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Dry Dock's Double IPA - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Dry Dock's Double IPADry Dock's Double IPA

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BA SCORE
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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%


Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly calle Seven Seas Double IPA

(Beer added by: emmasdad on 07-03-2010)
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle as an extra from the ever generous Bardwashrind. Thank you, Andre. I've had this once before and am looking forward to enjoying an entire bottle.

Pouring a mildly hazy orange, there's a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk leaving a little lace. The nose is excellent. Bright, resiny pine hops with citrus rind are noticeable up front, with a pleasing blend of flavor and bitterness. The unique malt character is also prominently noticeable here, lending a singularly unique combination of honey, butterscotch and toffee.

The palate opens with a pleasing combination of the Golden Promise , with a nice blend of toffee and butterscotch and a complex sweetness that I can't quite describe. Of course, there's gobs of hop character here. A big, fruity hop character with tropical fruit salad, with pineapple, some stone fruit (peaches?) and a restrained bitterness are present. I really like the hop character here, it's fresh. The malt character does linger on the finish with some toffee, but the hops blend quite nicely with it, leaving a fruit salad drizzled with sugar. Bitterness is moderate, just like I like it, and there's an excellent resin character that lingers. Medium in body, this DIPA is moderately carbonated and has a pleasant finish. This is one of those few hoppy beers where I like what the sweetness brings to the table, and for that reason, I'd drink it again, if offered (and if fresh). Excellent stuff, thanks again Andre!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:32:03 | More by DefenCorps
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spicelab

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with huge thanks to mulder1010. Poured into a De Dolle tulip.

Clear stained bronze, with a tough two-finger white head. Drops very reluctantly leaving a lattice of sticky lace.

Nose is tropical and organic, showing pineapple, melons, grass clippings, kiwi fruit and a fair whack of candied orange and lemon sherbet. Malt character seems subtle intially, but is sharp and piquant when you pick it up. Very nice.

Taste really turns on the candied citrus and sherbet character, but is pleasantly offset by a very fresh bitterness, comprised of breath mints, rocket, continental parsley and earthy pine. Relatively straightforward but so well balanced. ABV is all but invisible.

Syrupy and full, with impressively hidden carbonation. Moderate mouthwash character on the mid contributes a somewhat drying finish that seems a little out of place.

Loved it. Terrific hop profile with plenty to differentiate it from the plethora of grapefruit/pine one-trick ponies.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 12:00:36 | More by spicelab
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billab914

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. It poured a hazy orange color with a moderate white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a very strong citrus fruit presence to it. I get a good dose of grapefruit followed by some mango and pineapple notes. Very nice hoppiness to it in the aroma.

The taste has a very nice mix of citrus rind bitterness and fruity, juicy hoppiness to it. I get soe of the fruity qualities to it up front, while the finish turns more bitter and dry with grapefruit being a prominent flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very solid hoppy beer, lots of flavor and very drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:29:14 | More by billab914
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split with the Steep after another golf related meltdown. Why must all fairways here slope from left to right? Regardless, a good afternoon.

Cloudy orange with some spotted lacing.

Brewed with 7 "C" hops. Baby aspirin, soap, and muddled citrus.

Taste pops brighter than the nose. Juicy citrus fruit, minimal bitterness, baby aspirin on the finish.

Very smooth, somewhat sweet and tempered but in a good way.

Nice beer...neither over the top nor overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 01:51:32 | More by BarrytheBear
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Coplains

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bomber into a pint glass. Orange color with slight haze. Little head that dissipates quickly.

Full malt flavor with very well balanced hop flavor.

Will definitely have again. Will have to make my way to Aurora to try some more of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 00:01:21 | More by Coplains
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buffs9

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into a snifter.

Pours a nice hazy light orange color, small head, which fades rather quickly.

S: Pine & grapefruit w/ just a touch of booze

T: follows the nose, good citrus flavor - pineapple and orange, with just a hint of bread. Finishes dry and a bit woody, but the flavors are well balanced and tasty.

Medium bodied with less carbonation than I'd expect, but still has great balance

Very drinkable and smooth. I really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:50:01 | More by buffs9
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to boatshoes for another beer I've never heard of. This one turned out to be quite the pleasant surprise.

