Dogfish Head

DOGFISH HEAD CRAFT BREWED ALES

Dogfish Head started off as a brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE by Sam Calagione in 1995 and quickly grew to the point where they needed to move their entire brewing production to Milton, DE in 2002.  They produce around eight year-round brews including 60 minute IPA and Midas Touch. They also produce seasonal brews like the delicious Aprihop and Punkin Ale. They are very creative and are not afraid to try interesting blends produced occasionally which include Sahtea, Red & White, and Bitches Brew.

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Year-Round/Seasonals:

Specialty/Limited Release:

60 MINUTE IPA: 89 Points

IPA

This IPA from Dogfish has 60 IBU‘s and is available year-round. It was released in 2003 and is available in 12 oz. six packs and on draft. The brewer recommends a pint glass for serving.

Brewer’s Description: “Our 60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped – more than 60 hop additions over a 60 minute boil (getting a vibe yet of where the name came from?). 60 Minute is a session India Pale Ale brewed with a slew of great NorthWest hops. A powerful, but balanced East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. The session beer for hardcore beer enthusiasts!”

My Description: This IPA produces a nice white head with good retentive qualities and decent lacing. As soon as you open the bottle you will receive a strong hop aroma that smells clean and crisp with some minor citrus notes. This beer has a strong and dry hop taste and aftertaste. This beer is just hoppy and bitter throughout; but don’t think that this is a negative statement. This beer is designed to be bitter throughout, hence the style. You will pick up on some citrus notes and a little bit of caramel as the beer warms up. I recommend opening the bottle a few minutes out of the fridge as it is best served around 42°F. It’s an overall good IPA but I feel there is something lacking in the aftertaste. I would suggest picking up a six pack of this to watch a football game but if you’re looking for something special and unique I would look somewhere else. This beer would pair well with buffalo wings, pizza, or grilled chicken. A six pack will go between $9-$10.

ABV: 6%  Color: Dark Pale  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 7.5/10

90 MINUTE IPA:93 Points

90 Min

This Imperial IPA is continually hopped every minute for 90 minutes to give this beer a total IBU of 90. It is available year-round in 12 oz. four packs.

Brewer’s Description: “An Imperial India Pale Ale featuring a single, constant 90-minute hop addition. It’s balanced by a ridiculous amount of English Two-row Barley. Then we dry-hop it in every tank.”

My Description: This is a strong IPA but it doesn’t taste that way. It starts off with a decent head that thins quickly leaving a film of foam the rest of the way; it does produce decent lacing though. The aroma is nice and mild. You don’t get that strong hop fragrance that other IPA’s, with this much IBU, deliver. The hops in the aroma smell so fresh, it is very welcoming. The taste is where you will understand why they say “ridiculous amount of English Two-Row Barley” because it has a strong malt taste at the tip of your tongue, which is followed by a strong yet mellow bitter aftertaste. You generally expect 90 IBU’s to give you a massive bitter taste but Dogfish has accompanied that with a strong malt taste to really balance it out. Plus, the alcohol is barely noticable until you feel buzzed after drinking it; the alcohol is felt but slightly tasted. If you like bitter and sweet beers then you better go pick this up. Best served around 45°F and it pairs nicely with burgers, pizza, or a nice steak.

ABV: 9% Color: Bronze Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 7/10

APRIHOP: 93 Points

The bitter apricot

Released seasonally between March and May, this IPA is available in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Aprihop is an American IPA brewed with Pilsner and Crystal malts. It’s massively hopped — in the continuous fashion, of course! — and the flavor is complemented by the addition of apricots.”

My Description: This is delicious if you love IPA’s. The apricot is subtle, the hops are strong, and the beer extremely well made. It has a big and bountiful, light beige colored head that has an amazing retention level and produces really good lacing. The aroma is marvelous with fragrant notes of pine and citrus hops, a subtle dose of crystal malt, and apricots. It is roughly medium/full bodied with an average carbonation level for an IPA. You will feel the strength of the alcohol but the taste is nicely hidden behind the dual attack of pine/citrus hops and caramel malt. The addition of apricots is more complementary than intrusive, which is just what Dogfish was going for. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with a summer BBQ, fried chicken salads, or grilled swordfish.

ABV: 7% Color: Brownish/Red Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 6.5/10

BURTON BATON: 99 Points

I need to meet Burton Baton

This Old Ale/Imperial IPA hybrid has an IBU of 70 and is available year-round in 12 oz. and 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “When enjoying the Burton Baton, you’ll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton.”

My Description: This is the kind of beer that reminds me why I have such a passion for this fermented beverage and the brewers who painstakingly develop them. What makes this beer stand out among the rest is the no sacrifice quality and delicious flavor profile. It has a great, light tan colored head that leaves really good lacing and has an excellent retention. The aroma is complex, warm, and inviting with fragrant notes of malt, bread, citrus and pine hops, with a slight oak undertone. The ale is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a clean, mildly creamy dry finish. There is a pleasing sweet malty base to the beer accompanied by some bread and citrus hop notes. The aftertaste is mildly sweet with a bitterness that balances it perfectly. The alcohol is beautifully hidden behind the flavors of oak, bread, and a touch of vanilla. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with spiced lamb dishes, toasted nuts, or roasted duck.

ABV: 10% Color: Copper Sweetness: 4.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

CHICORY STOUT: 85 Points

Great everyday stout

Great everyday stout

This Stout was first released in 1995 and is available in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “It’s a dark beer made with a bunch of roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John’s Wort and licorice root. We use whole-leaf Cascade and Fuggle hops, as well as pale, roasted and oatmeal grains.”

