Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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Devil DancerDevil 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bditty187
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, coppery-bronzy in hue with ruby and gold highlights woven throughout the liquid. At a glance it looks like a Barelywine, it has a rich color depth. The head was vaguely beige in color; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height. The head is very sticky. I am impressed. Head retention is noteworthy, especially on such a big beer. A tight cap lasted many moments, and then the loose collar lasted the entire consumption. There was some subsequent lacing, clumpy and unorganized. This beer is eye-candy… no doubt.

The nose is amazing. It is perfect. Enormous depth. Huge potency. Witty. Articulate. Brutish. Angry. Fiery. Scary. Charming. The nose says so much. My mouth is watering with every sniff. The malt complexities remind me of my favorite Barleywine, Free State’s Owd Backus. The hoppiness reminds me of Old Crusty… but this seems to pack a bigger punch (aka more hops). Brown sugar. Molasses. Figs. Raisins. Spiced rum. Apples. Candy sugar. Pine needles. Spruce. Sugary lemon zest. Rinds. Grapefruit. Melon. Caramel. Alcoholic earthiness. The nose is amazing. It is one of the greatest smelling beers I have ever had the pleasure of sniffing. Stunning. It is perfection. Alluring.

The palate is amazing. The first sip staggered me. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the taste. This beer has qualities like Double Bastard. However, this Devil is rawer, bigger, hoppier, angrier yet more inviting. Sometimes sweetness is unwelcomed… this is not one of those cases. Sugary… molasses. Brown sugar. Caramel. Toffee. There is plenty of fruitiness in play as well with apples, dates, figs, melon, and a dash of tropical fruits. Towards the finish the alcohol becomes very hot and piercing. I love the pain. I feel like I have an open wound and the hops are salt. Citrusy. Piney. Woody. Bitter as all hell. Long aftertaste. Cheese is needed now, something sharp and pungent. My god is this beer amazing. It is over-the-top but not in an insane way… no, there is amazing craftsmanship here. Profound. It is a thinker. The palate is perfection. What a great Barleywine!

Medium/medium-full in body, low but natural carbonation that fits this beer well, it is not aggressive nor is it lazy. The mouthfeel is very good but it could use a little more bulk, not much but just something to slowdown the liquid. Nitpicking? Maybe. I am a hard-ass.

Extremely drinkable! I can’t put into words how great this beer really is. It has qualities of about six of my favorite beers! Old Crusty, HotD Fred, Double Bastard, Owd Backus, Old Ho, and any really good IPA. What more could I ask for? A case. Yes, I could ask for that. I am willing to steal or maim for that. The alcohol is making my brain say, “hell yeah… this is good.” This beer is a beast. I am glad I killed it. I can’t believe that CRJMellor traded me this beer. By comparison, he got swill in return. Thank you.


The above review is from notes. About a half hour after I finished this beer I got a phone call from my Dad. My grandpa was dying fast and I needed to rush to the hospital. He died ten minutes after I arrived. In the span of an hour I was sipping the one of the best beers I had ever had and mourning over the death of my beloved grandfather. I’ll never forget either.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark evil fiery orangey amber with not much of a small head of off-white that just kind of crackles and fizzes out and away without leaving much billowing foam or lacing, if any at all. Aroma is hops. Resins, oils, whole cones hops, pine needles, the malt struggles to be recognized but it is there. Biscuity and caramel laden trying to stop the assault somewhat. Taste is hoppy as all hell as well. Grassy, herbal, raw, leafy, acidic, dry, citrusy, oily, etc. The malts do become apparant though in the somewhere caramel sweet, doughy middle. However that does not last long and the hops come back in a big away for the incredibly hoppy, and tongue scrapingly bitter/dry finish that lasts and leaves you with an incredibly scarred palate and amazingly poten hop burps. Mouthfeel is syrupy thick, and lend another degree of complexity to this already quite complex "chewy, chewin' on a hop brew"! Drinkability is touch to mark. I've had this 3 times or so in smaller 6oz or so samples. Whilst i'd never pass up a chance to drink a bit of this nectar, I don't think i'd want to do a whole 12oz bottle for myself. I'll score it at a 4 since i'd like to drink this one often, but in small doses. If this came in a magnum it would be deadly!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice deep,orange color. Almost a coppery orange. Big, big hop aroma with a nice balance of some sweetness. A trace of alcohol heat comes thru as well. Huge hop flavor-not only is it extremely floral but a huge bitterness behind it all. Big caramel flavor and a somewhat alcohol finish. Not hot but its definately there. Very good body-fairly well balanced considering the high abv. Dangerously drinkable. More like a barleywine then a Double IPA to me. Really pushes the envelope as far as the alcohol goes but does a good job of it for sure. Get some for now and later.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Diamond-clear fiery dark bronzed ripe blood orange with brilliant polished radiant sunset orange highlights. The interior of the beer is eerily quiet with almost nothing in the way of Beelzebubbles. Up top is a stunningly gorgeous head of orange-influenced light caramel that is the consistency of heavily whipped cream. Frosting thick sheets of lace look like they were spread on with a butter knife and will undoubtedly outlast the beer.

