Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.21/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sit back, relax and ENJOY. Not a beer to hurry through.
My bottle poured with a nice, thin mousse that settled fairly quickly. It has the restrained carbonation that one should expect in an ale of this age and type. What really caught my attention was the color and the lively appearance of the ale. It seems vibrant, copper orange with a depth. Beautiful to look at.
I'm not one to pick up oak scents, they just seem to escape me. At first I do pick up lighter malt and yeast on the nose. Nothing too strong. As the ale warms I get the hoppy notes. I imagine that there is some dry hopping done but it's not a "sock on the nose" like most American IPAs.
The hop bitterness comes through very quickly, and it's needed to balance out the sweetness of the malts here. There are a lot of hops in this ale. I do not detect the alcohol warmth that one expects in a 10% ABV ale, it's hidden in layers of velvet malt, lemon rind and a musky white grape. This is no beginner beer.
The mouthfeel is on the heavy side, as you WOULD expect for an Imperial IPA.
Enjoyable and a successful brewing strategy ("two threads" of ales blended.)
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2013 21:48:18 | More by mttaylor1066
Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 5,169 ratings.