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Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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88
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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple IPA. Dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. 112 actual IBU; although it calculates to over 200!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,469
Ratings:
4,944
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
24.68%
 
 
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1,132
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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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Photo of jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So i called up Wine Gallery in Brookline looking for the Breakfast Stout (which I have tried), but they unfortunately did not have it in stock. They did on the other hand have the Devil Dancer, which i've never seen anywhere, so I was compelled to make it over there to pick it up. Grabbed a four pack, which was a bit on the pricey side, but oh so worth it. It says "triple ipa" on the bottle, whatever that means. Anyhow, it poured a nice light strawberry red color, but really no head at all, which was sort of a bummer, but the color made up for it. Aroma was full of floral hops...very much on the grapefruit and tangerine side. It was bursting with fruity smells and some sweet hop aromas as well. Taste was just as fruity, perhaps even more so. The hops show up towards the end, leaving behind a pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel was oily and slick, just the way I like my heavy beers. Mouthfeel was the biggest surprise. When I first sipped I thought it would probably be around the 9-10 percent alcohol region, but when I saw the 13% I was floored. The alcohol is completely hidden with this beer. A bit misleading if you ask me, but wither way really tasty. This is an outstanding IPA, and one that I might go back for more of. If it is in your area, I highly suggest grabbing it. Cheers.

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

Paid a small fortune for this 4-pack but it's a triple IPA so I had to have it. Poured into tumblers.

The appearance is OK, deep orange color but almost no foam (maybe too much alcohol) The aroma is like a hoppy barleywine. The flavor also rides the line between DIPA and barleywine but it's good. Reminds me a little of Stone 10th or Bigfoot.

Thick mouthfeel from all the malt but not easy to drink quickly. Nice to try but not an everyday beer.

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

Not my favorite Founders Beer. Overall a midroad Triple IPA.

Poured nice into my glass. Nice amount of head which disapated reasonably well. Good floral hoppy smell.

Too strong of an alcohol taste especially towards the end of the beer. Also very bitter. I know that these are usually atributes of these types of IPA's but this beer was extremely bitter.
Worth trying although with all the other extremely hopped beers out there these days there are better ones.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a personal rule of thumb, I make it a fact to NEVER review beers twice. That rule is now broken.

A: Dense and thick reddish orange color with a storm of haze brewing inside the glass. Immature foamy head is a mask for what lays below. An odd sediment appears in the bottom of the glass, a quality that I didn't see in my first review. Looks like fruit flies passed over the glass and were inebriated with the sheer power and density beneath them, and plunged to their pleasurable and enjoyable deaths.

S: Hops. A plethora of citrus hell and overpopulated pine. Wow. Must experience to properly know what I'm describing. Nearly 4th dementional.

T: Heavy alcohol. Heavier hops. A strong sweet citrus quickly gives way to a powerful note of bitterness and baseline malt. The palate is nearly overwhelmed. Sweetness, bitterness, alcohol, warmth. It's the devil's pleasure in a brown glass bottle.

M: Dense. Thick. Neary syrupy. A smoothing quality allows this beer to be drank far to easily. This brew truely beckons the drinker to go for more. A dangerous wager...

D: Far too good. I'd have another immediately if it weren't for my 12 step "beat the hops" program. Truely satisfies all cravings for hops, IPA's and DIPA's, and extreme beer nuts all in one serving. This is the end all be all for those looking for hops. This beer is to hop heads what cocaine and heroin mixed is to Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue. Heaven. Hell. Call it what you will. This creation is beyond words.

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

12oz. bottle thanks to nflmvp

Pours a hazy amber-brown with a light orange tint. Has a small eggshell head that thins, minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet caramel malt and a complex layering of hops witch make for a very fruity smell.

Sweet caramel malt upfront leading into a bitter hop bite and a very nicely blended array of hop flavors. The metric assload of hops does a decent job of balancing out the malt sweetness. Finishes slightly sweet with lingering hop effects.

Huge body - slightly syrupy. Decent carbonation.

For such a brute, this brew is decently drinkable. However, as big as it is, I have a hard time accepting it as a DIPA. It's flavor and general characteristics really scream American Barleywine. I'd bet that one of these with 2-3 years of cellaring would be quite stellar..

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

Sure was happy to see this one on my last trip stateside. The $16/4 pack was in no way discouraging.

Appearance
Poured a slightly hazed brownish beer mixed with hues of gold and deep red. A one finger light reddish tan head struggled to form on an fairly aggressive pour into my Chimay chalice. Very mildly carbonated, with almost no lacings.