My Description: The unusual ingredients added to this Stout are welcoming and make this an interesting and enjoyable beer. It has a decent, beige colored head that fades rather quickly and leaves behind a small amount of lacing. The aroma is strong with notes of coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate and wood. It is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront there are flavors of charred/roasted malts and coffee accompanied by notes of licorice and an almost peppery like note. The aftertaste is slightly bitter but not enough to make me feel like I’m drinking a pronounced Stout. Overall, it is a great everyday beer that is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with smoked salmon, BBQ chicken, or fish & chips.

ABV: 5.3%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

FESTINA PÊCHE: 82 Points

This is a BerlinerWeisse beer that is native to Germany. These beers are known to be high in tart and sourness. Dogfish has added peach concentrate to counter the tartness. This is a summer seasonal originally released in 2007 and is available in 12 oz. four packs.

Tart Lovers

Brewer’s Description: “Festina Pêche is a neo-Berliner style Weisse fermented with peach juice. This unique tart and refreshing brew is so down with the dog days of summer.” The IBU is 8

My Description: As soon as I poured this into the glass, at around 38°F, the head almost disappeared. After about five minutes, the head was completely gone with no lacing. The aroma is subtle with notes of tart, peaches, and lemon. As soon as the beer touches your lips you will notice the carbonation and the tartness which are characteristic of the BerlinerWeisse style. The lemon notes and peach notes are minor compared to the sourness and tartness. It does have a smooth and crisp feel to it that reminds you of other summer seasonals. Some sweet notes do present themselves in the aftertaste which adds to the complexity of the beer. As the beer warms up the tartness starts to mellow out which is nice. I just could not drink more than one bottle of this beer. I do enjoy sour and tart beers, but this one it seemed to bother me. Summer brews should be easy drinking, this beer is refreshing and crisp but no so easy drinking. I recommend enjoying some grilled fish with this beer to really balance everything out. It’s still a good beer, but only in short quantities.

ABV: 4.5% Color: hazy lemon/green Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 1/10

INDIAN BROWN ALE: 89 Points

Nicely Blended

This Brown Ale has an IBU of 50 and is available year-round in 12 oz. six packs.

Brewer’s Description: “A cross between a Scotch Ale, an India Pale Ale and an American Brown, Indian Brown Ale is well-hopped and malty at the same time (It’s magical!).”

My Description: Really nice blend that gets better as it warms up. It has a head that is dark tan in color; it is sparse but leaves big bubbles around the edges and leaves really nice lacing. The aroma is complex and pleasing. There is a strong caramel scent that is accompanied by minor hop and roasted malt notes. As the beer warms up, minor chocolate malt notes and earthy notes make their appearance bringing the aroma to a whole new level. The taste is also complex all-around; the front of your mouth will taste the malt and caramel notes which are delicious. The aftertaste is moderately bitter, malty, roasty, and it lingers which is a good thing because these flavors work in harmony to satisfy my palate. There is only minor alcohol notes if any that you will pick up and the beer overall is smooth and refreshing. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with heavy salads, braised ribs, or burgers.

ABV: 7.2% Color: Deep Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 6/10

MIDAS TOUCH: 86 Points

Ancient Ale

This is an ancient ale brewed by Dogfish that was released in 1999. It is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles and the brewer recommends a white wine glass as the serving choice.

Brewer’s Description: “This recipe is the actual oldest-known fermented beverage in the world! It is an ancient Turkish recipe using the original ingredients from the 2700 year old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between wine & mead; this smooth, sweet, yet dry ale will please the Chardonnay of beer drinker alike.” Tasting notes of “honey, saffron, papaya, melon, biscuity, succulent.”

My Description: This is definitely an unusual ale in a good way. It starts off by having a nice and creamy head that has decent retentive qualities; which is nice to see with an ale with this much ABV. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of grapes, almost smells like wine or sweeter honeys. This beer has a medium body with a strong grape taste with notes of saffron. This is really a complex beer that takes time to really pick out all the flavors and aromas. You will not pick up much bitterness but you will pick up the taste of alcohol. The alcohol is apparent in the beer but that is the nature of having a strong beer. Overall this beer is nice and complex and will definitely be enjoyed by those who also appreciate wines, meads and other fermented drinks. This beer would go nice with any fish dish, light salads, or gourmet cheeses.

ABV: 9% Color: Light Brown Sweetness: 6.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

OLDE SCHOOL: 94 Points

Love the old school

Love the old school

This Barleywine is released seasonally in Autumn in limited quantities in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Fermented with dates and figs, this smooth barleywine has a unique flavor. At about 15% ABV, this beer is a great candidate for aging. Over time, the beer dries out and the pit fruit flavors come forward and the hops recede. Our recommendation? Grab a few bottles when you find it — enjoy one now, and age the others for a bit. Let us know which you prefer!”

My Description: This Barleywine has a strong presence and warms you up nicely. With an easy sipping body and tasty flavors it is one of the finer Barleywines out there. It pours a large, light tan colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is interesting and welcoming with notes of caramel malt, dates, figs, peaches, and hints of dark fruit, it smells great. Olde School is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The first thought about this ale is how much fruit flavor there is: figs, apricots, and dates to name a few. Olde School has a deep and rich malt backbone with caramel notes, hints of honey, and citrus notes. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the alcohol is nicely hidden for this level of ABV. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with cherry pie, blue cheese, or honey baked ham.

ABV: 15%  Color: Copper/Orange  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

PALO SANTO MARRON: 92 Points

Palo Santo: Holy Tree

This strong brown ale has an IBU of 50 and was released in 2007. This beer is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles for around $10-$12 a four pack. Enjoy the Holy Wood.

