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

I got this brew in a trade with bluemoonswoon, thanks Mark!

12oz bottle, served in a tulip glass.

L - murky, brown color with a small tan layer of foam that did leave some fine lacing.

S - aroma is a blend of bitter and floral hops, sweet malts and alcohol.

T - sweet malty flavor is followed with total hop bitterness to the max! It is unique, that's for sure.

F - chewy, thick feel, full bodied brew.

D - it takes an hour or more to finish one, but it's time well spent.

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Photo of Phillyduke
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Riedel stemless wine glass. Beer is a cloudy amber/red. Despite a vigorous pour, I had difficulty obtaining any head save a small fizzy layer that quickly dissipated. Some fine, fuzzy lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Incredibly intense floral/citrus hop aroma mixed with alcohol combine to render a scent nearly identical to Grand Marnier. It's quite intriguing for a beer.

T: Initially sweet taste reminds me of a liqueur. Ultra bitter hoppiness asserts itself on the swallow and aftertaste. I'm having trouble detecting the citrus and floral amid the bittering hops and thick malt backbone. Alcohol is quite prominent and takes more of a starring role as the beer warms. Tastes closer to a barleywine than an IPA.

M: Thick and syrupy, with only a touch of carbonation. Again, more of a liqueur feel than an average beer.

D: What qualifies as "drinkable" for a 13% ABV Triple IPA? This is definitely a sipping beer, and not one to be taken lightly. It is very boozy when young, so some age might take the edge off a bit. Can't say I'd reach for one of these often or invest in more than a few a year. Still, it's an interesting "extreme" beer that truly pushes the envelope.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #100. Thanks to EliteDigger for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass. This beer looked thick and creamy as I poured it. Beer was a dark copper color with a small, nut brown head. Soft, smooth carbonation.

Aroma was huge hops, citrus, malt, sugar and pine.

Taste was an explosion of hops, with some notes of toffee and malt in the background.

Very creamy and chewy mouthfeel. This is a definite sipper. Long, long bitter finish. I've been wanting to try this for awhile and it didn't disappoint. Thanks again to EliteDigger. This was a nice treat.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dschuster03 for this extra.

Pours a soupy deep ruby and brown with slight haze and a thick off white head that hangs around all day (vigorous pour) Nose is of malt sweetness and thick hop resin. Taste follows with significant hop resin flavors and a very sweet thick malt body. Some citrus/pine hop flavors in here, and alot of spiced hop flavors as well. Malt presence is huge. Alcohol on the finish, with lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is VERY viscous and syrupy. Drinkability is pretty amazing for the 13% abv. Overall a very interesting beer. Very much a sipper, but sure doesn't feel like it. An enjoyable brew, but one is enough for about a year. I think I prefer Midnight Sun's Gluttony, but just by a nose or so. They're both good.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby copper appearance, small head with perfect lacing. Strong scent of hops, slight blueberry, citrus, molasses, honey. Intense hop flavor, with strong bitterness, caramel, slight citrus, prunes; some yeast in the finish. Commendably smooth mouth feel, lingering bitterness, just remarkable.

An excellent beer, a top notch Imperial IPA. Incredible smoothness for the huge hoppy flavor and clinging bitterness. An entirely relaxing and immensely enjoyable beer. Please go buy some.

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Photo of zdk9
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark orange tinted brown color. There's only a thin film of head on the top, but it stay until the end and leaves great rings of lacing on my tulip glass.

S- I notice the hops of the beer much more on the nose than in the taste. There's some pineapple, mango, lemon, and pithy bitter orange- just bordering on grapefruit without getting there. The fruit is inviting. Is there any malt smell? Some but faint and overpowered by the hops.

T- I'm fronted by a wall of flavor. There's some sugary tastes- sort of brown sugar esque, but maybe closer to cane syrup. The hops are strong, leaving their mark of tropical fruit and woodiness. Decicious and strong.

M- SO viscous. And the bitterness clings deeply to my mouth.

D- Strong alcohol, strong flavor. Another great brew from Founders.

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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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Photo of IBUnit63
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz. to Cab glass...

Deep caramel body with nice haze. Head is thin and dissipates quickly after pour.

A malty, caramel, floral hop bomb. Syrup-like texture on the nose - alcohol evaporates aroma into the air qith great and quick diffusion. Wow.

Everything you need in an extreme IPA -= copious floral, slightly soapy hop bitterness blending well with salty and nutty roasted malt and viscous alcohol presence. Finish is not so much unbalanced as overloaded. Impressive; even with grapefruit rind on finihs, not as fruity as a lot of hop bombs. This doesn't need that.

