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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,816
Hads: 6,281
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 386
Gots: 1,405 | FT: 33
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2004

This oak-aged gentle giant has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is now available year-round.

For Burton Baton, we brew two "threads," or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.

After fementating the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they're transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.

When enjoying the Burton Baton, you'll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

70 IBU
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Photo of LouZ
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer. You can find characteristics of both styles, and scents and flavors of oak come through in a good way. Supremely smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of BFresh
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass, has a nice thick off white head, and a hazy auburn color,

has an oaky smell with a bitter hop finish

taste wise the oak definitely comes through, with a bitter finish, i also detect notes of caramel, there is a very faint alcohol taste. a nice cold weather IIPA

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Photo of glennl
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

the smell certainly suggests IPA, as the bottle indicates, but with extra oak-aged complexities, most notably vanilla, rounding out the hops. a great aroma.

the taste is where the "two-thread" characterisitics show themselves. to me, this beer is reminiscent of a barley wine and i guess maybe that's the english old ale component. well balanced and incredibly smooth for 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. One of my new favorites. I bought a four pack and will let two bottles age awhile... looking forward to that!

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Photo of match1112
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to mjtiernan for sending this in a trade. bottled on 08/13/10.

a: cloudy orangeish brown with a big thick off white head. very little lacing.

s: big citrus hops, caramel and pine.

t: citrus explosion, sweetness from malts, slight dry woody taste.

m: big thick creamy body with just a touch of bitterness that fades fast.

o: really enjoyable beer. one of the best iipa's i've had.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new favorite of all time. Too bad it is so expensive. Seen it range from $14/four up to $25/four.

The beer poured a shade off of burnt copper, and with a bit of haze. I got about a finger deep head on the beer that quickly went away. No lace.

The aroma was "old." It had age. Hops and something behind it all that would not come out until the taste.

That taste was all old aged wood. Reminded me of failing on tall ships. Fresh musty flavor. The malts were nicely balanced with the hops so that neither was overwhelming, but just was absorbed into the palate as one. The oak came through best in the finish. Also very pleasant vanilla and coconut tones.

The mouthfeel was pleasantly mellow an dry. But not so dry that it bored or knocked out one's tongue.It kept me coming back for more.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into an ale glass.

A - clear copper color, a finger or so of head with decent lacing.

S - citrusy IPA smell, very good.

T - It tastes much like the DFH 90 minute IPA with some subtle hints of oaking. The touch of the aging is very slight so as to no overpower. Exceptional beer.

M - Thick and rich with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - I would drink this all day if I didn't fall off my chair. At 10% ABV I couldn't pound back very many.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, burnt orange/amber.
The intense aroma is fruity upfront, with notes of peach, pineapple, red grapefruit, and some pine and earthy notes. Obviously, this is a very hoppy smelling beer.
On the palate it is a bit different. It is sweet and fruity up front, with the same tropical notes as the smell but there is also a great balance of sweet caramel and toasty malt followed by a roll of juicy fruit including apricot with more of the peach, pineapple and grapefruit, with a delicate piney bitter finish.
The beer leaves a hint of alcoholic warmth that lets you know this treat packs a punch. It's really delicious and the 10% is well hidden, I suggest starting off with this one and not sticking with it all night or drink it alone to cap the night.

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Photo of hdofu
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wo Mama, this one packs a serious hop punch. Dark orange color with a heavy tall sand colored head. The smell is hops and a citrus basket. You can't ignore the hops with the first sip followed by the taste of pine, biscuits and a hint of molasses getting more and more candy like with each sip. The feel is like a thin syrup with lots of sudz, yummy... At 10 ABV and 3 dollars plus a bottle, definitely not one you'd want more then one of in a night drink. Had it with a chicken panini and it seems to be a good pairing.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

P: Clear effervescent pale golden body with an off white milky head. Chunky lacing that sloshes around like succulent whale blubber.

S: Rich syrupy amber malts, resinous hop oil, saltine crackers, orange peels, taffy wrappers, damp oak and doughy yeast.

T/M: Taste follows the nose with thick amber malt, resin, orange oil and wood. Chewy body with moderate carbonation finishes dry with a floral bouquet.

