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Piston Honda - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.92
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 10-25-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This brother of FedEx Mild is a clean crisp lager brewed with a Japanese Hop called Sorachi Ace. We used 20 lbs. of this hop straight from the vine to give the beer a bright, pleasant lemony aroma with some subtle spiciness. The Lager has a deep golden color and plenty of hop flavor without too much bitterness. This brew-pub exclusive will pair well with our Calamari or any light seafood dish. The name Piston Honda comes from Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! Video game.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3
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4.52/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Rehoboth Beach brewpub, aching to try this in the said relation to the Fed Extra Mild that used to be brewed there and is on my all-time finest list.

Several drinks ordered from tap poured into a pint glass.

A: Bright orange with streams of streams of carbonation and finger head that held on until the last drop. Top notch lacing.

S: It smell like a lager with fresh hops, no shit. The sweetness is present, pleasant and mild.

T: Sweet crisp flavor of a lager with an underlying and overlying layer of earthy hops. Would have never gathered the Asian nature of the hops and seasoning although the bitterness is tied on nicely to the crisp flavor.

M: Thinner body, not watery but lightly carbonated. Alcohol is negligible and the carbonation on the tongue is tightly matched with the bitterness.

D: A fine job out of Rehoboth, their one-offs are incredibly solid. Wet hopped beers like this are the cream of the crop when done so well. This one is solid all around and would have been great to have in a growler if sold that way.

This wasnt as good as the Fed Extra Mild but was very very good. Not as great as the Fed Extra mild but terrific nonetheless. Not because it is rare, but because it tastes freaking good.

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3.98/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DFH Rehoboth on 10/24/08. This is a wet hopped lager using a unique Japanese hop variety. This is an extremely limited one-off brew, so I took it upon myself to have several of these!

A - Hazy copper/orange-tinted color with one-finger frothy white head that receded to a thin ring of retention and left a bit of soapy residue that slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Unique herbal hop aroma with some floral notes, green tea and orange peel. Malt is primarily caramel-based and quite sweet.

T - Interesting floral hop flavor with hints of orange rind, lemon zest, Asian spices and perhaps some ginger. Hop bitterness is supported by a sweet caramel malt with a slightly grainy finish.

M - Medium body with pretty light carbonation for a lager, but it still maintains a crispness and clean mouthfeel overall. Finish is mildly bitter on the tongue.

D - Leave it to DFH to brew something like this. I like the idea of a wet-hopped lager, and this worked out quite well, in my opinion. This is a very refreshing, crisp lager with a very unique hop flavor that is pretty complex for a single hop varietal brew. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this limited offering from DFH. What's next... Soda Popinski?!

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3.18/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy caramelized gold. Thin skim of bright white foam with no carbonation streams. Faint aroma of lemon zest and grassy flowers that takes on an almost Sprite-like profile with some warmth. Initially there is a soft woody bitterness that adds a lemony edge going forward. There is a bit of sweetness interwoven throughout, but it is a lavender/chamomile-like flavor that builds and detracts somewhat from the overall impression. Finishes with more lemon rind and that woodiness which becomes almost medicinal. The hoppiness is bright but soft, not prickly but suggestive instead. Mild carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. The Sorachi Ace hop is certainly different and I was fine with the single pint.

From the DFH website:
"This brother of FedEx Mild is a clean crisp lager brewed with a Japanese Hop called Sorachi Ace. We used 20 lbs. of this hop straight from the vine to give the beer a bright, pleasant lemony aroma with some subtle spiciness. The Lager has a deep golden color and plenty of hop flavor without too much bitterness. This brew-pub exclusive will pair well with our Calamari or any light seafood dish. The name Piston Honda comes from Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! Video game."

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Piston Honda from Dogfish Head Brewery
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