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Dankenstein IIPA - Pearl Street Brewery

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77
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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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Photo of Localdrinklax
5/5  rDev +51.5%

Localdrinklax, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.64/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very murky amber color with a 1/4th finger of a tan head.

smells like a hop forward barleywine, pine, caramel, plums, toffee and earthy hops.

taste is piney hops, caramel an toffee malt flavors, grapefruit dankness, earthy bitterness on the finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel is rather silky, very low and I mean low carbonation but it works very well.

Well I see some of the reviews of this are not so hot.... I may be lucky living in La Crosse so I can get it a lot fresher, They seem to date all of their beers except this one, which makes no sense obviously. I think people would like it more if they tried to fresh, really decent stuff at a steal of a price!

nickapalooza86, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Demon_Lung
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Demon_Lung, Jul 13, 2014
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 drizzam
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't remember which friend of mine gave me this brew...whoever it was, thanks!

A - Pours a deep cloudy amber in color, so cloudy indeed that it is completely opaque. The beautiful body of this brew is topped by an off white two finger head. The head has excellent retention and leaves a nice veil of thick lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Not especially aromatic, I get a light sweet malt aroma and some sweet citrus hops. Certainly does not smell like a hop bomb.

T & M - A big caramelized malt body plays nicely with resiny, piney hops. There is an understated complexity here between malt and hop. Very thick and creamy mouthfeel...it seems to almost coat your tongue with malt and hop oil. Finishes with a tart hop bitterness.

D - This is a very solid brew...and my first from this brewery. I'm interested to try more from them, because this was excellent!

drizzam, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of pabney
4/5  rDev +21.2%

pabney, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of hu5om
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finally reviewed this one after having a few around town.
a-murky amber/orange, with a slight clarity. light ring of cream color foam leaves decent lacing.
s-pretty malty actually. sweet carmel and nuts. some citrus, but the malts are far more prominent.
t-sweet malts with a slight lemon zest aftertaste on the back of your tongue. nutty, an iipa it ain't but a strong/old ale it may be.
m-a bit syrupy. a little hoppy resin vibe. smooth though. a bit of boozy tingle. low/med. carbonation and moderate body overall.
d-if you want a great strong/old ale, you got it! not sure if it's any kind of pale let alone a Double I. As a strong/old ale, i really enjoy it, but the label is just confusing. in a straight up blind tasting, i would call this a very good strong ale. maybe it's different fresh from the keg, but haven't had that in a while. and for 9.5% it's a sneaky devil, better than it should be. love me some dankenstein strong ale!

hu5om, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of gio540
4/5  rDev +21.2%

gio540, Dec 02, 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 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 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 e11a627
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with hu5om.

A: Orange-yellow, golden brown, cloudy.

S: Some hop aromas but very malty.

T: Nutty, almost like a brown ale. No IPA taste at all really.

M: Good tongue tingle, smooth.

D: Definitely doesn't taste like a double IPA but it's a good beer. I wouldn't guess that this was an IPA if I hadn't seen the bottle. It's a great dark ale but not an IPA. Also, very tasty for a 9.5% ABV but the bottle is just labeled wrong - closer to a strong, dark ale.

e11a627, Aug 01, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

wiscokid920, Dec 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

derkfromwi, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of jera1350
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep caramel brown, but with transparency. The head is a very thin layer of tan foam, but it is of tiny bubbles and has a velvety appearance. Decent lacing.

Huge malty sweet nose. Think Double Crooked Tree here. Getting nary a hop here however.

Very malt heavy with lots of sweetness. Caramel and toffee with burnt sugars. Moderate alcohol presence with a hop bite at the back end. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very barleywine like flavor.

A bit light in the body. A problem that seems to be a theme with this brewery. The carbonation is a bit low also.

Not too shabby a beer, but it does have some kinks to be worked out. This absolutely fits the barleywine category, not the DIPA as listed. Definitely one of the better brews I've sampled from this brewery.

jera1350, May 01, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a tulip. This beer was just waiting for the opportunity to be freed from the bottle as it formed a good two inches of frothy head. Head reduced rather quickly to a relatively large surface coating with a good amount of lacing. Cloudy, medium brown in color.

