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 BeerBelcher
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceedingly bitter, even by DIPA standards. Nonetheless, it tastes quite good (assuming you like bitter) and is very drinkable for a beer with such a high ABV. Recommended.

This beer poured a-not-too-shiny copper red with a good amount of head which quickly faded to a thin lace. Aroma is quite hoppy and sweet...the hops smell almost caramel-y. Flavor is highly bitter and taste the bitterness in the front of your tongue, and you feel it in the back of your throat. This beer is quite dry and crisp and masks its 13% ABV quite well. Very drinkable for a DIPA.

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

Pours a hazy red amber with a dirty, yellowish head, fair retention and decent lacing.
The smell is pineapple, citrus and a little sweet malt. It's very nice and as others have mentioned, not so powerful as most DIPA's.
The taste is bitterness at first, stays bitter for a bit and then lightens up to a milder bitterness and malty sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable but mostly warming.
Mouthfeel is kind of thick and syrupy.
Drinks fairly easy but the drinkability is lower because of the alcohol level.
As it warms the bitterness seems to decrease but that just may be the alcohol effect. This is a good beer and worth trying for any hop lover.

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

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: hazy brownish red with a 2 cm head. It looks creamy and inviting.

Smell: Citrus, Malt, and sweetness. It has a mild smell that is somewhat unexpected, but the smell is delicious.

Taste: Initial taste is bitterness with a sweet tail end. The hops are strong with this one, but the malt really mellows it out. There is a pleasant burning from the alcohol, but it is really not the dominant taste. The fact that this beer is 13% ABV is a bit frightening. As the beer warms, I realize that the alcohol is affecting me very strongly. The beer is delicious, and as it warms it only gains complexity.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. The carbonation is light, but nice. This mouthfeel of this beer indicates that it is a sipper for sure.

Drinkability: 13% ABV really impairs this, I would often love to have another after finishing this but under most circumstances it would be a bad idea.

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Photo of hammer09
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick and syrupy, Founders Devil Dancer pours a reddish-copper with a cloudy/hazy appearance that eventually clarifies. Virtually no head development which isn't surprising given that visual signs of carbonation appear lazy.

Smell exhibits a fresh, spicy, hop aroma, but not overpowering. There's also an underlying sweetness with floral and mild earthy notes. This beer smells great, but the overall effect is subtle for this style.

Unlike the subtleties exhibited in this beer's aroma, taste is huge and hoppy. In fact, all one can taste is the hops. Bitterness is prolonged and my first impression is that this beer is almost too hoppy. But after following the beer mantra of sip, swallow, repeat, the flavor grew on me. The other effect from the hops is that the bitterness hides this brew's 13% abv.

Mouthfeel is sticky with a dry finish. Amazingly, this beer is well carbonated despite the lack of visible carbonation and no head.

Although this is a very good beer, drinkability is just above average. Definitely for hop lovers, this is a bold beer that is best enjoyed in moderation.

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Photo of alohaC
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh ’07 bottle courtesy of hoppymeal. Pours a ruby red and copper with a thin, half-inch head that quickly dissipates. What’s left over clings to the glass and leaves a nice lacing - a trait I find in most all Founder’s beers. Poking my nose into this one I get a lot of sweet hops - most apricot and apple as well as caramel malt. Fairly big and alcoholic in the nose. Funny, but the hop bitterness is just missing from this beer - especially given it’s reputation and high IBUs. It’s sweet and cloying - not in a completely bad way, but not what you would expect. Definitely big on the sugary malts. Alcoholic and somewhat astringent - not what I would classify as a IIPA or barleywine by any stretch. Definitely an interesting beer, but not one I will go out of my way for again. The one beer from Founder’s that I’ve had that misses the mark. I’m curious to try a year+ old bottle I’ve been cellaring to see if it mellows/improves.

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

Got this from Sephiroth in a trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

A: pours a dark amber red color with a small half finger head that dissipates within 10 seconds.

S: apples, alcohol, bitter hops.

T: kinda dark for an IPA. The alcohol is decently well hidden, considering it’s 13 percent. Was expecting more hops to be honest for a “triple IPA”, but it still tastes damn fine.

M: really, really nice mouthfeel. Almost perfect. Kinda velvety, a little thicker than your average IPA, but it really fits.

D: well, I probably wouldn’t be able to hold onto my beer glass after two of these. For thirteen percent, it’s exceptionally drinkable, but damn, I’m getting a good buzz and I’m only half way done with the beer.

