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!

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

Thanks to sholland119 for this one!

Pours a hazy deep amber with orange highlights and a one-finger tan head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves beautiful lacing behind.

Nose is piny and citrus hops with a strong alcohol presence. There's some caramel sweetness somewhere in the background, but it is overpowered by the booze.

Taste is an explosion of hops with warming alcohol throughout: pine needles, resinous oils, and grapefruit, with a doughy, caramel malt background trying to keep things in a tenuous balance. More pine note and citrus flavors lead into a bitter dry, but alcoholic finish.

Oily, but smooth, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel.

I love the hops, but the alcohol is a bit hot at times, as to be expected given such a high ABV. One is enough to sip on, but I know I will be enjoying more of these in the future.

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

Pours brown in color with some ruby highlights. Rigorous pour creates no head whatsoever. Any head that tried to form was sucked back down into the devils lair. Smell is piney hops with plenty of malt to back it up. Kind of barleywine-ish. The first thing that strikes me upon tasting is the smoothness and full mouthfeel that it has. Not a tongue ripping TRIPA, but an incredibly smooth and easy drinking beer. Dangerously, there is absolutely, positively, no sign of the 13% alcohol that it states on the label. This beer runs down your throat and begs for another trip before you've even put the glass down. If you have multiple bottles in the fridge, this has potential to be a real shit-kicking night ender. Due to the incredible amount of malt that has been placed in this beer, I have to say that I think this would be great even after it ages for a while and the hops die down. Great beer, from an even better brewery. Oh, and did I mention that it is too easy to drink.

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Photo of grandq
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Popping the top for my annibeersary - 3 years on BA - thanks to Mully for the bonus bottle

Pours a hazy, autumn leaf reddish orange and smells heavily of peppery esters with a hint of fresh baked bread. The flavor is dominated by biscuit and caramel malts and and the aforementioned pepper burn. A faint citrus hop twinge pops up toward the back of the tongue and finishes quite bitter w/ a touch of melon. Tastes similar to some Dogfish efforts, but the balance seems a bit lopsided here - not sure if its that the hops aren't super fresh or if the malt sweetness and alcohol are just overkill. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, very resinous and coating, but not too viscous. The hot/bitter end helps cleanse the palate even though its still fully coated. Leaves off nice and warm, sorta apropos of the name. A bit devilish I suppose. A good DIPA, but not quite to my tastes - I seem to prefer the west coast citrus/pine bombs on the thinner side.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange/amber in color. This light brown head quickly fades. Light lacing.

S - Very malty with a hint of alcohol. Also some earthy hop aroma.

T - A malt sweetness mixed with some strong hop bitterness. Both tastes really stand out which is an interesting combo to achieve. Alcohol has some bite to it is well, but is pretty well masked.

M/D - Full bodied and chewy. Very warming beer. Excellent to sip but I am not sure I could do more than one.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Pours a very deep reddish amber with a one finger head that leaves some spotty lacing down the side of the snifter.

Aroma is very citrusy with some resinous pine floating about amongst a sweet undertone that blends together to make for an exquisite bouquet.

The full body, almost syrup-like, reveals a host of flavors. The citrus first dominates along with other fruit, but then the pine chimes in. It finishes with a blast of sweet caramel maltiness that balances the hops well.

One negative thing about this beer is the alcohol presence. Considering the fact that it's 13% however, it's not horrible. Either way it does make it slightly less drinkable. Overall, a very tasty DIPA. However, since it cost me 16 dollars for a four pack it's not too likely that I'll be drinking this often.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from sholland, arrived on my doorstep this very day. Wanted to try it at WBF in Durham last October but they ran out before I could get to it. Thanks for the hookup.
dark amber/orange pour into a pint glass. almost no head, but there is a ring around the glass and it's beginning to make a lacing.
Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, fruit, and caramel.
Let's try this bad boy. Whoa! Hugely complex mix of malt and hops and alcohol. This is one bigass DIPA with a huge hop presence and huge malt profile to match. Alcohol burn is present but not as much as one would expect from a 13% abv beer. Sweet syrupy malt mixes with grapefruit accented hops with a big hop presence in the finish. As big as the flavors are, this is a very smooth, very easy drinking DIPA. Spot on for the style in that regard.
Mouthfeel is quite syrupy, more like a barleywine than a DIPA. Hop oils caress the tongue with just a bit of carbonation.
This is an amazingly drinkable beer for its strength, but the alcohol won't let me have more than one of these. I'd be crawling around the floor if I did.
I can't wait for Founders to make it into NC. This beer totally kicks ass.(I might have been feeling the alcohol when I made this statement last night but after further reflection I stand by my initial declaration)

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle brought back to California from Merchants Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI; purchased in March 2008, tasted in late May. Price not recorded.

