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Dogfish Head American Beauty

Dogfish Head American BeautyHere’s another beer with classic rock roots, Dogfish Head American Beauty. If you couldn’t tell from the bear on the logo, this one comes from the band an fans of Grateful Dead. According to the video, the band wanted a big bold American Pale Ale. They then asked fans to submit other ingredient ideas and a story as to what that ingredient meant to them in relation to Grateful Dead. Expectedly, many were illicit. They decided to go with granola, although he doesn’t explain why.

To the beer!

Great head and really nice color. Honey, orange, and hops in the aroma. Flavor is similar, though the hops are more noticeable and there is a lingering sweetness. I know this is brewed with granola, but the nuttiness you might expect is very subtle. The orange, grape, and honey are firmly there. In fact, getting some hints of Midas Touch here.

Once again, Dogfish Head goes bold and doesn’t disappoint. Really tasty brew. Shame it’s a one-off run.

Grade: A

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Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Dogfish Head Festina PecheOne thing Dogfish Head will never be accused of is making bland, common beers. Festina Peche is definitely an example of that.

The color is light and clear. Almost looks like a macro lager. The aroma, however, is all peach. It’s much more sour and tart than expected, but there is loads of peach flavor. After things mellow, the wheat malt comes through. Not much else going on.

This is one that will be very polarizing. Love or hate, very little middle ground. Lots of peach, but too much tartness to be a refreshing summer beer.

 

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Dogfish Head Immort Ale

Dogfish Head Immort Ale

As expected from Dogfish Head, Immort Ale is a style all its own. Maple syrup, smoked barley, juniper, and vanilla are all added to the brew before it’s aged in oak barrels.

Nice dark brown color here, even without much head. The aroma is very strong with cooked sugar, raisins, and a lot of alcohol. The flavor is, of course, unique. The maple syrup really does come through along with the vanilla. There is no attempt to mask the alcohol here. You know you’re drinking a beer that clocks in at 11% ABV. The flavors tend to mellow out and blend more as it warms. Lots of bourbon character noticeable, too.

Complex, boozy, very tasty, and above all, unique. What else would you expect from Dogfish Head?

Grade: A

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Dogfish Head Chicory Stout

I have been in love with Chicory ever since my first (and so far only) visit to Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. I even have some of the coffee in my cupboard right now. So when I found out that Dogfish Head Chicory Stout was a thing, I had to have it.

Smells of dark roasted coffee, chicory, and bitter chocolate. The first thing I notice isn’t the flavors, it’s actually how creamy this is. But the flavors do shine through. Do they ever! Roasted coffee and chocolate are the biggest along with the chicory. Some anise, too. And the bitterness is more familiar with the coffee and chocolate rather than the hops. It’s only 5% ABV, so one for breakfast probably won’t get you in trouble!

Mighty tasty, even if I would be OK with more chicory in it. Even though this is a yearly seasonal, this is the first I’ve been able to get it. Too bad!

Grade: A

Dogfish Head Chicory Stout
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Life and Limb Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada

Life and Limb Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada

Clearly, every craft brewery wants to sell tons of beer and make huge profits, but there is a sense of camaraderie amongst craft brewers in a love of great beer. That love is displayed here with the Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada collaboration brew, Life and Limb. Heck, it even is its own website!

The expectations are high here and the beer starts off big with a huge off white head and deep mahogany color. Lots of spice and dark fruit in the smell. Tons of sweet malt, maple syrup, some smokiness, anise, followed by a long, dry finish. The hops eventually give a bit of a kick along with some cherries.

Big, complex, well balanced. There’s some boozy warmth, but I wouldn’t guess it is 10%. Delicious and a great of example of a beer brewed with passion, knowledge, and love. Get it

Grade: A+

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Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Dogish Head 90 Minute IPA

I really like the light brown color with an inviting haze. Lots of citrusy hops in the nose. Starts off with a lot of sweet caramel followed by a big hop punch. The hops are there, don’t worry about that, but they aren’t blowing out everything else like I expected.

This is my kind of IPA. Huge hop notes, big bitter finish, but it’s got some malt to go along with it. It’s not like you’re drinking hop juice (which I haven’t been able to get my hands on yet.) The 9% ABV warms on the way down, but doesn’t have much presence other than that.

Big fan of this one!

Grade: A

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Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

My first pumpkin ale of the season was the outstanding Southern Tier Pumking, so we will see how Dogfish Head Punkin Ale stacks up.

Nice copper color and tons of warm spices as soon as it’s poured. Loads of pumpkin pie spice like cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Of course, the pumpkin in present, too. I’m getting more hops here than I have with other pumpkin ales, but they are spicy hops that pair quite nicely with the pie spices. Nice warmth from the 7% ABV, as well.

It’s pretty darn good, but I’d go with Pumking over this. The Punkin Ale is dominated by spices, where the Pumking had more complex and better balanced flavor.

Grade: B

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Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron

If you watched any of Brew Masters, you know some of the extremes Dogfish Head goes to in brewing. The Palo Santo Marron is a perfect example. Read the story in the link detailing how they use a unique Paraguayan wood in the brew. Pours a deep dark brown with a huge rocky tan head. The taste is unlike anything I have had before. Starts with sweet vanilla and caramel followed by wood. Finish is long and dry with a bit of cherry and alcohol warmth. Superior lacing. Dogfish Head continues to prove they are one of the most inventive and experimental breweries out there. You won’t find anything like this!

Grade: A

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