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!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful thick head that retains very nicely leaving a slight lacing. The color is a good brown. The smell is immediatly hoppy with grapefruitiness. Very fresh and strong are these smells. The taste is a blast of hoppiness that's smooth and rich. I love the taste of this one. The mouthfeel is good and a little creamy. Overall I think this beer is great and would love to have more!

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Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish tone, with a good level of clarity. Spotty lace lines the glass for a good half hour.

Sticky honeysuckle nectar and strawberry bubblegum. Never knew hops could smell so good.

Big citrusy punch up front, mellow warming toward the middle. Ten varieties of hops, and I believe it. Complex yet approachable, this IPA goes off in multiple angular directions. Earthy, herbal, dry hop bitterness at the tail end. Balanced by a floating, effervescent sweetness that lingers briefly.

Rich & syrupy mouthfeel, not heavy, just decadent.
BIg, boozy, verging on a Barleywine in terms of m/f and drinkability. One and done for me...

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Photo of flexabull
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I received a bottle of this in my Easter pack from nlmartin, and one in a trade from Cresant. Thanks!

Pours a brownish amber color, cloudy, and with a faint head.

Aromas are floral, pine like, and there is a hint of carmel.

Taste is thick, big mouthfeel on this one. Beer starts with a kick of alcohol, and some malty brown sugar like flavors. There is a bitter and crisp hoppy finish. Flavors do seem a bit flat and fleeting. (except for the bitterness that sticks around for a bit...)

Overall, this beer hits and misses on different levels. The flavors seem a bit too flat. And nothing really stands out except the bitter finish. It's a good beer, but I've had better. Worth a try, and if nothing else... it's a pretty interesting beer to taste.

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

Poured a hazy dark mahogony/amber with a thick and sticky tan head, great retention and lacing.

Smell has a suprising bit of bready malt creeping through the strong pine and minty hops.

Taste is powerfully strong and good, but shockingly balanced. There is a very nice noticeable toasty malt backbone present, blending very well with the strong juniper and minty hoppiness. The 13% alcohol is very well hidden, more noticeable in the warm mouthfeel and giving the beer an ever so slight sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thick with that great big hop coating and the before mentioned abv warmth.

Very drinkable for a beer this big, overall outstanding, I would drink a lot of this if it were more readily available.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep amber with little to no head. Promotes itself as a Triple IPA. No head by the time this one hit the table. Smells rank. Overpoweringly sweet, malty presence. Taste follows suit. Reminds me a bit of Stone 10th, but with a more noticeable, rancid sweetness.

Smooth body, but the alcohol is too hot and the sweetness too cloying. This is very much a sipping beer. Though this is a bit too intense for me, there is nothing necessarily bad going on here. Just be aware that you are getting into some serious brew.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber in color. An off white very fine head dissipates rapidly into a slight ring around the edges of the glass. Very thin lacing.

S: Floral hops. Biscuit or bread. Rich malts. Earth. Slight alcohol.

T: Strong pungent floral hops deliver a nice tingle on the tongue and are immediatley followed by a sweet yet very well balanced caramel malt wash. Earthy or herbal taste hits the palate and then a smooth warming alcohol takes over to finish.

M: Syrupy and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Dry and warming finish.

D: Teetering on the brink of a barleywine but this brew has more taste than any barleywine that I have tried to date. Incredibly well balanced for the 13.00 ABV. The alcohol in this beer is nearly undetectable. A sipper to be savored and enjoyed over time.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my first ppurchases when I turned twenty one. I saved two bottles from that initial 4-pack. This is the first one aged for a little over one year.

Appearance- Very pretty, deep amber, copper hue. Makes me think of a sweet liqeur in appearance. This beer has some viscocity. Light head with no lacing and very sluggish bubbles, whenever you could see them. Still very pretty looking.

Smell- Still hoppy, but much more mellowed then when I first tried this hop monster fresh. The malts are allowed to mingle with the hops to give a better interplay between the two. Much more enticing.

Taste- Very smooth hops and much better interplay between some sweet bready mlats and more sugary citrus rinds. Some slight estery notes peaches and pomegranate danced here and there. I like the aged taste better than the fresh one.

Mouthfeel- Much smoother than a fresh bottle. The high IBUs made this a hard to swallow beer. I love IPAs. Even though the aged version is still a sipper, much easier to relax and feel. The fresh stuff sort of makes you jump. Both are good, but in there own way.

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

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA

Poured a dark, glowing copper with tons of floating sediment. Absolutely no head and no lacing.

Aroma was super hoppy, yet balanced. Intense cascade hops and hop oils gave off citrusy esters. Strong notes of orange peel and grapefruit were evident. A sweet maltiness held up in the background, with noticeable candi and brown sugars.

