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Dry Dock USS Enterprise Strong Pale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Dry Dock USS Enterprise Strong Pale
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87
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mentor on 01-15-2007

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Photo of Beaver13
2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours reddish orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet biscuity malt with some grassy hops.

The flavor is subdued - watery malts with a decent sized grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, very subdued for an IPA.

Photo of StoutFox
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Dry Dock. Not as good as Breakwater. A bit more malty without as much hop flavor. More muted citrus.

Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dry Dock "USS Enterprise IPA" according to Dry Dock's beer menu in their taproom as of yesterday night 07/07/2013. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; Dry Dock makes some damn fine beers.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Grumbler acquired yesterday. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige/light khaki colour head of decent thickness, light creaminess, and subpar (~1 minute) retention.

Body colour is a somewhat vibrant clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Generally appealing for the style, but not unique or special.

Sm: Oily hops, floral hop character, and caramalt. Clean pale malts. Oily hop character is dominant. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Some light fruity hop character: mango, citrus, maybe tangerine. An aroma of mild to moderate strength. Pleasant and seemingly balanced, with no overt naked hop bitterness.

T: Caramalt, clean pale malts. Floral hop character. Some caramalt. A bit too sweet. Some lightly juicy mango and tangerine fruit esters. Not real resinous or phenolic per se. Decently balanced and built. I like it, but the depth and intensity of flavour aren't great. Nectary.

Mf: Lightly oily. Smooth and wet. A bit of a biting character, but the carbonation isn't too high - just a biteen overdone. Nice presence on the palate, though it is a bit diminished by the growler serving type. Suits the flavour profile generally well. It'd be better juicier.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great. It's a solid IPA overall from Dry Dock, and I'd probably get it again. But it's not exemplary.

B-

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dry Dock; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - a light amber, moderate carbonation and a thin to medium off-white head. Lacing is strong.
Smell - very faint nose, not a lot happening; leads me to believe this will be a fairly balanced IPA with a larger malt presence.
Taste - what I expected after the nose. Tasty, but nothing stands out.
Feel - finishes with some hop bitterness, which saves this from feeling more like a pale.
Overall - just not sure I'm a fan of Dry Dock; I can see the appeal, but a bit overrated.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Hoppy aroma. Golden colour that leaves a lace sheet. Better as it warmed, and with suitable carbonation, his orangey hop was highly drinkable and a spot-on American IPA.They did not go too high on bitterness, and malting gives it a decent balance, the Amarillo speaks for itself.Average mouthfeel.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Moose90
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Kevin_Young
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was on cask for Firkin Friday but I'm not sure where the "strong pale" part comes in because its not labeled that way at the brewery. Anyway, this looked dark orange and had a wonderful hoppy smell, fruity but not citrusy. There was not much pine which is too bad. The flavor was very average and not what I am used to with this beer. It had an almost rubber-like taste at teh beginning that later morphed into a muddy-earthy taste. I think this was due to the use of Columbus for dry-hopping but it could have been the cask. I compared both versions side by side and the cask smelled better but did not taste nearly as good the regular version, I suspect its the Columbus hops. They do have some good looking women working there which always surprises me at breweries/brewpubs/tap rooms.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in a pint glass, on tap at the brewery.

The USS Enterpise IPA is a very hazy copper-orange color. The head isn't very long lasting but it leaves a perfect sheet of lace on the glass.

The aroma is immediately evident and very hoppy. It's very fresh with lots of citrus, especially grapefruit.

The flavor is much more bitter than their pale ale, as you'd expect, but still has great balance. It starts with a caramel/toffee sweetness, a little grassy, then a big hoppy finish. Citrus and, as a friend once described it, taboule. I don't remember what hop that is but it's in there.

Medium bodied, smooth low-plus carbonation, great balance.

A solid IPA. Not the best out there but very well-built.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rubbernubbybeerhead
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Killer malt and hops up front, not bitter or biting. Slight notice of the ABV in the middle but excellent flavor and smooth. Finishes full, delicious IPA but not over carbonated or bitter. TWO THUMBS UP

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Dry Dock USS Enterprise Strong Pale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.