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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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Photo of Catracho5
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep rich golden color with a vanilla cream colored head, some slight lacing, no head retention, low carbonation.

A: Lots of malts, sweet caramel, toffee malts, hop presence not like I expected, a mix of piney/citrusy aromas, alcohol comes through pretty strong, reminds me of an American style barley wine.

T: Follows the nose, a mix of piney/citrusy hop notes with a big malty finish, caramel, toffee, there's a punch of bitterness in the middle like chewing on pine needles and citrus peel, finish is very dry, heat lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied with a dry finish and low carbonation, a little stick on the palate.

O: This is a big sipper of a beer, I like it but I don't think it drinks like a IIIPA, more like a hoppy barley wine because of the big malt presence, well balanced, but if you're looking for a hop bomb, I don't think this beer is for you.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Half growler from Whole Foods in Fairfax VA. Pours a deep amber with small-medium head that leaves a ring and spotty lacing. Nose more dried fruits come from the heavy malt than citrus and some earthy from the hops, but both are present. Flavor is deeply sweet and bitter together at once...sort of a barleywine meets IPA hop bomb. Candied fruit comes in strongly, but the high bitterness cuts through to prevent any cloying feeling. Full mouthfeel. Overall, a very good beer, but maybe too much of everything doesn't quite equal a well balanced beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy garnet color with a tight, tan head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of caramel malts mostly with some pine hops behind it.

Tastes of a strong, citrus hop profile layered over plenty of caramel malt. Strong hop notes lead off with pine, citrus, herbs, and earthiness. This gives way to sweet caramel malts along with some toasted bread. Hops come back in with a bit more bitter earthiness lingering through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good DIPA, but you better like hops in your face.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle, this chestnut colored beer has a 2 finger head, off-white in color and providing good lace. The aroma is all about hops...musty, pungent, woody, spicy, hops. The taste has plenty of malt sweetness as a canvas, but the story is painted by the hops. Flavorful, pepper, fruit, pine, citrus peel, and pine. Lots of complexity here. Dangerous because it really hides it's ABV, but this is one incredible beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thick orange pour, this is a sandwich in a bottle. For having so much dry hopping, this didn't come across as really all that. Hops yes, but fresh dry hop late stage aroma hops? Not as much, came through a lot more like a barleywine, with all the heavy booze and malt stuff.

Taste packs a ton of bitterness into a massive caramel presence. This is pretty much a barleywine for all intents and purposes. Its hot. You can't discern specific hop flavors because there are so many different ones in immense ways that it all just coalesces into a giant barleywine.

A neat beer, but hardly something I really wanna drink a bunch of in one sitting.

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Photo of EMH73
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, deep Amber color with a minimal tan head. Smells of ripe, almost overripe fruit, sweet malts, oak and booze. Taste is quite boozy, in a very good way, blood orange with rind, some caramel sweetness and lots of hops. Not nearly as bitter as I would expect with an IBU of 112. Medium bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. This is a beer to be sipped and enjoyed, not gulped. Very different and enjoyable.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to pint glass. Deep copper color. Miniscule head. Aroma is floral, maple, caramel, brown sugar. Taste gives a quick pop of hops and sugar, then fades to woody, Ashy, tar. Pretty tasty considering how much punch this beer has. Not my style but I can appreciate it. Above avg Carbonation. Beer leaves a tingle behind....maybe that’s the 12% becoming slightly unmasked,. Glad I tried this.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big, frothy golden head melts quickly over a cloudy body the color of cherry wood stain. No lacing--the glass is left clean and clear.

A strong, multilayered aroma of toasted malt, floral and earthy hops, peppercorn, oak, maraschino cherries, mint leaves, and milk chocolate. Boozy and brilliantly complex.

A sipper, for sure. Rye flavors mix with citrus rinds and small doses of dark stone fruit liqueurs. A roasted character adds to the strong bitterness brought on by big helpings of resinous hops. As one becomes accustomed to this beast, more gentle flavors come through, such as caramel and buttered cinnamon toast.

Creamy, with a medium body and a bit of an oil slick, this has a bitter, biting finish. Carbonation is moderate, making this big beer seem even bigger. A more crisp quality would reign this back into the IPA style.

A big, complex, bitter, booze-fest, this beer is not for the faint of heart. Great for those who aren't afraid of a gargantuan first impression!

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Photo of do_ob
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged nearly a year, poured into a snifter. Transluscent ruby in color, topped with about 1.5 fingers of bubbly, sticku white foam. Very sweet nose consisting of ripened fruit (mango, grapefruit, pineapple, banana) along with sugared candy and sweet alcohol. The taste follows; at this age, it's very sweet, but not cloyingly so. Not bitter at all - more like a freshly-fruity barleywine without the caramel malt. Imagine taking a Southern Tier Unearthly or a 3 Floyds Permanent Funeral and aging it for a year. Then imagine that final result actually tasting good. That's this beer.

