Posts Tagged With: Dogfish Head

Dogfish Indian Brown Ale

Beer: Indian Brown Ale
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 7.2%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Dark darky dark brown body with an inch of dense tan head.

Smell: This is one deep brew: overpowering coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. NOW TIME TO DRINK.

Flavor: Impossibly delicious dark chocolate and espresso flavors. There’s also a rich, decadent caramel that swirls in the middle. A bite from the hops comes through at the end.

Feel: Creamy, thin body with moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark: The Indian Brown Ale is one of Dogfish Head’s longest continually produced beers–13 years and counting. After enjoying a pint of it, this comes as no surprise. This is one of those beers that you pick up when just want something good. It’s sweet, dark, bright, hoppy…and quite alcoholic (7.2%). What more could one want in a beer?

I was a little bit hazy on what constitutes an “Indian Brown Ale.” While I made the assumption that an Indian Brown Ale is a Brown Ale-IPA hybrid, the DFH website clarifies that it in fact a Scotch Ale-Brown Ale-IPA amalgam. Apparently, the Indian Brown Ale has to looks of a Brown Ale, the sweetness of a Scotch Ale, and the bitterness of an India Pale Ale. The result is the perfect offspring–eugenics at its best.

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Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Beer: Punkin Ale
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 7.0%

Serving Style: Draft
Drinking Establishment: World of Beer, Savannah, GA
Primary Consumer: Ally



Sight: Clear orange/amber coloration with little-to-no head when served, but a ring of creaminess lingered around the rim of the glass.

Smell: Spiced–cinnamon and cloves, particularly.  The malts come across as a slight burnt note (this might be from the brown sugar that’s in the mix as well), and there’s a bit of yeastiness in there, too.

Flavor: Like a sweet brown ale with the perfect balance of pumpkin and spice thrown in.  It’s autumn in a pint glass.

Feel: A solid mouthfeel, with medium-to-high carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Named after a ridiculous Delaware festival called Punkin Chunkin, Dogfish Head’s seasonal pumpkin offering is, too, ridiculous–ridiculously AWESOME.  Seriously, this is a classic in the pumpkin beer line-up, in that it’s exactly what you’d expect from a pumpkin beer: malty goodness, a bit of sweetness from the brown sugar, spices, and, of course, pumpkin.  All of these flavors in balance make for a pretty substantial drink, perfect for chilly fall nights–but it’s not so bold as to taste like the 7.0% ABV it contains.  Dare I say it’s fun to drink?  I do.  I dare.  It is one of the best amalgamations of beer & delicious pie to cross my palate.  There’s a reason why it’s usually sold out everywhere by Thanksgiving–so if you find a store that has it, stock up; or better yet, find a bar that serves it on tap, and settle in for a fine autumn evening.

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Dogfish Head Positive Contact

Beer: Positive Contact
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Witbier – Cider hybrid
ABV: 9.0%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Err, sample glass*
Drinking Establishment: George Street Ale House, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally



Sight: Relatively clear, golden yellow body.  Small white head that settles to a sticky ring around the edge.

Smell: A vegetable-y aroma–perhaps that’s the pepper in the brew?  But there’s a citrus scent, too.  It smells a little bit like a cider, unsurprisingly.  No smokiness, as I was kind of expecting.

Flavor: Although the aroma wasn’t indicative of it, this tastes like bacon.  Smoky, and a teeny tiny bit sweet.  It doesn’t drink like a cider.

Feel: Flat and a bit syrupy, with low carbonation.

Concluding Remark:  Dogfish Head released this limited batch brew as part of their Music Series of beers; they say it is “an amalgamation of hip-hop, beer, cider and a DIY culinary experience.”  In fact, Sam and Dan the Automator of hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 teamed up with Dogfish to make this ale (it’s named after a track off their first album), which is brewed with Fuji apple cider, slow-roasted farro (a wheat-based grain), cayenne pepper, and fresh cilantro.

So how is it?  Well, under the wise guidance of our bartender, Mike, we let it sit for a few minutes before tasting (the time it took to drink a pint of another beer, to be exact).  This brought out the herbal nature of it–you do get a note of cilantro–but the flavor is mostly a smokiness.  The only cider-like component that’s really apparent is a sweetness in the aftertaste.  The flat mouthfeel is a bit off-putting, but this could be because we let it sit before sampling.  But, it was worth it, to get the full flavor effect.  For a sweet-and-savory experience, definitely give this interesting ale a try, if you should happen upon it.