The aroma is wall to wall hops, yet there's room enough to squeeze in a fair amount of melted caramel and a whiff or two of Cognac-like alcohol fusels. It isn't enough of a pure hopfest to make me rhapsodic, but it's still wonderful and is perfectly in keeping with what I expected for a 'triple' IPA. Bombastic.

Wow. After one sip, I now realize that Devil Dancer should be enjoyed in a snifter at room temperature. Warming it over a candle to further bring out the aromatics wouldn't be out of line. This is one of the most liquor-like beers that I've ever had, and I mean that in a good way. I don't know if it's possible for Founders to have jammed more malt and more hops into the bottle. The beer is absolutely mouthfilling.

The malt backbone is a big as I've tasted on anything other than a Russian Imperial Stout and provides flavors of sweet caramel, sticky dates and brown sugar syrup. The beer tastes like liquified, dark rum-soaked toffee cake drizzled with caramel sauce. Understandably, the hop load (even at 200! IBUs) has a difficult time standing up to that much malt. If you're looking for an insane hop bomb that will strip the mucous membranes from your mouth and tongue, you've come to the wrong beer. I'll give it balanced though, in a scale destroying sort of way.

The 'triple IPA' on the label may be overstating the case, but only a little. This is the biggest, baddest DIPA to ever find its way to my taste buds, there's no doubt about that. I'd like a slight readjustment in the malt:hop balance, but there's no denying that Founders has aimed high and hit their target in the smack dab center.

Need I even mention that the mouthfeel is as large as the flavor? Full doesn't do it justice. How about thick, rich, resinous, sappy, molten? Even though the viscous mouthfeel might be too much for some, I absolutely love it. Carbonation is seemingly nonexistent, but the beer doesn't feel flat at all. Yeah, there's some alcohol present. So what? If you don't like it, go crawling back to your mommy.

Devil Dancer is big beer for big beer lovers. Everything about it is over the top, from the malt to the hops to the 13% ABV. Founders should be renamed the Midas Brewing Company since everything they touch lately turns to gold. I'm more than ready to Dance with the Devil until I drop. This is a Hell of a beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intense to say the least! Triple IPA??? Hell yeah! This bitch rocks!

It pours a clear dark orange amber body beneath a short head of frothy off-white foam that holds well and leaves some nice lace as it goes.

Citrusy and piney hops accent a lightly sweet, caramel touched malt in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied/dextrinous and lightly crisp with a fine-bubbled carbonation that's reigned in by the gravity.

Hops lead the assault in the flavor (citrusy, grassy, piney), storming their way across dextrinous, caramel-tinged, biscuity and bready malt. The maltiness becomes more prominent across the middle as its bitterness and a slap of alcohol rise. Do I need to say that it finishes hoppy and bitter with a touch of alcohol?!?!?!

This is one full-throttle beer that's almost overwhelming. It's intense, but not particularly complex. And it's definitely a palate buster! But it still remains quite enjoyable. It may, in fact, be a bit too much as it's drinkability is limited. You may think you want another one while you're driniking it, but I doubt you'll crack that second bad-boy open. WILD. UNRESTRAINED. WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of pentathlete
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another bottle from the barrage of B&G BIF from deejaydan. Amazing box of brews. Thank you once again.