Aroma
Huge aromas greated my nose. A blast of decadent, sweet and juicy tropical fruit tried to fill the room. Papaya, sweet red grapeferuit, orange and pineapple greeted my nose. While the hops dominated it was also obvious that there was alot of malts in here, with a solid, lightly buttered caramel backbone.

Taste
What an insanely huge beer, loaded with malts but especially hops. Sweet buttered caramel and creamy hazel nuts, and hints of darker fruits (fig and dates). Even with the solid malt backbone this is an IPA, the malts cant quite stand up to the huge hop blast. A huge oily blast of grapefruit and orange peel, tropical fruit (papaya, pineapple) strips the tongue and finishes with a long lingering piney and grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel
Huge sweet and lightly buttered malt backbone is buried underneath a huge hoppy and fruity bitterness. The hops manage to blow the malts and even the alcohol away, leaving only some alcohol warmth behind in this 13% IIIPA. Very full bodied brew, but paradoxically the substantial resinouness of this brew helps to prevent it from being cloying.

Drinkability
Very drinkable huge beer. Not session fare, but could make for a memorable night of sipping. Not for those faint of hops. A rich and decadent treat that i will look forward to again!

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First off this looks nothing like any ipa I've had before, but what do I know this is the first triple IPA I've ever had. Color is contains dark cherry colors ranging from a purple to maroon. Very limited biscuit color head on this one which is limited to the rim of the glass with carbonation bubbles crawling up the edges. As one sips the glass is coated in what remains as the beer falls from the lip similar to that of a cognac. Smells of cherry, orange and slight alcohol are apparent in the nose reminds me of Gordon DIPA. First thing I taste is grapefruit as well as pine like fruit esters. At 13% you would assume that the alcohol would be overbearing but it is well hidden with zero alcohol burn. This is a very good beer but one for special occasions or a night cap for that really bad day at work. I took a good hour sipping this one and was happy with each sip.

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

Poured a deep hazy amber with a minimal tan head.

The aroma was intensely vinous and alcoholic. If I were blind, I'd say it was a barleywine. Hops were there in the nose, but not in any overwhelming sense as to be expected from double and this "triple" IPA.

The flavor of the beer was intensely malty with rich notes of caramel balanced out by an assertive hop bitterness. The alcohol made itself well known in the finish - very warm. Some notes of oak and vanilla came through as well.

The carbonation was just right. The mouthfeel was relatively heavy and creamy.

Let's get one thing straigt: this is a great beer. What it is not, however, is any form of an IPA, double or "triple." It's gone way beyond any reasonable flavor threshold of any double IPA out there. That said, it shows amazing maturity early on for a barleywine. I'm sure it would do well with age, but it's flavors are very well rounded for a fresh beer of this gravity.

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

Poured a nice dark cherry color with a beige colored head. Head didn't last long and there was virtually no lacing, but still a nice looking brew. There is just a trace of some caramel in the smell, but this is pretty much all hops. Seemed like there were more grapefruit citrus hops than piney resinous, but either way, they worked very well together. Taste is full of much of the same, but there seems to be more piney hops in the taste than the aroma, there's even a bit of caramel and dark fruit hidden beneath the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, full bodied and medium carbonation; maybe that's not true to style, but it seemd to fit well. Very enjoyable beer, certainly worth trying, if you can find it.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A small head sits atop an opaque sienna brew. As the tiny bubbles of carbonation strive to rise to the surface of the viscous brew, they move as if through corn syrup. Isolated specks of lacing are scattered about the walls of the glass.

S - Very potent pine and citrus hops over a sweet aroma of figs, honeydew melon and caramel. Abv is wholly masked. Very nice.

T - A pleasant sweetness strong in dark fruits quickly turns to a grapefruit pith bitterness that escalates in strength until it reaches a comfortable level which could turn a lesser man inside-out. Damn good.

M - Very thick, it has the consistancy of maple syrup (the real stuff, not that Mrs. Butterworths stuff), it is astonishingly refreshing considering the sweetness and the bittermess.

D - I don't know how other's feel about this, but I could drink this every day. (Note to self: Move to Michigan.) If I had ready access to this and it was cheap, I'm sure I'd drink myself to death within a month. (Note to self: Ignore last note for longevity's sake.) This is the sort of beer that is a terrible idea to session, but I know that I'd find myself doing it anyway. I will make I point to buy this again if I am ever in an area that distributes it. How does it go with food? Well, I had a burrito for dinner. I burrito that I botched and put in about 3x the cumin I should have. Devil Dancer was not only able to hold it's own against this burrito, but it tasted almost exactly the same. Amazing. Top notch performance Founders!

