Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

very good
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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was ok. I was hoping for much more. It poured dark yellow with a lighter head. The beer had a descent smell and taste. It had thick texture to it. The taste is bold. This beer is also too expensive. I have seen them go for as much as five dollars a beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a deep ruby red color with some orange and amber.

The aroma has lots of sweet orange, pine, caramel bready sweetness. Some grapefruit, lots of dank cat pee from Simcoe. As it warms up, the cat pee and huge onion and garlic notes get huge.

The flavor follows with a lot of garlic and onion. It starts off with some sweet orange and citrus that is complimented well by how much caramel candy sweetness there is. Then the finish hits you with pine, earthy resin flavors, and then just lots of garlic. It’s quite bitter on the back end with a medium to full mouthfeel.

This beer hides is 12% decently. It’s a very aggressive and big beer, but also balanced. The sweetness is not too much, nor do the hops get offensive. Beers like Hercules DIPA or Maharaja push this style, as well as the American Barleywines. Having those in mind, this beer does the “bigger than Double IPA” style really well.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Vivacious clear copper body with a small crown of off white head that fades rather quick. Lacing starts to accumulate around the edges leaving a sudsy wake in the middle. Creamy suds engulf the top when swirled.

S: Rich toasted caramel malt, simple syrup, original Polo cologne, biscuity malt, pine resin, melon, birch chips and spiced booze.

T/M: Wow! This is like giving a pine tree a blow job and it finishing a huge load in your mouth. Toasted caramel malt base huge pine essence, lots of earthy notes birch and spiced rum. Did I say that out loud? Super full sticky body with moderate carbonation. Finishes extra dry with spices that tickle the tongue.

O: This is a beast. Huge flavors and booze to match. It hits hard but is enticingly delicious. This is hands down one of my favorite hardcore IPA's.

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3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Darkish copper orange, white head with decent retention and lace considering the ABV.

S - Lots of sweet malts of toffee and caramel with some complex and potent hops of the grapefruit, lemon, resiny pine and pineapple variety.

T - Taste is huge, sweet, bitter and boozy. Big sugary malts of toffee, butterscotch and caramel are even more powerful than the hefty dose of hops - which follow the nose mostly but lean more towards pine/resin/earthy.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth with medium-low carbonation. Intensity all around, definitely a sipper. Booze is obvious but not too bad for 12%.

O - The malt bill reminds me of souped-up Southern Tier Unearthly. The big sweetness here just doesn't fit, the hops are decent but this is just a bit too abrasive to really enjoy too much. That being said, certainly not the worst.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 5,046 ratings.
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