*And yes, I was too cheap to buy a full glass.  The perks of knowing your local bartender: free samples!

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Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Beer: 120 Minute IPA
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 15-20%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Tulip glass
Drinking Establishment: George Street Ale House, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally



Sight: Murky golden amber that clears to a coppery color, with a 2-finger off-white head.  Lava lamp-like carbonation bubbles float throughout.

Smell: The aroma of figs and hops.

Flavor: Caramel, pine sap, and a slight licorice taste.  The hops are definitely present.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

Concluding Remark: Dogfish Head has a 60 Minute IPA, a 90 Minute IPA, a 75 Minute IPA (review earlier this month), and this, the 120 Minute IPA.  The “Minutes” refer to the amount of boil time of the wort–the liquid extracted during the mashing process of brewing. During this time, the hops are continuously added; and the longer the hops are boiled, the more hop bitterness there will be in the beer.  So, you can understand why Dogfish would refer to its 120 Minute IPA as “the Holy Grail for hopheads.”

Now, when I first started appreciating good beer, I had a hard time coming over to the side of the IPA–I just wasn’t a fan of the metallic bitterness.  But, I’ve come a long way, and now I find it slightly ridiculous that, when I first tasted the 120 Minute, my initial reaction was, “This isn’t that hoppy.”  Don’t get me wrong: no doubt is this an IPA, and a strong one at that.  (I felt the tipsy after-effects of this guy for a looooong time.)  But it wasn’t offensive or intimidating; it was highly enjoyable.  I will admit, I enjoyed the 75 Minute IPA better; but Dogfish did a good job with what they call “the biggest IPA ever brewed.”

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Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Beer: Burton Baton
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 10.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Drinking glass
Drinking Establishment: Veggie Heaven, Denville, NJ (a fabulous BYOB vegetarian restaurant)
Primary Consumer(s): Ally and Kerensa



Sight: Clear, dark gold body with a frothy beige head that leaves exceptionally thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet, almost like dulce de leche or a savory caramel, but with fruity notes, like dried pineapple, and the aroma of pine.  Very dynamic.

Flavor: Sweet hops, woodsy notes (it’s flavored with oak staves), a bit of vanilla–rich, complex, and savory.  There is a bit of an alcoholic note, but nothing obtrusive.

Feel: On the thin side, with moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Dogfish’s Burton Baton is a “two-thread” (or two batch) blend of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.  Once blended, the brew stays in an oak tank for about a month.  The resulting depth of flavor is impressive–it’s hearty, like a meal in a beer, with a lot going on in the taste department; but the oak softens the flavors a bit, so that the 10% ABV is not so noticeable.  For this reason, the label says to “share it with loved ones.”  Well, done and done.  And we recommend you do the same.  Luckily, this brew that once had a very limited release has gained enough popularity that you’ll find it at most liquor stores in a 4-pack.  It’s pricy (~$16), but worth it.

As for the name, the “Burton” is a reference to the Burton Ale once made by the Ballantine Brewery, which used the name in homage to the British town of Burton upon Trent that was well known for its breweries.  We can’t find any evidence of where the “baton” comes in, but we can speculate that Dogfish Head is carrying the baton that was once passed from Burton to Ballantine.  Well done, Dogfish Head.

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Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

Beer: 75 Minute IPA
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: IPA
ABV: 7.5%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: The Fant Mansion
Primary Consumer: Ally
Secondary Consumer: Laura, Ally’s sister



Sight: Gorgeous, multi-faceted golden honey color with darker amber waves throughout.  A 2-finger thick and foamy ivory-colored head with some lacing.

Smell: Classic IPA hoppiness (Cascade hops, to be exact) with a note of sweetness in the realm of caramel or the added maple syrup.

Flavor: Sweet maple, caramel, and floral notes, with a woodsy hop aftertaste.  Very balanced!

Feel: Crisp, light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark: The Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA is actually a blend of their 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPAs, dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades and bottle conditioned with maple syrup.  The result?  A complex, well-balanced beer that will appeal to both IPA fans and non-believers alike.  The sweetness of the maple syrup (which, Laura notes, results in a caramel-like flavor) complements and mellows out the hops.  If you’re looking for something sweeter or just an interesting twist on the standard IPA, this is it.  And if you’re just looking for a darn good beer to share with a friend (it comes in a 750ml bottle), this is also it.  You know, this beer is pretty much a winner no matter what you’re looking for.  I wish it didn’t have such a limited release!