Appearance
The color is very nice. Its a deeply hazed, glowing orange. The head retention is very strong and lacing is more than you could ask for.

Aroma
Very citrusy, and thats how I like it. Lots of orange, tangerine, pineapple with a squirt of lime. Aside from the citrus onslaught, there is a healthy dose of pine and fresh cut grass.

Taste
The taste is good, but its weaker in intensity that the aroma. It retains lots of the citrus qualities that are some prevalent in the aroma. The toasty malts are allowed to show themselves more. Lots of sweet, candied orange and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel
Full-medium body. Despite the head retention, this beer is softly carbonated. It comes together to create a slower, almost syrupy feel. The finish dries out a little bit.

Overall
A very nice surprise. Everything is in order here. The taste could use a push in intensity, but thats nit picking.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 20:10:56 | More by MbpBugeye
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Florida9

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drumrboy22 for this growler!

A: Very hazed out pastel orange-yellow in color. Forms a nice 1/2" of stable, soapy white head, with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Hugely fragrant with notes of citrus, orange, grapefruit, all intermixed with a little pine.

T&M: Lightly sweet pale malt base with a very thick, sticky, and viscous mouthfeel. Citrus, orange, and pine. Strong bitterness on the finish. Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation, but the sticky mouthfeel is just too much.

O: A solid DIPA from a brewery I've never heard of. It really is a gift to find these under-appreciated beers from some of the smaller, lesser known breweries.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2011 01:58:02 | More by Florida9
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a-Really pretty beer, orange with a lot of haze in it. Nice white head with some great lacing.

s-Pine resin and hops. The nose is strong, and pleasing, but does not have a lot of the tropical fruits that I have really come to enjoy out of a DIPA.

t-Follows the nose. Good bitterness in the hops and a lot of pine in the taste. Finishes for a while with lingering hops and bitterness. I like that a lot, and wish nore big DIPA's would finish bigger and longer.

m-coating the palate. Carbonation is right on for this beer.

o-I really like this beer, but wish it had a little more malt to it. I do dig the the big hops on this beer and would really like to have this at the source compleatly fresh.

Well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:12:42 | More by
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JCDenver for this nice extra.

Appearance. Slightly hazy gold with half a finger of sticky, off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Grassy, piney hops and honey. A little toasty grain.

Taste. Honey, floral-grassy hops, thick toasty grains, a little woody pine and yellow grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. A little bit syrupy.

Overall. A nice dipa. A little sweet and thick, but tastes great.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 00:41:17 | More by Rutager
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid orange with white head, a bit cloudy.

Smells of piney hops, some sweetness but not much. Good hop aroma.

Tastes like sweet, piney hops with some lingering bitterness...pretty smooth overall.

Great mouthfeel, full body, not quite chewy, still it doesn't feel heavy.

This is one of the best beers I've had in the style. My personal preference and taste make this one a few steps away from a favorite. Still, I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 22:32:31 | More by TenHornsProud
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katan

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a bright orange to golden color. Somewhat hazy, lightly opaque. Lots of bubbling, appears highly carbonated. Head formation is strong, pearly white.

S - Incredibly strong hop aroma, extremely piney, resinous, fresh hops, almost stingy. Citrus and grapefruit in the background making it not overly mean to the nose.

T - Starts off extremely hoppy, lots of pine and resin. Some grapefruit in the background. Grapefruit shows a little, as well as just a little bit of nutty/caramel malts. Finishes with the strongest bitterness, sticking to the tongue. No alcohol warmth.

M - Moderate mouthfeel, full bodied and balanced with carbonation. Finishes with a very oily.

D/O - A very full flavored DIPA, lots of good in your face hopping. Alcohol is well hidden, but sneaks up on you. Able to bring in all the hoppy attributes without getting too dry.