Brewer’s Description: “An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted.”

My Description: If you can’t handle this beer, put it down little man because it is too good to be insulted by someone who doesn’t appreciate such a marvelous beer. Yes, this 12% beer is really strong but it is of such high quality. It has a beautiful dark beige colored head that has great retention and leaves some pretty good lacing. The aroma is complex; you will definitely pick up the wood scent that smells similar to oak. You will also pick up on some vanilla notes accompanied by caramel and aroma hops. The smell of this beer is clean and nicely done. The first thing you will notice when you drink this beer is how strong it is. You not only pick up on some alcohol notes but you really feel it. It’s nice to have a beer like this every now and then to awaken your senses and make you feel like you are really drinking something. This beer is not just alcohol of course. The flavors are delicious; in the beginning you pick up on roasted malts and oak like flavors. The finish is slightly dry with notes of alcohol and caramel. It is also moderately bitter which is a nice complement to the flavors and alcohol. This beer is full bodied and filling. It is best served around 50°F and pair nicely with steak, spicy chicken, or German sausage. Enjoy!

ABV: 12% Color: Dark Brown/Black Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4/10

PIERCING PILS: 90 Points

Pears are a great additon

Pears are a great addition

This Pilsner/Fruit Lager is available seasonally in Winter in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A Perry-Pils hybrid, Piercing Pils is a Czech Style Pilsner brewed with a White Pear Tea and Pear juice.  Both the juice and the tea were added in the kettle during the whirlpool (after the boil) for maximum flavor and aroma contribution.  The Pear fruit complexity pierces right through the spicy Czech Saaz hops beautifully, adding a gentle acidity to this pale lager that makes for a crisp refreshing sipper.  Amarillo hops add nuanced citrus notes that meld perfectly with the fruit.”

My Description: Only Dogfish could come up with a beer like this. It’s not complex but to pair pear juice and pear tea to a Czech Pilsner is creative and it blends cleanly. It pours a big, white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and enticing with notes of pale malt, Saaz hops, some floral notes, and a touch of pear juice. Piercing Pils is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. Clean and smooth are the first thoughts when drinking this lager; crisp and refreshing are the second. Pale malts and floral hop notes shine through with a touch of spice. The pear tea adds an intriguing element without overpowering or becoming old. It feels like it belongs. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing good balance and an easy drinking experience. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with fish tacos, BBQ ribs, or pasta primavera.

ABV: 6%  Color: Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 3/10

PUNKIN ALE: 94 Points

Nicely Done

This Pumpkin Ale has an IBU of 28 and is released seasonally in the Autumn months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. As the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.”

My Description: This Dogfish ale is one of the most balanced pumpkin ales on the market; not too sweet, not too bitter, and the flavor profile makes this beer delicious and easy drinking. It has a decent, light tan colored head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a film behind that holds the rest of the way. The aroma is superb with notes of sweet malt, pumpkin, some breadiness, and some spices like nutmeg. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a creamy texture. The flavors are delightful and satisfying; there are notes of malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of brown sugar. The alcohol flavor is non-existent and the aftertaste is only minimally bitter. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, Thanksgiving stuffing, or baked turkey.

ABV: 7% Color: Orange/Light Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

RAISON D’ÊTRE: 88 Points

To Be a Raisin

This Brown Ale was first released in 1996 only in their brewpub but then was packaged and sold in 1998 because of its popularity. It has an IBU of 25 and available year-round in 12 oz. six packs.

Brewer’s Description: “A deep mahogany, Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast. It’s as tasty and complex as a fine red wine.”

My Description: This beer is pretty sweet and definitely complex. Those complexities add up to a beer that is really nice to have during dinner. The head is off-white in color and sub-par in retention producing no lacing. The aroma however is pleasurable; it is sweet and malty with the scent of sugar and dark fruits. The body is medium to full and really crisp and refreshing. In the front of your tongue you will taste the malt and sugar which really bring out the sweet side of this beer. As the beer moves down, some of that Belgian yeast will come though producing some spice notes that really compliment the sweetness. The aftertaste is fresh and slightly bitter-sweet with minor notes of dark fruit. The alcohol is present throughout the beer but it is mild and a welcoming addition to the palate. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with steaks, duck, or gourmet cheeses. It is around$10 a six pack.

ABV: 8% Color: Brown w/Red Hues Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

ROMANTIC CHEMISTRY: 90 Points

It's in the air

It’s in the air

This Fruit IPA is released seasonally in February in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “What you have here is a serious India Pale Ale shacking up and hunkering down with mango and apricots. At the same time! Romantic Chemistry is brewed with an intermingling of mangos, apricots and ginger, and then dry-hopped with three varieties of hops to deliver a tropical fruit aroma and a hop-forward finish. It’s fruity, it’s hoppy, it’s tasty!”

My Description: The balance of flavors and bitterness in this beer should be noted because it is executed beautifully. This ale begins with a decent sized, off-white colored head that lingers for some time leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is pleasant with lots of tropical fruit notes coming through like mangoes along with a touch of ginger and some citrus hops. Romantic Chemistry is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pleasant but not as bright as the description would indicate. The fruit notes of mangoes and apricots can be detected but are subtle. However, they do blend cleanly with the rest of the beer and become more apparent as it warms up. Caramel malts and earthy hops are also present along with some ginger undertones. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering tropical notes. Overall, this is a great beer that is refreshing with a soft presence and tasty flavors. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with cheesecake, fruit tarts, or soft cheeses.

