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Burton Baton - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,815
Hads: 6,276
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 384
Gots: 1,402 | FT: 32
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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 Jason
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no vintage or freshness date, the website says it was brewed in 2004.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber with a thin lining of off-white lace, good stickage on the side of the glass.

Smell: Flowery with an almost rosewater like aroma, ripe fruit is in the back with some toasted grain.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Super creamy with a mellow smoothness, nice showing of malt upfront … good to have a sturdy beginning. Herbal, flowery and mildly soapy hop character. Bucket full of fruity esters and oak punch through but the hops hold strong. Suggestions of ruby red grapefruit and mango come to mind. Mild alcoholic bite leaves a long lingering warmth.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one hefty double IPA, I paired it with a creamy Danish blue cheese and honey wheat crackers. Big time kudos to DFH for keeping it real as usual.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

This is actually a blend of Scotch ale and the 90 Min. IPA. And it's really good...
Poured dark amber, cloudy, with a white head that retained fairly well throughout. IPA hops in the nose, and some alcohol. Woody and hoppy up front with some citrus note, quickly taken over by sweet malts and alcohol. But these elements exist in a very nice harmony, providing an extremely drinkable brew.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cheers to Beeronthebrain for this one! Bottled on 12/12/08 as far as I can read???

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with 2 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Slight fruittyness & some honey

T: Herbal hops, fruittyness, booze, appleskins, caramel, & resiny pine & grapefruit up front. Fruittyness, honey, more piney hops,& a touch smokeyness once warm. Piney with a bit of Drambuie in the finish

MF: Sticky, with a bit of carbonation & chewyness & near perfect balance

Drinks pretty good despite the abv & the style, a different kind of DIPA, but tasty, none the less

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear darker amber with a white head that falls to nothing after a while. Nose is slightly hopped with a thick raisin quality to it. Flavor is extremely sweet at first in a syrup like kind of way. Very slight noticeable alcohol. Raisin flavor is strong. Feel is thin with bubble and thick and strong with syrup qualities. Almost seems elixir like. Definitely drinkable. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is one of the best DIPAs around, but it is pretty interesting in a Dogfish Head kinda way.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 5/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, oak, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, grass, light pine, oak, light vanilla, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, floral, grass, light pine, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops, oak, and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about a value buy $2.50 a piece at my local sixpack shop. Appears a copper amber with a fluffy cream colored head leaves lacing all around my chalice, very nice look to it. Aroma has deep leafy citrus pine scented hops alcohol presence is noticeable vinous green hops, Sam and Co. have truly tamed the hop it brings layers of grapefruit and other tart fruit notes along with the oak presence with evident sugary caramel malt. Smells of candy coated hops syrupy alcohol over ripened fruit tones. Taste has a complex orgy of malts, hops and complex characteristics from oak barrel aging giving this one a mellow charred oak vanilla character and the hops have a citrus, pine, and earthy dirt qualities sugary malts matched with the more than ample bitterness finishes with a just a cinge of acohol...one quality creation. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied syrupy textured with oily resinous streaks coming through the lucious body is handled with an even carbonation which flows surprisingly smoothly along the palate. Drinkability is amazing...one extreme IPA very solid tasty offering great flavor that keeps you wanting more and more, well done I'm sold on this Woody Guthrie tribute brew.

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Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11 oz serving in a tulip glass

A - red amber/copper; clear. Tan head

Pronounced hop flavor builds then slowly fades, leaving a fine, long-lasting afterfinish. Although citrus hops dominate, there are notes of vanilla. High ABV is mostly hidden (by aging in oak, according to the brewer). This excellent beer has a potent bitterness with some balancing sweetness.

M - crisp; medium body; subtle effects of high ABV

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/30/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 07/20/11.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of wood, caramel malts, sweet fruits, light hops, toasted malts, and toffee. I'm liking the nose, though I don't find it overly hoppy and it is not what I think of when I think of a DIPA.

t - Tastes of wood, caramel malts, citrus hops, some honey, sweet fruity malts, toasted malts, and light toffee. More hops than the nose and nice, but again, not what I think of in a DIPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall a very nice beer, but again, not what I look for in an IPA. Lots of wood and caramel and not a ton of hops. Would like to have this one again, but not when I'm looking for something hoppy.

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-dark amber color with a slight haze to the liquid. Initial three-finger head retreats very slowly and leaves excellent ring lace on the glass.

Strong pineapple and grapefruit hop nose. Very fresh smell. Some raisin and current in the background. Superior.

Somewhat prickly on the initial sip--both in the carbonation and the citrus-like hop. Good body to counteract the effervescence. The malt does stand up but only in the background. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Strong oily alcohol feel that is notable after the swallow as well.