Taste was insanely hoppy and biting (not at all balanced like the nose). A touch of malty sweetness and candi sugar was discernible before the hops took over. Intense citrusy hops up front followed by some creaminess. Super bitter and biting, piney and resin-like on the back end with (believe it or not) even more hop bitterness in the finish. The insanely hoppy, bitter, tart, grapefruit aftertaste lingered on forever. This beer was a true palate destroyer.

Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability of this beer was a mixed bag. With so much hop flavor, the 13% ABV was incredibly well hidden. At the same time, the overwhelming bitterness was a bit much for even a hop head to handle.

Overall, this was a very interesting and unique beer. Its color, mouthfeel and taste were more similar to that of a barleywine than a DIPA. Nevertheless, a very good and memorable offering.

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

Much thanks to jaxon53?? for the bottle

Poured a deep cloudy and hazy amber, pretty much the perfect color for a Triple IPA, or at least that I would like to see. No real head on this, only a very thin film which quickly daeded leaving a decent lace. Lots of carbonation, tiny bit of sediment, only real loss of score here would be on the lack of head. Smell was classic Hop Bomb, deep pine resin, with a strong alcohol presence upon first smell, as it warmed some of the more subtle scents started to come through, a slight sugary sweetness and citrus, specifically grapefruit were now there to be found. Overall smell was very nice, not over powering, but did have enough to tingle the nose a bit. Taste was very crisp, clean, and warming. Alcohol was a big factor in the beginning again, with a huge pine hop hit. Letting it warm brings out the malt that was trying to balance it with a bit of sweetness, but is still overpowered by the hops. This was a very good brew, and I am glad I got to try it. A true hop bomb, and at 13%abv, a strong one at that. Very nice indeed, will search it out again.

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Photo of stouty1
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Better be ready to just sip this beer. Resembles a barleywine too much for me.

A: Caramel-orange thick with a frothy one finger head. Laced into a sudsy path around the rim.

S: Sweet and fruity. Hint of citrus like maybe grapefruit with a splash of red grape.

T: Holy bitterness! This one starts off bitter and ends even more. Hoppy pine and citrus with a sweet honey ending.

M: Thick and creamy. Covers the whole tongue.

D: Just one, I am not a big barley wine fan, even though this is supposed to be a dbl IPA, it doesn't seem like one.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Triple IPA... I'm still confused why they aren't rightly called barleywine. Cause, it is.

Into a tulip glass, pours a lovely kind of orangish copper amber, or something like that, with a decent off-white head that shrinks to a good swirly foam, a solid wall of cascading lacing. Aroma is.... barleywine-ish, to say the least. Alcohols like brandy and cognac, sweet caramels, vinious, bitter hops, could be a little more complex, in that it seems a little discombobulated that continues to the taste. The same stuff in the aroma transfers over to the taste, but combines a lot better, much better, very potent though, ridiculous bitterness, but heavily buttressed by a hefty malt backbone, somewhat Bastard-ish. The mouth is medium to full, a full smooth tongue coating, very nice, warming is nice but maybe a little too much. In all, its a big, big beer, and for once I'm glad to get a big beer is such a small bottle, though don't know if i'll go for this monster again.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Intense, Over the Top, Huge, West Coast like IPA. I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t repeat. At $4 plus a single, I can’t justify buying this again when compared to similar, and much cheaper beers.

Appearance: Intimidating reddish orange body with plenty of carbonation and a thick beige head that immediately compacts to just a skim.

Aroma: American Barley Wine like. Citrus hops, peppery spice, pine, and vanilla over the faintest caramel.

Taste/MF: this is a sipper indeed but many great flavors are still prevalent: pine and grapefruit for sure but also mangoes, cherry jam, marmalade, juniper, tobacco, and more. Warmth comes in waves, tidal waves, but the carbonation keeps the booze from coming on to thick. Very nice.

Drinkability: One is enough for me.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy, dark amber color with little head.

Fruity, alcohol, hoppy, citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Really nice, complex hop bouquet.

Flavor is bitter and hoppy and the start, then develops a touch of malty sweetness in the middle, and finishes with more hops and bitterness. Not balanced at all.

Medium bodied with not too much carbonation. Drinkability suffers due to the high alcohol (which is noticeable) and the too unbalanced, all bitter hoppiness.

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Photo of Alkey
4.94/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured a dark amber color with a small tan head that leaves a few spots of lacing. A pleasing aroma of malt and hops that mask the 13% ABV. The taste is very balanced and full bodied with sweet malt and bitter hops and an alcohol dryness towards the end. For such a big beer this is dangerously easy to drink but I think the high alcohol would do me in before I'm ready to stop drinking such a exceptional beer.