ABV: 7.2%  Color: Orange/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

SIXTY-ONE: 91 Points

Great mixture of wine and beer

Great mixture of wine and beer

This American IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The continually hopped India Pale Ale brewed with Syrah grape must.”

My Description: This is a delicious and enjoyable hybrid of beer and wine that only Dogfish could nail just right. It begins with a bright white colored head that is good sized with a good retention level. The lacing is also real nice and sticks to the wall. The aroma is pleasant and interesting with notes of grapefruit and pine hops with an addition of white grape/wine notes. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer has a great flavor profile. There are clean grape wine notes upfront accompanied by citrus and woodsy hop flavors. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a hint of tart from the grapes. The finish is clean and makes this beer a great sipper. This is a beautiful combination that is worthy of being a year-round offering. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled pork tenderloin, Gouda cheese, or sushi.

ABV: 6.5%  Color: Light Ruby/Garnet  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5/10

75 MINUTE IPA: 92 Points

Blend of 60 and 90

This IPA is released in limited supply in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Blend two Dogfish Head favorites, add maple syrup and carbonate the mixture naturally. What do you get? 75 Minute IPA.The carbon dioxide trapped during bottle conditioning gives 75 Minute IPA a soft and velvety mouthfeel. Dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades, this complex IPA has been known to inspire pilgrimages to our brewpub.”

My Description: This offspring between 90 Minute and 60 Minute is smooth, enjoyable, and just as bitter as its parents. It has a very large and bountiful, light beige colored head that last forever and produces a good amount of lacing. The aroma has a touch of sweetness but is definitely dominated by citrus and pine hop notes. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. It has a nice malt body but I did not pick up on much maple flavor. I did however taste some sweetness in the beer which could be attributed to the maple syrup. There are also pleasant grapefruit and pine hop notes that are resiny in texture. The alcohol is beautifully hidden. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with blue cheese burgers, grilled chicken, or an avocado salad.

ABV: 7.5% Color: Hazy Bronze Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6/10

120 MINUTE IPA: 98 Points

The Beast

The Beast

This is a very limited IPA from Dogfish head that is difficult to find. This brew has an IBU of 120 and ages really well. This goes for around $30 a four pack.

Brewer’s Description: “Too extreme to be called beer? Brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full 2 hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month & aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!!! Our 120 Minute I.P.A. is by far the biggest I.P.A. ever brewed! Between 15-20% abv and 120 ibus you can see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads.”

My Description: This is truly a masterpiece. The complexities and characteristics of the beer make it seem as if it belongs in a category of its own. This beer is designed to be aged, it is ridiculously high in alcohol, and the amount of hops they put in this beer is on a whole new level. First off, this beer is somewhere around 18% alcohol but produces a head that is comparable to a 7% beer. The head is foamy and lingers almost the whole time. The aroma is amazing, the hops that were chosen work in harmony to produce an aroma that is balanced, fresh, mild, and inviting. You will also pick up on some creaminess in the aroma as well. I had to force myself to stop smelling this beer and start tasting it because I was just so impressed. I was expecting to taste some form of alcohol when I put this to my lips but I couldn’t taste any. I had to hunt for the taste of alcohol and could only find it here and there. The beer just seemed to taste creamy and sweet with a mild but apparent hop flavor. The hops just tasted so good. It was not overly bitter but bitter enough for you to know that this is an IPA. This is one of the greatest beers I’ve ever had for many reasons. This is beer for the beer enthusiast. I recommend drinking around 45°-50°F. It would pair well with with steak, grilled sea bass, or a juicy burger.

ABV: 15%-20% Color: Brown/Mahogany Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 6/10

AMERICAN BEAUTY: 91 Points

What a long strange trip it's been

What a long strange trip it’s been

This Imperial Pale Ale is released randomly in 750 ml bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “American Beauty, an Imperial Pale Ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, captures the spirits of the band’s 30 years of touring and recording. Dogfish Head and the Dead both built their followings by connecting directly with beer lovers and music lovers, so we asked those loyal fans to help drive the recipe. For more than 1,500 ingredient suggestions, organic granola was tops. It was the main course in millions of parking lot meals and is a sweet and toasty complement to the barley and all-American hops.”

My Description: This beer boasts mild flavors and interesting ingredients. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level that leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of citrus hops, granola, honey, barley, with a hint of bread. American Beauty is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is interesting and the ingredients blend cleanly together, although I didn’t really detect the granola. A tasty malt backbone holds up notes of honey, floral hops, crackers, and a hint of sugar. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering sweet notes. The alcohol is nicely hidden and overall this beer is smooth and enjoyable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with jambalaya, vegetable pasta, or light cheeses.

ABV: 9%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

BEER TO DRINK MUSIC TO: 95 Points

Turn it on loud

Turn it on loud

This Specialty Tripel is a limited release in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Of course, as the Official Beer of Record Store Day, we had to create a special brew for the occasion! Insert Beer To Drink Music To. This Belgian-style Tripel is brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns and vanilla. It’s the perfect marriage of beer and music and best when paired with some of your favorite tunes. Clocking in at 9% ABV, Beer To Drink Music To is a golden orange brew with forward notes of toffee, cardamom, cloves and subtle notes of vanilla.”

My Description: This is a very enjoyable beer that you can sit back and enjoy all the flavors. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head that fades to a film leaving a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly complex and inviting with notes of vanilla, orange peel, pale malts, spices, and a touch of alcohol. Music to Drink Beer to is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is clean and tasty with with a great combination of flavors. Pale malts intertwine smoothly with vanilla and pepper undertones, orange peel, and hints of light fruits. This transitions into a slightly bitter aftertaste with lingering coriander notes. Overall, this is a wonderful specialty beer with deep flavors and satisfying body. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with sauteed asparagus, cheesecake, or strong cheeses.

