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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip glass on 17 June 2013.

A: A small white head develops on the pour, but dissipates throughout the drinking session. Amber colored with some nice bubbling. Lacing definitely prevalent, but decreases throughout the drinking session.

S: Very interesting, I'm getting something like raspberry jelly, as well as blackberry and raspberry currants. Huge red fruit presence in the the smell. Pine resin is especially dominant though. It has both a bitter and sweet smell and has a very intriguing balance.

T: Bitter, goddamn bitter. Ruination bitter, but I obviously mean that in the best way possible. Very piney, lots and lots and lots of glorious hops. There is an underlying presence of orange and obviously grapefruit as well. Alcohol is definitely present as well but doesn't overwhelm considering the percentage. It is worth noting though that the taste is a bit unbalanced and the bitterness can get to be a bit much throughout the drinking session. This is a slow drinker obviously, but more in the vein of a bourbon or scotch simply because of the outright intensity that it embodies. Still, very good and one of my favorite brews.

M: Caramel like and smooth on the first sip. After the swallow, there is a definite chalky dry feeling on the tongue, probably from the large alcohol percentage. It's bubbly and pleasant though, pretty perfect mouth feel honestly, one of the best I have tried.

Overall, this is a very slow drinker, but it's one of those that you need to try. Especially if you are a hop-head. This beer has some very interesting stuff going on in it and I commend Founders for it. Stay away if you can't handle beers like Stone's Ruination though, this one isn't as good, but it's definitely in the same league as that devilish bastard.


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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks somewhat thick and syrupy on the pour. Head never manages to form, so we'll settle for a thin ring of foam here. Color is fairly dark, but shows some bright red orange directly in the light.

S: Extremely piney and resinous. That's really about it.

T: Huge raw bitterness from start to finish. Bitter citrus rind and resinous pine flavors are there. Seriously, this is bitter. I was expecting a lot of malt sweetness to balance the 100+ IBU, but that is not happening. I'm a hophead, but damn. The lack of balance and increased alcohol presence with warming makes this a sipper for sure.

M: Being a 12% beer this seems about right. A little thick, and a little slick and oily. Carbonation is on the lower side.

O: This is a really unbalanced beer and seems a little extreme, even with what's out there today in the IPA DIPA market. That being said, it is drinkable. However, I think Founders needs to brew up a good replacement for this next year in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Although this is a massive beer, it hit all of the right levels for me. Intensely hopped and a huge malt backbone, the beer geek in me was enjoying this one until the last drop. The alcohol is not well hidden but there is so much more going on you will forget about it altogether. For anyone looking for gigantic beer, a true strong ale, don't hesitate to dance with the Devil Dancer!

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jimmah120
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no date. poured into a new belgium globe.

great looking amber orange, minimal head/lacing and all that jazz. smell is beautiful sweet pine, fruit, alcohol. taste is slick and syrupy, with an unbelieveable amount of hops. pine, earth, alcoholic fruit, malt and spice.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour - Beautiful coppery brown color that is unbelievably inviting with a 2" head
S. Carmel, fruits hits you from the poor
M. Thick more so than most imperials you will see it on the pour
T. Damn its good, very smooth, doesn't taste like 12% and I cant believe its 112ibu

Overall; DONT BELIEVE THE BAD REVIEWS. I almost didn't buy this because of some of the reviews glad I bought it and yes its worth the price$. That said, this is not for everyone this is a Kickass IPA, if you want hops, ABV and dig the 2x and triples get it while you can!



Dont hesitate to buy this! I'm going back for more

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served my ice cold TIPA in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy orange / amber glow, with the slightest white head dissipating quickly.

S- Not overpowering here: Caramel, pine, citrus scent (mainly orange)

T- Wow! This a malt & hop bomb! Almost a barrel-aged quality. First hit by fresh and tasty hops, followed by delicious malts (caramel & honey notes) and ending in a bitter dryness. As it warms, similar to a dark ale/ stout, the flavors become more prevalent. Tastes more malty and sweet than Curmudgeon w/ the freshness of hops. No alcohol present for me- very well hidden!

M- Thick, almost syrupy, but not sticky. Very smooth indeed. Good carbonation for this style.

O- Incredible! This is a Founder's IPA here. Refreshing, yet a sipper. I enjoyed this much better than Double Trouble, due to the malt load. Impressive...relax and enjoy this one!!!

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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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