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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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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3.93
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24.68%
 
 
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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 plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger off white frothy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earthy caramel and a resinous hop sppice.

The taste consisted of a full on crystal malt, peppery and herbal hops, a resinous citrus and a light alcohol.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall, complex, sinister, abusive and delicious.

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

A - Deep amber/copper in colour, produced about a finger's worth of white and smooth head with a medium pour. Retention consists mostly of a ring.

S - Grapefruit hops with a touch of pine, blended with strong malt characteristics.

T - Predominately grapefruit hops with notes of pine resin in the bitterness. Malt backbone is present but subdued by the strong bitterness, tastes slightly sweet. Individual flavours are hard to pull out of the malt, the palate is dominated by the hops.

M/D - Couldn't believe that this was a 12% ABV, though as it warms up you can certainly taste traces of the alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium. The mouthfeel almost has a slight syrupy aspect to it but still feels smooth. Drinkability is great for a beer of this ABV and bitterness.

Overall the beer is great. It lets the hops shine by allowing their bitterness and flavour to pass through in the taste while keeping it in check with the sweet malts. I've had more bitter beers, but this was great. Certainly worth trying another.

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

Poured a deep ruby brown into a Brooklyn Brewery stem. Very small off-white head that quickly dissolved into shiny film.
Aromas of 13% alcohol, raisin, caramel and molasses.
Super thick in the mouth. Very bitter grapefruit hop syrup. Viscous as hell. This one hurt so good.

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Photo of tim9887
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a stemmed tulip glass. Pours deep reddish amber with off white head, but not much head. Aromas of onion, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Same in the flavor - a very, very, VERY bitter ale - perhaps the most bitter I've ever had? Maybe... low-ish carbonation gives it a slick, smooth mouthfeel. A little bit of alcohol warmth in the chest. Wow. A pretty incredible brew.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 12oz. bottle served into a Gulden Draak tulip

Pours burnt orange/copper with a one-finger sized porcelain-white head. The beer laces well, with sudsy patterns. Attractive and well-executed.

The nose opens with a grenade blast of hops. Devil Dancer doesn't really smell floral like many heavily hopped beers do. The hop bouquet is more resiny and oily. This beer smells bitter, if that makes any sense. Its almost as if I'm experiencing the strength of a normal IPA's hop flavors on the tongue... only I'm experiencing that level of strength purely through my nose. This beer was also less boozy than I expected, but the alcohol is present nonetheless.

The word "hopbomb" doesn't do Devil Dancer justice. Not quite. This beer is sublimely hoppy. Mango and pineapple are strong initially -- the fruit digs a hole into the center of my tongue, deposits a bomb in said hole, and then explodes it. After the first few sips you get used to it and the resiny hop flavors start to take over. This is a bitter, oily, gooey tasting hop experience. Its like lapping up the distilled juice of a blended-together garden. Eventually, as the beer warms, the generous malt bill asserts itself. It features a light kind of sweetness... its candy in nature (bubblegum?) but is not cloying or cringe-inducing, ever. The more the beer opens up, the more I am reminded of American Barleywine flavors. This is like a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot hopped up on HGH (Hop Growth Hormone, obv.) in many respects. It should be noted that this beer is not boozy tasting, but each swallow carries along with it some alcohol fusels that go straight to your nose. Considering that this beer was dry-hopped for a brain-pretzeling 26 consecutive days, I am surprised that the aftertaste is not harsher than it is. The lingering aftertaste is pleasantly like some kind of hop vapor -- flavorful but light.

Devil Dancer is pretty thick in the mouth. The carbonation might be less than desired; the feel gets pretty syrupy at times. But it is never unpleasantly thick, and it sort of contributes to the beer's uniqueness. Drinkability is tough to score. The beer is disappearing really quickly despite its strong flavors and 12% ABV. At the same time, both of those factors make for a beer that you aren't going to want to have multiples of in one night (not often, anyway).

Founders Devil Dancer is insane. Twenty-six consecutive days of dry-hopping? Devilish indeed were the people who conceived of this beer. I'll be interested to see what cellaring will do to this beer; to see how good of an American Barelywine this beer will turn out to be. You can't go wrong with drinking Devil Dancer when its in its fresh, young, "Triple IPA" stage, either. $20 is certainly a lot for only a 4-pack of 12oz. bottles, but Devil Dancer is absolutely worth trying once. If you're like me then once won't be nearly enough.

