Founders Brewing Company: Devil Dancer (2016)

Hops: 10 varieties

Malts: Carahell, Munich, Abbey

ABV: 12.0%

IBU: 112

Availability: No longer available

@untappd says: 3.97

Do you ever dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight? How about on a Window Sill?

It’s been entirely too long since a Founders Brewing Company brew made its way onto the Window Sill, so I had to pick a good one. First introduced as a seasonal in 2004, Devil Dancer is really a complex triple IPA, hopped for 26 straight days with 10 varieties of hops. I bought mine a few months ago, but it was bottled exactly a year before I opened it. Let me tell you, my accidental aging made a difference. Just the smell of this one let me know I was in for a truly dirty dance. One sip, and I was Baby Houseman—lifted up in the air, arms out wide, the bottle playing the role of Johnny Castle, lifting me high into the heavens for our end-of-the-season dance. Or maybe that was just the Devil Dancer’s 12% ABV kicking my ass?

Either way, the Devil Dancer is hefty, bitter, malty and super boozy. So boozy, in fact, that I had to look it up to make sure it wasn’t barrel-aged (it wasn’t). Unfortunately, this beer is currently retired, as Founders had to eliminate it from their lineup this year in order to concentrate more on its 20th anniversary barrel-aged series rollout. I’m holding out hope they bring it back one day. It was the time of my life.

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