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Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Having a 60 minute IPA from Dogfish Head, one of my favorite breweries.   Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle.

This beer is tan to orange in color, crystal clear, rising bubbles ring the glass, with a nice one finger head and ok lacing.

The aroma is very citrusy, with some floral character and a little bit of earthiness if you ask me.

Flavor wise this IPA seems very clean and crisp, citrusy, floral, and herbal.  The maltiness is there, but doesn’t really conflict or overpower the hops at all.   A touch of perhaps nuttiness rounds out with a bitter hops finish.

The body is light and dry, with a nice citrus/floral hop finish.

Highly recommended.  A very crisp and clean IPA that’s a regular in my fridge.

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Dogfish Head Raison D’etre

A rather strange offering from Dogfish Head, Raison D’etre scores a 96 overall, 92 to the Belgian Strong Ale style on ratebeer.com, and 83 on beeradvocate.com.  As much as I just love Dogfish Head, this has not turned out to be one of my favorites from them.

Brown with amber notes and clear.  One finger head and so-so lace.

Definitely a bubblegum component to the aroma.  Fruity and a little spicy, with some maltiness.

Flavor is more bready and toasted malty but still has some bubblegum character, a little spiciness, and some raisiny fruitiness.  Alcohol is pretty noticeable.  Hops seem to be out of whack, too strong in overall bitterness, but perhaps not quite there enough on flavor/aroma.  The whole thing is a bit muddled and chaotic.

Body is slick and thick, carbonation is pretty low, and alcohol is noticeable, moreso than it should be for an 8% beer.

Overall it’s a beer in chaos, but it’s not bad.  I really don’t think this fits the Belgian strong dark ale category nearly as well as it would fit the brown ale category, except for perhaps the yeast.  But even then, the usual Belgian notes just aren’t there to the extent that you’d expect.

Bitches Brew!

I just traded for some Dogfish Head and I plan to discuss them all. Picked up a 120 minute IPA, a World Wide Stout, and a Bitches Brew!  I’ve had all three before, all via trades, and the fact that I’ve traded for them all again (despite their pretty damn high cost) speaks volumes about how good they are.

Today I’m going to discuss Dogfish Head Bitches Brew.  I believe this is the third edition of this particular brew, but I’m too lazy to actually confirm that! 🙂

Bitches Brew was brewed in honor of the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis’ 1970 fusion jazz album by the same name.  The bottle even includes the album’s artwork.

As for the beer, it’s damn delicious!

Black with just a tinge of redness, especially in the dark brown one finger head.  Lacing is kind of sparse but ain’t bad.

The aroma is ripe with chocolate malts, roasted and burnt malt notes, honey, coffee.

The taste is a bit more honey-like than the nose, although it’s a pretty nice imperial stout at the same time.  Lots of coffee, chocolate malts, and a good balanced blend of burnt and roasted flavors.

Body is slick, thick, full bodied, and a bit silky, presumably from the honey. As it warms it becomes smoother and silkier.

Overall it’s a very nice brew, and quite interesting too.  I’ve got a bottle on display from the first edition.

I can’t wait to break into the WWS and 120 that I’ve got chillin’ in the fridge, look for my comments on them in the near future!

BTW, anybody who’s got DFH Fort, I need some!  Trade time!

The Amazing-ness of Dogfish Head!!

Let me just make a quick post here to give two mugs up to Dogfish Head Brewery!  I just love their beers!  I’m currently trading for both Worldwide Stout and 120 minute IPA.  In my opinion, these are the best beers this brewery has ever made, but it’s so hard to call it, you can feel free to disagree.

Anybody who ever trades with me, I want these beers!  I still cannot currently get them in my locale, which really sucks for me!!

I also really love Pangaea, Sah’tea, 60 and 90 minute IPA, Fort, My Antonia and Aprihop.  Plus so many others!  Go DFH!!

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