O: Fantastic oaked IPA. Chewy and rich. Malt forward with an appropriate balance of resinous hops.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another DFH classic. Nomatter what you think about them, they continue to amaze with their styles and depictions of them

A- a gorgeous amber orange with a massive head of sticky hop foam. The head really stays around with insane lacing clustered all over the glass. Just a fantastic looking DIPA

S- strong pine and citrus all over the brew. Almost flowery to a point. Well blended with with the flavors and bitter and sweet at the same time

T- phenominal! The taste profile is hearty with the hop bitterness in a citric form with some malt flavor warming at the end. You can taste the oak solidifying the flavors of this brew. Burton Baton really creates an "added value" for a DIPA. Simply fantastic

M- the flavors are simply perfect in the mouth. Great feel

D- Burton Baton is one of the best DIPAs on the market. An absolute great taste, feel, an ability to go down. No question I will snag these all the time

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Bottled on 9/03. Consumed on 9/28.

A - Reddish amber hue. Gentle pour yielded no head with light foam around edges of glass. Distinct lines of carbonation. Almost no lacing as liquid recedes.

S - Very fragrant. Hints of molasses, dried apricot, and peaches. Alcohol hints present.

T - Interesting complexity of flavors. Has a slight tartness composed of pineapple and kiwi. Has a sweetness composed of vanilla (oak aged), molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar and anise. Also, has a cinnamon pepper aspect and sweet alcohol notes. The alcohol is not hidden, but rather has a warming feel. Also, has a well balanced malt backbone.

M- Full bodied with luxurious foaming in the mouth. Tingly on tongue. Even after carbonation dissipates if drunk slowly, does not take on a syrupy texture.

O - In a blind taste test, I could tell this was a DFH product, but so much better that 60/75/90/120 Minute IPA's. This is a beer to drink slowly and savor. I held off trying this beer since I am more of a West Coast IPA fan and also have been lukewarm on other DFH products, but this is a must try.

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Photo of CoalCellar
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

WOW....what a fantastic brew.

A: Liquid gold, literally. Pours a gorgeous gold with a nice frothy/hoppy head. You know your in for a treat once you see this baby settle into your glass.

S: Hops, malt, vanilla. The smell doesn't disappoint. There's more than IPA going on here...

T: The taste is fantastic. A delicious bitterness followed by a sweet malt finish with hints of oak, vanilla and caramel. As it warms the oak flavors become more pronounce.

M: Standard fair, not especially viscous or thick, but perfect for me.

D: Extremely high. This is easily once of the best IPA style beers I've ever had. The oak and sweetness keep it from being to hoppy. I could spend an entire evening sipping this brew if only it weren't such a precious elixer. Find yourself a case of this and buy it...you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Pahn
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Deep, opaque amber. 1 inch white/off-white head despite an aggressive pour. Almost no visible carbonation. Great streaks of lacing that never disappear.

Smell: Predominantly sharp hops, with some caramel malt and slightly medicinal smells.

Taste: Cold, it tastes almost identical to 90min IPA. As it warms, it retains the strong burst of hops at the start and continues to have that beautiful malt / hop balance of 90min, but the finish develops into notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee. It's sweet and smooth, and lasts. The overall flavor is honestly more complex than I have the expressive capability to capture. Basically, it's 90min IPA's perfected malt / hop balance (ie hop explosion with rich, engaging malt tones) that persists but transitions into a beautiful finish with the oak induced flavors developing and deepening that perfection.

Mouthfeel: Balanced. At times it's creamy and chewy, but then the small bit of carbonation dances on the top of the tongue.

Drinkability: Deceptively drinkable. The alcohol is hardly masked, but every time I've had this beer it disappears with surprising speed.

I don't know about paying 150% of 90min IPA's price for this beer, at least not on a regular basis. That said, if you like 90min IPA, I'd say you have to spring for its more sophisticated older brother at least once.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden sun orange with a fluffy white two inch head and thick lace.

Smells of fresh pine and juicey mellon citrus blend and orange blossom honey.

Taste is a hop explosion! Not too over-the-top; a nice blend of hops, malt and honey. This is a hop lover's dream come true. Similar to Bell's hop slam but with more of a juicey honey dew mellon maltyness with a nice orange blossom finish.

Excellent drinkability!

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured the Burton Baton into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The liquid pours a cloudy amber with a finger of light yellow head.

S - The aroma is sweet up front with candied fruit, some coconut, grapefruit, a little wood or vanilla in there. A bit of citrus and pine hits the nose. A lot going on here. Winning my heart.

T - Solid up front right on the nose, candied fruit, some honey, tanginess, floral, but not over powering. Citrus in there with some grapefruit mid palate. I'm digging the style, this is wonderful stuff here my friend.

M - The medium carbonation beer is silky smooth and quite heavy and syrupy on the finish which I like. Again, love this stuff.

O - I don't know, maybe this is too good to be true, I love this beer. I desire it more than just a Regular Imperial IPA because of the many different flavors that this beer has. Very well balanced. Highly Recommended ! Cheers !!