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Photo of waston
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into tulip. Bottled 5/24/13, almost three months ago..

A- Deep copper color. Tan/white head that fades to almost nothing.

S- Citrus, Pine, Booze, and lightly earthy

T- Holy Hops this beer is bitter! Bitter up front, transitioning tolightly citrusy and malty, ending with a boozy finish. Alcohol flavor increases as the beer warms. Surprisingly balanced for the high ABV.

M- Very big beer for an IPA. Thick and leaves the mouth feeling almost sticky. low/med carbonation.

D- Very bitter and boozy. very bold and agressive beer overall for the hoppiest of hopheads! Would definitely get again! I'm going to age one for a year or so and see how that affects the hop/malt flavors.

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

Pours a nice ruby amber color with a small wispy head. It's slightly hazy and the head fades rather quickly into a ring around the glass.
Smells of sweet citrus fruit, oranges, lemon, and mangoes come to mind. There's also piney aroma coming through as well. Lovely sweet malty aromas shine through to balance.
I can tell the malts are there but this beer is all about the hops. Lovely citrusy hops hit my tongue with brutal force. Then some slightly sweet malts shine for just a second then a nice piney bitterness washes it all away. This is one huge beer,and its a palate raper. The other night I had one and then drank a Ruination and the Ruination could not hold up at all. This is one uber hoppy beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a ruby color and a cloudy texture. There was a surprisingly thin, foamy head that dissipated quickly. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, citrus and pine.

T: As you would expect, lots of hops in this one, along with citrus, pine and a hint of malt. A big, bitter, complex flavor.

M: A big amount of carbonation and a slightly syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer, to be sure, but not something I would drink a lot of in one sitting. Still, another good beer from Founders.

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

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into DFH snifter.

Pours a deep amber orange with dense head and great lacing. Smells.. like.. wow.. really? Weed. No joke. This beer smells like dank weed. It's dirty and funky but hoppy at the same time and it's just interesting!? Taste is nice and smooth for 12%.

Overall this is an awesome double IPA that you all should try.

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Photo of harrymel
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date partially rubbed off: so unk

A: Pours a nice ruddy amber ale with less than a finger of creamy foam which dissipates to a sheet of the same. No lace.

S: Wow, this shit's dank like a mutha' fucka' (insert Sam Jackson voice over). I really can't smell anything beyond the weed notes. Jesus, this takes me back to high school. I really can't imagine a "triple IPA", but I'm convinced this is the definition.

T: Snap! Weed, lemon rinds, rosemary (burnt), body odor, onion, more weed. Goddam this is hardcore. I like it....too much.

M: Medium bodied with moderate on low carb. Man, this beer is fucking intense, I struggle to care about anything except to say, the hops are insane!!!!

O: Wowzaa! I haven't had a hop bomb like this in years. I mean, when you first start drinking IPA's and you look for the most intense oral hop rape?! Yeah, this does that....again. Fuck me rotten this is insane. I can't even tell if I like it cuz I finished so fast, which makes me want more! Like my first piece of pussy.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trapper2408 for including this in our recent trade as an extra.

Pours a murky deep orange that resembles a dark orange juice with extra pulp. Minimal head, leaves a very thing cap of white to top of this thick looking beer. Lacing looks to be really sticky. 

Fruity, with some grapefruit, but the most overwhelming smell is a mixture of pine-soaked orange juice. No real detection of booze.  

Hops jump to the top of your mouth in an almost burning sensation that starts at the back of your front teeth and scorched the rest of the palate in like some hop laced napalm.  I don't detect any of the fruity nose that I picked up, a little bit of pine. I would venture a guess that this beer isn't super fresh because I am detecting none of the booze, and even Founder's would have trouble hiding 12 that well. 

Mouthfeel is unlike anything I have ever felt before, and I am still trying to decide if I like this much hops or not....I do. 

Drinks scaringly easy, and I would hate to see myself if I ever had the opportunity to buy a case of this. 

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

A: Dark red/amber with a thin tan head that quickly fades.

S: Blast of pine and grapefruit hop flavors. Not much malt in the nose. Bit of alcohol shines through.

T: Lots of hop bitterness. Lots of pine and grapefruit... Healthy amount of malts attempting to balance this monstrosity. Alcohol taste is apparent.

M: Full bodied. Slightly syrupy.

D: Just too much alcohol for this to be anything more than a sipper. But it is a damn good sipper.

