60 Minute IPA – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)

TL:DR – “super clean tangerine citrus w/ light malt backbone, stealth bitterness for an IPA”

60 Minute IPA – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, 6% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Milton, Delaware, USA)

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: tangerine sweet barley malt clean non-bitter
  • Where I got it : World Market / Santa Monica
  • How much: $1.96 USD / $2.55 CAD – 12 fl.oz., March 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not especially
  • What made an impression: super clean

Visual: Pours translucent golden orange without much of a head, ringed retention, barely an island, a few bubbles here and there, uneventful.

Nose: citrusy hopped grainy barley malt, honey, musky. (lvl-3)-pungency.

Attack: light crisp, malty body

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), juicy tangerine hop oils, sweet bready malt backbone

Finish: residual liquid barley malt, ultra-subtle bitterness, slight resiny.

Summary: So clean and smooth that it’s almost boring; Meaning, each sip is reliably balanced and serene. Nothing special visually or aromatically. Flavours won’t wow you.

90 Minute Imperial IPA – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)


90 Minute Imperial IPA – Dogfish Head, 9% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Milton, Delaware, USA)

on the front label:

“What you have here is an Imperial India Pale Ale featuring a single, constant 90-minute hop addition. It’s balanced by a ridiculous amount of English Two-row Barley. Then we dry-hop it in every tank.”

  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Nano creamy orange citrus toffee barley malt subtle hop zen balance
  • Where I got it : Uwajimaya / Seattle
  • How much: $13.14 USD / $17 CAD – 4×12 fl.oz., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, taste the zen

Visual: Pours clear deep orange without much head, very thin hazy layer of retention, scattered singular steady streams.

Nose: clean biscuity toffee malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-slick-thick, nano creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, tangy-light sour backbone, (MAIN) orange citrus , toffee barley malt

Finish: residual sweet barley malt, super subtle dry grassy citrus bitter hops, zen-like clean finish

Summary: Incredibly smooth transitions and outright ridiculously well hidden 9% ABV. After 800+ beer tastings I’ve never come across such a fluffy creamy mouthfeel! A must try for any beer connoisseur.

Raison D’être – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)


  • My Rating: B

Raison D’être – Dogfish Head, 8% ABV –12 fl.oz., (Milton, DE, USA)

on the front label:

“A deep mahogany ale brewed with Belgian beet sugars, green raisins & a sense of purpose. (good pun)”

  • Style: Belgian-style Strong Ale
  • Taste: Heavy brown sugar raisin/date malts
  • Where I got it : W. 16th (?)
  • How much: ~$16/4pack x 12 fl.oz., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (Note: this is an ancient beer I had in the fridge; printed bottled 11/29/10). Pours light root beer brown with barely any head, thin ringed retention, several streams of varying speeds.

Nose: molasses, brown sugar malts, like a typical Belgian dubbel. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: alcoholic detection, fruity sweetness, fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) candi/brown sugar malts, molasses, fig/date

Finish: sweet raisins, mild cola, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Overall quite a decent brew and something I could easily drink 4 of. A bit heavy on the palate to be supreme, however good balance and flavour nonetheless.

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (Delaware, USA)

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, 7% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Milton, Delaware, USA)

On the front label:

“A full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon & nutmeg.”

  • Style: (pumpkin) Spiced Beer
  • My Rating: A-
  • Taste Profile: Caramel malts/fizzy -> cinnamon/nutmeg/pumpkin -> malty light bitter clean finish.
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$18/6, Autumn 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange brown with a smallish head, thin ringed retention, not much CO2 activity. Caramel malts, cinnamon, and nutmeg on the nose. Drinks with intense thick caramel malts up front, nicely spiced with strong notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, pumpkin, slightly fizzy, finishing malty and clean light bitter. Medium complexity, medium depth, good carry, good transitions, good drinkability. Super solid.

Pangaea – Dogfish Head (USA)

Pangaea – Dogfish Head, 7% ABV, (Milton, Delaware)

On the side label:

“Pangaea is the name of the super continent. Before the land masses separated we were all just one happy family. Our Pangaea has a hint of ginger and great complexity, celebrating our communal history. Best drunk cool not cold from a snifter or wine glass. Think globally. Drink globally. Ages with the best of ‘em.”

Urbock 23 – Schloss Eggenberg, 9.6% ABV, (Austria) (listed in the “1001 Beers you must try before you die”)

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: ginger, fruity, and balanced
  • Where I got it: W. 16th, in 2010
  • How much: $24, 1 pint 9.6 fl. oz.
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours semi-dark orange, small quickly dissipating head, minor ringed retention, micro CO2, slow-moving runny lacing, slow-moving CO2 streams. Lightly malted ginger, a bit of orange. Half-sharp CO2 tingly & creamy start, candied ginger in the mid, minimal ginger burn, deep 3/10 bitterness near the end, off-dry clean finish. Notes of bitter orange peel, pink grapefruit, and honey. Medium-high complexity, medium-depth, long finish, excellent balance, great transitions, good carry. An exceptionally balanced and nuanced ginger beer.

