Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer
5,052 Ratings
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle. I've wanted to have Devil Dancer for awhile now, but I never wanted to pay full-price for a bottle, since I read it described as something I really didn't want to bother paying for.

Appearance: Copper. Basically no haze at all. A ring floats on top, but there's no actual head.. maybe quarter of a finger. Lacing is actually exceptional given the ABV of this beer.

Smell: Definitely a huge amount of hops. Not so much citrus, but just a lot of earthy, pine sorts of hops that really "dance" in your nostrils. Devil Dancer is definitely pungent, and it stood out among my sampler.

Taste/feel: Interesting. Weird. Unusual. I think there definitely has to be summit hops used in this one -- the flavor has that somewhat burning (thanks to the alcohol, no doubt) with the dirty/earthy onion sorts of flavors. If I were to drink a tea made of poison ivy, I imagine it tasting something like this.

Overall, a strange, strange beer. As many have said, it really is a pretty extreme beer that, to me, is distinctively Devil Dancer. It drinks pretty well and it tastes solid, but I don't think I'd pay whatever the cost is for a four-pack of this stuff. I tend to love Founders offerings, but I just like this one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 12, 2013.

It has a nice looking amber-copper color with an off-white head that sticks around briefly. Slightly cloudy too.

The aroma is just so vibrant with floral hops, grapefruit, and astonishing bitterness that tears into the senses. There is also a bread and butter thing happening.

The body is in the medium range but there is a noticeable astringency too.

The taste is overwhelmed by floral and citrusy hops. The bread is there too but it is really in the background. Triple hops really make a difference in this brew.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, bottled 6/3/13

A- pours a dark amber color with a ruby red hue, small creamy off-white head that reduces to a small layer, leaving short lasting lace

S- dry floral and earthy hops, some fruity esters, a trace of garlic & onion, a bit of sweet malt to close it out. Not as pungeant as I would expect from a triple IPA.

T- what it lacked in hop aroma, it makes up for in taste. Bitter earthy and leafy hops attack the palate with some floral, pine and herbal notes. A big malty sweetness kicks in mid-palate that actually stands up to the huge hops, it follows all the way to the finish with more leafy hop notes and just a bit of vegetal flavor, long bitter linger

M- this and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Some warming alcohol at the end, but its needed to stand up to the huge flavor.

O- this one is a slow sipper. Thick, boozy and full of hops. I didn't have high hopes after the aroma but the flavor made up for it. Definitely worth a try for hop heads.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with a very slight tint of red. 1 finger white head that retains nicely.

Nose is dominated by earthy hops, mainly black pepper spice and grassy notes. Malt is detectable and smells somewhat sweet.

Spicy hops dominate the majority of the flavor In this. Some earthiness and grassy notes are also present. Finish has a big bitter character

Mouthfeel has a big oily feel. Finish is dry and bitter.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5,052 ratings
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