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Dankenstein IIPA - Pearl Street Brewery

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 20.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pearl Street Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rockwell on 12-28-2009)
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Reviews by Jparker37:
Photo of Jparker37
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A vigorous pour into a pint glass resulted in a small white cap of head. Very hazy due to its bottle conditioning. A darker amber colored IPA, on the dark side for the style. Lacked any lacing down the glass.

S - Quite a "stinky" IPA. Some pear/apple like citrus hops. Many dry hop scents given off. A noticeable amount of an alcohol spice to it.

T - Big caramel malts, overall reminiscent of a scotch ale. Lacking a distinct hop flavor but a bit of bitterness. Finishes with a little to much sweetness and doesn't dry out like most IPAs.

M - A rather large body to this beer but lacking on carbonation. Not sure this 4pk has been on shelves.

O - Overall it had great hop smell, the maltiness of the beer threw me for a loop, again it reminds me of some scotch ales. Not my favorite IPA but again not overly familiar with double IPAs.

Jparker37, Dec 05, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

sgttibbs, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at The Roman Candle on Willy Street in Madison, WI.

Pours a cloudy amber color with quite a bit of head on it.

Smell was nice and hoppy, but I didn't get a lot else coming through.

Taste was good but not great. Caramel flavor upfont with a decent bitter hop finish but not as big as I was expecting/hoping for.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Went down very smooth.

This is a good drinking beer. I wasn't amazed by it but I would drink it again if I saw it.

richkrull, May 09, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blurry tanned amber with a mountain of beige suds.
Wrought iron and pine cone aroma, with a healthy dollop of caramel, dried peaches, and Sherry. It's not a traditional IIPA nose profile, and it's a bit muted overall.
It's all caramelized nuts, toasted bread, and cotton candy once it hits the mouth, the latter growing stronger and stickier as it warms, mixing with dehydrated fruit notions (peaches and apples). The middle is doughy and yeasty. Hops bring semi-astringent metallics, pine resin, and orange rinds. A burst of sherry-esque alcohol dots the close, joining the lingering cotton candy/dried fruit notion, as it re-edges out the hops.
Medium-full bodied, lowly but steadily carbonated.
There's nothing off here, nor any strange moments, aside from that despite being rampantly hopped, it's not really an IIPA. Scored as such it probably drops a notch or so. Hopslam this isn't. The malt is the on the marquee here, and it's worth the star treatment, as it's nearly a barleywine. Consider it akin to, say, Arrogant Bastard you'll be better prepared.
Score-wise, I'm giving it the benefit of the broader style because I do like a good deal.

cokes, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of pabney
4/5  rDev +21.2%

pabney, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

fire-brewed, unfiltered, dankenstein...thats a lot of buzzwords

12oz single scooped at rileys

appearance: poured into tyranena pint, big amber body, huge frothy white cap, sticky lacing

smell: sugary sweet malts, caramel, hop resin

taste: Not sure what to make of this - not really a DIPA, maybe a strong ale but what the hell is a strong ale anyway? I'll put style distinctions aside - labels are overrated. This is a big sticky, boozy, bitter ale. The hops are there and theres a nice sweet hoppy core to this beer that is buried behind candied sugars, sticky caramel malts,orange peel, alcohol

mouthfeel: huge body, sticky, bitter and boozy

drinkability: hindered by all mentioned above

dirtylou, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky orange pour pour with lots of little bubbles when held to the light

Smells, if possible, sticky. Very earthy hops.

Taste reveals s sticky, earthy, smack in the jaw. Far more strong ale than DIPA. Malts punch through with a vengeance while a big orange hop and pine cone finish that grips at the molars.

Mouthfeel is thick and well carbonated.

Drinkabilty is difficult to judge based on a style that is tough to match to the label. She's a rough, abrasive powerhouse.

WoodBrew, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of EvanEngelstad
1/5  rDev -69.7%

EvanEngelstad, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find this was a gusher as soon as I popped the cap. This sat in my fridge for a couple weeks, then only moved to the counter before opening. Point being, there was no agitation that would have contributed to the aggressive and annoying gushing and huge head even after it had a chance to stop spewing from the bottle. The color was amber and the body looked good, but I can't get past the unnecessary amout of head.

The hops are earthy, musty, and a little pine. There is a huge toffee sweetness to the malt.

This resembles a barleywine or strong ale more than a DIPA. The malt contributes just as much, if not more, than the hops. There is a musty aftertaste (yes, dank.)

Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet, heavy in body.

It was a bit boozy and the strange aftertaste put me off a bit.

For a DIPA labled as "Dankenstein" I was expecting much more from this and was let down. For a DIPA, this is just not that good. It was more like an average barleywine than anything else.

Vonerichs, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Kunstman, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big thanks to TheDudeRules for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a very dark brown color into a tulip with about a half finger of tan head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Heavy malts, slight hops, resin, that’s about it.