I would put this in the category of extreme beers. It is delicious particularly for hop heads, but it would be extremely difficult to have more than one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lookin' at it... a hazed deep orange, with a fullish, creamy head capping it
Aroma: ahhh!!! that's my favorite aroma right there, in the first sniff...tropical fruits, banana and mango, peach and citrus, a truly beautiful mix, a gorgeous blend....so far, this is just what I'd desire in an uber-IPA, and I haven't even tasted it...
Oh, delicious...fullness of body, richness of flavor, dominant fruit, minor, relatively, bitterness, yumm...I can taste the whiskey flavor, from the oak-aging, I can get that character...and it's amazingly flavorful, with vanilla and oak twisting into the mix, what a wicked concoction...
If I had a 10-gallon hat, it would be off in honor of this immaculate creation.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Haymarket. Served in a 4oz taster glass.

A - Transparent golden honey body, with off-white foam settling to a thick cap and generous glass-coating lacework.

S - Lots of oak character, and negligible accompanying spirit; guessing this is just straight oak? Malt-forward, with some light citrus and floral notes, and fruity English ale yeast. Notes of honey, cookie, dough, cake batter, and light toffee sweetness. More evocative of an English Strong Ale in the malt/hop balance and oak-aging. Alcohol is well-disguised.

T - The taste has more citrus hop character and less aggressive oak. Sweet sugary malts, light toffee and caramel, toasted grains, some nebulous fruity notes. Fairly low bitterness, and quite smooth and restrained in alcohol.

M - Smooth, creamy body, with some lingering stickiness and a bit of dry oak in the finish. Lower carbonation, and perhaps a faint alcohol warmth.

D - The malt character of other Dogfish Head beers is quite recognizable here, and it integrates nicely with the oak and hop flavors. Appreciate the well-hidden alcohol and excellent mouthfeel. Curious on the freshness here, but liked it quite a bit all the same.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008, 12 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter:

Pours copper amber with a thin head that becomes wisps of lines. A thin ring leaves some vanishing lace.

The smell is of citrus (orange/tangerine/ grapefruit)/resin with vanilla and musty oak.

Wish I had a 90 min. to compare this with because the first sip reminded me of it. Subsequent sippings reveal this to be different, but close (again, though, without having it next to it it's a bit tough to tell). This has the citrus/grapefruit with sweet vanilla/oak and some alcohol. Malt - grainy and toffeeish dominate leaving a fruit juice from the hops without much bitterness. Finishes with a sweet kiss, like citric candy.

This is the almost scary (in a good way) part - it is incredibly smooth and silky, making this disappear very quickly despite the sweetness and heat. Kind of like an open box of chocolates - can't help but keep on going. Dangerously drinkable, but at the price (and the abv?) one will have to do.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2012.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces by about 50% but remains thickly covering the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is not as intense as I expected from this beer - with both the high ABV and the fact that it is an oak aged IPA (and old ale). The primary aromas that I detect are orange/citrus hops and toffee sweetness. There is a light presence of oak as well.

T: The beer has a lot of hop presence and a pretty intense bitterness contributed from those hops. I might even describe the bitterness as aggressive with the main components being citrus notes (both orange and lemon). There is some underlying caramel sweetness and some light notes of oak and vanilla. The flavor oF the alcohol is rather well hidden.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. SLightly creamy and some light alcohol heat as is warms.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer that could very easily sneak up on you with the high ABV that is very well hidden. I certainly get much more of the IPA than the old ale but the barrel aging definitely is noticeable. One of the better regular year round offerings from Dogfish Head. I will likely get another one of these at some point in the future.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Dogfish head pub in Gaithersburg, MD. Beer is red, darkish, clear, tight head, white, two fingers, hops in aroma along with alcohol. Interesting flavor, high malt, lots of alcohol, bitterness not as much as I expected. Drinkability high, Low carbonation and lacing left on the glass. This was a pleasantly surprising beer. It smelled like and IPA and tasted like a strong ale. It was incredible. Find it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange. A chunky white two finger head forms up and then dissipates to a 1/2 finger of foam on top. Nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Nice citrus hop aroma, very floral. Some grapefruit and a little pineapple. The oak lends a little wood and some vanilla.

T: Lots of citrus flavor, hard to pick out specific fruits though. Very herbal/earthy. There is a nice malt sweetness and the oak adds some vanilla flavor.

M/D: Medium bodied with a creamy feel to it. Has a slightly dry finish, but low bitterness. Very drinkable, probably my favorite DFH beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken 1/28/10

Bottle date of 10/16/09. Pours a clear amber color with a yellowish stained head. Abundant amount of lace clings to the glassware. Wonderful aroma of vanilla, malt and hops. Hop character is citrus and somewhat fruity. Taste is bitter hops blended with malt and vanilla notes. Medium feel with low carbonation. Little bit of woodsy taste and smell as it warms. Very drinkable and quite complex. The oak imparts a complimentary aspect for the other flavors to play off of. Warming finish and more alcohol comes through as it warms. I really enjoy this beer, whether it is fresh or aged it is great.

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Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with 1/4" of head that quickly turns to a thin lacing. Smells of deep, bready malts, faint oak, alcohol esters and mild earthy hops. Delicious bready, biscuity malts with earthy, piny hops up front with noticeable oaky, woodiness in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable but only adds warmth and does not detract from the overall flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated.