Warm and comfortable (like a sleeping bag) mouthfeel - almost cozy. Breeze of alcohol lends some coolness and burn to this camping trip.

This is amazing, well-crafted stuff that is of course very filling, so definitely built to savor.

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

Devil Dancer pours a clear, deep, rosey orange color with the barest amount of off-white bubbles melting quickly away.

The aroma is powerful and sweet caramel and toffee smelling malts backed by heavy, sugary, citric hops and brandy like alcohol.

Full and thick body with a stout-like syrupy smoothness to it. The flavor has a heavy and sweet maltiness to it. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar all push against each other, but the power of the citrus hops pushes pushes back with equal force, balancing out the brew. Deep orange and grapefruit sweetness enter and bring a riney bitterness that sticks through the finish along with some pleasant, warming, alcohol.

Definitely strong and a sipper, but a refined and soothing one that can be enjoyed and appreciated with each sip.

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Photo of Atron67
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a big red copper body. there was a light tan head on top that never built up but fell down quickly and was never that impressive. crystal clear body, medium carbonation

S- rather subdued citrus and piney charachter, little disapointed in the strength of it, however the actual smell itself is awesome. not that stroong but very nice. the malt underneath is really small. it is surprizingly well hidden for a 13 abv beer.

T- this strikes me more as an american barleywine than an IIPA. starts off with a really strong maltiness which is quite delicious. as the maltiness explodes the hoppiness onsets and becomes much stronger, however i dont think it can really fit as an IPA. the bitterness comes in with grassy notes. really delicious.

M- full thick as body with light carbonation, woulda appreciated more carbonation

D- a great sipper

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

got this from joe1510, cheers!

Pours an orange hued chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Viscous look to this. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Piney & cakey, plus brown sugar

T: Piney, with much cakeyness & a touch of pralines up front. Leafy hops, toffee, boozeyness, woody dryness are all in your face as this warms. Finishes with some orange peel, cakeyness, resiny hops, & some baker's chocolate, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: So chewy& a bit sticky, a moderate amount of carbonation pushes the hops out there a bit. Balances great all things considered

This is a bruiser, although I enjoyed the hell out of it; the complexity & abv weigh on you after a while

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

A : Pours a cloudy orange amber. Very thin head that sticks around for a little bit

S : Hoppy with a touch of malt. You can definitely smell the alcohol

T : Lots of piney, malty taste with a hop finish. It's a good medium between the hops and the malt.

M : Creamy and chewy. Talk about a thick beer.

D : Definitely a sipper. Touch to finish a entire bottle.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a bottle of this sitting in the cellar for a couple months, purchased from Founder's itself. The notch indicates it was bottled in March 2008, so it's a recent edition.

Decanted into a pint glass. Pours a clear, rich honey-orange color. Thick, foamy white head that descends in a consistent layer. Not much lacing. But the beer is very appealing.

Smell starts with a piny, citrusy swell of hops, but there's a decent maltiness to off-set it. Some caramel grains.

Flavors really travel well. It starts with a big honey, caramel malty blast - not what you'd expect from a Triple IPA. There's a strong dash of the piny hops in the middle of the tongue, and then that fades. Then, about five seconds later, the aftertaste kicks in a HUGE wallop of hops. There's your 200+ IBUs! Pretty fun experience.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick. Goes perfectly with the rich maltiness and big hops.

This is an interesting beer. At first it hints at a big West Coast hoppiness, but it's balanced out nicely with some bold sweet flavors. For a beer that boasts high IBUs, it's really a dynamic beer, not one that just rakes your palate with extreme hoppiness.

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

Had this at Flat Rock Saloon in Manayunk; 12 oz bottle poured into a pint

A bright and cloudy orange amber with a fluffly white cap with serious staying power and gobs of sticky lacing.

The first thing that hits the nostrils is ganja. Then, big sweet malts and piney/citrus hops burst onto the scene and seize control of your brain. There is a good amount of alcohol present.

Taste is of alcohol, citrus hops, ganja, sweet caramel malt, and pine needles with a huge dose of bitterness. A big bitter alcoholy iiipa. Exactly what you were expecting.

Chewy, creamy, full and rich.

To be honest, the drinkability is a little rough. It is 13% and real bitter. You pretty much take it all in stride.

Only the second beer I have been able to get my lips on from Founders and I am already a big fan of this brewery. High five to those guys!

Additional notes added on 7-23-11

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Photo of John_M
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this beer on tap at The Drafting Room Hopfest the other day. It was easily the worst beer I tasted.

The beer pours a striking orange color with good head retention and lacing. I have to say right off that it's a bit darker then I expect for a DIPA. I don't get a lot on the nose, just a hint of citrus with what smells like some seriously sweet malt.