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Photo of jondeelee
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like any good Imperial IPA, Burton Baton's nose is all about the hops. And they come across strong and clean, in perfect grapefruit-and-pine swirls, with just a hint of lemon. A good base of malt aromas does support the hops, hinting that the beer isn't just out to prove how bitter an IPA can be.

On the tongue, the brew is, of course, hoppy--at 70 IBUs, it can't help but be. However, for all of those IBUs, the hoppiness is surprisingly subtle, nuanced, and understated, much like the difference between grape flavors in a $6 wine versus a $60 wine. Instead of hit-you-over-the-head bitterness, this brew provides a round, varnished serving of grapefruit, pine, lemon, flower, and rosewater hop flavors. Better yet, these delicious flavors rest over a good malt base, which provides well-balanced brown sugars, vanillas, and caramels to further help lessen the hop's bitter shock. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, and lingers for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this a superbly balanced beer, and a rare example of an Imperial IPA that stands an equally decent chance of appealing to the novice as well as the expert. Highly recommended.

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Photo of alesaram
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a little hesitant to try this beer, although Dogfish Head has never disappointed. Beautiful in color, a mouth-watering smell, and punch to the taste buds, Burton Baton at 10% is extremely flavorful, especially when you get a taste of the oak at the back end. I would definitely put it up there with the 60 Minute.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: burnt gold with tan head that fades into lace

S: mild; piney hops and chardonnay oak

T: oak, hops; sweetens as it warms; some sharpness, some citrus; floral background; very mellow

M: crisp, bright, clean, fresh; abv will give you beer muscles, so beware

O: wowsers, Scooby - this is a fine beer - I've really come to appreciate Dogfish Head's craft - I want to say this catapults into my top 10 or near-top 10 (so many damn good beers its hard to say), but it seems to be a rare find (like their Midas Touch)... so let's put it this way: if you like real good beer, especially an imperial IPA and/or an old ale, and your distributor has this, then get it, drink it, and let your taste buds do the talking.
This is one of those beers that always make me want another when I'm finished drinking the one I have. Dangerous stuff.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a wonderful glowing orange with a fomay white head.

Smell: The smell is awesome. The hops are incredibly mixed with the woody character, and the alcohol rounds it out great.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Mmmmm. What a tasty tasty IPA. That's incredibly. The woody notes are huge, and really balance things out just right. Most DIPA's are overboard, but this one is well rounded, smooth, and creamy. Incredible tasting.

Drinkability and Overall: Easily the best DIPA I've had to date. The balance is incredible. It's almost unmatched. THis beer is so smooth and creamy, it just keeps you sipping. A simply stunning beer that's not for the weak of heart.

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Photo of ojiikun
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 12oz issue from this year and served it up in an extra broad french pint. Colour is rusty amber and mostly clear, except for the occasional hazing that comes and goes. Plenty of fanfare on the uncap, but little head. Nice streams of bubbles for the first half, though. Lace is thin and rare, but an incredibly thin single layer of identically sized bubbles. More like foam than lace.

Smell is just indescribable. Every floral and fruit note I've ever smelled from a beer, almost no spice at all. Rose, lavender, strawberry, dark oranges, tobacco, lime, iris, blueberry, and of course, hops. Clearly has a malty base, but the sweetness is downright warm smelling. That'd be the booze, I presume. The scents keep coming. Succulent dark greenery, citronella, a touch of dry yeast, anise.

Body is sweet as hell, but not cloying. Clean light syrup taste, not too much honey or mollasses. Fruits come forward - oranges, overripe apples, tons of sweet pomegranate. Tart on the very first touch of the tongue then smoothes out. Certainly hoppy, but only for a moment before the fruit starts unfolding. Pears, hawiian rolls, ever so slightly smokey meat. Has notes that almost reek of bourbon-casking rather than fresh french oaking - all without being even remotely musty or stale.

Very very clean for the nearly solid body. Heavy on the tongue, but gets out of the way once it's down. Carbonation is subtle but effective at cleaning things out.

Drinkable at first, but the sheer ABV numbs you up quickly. The second half of the glass gets a maltier, spicier character as your nose gets overdosed by the smells and tastes. Different bottles (possibly of different age) have had widely varying boozey-ness.

This was a total surprise. Nothing like any IPA I've yet had. Not really hoppy so much as herby and floral. Sweet like the 90 minute but not syrupy and sticky like it. The least "salty" imperial IPA I've had yet. True, half a glass is what you need to get the idea, so share this one, even if it's a small one.

