Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer
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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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Ratings: 5,050 |  Reviews: 1,487
Photo of alexanf
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Chico1985
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Photo of gspeicher
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of instinct2
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jawneyt
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of ScottP
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of djgustafson
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chegui
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of NSK79
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ChrisKuhns
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Tonerelia
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Roman5150
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottle into snifter

appearance: dark hazy copper/amber, slight 1 finger white head, minor lacing

smell: lots of tropical fruity notes; citrus, some grapefruit, apple, somewhat floral. also plenty of caramel and sweet, sugary malt, you can smell some booze but for 12% it's VERY well hidden.

taste: Off the bat you taste the hops (obviously, i mean it's a Triple IPA..), very earthy and floral, not as citric and tropical as the nose suggested, but it still has an abundance of great tropical hop flavor. The middle is slightly acidic, getting lots of phenolic yeast and alcohol warmth, yet it's very well balanced against the hops and malt bill, overall I was surprised that this was as smooth as it is, I was expecting the booze or hops to take a dominant role but they all fit together nicely. The malt backbone is sweet and almost sugary, remind me of a Lagunitas. Getting some notes of caramel and apple mid-palate as well. The finish is where the booze comes through a bit more, and honestly I was expecting a little more bitterness from the hops, as it doesn't really linger too long. But that's testament to the great job founders did in brewing this well balanced enjoyable beer.

mouthfeel: not too carbonated, medium to thick bodied

overall: It seems that this is a super hyped beer that is actually underrated, I though it lived up to the hype. Maybe not the price, but damn this is a great beer. Not too sure what the difference between a triple IPA and a really strong DIPA, but this is very well balanced, has enough hops to satisfy a hop head but not overwhelming bitterness like a Ruinten or Ruination, and has great floral citric flavors to match. Well done Founders, I waited long enough to try this and am thoroughly impressed.

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Photo of Norseman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a very thin off-white head.

S - Lots of caramel malts with a faint hop aroma.

T - Follows the aroma. There is strong combination of sweet caramel malts and big piney hops. The finish has a lingering bitterness with a big amount of booziness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - Devil Dancer is a big beer boozy beer. I only need one a year. For fans of big hoppy beers this is definetly recommended.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jpro
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single from CBX. Poured into a Bell's tulip glass...

A: Deep, reddish copper; light beige head - about a finger's worth, that leaves a few spotty, thick webs of lace - pretty impressive lacing for an ale of this stature.

S: Some pretty serious pine aroma, with more alcohol in the nose as it warms; has a little stank on it... wet dog-esque, but this is quickly lost to more powerful boozy notes; some pretty substantial brown sugar notes, too.

T: Heavy pine cone; alcohol is noticeble; leaves a pretty bitter finish on the palate; almost an oily hoppiness; considering this is a triple IPA, there is a rather noticeable malt profile - caramel and light toffee.

M: Heavy... full body; low carbonation and viscous; has the feel of a big beer.

O: Wow - a big beer... Pretty noticeable alcohol in the aroma and taste, especially as things warm up. Hops are big time, but the malt isn't entirely lost... This kind of reminds me more of a super-hopped barleywine, especially with the feel. Glad I tried this!

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Photo of jvillefan
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A deep orange color with ivory white lacing as a head the disappears quickly.

S: Heavy caramel aromas with some cascade hop aroma present. There is a slight sting of alcohol present.

T: The beer opens with a rich caramel flavor. Alcohol comes on next and then a grassy bitterness comes on at the end.

M: Very silky and smooth body. A little lacking on carbonation but that is too be a little expected from a 12% beer.

O: Very interesting and somewhat good but I don't think it's worth the price.

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Photo of BlueWinged35
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Swik
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74.9% out of 100 with 5,050 ratings
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