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DFH Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 34
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stakem on 09-06-2010

This Double IPA is rich honey amber in color with aggressive hopping balancing a robust flavor profile packing 9.5% alcohol by volume. Citrus, apricot and piney aromas lead in to a malty well hopped body and the beer finishes with a dry bitter end. The body of 60 Minute IPA, the alcohol of 90 Minute IPA, and the hops of 120 Minute IPA.

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 34
Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, DE

A tasty IPA, available only at the brewpub, and surprisingly distinct from the other IPAs that Dogfish Head has to offer. Poured a slightly hazy golden-orange with a thin head and some carbonation. American IPA hoppiness in the nose with some citrus coming through. Smooth citrus hops in the taste, a little sugary, but more of a hop bitterness overall, with some pine notes. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub - review from notes

Pours a completely clouded burnt orange with some copper tones. Very thin head with almost no retention but plenty of patchy, streaky lacing left on the pint glass while drinking.

Strong malted nose with brown sugar, caramel, and honey. Light pine hoppiness towards the back end as well.

Bitter juicy hops up front with some lighter citrus flavor. Bold malt backbone with caramel, burnt sugar, and some honey sweetness. Slight boozy warmth towards the finish with tingly bitter hops and a last flair of sweetness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and a bit heavy on the palate. Drinks nicely, alcohol is masked pretty well considering its 9.5%. I would have liked to see more of a hop presence and less sweetness though.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DFH poured into snifter glass. The ale pours straight up amber clear with a nice white head. The aroma is sweet, hoppy, and smooth with no bite and light citrus notes. The flavor is definitley less syrupy sweet than the 90 and 120 but has the hops perfeclty settling on the palate with no bite. The description between the 60, 90, and 120 is perfectly blended and described to create a superior tapped IPA. Very pleased with this beer!

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Photo of paulozanello
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the DFH Ale House in Fairfax VA.
It pours a hazy dark-red orange color, with a small white head that had little retention and mild lacing.
Aroma is pretty strong with citric, juicy hops and honey malt.
Taste follows nose somewhat with citric, piney and juicy hops backed by honey sweet caramel malt. A little grassy finish and very low bitterness.
The medium body hides well the abv. Carbonation is high.
Overall a nice Imperial ipa with good malt backbone, but I still think 90 min is better.

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Photo of garuda
2.84/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazed amber, one finger thick white head that had good retention and lacing down the glass.

S/T/M - I find this to be extremely similar to the 90 Minute. Has the same overly dominant, unbalanced raisin/plum/dark fruit malt content, extremely sweet, with a slightly lighter body, and perhaps a bit more hops. I did find the alcohol to be much less prominent in this beer, though.

D - I like this beer more as a 'Strong Ale' than a DIPA. I just find the malts way too heavy, sweet and unbalanced for the style.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mix of the 60, 90, and 120 minute ipa's

A: Pours a hop-hazed amber color with a small eggshell colored head into a pint glass. Retention is ok

S: Wow, really nice aroma...citrusy hops from the 60, sugar/alcohol/tons of hops from the 120, and a nice firm malt base from the 90. Seemingly balanced but maybe a little sweet

T: A solid sugary sweetness and hoppiness from the 120 (apparently the batch that was to be dumped for being too sweet), malts to balance, and a citrusy/earthy hop bill to follow

MF/D: Full in body for sure, carbonation is smooth, the finish is sugary/citrusy hops.

Notes: I much prefer this to the 60, 90, or 120. Really wish this will be bottled, definitely a "normal" DFH beer

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the DFH Brewpub in Rehoboth.

A: Beer was served in a pint glass. Have amber/orange in color with about one finger of off white head. Good retention and very nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of fresh hops on this beer. Very fruity/citrusy, very floral as well. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Also get a little hint of pine as well.

T: As expected, very hop forward. Slightly bitter, but not overly so. The hop flavor is complex having both floral/fruity components and some pine. There is a nice malt sweetness to balance it as well.

M/D: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Extremely drinkable, the 9.5% is hidden very well. Overall, very happy to have tried this one. Like its description, it does have some features of 60, 90, and 120 minute in it.

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Photo of Chaney
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Alehouse in Fairfax. Not knowing this brew even existed before I arrived, I was pretty stoked.

A: It poured a fairly dark orange-brown color with a very small frothy head, and nice moderate, bubbly carbonation.

S: Pine upfront, with DFH signature hop profile, citrus, and a substantial malt backbone.

T: Like the nose, only amplified. I truly appreciate the maltiness of this brew and the finish is smooth as silk.

M: Here is where it shines. The bitterness does not linger in the slightest and the sweetness and malt backbone play a wonderful duet!

D: Not complex, but I don't think that that was the brewers' intentions. Every bit as drinkable as the 60 minute, as citrusy as the 90 minute, and infinitely more drinkable (and sensible) than the 120.

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Photo of rawhydes1
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap ad DFH BP, in Rehoboth.

This beer is described, I think, as having the ABV of 90 minute, the hoppiness of 120 min, and the drinkability of 60 min. I could not agree more.

Amber, with thick off white head. Smelled like a 120, very drinkable for a 9.5% hop bomb, could quaff 3 or 4. Citrus, with hints of peach and a strong malt backbone.

