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

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 38
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 38
Photo of rubbernubbybeerhead
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of Beaver13
2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a perfect english american hybrid. called enterprise ipa now, it pours a red amber color, clear and well carbonated. the nose is lovely, its english caramel malts and american west coast hops, aromatic and stinky rich, i like this a lot. the flavor is american hoppy and english mallty, kind of the best of both worlds. it works for me. not sweet, not that bitter, just nicey nice. feel is medium bodied and a little heavy on the residual sugars. this is something i could drink every night, but im not sure i will. one of the regulars at dry dock, but not my favorite. yeast presence could be a little more resounding, but i like this as a drinkable hoppy brew.

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Photo of CornedBeef
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

Appearance - Very rich, amber color. Good head and retention.

Smell - Citrusy, piney, hoppy. About what you'd expect from a good IPA.

Taste - Very well balanced. Bitter, but pleasantly so. The hop profile is quite simple, but refreshing in this respect. Balances nicely with the malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall - This is a very good IPA. Rather simple, but I really like that aspect of it. Well executed and very tasty. This will definitely be a regular pint when I visit their neighboring homebrew store.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reposting review from hacked account (jmkratt) :(

Picked up a growler of USS Enterprise IPA, which I believe to be this beer based on previous reviews though it was clearly displayed as IPA not Strong Pale but perhaps the name has changed over the years? Anyhow...

A - Poured from growler to pint glass. The beer pours a deep orange color with a nice 1/5 finger white bubbly foamy head. Good retention and lacing. Looks good.

S - A terrific hoppy character with a lot of fruit tones. Not as much citrus as I would have expected but more of a sweet apple type aroma. Not much in terms of earthy tones.

T - Starts right where the aroma left off wherein the fruity hop character is immediately present and the sweet malt base builds. Medium bitterness. Hides the alcohol well and well balanced for an IPA though clearly hop forward.

M - Good carbonation for the style with medium bodied.

O - A good IPA. Extremely drinkable. I would happily purchase this beer again.

Serving type: growler

Reviewed on: 07-19-2011 13:52:42

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a two-finger head of thick,off-white foam. It left big sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - Floral and grassy aroma as it pours out of the growler. A mild caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of grassy hops with some orange/citrusy flavor. A good burnt toast maltiness, too. Good balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a really delicious IPA. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They had this IPA on cask. ABV: 5.7
Serves up a smooth, deep mahogany color, a bit hazy. Nice solid head on it, sticks a bit to the sides. Looks nice, more like an English IPA.
Aroma is a bit calm, hops are tame. Slight herbal flower smell along with a bit of prune, but not much. Taste is really good. Nice balance with floral, citrus and herbal flavors. Nice bite to it, real smooth. Slight almond hints, kinda earthy. Again, more like the English version.
I found myself quaffing this one pretty quickly. Served in Imperial Pint.

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Photo of mentor
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Dry Dock Brewing for the opportunity. Entered into judging as an American Strong Pale Ale.

Pours a thin layer of fine tan head that just seemed to hang forever. Almost crystal clear light brown-amber liquid. Smells lemon and orange american hoppy. Woody dry.

Tastes smooth and creamy, like oatmeal stout silky. Overall gentle malt with noticeable grain. Mild hop bitter and a hop flavor of intensity to suit the malt and the hop bitterness. Hop flavor is oranges and lemon of some pith. Lighter-fruit esters play gentle. Simple and well done.

Thick lushious body and moderate carbonation. I think this is a relatively new brewery in the Denver area and I'll have to check them out in person.

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Dry Dock USS Enterprise Strong Pale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.