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 sidetracked
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep amber with a thin light cream head. Bottle dated 6/2/11?

Aroma is tropical fruit, floral, pine, lemon. Bitterness evident. Kind of tea-like floral presence at times. Immediately after pouring there is some dank weed, but it fades quickly.

Upfront taste is slightly sweet citrus, tropical fruit, caramel malt. Moderate bitterness at the finish with flavors of grapefruit, caramel candy, tropical fruit, lemon, pine. Amount of bitterness at the finish fluctuates oddly. Lingering bitterness. As it warms the caramel malt sweetness takes over the upfront taste.

Medium body and syrupy with low carbonation.

Dank, thick, hoppy IPA. Interesting, but not really a fan. Fairly malty and sweet with an odd hop balance. Aroma leaves some room for improvement. Seems to change between sips--good at times but bland at others.

L: 3.5, S: 2.5, T: 3.5, F: 3.5, D: 3.5


Pours a clear deep orange-red amber with a small cream head.

Smell is citrus hops and a little pine/resin mixed with a malty caramel sweetness. Some alcohol heat.

Resiny hops and sweet malts upfront make for a nice balance of bitter and sweet. More bitter citrus flavor comes out at the finish, backed with a solid sweet caramel malt presence.

Medium-full bodied and syrupy with light carbonation. Occasional alcohol astringency.

Very rich and flavorful, with a good balance of malt and hops/sweet and bitter. Bordering on becoming a barleywine. Good, but not something I'd drink every day.

L: 4.0, S: 4.0, T: 4.0, F: 3.5, D: 4


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4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rusty red-orange with some hop haze. Little head, but I suppose that's to be expected.

Smells caramelly sweet and hugely bitter. Hops are resinous with a bit of spruce character. Very sappy smelling with a mild citrus undercurrent.

Blast of hop pungency on the onion side. Syrupy leaf hop bleeding floral notes. A little vegetal. The malt bill must be huge, yet still shadowed. Lovely caramel/vanilla coming out from the hop montage. Definitely a little hot. A cross between a DIPA and an old ale. Ages well (I've had a year and a half old bottle) I can tell, but this one is somewhat fresh tasting (over six months old).

A little cloying, but I like the feel of this one. Extreme in every sense of the word, and I like that too. Little carb but nicely creamy.

I love drinking this beer. I know it's not exceptional for the style, and I would've liked to have a more consistent hop profile than the conglomerate of varietals, but I think you gotta try this one.

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3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Bottle poured into a chilled Fuller's pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color which leaves a small white thin head with minimal lacing and little retention.

S: Hops and more hops and then some more hops. I also smell some resiny oil and small traces of malt.

T: This is without a doubt the most bitter DIPA I have ever tasted. While the hops do dominate there are good amounts of malt in the background. The biting bitterness is very prevalent in the finish.

M: Massive body with an unreal lingering bitter aftertaste.

O: Glad to have tried this monster. A bit too bitter for my liking, but drinkable in small doses.

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1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011

Appearance: Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass a very hazy golden orange color. Thin white head and very minimal lacing.

Smell: Hops, hops and more hops! WOW! If you took two fresh hops and shoved them up your nose you would get the same effect as this beer. This bottle is about 6 months old so the malt backbone is starting to come out some. Smells great to me!

Taste: The ultimate spicy hop bite experience. With every sip the hops smack you in the face. Once again the malt backbone is definitely showing up here. Very bitter full flavored aftertaste that only goes away with the next sip. Alcohol isn't very prevalent as the hops takes care of that. Hop flavored chewing gum anyone?

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and coats the pallet like Maalox. Decent carbonation and very chewy.

Overall: I don't love it but I don't hate it either. Definitely a hop bomb that intensifies with every sip. If you are not a hop fan leave this one alone but if you dig a really strong and intense hop flavor I recommend at least trying this one. Definitely a sipper!

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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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