S: Sweet citrus and alcohol. Not too far off from a screwdriver.

T: Sweet maltiness moves into a spicy, fusel bitterness. Maybe some citrus type hops, but this one is malt forward with a decent bitterness on the end. Hops are not on showcase here.

M: On the thicker side of medium. Sticky, sweet, and malty. Lively and active carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting. I will admit I fell for the marketing on this beer: Dankenstein just sounds like a full on hopped up monster, but in reality it's much more like a strong ale or even approaching a barleywine. Either way, its a respectable beer, just not one I'll be searching out again.

Florida9, Jun 11, 2010
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 BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter

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.

BarrytheBear, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of dudemuskie
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a 12 oz bottle of this brew at Dark Lord Day 2010 after trading it for a Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree. No born on date.

Appearance- Pours a deep reddish amber, hazy with sediment from bottle. Large sediment deposit in the bottom of the bottle. Very light beige, tight, almost creamy head slowly builds. Bubbles appear to be slow to rise in this potentially viscous brew. Some lacing.

Aroma- Big malty nose with lots of deep caramel, burnt sugar, and warm malty breadiness. Almost has a sweet creamy aroma. Nice floral, piney/resinous, and nearly muted citrusy hop notes. Some higher alcohol aromatics noticeable. Fairly nice aromatic balance between hops and malt for an IIPA!

Flavor- Quickly fleeting caramel malt sweetness starts off followed by slightly prickly CO2. Effervescence opens up to loads of pungent, resinous hop flavor that fills the mouth along with a healthy dose of hop bitterness. Some notable booziness but primary flavor in long and lingering finish is pungent, almost green, fresh hops with a soft vein of burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel- Lighter bodied than expected with a nice medium fullness brew. Higher CO2 a bit distracting from the complexities in the beer. Hop-centric, but decent balance, especially in the aroma. Not too sticky with a slightly drying finish. Some warming alcohol, but surprising drinkability for such a strong beer!

Overall- This is a pretty good IIPA, but I would have liked to know how old it is! I think some of the hop character has faded, so maybe this is a bit older. Pretty good either way, and definitely has some well hidden alcohol! I wouldnt mind seeking this out fresh to really soak up the hops...

dudemuskie, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks to my friend Tom for this one.

Well, it says that it's alive, because it's naturally carbonated in the bottle. Upon popping the cap, I had to get my glass under it, quickly, because it did indeed try to foam over the top of the bottle. All is well though and I managed to catch it all.
This liquid is a medium shade of golden amber. The two-fingers worth of beige foam that make the head recede to a solid, surface covering, film about 1/16" thick. The lacing is in assorted strands and spots which are nicely sticky.

I expected to get hit in the face with an all-out hops assault, with a name like 'Dankenstein'. This is not the case. This really doesn't smell too much like an IIPA. It's more like an American Strong Ale or an English Barleywine, even. Tons of caramel and malt notes fill my senses. Lots of earthy-nutty notes. There is a decent amount of hops presence, piney and citrus-like, but it's definitely below the surface.

Okay, I found the 'dank' characteristic, but it's not the quality that I was looking for. This has a slightly musty (dank) quality to it. Very earthy with slight hints of dirt. This dirtiness is rubbed all over some nice caramel and toffee notes that are almost 'chewy'. This is then covering some good hop presence, which is so far down and buried, that I question calling this one an IIPA, once again.

Just barely full-bodied with a light-to-medium level of carbonation. Mostly smooth, yet it has a touch of sharpness around the edges. A nice hint at some good creaminess.

The 9.50%abv is not completely hidden, but it is sufficiently masked, so as not to be brutal to the palate. It is a touch warming, though. That, combined with the fact that I believe this beer to be mis-categorized, knocks it's score down.
Perhaps Pearl Street needs to adjust this recipe. Better yet, they should just call it an American Strong Ale and it's already a winner.

coldmeat23, Sep 03, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

sgttibbs, Jul 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Kunstman, Jun 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Sconi_tom, Mar 14, 2014
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Dankenstein IIPA from Pearl Street Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.