Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this “Triple IPA” at the EBF in ’05. Loved the sample I had, but haven’t been able to get my hands on this since then. Medium dark ruby rushes into the Duvel tulip. Ample, sticky, creamy mocha head. Looks inviting. Sweet, sugary malt on the nose with rum-soaked fruits, alcohol, and venomous hops. Slightly medicinal, but not too overly. Toasted, sharp bitterness up front. Moves quickly to sugary sweet and fruit concentrate. Not cloying, however, due to surges of massive hop oil bitterness. Candied bananas and liqueurs linger in an otherwise very bitter finish. Full, syrupy body, that somewhat dries out a bit in the finish. Warming and pretty drinkable for the power and hop fury. Another great Founder’s beer!

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Photo of phisig137
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle poursa with a beautiful color, dark amber/ruby red. Thin one finger head with a green tint quickly falls into a thin blanket of foam. Looks very enticing.

Aroma is massively hoppy. Scratch that, not hoppy, but resinous. You know right away that this beer means business. Smells thick, heavy, alcoholic, and intense.

Whoa! there is some serious flavor going on in here. Creamy malt sweetness covers you whole mouth as soon as you sip it, and then a wave of complex hop flavors washes the malt away. Mostly piney and citric hops, and searingly bitter on the finish. Moderate alcohol presence, but not as much as could be there for a 13% brew. Mouthfeel is extremely heavy and creamy. Drinkability is decent.

This is my first beer from Founders, and I'm quite impressed. Thanks to a friend who drove it down to me. I look forward to trying some of thier other beers. But this one is aptly named... when sitting in a cold apartment, and drinking this a cellar temp, it warms you from the inside. Almost like dancing with the devil. The ONLY thing that I don't like about this one, is the style listed on the bottle. Yes, it is extreme, but the "triple IPA" bothers me a bit. Either way, it's a solid beer.

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Photo of maundythirsty
2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very attractive beer. Deep red-amber color and a very tall and tiny-bubbled head that sticks to the glass in thick rings. Smells candy-like and piney with a whiff of alcohol.

Very boozy taste with a sickly sweet, powerful hop bitterness that turns resinous. Heavy and oily in the mouth. Coats the tongue.

Overwhelming. Hopped beyond my tastes. Alcoholic beyond my tastes. Thick beyond my tastes.

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Photo of xav33
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA
12 oz bottle
Brewed 05/06 (?), tangoed with 10/06. Revisited 06/07 with the 07 version (hiked up the palate score and better stronger crisper hops perhaps due to a fresher batch? when do these usually come out?).
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured dark copper with a small yellowish light brown frothy somewhat lasting head with tiny lacing.

Smelt of strong pineapple, cedar, grapefruit rinds, pine trees and sweet tree sap with light caramel sub-tones.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter spruce with faint sweet pineapple and citrus followed by a harsh resiny and perfumey bitterness with some wet leaves/earthy tone on a ridiculously long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, syrupy, lightly effervescent, strong, strong alcoholic warmth and harsh astringency.

Overall, more of a Mars Pale Ale than India Pale Ale, a beer hopped to last days on the palate or years on the shelf. Perfect beer for the hophead. My tongue is bleeding, I must go.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Flyingbison for this bottle. Send more!

Pours a garnet-amber color with about a fingers worth of off-white head. Spots of lacing are left to linger on the glass.

Smells surprisingly malty. Caramel is big, wth piney hops and alcohol present. The aroma is very inviting, but the sweetness kinda remind me of a DFH 120 minute.

Wow. Yummy. Sweet caramel starts out, but it is quickly replaced by pine resin and a warming alcohol. Bitter, yet the sweetness remains throughout entire experience.

Nice, thick mouthfeel with a lower level of carbonation. A tad sticky with a bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good...'cuz after you have one, you'll want another, after another one, you won't care because the abv snuck up on you and you're as happy as a pig in a mud puddle. Woo hoo. Gimme another one!

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, no date information, but this is about 2.5 years old.

