Beer Thousand - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 28
Gots: 149 | FT: 5
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: jhartley on 07-24-2014

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of TBoneJones
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -4%

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.85/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of donnierickles
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Jayroda82
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

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 obvious 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. Alcohol warmth and mild harshness.

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured a clear golden body with finger and a half of thick, fluffy head. A very nice looking beer, a "classic" beer look. Scents of lager yeast, medium alcohol, orange flesh and floral hops. Overall impression of aroma is of a nice, boozy lager, a combination of a lager and a very boozy beer. Quite nice and appealing. Flavor begins boozy with notes of alcohol, sweet malt, candied orange and floral hops. Middle opens further sweet, floral hop flavors and more sweet alcohol. Finish Iis sweet with the same flavors present. Aftertaste is lager yeast and light citrus. Overall impression of flavor is of an odd imperial lager, quite boozy, but overall good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a slick feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good imperial lager, not bad. Overall impression is of a good lager, with a nice aroma, an excellent if boozy flavor and a nice mouthfeel that hides the alcohol evident in the flavor. Quite nice and recommended.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, golden, amber color, speckled with orange highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into almost no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Not much in the way of aroma, and what aroma there is, is very subtle. Some very subtle aromas of clove, orange and orange zest, a touch of pith and banana, and a touch of honey too, but almost nothing in the way of toasted moat or hops. Interesting and surprising, as this beer is purported to be brewed with ten varieties of malt and ten varieties of hops. To have no overt aromas of either hops or malt is strange indeed.

Taste: What this beer lacks in aroma, it much more than makes up for in flavor, which is really, really, fucking great! Lots of toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel-like sweetness, tons of lemon and orange-like citrus, as well as lemon and orange zest, some spices of black pepper, coriander, saffron and a touch of ginger. Due to all of the citrus and spice, this beer drinks more like a saison than it does a lager, but according to Dogfish, this is a lager. Actually what’s more amazing is that even this is purportedly brewed with ten varieties of hops, like the aroma, there is no hop whatsoever in the flavor! The hops are completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 10.0%, this is an extremely dangerous beer in that there is no alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is utterly and completely masked, which means one could easily drink several of these and not feel anything…that is until they stand up, and then hit the floor.

Overall: Wow! What a beer! Drinks more like a saison than a lager, as there is so much spice and citrus. Delicious and highly recommended!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours Clear and purely golden in color with a half finger head that gives way quickly yo a flat, barren surface and the faintest trace of suds around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Semi-sweet, semi-tart fruit notes like a blend of red and green apple juice. grape skin. Distant honey. Subtle grain.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part. Apple fruitiness and a lingering honey sweetness. Slight hints of alcohol. Mild lemon zing in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with a slightly syrupy texture, yet displays a relatively crisp bite. Smooth, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Drinks a bit like a chardonnay, though with a thicker body. It's good, but I'm a bit confused about its purpose; if I wanted white wine, I'd go get a white wine. I was hoping for something more akin to beer! This isn't the first DFH beer I've had that wished it were a wine, and I'm guessing it won't be the last.

Photo of GilGarp
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%

12 oz bottle served cold into a tulip glass. No date, just a code.

Beer Thousand is a pale golden amber with great clarity. The head is short and settles to a skim layer leaving bits of lace on the glass.

Aroma is fruity and slightly boozy with a honey-like sweetness.

Flavor is initially sweet and mild but the bitterness catches up towards the middle. It finishes dry with the alcohol evaporating from the tongue. The honey character continues here with a white wine vinous element coming though as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced towards the bitter.

Overall an interesting, if not a little gimmicky, kind of beer.

Photo of Skabiski
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted like Budweiser to me.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head "Beer Thousand"
12 oz. custom brown glass bottle
$4 @ Pinocchio's Pizza, Media, PA

Appearance: Pours a clear deep gold body beneath a two-finger thick head of creamy white foam. Great head retention and lacing at first. Beautiful broken walls of lace are left behind. Oddly, as you progress through the glass it loses a bit of that.

Aroma: Malty with some honey and a hint of sugariness, but mainly fruity with notes of apple, grape, soft lime zest. Surprisingly not "hoppy" for a beer made with 10 different hops, although the hops are probably responsible for the fruitiness. Subtly leafy and earthy as well, similar to country air on a cold winters night. Alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms but it's not particularly distracting.