In this category, I would have a very tough time picking this beer or pliny.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:51:09 | More by katan
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northaustin

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber with minimal white head which settles quickly and leaves no lacing.

smell: tart ethanol upfront, acidic citrus hops and a resonous finish.

taste: hop oil, that is closer to a green apple flavor. followed by a candy citrus kick. alcohol is very obvious still.

mouthfeel: goes down oily, but leaves a salivation that dries and makes the mouth sticky.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:14:33 | More by northaustin
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock (now known as Dry Dock's Double IPA, according to their tap list)

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy amber color and an inch of head that streaks lacing down the side of the pint glass

Smell: Sugar coated grapefruit with additional tropical fruit character

Taste: Opens with a biscuity malt flavor that is followed by a blast of sugar-coated grapefruit; by mid-palate, the tropical fruits add a new dimension that has a lot of pineapple to it; after the swallow, there is quite a bit of residual sugar in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice DIPA but I recommend that this be consumed when fresh as when the hops fade, the beer becomes very sweet, as other reviewers have noted

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 03:17:43 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Popkas for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a nice orange color with a pretty hefty white head that stuck around for quite a bit before falling and leaving some sticky lacing behind. The nose was mostly floral with a bit of citrus creeping in. Hops, that is. Mild malt character in the background. The flavor was pretty similar. The floral hop notes tended to dominate with a bit of orange rind in the background. I'll same marmalade; I know some people like those descriptive terms. Body was light to medium with a really nice dry, bitter finish. A good beer that I'd certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 22:03:25 | More by Thorpe429
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is orange and slightly hazy, with a decent sized white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the tulip glass. Aromas include hops, dry citrus and floral scents. The taste is slightly sweet, with a dank hop presence. Alcohol presence is disguised very well. The finish is not as dry or bitter as is customary in a DIPA. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, and one I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 02:54:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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holden303

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful opaque orange with a finger or rocky head that dissipates to a thin lace around the glass after a few moments.

S: The hops hit your nose like an explosion. Reminds me of the first time I smelt Pliny or Maharaja. Smells very west coast, picking up a lot of pine accompanied by citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruit notes.

T: Mmm, not quite a hop bomb like I was expecting, although due to this am pleasantly surprised, this beer has balance! Grapefruit and fresh pine on the front with a touch of malt on the back that allows this one to finish nicely and for quite some time.

M: Nice amount of carbonation, which for this style in my opinion is not a lot. Doesn't coat the mouth as many DIPA's have a tendency to do.

O: Overall this is a great DIPA and I consider myself to be quite picky with DIPA's. Going to have to go pick up a growler one of these nights and try it completely fresh!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:53:42 | More by holden303
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention to a half finger. Laced in broken, wide rings.

S: Grapefruit, citrus and pine standout, but there a lot going on in the nose. Also some tropical fruit and spice. Not much malt character.

T: Consistent with the nose. Biscuity malt more prominent, but transitions to resiny hops quickly. Moderately bitter with warming alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body; slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation. Lots of resiny hops and moderate bitter with some alcohol burn.

D: ABV keeps in from being too sessionable. Very interesting hop character adds complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 21:25:22 | More by Haybeerman
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blackie

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a wide snifter, the beer is a hazy, dark honey amber in color with a lightly retained layer of carbonation

s: sweet base of grainy caramel, lots of muddled, oxidized citrus hops, various other tropicals, grapefruit in particular, the hops are there in decent measure - but they're not particularly "fresh", mild alcohol note

m: carbonation light-moderate, body around medium

t: more sweet caramel malt, sort of a rustic grainy flavor, fairly simple flavor profile, muddled juicy citrus, grapefruit rind, bitter but not incredibly so

o: a decent dipa, but rough around the edges, the hops don't have any bright freshness, and the malt sweetness seems unbalanced

bomber picked up at Mondo Vino in Denver

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 04:59:48 | More by blackie
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Phelps

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Tolann for providing this bottle. Seven Seas is a DIPA made with 100 percent Simpson's Golden Promise malt and seven different hops, all of them "C" hops: Chinook, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Crystal, Challenger and Citra.

Dark and cloudy tangerine, topped with a half-finger head of cappuccino foam-colored bubbles. They recede quickly, leaving tiny spatters of lace.

Nicely tropical in the nose. Mint and basil, orange liqueur, grapefruit peel and, interestingly, coconut. Also, saltines and honey. Mighty fine.

The flavor is very similar to the nose: light basil, grapefruit, pineapple, biscuits and a bit of alcohol. Moderate bitterness grips the sides of the tongue. The swallow is interesting -- it seems drying, but a sweetness slowly rises after the beer's long gone.

