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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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Ratings: 5,059 |  Reviews: 1,487
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ZRBE
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Stoked to be able to try this, thanks Max! Darker color for an IPA, but looks great. Good lacing, small head. Nose is floral but hints at the malt presence to come. And malt there is, malt for days. Reminds me of double jack, if double jack had about twice the amount of heat and four times as much hop presence. This beer definitely builds as you go, and I'm not certain if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I'm on the fence with this one. Good, but needs a bit of work. I don't think I can categorize this like I would other triple IPA's that I've had like younger or notorious because of the huge caramel malt body which overshadows the hop action, but I like it just the same.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a rich, vibrant, dark caramel coloring with a thin, frothy, off-white head that starts as a low profile coat and settles into a ring on the surface. Aromas are robust, and very rich in caramel malts, smoky and roasted. Tropical fruit sweetness blends with a spiced and bitter hops character, giving an overall tangy, rich nose. Flavors are bold and robust. Holy shit, this one's got some body. Wow, this is a rich, smooth, thick brew in mouth. Roasted caramel backbone, with a blast of pepper and resiny hops, with a bitterness that is relentless, and builds as you drink. Pine pitch throughout, along with mango, pineapple, and grapefruit sweetness. The malt profile is profound, and continues to pack a punch with every sip. The spices build as you drink, and combined with the ABV, you are left with a nice warmth. Tangy, rich sweetness and spiced, resiny bitterness in the aftertaste. This beer stays with you long after each sip, and it is a sipper. This beer is a beast, and leans a bit towards the malt-bomb side, but with some very clear bitterness and heat.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Excited to try this beer, my first encounter with a bottle of Founders Devil Dancer. Got a single bottle from the local beer store for about $6, so it wasn't exactly a hard call to make. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass, because I lack a snifter.

A - Somewhat aggressive pour yields a quarter inch of khaki colored head that dies out within seconds. Body color is a dark blood orange / ruby, with some cloudiness present. No sediment, and hardly any bubbles. No lacing.

S - Smell is entirely strange, and not what you would expect from an IPA. Almost a dirty sock like smell to it, like a peach Faygo soda. Candied fruits begin to come out after a minute reminiscent of apricot & mango. There are some alcohol esters present in the nose also.

T - Taste is extraordinarily bitter and dry, with a ton of alcohol warmth in the mouth. Definitely fruity in some ways (grapefruit, apricot, mango), but the hop bitterness is overpowering. A little bit of brown sugar sweetness here and there. As strange as it is, I got some kind of a tootsie roll type taste out of it. Not getting any of the dreaded "onion and garlic" that some people complain of experiencing.

M - Feel isn't much different than your average DIPA. Some hop resin bitterness coating the palate, some fruity sugars, and dry in the finish with some alcohol heat.

Overall, it's nothing extraordinary. It is a slightly above average triple IPA, and nothing more. I would much rather prefer drinking many other standard DIPA's that can be bought year round. It definitely packs a punch, with a well-concealed 12.00% abv, but the beer's big alcohol is noticeable, and seems to compromise on flavor in some ways. Glad to have tried it, but I'm definitely glad I was able to snag a single bottle rather than the entire 4 pack.

Founders Devil Dancer ---3.5/5

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3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: deep amber with a short whitish head that fades slowly, leaving solid lacing.

S: a lot of booze, some citrus, caramel malt; a bit sweet.

T: really strong piney hop taste but a strong burn of alcohol, okay going down but the alcohol is noticeable.

M: heavy bodied for a DIPA, but there is some creaminess. Alcohol is noticeable for sure.

O: worth a try but the alcohol overpowers the hops. A bit boozy for my liking, not enough of a beer backbone for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle (from my son for my birthday) and...WOW. Though the ABV is super high, it could not overpower the extreme delicious maltiness of this beauty. The hop finish was intense as well, but due to the tremendous malty beauty that this beer delivers in droves, the balance was awesome. Intense all the way around, it was definitely a party in the mouth experience, and one of my favorite beers ever. Thank you Founders, I look forward to sampling this beauty at your brewpub. Cheers :)

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5,059 ratings
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