Here’s a witbier from Dogfish Head. Surprisingly, it’s not a “double witbier” as I wouldn’t be shocked to see from Sam. You’ve got some dried orange slices, lemongrass and coriander in here.
Witbier. 5.0% ABV. 20 IBUs. Delaware. Limited Release.
Hazy bright yellow color. Fluffy head.
Pretty delicate nose. Getting a little wheat and citrus. Not much else.
Mouthfeel is spritzy but with a fantastic body.
Orange and lemon up front, which transitions to a wheaty flavor. The finish features just a hint of spices, and a little bit of a vanilla honey flavor.
It’s not bad, but doesn’t blow me away. I can’t justify the expense of this beer. 87 points.
This Beer Club was a blast. It was a smaller than usual turnout, but with a couple newbies. Hopefully, we didn’t scare them off. We did drink A LOT of beer that night. Of course, I could have had more if I had a better head count. Yes, I will be rubbing that in their faces for a long time coming. I gotta say, I put together a pretty awesome tasting, so let’s get into it.
The first beer that we started with, as usual, was my own homebrew. It was more of a single IPA than a double, but it was tasty. People seemed to enjoy it, or they were just nice.
I had to pull a favor to get the Pliny. My friends now have street cred in the beer world. What else can I say about Pliny? It’s delicious, balanced, complex, oh and delicious.
Stone Ruination was up next and one of my favorite Double IPAs. Despite the name, it doesn’t destroy your palate and is actually the lowest in ABV out of the bunch, weighing in at 7.7%.
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid is another one of my favorites. It’s an ode to all your favorite citrusy hops. Again, it’s aggressive, but well balanced.
One of the biggest surprises of the night for me was the Sound Humulo Nimbus. I love this brewery, but it was a strange beer in the tasting as it wasn’t nearly as hoppy as the previous beers. Much more of the malt coming through on this one.
The second Washington beer in the tasting was the Silver City Whoop Pass. This definitely had the aggressive hop profile going on and was quite tasty in this lineup.
I wanted a couple East Coast offerings as a juxtaposition to the heavy West Coast showing. I’ve hated this beer in the past, and it wasn’t a favorite at the tasting. It’s over-the-top and lacks the balance of the other beers. It was also more carbonated than the other ones, which was surprising.
The biggest contrast was the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. This beer was all malt compared to the others. It just doesn’t have that punch and comes across with a dark malt profile. I got lots of chocolate and caramel on this beer.
The Firestone Double Jack became a favorite of mine in the tasting. Great hop profile, great balance, really delicious beer.
I think everyone was surprised by these beers. I know the IPA is a hard beer to get into, but with those big malt bodies to balance the hops, people found them much more enjoyable than the dry American IPAs from a previous tasting. That’s what I hope to accomplish at Beer Club. I believe it was fairly eye-opening and palate expanding for those who attended. Belgian Quads next month!
I’ve had this brew before, but I didn’t review it. This originally began as a collab beer but is now in their “Occasional Rarities” selection. It’s an imperial pilsner, which I’ve only had a couple of examples. Let’s see how it tastes.
Imperial Pilsner. 7.5% ABV. Delaware. Rotating Release.
Fairly orange in color with a nice rocky head.
Well the first thing I notice about the nose is the sweetness. Some light fruits make an appearance, but that sweetness almost smells cloying.
Mouthfeel is a medium to full body with a medium carbonation. It’s definitely not a thirst quencher.
Malty sweetness with some light and stone fruits, some honey makes an appearance with a bit of an earthy and spicy hop backend.
This is another DFH beer that I really just don’t love. I think this may go over well with a lot of folks, though. It’s got that bit of sweetness and fruity-ness, but doesn’t win over my palate. 85 points.
If you know anything about wine, then you probably have heard of Noble Rot. It’s a fungus, called Botrytus, that can attack wine grapes, but is prized for it’s ability to concentrate the sugars in the grape. This beer has Viognier must that was infected by noble rot, as well as, Pinot Gris must. Otherwise, it’s basically a saison, brewed with Pils and wheat malts.