Murky iced tea core with gilded apricot highlights. Short, but dense head of small and creamy faded caramel bubbles. Looks cushiony as it settles, leaving a fat band of thick lace and eventually vanishing leaving scattered dust. No carbonation streams are visible. Heavy aromas of orange rind, toasted malt, and some spicy alcohol heat as well as caramel tones. Thick body that is filled with estery alcohol and a musty, funked orange rind; a bit like when you buy a bag or oranges and inevitably come to find the one in the bottom that has some moldy skin. The alcohol is warm to hot all the way through and heats the tongue, the throat, and on down into the stomach. There is a spicy, resinous mixed orange rind and caramel flavor in the finish. Thick and syrupy body, no carbonation, yet not overly sticky with hops. As it warms, it gets even thicker and the alcohol becomes more pronounced. Definitely more of a barleywine now. The malt body is just thick and dense and overrides the hops by a long way. Touch to get down the entire bottle. Definitely big, but merely ok.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a big bubbled head that hangs around for a while and leaves sheets of lacing

Smell: Piney hops aroma wafts above a caramel malt background; alcohol notes waft forward as well

Taste: Huge sweet toffee malt flavors dash to the front but fade to the background like a pace horse within seconds as the pithy and piney bitterness builds and builds on the side of the mouth; nevertheless, the residual sweetness lingers on the tip of the tongue throughout; plenty of lingering bitterness on the finish as well

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky with modest carbonation; considerable warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: What an aggressive beer for the extreme hophead; worth seeking out, particularly when fresh

Thanks, HopasaurusRex, for the experience

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Photo of Prufrock
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

rich reddish amber with a thin layer of off-white head that leaves a thin webbing of lace.

strong aroma, both hoppy and malty. caramelly, almost roasty, bready malts with floral notes. the strong malty notes give it a slightly stout-like aroma.

syrupy thick malts, then a blast of floral hops. medicinal and hoppy finish. intensely malty, hoppy and alcoholic, although slightly less boozy than expected given the ABV. not hugely drinkable, but i don't think it was intended for chugging. a decently balanced 13% beer, if there is such a thing.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the bottle that timtheenchanta shared with me. Thanks!

The beer pours burnt orange into my glass with a thin tan head that leaves a lot of foam floating around and lacing without ever really having much of a head. The smell is sweet from the huge amount of malts that they used plus all the citrus and piney hops you can fit into a glass. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is nice how they can balance all of those hops with so much malt. There is a bit of alcohol flavor that hits you. The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with carbonation. Overall, a good beer, one that will make most others seem rather tame.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark ruby. Nearly brown. Pretty much no head as to be expected with 13% ABV. Tiny spots of lace down the goblet.

Boozy sweet nose. After this one warms there's some hops that shine through but there's so much alcohol and sweet caramelly malt dominating that it's hard to find them.

Sweet candy notes that are almost like bourbon-soaked caramel and oak. There's some very bitter notes in the swallow that dry out the mouth. Good piney hops really rock the mouth. This beer is DEFINITELY a mouth full. It's definitely too boozy to have this too often or more than one in a night.

Many thanks to Zorro for sending me this great beer.

While trying this one, I blindly had a sip of 90 Minute and quite honestly guessed it was Yuengling... Wow... that really is saying something.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark coppery color with almost no head, only a faint ring of tan bubbles. Big fruity sweet aroma, citrusy with peaches, bubble gum and orange flavored smarties. Also a hint of its strength in the aroma with a little booziness in the nose. Citrus also comes thru in the taste with some vitamin c candy flavor, a little bit of the bubble gum sweetness follows and then a pretty spicy alcohol burn. There may be some pine in the taste also or I may just be confusing it for the alcohol spiciness. Fairly good sized body, rich and creamy smooth with a very low level of carbonation.
This is one of the few beers that I always enjoy more from the bottle than on tap. While the alcohol is fairly evident here, the few times I have had it on tap the alcohol is stronger and overwhelms the flavors. I don't typically like to age hoppy beers but due to the size I did set a couple of last years aside and look forward to breaking one out now that it's out fresh again. A great dipa from the bottle.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy mahogany orange topped with an instantly deflated head cap. Lacks a proper head cap foamy coating. Boo hoo.

Aroma is a peach nectar super sweet fruity Juicy Fruit gum that declares balance of imbroglious proportions.

First swigs: Exquisite! Instant buzz of acidic bristle, a tongue lasher of hoppy sweet bubble gum and pink grapefruit juice. Tons of orange peel, lemon acidity, and detectable full ingredients feel. There is some cherry, some apple,’s all in there. The balance, ooo the balance! Gooey melty caramel malt and butt kicking hops. Never ending intensity. Liquid sandpaper on the tongue.

Sticky lip smackin’ candy sweet thickness. Full bodied as all get out. 13% ABV is under the radar here. Seems more like 8% ABV. A total sipper. Awl-kee-hawl creeps out in the warmed finish.

Last swigs: Thanks to Hoppy Meal for the bottle acquired via trade. Maybe it’s the “triple IPA” moniker but this does remind me a lot of Weyerbacher 3IPA. If you dig big beers like me, put on Charlie Daniel’s Band Devil Went Down to Georgia, and put on your dancin’ shoes. Big and strong. This makes 120 minute look like 120 seconds. Take it from this hop head: “Wow!” Now gimmie gimmie gimmie more!