This is a great beer. Earthy, malty, and warm, this is a great sipper for any evening.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a copper/amber body with a dense inch or more of light tan head. The aroma brings sweet bread, dank hops, bread, booze. Robust and bold. An agressively hopped beer with a big malt body. Sticky and resinous. Without a doubt one of the better offerings from Dogfish Head. Some tangy citrus, lightly sweet. The oak character is mild, which is probably a good thing. Overall, an interesting beer and one is have again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, warm malty scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with an intensely bitter hop aroma. There is a slight oakey aroma that adds balance to this powerful brew. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down slow and warm and finishes bitter and a bit sweet. It has a rich malt flavor as well as their traditional continually hopped taste. It's unique from anything I've ever tried. The oak aging provides a buffer from the high alcohol and adds a nice balance to the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer, but not the best Dogfish Head offers. I like the concept, but the 120 IPA is better. Still, this is a good drinking beer, at a slow pace.

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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured an orange amber color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a good amount of the woody oak showing through with some vanilla notes to it as well. I get a pretty big malty sweet base to it as well with some caramel and toffee coming through. The citrusy, grapefruit like hops seem to bring everything together. Very nice aroma to it overall.

The taste shows some bold hoppy bitterness throughout the beer. I get more of the woody, vanilla, oak flavors as well as the caramel and toffee sweetness. Nice mix of flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall it was a very flavorful and tasty beer. The flavors all seemed to come together pretty nicely in it and the oak especially worked better then most aged oak aged hoppy beers I've had. Very nice beer overall.

The taste

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/01/05- Received via trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off orange, approaching amber colored pour. Maybe a bit rust colored. Full inch head which subsides down to about 1/6 of an inch throughout the entire beer. Lacing is above average.

Smell- Hints of oaken brandy, so alcohol is in the nose. Orange-apricot scented hops and a mildly bready malt nose.

Taste- Huge oaken caramel malt flavored taste. Like chewing on kraft caramel squares. Hops have matured a bit I'm assuming because this beer is about a year old or so. Very mellow. Maybe a touch of pine sap in the hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and fairly creamy. A bit lower carbonation level. Fuller mouthfeel leaving mouth fairly bitter.

Drinkability- Digging the oak taste and texture on this beer. One of the few if not only oak IPA I've had. Seems fitted to have with a dessert. Quite tasty and different.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is piney, orange, oak and resiny hops. The flavor is resiny and piney hops with some orange notes. There is also some caramel malt to balance things out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint on tap at Meridian DC.

Light gold/amber body given, with minimal collar off pour. Slightly light off white cream head. Looks good fairly straight forward.

Bouquet is a simple pine but also with a real nice apricot and a distinct smell of powdered sugar. Very nice!

Taste is soft and chewy, fleshy apricots and and interesting feel of peach like fuzz. I get dense peach fuzz off of this on tap with a fantastic feel of pillow softness and some malt backbone.

Drinkability is incredibly solid. Extremely unique fruit feeling with a wonderful mouthfeel. I get a fuzz bent off this which just hits the spot.

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Photo of Billolick
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfortunatly I only had the pleasure of sampling a 12 ounce botle of this noble creation. No fbottled on dat given, too bad cuz I'm sure this one will age nicely. Pours a nice soft dark honey tone, fairly clear with a tan head, leaves scattered aand fine lacing upon a gentle swirl. Nose of brandy, hops and dense peaty malts. Soft smooth, velvety mouthfeel. This is a fine fine brew, ready to consume today and i'm sure will only get better after a ffew years in a cool, dark place. Notes of vanilla, brandy, leather, rich malts, citric hops. Yeah baby this is the goods. Everything soft and smooth, no harshness or bitterness. Balanced and highly drinkable. Looking to get more of this stuff, alot more! Seek out and enjoy.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 version- this bottle had more than 1/2 a year on it so it's time for a review

bottle poured into a dogfish pint glass.

A- coming out of the bottle, burton baton pours a reddish amber color with a 1 finger head that comes and goes. Not very cloudy as i could see through the glass but traces of sediment can be seen. the head retention is great and thin sheets of lace cover the glass after drinking. This beer looks thick.

s- yikes, sweet malts and piney smelling hops come through and i get a hint of the oak coming from the wood. BB smells very sweet with a bit of vanilla and maple. overall a nice floral smell comes from the glass. very nice!

T- BB is very SWEET! i get some vanilla, maple syrup and toffee while the hops take a backseat but are still pretty noticable. the oak comes through at the end and there is a slight bit of alcohol creeping through.

M- BB is a little thick and sticky and the taste stays with you for a bit after sipping, with that said this DIPA goes down with ease. a medium body and nice carbonation. a slight difference from regular 90 minute.

D- at 10% BB doesent mess around but it remains a very drinkable ale. could probably toss back a few of these in a night but i would pay for it in the morning. This is a very interesting take on a DIPA and not a hopbomb like many other's. i'll be coming back to this one from time to time.

good job DFH.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,815 ratings.