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Photo of JiminKY
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

How the consensus on this beer is only "good," is beyond me. This beer is tremendous, and well worth seeking out. Beautifully clear, reddish in color, appropriately pleasant smell, and perfectly blended taste and abv. Just killer.

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Photo of scootny
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

How do you get a beer of this abv to have a head that leaves as much lacing as this. A hazy reddish amber ale with a large creme' brule' colored head. As I said the lacing is mare than a 12 percent brew has a right to have. Must be the hops baby! A slow fade leaves a light covering that stays.

Nose has very sweet almost cloying quality. Some malted grains in the background. Pine and peppery spiciness. Quite a bit of alcohol but it is subsumed by the huge caramel body. Clean yeast.

Flavor is in line with the nose. Huge sweet front that platforms an even bigger hop bomb right behind it. Liquid caramel with a dough and dinner roll malt. Then wave after wave of grapefruit.
A hop oil covering of my tongue and pine oil juice. Very well hidden alcohol that shows up in a bit of lighter fluid/fusel booze.

Feel is syrupy with a mild carbonation while maintaining a surprising cripness.

Nice heavy hitter.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/5/15.

Appearance: Maroon in color with good clarity. Half an inch of off-white froth.

Aroma: Some similarities to a barleywine here. Lots of boozy fruit, figs and apricot. A bit of oxidation as well. Sweet overall.

Taste: This one has a lot going for it. Tons of drunken blood orange, dried fruits, and syrupy flavor. Definitely more in the barleywine/imperial scotch ale category. The bitterness almost goes unnoticed. I'll attribute that to time and the whopping 12% ABV. The only downside here is the apparent oxidation. I would expect a 12% ABV beer to stand up longer than nine months in a bottle if it was purged and sealed correctly. Nice heat in the throat. Quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Full in body but not overly thick. Good low level carbonation that fits with a high alcohol beer. All that spells good drinkability for such a big beer.

Final Thoughts: Style guidelines be damned, this is just a good high alcohol beer. It really showcases the great subtle flavors that can come from four simple ingredients. Would I drink it again? Yes, but next time I'd like to try it fresh.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

05/2015 bottle date served cold in a wine glass.

Malty sweet, boozy, sweet alcohol, fruity, mildly bitter, very mellow and integrated. This is an IIPA to cellar. Much more like an American Barleywine than an IPA.

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Photo of Myotus
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured at 51°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 24Apr2015) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 28Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of dense, khaki foam. At 35 seconds, the foam head becomes rocky and poruous. At 2 and a half minutes, a half fingers worth of foam remains along with a moderate amount of very thick lacing left from the dissipation. Dark amber in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are both small and medium in size and are in abundance. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of caramel and bread are backed by mild aromas of alcohol and subtle piney hop, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine aromas. With 10 different hops used, I would have thought that this would smell like a hop bomb. That is slightly disappointing.
TASTE: Strong bread and caramel flavors first strike the palate. Mild piney hop flavors enter about 2 seconds after as caramel flavors grow slightly stronger. Subtle alcohol flavors and hints of oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines make their debut as piney hop flavors grow slightly stronger. As all flavors now push on, mild bitter hop flavors enter lastly.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Clings to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes horribly dry. A big and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: I've had one other beer that was brewed with 10 different hops and that was a complete disaster. This was pretty great. Not the best DIPA out there, but definitely one worth buying.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice mahogany reddish brown clear colored with an off white head that dissipates quick
S - big chocolate and caramel malts. Oxidation. Dark fruits, cherry. Fig newtons. Some grapefruit and citrus peel in there that I'm sure was more forward when this was more fresh.
T - sweet caramel and chocolate malts, boozy, dark fruits like figs and plums but also grapefruit at the same time. Little bit of woody, oxidized, old ale type flavors too.
M - medium to heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol present but okay for 12%. Aftertaste is citrus peel, booze.
O - great beer. More of a barleywine at this point- bottled 4/2015 drank 12/2015. I've had it fresh and there's a lot more citrus and tropical fruit flavors to it when it's younger. Definitely an interesting beer that I'll still pick up time to time even with the high price point.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I have a soft spot for this. This is one of the first, and only hardcore IPAs that I've liked. The first time I had it, it blew my top off, but subsequent tastings had me agreeing with the consensus.

This is closer to a barleywine than an IPA. It's booziness can be very harsh, I'd like to be able to describe the aroma and taste but I just can't put it into words. There is a lot of complexity here, sort of how certain liquors have their attributes.

Cherry vanilla honey lemon copper blood raisin caramel burn. That's the best I can do and I feel like that doesn't really cut it.