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Photo of egajdzis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus fruits, resin, caramel / toffee, and light alcohol. Taste of much of the same, with some woodiness, and light alcohol in the finish. Alcohol wasn't as pronounced as other "triple IPAs".

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Photo of lou91
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is my third DD and was surprised I had not reviewed it. Looked and smelled great and despite the style name this is a barley wine and a damn good one at that. F&*K the malts- this is a hop lover's barley wine. If you like the style you will like this beer. Amber, rich, boozy and an alcohol burn to make you respect this beer. Long bitter hop aftertaste with a surprising drinkability.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a good day with 2 new reviews and some other quality brews already reviewed.

A- Pours a cloudy dark copper with a nice creamy head that laces like concrete. This looks like a barleywine.

S- Smells of bitter alpha hops. Definitely an IPA, Strangely enough the malts invade the hops and come through nicely. Hops are spicy and floral.

T- Although the hops are over the top there must be a ton of malts used because this tastes like a hoppy barleywine. I love it!!! The hops dry the mouth at first and the malt sweetness dominates the finish. This is an incredibly balanced brew; I expected hops over the top, and they are, but the malts come through and balance it all very nicely.

M- Very dry and crisp, bitter and oily.

D- I started as a hop head, then began to appreciate malts. This one has both in abundance, with the hops dominant. Very good, but very expensive.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass hazy deep amber brown with a tannish low head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly malty with a strong piney and resinous hop presence. The aroma was also very citrusy with a grapefruit character that lasted in the nasal passages forever. The aroma was much like a heavily hopped barleywine.

The flavor was intensely bitter but at the same time contained a very strong malt presence. The balance of the two was nice, but a bit over the top in terms of both hops and malt to contribute to alcohol. The hops were resinous, piney and citrusy with grapefruit being predominant but other characteristics were presented. The malt was caramel with a light toast presence. Balance was well done, but hops more or less ruled the day.

The finish was dry with lasting resinous hops long, long into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was full and viscous with a nice carbonation. Alcohol was present in the aroma and a bit in the flavor but for the most part was restrained and even the warming after consumption was not over the top. Listed as an American Double IPA, a year or two of aging and a listing as a Barleywine would not miss the mark too much.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of ejquin
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel with an off white head. Smells of strong hops, caramel and a nice sweetness with a malt backbone. The taste is malty at first, but the hops come screaming through pretty quick and overwhelm your tastebuds. Caramel flavor comes through at the end but seemes to lack any real body or balance. Mouthfeel is very heavy but smooth, with low carbonation. Might like a bit more. Drinkibility is predictably low due to high hop content and high alcohol.

This isn't a bad beer, it just seems like another one of those beers trying to hard to be extreme without much in the way of balance or complexity.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass, appearance is an amber hued caramel color with a rough pour only making the slightest whitish head that left a thin sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet and very hoppy, primarily citrus and floral aromas dominate the aromatics, smells fresh and slightly of fruit. Taste is no suprise, larger than life complex hops and malted just as heavily supports this beer very nicely. Great balancing between the two, sweet caramel malts are undeniable. There is a defining heat about this beer between the big abv and the extreme hopping this brew has undergone, hits on all cylinders and forces you to take notice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and viscous, low carbonation, finish is comprised of hop oils and caramel with a slight dryness from the heat of the alcohol. Drinkability is surpising, although this beer may be considered rough by some, I find it smooth given it's characteristics and I appreciate how well this IPA can hold it's alcohol. Will purchase again.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with a small, off-white head that slowly fades out into a little floating cap. Streaks of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuit, caramel, heavy sugar, nuts, molasses, and hoppy pine sap.
Taste is of the above mentioned aromas with an extreme hoppy, and sugary mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, bitterly mixed with some evident abv.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper, light mahogany color. Thin white head holds for a few minutes then gives up. I think the hops killed it! Strong hop aroma is an understatement. Citrusy, piney and floral hop aromas practically leap out of the glass and fill the air. There is a great malt backbone, which is filled with very sweet caramel flavors, and some ripe fruits. The malt flavors give way to the hop attack very quickly. Loads of piney, citrusy and hop flavors attack the tastebuds. Raw hop flavors. Raw hop flavors. Low carbonation gives this a good mouthfeel. For being 13% ABV, this is dangerously drinkable. Take heed! A solid beer, seems to border on an American Barleywine, but who really cares what "style" this fits into. If you are into big beers, this is a must try. Big cheers to BAs macallister and pixel for sharing!