Medium, lightly creamy body. Moderate, prickly carbonation peppers the tongue as the silky brew moves about. Some alcohol comes through the nose.

Overall, a very nice DIPA. It's not as intensely hoppy as many others of the style, but the bitter blend is sweet and complex, while the beer itself isn't overly heavy. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 05:09:05 | More by Phelps
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Alex, drank from a perfect pint glass... A medium clear copper with off white head. Quick riser in this glass but falls to fast to thin cap, ok lacing... The taste and aroma on this are both slightly above average dipa. There is nothing special about this except its very crushable at 9%, don't taste any of the alcohol. Notes of grapefruit, a little dank, and some pine. Not bad at, just nothing crazy.

I'd drink this again but I wouldn't trade for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 16:11:44 | More by jrallen34
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to belgbeerdrinker for this one. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Transparent bronze body.

S - Even though this is made with seven C-hops, the Chinook seem to have been victorious. Loads of mossy pine, a hint of cat pee, and some light orange citrus in the periphery (I guess some Cascade and Citra survived the beatdown). Minimal malt character, with only a hint of sugar cookie. Other reviews seem to characterize this beer differently - perhaps the various hop contributions to the aroma degrade at different rates?

T - Taste has more malt balance, with some toffee, lightly caramelized sugar, and sugar cookie sweetness. Again, it's heavy on pine, with notes of grapefruit and a nebulous herbal quality. Moderate lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body, smooth texture, medium carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, and a surprisingly clean finish with only a bit of oiliness. There's a bit of chalky bitterness when it warms, but otherwise it's solid.

D - Well, it was the best beer of the night, but our field was pretty horrendous. At least we finished this one. I'd drink it again for sure, especially on-tap, but I wouldn't seek it out specifically.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 17:40:14 | More by MasterSki
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Finger of white foam with a bit of lace. Faded to a thin cap with a transparent bronze body.

S - Smell is some sort mix between cat piss and woody pinecones. Very fresh hop profile, quite green, almost wondered if it was wet hopped. There's a lot going on there, and it's not bad.

T - Hop heavy, not particularly malt forward. Bitter, but not a lot of pine or citrus going on there. Very faint floral notes, and some strong resin taste. This is a nice tasting DIPA, with some stronger flavors.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit oily.

D - Pretty well drinkable at the 9.5% it says on the bottle. I like this decently enough, would drink again, but not necesssarily seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 05:47:39 | More by AgentZero
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a co-worker from Denver for sending me this beer.

Even with an aggressive pour that is only a finger of soapy/sudsy head that forms here. You can see there is less carbonation here. Clear golden amber colored beer. Some sudsy lacing does remain.

Aroma is slight citrus with a noticeable sweetness and a slight touch of toasted malt.

Flavor is even nicer than the aroma led on. Very fruity DPA with tropical fruit and even a moment of coconut. Grapefruit and citrus present. Pretty well balanced and no noticeable alcohol. At the finish there is a touch of yeast. Looks like the Citra hop strikes again with that great tropical flavor. Juicy green hop flavor is quite evident.

Mouth feel is almost cask like. Carbonation is certainly conservative and it really drinks like a fresh drawn pint from the tap.

Really enjoying the beer. Nicely done!!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 21:41:13 | More by Reagan1984
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from The Wine Underground.

No dating to be found and I have to say, the bottle wasn't filled as well as it could have been.

It pours a hazy peach colour with a 1 finger head of foam and has some very nice lacing.

Big hoppiness in the smell. No wonder, the 7 C's are all here. Grapefruit stands out the most though I can pick up some pine and some tropical fruit. A bit of sweetness shines through so the Malt isn't completely forgotten. A very nice aroma, a very nice fresh aroma.

The taste, again, is dominated by grapefruit with a nice tropical fruitiness, caramel and bready malts, really bitter at times then tempered by the malt. The finish leans towards the bitter side and gives me a long pleasing aftertaste. A good taster(I loved the smell) and the ample alcohol is hidden rather well.

Pretty big bodied with a lightish level of carbonation, it has a great mouth feel.

Drinkability is just fine taking small but frequent sips but I wouldn't want to tackle a second bottle back to back.

I think this is a fine effort by Dry Dock and I'll look forward to trying anything they put out in bottles if I can.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 16:08:50 | More by Bitterbill
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