Pours a deep rich amber, syrupy like in texture, with almost no hint of carbonation, and nothing I could call a head. A few bubbles stick to the side of the Duvel glass.

Aroma is a rich Imperial IPA malt profile and an evil amount of hoppy goodness- bitter but also a slightly sweet citrus idea there in the mix.

Flavor is a huge slap upside the head... I mean tongue. Nothing subtle here- this one is at or more than some of the biggest doouble IPAs in flavor and intensity. Roasty malts that are rich and full- reminds me of some of the rye beers I have tried. Hops abound, a mix of tongue slapping oily juniper and grapefruity citrus. Wow.

A surprising amount of creaminess helps the mouthfeel, very syrupy. However, the unabashed alcohol burn really detracts- some of the best IIPAs I have had make me wonder "do they put any alcohol in this?" from the flavor- this one screams ALCOHOL from every corner. That takes away from the enjoyment.

Overall, my first "triple IPA", and an interesting expereiment. Good, but not something I shout about. I like Founders beers (so far), and I like this one, but don't love it.

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Photo of ph2001
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had both as a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass and on tap in a snifter

it pours an amber color with red highlights. seems very hoppy with stong aftertaste. the bitterness hits just at the end of the sip. the alcohol is warming. thick and syrupy, but it still goes down smooth.

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

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left good sheeting and lacing. the body was a dark amber color.
s - smells sticky sweet. very malty with a hint of floral hops.
t - tastes of deep fruits, piney and earthy hops, syrupy caramel. not as much of a hop bomb or overly bitter as you might expect from something at 13% ABV and labeled as a "triple ipa" but you do get a lot of hops in the aftertaste. it tastes great and is very complex.
m - thick and coating.
d - watch out! if it didn't say 13% on the bottle i never would have guessed it. goes down easily.

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Photo of skiboy
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This particular brew is best poured by simply turning the bottle upside down and letting it glurg into your pint glass. This gives a nice aromatic and tenacious head that laces very nicely. Very malty, even sweetish, yet not as hoppy nor alcoholic as one might expect. Definitely not a session beer, in fact, as delicious as one is, two is definitely too many.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from mcallister, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a cloudy deep amber/copper color with a minimal head and little lacing. Aroma says Hops with capitol letters. Grapefruit, pine, resin, flowers they are all there. A little caramel malt tries its best to peak through. Taste is a sticky caramel malt infused with pine trees, grapefruits, resins, etc. Not as overly bitter as I thought it might be, or maybe my palette has been killed by IBU's. Thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, decent brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 2" thick head that falls quickly to a thick surface foam.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruit leap out of the glass. Some hints of alcohol are also there.

Taste: big malt profile here with a heavy dose of grapefruit and pine. Some green apples, honey, and alcohol round out this well balanced hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp and dry to start, but finishes dry and smooth. Aftertaste is very long as the bitterness rides the tongue for what seems several minutes.

Drinkability: killer beer here. The high ABV puts a damper on having more than one or two in a session, but this is relatively easy to quaff this faster than you should.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Notes from a bottle I drank on May 6, 2008 with friends.

Thanks for this bottle abankovich! I got this as a gift at the 1st Cincinnati BA Gathering in Catskellar on May 1st.

No freshness date on my 12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass at approximately 50°F.

A: Pours a murky & evil looking reddish-amber nectar with a super thin, tan head that doesn't stay long - very little carbonation after the pour with little lacing.

S: Pine hops BLAST from hell, subtle malt flavors linger with grain alcohol and prunes (or figs?). I can see this is gonna take me for a ride.

T: Much like the smell, I tasted uber piney hops, dark fruits with caramel malts toward the middle. The alcohol comes through (as expected) on the finish.

M: Full bodied. May burn tastebuds with continued usage.

D: Worth a try and definitely unique, but remain conscientious of the ABV percentage. Before you know it, you'll be on the floor. As such, drinkability score dips a bit.

Glad I had to opportunity to try this one...

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