Golden Era - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by ojiikun:
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
"A Noble Experiment" Hey, at least it's punny! Always excited to try on one of DFH's canonical brews for size.
Bottle is your typical skinny 12oz-er, with "bottled in 2007", which is quite sufficiently accurate for a beer of this gravity. Poured into the closest thing to the glassware in which you tend to see true Czech pils served - a tall flute.
Body is absolutely medium amber and just shy of crystal clear. Not much head of which to speak, but some lace forms even from the fall of the pour. Big, fat, bubbles trail up from the whole bottome of the glass. Orangey.
Smell is grassy, of wheat bread, and then of what is clearly Noble buds. So grainey it's almost like oatmeal. Chalky yeast that doesn't so much stand on it's own as underneath the grains. No hint at all of the off-smells I associate with 90% of pils. A good start, though gets a bit boozey as it warms.
Taste is hoppy and sweet at first, but falls quickly to a surprisingly malty syrup. Hoptaste is citrusy and soapy. Middle part is an odd combination of liquor and dark german bread. Very finish is seltzer and wild rice. Something like pickled ginger hides deep in the middle.
Mouthfeel is quite tingley, due to one or more of the carbonation, fresh alphas, or booze. Kind sticky in the tongue and throat.
Not all that drinkable, but not much less than I expected. Actually a little better on the cool side than I expected.
Of all the new "imperial" pils I've had, this is the best to date. The other, more hallertau-based ones come off as harsh, this more embodies what a real pils is all about - refreshing, bready. A little heavy on the hops, actually, this could have been better off with a more focused taste.
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2007 04:45:21 | More by ojiikun
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4.63/5 rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A: Poured a pale bronze-gold with a tightly woven white head that was sticky leaving a rim lacing behind.
S: dry grains with some light doughiness and hints of spicy alcohol.
T: The initial flavor had a light breadiness to it, floral hopping and dried citrus. Very smooth and refined flavor and not as hoppy as one would expect. There was a light dry grains and grassiness detected in the finish with a gentle lingering fade of pale malts and light citrus flowers.
M: Crisp mouthful
D: Great drinkability
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2012 03:10:13 | More by jaysephx69
Golden Era from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.