ABV: 9%  Color: Golden Orange  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 3/10

BIRRA ETRUSCA BRONZE ALE: 92 Points

Beer from Tuscany? Indeed

First released in December, 2012, this Herb Beer is one of Dogfish Head’s Ancient Ales. It is brewed based on a recipe discovered from Ancient Tuscany where the Etruscans ruled.

Brewer’s Description: “The backbone of Birra Etrusca comes from two-row malted barley and an heirloom Italian wheat. Specialty ingredients include hazelnut flour, pomegranates, Italian chestnut honey, Delaware wildflower honey and clover honey. A handful of whole-flower hops are added, but the bulk of the bitterness comes from gentian root and the sarsaparilla-like Ethiopian myrrh resin.”

My Description: This is definitely one unique ale that is both enjoyable and fun to drink because of the complexity. It also helps that all the flavors work well together. It has a large, light beige colored head that dissipates quickly leaving nothing behind. The aroma is filled with different scents, some becoming more apparent as the beer warms such as raisins, spices, grapes, and wheat. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. There are so many ingredients in this beer that is somewhat of a challenge to locate them all. There is a hint of spice throughout the beer and a somewhat apparent alcohol note that warms and does not overwhelm the other flavors. There are flavor notes of pomegranate, honey, raisins, and a hint of tart. The aftertaste leaves a lingering pomegranate note. A bubblegum sweetness also makes its appearance. This beer is definitely more on the sweet side. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with olives, pasta bolognaise, or roasted duck.

ABV: 8.5% Color: Copper/Bronze Sweetness: 4.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

CHATEAU JIAHU: 92 Points

Ancient Ale

This is an ancient ale brewed by Dogfish in 2006 after this recipe was discovered by archaeologists. The brew is produced in limited quantities and the recommended serving glass is the snifter. Available in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “In keeping with historic evidence, Dogfish brewers use brown rice syrup, Orange Blossom honey, Muscat grape, barley malt, and hawthorn berry. The wort is fermented for about a month with Sake yeast until the beer is ready for packaging.”

My Description: If these are the beers they were producing in antiquity then I sure hope that archaeologists are searching for more because this is delicious; of course it helps to have master brewers producing it. This begins with a nice white head that leaves some lacing for a few minutes. The aroma is floral with some candy-like notes. It is a really enjoyable aroma that makes you salivate. As soon as you will drink this beer the first thing you will notice is how smooth and mild the texture is, considering how high the alcohol content is; it also has a lighter body and an easy drinking feel. The beer has some honey and sweet notes accompanied by green grapes which leads into an aftertaste where you will experience a minor rice flavor. This is an overall refreshing and enjoyable beer that would be nice to drink on a warm summer night. It would go well with salads, sushi, or stir-fry. If you can find it, don’t hesitate.

ABV: 10% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 5.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

FORT: 94 Points

Raspberry Heaven

Raspberry Heaven

This fruit ale is a limited release in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “An ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberry juice. Fort has a Belgian-style base, then we follow a similar fermentation process to the one we use on beers like 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout. Fort is an excellent candidate for cellaring. Grab a few bottles, enjoy one now and lay the others down for a few years. Want to know when the Fort you find was bottled? Check the ‘Bottled On’ date on the neck of each bottle.”

My Description: What’s nice about this beer is that it is exactly as advertised; a big fruit beer that tastes like real raspberry juice and ages beautifully. It begins with a decent, light beige colored head that fades to a ring leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with bright raspberry notes and a hint of cherry. Fort is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is straightforward with clean raspberry notes, a hint of tart, and Belgian yeast notes such as light fruits. The alcohol is hidden better than I had anticipated given the high ABV. Overall, this ale is on the sweeter side with fruit notes dominating. This makes for a great sipper. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, dark chocolate, or a mild cigar.

ABV: ~17%  Color: Orange/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

IMMORT ALE: 95 Points

Are you feeling Immortal?

This Specialty Ale is available in limited quantities in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “For this beer, we use maple syrup, peat-smoked barley, juniper berries and vanilla. Immort is fermented with a blend of English and Belgian yeasts, then aged in the big oak tanks at the brewery.The sweet and earthy flavors meld magnificently in the Immort Ale.”

My Description: To be immortal would be nice, this beer will make you feel so after two or three. It has a good sized head for this level ABV with minimal retention and decent lacing. The aroma is pleasant and warming with fragrant notes of vanilla, oak, sweet raisins, and a touch of alcohol. It is a full bodied beer with a lower carbonation level, an oily texture, and a surprising smoothness. The flavors in the beer are robust and work harmoniously together; you will pick up on earthy flavors, raisins, caramel and a maple sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly smoky with a touch of bitterness. The alcohol is nicely hidden but you will feel it. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with spicy meatballs, rosemary lamb chops, or BBQ chicken.

ABV: 11% Color: Orange/Red Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

KVASIR: 88 Points

Ancient Scandinavian Beer

Ancient Scandinavian Beer

This Ancient Ale is a limited release and is available in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The recipe for Kvasir was developed with the help of chemical, botanical and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500‐year‐old Danish drinking vessel. The vessel, made of birch bark, was found in the tomb of a leather‐clad woman Dr. Pat says was probably an upper-class dancer or priestess. The analysis pointed to the ingredients used in this unique brew: wheat, lingonberries, cranberries, myrica gale, yarrow, honey and birch syrup.The base of Kvasir is a toasty red winter wheat, and the bog-grown berries deliver a pungent tartness. While a handful of hops is used, the earthy, bitter counterpunch to the sweet honey and birch syrup comes from the herbs.”

