Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 Edition. Dated 6/18/12. Poured into a globe.

A - After my third pour I finally got a good head. A rich, cloudy ruby hue with a fair sized white head. Little lacing lasts but the head is nice while it lasts.

S - Interesting. Initially you get what one may expect: piney hops, sweet malts (honey) and a few floral notes. Sadly these aromas last but a moment while the alcohol overwhelming them and leaves nothing but booze.

T - Same as the nose. Starts with some great flavor, something I really would enjoy, just a bit more intense than the fantastic balance of the Double Trouble. Sadly, the booze dominates the palette and takes over after a second or so. If one allows the beer to mix with the air the taste lasts a bit longer although one cannot do anything in the midst of such an intense ABV presence.

M - Great short of the strong alcohol presence. The warmth makes the hoppy nature shine, imo too much. The drinkability is bottom tier. After enjoying a few over a few days I really want to enjoy the brew but the forced sipping nature is a major turn off.

O - I wanted to love this after the reviews I have heard from my friends but I simply cannot support a brew of this kind. It tastes like a brute mixture of a fine IPA and barleywine, not mixing as it should. Certainly interesting but at $18/4pack I will not revisit.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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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4.17/5  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 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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Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5,074 ratings