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Photo of delicious
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I found this bottle in my closet among year and a half aged desert beers, so I'm not expecting pungent hops; I must have misplaced it during my last move. Awww shucks!
Very cloudy auburn body. The low level of carbonation gives it a thick look.
It smells strongly of sweet malt and alcohol. There's also caramel, some citrus, and a strong hop presence, which I find to be very close to a barleywine ... perhaps I should be sharing this bottle.
It's very thick and smooth with caramel notes, some hop bitterness, bittersweet chocolate at the end, and a magical warming sensation that lasts and lasts.
When I return to a state that sells it, I'll be sure to grab a fresh bottle, but it doesn't seem as though aging has harmed the experience in any way.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Is it supposed to be carbonated? There is some, but its really tame...unlike everything else about this beer I'm guessing. Frankly looks like an old ale. Its really cloudy, the color of melted toffee. Carbonation leaves no head except for the minor most ring around the glass and a few bubble slicks across the top.

S: Smells of a forest after a good rain with some caramel, lemon rind and marshmallow mixed in.

T: Begins with tremendous amounts of toffee right off the get go. A lot of fruity flavors as well; raspberry, peach, apricot, strawberry and grapefruit. Profound bitterness takes place--long and lingering definately from the citrus rind side of the spectrum. As it warms, other flavors such as vanilla and butterscotch emerge. Most of the hop flavors get overwhelmed by the sugary malts and intense bitterness. Finishes malty with continueing bitterness.

M: Full body with a large mouthfeel. Certainly has a syrupy touch to it.

D: Triple IPA? This is a barleywine if I've ever had one, but this beer won't get negative points because of that. This is a well crafted, heavy duty beer. Probably would age quite nicely. Highly recommended.

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

Thanks to BuckEyeNation for this one.

Pours a thick dark amber/orange color, nice carbonation, quick fizzy head, some lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, sweet malts, citrus, and slight caramel. The taste is big on hops, malty, honey like, the finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a high octance IPA for sure, way to go Founders. Highly recommended.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent to me by demcorhip. Thanks man! Poured into a Tulip glass.

Pours a hazey blood orange colour with mild carbonation and a 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice light lace ring. Huge hop bouquet, dark and fruity, floral, citrussy. Buttery toffeelike notes in the background that belies a big malt backbone, and a litlle alcohol. Very clean and enjoyable nose.

Tastes like a big MF hop bomb! Hop character indivduates to grassy, floral, citrus, and piney, and this all melds into a fennel/anise liquorice flavour. Mellow biscuits, with some toasted buttery toffee malt character backs all the hops up. Peppery spiciness, and a bit of alcohol to round it all off. Every sip of this beer is extreme and habit-forming. Heavy duty stuff to be sure! Mouthfeel is numbing to say the least, not overcarbonated, but all those hops just make your entire mouth buzz. Body is medium-heavy, with a massive malt presence needed to balance it out. Drinkability is like a fine spirit, one that you swirl around your glass all evening over a good book. Definitely an all-evening sipper. My first Founders and I'm looking forward to more in the future, because Lord this is a great beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So i called up Wine Gallery in Brookline looking for the Breakfast Stout (which I have tried), but they unfortunately did not have it in stock. They did on the other hand have the Devil Dancer, which i've never seen anywhere, so I was compelled to make it over there to pick it up. Grabbed a four pack, which was a bit on the pricey side, but oh so worth it. It says "triple ipa" on the bottle, whatever that means. Anyhow, it poured a nice light strawberry red color, but really no head at all, which was sort of a bummer, but the color made up for it. Aroma was full of floral hops...very much on the grapefruit and tangerine side. It was bursting with fruity smells and some sweet hop aromas as well. Taste was just as fruity, perhaps even more so. The hops show up towards the end, leaving behind a pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel was oily and slick, just the way I like my heavy beers. Mouthfeel was the biggest surprise. When I first sipped I thought it would probably be around the 9-10 percent alcohol region, but when I saw the 13% I was floored. The alcohol is completely hidden with this beer. A bit misleading if you ask me, but wither way really tasty. This is an outstanding IPA, and one that I might go back for more of. If it is in your area, I highly suggest grabbing it. Cheers.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid a small fortune for this 4-pack but it's a triple IPA so I had to have it. Poured into tumblers.

The appearance is OK, deep orange color but almost no foam (maybe too much alcohol) The aroma is like a hoppy barleywine. The flavor also rides the line between DIPA and barleywine but it's good. Reminds me a little of Stone 10th or Bigfoot.

Thick mouthfeel from all the malt but not easy to drink quickly. Nice to try but not an everyday beer.