On the palate this beer is nothing short of disgusting. The flavors aren't off, but this beer is so sweet, the alcohol and malt completely dominate the hops. This has to be one of the heaviest, most tiring beers I've ever sampled. The beer is medium to full bodied and is pretty smooth. As for drinkabilty, I couldn't come close to finishing just the 5 ounce sampler this beer came in.

I love hoppy DIPA's, but the sweet malt and alcohol completely mask the hops. The beer tastes almost out of balance it's so sweet, malty and heavy on the alcohol. Granted, I know this DIPA is made in the so called East Coast style, so undoubtedly that's part of the problem for me (I prefer the less malty West Coast style), but regardless, this beer is just over the top sweet and boozy. Unless you are feeling particularly mascochistic, I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone.

7/3/10 edit. Tried this beer fresh and on tap at the Big Hunt yesterday. While marginally better then what I tried previously, the fact remains that this is a sweet, boozy, borderline unbalanced DIPA that is about as undrinkable as any DIPA I've ever sampled. Obviously, it's popular with some folks, but I'll be damned if I can see the appeal.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hard pour creates a thick, bubbly tannish head with a surprisingly dark, translucent amber/red color. Head quickly dissipates to a thin film with some large bubbles and very little streaky lacing.
S: Very piney hop smell with a slight smell of alcohol that becomes much stronger as the beer warms up. Also some malt hiding behind the hops, more of a boozy barleywine smell than expected for an IIPA.
T: Very little carbonation, thicker medium body and smooth, almost syrup like. Very strong malt body throughout resulting in a sweeter flavor than expected with a very dry, complex bitter hop finish. Mostly a piney taste, not much citrus. More of a barley wine than a IIPA. As expected for 13%, alcohol is very present and lingers in the finish. I'm not particularly crazy about this beer and will probably avoid this in the future.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a clear amber red with a 1 finger head of foam.(vigorous pour) Plenty of lacing and so far, good head retention.

The smell is hugely of citrus hops with a noticeable side order of sweet malt.

The taste is a well balanced blend of grapefruit and orange citrus hops and caramel malt with maybe the malt having just the wee bit more presence, especially in the finish. Very thickish mouthfeel here bordering on syrupy.

A few more sips in, (and yes the alcohol is quite warming during and after the swallow but we're talking 13%abv) the malt really asserts itself as it should in a well made example of the style. I've had some DIPAs that take it *too* far to the malty side and they were overly sweet and cloying and some that didn't have enough of a malt presence and were overly hoppy. This one finds a very happy medium and I thank Founders for that. Very deicious drop indeed!

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Devil Dancer pours a cloudy, dark, amber color into the glass. Practically no head on this beer. A tiny bit of foam and a few spots of lace, but that's about it.

The aroma is all hops with a lot of grapefruit and orange citrus notes. Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth and very chewy with a soft carbonated fizz on the middle of the tongue. The flavor is very hoppy with a good deal of orange and grapefruit citrus with some pine mixed in. There's also plenty of sweet malt in this to balance the hops. It finishes hot with a medicine/alcohol flavor. Once gone the citrus hop notes linger on the palate.

This is definitely a sipping beer that could probably be aged a bit in the cellar to soften up the hot alcohol. Overall it's very tasty and a hopheads dream.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. This appears a deep red cloudy color. There's about a half finger of head that's not quite white. Thick THICK pour.

Smells and tastes really hoppy, citrusy, and sweet and the alcohol is prominent too. It's a strong beer, pretty boozy with its malty taste and fruits. It's warm to the tongue and slightly hot on the finish. The body is full and mouthfeel is thick and the carbonationis mild.

Being a hot boozy 13% ABV beer, Devil Dancer is an appropriate name for this fine beer from Founders.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeonseh for this gem.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Smokestack Goblet. Poured a silky, chocolate brown, with almost an oily texture. There was no head whatsoever. I actually thought that I had a flat beer with the carbonation was present in the mouthfeel. I poured it rather aggressively and all I could get was a handful of small white bubbles. Smell is huge. There is a huge hop bouquet with sweet malts following quickly. Also notes of raisins and chocolate. The taste of the beer is hops. It's just huge. Probably one of the hopiest beers I have ever had. It is also one of the most acidic beers I have ever drank also. It's hard to drink because of its acidity. Mouthfeel is good. More like a barleywine then a DIPA. It's really had to drink. If the acidity would be turned down then the beer would be much easier to drink.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep red/crimson color. Transparent with no cloudy notes. Slightly off-white head ~ 1.2 inch high. Although the head appeared quite thick, it dissipated rather quickly (< 2 minutes).

