Showing posts with label Dogfish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dogfish. Show all posts

Monday, August 2, 2010

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Ratebeer 3.74 98th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

To get a full appreciation for grandness of this beer, please read the Ratebeer description.

Taste +5

Whenever you open a bottle of Dogfish Head, you expect great things. Once the cap came off you know things were going to be good; the aroma was ripe with citrus, pine, slightly fruit and vanilla. Over every taste bud was draped a creamy citrus, vanilla and oak blanket. Picture a 90 minute IPA with the added goodness of wood notes, vanilla and resin.

Aftertaste +1

The creamy ending was all tangerine and grapefruits.

Alcohol Content +1 10%

Yup, that explains the warmth heading down my gullet.

Value +1

This is a good and strong IPA with the added benefit of French Oak aging.

Ingame Enhancement +1

Still in Seattle. This brew renewed my love for beer after the Paulaner Oktoberfest palate shattering.

Overall 9/10

This glorious brew blends two great ideas: a strong IPA and wood aged beer. This is one beer you must try before you die.

Red Racer IPA
Innis and Gunn Rum Aged Cask
Hop Stoopid IPA

Friday, July 30, 2010

Saison du Buff


Saison du Buff

This was a collaboration between Stone, Victory and Dogfish Head breweries. Their saison was brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

Ratebeer 3.65 97th percentile

Taste +4

The nose was unexpected with huge amounts of rosemary, thyme and citrus hops. Parsley doesn't really have a strong smell and the sage probably blended with the spicy wheat/yeast. It was a good saison on its own. The spicy yeast and tart wheat was greatly enhanced by the herbal thyme and rosemary. This was rounded out nicely with a good dose of citrus hops. Overall it had a medium mouthfeel with a good amount of lacing.

Aftertaste +2

There was a long coating of creamy wheat with a slight tart astringency.

Alcohol Content +1 6.8%

I'm sure the alcohol enhanced the spiciness.

Value +1

This was a glorious, bottle conditioned twist on the classic saison.

Ingame Enhancement +1

This was another Seattle hotel room beer.

Overall 9/10

This is great new take on an old saison style. The added herbals and spices made this a great beer. It might not be suitable for the unseasoned beer drinker.

Midas Touch and How far would you drive for cheap booze?
La Moneuse
Ommegang Hennepin

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dogfish Head 60min IPA


Dogfish Head 60min IPA

Ratebeer 3.74 96th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

Taste +4

The nose is sweet like grapefruit with a small bit of pine. There is also a vague floral and candy sweetness. The taste is all hop sweetness like ruby red grapefruit. There is also a pronounced oily slickness with sweet oranges. For all those people who keep scores, it has 60 IBUs.

Aftertaste +1

The creamy, oily, sweet grapefruit vanished fast but leaBoldves a half version of itself behind. It is very palate cleansing.

Alcohol Content +1 6%

Value +1

This is a great, readily available IPA.

Ingame Enhancement +1

This was sampled in Gord's basement office; so many big IPA's, so little time.

Overall 8/10

This beer defines the style of American IPA. It has it all: sweetness, citrus, pine, cedar and palate cleansing. YUM!

Red Racer IPA and the Bailout

Dogfish Head 90min IPA
Stone IPA

Friday, October 30, 2009

Midas Touch and How Far Will You Drive For Cheap Beer


I love good science, but this one is wacky. In the August 2009 edition of Journal of Health Economics, researchers studied the purchasing behavior of households near an international border with lower taxes on the other side. They should have called me first, I could have told them the answer. Supermarkets near the border had lower sales of alcohol and tobacco than those stores further away from the border. I was shocked! Please note sarcastic use of punctuation. Also households near the border reported buying 37% more beer than those further away from the border. The researchers found these results, "straightforward and intuitively pleasing." These results dissipated when the drive was over 2 and 1/2 hours long.

There was one interesting finding; there were more drunk driving arrests nearer the border. This is does not really prove anything, but provides more empirical evidence that higher taxation of alcohol leads to fewer alcohol related highway crash deaths.


