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DFH Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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DFH Ale
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BA SCORE
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

Not for the faint of heart.

(Beer added by: stakem on 09-06-2010)
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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.

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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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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

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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.

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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!

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DFH Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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