasty as this beer is, it is one that it's enjoyable for one or two in a sitting.

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

Lightly-toasted marshmallow brown head, even an aggressive pour yields a quarter-inch head that morphs slowly into a ring. Color is fantastic, a glowing, otherworldly candy-apple red with rust highlights.

Aroma quickly brings alcohol warmth into the nostrils, but not heat...maraschino cherry and pine-laden hops offer balance. Insanely close in smell to Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot barleywine.

As expected, the flavor is built on insane hops that bristle with pine and grapefruit, sourness offset with maraschino cherry and caramel, pleasant warmth from the alcohol, with the hops winning out in the finish, along with hot cinnamon drops. Hop-lovers will absolutely need to check this one out. As with the aroma, it sits ridiculously close to an American barleywine.

Mouthfeel is wonderful...velvety smooth, perfectly rounded, syrup-like without overbearing stickiness or thickness...just perfect. A great vehicle for the flavors to bounce off of and do their magic.

Devil Dancer is yet another winner by Founders. Tons of malt, tons of hops, tons of alcohol...delicious and drinkable too...sometimes just plain transcendent. Such an insane beer that, as I get down to the bottom of the glass, it makes me long for the more subtle, drinkable aspects of less-alcoholic Double IPAs. "Huh?!?" Exactly. The extreme beer race implanted in us a new, skewed perspective. No complaints, there's plenty of room for beers like this, especially when they're brewed so damn well. Kudos.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color, not much head to speak of but not surprising considering the 13% ABV. The smell is extremely aromatic, big malty base with a large dose of hops. Taste taste has a very malty backbone with a strong hop presence and some warming from the alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and slightly chewy. Wow, this is the definition of an extreme beer. Only in America can you find a brewer with the balls to brew this monster. Overall, Founders Devil Dancer is quite an experience, definitely recommended to give it a shot.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber or maybe even a brown color. A very small tannish colored head that has almost no retention, leaving a few bubbles on top and a few spots of lacing.

S- 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.

T- Extremely bold, resiny and sweet, equally balanced between malts and hops. Mango and grapefruit, lemon rind and caramel. Incredibly intense, but very drinkable. Alcohol is barely noticed between the massive hop bitterness and the malty sweetness.

M- Sticky and oily. Full body and perfect amount of carbonation.

D- A good brew and a slow drinker. Probably would just keep it at one of these.

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Photo of Domingo
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

200+ (theoretical) IBU's, eh? Seems like something I needed to try at least once.
Pours a pretty dark amber color that's sticky and thick. A fairly large golden head forms on the top, which surprised me considering the strength. Looks intimidating, but in a good way.
Smells like a whole lot of hops and brandy. Good start for it.
The taste isn't as bitter as I was prepared for just because of the boozy sweetness. Lots of citrus and pineapple are at the forefront, with the floral hops being held back by the sweetness. Hops are obviously the commander of the ship, but the sweetness keeps the bitterness in check. Reminds me of the DFH 120 Minute IPA as it's somewhat similar.
It doesn't taste like it's 13% ABV, but you'll know it's a sipper pretty quickly. Just the thickness and stickiness will keep you from downing it quickly. One's definitely enough.
Honstly, I'm not sure if this beer does it for me. It has almost the same pitfalls as DFH's 120. It might be a winner if you like the style, but I'm not sure even hopheads would really find what they're truly craving with it. Founders makes some of the best beers around, but this one was just a little too extreme to make it more than a novelty to me. Give it a try, and enjoy it for what it is, but I think this is more of a shock value beer for random occasions than anything I'll keep on hand or hunt for again. Definitely more drinkable than the 120, but it's not quite as intentionally over the top either.

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

Pours a dark amber color with red hues and produces almost no head on the pour.

Aroma is nice with some citrusy hops and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste is pretty big with some citrus, caramel, and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy and lacks carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Decent flavors are easily consumed, but high alcohol definitely limits this beer. Tastey, but not quite what I was hoping for.

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Photo of msgraves
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red/copper beer with a finger-width of a frothy off-white to cream head and mediocre lacing.

Hops, hops, and more hops. The ten varieties used to dry-hop this make for one hoppy beer: grapefruit/orange, pine-resin, floral notes, and mint are all there. The hops are backed by a nice malt toffee sweetness and some alcohol.

Hops take center stage...obviously bitter. Lots of citrus and floral complexity in the hoppy finish. Massive malt character (caramel/toffee) and sweetness is there for balance. Some alcohol bite as it warmed.

This beer wasn't nearly as oily and thick as some of the other Imperial IPAs I've tried making for a much more pleasant drinking experience. Suprisingly, this beer goes down pretty easily even given the high alcohol content and enormous IBU level. This one could sneak up on you.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Damn, this is a big beer. Dark brownish red, not much head at all. Reeking of citrusy hops, and tastes as it smells. Overloaded with hops right to the edge of ridiculous. Orangy, grapefruit, malty, on the sweet side, anything worth doing is worth overdoing, is the motto, I guess. Just because of the intensity, this is not a beer I'd want more than one of; more of a sipping beer. Definitely a must-try for IPA and DIPA fans.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good GOD! This Devil Dancer was an explosion from start to finish-- I got smacked in the face with hops right out from the pour. I could smell those hops a-wafting several inches above the glass. It was pretty slow-going to drink this baby, but it went down alright. It felt pretty decent in my mouth- hoppy and of course bitter. The alcohol wasn't noticable until the aftertaste, where I may have breathed just a bit of fire. Overall, this was definitely a fun one, and would recommend to any fellow hophead. Everyone else beware!

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Photo of botham
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a hazy caramel brown color with two fingers of slow settling tan head that is quite tight and has excellent retention (about ten minutes).

aroma is packed with hops, giving the overall brew a floral and lightly coniferous character. light caramel malt is discernable, but is mainly drowned out by the hops.

taste is very rich on the palate, with the same light caramel malt and a blast of hops at the back of the palate. there is a harsh tickle in the throat on the way down, along with a palate killing hop quality that does not subside.

mouthfeel is quite bitter and hoppy, with a dry finish that leaves the palate sticky with residual hops.

drinkability is decent. there are only so many hops that one can throw into a brew without allowing the character to get so saturated that the flavors themselves are discounted in the name of the hops, and this one broke the threshold quite a few sips ago. that being said, the richness and blast of hops is enough to cover up the 13% APV, which is a notable achievement.

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

Thanks to bgramer for this one, I know it is becoming redundant.
Poured into a snifter.

A: Rich, cloudy, apple cider color with about a half finger of light brown head that fades quickly and leaves no remnace of its existance.

A: Caramel, sweet malts, and alcohol. Some citrus and pine hops, but the sweet, syrupy smell overwhelms.

T: Very syurpy, caramel. Some apple, orange and other citrus, some earthy hops as well. Finishes sweet and dry , but again alcohol is very prominent.

M&D: This is a Full bodied beer that coats the palate. No carbonation makes it a little to syrupy. At 13% ABV this is strong. I don't know if it fits into the DIPA category or not, it almost has more of a BW feel. I paired this with a sharp cheddar, and I think it enhanced the taste quite a bit. I'm glad I tried this, but just a little over the top for my taste. Skal.

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