Smell: Slightly piney hop scent that you might expect for an imperial IPA style. I don't smell the citrus/grapefruit that is typical for the style. A touch of alcohol on the nose as well. A distinct malty scents is also present along with a touch of dried fruit and raisin. Very complex but pleasant. Honestly, the balance is more akin to an American style barleywine than an IPA.

Taste: Rich and full. There's a huge malt presence in this beer, but the hops blend nicely over the top and just slightly overshadow the malt. The hops show both pine and citrus flavor. Very nice. There's no doubt that this beer is "hot" on the tongue, but at the same time...13% ABV is well hidden. Again, there's a good deal of complexity here, even within the hop flavor...definitelya number of different hops in this beer and definitely a significant amountof dryhopping.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Lightl carbonated. The beer is thick...almost syrupy. It sticks to and coats your mouth. There is a lingering hop bitterness typical of IPA style beers.

Drinkability: This is a big,big doubt about that. The alcohol doesn't shine through, but I wouldn't suggest more than one in a sitting. It's a nice beer to kick back and enjoy over time.


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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rusted orange/amber hue with a thin tan head. There is no lacing to speak of during the beer. The nose on this beer is about as complex as you will find in a beer. I think this smells more like a barleywine than an IIPA. The heaviest scents include the very rich maltiness with heavy tropical fruit, resinous pine, and sweet caramel. There is also a cognac like booze smell coming from this beer. Each time I put my nose into it I get something new! The nose is really well done on this one. The flavor profile is equally as intense. For an IIPA the taste is more malt based on this beer. The malt is the heavy hitter here with flavors of caramel and brown sugar and rum soaked raisins. The hop profile comes in after a few seconds but plays second to the malt profile. The hop profile tastes of fresh grapefruit rind and sticky pine. There is some sharp alcohol flavor as well, but in no ways takes away from this beer but adds another unique quality to this beer. This beer will challenge your palate. I don't think this beer crosses the "boozy" line on the mouthfeel, but I personally don't mind the alcohol on the mouthfeel. This beer is full-bodied and has a velvety texture. I will stop praising this beer when it comes to drinkability though. At 13% you wouldn't last very long with many of these. I had one 12 ounce bottle and that was enough for me for a while.

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Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 year Aged bottle shared by gueuzelover. Thanks!

Dark caramel to maroon color. Very light beige head. Smell is mellow, malty and creamy with perhaps a bit of vanilla. Taste is dark and malty, but hopped only to balance, I found after the year of age took its toll. Somewhat well hidden alcohol for 13% and drank more like a barley wine than an extremely overhopped beer. Lingering dull earthy hop flavor and some alcohol in the background. I thougt this was ok, but not fantastic.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Thanks to czoch75!

A: Pours a murky crimson-amber with a thin tan head that dissipates fast. There's a little carbonation, not much, though.

S: Pine hops, sweet malts, alcohol, hints of fruit - raisins?. Alcohol. Call me nuts but I'm getting just a wee bit of cream on the nose. Intriguing.

T: An amalgamation of piney hops and caramel malt. Not as hoppy as the nose would suggest. The alcohol comes through in the finish.

M: Full bodied and relatively sweet on the finish. Smooth on the tongue.

D: Dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

This one's a treat. Try it.

**Edit 30 June 2012**
A little over 4 years to the day since the last time I had this beer, I get to revisit it. 4+ year old bottle, received ages ago from czoch75.

Smells sickly sweet with caramel, brown sugar and pancake syrup with some pine notes. Very barleywine-like, and the alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden. The palate open with a full-on assault of aggressive, astringent crystal malt with a moderate pine bitterness with very little hop flavor left. Just not very pleasant, though, especially due to the astringency. Full in body, sweet with a ton of crystal malt, caramel and a little bit of a stale hop bitterness. Unlike a nice barleywine, there's no toffee/leather/tobacco flavors here, but it does have the sweetness. On the bright side, alcohol is well-hidden. Very much meh.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Orangey/Amber... little to no head to speak of. Slight lacing.

S - Love the hoppiness, but not digging the intense malts. Reminds me more of a barleywine than the listed "triple" IPA.

T - Pretty complex and alcohol only noted in the tummy. Complex hops ride a malty wave right down, with a slight burn on the finish. Tasty, but a little too overdone. Mostly fruity, citric overtones with a sweet malt undertone. Resinous and leaves a great coating.

M - Syrupy and thick. Medium carbonation.

D - It's pretty heavy and high in alcohol. A sipper. I'll drink this one and probably not revisit this until next years batch.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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