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Photo of tendermorsel
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite Founders Beer. Overall a midroad Triple IPA.

Poured nice into my glass. Nice amount of head which disapated reasonably well. Good floral hoppy smell.

Too strong of an alcohol taste especially towards the end of the beer. Also very bitter. I know that these are usually atributes of these types of IPA's but this beer was extremely bitter.
Worth trying although with all the other extremely hopped beers out there these days there are better ones.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a personal rule of thumb, I make it a fact to NEVER review beers twice. That rule is now broken.

A: Dense and thick reddish orange color with a storm of haze brewing inside the glass. Immature foamy head is a mask for what lays below. An odd sediment appears in the bottom of the glass, a quality that I didn't see in my first review. Looks like fruit flies passed over the glass and were inebriated with the sheer power and density beneath them, and plunged to their pleasurable and enjoyable deaths.

S: Hops. A plethora of citrus hell and overpopulated pine. Wow. Must experience to properly know what I'm describing. Nearly 4th dementional.

T: Heavy alcohol. Heavier hops. A strong sweet citrus quickly gives way to a powerful note of bitterness and baseline malt. The palate is nearly overwhelmed. Sweetness, bitterness, alcohol, warmth. It's the devil's pleasure in a brown glass bottle.

M: Dense. Thick. Neary syrupy. A smoothing quality allows this beer to be drank far to easily. This brew truely beckons the drinker to go for more. A dangerous wager...

D: Far too good. I'd have another immediately if it weren't for my 12 step "beat the hops" program. Truely satisfies all cravings for hops, IPA's and DIPA's, and extreme beer nuts all in one serving. This is the end all be all for those looking for hops. This beer is to hop heads what cocaine and heroin mixed is to Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue. Heaven. Hell. Call it what you will. This creation is beyond words.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to nflmvp

Pours a hazy amber-brown with a light orange tint. Has a small eggshell head that thins, minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet caramel malt and a complex layering of hops witch make for a very fruity smell.

Sweet caramel malt upfront leading into a bitter hop bite and a very nicely blended array of hop flavors. The metric assload of hops does a decent job of balancing out the malt sweetness. Finishes slightly sweet with lingering hop effects.

Huge body - slightly syrupy. Decent carbonation.

For such a brute, this brew is decently drinkable. However, as big as it is, I have a hard time accepting it as a DIPA. It's flavor and general characteristics really scream American Barleywine. I'd bet that one of these with 2-3 years of cellaring would be quite stellar..

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Photo of demcorhip
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sure was happy to see this one on my last trip stateside. The $16/4 pack was in no way discouraging.

Poured a slightly hazed brownish beer mixed with hues of gold and deep red. A one finger light reddish tan head struggled to form on an fairly aggressive pour into my Chimay chalice. Very mildly carbonated, with almost no lacings.

Huge aromas greated my nose. A blast of decadent, sweet and juicy tropical fruit tried to fill the room. Papaya, sweet red grapeferuit, orange and pineapple greeted my nose. While the hops dominated it was also obvious that there was alot of malts in here, with a solid, lightly buttered caramel backbone.

What an insanely huge beer, loaded with malts but especially hops. Sweet buttered caramel and creamy hazel nuts, and hints of darker fruits (fig and dates). Even with the solid malt backbone this is an IPA, the malts cant quite stand up to the huge hop blast. A huge oily blast of grapefruit and orange peel, tropical fruit (papaya, pineapple) strips the tongue and finishes with a long lingering piney and grapefruit finish.

Huge sweet and lightly buttered malt backbone is buried underneath a huge hoppy and fruity bitterness. The hops manage to blow the malts and even the alcohol away, leaving only some alcohol warmth behind in this 13% IIIPA. Very full bodied brew, but paradoxically the substantial resinouness of this brew helps to prevent it from being cloying.

Very drinkable huge beer. Not session fare, but could make for a memorable night of sipping. Not for those faint of hops. A rich and decadent treat that i will look forward to again!

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First off this looks nothing like any ipa I've had before, but what do I know this is the first triple IPA I've ever had. Color is contains dark cherry colors ranging from a purple to maroon. Very limited biscuit color head on this one which is limited to the rim of the glass with carbonation bubbles crawling up the edges. As one sips the glass is coated in what remains as the beer falls from the lip similar to that of a cognac. Smells of cherry, orange and slight alcohol are apparent in the nose reminds me of Gordon DIPA. First thing I taste is grapefruit as well as pine like fruit esters. At 13% you would assume that the alcohol would be overbearing but it is well hidden with zero alcohol burn. This is a very good beer but one for special occasions or a night cap for that really bad day at work. I took a good hour sipping this one and was happy with each sip.

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 5,017 ratings.
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