I would love to try this beer on tap. Too bad I live in Texas.

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

Pours a deep, dark rust with a surprising head. Remarkably clear without excessive filtration.

Smells of like a dozen different hop varieties. Insane. Indescribable. Sooo much, but it somehow lets a strong malt syrup come through. Just boldness.
It's bold.

Tastes of strong syrup tastypain. Moves into a wooden, oaky, piney, sweet, grapfruit, dry, wonderful blend of hops. The hops just blend and bend into one another like opitcal illusions emerging randomly out of television static. Wonderful. Perfectly perfectly wonderful and balanced out with a bready death yeast that tastes like heaven and biscuit dough, strong enough to be a very strong stout.

Fucking great.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful thick head that retains very nicely leaving a slight lacing. The color is a good brown. The smell is immediatly hoppy with grapefruitiness. Very fresh and strong are these smells. The taste is a blast of hoppiness that's smooth and rich. I love the taste of this one. The mouthfeel is good and a little creamy. Overall I think this beer is great and would love to have more!

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Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish tone, with a good level of clarity. Spotty lace lines the glass for a good half hour.

Sticky honeysuckle nectar and strawberry bubblegum. Never knew hops could smell so good.

Big citrusy punch up front, mellow warming toward the middle. Ten varieties of hops, and I believe it. Complex yet approachable, this IPA goes off in multiple angular directions. Earthy, herbal, dry hop bitterness at the tail end. Balanced by a floating, effervescent sweetness that lingers briefly.

Rich & syrupy mouthfeel, not heavy, just decadent.
BIg, boozy, verging on a Barleywine in terms of m/f and drinkability. One and done for me...

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Photo of flexabull
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I received a bottle of this in my Easter pack from nlmartin, and one in a trade from Cresant. Thanks!

Pours a brownish amber color, cloudy, and with a faint head.

Aromas are floral, pine like, and there is a hint of carmel.

Taste is thick, big mouthfeel on this one. Beer starts with a kick of alcohol, and some malty brown sugar like flavors. There is a bitter and crisp hoppy finish. Flavors do seem a bit flat and fleeting. (except for the bitterness that sticks around for a bit...)

Overall, this beer hits and misses on different levels. The flavors seem a bit too flat. And nothing really stands out except the bitter finish. It's a good beer, but I've had better. Worth a try, and if nothing else... it's a pretty interesting beer to taste.

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

Poured a hazy dark mahogony/amber with a thick and sticky tan head, great retention and lacing.

Smell has a suprising bit of bready malt creeping through the strong pine and minty hops.

Taste is powerfully strong and good, but shockingly balanced. There is a very nice noticeable toasty malt backbone present, blending very well with the strong juniper and minty hoppiness. The 13% alcohol is very well hidden, more noticeable in the warm mouthfeel and giving the beer an ever so slight sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thick with that great big hop coating and the before mentioned abv warmth.

Very drinkable for a beer this big, overall outstanding, I would drink a lot of this if it were more readily available.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep amber with little to no head. Promotes itself as a Triple IPA. No head by the time this one hit the table. Smells rank. Overpoweringly sweet, malty presence. Taste follows suit. Reminds me a bit of Stone 10th, but with a more noticeable, rancid sweetness.

Smooth body, but the alcohol is too hot and the sweetness too cloying. This is very much a sipping beer. Though this is a bit too intense for me, there is nothing necessarily bad going on here. Just be aware that you are getting into some serious brew.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber in color. An off white very fine head dissipates rapidly into a slight ring around the edges of the glass. Very thin lacing.

S: Floral hops. Biscuit or bread. Rich malts. Earth. Slight alcohol.

T: Strong pungent floral hops deliver a nice tingle on the tongue and are immediatley followed by a sweet yet very well balanced caramel malt wash. Earthy or herbal taste hits the palate and then a smooth warming alcohol takes over to finish.

M: Syrupy and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Dry and warming finish.

D: Teetering on the brink of a barleywine but this brew has more taste than any barleywine that I have tried to date. Incredibly well balanced for the 13.00 ABV. The alcohol in this beer is nearly undetectable. A sipper to be savored and enjoyed over time.

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

One of my first ppurchases when I turned twenty one. I saved two bottles from that initial 4-pack. This is the first one aged for a little over one year.