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Photo of Brian700
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured nicely into my chalice and you could see that it was thick. It poured like hot syrup. It sat in the glass an orangish honey-like color with a small head.

The aroma was killer hops and malty sweetness.

The flavor had a lot of sweetness from the malt with a generous hop addition. A very nice beer to be sipping after just moving into my new place. Nice reward.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

Very drinkable for its ABV

I most definately recommend this monster of a beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Translucent red-orange body with lazy carbonation and one finger of orange-tinged head.

S - Caramel, toffee, orange, pineapple and mango. Lush, inviting aroma.

T - Tastes follow from the nose. Flavors of toffee and Earl Grey, with tropical fruit - pineapple, mango - and aggressive, pithy hop bitterness.

M - Full-bodied and viscous, with a touch of astringency.

D - A tad boozy, but very good. Would drink again.

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

Color is a rusted orange murk with a slim, fake orange-tan head of smooth foam. Brief lasting, glaring lace in thick, short strings stick across the glass.

Fat and juicy aroma with evident alcohol laced with a pinch of mint. Hops juices are there in full swing with dark citrusy piths, oils, and peels. Semi bittering on the nose too as a fairly large backing of caramel malt keeps a nice balance.

Taste mirrors the aroma well with a nice balancing act of dark citrusy oils and caramel malt. Very Barelywine-esk in character.
Finish is what brings this full circle. It takes a while to develope as its front and middle is moslty the malt base leveling the playing field for the team of hops to take their positions on the palate. Lots of piney bittering tones mesh with some dark citric hop oils. Big warmth at the end. Whoof da, wow does this stuff have some late kick too it. So watch out and hold on. Its a wonderful ride.

Feel is oily and rich with a medium body. Soothingly bold and smooth. Again, much like a Barleywine here. Nice hoppy finish and alcoholic stealth. Seems to have some areas missing for a beer this big, perhaps the complexity isn't up to par with some other 2IPA's but its stellar for any beer whatever you want to call it.

A fairly big taster and holds its own with most big West Coast goodies. Not a sessioning beer. A hoppy nectar sipper if anything.

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

Yep...one of my new favorites within the style. A monster but not really a hop bomb. Pours a murky ruby orange/mahogany color. Thin head that forms a ring and sticky lacing down the glass. Smell is a fresh and piney blast of hops with an impressive malt backbone. Caramel and biscuity malt waft into the air. A bittery crisp sugared grapefruit as well. Taste is just as good as the smell. A well balanced beast of a brew, if that's possible. Slightly warming alcohol but not 13% warm. Resinous and oily in the mouth. A little tickle on the tongue but more of a creamy sensation and big body. Great drinkability. Founders does it again.

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

Poured hazy and viscous, dark orangey-copper, with a thin, off white head that struggled out of solution.
Pungent nose- agressive bitterness, acohol, and hops.
Blended rums and dark fruits laced with spruce syrup.
Thick, chewy, caramel malts spiked with an unapologetic bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, gummy, and long.
Bitterness assault leads the pallet, followed by sap drizzled citrus.
Alcohol is evident immediately also, and stands firm as the brew is chewed, and gains heat as each sip finishes.
Large malt base with toffee, sugar daddy bits, and caramel syrup, make Devil Dancer sream "barleywine!".
Finishes bitter, mildly sweet, and very warm.
A true sipper if ever was.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer is a clear deep copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is full of tons of pine and citrus hop aroma. There is a bit of sweet malt in the background with some fruit and grapefruit in the background.

T - Starts off with lots of piney hop flavor and bitterness. There is a bit of grapefruit hop flavor in the background wit ha bit of caramel sweet malts. Through the middle, stronger citrus hops come through and some more sweet malt flavor. The finish is a bit boozy with lots of piney hops and bitterness that linger.

M - Fill bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels very smooth and rich. It fells a bit thick and syrupy. The finish warms the mouth in a nice way from the alcohol.

D - Pretty drinkable. The beer is big and heavy with lots of rich and complex flavors. It is also a bit booze, but overall, it fits into the big flavors well. Tastes like a super-hopped barelywine.

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

Presentation: From a 12 oz. botle into a snifter. "Bottled 6/02/11" stamped on the neck of the bottle.

A- Pours a very slightly hazy amber/copper. Pours with ~1/2 finger of white head, which fades quickly to a small island. Fair amount of sticky lacing left behind.

