Founders Devil Dancer

Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grade: B
ABV: 12%
Style: Double IPA/American IPA
Serve in: Snifter, tulip

Dry-hopped for 26 days, with 10 different types of hops; one of the highest IBU levels out there, Founders Devil Dancer is an over-the-top cocktail of a beer.

I had no idea this was a 12-percent beer when I cracked it open. Thank goodness I wasn’t about to go to work. Not like I drink before going into work or anything… Anyways. It poured a hazy reddish-brown, resembling a pitcher of instant iced tea. The head was very thin and left little to no lacing.

With aromas of cognac and caramel wafting from a snifter, and a taste like a stiff cocktail, drinking Devil Dancer left me feeling like this guy:

The amount of malt and hops present here are absolutely ridiculous. The malt base is loaded with sweet caramel, brown sugar, and those rum-soaked cakes that you can buy in the Caribbean. The malts slowly fade out, but leave a residual sweetness, and though it wasn’t the hop bomb that I expected, a bitter and citric hop taste lingers on for a while in the aftertaste.

This is not a beer for everybody. The drinkability is relatively limited due to the assertive alcohol presence, and even the mouthfeel; a thick and viscous, low-carbonated flow, is a little overwhelming. Still, this is a beer to be tried. You’ll think it’s a barleywine, but will be quickly swept into the grandiose world of American Doubles.


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