Appearance- Very pretty, deep amber, copper hue. Makes me think of a sweet liqeur in appearance. This beer has some viscocity. Light head with no lacing and very sluggish bubbles, whenever you could see them. Still very pretty looking.

Smell- Still hoppy, but much more mellowed then when I first tried this hop monster fresh. The malts are allowed to mingle with the hops to give a better interplay between the two. Much more enticing.

Taste- Very smooth hops and much better interplay between some sweet bready mlats and more sugary citrus rinds. Some slight estery notes peaches and pomegranate danced here and there. I like the aged taste better than the fresh one.

Mouthfeel- Much smoother than a fresh bottle. The high IBUs made this a hard to swallow beer. I love IPAs. Even though the aged version is still a sipper, much easier to relax and feel. The fresh stuff sort of makes you jump. Both are good, but in there own way.

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

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA

Poured a dark, glowing copper with tons of floating sediment. Absolutely no head and no lacing.

Aroma was super hoppy, yet balanced. Intense cascade hops and hop oils gave off citrusy esters. Strong notes of orange peel and grapefruit were evident. A sweet maltiness held up in the background, with noticeable candi and brown sugars.

Taste was insanely hoppy and biting (not at all balanced like the nose). A touch of malty sweetness and candi sugar was discernible before the hops took over. Intense citrusy hops up front followed by some creaminess. Super bitter and biting, piney and resin-like on the back end with (believe it or not) even more hop bitterness in the finish. The insanely hoppy, bitter, tart, grapefruit aftertaste lingered on forever. This beer was a true palate destroyer.

Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability of this beer was a mixed bag. With so much hop flavor, the 13% ABV was incredibly well hidden. At the same time, the overwhelming bitterness was a bit much for even a hop head to handle.

Overall, this was a very interesting and unique beer. Its color, mouthfeel and taste were more similar to that of a barleywine than a DIPA. Nevertheless, a very good and memorable offering.

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

Much thanks to jaxon53?? for the bottle

Poured a deep cloudy and hazy amber, pretty much the perfect color for a Triple IPA, or at least that I would like to see. No real head on this, only a very thin film which quickly daeded leaving a decent lace. Lots of carbonation, tiny bit of sediment, only real loss of score here would be on the lack of head. Smell was classic Hop Bomb, deep pine resin, with a strong alcohol presence upon first smell, as it warmed some of the more subtle scents started to come through, a slight sugary sweetness and citrus, specifically grapefruit were now there to be found. Overall smell was very nice, not over powering, but did have enough to tingle the nose a bit. Taste was very crisp, clean, and warming. Alcohol was a big factor in the beginning again, with a huge pine hop hit. Letting it warm brings out the malt that was trying to balance it with a bit of sweetness, but is still overpowered by the hops. This was a very good brew, and I am glad I got to try it. A true hop bomb, and at 13%abv, a strong one at that. Very nice indeed, will search it out again.

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Photo of stouty1
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Better be ready to just sip this beer. Resembles a barleywine too much for me.

A: Caramel-orange thick with a frothy one finger head. Laced into a sudsy path around the rim.

S: Sweet and fruity. Hint of citrus like maybe grapefruit with a splash of red grape.

T: Holy bitterness! This one starts off bitter and ends even more. Hoppy pine and citrus with a sweet honey ending.

M: Thick and creamy. Covers the whole tongue.

D: Just one, I am not a big barley wine fan, even though this is supposed to be a dbl IPA, it doesn't seem like one.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Triple IPA... I'm still confused why they aren't rightly called barleywine. Cause, it is.

Into a tulip glass, pours a lovely kind of orangish copper amber, or something like that, with a decent off-white head that shrinks to a good swirly foam, a solid wall of cascading lacing. Aroma is.... barleywine-ish, to say the least. Alcohols like brandy and cognac, sweet caramels, vinious, bitter hops, could be a little more complex, in that it seems a little discombobulated that continues to the taste. The same stuff in the aroma transfers over to the taste, but combines a lot better, much better, very potent though, ridiculous bitterness, but heavily buttressed by a hefty malt backbone, somewhat Bastard-ish. The mouth is medium to full, a full smooth tongue coating, very nice, warming is nice but maybe a little too much. In all, its a big, big beer, and for once I'm glad to get a big beer is such a small bottle, though don't know if i'll go for this monster again.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Intense, Over the Top, Huge, West Coast like IPA. I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t repeat. At $4 plus a single, I can’t justify buying this again when compared to similar, and much cheaper beers.