Love this beer. Even better brew than the 90 minuute. Wish Sam would add it to their bottled lineup.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - great pour from the hostess at Dogfish's brewpub. Transparent medium-amber: right in the middle of orange-brown-red, while still admitting light easily. Terrific head of cream-white hangs around for awhile, then leaves a ton of sticky foamy residue.

S - pine, barley, lemon peel

T - nice balance of hops and sweet malt. Citrus and pine are allowed to predominate without becoming bitter, except at the very end. That said, it certainly doesn't have the complexity of the 120 or 90 as indicated on the menu. This beer is a more traditional American double IPA to my tastes, not a wacky flavor experiment like you might be accustomed to from Dogfish (or Russian River, etc). Which is fine. Just don't expect miracles, hop-heads.

M - moderate body, a little slickness, a little coating. Not exceptional, just a nice above average feel.

D - nothing more to say...nice craft beer if you ignore the hype and appreciate for what it is...

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Beerloco for sending us a growler of this IIPA. Not only that, but two kick-ass cool Dogfish Head glasses to drink it out of. Busted out as a crowd gathers before the Hi-Def anticipating our Twins coming to life & kicking some stupid Yankee ass.

A bit concerned because there appeared to be leakage from the growler when it arrived & we weren't in position to drink it last weekend. But the growler hisses nicely, & the pour is a lovely bug-trapping amber with a (woohoo!) hoped for ring of foam. Smell is epic: sweet malt jumps the edge of the glass. Citrus hops are in the minority.

DFH Ale seeks balance, which I don't dig, but this balance works. The malt sweetness bum-rushes the hops, bowling them over, dominating without drawing a flag. Citrus hops struggle to the surface, flower a bit, then sink without a flake of bitterness.

Oily, full, sweet, juicy. Overall, excellent beer that removes the negative implications from the words 'IPA' and 'balance' for me. Thanks guys!

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brewpub exclusive apparently; sampled at the brewpub the other day.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise impressive, showcasing considerable pine, orange and grapefruit citrus, along with what smells like some considerable sweet malt. Alas, as expected, this DIPA is definitely on the sweet side, and the sweet malt tends to domiate some of the celery salt and dry citrus I get on the finish. Otherwise, this is a pretty tasty, easy to enjoy DIPA, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter at the end finish. Drinkability is OK, though the sweetness and noticeably high alcohol detract just a bit.

I thought this a pretty solid DIPA, though I think the score on BA is inflated just a bit. However, given that this beer is apparently only available at the brewpub, and hence generally sampled only by DFH fans, probably explains that.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub yesterday. Poured a mild copper color with a bit off a reddish tint. Good off white head and gobs of lacing as it went down. Aroma was classic Dogfish IPA and the here's description on the menu was spot on. Reminded me of a slightly more bitter, drier version of the 75 Minute IPA. Taste was similar with only a mild malt bill alongside a good amount of hop bitterness, likely using a blend somewhat similar to the rest of their IPAs, at least as far as I could tell. Mouthfeel was nice and dry. Not overly hopped and certainly not sweet. Drank very well.

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Photo of bonkers
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend picked up a growler at the brewpub and was gracious enough to split it with me. The pour is a clear golden/orange with a medium, white, sticky head. It left nice rings of lace on the glass. Lots of herbal pine on the aroma. The citrus and the pine flavors are big and juicy. The flavors are smooth and well balanced. It finishes with lots of lingering grapefruit. It is medium in body with a sticky mouthfeel. A very easy drinking beer that hides its alcohol very well, it drinks like a much smaller brew. Highly recomended.

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Photo of klshanks
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Rehoboth Brewpub this past Tuesday. Supposedly the body of 60 min, ABV of 90 min, Hops of 120 min. Which is more or less pretty much how it came off to me. Not as many hops as 120, but the flavor of them was definitely there. Overall, a very nice beer and I would definitely order a second.

A- Very nice, golden orange. Solid lacing on the glass

S- A punch of hops. Not as strong as I would have thought considering they advertised it as the hops of 120 minute, but still very strong.

T- a little hot for my liking, but I suppose that is to be expected. Otherwise great flavor.

M- Relatively light for a beer of its abv.

D- I could drink this one for a while, despite the heat, it comes off as very drinkable for its abv. Less malty than 90 minute. That's not necessarily good or bad, but I think it makes it easier to drink a second one.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Described on the menu as an Imperial IPA with the body of 60, strength of 90 and hops of 120. Released for the first time 3 days ago and still available or consumption and this review which took place at the Rehoboth brewpub.

Served in a pint glass this brew appears a clear amber orange color with less than a finger of off-white slightly yellowish stained creamy head. Retains well and laces in patches about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with hops. Plenty of fruity and citrus character are evident before I even bring the glass to my nose. This is a very fruity, floral and sweet smelling take on DFH's ipa line.

The taste of this brew has herbal hops upfront that impart a moderate amount of bitterness before a slightly fruity tasting caramel like sweetness balances this brew out. Quite a depth of hop flavoring that ranges from herbal bitterness to sweet, fruity and floral. Well done with a lower btterness level than I was expecting despite te description.

This is a medium bodied and modestly carbonated brew. Fantastic drinkabikity and very enjoyable. I would suggest giving this one a try. The abv is well hidden.

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DFH Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.