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Beer Thousand - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 576
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 148 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jhartley on 07-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau IPA glass.

Frothy three finger head wit a soapy retention, thick bubbled collar and puck in the make up. The body color is a gorgeous crystal shimmering bronze, nearly red and with some nice plentiful but not excessive carbonation. This clarity is really stunning and with a good amount of darkness too. Real impressive looker.

What an interesting aroma. Clean with a sharp hop front, hints of mint, but a real candy store sticky peppermint and chewing gum sensation. Big herballity, a bit of tropical juice, there is a whole lot going in there, kind of crazy. Real interesting and lots of fun.

Palate seems to follow the nose. Light clean finish, with a hint of neutral yeast quality. Mid palate fills with juice and a real spice notes, hints of woody and piney hop mixing with a good minty finish. Controlled and growing hop aroma after some time. Real clean mouthfeel, borderline juicy, with yeast sticky finish.

Overall a real unique creation, and still maintains some lager roots, with so much complexity and diversity going on. This could be the ?India Pale Lager? To set the benchmark perhaps.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I hated the idea of an imperial pilsner, but this was great. Not too boozy, distinctive lager taste. I wouldn't hesitate to have another. Merry Christmas. I'm drunk.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: clear gold beer with some bubbles winding up from the bottom; a finger of ivory foam on top slimmed quickly but a sheen persisted

S: wet fresh grains and mountain flowers - clean and floral with some herbal aspects, something ripe and fruity underneath...

T: fruity sweetness with a fresh grain base, hops seem to run the floral route with bits of citrus; impressions of rose water, pale fruit, and chewy grain

M: smooth and soft, amply carbonated for some fizz; medium-light weight

O: a nice lager with a dedicated focus on the grains and hops, and the muddling of so many actually worked rather well, creating favorable flavors and aromas that are good for the style while also distinctly unique.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Invested in the whole 4-pack since this brewery's beer got me into craft beers. I saw it advertised in BA mag recently and the ingredients sounded great. Poured into a pilsner glass: Appearance is clear golden, rapid bubbles, light body. Big white head settles to a ring. Moderate lacing.
Smells nice and grainy, bready, with a hint of banana esters.
Taste is similar to the smell, except with more earthiness. Gritty, dry, yet with tasty hops and grains that don't differentiate from one another in order to lend much complexity to the ale. Mostly the corn impression I usually get from imperial pilsners in general. Fruit note involves the banana.
This is still quite drinkable for its strength. That speaks well to its overall balance. Medium body, and moderate carbonation that's more crisp than smooth. As it warms and gets sipped even more, I pick up fruit flavor highlights at the finish, a hint of berry, nondescript mostly. Minty bite. Somewhat boozy. Not sweet to me. Just solid.
A big, lager-looking, heavy-earth grain-bomb. If that sounds good, this is for you.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -3%

Ten malts, ten hops and ten percent alcohol provide an exponential taste that boldly steps from the confines of pilsner and becomes an animal all its own. It's pretty safe to say that these brewers went and "Dogfished" it up again!

Beer Thousand pours with an elegant honey amber clarity with a cottony swath of foam. Above it all swirls aromas that extend from those honey appearances and offer a floral, candied and herbal scent. Its flowery bouquet brings out the taste of sugar cookie and biscotti to support light caramel, vanilla and chai.

With the simple syrup taste reluctant to fade, the middle palate is balanced with lingering malt and a rising hop bite. Lemon, grass, pepper and tea flavors offer a much needed complexity for the malty underlayment and counters with its resinous bite. With notions of fruity and fresh tobacco and marmalade ebbs and flows, the taste is rounded, smooth and complex.

The spicy taste of hops and alcohol intertwine upon the finish, giving slight numbing with a peppery prickle and leafy, grassy and stemmy bitterness. Trending mead-like, the beer's aftertaste is honey and biscuit throughout.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 10/31/14.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and candied citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, honey, candied fruit, pear juice, and garbage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with an odd and fairly jarring garbage can flavor that only gets worse as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of donnierickles
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

GBV! GBV! GBV! GBV! GBV! Is this enough of a description?

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodchipper
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rotsman19
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jammyman
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of WeymouthMike
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold to light brown in color. A fingernail of off white head covers most of the top. I smell a very light malt forward body. There's a coppery note in there. This is almost a light Barleywine in taste. The mouth is thick and carbonated.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A bready and earthy balanced aroma of malts and hops. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, wheat, caramel, and lager yeast. Floral and earthy Noble hops with some hints of grass and spice. Subtle fruit hints of apple, lemon, white grape, and banana. Also some sweet hints of honey. An interesting and solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready, earthy, and fruity balanced taste of hops and malt. Big malt notes of biscuit, grains, wheat, caramel, cracker, and lager yeast. Floral and spicy Noble hops along with some earthy notes of grass. Subtle fruit notes of green apple, white grapes, lemon, and slight banana. Sweet notes of honey and sugar. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid twist on a Pilsner. It comes across like a Barleywine with its big balanced blend of malt and hops.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DLanz
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Jayroda82
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clean..crisp..delicious...not a heavy alcohol taste for the %. Will buy again.

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Photo of jminch
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottles poured into a pilsner glass I Jan. 2015 and repeated in July 2015.

A - clear gold color with a lot of bubbles rising to a modearte size white head that faded slowly. Ample foam left on the glass as it went down.

Aroma - more citrus than expected, with hints of lemon zest and orange juice; fresh green apples, cut grass, green banana and white grape juice. The high ABV cuts through the malt and hop elements but is partially hidden and doesn't leave an overwhelming booziness.

Taste - The ABV comes out more here than in the aroma, leaving it more boozy than ideal. There's a light sweetness as well as a touch of ripe soft fruits and citrus; faint white pepper, honey and cut grass also appear within the hop dominated flavor. Some light grain base is evident.

Feel: near medium body with medium-high carbonation. Warmth and mild harshness from the alcohol.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Beer Thousand from Dogfish Head Brewery
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