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Photo of bennetj17
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich caramel amber color, a thin crust tries to develop then dies leaving it looking a bit flat. Aroma of tangy, dank hops with a large sugary malt presence hit the nose. Almost like a barleywine. The caramelly malt also has a hint of funky, smokey bleu cheese with a dose of alcohol fume.

Intense flavor of caramel malt and hop tang blow you away at first, and it soon settles down into a dry smoked finish that's mildly bitter and considerably alcoholic. Light body, smooth, with subtle carbonation, definitely not flat tasting which contrasts the general appearance. Almost highly drinkable, but one of these could get you buzzing. The overload of flavor is a shock at first but is definitely interesting as you go along...

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Photo of trep
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smooth off-white head above the caramel body that is super hazy. All that remains is a fringe of what used to be 1 finger of head.

Sweet citrus, canteloupe, grapefruit, white grapes, floral hops. Smells like a fruit salad with a few shots of liquor. A little honey, a little toffee. Definite alcohol presence. All of this somehow is sidelined by the massive malt aroma. Sweet and thick like a barleywine. Side by side with Bigfoot I guarantee I couldn't tell the difference.

I just keep smacking my tongue after the first sip. Incredibly complex. Initially sweet malt that escalates to the SUPER bitter piney and citrus hops. As it fades the malt comes back and the pine hops are all thats left in the aftertaste. Stunningly superb, it's no Double Crooked Tree, however.

Thick and juicy, like tree sap, looks like it too. Syrupy, in fact. Not alot of carbonation, this is definitely borderline Barleywine. Not so drinkable, but the alcohol never really holds this beer down, or my sobriety.

Definitely a complex brew that will mangle your tastebuds and leave them wanting more, although more than one of these badboys would venture into the land of chore, not treat.

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Photo of dhchatfield
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Much anticipated. Thanks to AutumnalDave for the heads up on where to find it. Chilled for approx 15 minutes in fridge.

A- Beautiful color, very little head, almost no lacing.

S- Very hoppy from the bottle neck. Upon the pour into my Duvel Tulip, an immediate high alcohol presence to the nose.

T- Syrupy, barley wine flavor. Again no mystery about the ABV.

M- Hot, sweet, oily. Not a lot of nuance, complexity or character IMHO

D - I split this 12 oz bottle with a friend and I'm glad I did. I think it would be difficult for me to finish even 12 ounces.

All in all, I was dissapointed with this offering. As a DIPA freak, I have sought after it for weeks, with great expectations. Ultimately on sampling however, I found very little merit for its' "Triple IPA" moniker. It really seemed to be a thin, sugary. barleywine with a high ABV. It drilled its' way through my Panang Curry to the bottom of my stomach in a hurry. I'll cellar a couple of bottles for later sampling, (next summer) but for now, not a favorite.

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Photo of wingman14
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a white head. Smells hoppy and sweet with many undertones and characters at work. The taste is similar, it was hard after a couple founders to pinpoint flavors, but this one held its own. Very sweet for an IPA but still held some bitter notes. A good mouthfeel, not overpowering but packed a good deal of flavor. This is a very enjoyable beer, but after a couple I would have to call it quits.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being from Grand Rapids, I've always loved Founder's. I've always seen devil dancer on the shelves and had a curiosity, but was afraid of the "Triple IPA 13% abv" on the label. I've recently developed a taste for IPAs, and I love big beers. After trying the carmudgeon, I figured I could handle this. Beer is served well below room temp, before you get angry I want to note its 95 here right now. I'm using a tulip glass. Not too much carbonation with the pour, and only a thin line of lacing around the rim of the glass. Has a deep crimson color, not what I expected when I pored it, then again this is my first 3IPA. Smell is dry, hoppy, and malty all at once. It kind of reminds me of a belgian ale. This is a very strong tasting beer, but I feel it is well balanced. The flavor starts out with a sweet malty kick, moves to that crisp hoppy taste that all of founder's brews are trademarked by (if you've had enough founder's you may know what I'm talking about) and finishes off with a smooth dry taste. This beer is not all that refreshing, but it is very tasty. I think it would be better as a winter release. For how flavorful it is, it is suprisingly smooth and drinkable. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, very similar mouthfeel the Red's Rye (a favorite of mine). Drinkablity is kind of on the low side, I don't think I could drink anything that weighs in at 13 abv for the whole night. I could see myself buying this again though. If you want to be adventurous, I say go ahead. If you want something refreshing, go with the centennial of the PA. Overall I think it is a good brew, I don't know the style so I can't compare it to other 3IPAs, but I can definitely say that it is a quality brew.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.