My Description: This is an interesting ale and it is amazing that people could have drank this 3,500 years ago. Kudos to Dogfish to resurrecting this to the best of their ability. This beer is flavorful and definitely a sipper. It pours a large, light beige colored head with a decent retention that lasts for a couple of minutes but then disappears completely leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting and on the sweet side with notes of honey and berries with a touch of birch syrup and alcohol. Kvasir is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavors and drinkability of this ale reminds me of a dry white wine. There is a prevalent tart note throughout along with some earthiness, cranberries, and other sweet berries. The birch syrup really brings out an herbal element that adds complexity giving this beer some dryness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, which helps to relieve some of the sweetness. The alcohol is nicely hidden and overall the beer is smooth and clean. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with smoked salmon, beef tacos, or sweet-and-sour pork.

ABV: 10%  Color: Reddish/Brown  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

NAMASTE: 87 Points

Summer Beer

This Belgian style White Ale was first introduced in 2009. It is available in limited quantities on draft and in 750 ml. bottles. It has an IBU of 20.

Brewer’s Description: “A Belgian-style White made with dried organic orange slices, fresh cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander. This beer is a great summer quencher.”

My Description: This is a flavorful wheat ale that is a nice change from other summer beers. The taste was good but the head was not; I poured it pretty aggressively and still got a weak head that was thin and sparse, but it did produce some nice lacing. The aroma was strong with coriander that was accompanied by some minor lemon and spice notes. The texture of the beer is slightly creamy with a higher carbonation level and the beer is medium bodied that is smooth and easy drinking. This ale starts off with a slightly complex taste with notes of coriander, citrus, and spice that work together nicely. The aftertaste is slightly dry with notes of coriander and spice that linger. As the beer warms up, lemongrass notes start making an appearance that brings a nice new addition to the beer. This beer is best served around 43°F and pairs nicely with summer meals like BBQ, coconut shrimp, or seafood dishes.

ABV: 5% Color: Hazy Pale Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1/10

NOBLE ROT: 93 points

It’s good to be rotten

This Saison style ale is available in limited quantities in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Noble Rot is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.”

My Description: This is a beautiful love affair between wine and beer that is both unique and delicious. It has a nice bubbly, white colored head with good retention and really good lacing. The aroma is powerful and complex with fragrant notes of white grapes, white wine, cloves, yeast, funk, and some sourness. The beer drinks like a light bodied ale with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dryer finish. This beer features some champagne-like qualities that add to overall wine feel of this beer. This ale has that strong Saison/barnyard funk with subtle but apparent white wine notes. You will also taste some sourness and grapes. The aftertaste is mild and smooth with a touch of wine flavors. The alcohol is almost non-existent. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Gouda cheese, shellfish, or a light salad.

ABV: 9% Color: Light Gold Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1/10

PANGAEA: 89 Points

Continental Goodness

This is a beer where Dogfish gathers ingredients from all the continents on Earth including water from Antarctica. It is available seasonally in Autumn in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Ale brewed with crystallized ginger. Brewed with ingredients from each and every continent, this is slightly spicy ale, with a mouthful of rich flavors. Pangaea is a great food beer.”

My Description: This is a super complex beer that is delicious and nice to have on special occasions. The story is really cool too, they use an ingredient from every continent and the list of ingredients is on their website. It has a pretty nice head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is mild and pleasant with notes of sweet ginger. This beer is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. At the front of your mouth you will pick up on some roasted malt notes that is accompanied by some spice notes that lead into a finish that is sweet with a strong ginger presence. You will also taste some bitter notes as well as a little bit of alcohol. This is a good beer that would be nice on Thanksgiving. It is best served between 38°-48°F and pairs nicely with gourmet cheeses, sushi, or mussels.

ABV: 7% Color: Hazy Brown/Orange Sweetness: 4.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

POSITIVE CONTACT: 93 Points

Positively Delicious

This fruit ale has an IBU of 26 and is released in limited supply in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “An ale brewed with apple cider and spiced. A positive combination of Fuji cider, slow-roasted farro, a bit of cayenne and fresh cilantro.”

My Description: This is definitely an interesting combination of ingredients. Of course, since this is Dogfish, all the flavors come together harmoniously to produce a delicious ale that is very smooth and highly drinkable. It has a big and foamy, white colored head that retains nicely and produces a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is somewhat sweet with notes of bubblegum and light fruit. There are also fragrant notes of spices, like cloves, and a touch of grains. It has a dense body that will coat your mouth. The carbonation is moderate and the finish is semi-dry. Bubblegum is the prominent flavor in this brew; there are also flavor notes of coriander, apples, and cloves. The aftertaste is slightly bitter but then a surprising cayenne spice begins to linger in your throat. I found this to be rather welcoming, it was not overpowering or intrusive. The alcohol is only slightly noticeable, which is nice considering the ABV level. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with fruit salads, BBQ chicken, or ribs.