In this corner, wearing a stylish red label, weighing in at 12 ounces and carrying a full 13% alcohol by volume, a triple IPA from Grand Rrrrrapids, Misshhh-i-gan...Founder's Devil Dancer. In the far corner, wearing a Meals-on-Wheels t-shirt, faded jeans, carrying 25 exxxtra pounds, holding a standard pint glass, the guy who never stood a

Good lord. The beer looks deceptively average. Kind of a dark ruddy orange with no head and a meek ring with an ever so slight haze. The smell is also a little deceptive, rather biscuity and mild, like Ali's rope-a-dope, it is toying with me, waiting for my senses to relax.

Then the first jab of a long and devastating combination: so smooth, downright malty, even sweet. Uppercut: crushing hop blow right on the center of the tongue, quickly bathing the mouth in luscious bitterness. The roundhouse: didn't even see it coming, the mellow alcohol, the ABV hidden, soothes the palate and spreads warmth deep into the esophagus and stomach. The finish is inversely proportional to the length of this bout. I was taking a standing eight by mid-bottle. Toward the end I was telling the ref, "I've always loved you" and I was hugging everyone in sight. They called the fight after ten ounces.

This is a great beer. But don't fight it. Welcome it. Let it warm so that those flavors meld. Take a big swallow and enjoy the hoppy eruction (geez, that wasn't meant to be such a beerotic sentence.)

Drinkability improves tremendously as the beer warms (or the palate adjusts) but it is just way too big for more than one or two.

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Photo of cldrc
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark with no head but a light lace on top of beer. Strong, hoppy smell. Spicy with an effervescent bite. Very powerful alcohol taste complemented with a dry citrus and slight malty aftertaste. Very drinkable but I recommend drinking this in the comfort of your on home.

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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep rich taste, like a top quality UK conditioned old ale, a very good American barleywine, hoppy beginning and great bitter finish, woith buzz from the high alcohol. Barleywine aroma. Only sold in fours at $18, last case and hard to find, at Chuck's near Cleveland.

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Photo of shippos
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with a think skimpy light cream colored head witha slightly hazy red copper body. soft bready aroma full of sugary malt and fruit. bitter at first taste followed by a thick sweet mouthfeel dense body and a lingering dry bitterness. just sweeet and bitter this is...good!!! bit of alcohol comes through as well.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew from walleye, thanx!
12 oz bottle in a pint glass at room temp.
The beer pours a clear mahogany with ruby highlights.
A 2 cm fluffy off white head foams up easily and fades very slowly. leaving some tight latticework as it recedes.

Aroma is mostly hops, but a hint of toffee is buried underneath, grapefruit, pine and grass hop components. The dominant scent is citrusy with grapefruit mixing with a bit of lemon.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly oily texture.
Carbonation is mild and gentle.
Enough with that stuff, the beer is HOPPY!
Tangy citrus flavors hit the palate first and I get a bit of lemony zest to start things off. As the brew progresses towards my gullet, I get some grassiness and then a serious puckering bitterness right after I swallow. Definitely a palate killer! There is a fair amount of bite on every sip but I actually get a bit of caramel sweetness left on my lips as well.
Quite a nice beer that covers the 13% abv with hops, hops, and hops. I dont even get any warming on the way to my belly.
This brew is a hop lover's dream!

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Photo of Goldorak
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper orange. For such a lupulin-haired hoochie-mama, she's got quite a head on her shoulders! That caught me off guard.

Smell: I've smelled hoppier before, but it came out of a Randall, so that's cheating. Somewhere through that hop field I did smell a little pineapple, so that was interesting.

Taste: Obviously, this thing's got torque like a redneck's souped-up chevy. Enough alpha-acids to melt right through your gullet. Those who suffer from ulcers, acid reflux disease or any other digestive tract ailment should only use this to strip the varnish off their furniture. All jokes aside, this is pretty one-dimensional, but it isn't supposed to be anything else. Rinse this one off with Cantillon and/or steel wool.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A triple IPA? I don’t think so. I tasted a fine, well-bittered barleywine that bore no resemblance to an IPA. The aroma was luscious and green with lots of malt, a bit of melon, and sugar cane. Malts also dominated the taste. The forward hop flavors and aroma of an IPA or imperial IPA are AWOL.