Taste – Heavy malt, alcohol, and just a bit of hops. I’m not sure if this is an old IIPA but this sure as hell tastes like a barleywine.

Mouthfeel – Medium to heavy bodied, syrupy, chewy, lower carbonation.

Overall – An odd tasting DIPA and if you even try to consider it a barleywine, it is not all that good.

SpdKilz, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple pours at the Pearl St. tap room in La Crosse. Not sure if kegs make it out any further than that. Looking at other reviews, I have a feeling this doesn't travel well or hold up well in bottled format. I've seen cases of it stacked and sitting around at beer stores, really makes you wonder how fresh they are. Review from notes.

Reddish orange, high clarity. Half inch of foam that leaves a lacy ring around the edge. Served in a pint at first, then a snifter.

Huge cantaloupe aroma, tropical and sticky sweet. Mild maltiness in there, dwarfed by the fruit notes.

Subtly bitter, big fruit flavors (cantaloupe, melon), slightly resiny. Light traces of alcohol, malty in the dry aftertaste. Mellow, supple feel. Almost cask-like, with no visible carbonation. At 9.6% abv, this stuff can be dangerous. It goes down like the sweet nectar that is Hopslam. Get some on tap...

emerge077, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Sconi_tom
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Sconi_tom, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of DrDoitchbig
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a hazy color caught somewhere between amber and brown. With any kind of light source behind it slices of orange show themselves. The khaki head start off at about one and a half fingers, but vanished to a cap within minutes. Lacing was pretty much nonexistent, but there were a few dimples here and there.

Smell: It's apparent with the first whiff that this brew was aptly named. Resiny, dank, pine infused hops are on the forefront and they come on strong. After the hop bum rush the alcohol rears it's head, generally the hops in this style do a better job covering it up. I'm also picking up on some sweet malt and perhaps some citrus based hops as well. I have no real problem with any of these smells on there own, but for some strange reason the combination keeps reminding me of some kind of industrial solvent. Very strange.

Taste: Thankfully I'm not reminded of solvent in this category. However following the smell the resiny, floral hops are firmly in control. There's a touch of earthiness to them, with a nice dash of grapefruit to boot. Somewhere in the middle there is some of caramel malt, which is whisked away by the lingering bitter finish. I have a couple complaints here. First off I'm all for the dank, resiny hops, but I feel they work much better when they complimented by other hop flavors. This is just one-sided with it's resiny onslaught. It sort of reminds me of weed, honestly. Secondly, while this brew is completely hop centric, the flavors really aren't that strong. The level of bitterness and hop flavor is closer to standard IPA levels. It's like they forgot to add some extra aromatic hops to this batch.

Mouthfeel: The body is a solid medium and the carbonation is spot on. But there is an astringent aspect here that I am not feeling.

Drinkability: This really isn't a terrible beer. But I've had some of the pinnacles (in my mind) of this category and this just doesn't stand up. I've had many that were absolutely teeming with every kind of manifestation of hop flavor you can think of. This was just too one dimensional for me and as mentioned a bit on the weak side. I'm tired of drinking it after one serving.

From the amount of reviews this beer seems to be new to bottles. I'm not familiar with Pearl Street, but it's possible they could be new to bottling as a whole. If I only lived in Wisconsin I'd give this one another chance straight from the brewery. In it's current state though I just can't give it high marks.

DrDoitchbig, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ay, que sucio

a: snifter serving, pours a healthy cream colored head atop the deep copper colored ale, quality retention and light lace

s: nose of sweet pine and citrus hops with a full, sugary caramel body, candied fruits, nice hop punch, mild booze only after warming

m: smooth carbonation and medium-full body gives a nice, creamy feel

t: chewy caramel structure, big pine and hop flavors, solidly on the malty side with a moderate bitterness, nothing standout but certainly well constructed

d: no issues here - quite easy given the alcohol content

blackie, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of BellsFan
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

BellsFan, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Ri0
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - looks like a dark rusty brown color with almost no head at all. I poured this very aggressively into my tulip. A few spots of lacing.

S - Malt bomb with syrup. I detect only the slightest amount of hops.

T - Malt bomb with butter and syrup. Hops almost non existent. WTF. Hint of bitterness on the finish and alcohol.

M - Medium bodied with very low carbonation. Syrupy and buttery.

O - So far this is the worst IIPA I have ever had. Not sure if it was old or this is standard. Reviews for this are all over the place. May as well be a barleywine, at least it was free. Based on this I may never try another PSB beer again.

Ri0, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of anticipation23
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

anticipation23, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of jakea
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jakea, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Kevin79
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Kevin79, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Pellinore1
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Pellinore1, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Nachos4two
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Nachos4two, May 29, 2013
Photo of TastyIsBeer
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

TastyIsBeer, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

KarlHungus, Apr 13, 2014
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Dankenstein IIPA from Pearl Street Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.