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Dankenstein IIPA - Pearl Street Brewery

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77
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 21.15%
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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emerge077

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +30.8%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 07:20:03 | More by emerge077
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dirtylou

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:34:56 | More by dirtylou
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 17:16:45 | More by WoodBrew
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 09:40:58 | More by cokes
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whartontallboy

New York

2/5  rDev -39.6%

01-02-2012 22:27:46 | More by whartontallboy
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blackie

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 05:10:55 | More by blackie
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just showed up in Hudson across the river for the first time (that I've seen anyways) & I was feeling froggy, so in the back-seat it goes. 12 oz. stub-nose.

Pour is red. Red, like, man, dark red, almost turning to brown out of a direct light source. Looks zilcho like the picture on the brewery website. llljhszAESDCVBNM,. Sorry, that was me wiping Dankenstein off my keyboard after being confused by the nose...all malt, all the time, with a caramel pick. Hops? Nope. Huh. This is a rather odd start.

Dankenstein, I'm not sure what you're meant to be. Quadruple hopped? One hundred percent sure that someone's been swiping those hops before they hits the kettle. As the nose suggests, this is a malt nuke. Earthy, caramel, with a Gabriel Sledgehammer of sweetness & sugar. Hops? Present only in a limp handshake of an aftertaste, bit floral, more earthy, maybe citrus if I squint hard enough. Hugely sticky. Weirdly appealing to drink, though I blame that on my sweet tooth.

Good thing I don't score to style, or this beer would be in negative numbers. Amber Ale? Barleywine? It's closer to either of those than an IPA or IIPA. Even the advertised dankness is missing. Decent enough, but a true mystery of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 02:40:44 | More by maximum12
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-13-2014 01:25:27 | More by KarlHungus
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

11-15-2011 17:33:38 | More by bpfrush
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Florida9

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 01:05:41 | More by Florida9
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:30:23 | More by jera1350
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:52:07 | More by SpdKilz
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 20:36:07 | More by richkrull
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-10-2012 14:27:31 | More by Kunstman
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Oct 2011. Bottle courtesy of R&S, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Sonnen Gold-Ex becker.

Small tight tan head. Well carbonated. Very dark walnut leather in color. Slightly hazy. Fragrant, like hop syrup, resin, and orange, some ethanol noticeable. Starts malty sweet, quickly becoming quite bitter. Orange and grapefruit pithiness. Medium sticky body, ethanol is warming. Finish and aftertaste are fairly bitter. Becomes more of an aspirin bitterness as it warms.

Nice aroma but a slightly unpleasant bitterness in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 16:14:07 | More by htomsirveaux
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +51.1%

01-05-2012 22:04:51 | More by Localdrinklax
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-08-2014 00:44:40 | More by sgttibbs
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 14:16:29 | More by Vonerichs
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 18:40:43 | More by coldmeat23
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 01:16:33 | More by BarrytheBear
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

12-25-2013 23:34:03 | More by derkfromwi
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daledeee

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a snifter glass

Did a glug glug pour and got no head. Dark chestnut clear body.

Nose at first contained some bourbon but later was not much.

Taste is citrus, hops, malt with a rind finish.

Mouth feel: Well... No head, no bubbles, bad mouth feel

It's too bad, I think they have a good recipe here. The taste is pretty good, but I must discount it due to the lack of carbonation. Gotta pay attention to quality control folks.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:13:42 | More by daledeee
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -32%

03-04-2013 18:51:19 | More by Gotti311
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

02-16-2014 15:16:04 | More by TastyIsBeer
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jakea

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-28-2012 23:57:56 | More by jakea
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Dankenstein IIPA from Pearl Street Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.