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

This beauty has a clear red amber color with a big light tan head that declines quickly with good lace. There is a full butterscotch malt aroma, sweet and announcing the alcohol presence. The flavor is strong butterscotch and alcohol and buttery malt. Grapey and toffee toward the piney hops idea. This is pretty potent although it doesn't knock you out as a tough drinker, but that may be wishful thinking. A warm tastiness here. Recommended.

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Photo of prototypic
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle. Much appreciated.

Appearance: It pours an extremely hazy, reddish bronze color. A hard pour yielded a small, one finger head. Clearly the alcohol killed it. Retention was short and lacing was on the lighter side. Frankly, it looks a little evil. Extra points for that.

Smell: The nose is extremely impressive. It's very, very hoppy. Generally, I'd don't buy into the "triple IPA" classification, but I'd almost do so based upon this nose. There's a very heavy caramel malt scent that suggests some balance. Dark fruits also play a large role. Could it be a little barleywine-esque? Perhaps. It's sugary and sweet. Alcohol is very noticeable. Boozy sums it up pretty well. Who wouldn't expect that here?

Taste: Wow. This really is incredibly hoppy. Very resiny and bitter. It is sweet and sugary. The malt backbone really can't be understated here either. There's some citrus grapefruit and pineapple lingering. Caramel malts are sweet and provide some balance. But, it's way too hoppy to discuss balance at length. There is a strong dark fruit presence here (mostly raisin and plum). It certainly has some characteristics of a barleywine. I'd buy into it if it were labeled as such. It finishes sweet and bitter. Very complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a very robust and full bodied beer. It's incredibly smooth and its low carbonation really attributes to its silky smooth feel. Given the abv and its robust character, drinkability is limited. There's no way I could down more than a single 12 oz. in a sitting. Perhaps only once a week if it was readily available.

Devil Dancer's a very unique, yet immensely satisfying beer. It's certainly not for the faint of heart. I'm sipping it, but enjoying it very much. This really is a beer that needs to be experienced for what it is. Lucifer's beer of choice? Perhaps. If so, he's got good taste.

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Photo of drxandy
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged one out of the cellar to see how it's changed over the past months, 12oz to goblet, pours an oily reddish golden brown, foamy cream colored head fades quick to wonderful lacing - great bottle art, risque and well fitting to the beer.

smells like loads of hops, sweet citrus, pineapple, melon, bubble gum, grass, bitter as all hell, caramely malts, barley?, heavy and hot.

tastes thick and oily, hot alcohol slides down the throat, has mellowed some since initial release but still hot!, creamy bitterness, lemon, orange, grapefruit zestiness, this beer is a mess of flavors, so big and rich, 10 different hop varietals make it go everywhere, biscuity caramel malt backbone, sweet, just a crazy bold ipa, complex and comes off like an american barleywine pretty much with a huuuge hop bill

mouthfeel is oily, lingering bitter hops, sweet hot malts, loads of complexity and just a really nice take on an ipa, heavy and rich, worthy of a taste.

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Photo of TasteTester
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this one before, but never bothered to review it. I wish I had reviewed it earlier. My sniffer is a little stuffed up, but my tongue is on point.

A-Beautiful amber color. Light head that doesn't last and no lacing.

S-Floral, sweet and piney....from what I can pick up.

T-Nice, bitter hop flavor. Alcohol content is not overbearing and very well balanced.

M-Smooth then sticky. Taste hangs around for the right amount of time.

D-Could drink it all day long...hopefully. Great beer, out of the bottle or on tap.

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Photo of Onslow
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the closer at the first Stumelagram epic!! .. a very smooth brew indeed... lots sugar and alcohol and biting hops ... jack smokes ... would really benefit with so age on it ... a nightcap beer as defined in the dictionary ... thank you mr stu, this was a good night...

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Photo of Phenom
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

A: Not much head at all. Murky brown color with an orange glow around the edges.
S: Really aromatic hops, lots of pine and earth-like smells. Some sweet fruity alcohol. Very inviting for hop heads.
T&M: Lots of hop oils, and some warming alcohol. The bitterness is off the charts. You can tell there is a lot of malt in this beer, but even so it is overwhelmed by the hops.
D: While the beer is interesting and worth a try, it will probably kill your palate for the night and is too strong to drink many of, so drinkability takes a hit.

Closest thing to this beer that I have had is DFH 120 minute, if you like that you will probably like this too.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet alcohol nose. Flavor is a strong, sweet caramel, alcohol and grapefruit hops, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Nice triple IPA. $3.80 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, 200+ IPA apparently,

A: Pours a dark amber with a small white head, great head retention, some sticky lacing.

S: Great smell, on first opening the bottle you get a burst of pine hops, very pungent. Once it sits in the glass for a while, you get a strong malty barleywine.

T: At first I thought I was going to try and compare this to Pliny the Younger, but that is a fallacy, they are completely different beers. Devil Dancer is much more of a barleywine. The malt is very heavy with burnt toast and treacle. Hops come in almost immediately, strong straightforward pine resin, there is really no citrus. Ethanol is present at 13%, adding a light solvent flavour that enriches all the characteristics of the brew.

M: Solventy, very resiny, relatively light in carbonation, but it is big.

D: Lowered because of its intense flavours, definitely a sipping libation. Overall a very good big IPA from Founders, glad I tried it.

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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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