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Poppaskull - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 74
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This time around we brewed at our brewery in Milton, DE and made a deep, golden ale spiced with cardamom and fermented using a robust Belgian yeast strain. One third of the volume was then aged for 6 months in oak brandy barrels. Spice, esters, and sweet brandy dominate the aroma. A robust 10% abv is rounded by caramel and vanilla notes from the wood with a slight spiciness coming from the yeast.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: KickInTheChalice on 11-17-2010)
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one for a while, and I'm working on whittling down the number of boxes in my apartment so I figured tonight is as a good of a night as any for it. Review is from notes taken on 7/24/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a light, golden, apricot color and it almost seems to glow in the glass, very pretty :), starts with a pretty short 1/2 finger, slightly off-white head that fades to a full, uneven cap; body is cloudy, some sediment floating around; plenty of carbonation bubbling up near the sides -- wouldn't expect anything less from a Belgian style; a couple of strands of lacing hang around, but nothing much beyond that.

Smell: So herbal; so, so herbal. The cardamom is super present, and medicinal, I'm reminded of a lot of the beers I've had that are brewed with lavender; light fruitiness and a touch of Belgian candy perhaps; touch of vanilla in the nose; not sure where the brandy is.

Taste: Wow, pleasantly surprised -- super solid. Not that I'm surprised that DFH and 3F can put out a good beer (Popskull was F'ing fantastic), but I guess my expectations were a little lower considering the number of ingredients that are working together in it. Plenty of the herbal cardamom, and it's warming -- almost like menthol; plenty of sweet and bready yeast-like flavors; touch of banana and clove, and just a sweet drop of vanilla. I would say that there is some warming alcohol, but I think it's actually the cardamom speaking there.

Mouthfeel: Also very solid -- the body is of medium weight, but the carbonation keeps it feeling a little bit lighter; carb is solid and avoids any sense of sharpness, and it really comes to life with the herbal warming I've alluded to already; a thin and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall: I've gotta hand it to Sam and the Floyds, this is a great beer. Great flavors, plenty going on, a body that's not going to make you feel like you weight a metric ton, and an ABV that will help you get to sleep at night.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:00:31 | More by bamadog
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Poppaskull from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.