ABV: 9% Color: Hazy Gold/Orange Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10

RAISON D’EXTRA: 100 Points

Complex and Flavorful

Complex and Flavorful

This Specialty Ale is released sporadically in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our Raison D’Etre, with a little extra. This immodest brew, made with an obscene amount of malt, brown sugar and raisins, takes Belgian-style browns to new heights. Raison D’Extra’s little brother Raison D’Etre was brewed to be the ultimate beer partner for steak. Plump raisins and beet sugars give the beer a similar DNA and color to red wine. D’Extra takes this concept to the next level. What 120 Minute IPA is to 60 Minute IPA, D’Extra is the D’Etre. We’re pushing the limits of what a Belgian yeast can do (and we’ve discovered that’s somewhere in the ballpark of 15% to 18% ABV!) D’Extra is extremely complex and a great candidate for aging. Sip on one with a loved one now, and stash a few in your beer cellar! As Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione says, “This puppy’s only getting better with age.”

My Description: This beer is ridiculously smooth for being such a big beer, and not to mention delicious. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head with a great retention level that holds for some time leaving behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is strong and welcoming with a deep malt presence that is slightly sweet along with notes of raisins, banana bread, and some alcohol. Raison D’Extra is full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is complex and bold. Caramel malt and dark fruits like raisins and dates are the center piece but this ale has great depth with many flavors coming through from time to time like brown sugar and faint chocolate notes. Alcohol notes come through as well but are not intrusive, they are enjoyable. The transition to the aftertaste is clean with a welcoming bitter note to help balance this beer. A lingering cherry note is the perfect flavor to end this beauty. I would highly recommend getting a few of these to age as I can only assume they will get smoother and more flavorful. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled steak, roasted lamb loin, or chocolate cheesecake.

ABV: 15%-18%  Color: Garnet  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

RED & WHITE: 89 Points

Red & White

This is a Dogfish Occasional Rarity that is in limited production and was released in 2007. This is a creative specialty ale that is mixed with pinot noir juice with an IBU of 35. The brewer recommends drinking out of a snifter. Available in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description:  “A big, Belgian-style Wit brewed with coriander and orange peel and fermented with Pinot Noir juice. After fermentation a fraction of the batch is aged in one of our giant oak tanks.  This has been one of our most popular Limited Edition beers at both our Rehoboth Beach, DE brewpub and at festivals. It successfully marries the refreshing citrusy qualities of a Belgian-style white beer with the robust complexity of a bold red wine.”

My Description:  This is definitely interesting; I’ve never had an ale mixed with wine before and my wife and I were really excited about trying something new and unique.  Dogfish Head is a really great company that produces high quality products so we weren’t too worried.  Needless to say we were glad we picked this up.  For a beer this high in alcohol the head is really nice and very retentive.  The aroma is sweet with hints of wine and oranges. Once you take the first sip you will recognize that this is a very complex beer that is both enjoyable and delicious.  This is a medium to heavy body beer that is rich in flavors. It has a sweet coriander taste with minor orange notes and you will pick up on the malt as well.  You will also pick up the taste of alcohol which you might expect with 10% ABV. The wine makes its appearance in the aftertaste where you gets notes of red wine and grapes. It’s very complex yet enjoyable to get these different tastes. Once the beer warms up a little you will begin to taste the hops but you never really get a taste of oak.  This beer is best opened about 5 to 10 minutes out of the fridge.  One cannot drink this beer everyday; I would save it for special occasions. It would go well with chocolate desserts, salads, or cheeses. This ale goes for around $12.

ABV: 10%  Color:  Dark Amber  Sweetness:  6/10  Bitterness:  4.5/10

RHIZING BINES: 89 Points

East meets West

East meets West

This Imperial IPA is a collaboration between Dogfish and Sierra Nevada. It is available for a limited time in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Rhizing Bines is a collaborative IPA using the best of both coasts: Carolina-grown red fife wheat and Dogfish Head’s continual-hopping from the East and Sierra Nevada’s estate-grown caramel malt and Torpedo dry-hopping from the west.”

My Description: This Imperial IPA is slightly more sweet than I thought it would be and the hop combination is really unique and interesting. It begins with a very large, white colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind an amazing amount of lacing. The aroma is fairly standard with an apparent caramel malt note accompanied by grapefruit and earthy hops. It is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. Caramel malt does not play a supporting role in this IPA, it is center stage along with notes of grapefruit hops and a hint of hop spice. The alcohol is slightly more apparent in this ale than other beers with the same ABV, but it is only slightly intrusive. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but it does not linger for too long. Overall, this is a nice collaboration between east and west. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with steak sandwiches, spicy chicken wings, or a black bean burger with fries.

ABV: 8%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

ROSABI: 91 Points

Hops meet wasabi

Hops meet wasabi

This Specialty IPA is released in limited quantities in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The vivid rose hue of this imperial Pale Ale comes from a combination of Munich and Caramel malts and a touch of red rice from Louisiana, birthplace of musician and collaborator Julianna Barwick. Julianna, who builds ecstatic choirs by looping and layering her voice, helped choose the ingredients for Rosabi and visited coastal Delaware to brew a test batch. Citrusy Simcoe and Centennial feed Julianna’s love of hops, and the star of the show is her go-to ingredient: wasabi. What’s hoppy? … Wasabi. The Japanese root adds bittering and herbal notes similar to hops, with its subtle heat creeping in after the kick of carbonation.”

My Description: This beer presents a well integrated mix of flavors, the wasabi feels like it fits nicely into place in this IPA. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a really nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pungent with notes of pine and citrus hops along with some caramel malt and a hint of spice. Rosabi is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A smooth texture helps to bring out the flavors. It is malty upfront with notes of caramel malt, pine hops, spice notes, and some subtle heat notes from the wasabi. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a lingering wasabi note that satisfies. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and overall this beer was enjoyable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled pork chops, aged Cheddar, or sushi.