The visual presentation is also more akin to an American barleywine than anything else. It is clover honey colored, mostly clear, with sluggish carbonation. Tastes fairly mellow given its potency, but a year in the cellar probably wouldn’t hurt it.

So if it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, well…I just wish they’d call it a barleywine instead of a triple IPA – whatever that is. Also, what’s with that label? An ecstatic naked woman held aloft and groped from below while a sword shatters a sword beneath her? Hard to believe the ATF signed off on that.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a thick, heavy orange with a brownish tint to the liquid and sported a big, super-puffy off-white head.

Smell – The deep, mature, sharp malts form a rich bouquet. The caramel especially is thick and heavy. The hops are extremely complex; I can’t begin to describe them all so won’t even try. The citrus is dominant and the pine is sharp but well-blended.

Taste – The malts here “sugar up” at the taste. They very sweet and offer a nice balance to the gigantic hop profile.

Mouthfeel – This medium to full-bodied “triple” IPA is very boozy. The bitterness is completely worked out of the mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This was a tasty treat that should never, ever, be bottled in bombers!

Comments – Thanks to the much-respected and highly-regarded BuckeyeNation for tossing this little hop bomb into my trading box. Good “triple IPAs” are hard to find, but this one certainly lived up to my expectations of this unofficial style.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After being freed from its incarceration inside this 12oz bottle, it fills my glass a wonderful deep crimson / dark copper color with a light almost khaki head. The dark color of this brew is quite enticing. Great head retention, and some good patchy lacing on the glass. Nice powerful aroma of hops - clean, floral, pungent, and spicy all at the same time. Also some caramel and a fair dose of alcohol in the nose. After a taste, the name Devil Dancer sure seems appropriate. Hops hit you like a .44 magnum. Hop oils are so potent they are spicy and almost salty. A little citrous and some noticeable pine have also showed up to beat up on your taste buds. Very sweet malts and some caramel keep the hops in check, however. In fact, the malts are a little too bold for the IPA style. Warming alcohol permeates the taste, reminding you how potent this devil of a brew really is. Finish is oily hop bitterness with a good amount of malt sweetness, and the 13% abv flexing its muscles. By far the biggest mouthfeel of any IPA I've ever had - no wonder Founders calls it a triple IPA! This outstanding mouthfeel must be experienced to be believed - it seriously beats some imperial stouts that I have had.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served lightly chilled in a Rapscallion goblet (complete with bootylicious dancing devil). Thanks to CRJMellor for the trade.

Appearance: Fiery crimson, clear, slowly rising bubbles. Yellowish tan head, about 1/2" tall. Very thick and made of small bubbles. Beer appears very viscous. After a few minutes, the head fades to a thick collar and a healthy layer of foam. Nice specks and rings of lace left on the glass.

Smell: Intense, nosehair-burnin', sprucy, grapefruity, capsicum peppery, tear-inducin' lupulin essences. Understatement: This smells hoppy.

Taste: Aggressively bitter hops, almost salty. Ruination, Dreadnaught, and Pliny the Elder tremble in comparison. Piny, sappy, astringent and acidic grapefruit concentrate. Long lasting bitter resin aftertastes. Mild boozy overtones. Solid malt sweetness provides a great backbone.

Mouthfeel: Burly and aggressively massive flavors. Solid medium body. Roided-out pro wrassler big.

Drinkability: IIIPA or frigginly hoppy Barleywine? This is an Incredible Hulk of a beer, and Banner is angry. If you're not a hophead, you won't like him when he's angry. If you are, you're gonna get roughed up a bit. Wow.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the very generous kmpitz2 for this one.
I have held off drinking this one for a few seems like the right time.
Pours a syrupy rust brown...just a touch of bright white head, which lingers for a bit. Lacing is visible, but somewhat thin.
Aromas filled w/ vanilla, raisins, carmelized malt and obviously hops...a slight hint of alcohol and I believe I can even smell the bitterness.
The taste is superb...definitely want this one just above room temp. The hops take over for a brief second or two, but the malt is perfectly balanced to keep this from being a hop bomb. It's texture is similar to most American Barleywines, and at 13%, this is no surprise...very slick and thick w/ a glorious bitter finish. The bitterness lingers a bit, but I certainly enjoy the flavor.
Can't rate drinkability high on this one, but I could put back a few w/ pleasure. Another solid brew from Founders.