Saison. 9.0% ABV. 18 IBUs. Delaware. Limited Release.
Very pale yellow color. Actually, it looks a lot like coors light.
The nose is not like coors light. It’s fruity, with a slice of peach and a grape, and just a pinch of black pepper.
Mouthfeel is quite light. Actually very light with high carbonation. Does not present itself as a 9% beer.
The palate is a bit fruity, with a bit tartness. It’s got a saison like characteristic with that black pepper coming through a bit. Nice honey component.
I cannot believe how light this beer is. Firstly, in mouthfeel, but also in taste. It’s a 9% beer that doesn’t even seem like it’s 5%. That’s pretty incredible. It’s fruity, it’s light, and it’s easy drinking. But it’s also fairly light on flavor. It doesn’t wow me, and for $14, I’d like some wow. Again, I applaud Dogfish Head for the gull to make this beer, but it just doesn’t blow me away. 87 points.
This is an ode to Pearl Jam’s Ten record, on it’s 20th anniversary. I actually really enjoyed the Bitches Brew, but didn’t get to try Hellhound On My Ale. I randomly saw a bottle of this at a local beer store and had to get it. I couldn’t believe there was one on the shelf. This beer is a golden ale with currents added to the boil.
Belgian Golden Ale. 7.0% ABV. 20 IBUs. Delaware. Limited Release.
Light golden color with a nice white head.
The nose is a bit closed but I get a little caramel malt aroma with a fruity and citrus play. It actually smells a bit tart and I wouldn’t guess currants, but I can see them being in here.
Mouthfeel has high carbonation and a medium-light body.
Some fruity-ness up front, which subsides to a caramel and slight bready malt profile. It’s got a little bit of sweetness and just a hint of tartness. It’s got this almost leather like component in the middle. The finish is fairly malty with a hint of grape jelly.
I like this one, but like many DFH beers, I wouldn’t buy it again. It’s solid, but not worth the price. 89 points.
This is a favorite Dogfish Head beer for a lot of people. I’ve never had the chance to try it, so I thought I’d pick some up. It aint cheap, but what Dogfish beer is? If you’ve read my blog at all, you might know I’m really not the biggest fan of Dogfish, for a variety of reasons. Let’s see if this beer is worth the price point.
Imperial India Pale Ale. 10.0% ABV. 70 IBUs. Delaware. Limited Release.
Nice coppery color. Decent head, but it leaves some great lacing.
Nice nose on this one. We got some Pinesol, oak, vanilla, whiskey, and a little hint of fruit.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Good medium to heavy body with a little bit of carbonation bite.
Oak and pine meets a bit of a jerky and honey play. Does get a hair hot with a huge finish of vanilla and pine. Medium bitterness.
This is a really fantastic brew. It’s big, but it’s beautifully balanced. Neither the hops nor the oak overwhelm the malt too much. I would say it’s a little bit alcoholic, but considering it’s so high, I can’t complain too much. 91 points
Supposedly, this is the “oldest-known fermented beverage in the world.” The ingredients come from the vessels found in King Midas’ tomb.
Herbed Ale. 9.0% ABV. 12 IBUs. Delaware.
Golden color with a little bit of white head. This beer is very clear with a ton of carbonation streams.
The nose of this reminds me of the 10.10.10 Vertical Epic. Lots of sweetness, lots of honey, lots of grapes . I’m afraid that this is going to be over-the-top sweet, but an interesting nose. Lots of floral notes as well.
The mouthfeel is actually pretty cloying from the sugar, but there is also a ton of carbonation. It’s a strange mouthfeel, and not terribly drinkable.
Way too sweet for my palate. Lots of honey, brown sugar, grapes, lemon, vanilla, and spice. Actually has a lot of characteristics of a barleywine. Alcohol is covered well. Lots of floral notes and a bit of bitterness on the backend.
You have to respect Dogfish Head, but this is yet another example of a brew from them that I’ll never buy again. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s over-poweringly sweet and my palate is not happy with that. 85 points.