75 Minutes with @Dogfishbeer

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I have a love/hate relationship with Dogfish Head beers. I hate that I don’t love them. It’s not that they aren’t good (and in some cases great), it’s just that I’ve yet to have one that I really love. Bitches Brew is as close as I’ve found, but that’s one in a line-up of 30-40. I really wanted to love this beer. 

I cracked this beer to enjoy with the NCAA championship game. I’ve been really interested in trying it, since it’d billed at a hoppy beer made with maple syrup… sounds like a nice combo. 

First of all, I wanted to pour a small amount in my glass to smell/taste before filling the glass and WHOA!!! This beer has a LOT of carbonation. I had a hard time not getting a 3 inch head on 3 inches of beer. That surprised me a bit. 

The smell is a bit sweet (the maple?), but not as citrus/pine/floral as I expected from an IPA. The taste was right in line with the smell… a bit sweet, not much bitterness and extremely carbonated (too much?). The head was pillowy and left some nice lacing on the glass. 

Overall, it’s very well balanced, but a bit too sweet for my liking with this style. Again, this is a “good” beer, but not something I’ll make part of my regular line-up. I wonder if the carbonation is typical or if I got an off batch? The bottom line? There are a bunch of IPAs that I’d reach for before I’d drink this one. Of course Heady Topper, which has a little more alcohol, but is so much more enjoyable, but also Uinta Hop Notch, Lagunitas Sucks, Green Flash West Coast IPA, etc. 

Vital Stats: 7.5% ABV. Served at 45F in a glass. 

Taste: B. The carbonation got in the way of a good beer. 

Drinkability: B. This is not a light beer. 

Packaging: B. Attractive label, but not much else. 

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3 comments on “75 Minutes with @Dogfishbeer

  1. I gave away the bottle I got to Joe, hoping it would be a home run, but alas, it sounds slightly disappointing. Not to pig pile, but I have the same feeling about DFH. I am always interested in what they are brewing, but rarely do I seek out a second bottle.However, I think I’ve found the beer I really enjoy from DFH, it’s festina peche. It’s not your typically hop bomb, or pumpkin beer. It’s a sour, slightly so, pretty refreshing, and totally not like a beer in many regards. And it comes out soon!AO

  2. I really, really wanted to like this one and I was bummed when I didn’t. Festina Peche is a good one. Not my fav, but a good one. Will keep trying. 🙂

  3. I’m in kind of the same boat as you two with one exception: I think their Burton Baton is exceptional. I haven’t tried many of their special edition beers ala Bitches Brew, etc. Mostly I’m not wanting to tie up that kind of scratch in a beer I may not like. I love that DFH is largely walking the walk when it comes to advocating for craft breweries as a whole.

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