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Photo of budsboy
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founder's is a favorite of mine. I haven't had one yet that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. I couldn't wait to try this little Devil.

Pours nearly clear, light amber with a tanner-than-expected head that sticks around.

It's all pine and citrus hops in the nose with a slight woody-alcoholic smell.

Kazaa! That's a bunch of hop taste there. Bitter pine cone with a wah-pow dose of alcohol. This guy is a hop-lover only event. Big hops. Wow. Almost one-deminsional, except a hint of woody flavor in there. Alcohol is obvious and charming.

Oily mouthfeel, hot, boozy and big. My favorite 2IPA traits.

Well, after all that, I need a rest before going at this again. The hoppified monster nearly obliterated my ability to talk, let alone taste. Humdinger.

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Yeah, I'll have the Monster burger with extra everything."

And here it is, in a glass.

Pitches a coppered scarlet with a surprisingly lively and buoyant beige froth.
Smells of mashed ruby grapefruit, heavy canned peach syrup, rusted tin, chocolate-covered toffee, pine resin, and finger-staining reefer.
Orders up a thick slab of gooey caramel maltiness that splinters into toasted walnuts, and cocoa. Thick layers of orange marmalade and fig jam provide the majority of the fruitiness, but panting whispers of mangoes, black cherries, and raspberries are observed deeper within. First notice of its blistering strength is served. Gin and tonic-like, heavy on the quinine, before turning metallic with jagged pangs of iron and machinery. Rides out with a coagulated bitter hop clot of pine resin, grapefruit rind, rust, and booze-steeped tobacco leaves. And more gin.
This remains drinkable despite its flagrant alcohol toxicity. But the hotness comes merely in flashes, and when it recedes, there is a entrancing beer-concentrate below. It's huge in the mouth, and feels as though it wants to rip your teeth out to make more room to sprawl itself in to. But a trickling, levitating carbonation exists, and prevents this from drinking like honey.
This is coarse, rugged, and scalding in almost all aspects. Another grandiose one from the Founders crews....and I believe it plays out exactly how they wanted it to.
This is an experience you won't need fries with.

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4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of very ripe ruby red grapefruit.
THis is deep red with hints of brown. Very slick and thick looking. there is little head, but it seems like it would have needed to work pretty hard to form one from this liquid.
The hop barrage here is bitter from the get go. But, also, super fruity. Muskmelon is a big one. Pear, apricot, rhubarb, tangelo, dried plums, ashes, and assorted spice all contribute to what my tongue sees. The alcohol is a bit hot, but I read the 13% on the bottle so was prepared.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly alive and more refreshing than anticipated.
this drinks like a hop-bomb barleywine. But really, where is the line between American barleywine and triple IPA? Not my call to make. But if I see this anytime, anywhere, I'm getting it.
Thanks to MoeSizlak for sharing one of these.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby amber colour. Enticing from the start. Nice tan head. Wasn't really expecting as much fluff as I got since this stuff is really heavy on the ETOH. The head turns into a nice topping on the surface after a short lifespan in full glory. Lacing is there until the last drop.

The smell is of hoppy resin and burnt caramel. Reminiscent of a barley wine for sure. Slight citrus aspects noted in the way of grapefruit. Alcoholic. Smells warm and inviting.