Midas Touch Dogfish Head


Ratebeer 3.51 88th percentile
Beer Advocate B+

This brew is based on an ancient Turkish recipe. Apparently it is brewed using the original ingredients from the 2700 year old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas.

Taste +3

The nose is sweet white grape juice, cane sugar and a slight floral smell (saffron). The orange coloured liquor slips about the mouth leaving a sweet grape and honey flavour everywhere. This is followed by an alcohol warmth and slight tartness. It reminds me of a barley wine.
Aftertaste +1

It is sweet and warming but ends quickly and clean.

Alcohol Content 9% +1

Value 0

It was a nice beer/mead beverage, but I would not get it again. Just a tad on the sweet side.

Ingame Enhancement 0

It is getting harder to drink while playing NFS-Shift on the PS3. The driving action is too quick.

Overall 5/10

This is a very interesting brew for a new taste adventure, but not something you want to bring to a poker party.

Routes Des Spice (Dieu Du Ciel)
Palo Santo Marron

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dogfish Head 90min IPA

If you want to taste some unique and exceptional beers, check out Dogfish Head breweries. The recently reviewed Palo Santo Marron was one of the best beers I have ever tasted.

Dogfish Head 90min IPA
Ratebeer 4.06 100th percentile
Beer Advocate A

Taste +4

The nose is most pleasant aroma of hops and vanilla, but not overdone. The first sip is a very smooth IPA, a nice balance of sweet malt and not too bitter hops. This sip is followed by grapefruit bitterness; almost a ruby red flavour. The taste is truly exceptional, an unbelievably hoppy beer.
Aftertaste +2

The original taste does not change, it just lingers on and on.

Alcohol Content +1 12%

It is difficult to taste, but it does provide a nice flavour enhancement.

Value +1

This beer has not cheap; $18.40 for a 4 pack. It was worth every penny.
Ingame Enhancement +1

I don't care what I did this night; this beer made my life better.
Overall 9/10 BOOM ZOMBIESHOT

Why not a perfect score? IPAs are not easy drinking beers, but this beer was darn close.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Palo Santo Marron (Dogfish Head) and blog integrity

Flavius: Normally at left4beer we are committed to giving our readers the highest standards of impartial reviews on alcoholic beverages.
Meterman: Right, you are about as impartial as Judge Judy. You also used the word 'Normally', which means that your high standards might dip a little.
F: That's right. We had to tell you, our readers...
M: All seven of them.
F: Shut it. We must tell you about this incredible beer.
M: That is the only reason why I am still here. You won't tell me where you bought it.
Palo Santo Marron by Dogfish Head

Rate beer 3.88 98th Percentile
Beer Advocate A-

This beer is officially classified as a strong American Ale. The claim to fame for this beer is that it was aged on Palo Santo wood from Paraguay. I now have this desire to visit Paraguay and lick a Palo Santo tree.
Taste +5

Wow, this beer has some viscosity when it pours, not unlike a strong imperial stout. It pours as black as my parole officers heart. The nose is very complex; you can pick up vanilla, molasses and cherries. Every drink reveals a new flavour; burnt coffee (the good kind), bitter chocolate, cherries and exotic woods.
Aftertaste +2

This beer sticks around for a while and leaves a residue of wood smoke, caramel and dark fruits. It is all packaged with a pleasant alcohol warmth. There is little carbonation in this brew.
Alcohol Content +1 12%

Whoa partner! We kept sipping this one until it was gone in about 2 minutes. You cannot smell nor taste the alcohol in your glass. Be very careful
Value +1

This beer was not cheap; it cost about $21 for a 4 pack. When one spends this much on a beer, one expects something special. This is the second 4 pack I have purchased and no doubt there will be more.
Ingame Enhancement +1

No game tonight; we just stood at my bar and stared at the fish. All the while enveloped in gastronomic bliss.
Overall 10/10 BOOM ZOMBIE HEATSHOT
This is perhaps one of the most impressive beers I have ever tasted. Only 4 other beers have gotten a perfect 10 at left4beer; Aventinus, Obsidian stout, Hermannator and Okocim Polish Porter.