S- A big smack of pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and pine hop notes, along with some other hard to discern notes (probably some pine derivatives). The ample caramel malt sweetness that eventually manages to get past the hops to provide some balance.

T- Sweet, juicy, and bitter. Pine resin. Grapefruits. Caramel. Mangos. Alcohol. Delicious, but an absolute palate crusher.

M- Moderately low carbonation and a fairly full feel. Oily, resinous stuff.

O- Very good. Hard to quantify...a delicious, one and done 2 x 4 to your mouth, brain, and liver.

Future outlook: Great stuff, but intense (and $$$). I'm glad to have 4, yet probably glad to only have 4. I'll get this again next year, as I should be recovered enough by then.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God Bless you @alefish!!! This was a beautiful extra.

Pours a rubenesque red/amber. Rigorous pour yields a rich 1 inch of frothy head that seems dense but soon reduces to a delicate lace.

Some people are critical of this category of beer. They prefer straight ahead hops. F 'em!!! This is a graceful style. And this one is soooo good. The aroma gives a lot of hints. Biscuity malt, a hint of caramel, brandy, maybe even a hint of aged Jamaican rum. Overall a sweetness, with hints of booze graced by a slight dry hoppy hint.

The maltiness is gently sweet, invitingly so. But it is immediately followed by a subtle scrum between the hops and a dry, slightly peaty rum barrel flavor. Then moves toward a biscuit malt, and back to something in the rum realm. A piney, oily resin lingers like a hot, drunk ex-girlfriend that wants one more round for old times sake. Sorry, that was too much poetic license. But this one is warm without too much alcohol heat. And that's a good balancing act for a 12% TIPA.

The finish is nice and slightly sticky on the tongue. Again, lack of burn is a nice surprise. Very smooth.

Overall: Anybody want to put this one in as an extra, please trade with me. I really enjoyed this one, and hope to have many more chances to try it again...and again.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange color with a thin off white head. The aroma has oranges, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and caramel malt.

The taste is much like the aroma. oranges, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, pine and caramel malt. It starts out sweet, but gets more bitter the more you drink.

Full bodied, syrupy, sweet, oily, and bitter. Very low carbonation. The alcohol has a warming effect, but is not that noticeable while drinking. This is a nice beer to sip, and it gets better as it warms. Well done.

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

Bottled on 6/17/2011, poured into a pint glass. Deep amber body, slightly hazy, with a good bit of orange tint. The one-finger off-white head dissipates quickly, as expected for the high abv. Bits of stickly lacing hang around for a while.

Hops, hops, and more hops in the aroma. Wow, I drank a fair amount of this last summer, but did not remember the strength of this aroma. Grass, weed, pine, and a bit of grapefruit define the hop aromas. Only a slight hint of malt in the background.

The flavor pounds the tastebuds with astringent, bitter hoppiness. Much like the aroma, plenty of grassy, piney, weedy, grapefruity hop flavors abound here. Very little malt sweetness in the balance.

Very oily hop mouthfeel and a good measure of alcohol to boot. This one delivers as advertised. Top notch, once again, from Founders.

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

Quite the hop bomb, long and rich with a sturdy malty backbone over the long hoppy range.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label with an illustration of a female nude figure held by male hands emerging from a pool of lava, with crossed and broken swords underneath. A bit baroque, and not particularly praiseworthy design.Notes bottling date (05/17/10), IBUs (112), and Alc. by Vol. (12%). Served in a snifter.

A - Medium to deep amber pour with a 1/2" frothy head with good retention and some lacing.

S - Rich and assertive hoppy aroma... Citrus and grapefruit initially with a resin sense that coats a sweet range.

T - Rich and long hoppy profile over a sturdy malty backbone, caramel sense in the undercurrent over which citrus, grapefruit floats woven by a second resinous layer leading to the bitter touch.

M - Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation holding up the brew well, somewhat sticky touch with a warm boozy finish.

D - It is quite the nice sipper with a rich spectrum. Crafted for small servings although the bitterness and alcohol while present are far better integrated than what one would initially believe.

Notes: For my liking this remains in high DIPA territory, which is fine and would seem its goal, rather than developing into a complex sipper where the hops and malt turn it into a different beast altogether (120 Min for instance, which I also love). It works rather well as a muscled DIPA, as a triple, assertive, long and rich, probably over-hyped and often overpriced but it is quite the brew.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
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