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Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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5,062 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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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into SA glass.

Thin, white head, quickly settles to thin ring over amber-orange elixir. Clear, no precipitate. I can make out every bubble rising from the etched bottom of the glass. Non-existent lacing, not unexpected from a 12% hoppy monster.

This is not your average pine, dank odor, hop bomb. The alphas provide an initial sweet oranges and orange rind whiff, followed by the strong presence of booze and malt biscuit backbone.

Very smooth, strong hop initial wave over the buds. Caramel, honey, then the booze. Malt is well hidden in the taste.

Oily, thick, here is the resin of the hops. Nice.

Very well represented brew. Not many can post the "triple IPA" label but this one delivers. I do prefer Hoppin' Frog's Hop Dam which has more of the piney hops for my taste.

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3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a orange/red soft amber with a creme colored head that leaves a nice lace around the glass
S-caramel, honey, citrus, slightly floral
T-Wow. This packs a punch. more of the same with lots of sweet malt coming through with the caramel and honey flavor, followed by tons of hop bitterness
M-full bodied
O-a bit much for my taste. It seems balanced but at the same time it is so strong it takes away from the complexity. definitely a sipping beer

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Somewhat of a dark amber, slightly hazy body with an off-white head rising to about 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Smelling this beer is almost like tasting it, it is distinct not to mention how strong the smell is. I smell light alcohol with hint of (butter)scotch and a light feel of caramel. It lingers in your nose and in reality it doesn't want to leave.

Taste: If it weren't for the overwhelming alcohol, this beer would be a notch higher, I feel scotch which is incredible by the way plus a little sweet with pieces of caramel.

Mouth: Besides being potent, it is tasteful. Literally tickles your mouth. Medium carbonation, that comes off a notch light might be just right for the strong beer connoisseur.

Overall: It is a hard beer to review, I really like have come to a point in my life that I think in actuality that I love it.. It is very good but you can't drink this back to back... yes the alcohol is strong but this flavorful stuff. In a way better than you think, I picked up the last four-pack at the beer spot around my way and honestly looking forward to the next three.. Salud!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tumbler. Dated 6/8/12.

A: Burnt orange with a semi-thick white head.

S: Smells innocent enough...Definite pine hops, but there's a nice citrus aroma, too.

T: Yowza. There's a lot going on here. The obvious hop flavors are present...pine...pineapple...mango...orange. But, there's also a very heavy malt presence. Additionally, it finishes with raw pine/floral hops and an extremely metallic penny taste that sticks around for awhile. Unfortunately, though the alcohol is extremely perceived...not the easiest to drink.

M: As expected, this one is quite heavy. It's a sipper, for sure. And, of course, the alcohol is hilariously present in the taste. It makes drinking this one a chore.

O: Eh....way too hot to be enjoyable. There's some flashes of goodness here, but the alcohol is too overpowering. The onslaught of hops isn't enough to hold off the unstoppable alcohol. However, it is fairly interesting and rare, so it's worth a try just to say that you've tried it.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to brandy snifter:

Pours an orange/amber with a sticky, oily off-white head that suggest a bit of booze. Great lacing and slow, minimal beading.

I can definitely see how some people get an onion/garlic character from this... I get where they're coming from but I almost wanna say that it's the spruce/citrus character contrasting with the booze presence. It makes for an oddly curious sense of garlicy balance. Maybe not.

Certainly hot, and certainly bitter. Just what I was expecting - tons of bitter heat with syrupy, overripe citrus and pine resin. Again, I think the "garlic" character is a misinterpretation of massive hops plus booze. I run into the same problem with Green Flash's IIPA and it takes a bit of acquaintance to find the balance but I think it's there.

No drinkability a torturous afterburn... so much for mouthfeel but I wasn't expecting anything in that department.

I'd like to see more brewers take a stab at this concept. This one's tasty I think.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

2012 Edition

A: Poured a half finger head that settled to a thin cap around the edge of the glass. The liquid appeared thick when pouring. Some lacing and retention already about 5 minutes into the pour. Color the beer is a reddish hued caramel.

S: Lots resinous pine backed by a waves of tropical fruit. I pick up on touches of orange and apricot. It smells sweeter than I thought it would be, but still very balanced.

T: You can tell this beer is loaded with hop resin. It is combated with burnt sugar, caramel, and toasted malt. Molasses, pineapple bundt cake, and pepper finish out the flavor. Note: the 12% ABV is expertly hidden. You will be jamming to the hop music one second, and crawling on the ground the next.

M: Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and luscious. Stickier than molasses, you will be licking the inside of your mouth hours later and thanking yourself. Full bodied and creamy.

O: Founders is asserting themself with this one. It blurs the line between barleywine and (T)IPA, but nevertheless it is a great brew.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5,062 ratings
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