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

12 oz. Founders stubby bottle with a label that is very interesting. I looked this the first couple of times and the only thing I saw at that time was these bright red flames. Upon a closer look I noticed it was something different. The label is that of a man who I'm assuming is the Devil (you can only see his hands) engulfed in these bright red flames holding up a beautiful naked blonde hair woman over the flames. Yes, you read that correctly, the woman on the label is naked! Of course the Devil's hands are covering up her nipples. What I didn't get was that at the bottom behind the words "Triple IPA" are 2 crossed swords. I know the Devil likes to play around with swords, but is this label taken from a larger piece of artwork? Founders website didn't have any answers to that question. No date marked because I know that Founders uses a notched system on the label itself. Mine was notched at the bottom and in the middle. I'm guessing that means that it was made sometime in September?

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer was a nice cherry mahogany color with a touch of copper to it. All I got was just a skim of beige colored foam that left some beige colored rings around the glass. Since it had barely any foam to it, it didn't leave much lace in it's tracks (Duh) I thought that since it has a high ABV% that there wouldn't be much of a head on this and I was correct.

Smell: Wow! When I popped the cap (I didn't need to, it has a twist off cap) a powerful aroma of hops came pouring out. When the beer settled in the glass, it wasn't as hoppy, but more fruity. I could smell the dark cherries blend into the sweet caramel malts, the 10 varieties of hops, pine needles and a smidge of alcohol at the end. Not a Devil of an aroma because to me a Devil of an aroma would be nothing but bitter hops and alcohol. This aroma to me smells like what the woman's aroma mixed in with the Devil's aroma would smell like. Very Nice!

Taste: Founders wasn't lying when they said they dry-hopped this beer for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 varieties of hops. It tastes like it! If you can get passed the powerful taste of piney hops, there is just a little bit of sweet caramel, dry roasted malts, dark fruits, and alcohol. I would have to say that it's a Devil of a taste because one taste dominates this beer.

Mouthfeel: I would have to say that it's very full bodied, low carbonation, and has a Devil of an aftertaste. The aftertaste is strong with bitter hops and alcohol. If you didn't get enough hops in the taste, you got them in the mouthfeel. The sad thing is that the Devil of hops doesn't leave peacefully. It will stick around with you for quite some time.

Drinkability: I'm glad that I got to dance with the Devil on such a cold day because believe me, this beer will warm you up. This beer is a once in a while treat. No way anybody could drink this on a daily or weekly basis. If love a beer that's hopped like a Devil, then pick this one up. By the way I got this via trade because it's not available in OH due to its ABV% cap.

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Photo of Cresant
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. A vigorous pour resulted in no head. A tiny collar collected. The beer was about 48-50 F when poured. A hazy sulfured apricot colored body cleared after a few minutes. A thick clear residue clings to the glass after a swirl.

Smell was rum. Grainy sweetness. This beer became bready as it warmed. Alcohol was present but not harsh. A bit brandy-like.

Taste was tart. Bitter oiliness. The alcohol warmed my tastebuds but refrained from burning them. The taste improved near room temperature. This was a pleasant sipper. Hops bitterness aftertaste. I love biiter but this one was rather balanced for what I would expect from a triple IPA (my first).

Mouthfeel was pleasant, oily and full to medium bodied.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very red with a surprisingly solid looking creamy head. The head faded and then the lacing came through rather nicely. Nice hoppy odor with some (but not as much as i'd thought) alcohol. It does smell like its going to be strong and heavy, but not because of the alc. ..more of a background malt heaviness. Taste is strong and bitter...lots of hops and alcohol and sweet malts. Bitterness on the front end and the finish. Very much like some of the really hopped up U.S. Barleywines i've had. Like Bigfoot in its first month. Very, very bitter. Sweetness is slightly cloying. It's tasty, but it could use some sitting down (glad i have 3 more). Heavy and thick mouthfeel...overall, like i said, it's really raw. Will be interesting to see how it changes with age.

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Photo of Vancer
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I’m perplexed and dissatisfied by this brew. A big hitter on the BA site, but I was thoroughly disappointed by it - the main category, taste, was a major letdown. Just a hot and mediciney pine and grapefruit combination. The whole body was sharp and hot, but by mid-bottle the tongue is numbed a bit. A funky sour ale malt finish adds to the eww factor of this one.

Pour and citrus pine aromas was OK – but this is not one that I’ll go back for.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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