The mouthfeel is that of a warm syrup. More thickness than bubbles here. Resiny, oily, creamy, smoothe, slickness. Wow. I am really becoming a fan of the texture of these heavy hitting abominations. This is the kind of beer that can make it difficult to enjoy a light bodied beer once you have immersed your senses in its wonder. Hopped caramel cream and some warmth tickle the taster. Nice bitters. Just enough sweetness to maintain some semblance of sanity with this rich, strong character. This one progresses into an even tastier glass as it warms. Beauty and power defined. Damn delicious. The alcohol is well tamed by the other flavors, but remains readily apparent with the telltale warmth and instant uprising of pleasurable sensations of wellbeing. Splendid. Mad props to my man the BogMonster for dropping this one off to me. Dancing with the Devil is most enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Founders and I'm not disapointed! Fine, large, tasty, super hoppy,mega malt creation. 12 ouncer sampled. Pours rich dark almond with a creamy dark tan head. Nose is fresh hops. Crunching loads of oily hop notes, balanced by a flood of sweet malt layers. Warming alcohol, stinging the tongue. This is super stuff, plain and simple. Go get yourself some...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a deep, slightly murky looking shade of burgandy. A thin white head caps it off quite nicely (especiall given this one's 13%). The lace formed is web like in nature and quite abundant. Again, impressive given the a/v. Pure hop bliss on the nose. Hop resin. Mary Jane like pungency. Tropical Fruit Medley. Pine sap. And some sweet caramel maltiness in the background. The taste follows suit in a big way. Tropical fruit blends with sweet caramel and toffee. And hop cone and grapefruit rind and pine resin... Great hop flavor. The bitterness is real and it is a good way. This beer has an edge to it but is really quite drinkable as well. I am very impressed with this one.

Thanks for the Devil Dancer cokes. Next time, how 'bout a Lap Dancer??

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Photo of rajendra82
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An awesome trade from CRJMellor brought this 12 oz. bottle to Georgia from Michigan. The choice of label art was interesting, to say the least, and so was the style moniker of Triple IPA. The beer poured barley wine like deep red amber, with a thick syrupy, dense body that was topped by an average sized beige head that left a good curtain of lace. The smell was citric hoppy reminding me of grapefruit rinds, and had roasty sweet malts lurking just behind the blanket. The beer was leaning definitely on the hoppy side with a zesty peppery taste of burning hop oils. The caramel and pale malts were not quite subdued with the boisterous hoppyness and provided a nicely sweet backbone. The mouthfeel was slick and was followed by a soft buttery-sweet aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable beer that will be sorely missed for being absent from these parts.

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Photo of karst
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Devil Dancer's menacing13% ABV and bestial IBU’s (200+)
pours Dark mahogany Unfiltered from a 12 oz. bottle offered Quarterly (limited production, pre-order only).

Suggested serving in Bubble glass @ 42°F I used aCrown Royal 8 oz Italian whiskey glass which seems more appropriate. I have been working up to tasting this with Racer V and DFH 120 minute IPAs. Observing a fast falling head and strong beading that provides a fine halo of foam, I began dancing with the devil's initial citrus/ester hop-alcoholic aroma. It is nice in the mouth, tingling every part of the mouth (tongue-top & bottom) including gums, mouth floor and roof. Your mouth reacts like you are chewing a full mouth full of hops soaked in alcohol.

Clearing my mouth after 6 oz, with a bottle of water I sat stunned observing the clinging lace from the strong persistant halo. Its intensity defies any easy discription.

A likable Body and astringent hop-alcohol combination that leaves a clean mouthfeel and anestisizes the taste buds for your last 6 oz. As you exhale the hop-alcohol fumes water your eyes. Your dancing with the devil and can't stop until the last note of music dies away. After each sip you feel this demon desending farther and farther down your esophagus until your soul resinates with hops and high gravity that doesn't show mercy

Damned serious Triple!

Founders complex, innovative, most revered ale produced. complexity malt character attempts to balance the insane amount of alpha’s used to create this monster. 200+ IBU’s, dry-hopped for 26 days using combination of 10 hop varieties. Do you dare dance with the Devil.

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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up some fresh at the Founders Brewing co. at the West Michigan Pub Crawl with the intent to bring thisone home, hard to find.
I actually got brave and tried one while we watched a chick-flick about, well, a dancer. And it worked out pretty good.
Anyway, I now know what IBU means. This beer gives you a bunch!
It poured a nice looking clear red amber with a small half inch khaki head. It reduced to almost nothing but did lace alittle.
The aroma was strong on citric hop and fruit. The taste, while strong with alcohol, it comes off fruity, citric, young and bitter. I agree with another review that compaired this brew to biteing off hop from the vine to chew on.
The mouth is not left as bitter but it does linger. Instead a frothy, cream feeling aids the drinkability. A great big beer as a sipper.
I think I'll age some a year and see how it goes.

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Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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