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Photo of ceanderson
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I noticed this at my local bottle shop in the pick six row. Had a bottling date of May 2015, but with the high alcohol content I figured it would have aged a bit. And indeed it did; the color was dark amber, the smell and taste was a kind of boozy chocolate & cherry, very smooth, nice finish. I haven't tried this new, so I don't know what it would have been like without aging, but I'd try this again if it sits for at least six months.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.64/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Founders Devil Dancer

For whatever reason I've wanted this beer for quite some time. Usually higher abv ipas do me pretty well. At $7 a single this shit better be good or I'm gonna take a dump on the store owners doorstep and maybe light it on fire. Anyway, enough of my lacking creativity, I just don't care much for writing reviews anymore. But, here goes.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep, dark ruby with a monster slightly off white head that takes up a majority of the glass. The head is exceptionally bubbly and starts leaving stick the second it starts dying down from the top of the glass. Not seeing any noticable carbonation. Clarity is moderate.

Smell - Satan blessed onion from the depths of oniony hell does this thing smell like a fucking onion that was satan blessed and from the depths of oniony hell. This is the most oniony forward nose I have ever gotten out of a beer. As I've gone on, I know it isn't really onions, instead smells like some super dirty hops pulled straight from the ground. Whew.

Taste - The onions never end. Holy fucking shit does this thing taste like onions. I wouldnt mind if they were deep fried and ringed, but wow this is some dank ass onion death. Onion in the front, onion in the back, onion in the middle, and onion up the ass. I guess...I guess it tastes like biting into a raw onion...is what I'm trying to get to here.

Feel - The body is very light and highly creamy due to the well retained head. Sits nicely though it once again tastes like eating a raw onion pulled fresh from the dirt. Can I be done with this beer yet?.

Overall - It was like being in a horror movie. This beer is terrible. Founders is my second favorite brewery but I mean...what the fuck is this even supposed to be? Maybe it was old, maybe it was this, maybe it was that, but overall the worst $7 i've ever spent on a single bottle of beer. PASS.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - dark clear copper, with one finger head; average lacing

Smell - barley, yeast...I do get a little citrus and pine

Taste - more like a barleywine than I triple IPA...Starts with a sweet barley/malt. I do taste the heavy pine and of course the strong alcohol aftertaste. There is a little pepper there.

Feel - medium to thick body, very creamy with a burning alcohol follow through

Overall - I had this on tap a few years ago and couldn't wait to try it again. Poured out of the bottle and for the price, not worth the dough.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking orange-red. Smells like yeast and booze. The taste is simultaneously bitter, sweet, and boozy. You get lots of aggressive hops, a deep root of malty sweetness, and a fair shot of booze in your face. It does however feel creamy and smooth for it's intensity. Getting sweeter as it warms, this hop load of boozy malt is sure to make you feel it. Overall, a nice and strong sipper.

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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep mostly clear copper color. Barely-there off-white head falls rapidly. Reasonable lacing.

S: Sweet and hoppy. Citrus and evergreens.

T/F: Sweet malts at the start which rapidly gives way to a delicious hop bomb. A bit peppery, with great citrus and evergreen hops. Sticky and resinous... just like a triple IPA should taste. A bit more carbonation would be nice. Warming on the palate, and the EtOH is well hidden for a 12% beer.

O: A very nice triple IPA, and you know that Founders is always going to bring their 'A' game. It's a high ABV hop bomb which makes it a sipper, and a little more carbonation would have been nice but I'm really nitpicking to say much negative about this brew.

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Photo of filipdavis
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good triple iPa but doesn't compare to the 120 minute that I just had two days earlier(disclaimer).

Nice poor very little head. Coppery color like most high abv IPAs. Little smell from a snifter glass. Good mouth feel. Taste the heat

Overall nice but I'd rather have another 120 minute.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sorry Founders, this is a Barleywine...either that or I got an old one that's turned. Now to be completely honest, I like my Barleywines', SN's Bigfoot and Stone's Old Guardian, but when I'm wanting the hop-induced nectar that is a true IIPA (RuinTen comes to mind), the sweetness and overwhelming alcohol aftertaste just doesn't fit the bill. Now come Jan-Feb, the three remaining will certainly on deck! Finally, like many posters', this stuff is WAY over-priced for what it is.

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Photo of Elimav
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of a red ale with a thin but silky head. A very interesting fruity nose. The taste is very hoppy but not overly bitter. It reminds me of the dogfish head 120. The mouth feel is nice with a nice effervescence for having such a seemingly light carbonation. Overall a very good "triple" IPA.

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Photo of PatrickCT
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

a: A nice deep copper body. The cascade from the carbonation looks like the bubbles are fighting to rise in a syrup. Nice finger and a half of beige head which dissipated quickly.

s: Tree sap. Cooked citrus zest, pine, compost.

t: This is not at all pleasurable. It burns. And lingers. It reminds me of when one feels the need to get extremely fiery hot sauce. Seems the hops here are just for the sake of throwing them it.

I am finished with my review. This is a drain pour. Hoptimum and 120 IPA seem like session beers comparatively.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 5,009 ratings.
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