Flavor: Intense upfront, displaying alcohol, honeyish malt, and mossy/grassy, softly minty/piney, lightly herbal, floral (or is that the alcohol?), and subtly citrusy hops. Where's all of that fruit found in the nose? It's pretty much the same from start to finish with just a softening of the intensity as it goes. Some spiciness does build in the finish, probably coming from both hops and alcohol. It lingers, gently pepperish with a suggestion of pine and honey left behind. The malt is fairly straightforward despite the use of 10 different kinds, delivering straw-like, gently biscuity, and moderately grainy notes. The use of 10 different hops seems to have clouded the waters as well, leaving nothing really distinct to stand out. The bitterness is restrained given the original gravity, but the alcohol more than compensates, becoming almost the main characteristic note towards the end of the serving.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The wash of alcohol can be felt as it warms. Moderate carbonation helps soften it a bit as there's less of a carbonic bite.

Overall: Muddled. Confused. They made it to their destination of combining 10 malts and 10 hops into a beer that's 10% abv only to find that they've ended up in the middle of nowhere. I can't really respect this type of brewing, it's kind of like looking in a mirror while walking backwards to see where you're going. I'd rather focus on where I want to go, rather than the things I want to pack to make the journey.

Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

After my first sip I thought "what is this"? By golly it a lager! Been drinking so many IPA's, DIPA's, Stouts & Ale's I almost forgot what a lager tastes like. But a little different than a straight ahead lager. It's crisp and drinkable, but I'm not in a hurry to have another.

Photo of riotontheroad
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

for having 10 hop varieties, i smelled/tasted NONE of them. smells like a cider. intense palate wrecking alcohol flavor.

Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly, with carbonation bubbles shooting from the bottom up, looks like champagne

S- lots of fruity hop aromas up front with notes of grape juice, red apple, pear & papaya. Heavy whiff of grainy notes follow; pilsener malt, toasted crackers, caramel malt & a bit of earth

T- grainy husk up front, quickly followed by very light hoppy notes of citrus, apple & pear. Big sweet malt kicks in mid-palate with notes of caramel and pilsener malt. Alcohol kicks in as it finishes and lingers

M- medium heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a viscous finish

O- an interesting beer, that's definitely sweet from all of the malt additions. The hops were rather muted, considering they used 10 different varieties. Worth a try, but nothing mind blowing

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 19, 2014.

It is an attractive looking golden-amber pour with a modest white head that becomes a ring. Looks like it should.

The aroma is grainy with an apple undertone, some light toasted malts, and a subtle sweetness.

The body is around medium.

Although I picked up no notable booze on the nose I get a lot more of it burning into my throat along with a vigorous grainy character and a big bitter bite to finish.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 10/31/14. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel and bready/grainy malt, apples, and a general earthy/herbal aroma. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some candied oranges, citrus peel and and a bit of pear noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I thought it was a solid brew, but it really didn't do anything for me. Worth a try once, but I'm not sure if I'd pick this up again in the future.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse.

Pours a clear light amber, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like sweet fruity booze, cheerios, grain, and grassiness.

This one is just way too muddled to be considered good. There's some biscuity malts that honestly remind me of cheerios, and a really muddled and weak hop presence. This almost feels like malt liquor in it's boozy sweetness. There's a bit of grassy hops, and not much else. There's some honey sweetness as well. A bit soapy. Hard to drink.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, and a medium level of carbonation. This one is just hard to put down.

A fairly significant miss from Dogfish Head, which is a shame- they've put out a lot of stuff that I've liked.

Photo of TimG_0913
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Very drinkable and smooth. Wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. Again good job to DFH. Haven't been disappointed in my local brewery.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Blanche de Namur small pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly to patches, leaving light lacing. Aroam of bready malt with hints of caramel, apple and light fruit, mild grassy hops. Flavor is sweet bready malt, grains, light apple and pear, light floral and grassy hops, becomes sweeter before finishing with a semi-sweet bready maltiness with spicy hops and light, lingering hop bitterness. Medium bodied, more dense mouth feel than expected from the color. A subtly flavored sweet imperial pilsner, perhaps a bit underwhelming, but the flavor is smooth and balanced throughout. Nice finish. Kind of what I'd expect a domestic lager on steroids to taste like, nothing stands out, moderately sweet and pleasant. It is hard to believe it is so modestly flavored yet the ABV is totally covered. Interesting experience. One of the less envelope pushing Dogfish Head beers, but as usual an experience worth having.

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Beer Thousand from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.