ABV: 8%  Color: Copper/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5/10

SAHTEA: 93 Points

Dessert Beer

This is a Dogfish Occasional Rarity that is in limited production. This beer is created using wood-fired rocks to cook the wort which recreates the way the Finnish created beer 1,000 years ago. This is available in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A modern update on a 9th century Finnish proto-beer. Brewed with rye, we caramelize the wort with white hot river rocks, then ferment it with a German Weizen yeast. In addition to juniper berries foraged directly from the Finnish country-side we added a sort of tea made with black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and black pepper. The spicing is subtle and balanced and Sahtea is a highly-quaffable, truly-unique brew with a full-mouth feel.” The beer has an IBU of 6.

My Description: At first pour this beer presents a nice orange to copper color that leaves an average head that is off-white in color, which is good considering the alcohol content. Sahtea also leaves a decent amount of lacing that seems to stick and linger on the sides of the glass. As soon as you stick your nose into this beer you get a strong spice and chai aroma that smells great. You also get hints of cream and juniper that add to the complexity of the aroma. I’m absolutely in love with the aroma. You can pick up on the alcohol taste immediately but it’s minor compared to the flavor of the juniper that you get as soon as the beer hits your tongue. The best part of this beer is the aftertaste. It has a strong, creamy chai taste that lingers for a few seconds making you want to keep on drinking to keep getting that taste. The beer is hazy with a medium body. It has a fresh and sweet taste that is enjoyable and great as a dessert beer. Might go nice with risotto, creme brulee, split pea soup, or pumpkin pie.

ABV: 9% Color: Orange/Copper Sweetness: 5/10 Bitterness: 1/10

SAISON DU BUFF: 78 Points

Saison du Buff

This saison is a collaboration between Dogfish, Stone, and Victory. Each company released this beer using the same receipe and ingredients. I decided to pick up the Dogfish edition for review.

Brewer’s Description: “Ale brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.”

My Description: I really enjoy earthy, herbal type flavors and this beer provides them but not in a manner where I can praise it. The head on the beer is really foamy and layers itself on the glass permanently which is nice. The aroma is complex with notes of sage, mint, and rosemary; the aroma is the best part of the beer. It is light to medium bodied with a strong herbal taste that has notes of rosemary and fresh thyme. However, the alcohol is apparent which is not acceptable for a beer with this level of alcohol. Additionally, you get some minor sour notes that really ruin the fresh taste of the herbs. Even if you get past the alcohol and sour notes this is still a beer that you cannot drink too much of because it is not refreshing or satisfying. I do recommend you try it just because it is still a decent beer and there are not many beers like this on the market and it is great to see brewers really going out there for new flavors and recipes. They will eventually get it right because these are some powerhouse breweries working on this collaboration.

ABV: 6.8% Color: Hazy Lemon/Green Sweetness: 5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

TA HENKET: 86 Points

Ancient Egyptian Ale

This ale is part of their Ancient Ale Series and has an IBU of 7. It is available in limited quantities in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Ta Henket is brewed with an ancient form of wheat and loaves of hearth-baked bread, and it’s flavored with chamomile, dom-palm fruit and Middle Eastern herbs. To ferment this earthy ancient ale, Sam and friends traveled to Cairo, set out baited petri dishes and captured a native Egyptian saccharomyces yeast strain.”

My Description: This is a pretty good beer, but it didn’t satisfy me enough to spend $14 on a bottle. I understand it is priced this high because of all the research that went in to this beer but hey, taste is taste, and I was expecting a little more (especially for only providing enough malt of a 4.5% beer at this price). Enough caveat, let’s get on with this review. It has a decent off-white colored head that leaves little retention. It goes bald after a few minutes leaving small amount of lacing. This ale has a powerful and complex aroma with a strong bread-like scent accompanied by notes of malt, oregano, and some fruit. The taste is also complex. Once you drink it you will get flavors of bread, oregano, and some spice. The aftertaste is totally different, it has a somewhat lemony/sour taste with some fruit notes that add a bit of sweetness. It is medium bodied, smooth, and matches the brewer’s description well. I just wouldn’t buy another bottle of this at that price, it didn’t “wow” me. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled fish, roasted vegetables, or tabouli.

ABV: 4.5% Color: Clear Gold Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1/10

THEOBROMA: 83 Points

“Food of the Gods”

This specialty ale is part of their “Ancient Ales Series” and has an IBU of 8. It is available for a limited time throughout the year in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description:  “Dogfish Heads Theobroma (translated into ‘food of the gods’) is brewed with Aztec cocoa powder and cocoa nibs, honey, chilies, and annatto (fragrant tree seeds). It’s light in color – not what you expect with your typical chocolate beer.”

My Description:  This beer was not what I expected but still a pretty good beer on its own. It has a head that is bubbly once poured but quickly depletes leaving just a film and eventually nothing at all. The aroma makes up for the disappointing head; it is fresh and sweet with minor notes of ginger, alcohol, chocolate, chili, and fruit. The beer is more medium bodied and is relatively smooth with a good carbonation level. The beer has flavors but they are all pretty weak and mild. The chili was barely noticeable as well as the chocolate. I was hoping for a little more flavor considering I paid $13 for the bottle. You will get some spice notes and some sweetness as well but nothing stands out. It is almost kind of bland but something was always there. The reason this got an 83 rating is because even though the flavors were weak, the overall beer is made with high quality and definitely worth a try. It is best served around 48°F and pairs nicely with spicy salads, desserts, or gourmet cheeses.

ABV: 9%  Color: Hazy Orange  Sweetness: 4/10  Bitterness: 1/10