Chateau Jiahu – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)

Chateau Jiahu – Dogfish Head, 9% ABV, (Milton, DE)

On the label:

“9000 year old Chateau Jiahu stands apart as the most ancient, chemically-attested alcoholic beverage in the world. Its re-creation is based on painstaking excavation by Chinese archaeologists of Jiahu in the Yellow River basin, state-of-the-art microanalysis of pottery residues by American laboratories, and the inspired ‘Neolithic” brewing of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Chateau Jiahu, then as now, opens a window into the world of our ancestors.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A
  • Why I like: fruity honey beer!
  • Where I got it: W. 16th, 2010
  • How much: $28, 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz.
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes way

Tasting Notes: pours golden orange, slightly cloudy, smallish head, ringed retention, micro CO2, thicker runny lacing, lots and lots of CO2 streams. A rather muted nose. Drinks really really creamy up front, velvety silky soft CO2, 6/10 tangy fruity green grape, mild 2/10 bitterness in the mids, slightly bitter ale finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, excellent carry, love the transitions, medium length. Very well balanced and doesn’t drink like a beer at all – more like a sparkling fruit wine. Could drink this over and over again. Also the 9% ABV is completely hidden.

Festina Pêche – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)

Festina Pêche – Dogfish Head brewery, 4.5% ABV, (Milton, DE, USA)

On the bottle:

“Festina pêche is a neo-Berliner style Weisse fermented with peach juice. This unique, tart and refreshing brew is so down with the dog days of summer.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: D+
  • Why I like it: nah
  • Where I got it: W. 16th (W. Van)
  • How much: <$7 for 12 fl.oz. (360ml), Summer 2010 (bottled in 2009)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Nope
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Nope

Tasting Notes: pours cloudy lighty fleshy peach, minimal head, negligible retention, minimal ringed runny lacing, invisible CO2 streams. Mild Ceres peach juice on the nose. Ultra-tart up front, 7/10 lip-puckering sour mixed with a mellow yellow peach + semi-grapefruit body, and 25% barnyard awfulness, finishes 5/10 sweet and 8/10 tart. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, medium-bodied, so-so carry. Halfway through this I can confidently say I that I won’t particularly enjoy finishing it – but I will only out of non-wasting principle.

Black & Blue – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)

Black & Blue – Dogfish Head, 10% ABV, (Milton, Delaware)

On the side label:

“Black & Blue: Malt beverage fermented with black raspberry & blueberry puree”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I kind of like it: fruit beer! with a sour finish
  • Where I got it: W. 16th, 12/2010
  • How much: $26 for 1 pint 9.6 fl. oz. (750ml)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: If I see it on sale
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours reddish copper brown with a thicker than normal viscosity, small head that dissipates, CO2 retention mainly on the outside, runny lacing. Faint raspberry and mild blueberry on the nose, not much else. Going down, lots of of raspberries up front, blueberryness on the start and mid, and a pervasive clinging sourness that is there throughout from start to finish. It brings up thoughts of lambics but no barnyard funk here – clean field fruits mixed with malt and a 7/10 sourness that turns dry. I think this is successful given the high ABV and delicious drinkability.

Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)

Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew – Dogfish Head, 9% ABV – 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz., (Milton, Delaware)

On the front side label:

“Miles Davis’ seminal Bitches Brew album was a game changer – a bold fusion of rock, funk, and jazz. To honor the 40th anniversary release, Dogfish Head has created a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root. Like the album, this beer will age with the best of ‘em.”

  • brewed with honey and gesho
  • gesho = shiny-leaf buckthorn = African shrub, used in the same way hops are used. Gesho is used in the brewing of Tella, a traditional Ethiopian Beer; It is also used in the making of Tej, an Ethiopian type of mead.

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: full bodied coffee and rounded honey sweetness
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: $33, Feb 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours inkjet black, big head, great mix of large and micro CO2, very sticky lacing. Loads and loads of roasted coffee on the nose. Going down, it has a medium-oily mouthfeel, medium-heavy thick viscosity, and silky CO2 with a tingly finish. Initially tastes of honey 6/10 bitter-sweetened coffee, heavy maltiness, and then a slight coffee sourness, and finally a mild aromatic coffee finish. Also some notes of prune in there. Medium complexity, Med-high depth, long finish, full-bodied. I enjoyed it while I had it, but you get the flavour profile after having drunk a 1/3 of the bottle.

Burton Baton – Dogfish Head (Milton, USA)

Burton Baton – Dogfish Head, 10% ABV, (Milton, Delaware)

On the side:

“This special ale is a two-thread blend of young & wood-aged imperial i.p.a. Please share it with loved ones and hoard it from the non-believers.”

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I might like it: smooth creaminess that I find rare in IPAs
  • Who I recommend it to: Bold bitter beer drinkers
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: <$20 for 4pack, Summer 2011

Tasting Notes: pours light nut brown, small lasting head, micro CO2, very sticky lacing. Toasted toffee malts on the nose, very inviting. Burst of of orange citrus fruity malts, 4/10 sweet creamy spiced cinnamon/nutmeg notes, a hint of smokiness mixed in the sharp long dry biting bitter finish typical of IPAs. Great balance, med-high complexity, long length, high depth. Excellent mix of sweet, bitter, fruity, spices, hops, and malts – and an incognito 10% ABV to boot.