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Saison du Buff

Beer: Saison du BUFF
Brewery: Victory, Stone, Dogfish Head
Style: Saison
ABV: 6.8%


 Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Golden, slightly hazy body. Very small white head. Reminiscent of a fancy sparkling apple cider.

Smell: Intensely orange front note, with a subtle note of parsley and pine.

Flavor: The taste doesn’t quite live up to its promising aroma. While there’s a hint of citrus and sage, its bitterness overpowers the subtle herbal taste. As it sits, the initial complexity settles to a relatively simple citrus-pine flavor.

Feel: Surprisingly thin with excellent carbonation.

Concluding Remark: BUFF (Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor) is a collaboration between three craft brewing heavyweights: Dogfish Head, Stone, and Victory. In 2003, the brewers got together with “a noble endeavor with the goal to highlight the passion and camaraderie of the American craft brew movement.” Almost a decade later, they came together to dream up the Saison du BUFF, an American take on the Belgian classic. They utilized the farmer’s spice rack in this Saison, sprinkling rosemary, thyme, sage, and parsley into the mix. It’s decent, and initially pretty complex, but it’s not as punchy or dynamic as I would want my Saison to be. While it follows the Saison tradition of mixing available ingredients, it’s a good brew, but not the best of in show.

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Dogfish Head My Antonia

Beer: My Antonia
Brewery: Dogfish Head
Style: Imperial Pilsner
ABV: 7.5%

 Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s family home, NJ
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Secondary Consumer(s): Kerensa’s family



Sight: Straw, almost clear body with a huge, fluffy head that looks like beaten egg whites. Excellent head retention; it settles into sculptural, voluminous shapes.

Smell: Strong earthy, herbal hop aroma.

Flavor: Bitter hop note at forefront, with an herbal–thyme or parsley–bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This does not feel like your normal Pilsner.

Concluding Remarks: Dogfish Head’s My Antonia (named so for Willa Cather’s Bohemian heroine)  is an Imperial Pilsner.  It is a continually-hopped brew, which means that hops are added to the beer throughout the boiling process. As it sits, it begins to develop a sweet malt profile, in addition to  notes of ethyl alcohol. The flavor of the beer transforms as it goes down: first, there’s a rush of bitterness, then a sweet malt, and it finishes with a bitter herbal note. While interesting,  I highly recommend not drinking this with food. It will overpower anything else consumed in its path. It’s a nice break from the low ABV session Pils I’ve been drinking this month, though. Also, if you’re interested, look out for Dogfish Head’s collaboration with Birra del Borgo. They produced this Imperial Pilsner before Dogfish went off and did its own thing with Antonia Shimerda. They do make a good brew, but I would be curious to try and discern the difference between Dogfish with and without Italy’s help.

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Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

Beer:  World Wide Stout
Brewery: Dogfish Head
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 15.0-20.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Ally’s apartment
Primary Consumer: Ally



Sight: Opaque, dark, black, with a barely-noticeable amber glimmer.  Three fingers of thick mocha-colored head that settles to a dusting of foam that lingers on the glass.

Scent: Deep and roasted, like hickory, or maybe even tangy BBQ sauce.  Slightly reminiscent of nail polish remover, but not in a bad way, if that’s possible.

Flavor:  Deep and roasted, like it smells.  A hint of smokiness, with a very mild sweetness as it rests.  And whoa, can you can taste the alcohol!

Feel:  Smooth, full mouthfeel.  Low carbonation.  Just like you can taste it, you can feel the alcohol–it tingles the tongue and warms the esophagus.

When Dogfish Head first introduced its World Wide Stout at the tail-end of 1999, it claimed the title of “most potent beer on the planet.”  This is not the case anymore, but this brew still packs a punch; if drunk were a flavor, this beer would be it.  According to its label, it is “a very dark beer brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley,” and the result is a roasty, full libation.  I feel, however, that there is a more nuanced and complex beer hiding behind the booziness**; it’s like buying a cheap painting from a garage sale, only to find that the Mona Lisa is hidden underneath.  I can see it complimenting a dessert very well–it would balance nicely with something sweet.

**According to Dogfish Head, the World Wide Stout is a beer that ages well.  Although I couldn’t wait long enough to verify this, they say that the “heat” of the beer fades and notes of port and more roastiness shine through–perhaps making it the Mona Lisa of beer?

Concluding remarks: There’s a reason why the DFH website says to “share this one with someone you love”–it’s not for the faint of heart.  But if you like your beer like you like your coffee and men (dark and strong, right?), drink up and find a designated driver–perhaps a dark, strong man who will make you coffee in the morning.

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