(original review dated March 2007)

UPDATE: Finally, for my 30th birthday (June 2010), cracked open a bottle of 2005!

I've had a pair of these girls in my beer fridge for ~3 years, bought them in 2008 from Bottleworks in Seattle when they were selling off some vintage stock. Not sure how they were treated before my time with them, but since I got my hands on them they've been at a steadfast 58 degrees.

Bottle is exactly the same as you'd see today - 12oz with the same label as modern vintages. One difference is that rather than the red/gold DFH cap, the '05s have the bright-yellow "exclamation fish" cap.

Said cap popped with a reassuring release of gas. No leaks, no rust. So happy! Poured crystal clear into a crystal flute with just one or two honkin' big flecks of yeast swimming around. Colour is still the standard copper-brown with lemo-yellow edges where the glass ends. About 1/2" of clean, white head that leaves a few circles of lace.

Smell is overwhelmingly of honey and aged malts. Doesn't smell it's age. Smells like most beers do after 2 years, let alone 5. Vanilla/oak is still there, though riding a on more caramel than I remember. Hops are all but gone, but there is something resinous left - amber and moss, some freshly torn leaves?

Taste is an odd mix of sweet and tart. All that's left of the hop acids is a talc-y afterthought that never makes it to quite being tart. More sour notes than I expected. Pencil shavings, tobbacco, cocoa (power, not butter). Hops come back for one last hurrah tasting something like juniper. Beeswax candles.

Mouthfeel is sticky as hell. Carbonation is all still there after 5-6 years, but somehow the heaviness has come full circle. In all, quite a bit lighter in flavour than when young, and in aroma. Tastes more like a distilled beverage than a brewed one in some ways. Creamy as hell when warm.

In all, has held up to half a decade better than most IPAs could dream of, but not too surprising given the stats on it. No weird off-flavours, only a loss of hops and a gain of malt complexity. Interesting as an experiment, totally worth the wait, but I'm increasingly convinced that the sweet spot for this brew is 9-18 months of age.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Bottled on 3-30-09 - This one has been in the cellar for a while.

A- Amber brown with a nice head thats has staying power. After I finished lacing was left all around the glass.

S - Hop Luvin with some earthy tones, citrus, and a little malt sweetness towards the end.

T - Hoppy love. Very little pine. Fruitiness - grapes, lemons, and flowers.

M - Good carbonation, nice feel to it. Smooth with some serious flavor.

D - 10%???? Damn, good thing this only came in singles.

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Foamy head that starts as about 1 1/2 fingers and dissapates into a thin froth atop the a clear copper liquid.

S - Pinesugarcaramel... Second whiff offers floral notes mixed with more pine. Very fragant!

T & M - Immediate hop bitterness that transitions smoothly into.... I have no idea what this is but I like it. Its rich and mildly boozy. There is a sweetness about it that reminds me of a quad. This is very complex and delicious. Full bodied and mildly carbonated. The finish is a lingering and crisp hoppiness.

D- This is a very drinkable beer! Very smooth.

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Photo of alyankus
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Great copper color. Nice finger and a half head. Great lacing.

N: Nice blast of hops with vanilla/American oak in the background.

P: Good citrus tropical fruit notes. Some bitterness but not too much. the oak nicely cuts the hops. very smooth.

Another winner from DFH.

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Photo of scot_chale
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle poured into a glass on 3/26/13. bottled on 11/12/12.

A- 2 finger of bubbly white head. deep reddish orange body with no apparent signs of carbonation. good lacing. the head disappears to a thin layer.

S- citrus hops with an earthy, herbal overall tone. it smells like a dry hopped, serious business DIPA. quite pungent.

T- all the citrus hops you expect, without being overwhelming. It's got this special way of dancing around the palate and delivering what you want from a double IPA, without being a horrifying experience. it's grassy, herbal, and citrusy. very nice.

M- The body is medium. The carbonation is active. It's semi-dry. It's allows the character of the beer to hang around but doesn't linger beyond pleasant.

O- Awesome! This is the double IPA I'm always looking for. It's a hop bomb that doesn't over stay it's welcome. I'd buy this any day. Fantastic beer by my standard.

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Photo of burnstar
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice dark amber. Resilient off-white head. Huge citrusy hop aroma. Taste has a great malt backbone. Tons of hops. Not overly bitter initially, but with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Just a touch of burnt oak from the aged beer, although I'm not sure I would have noticed it if it wasn't in the description on the bottle. Nice full bodied mouthfeel. Boozy but it's not really noticeable. Dangerous. Overall, an absolutely great DIPA.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,816 ratings.