Appearance: Intimidating reddish orange body with plenty of carbonation and a thick beige head that immediately compacts to just a skim.

Aroma: American Barley Wine like. Citrus hops, peppery spice, pine, and vanilla over the faintest caramel.

Taste/MF: this is a sipper indeed but many great flavors are still prevalent: pine and grapefruit for sure but also mangoes, cherry jam, marmalade, juniper, tobacco, and more. Warmth comes in waves, tidal waves, but the carbonation keeps the booze from coming on to thick. Very nice.

Drinkability: One is enough for me.

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

Slightly cloudy, dark amber color with little head.

Fruity, alcohol, hoppy, citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Really nice, complex hop bouquet.

Flavor is bitter and hoppy and the start, then develops a touch of malty sweetness in the middle, and finishes with more hops and bitterness. Not balanced at all.

Medium bodied with not too much carbonation. Drinkability suffers due to the high alcohol (which is noticeable) and the too unbalanced, all bitter hoppiness.

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Photo of Alkey
4.94/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured a dark amber color with a small tan head that leaves a few spots of lacing. A pleasing aroma of malt and hops that mask the 13% ABV. The taste is very balanced and full bodied with sweet malt and bitter hops and an alcohol dryness towards the end. For such a big beer this is dangerously easy to drink but I think the high alcohol would do me in before I'm ready to stop drinking such a exceptional beer.

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

I found this bottle in my closet among year and a half aged desert beers, so I'm not expecting pungent hops; I must have misplaced it during my last move. Awww shucks!
Very cloudy auburn body. The low level of carbonation gives it a thick look.
It smells strongly of sweet malt and alcohol. There's also caramel, some citrus, and a strong hop presence, which I find to be very close to a barleywine ... perhaps I should be sharing this bottle.
It's very thick and smooth with caramel notes, some hop bitterness, bittersweet chocolate at the end, and a magical warming sensation that lasts and lasts.
When I return to a state that sells it, I'll be sure to grab a fresh bottle, but it doesn't seem as though aging has harmed the experience in any way.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Is it supposed to be carbonated? There is some, but its really tame...unlike everything else about this beer I'm guessing. Frankly looks like an old ale. Its really cloudy, the color of melted toffee. Carbonation leaves no head except for the minor most ring around the glass and a few bubble slicks across the top.

S: Smells of a forest after a good rain with some caramel, lemon rind and marshmallow mixed in.

T: Begins with tremendous amounts of toffee right off the get go. A lot of fruity flavors as well; raspberry, peach, apricot, strawberry and grapefruit. Profound bitterness takes place--long and lingering definately from the citrus rind side of the spectrum. As it warms, other flavors such as vanilla and butterscotch emerge. Most of the hop flavors get overwhelmed by the sugary malts and intense bitterness. Finishes malty with continueing bitterness.

M: Full body with a large mouthfeel. Certainly has a syrupy touch to it.

D: Triple IPA? This is a barleywine if I've ever had one, but this beer won't get negative points because of that. This is a well crafted, heavy duty beer. Probably would age quite nicely. Highly recommended.

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

Thanks to BuckEyeNation for this one.

Pours a thick dark amber/orange color, nice carbonation, quick fizzy head, some lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, sweet malts, citrus, and slight caramel. The taste is big on hops, malty, honey like, the finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a high octance IPA for sure, way to go Founders. Highly recommended.

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

12oz bottle sent to me by demcorhip. Thanks man! Poured into a Tulip glass.

Pours a hazey blood orange colour with mild carbonation and a 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice light lace ring. Huge hop bouquet, dark and fruity, floral, citrussy. Buttery toffeelike notes in the background that belies a big malt backbone, and a litlle alcohol. Very clean and enjoyable nose.

Tastes like a big MF hop bomb! Hop character indivduates to grassy, floral, citrus, and piney, and this all melds into a fennel/anise liquorice flavour. Mellow biscuits, with some toasted buttery toffee malt character backs all the hops up. Peppery spiciness, and a bit of alcohol to round it all off. Every sip of this beer is extreme and habit-forming. Heavy duty stuff to be sure! Mouthfeel is numbing to say the least, not overcarbonated, but all those hops just make your entire mouth buzz. Body is medium-heavy, with a massive malt presence needed to balance it out. Drinkability is like a fine spirit, one that you swirl around your glass all evening over a good book. Definitely an all-evening sipper. My first Founders and I'm looking forward to more in the future, because Lord this is a great beer.

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