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3.9 | pDev: 8.97%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Music has been a part of Dogfish Head since before Dogfish Head. So it’s a natural fit for a brewery that makes ‘Analog Beer for the Digital Age’ to be the Official Beer of Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture of record stores and the special role they play in their communities.

Of course, as the Official Beer of Record Store Day, we had to create a special brew for the occasion! Insert Beer To Drink Music To. This Belgian-style Tripel is brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns and vanilla. It’s the perfect marriage of beer and music and best when paired with some of your favorite tunes.

Clocking in at 9% ABV, Beer To Drink Music To is a golden orange brew with forward notes of toffee, cardamom, cloves and subtle notes of vanilla.
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wrecknut from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 20, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They spin the Flavor Wheel yet again at Dogfish Head and come up with this bizarre but likeable concoction.

Pours a clear, dark coppery color but the foam doesn't last in the snifter. A few swirls of lacing but sparkly on the tongue. Sharp on the tongue. More acidic than virtually any Tripel I've tasted, but it's an interesting variation on the Belgian inspiration. The aroma is deeply spicy and complex with fruit and a whiff of those vanilla scented candles.

The vanilla seems the most hare-brained idea here, but somehow it's quite tasty as long as you throw your sensible experience out the window. Hot with alcohol, and maybe the pepper, but again it seems to work with the jet-fuel theme. The carbonation gives out too soon. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Haggen Market in Burlington.

May 15, 2016
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matt_duthie from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid tripel, more traditional than expected, but not quite. I get hints of the cardamom and vanilla on the finish which makes for a nice still-sweet but spiced finish to the prominently yeast-dominated bubblegum/banana. Definitely not the adjunct bomb I was afraid it might be. Really hitting the spot while listening to some good music. Great feel and rather attractive to boot. Well done.

Mar 05, 2016
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body creating a white head rising to about three quarters of an inch off the body. Drops with perfect even lacing, one more thing the brew has light sediments on the body..personally I think it gives it a little character.

Smell: Lemon skin scent with hints of fruit...almost berry like. Only problem is that it's a bit light.

Taste: Deep grapes and bananas with hints of yeast creating light bitterness and slight sweet and sour notes. Easily a nice compliment to any dinner. Complex and smooth.

Mouth: smooth brew, makes you think of raisin bread...sourness is smooth.

Overall: This is definitely a beer which I Hope is not going to be a temporary stay in the DFH library. Personally one of the brews if you see it you buy it or steal...its worth it. Salud!

Apr 12, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/27/16; drank 4/24/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small white head; decent lace.

Banana, vanilla, mild allspice & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Banana & vanilla flavors up front; faint pepper dryness on the finish. Nicely balanced & dangerously drinkable at this a.b.v. I'd have another...

Feb 06, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear amber colored liquid with a slightly of white head. The smell is pleasant malts with cardamom and spicy pepper notes. The taste is like a traditional tripel but with a twist. The spicy pepper and vanilla apart at the end and linger. This is a tasty and spicy tripel.

Mar 31, 2016
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EMH73 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a half inch, poorly retained head and almost no lacing. Has that classic tripel yeast smell, with a heavy presence of banana and some spice. Taste is a little on the sweet side, with pepper and clove to help balance the sweetness. Once again has the classic tripel yeasty taste along with just a little bit of lemon. Medium bodied and carbonated. Good but no where near great.

Apr 03, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I know that it is a bottle, but the name reminded of a murder/suspense anthology & inspired me to check it out from the local library. As a result, I am drinking Beer To Drink Music To while reading "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories To Stay Awake By"! The short story "The Ohio Love Sculpture" is one of my all-time favorites. But, remember, boys & girls, NEASWAP (NEVER end a sentence with a preposition)!

From the bottle: "Belgian-style Tripel"; "Official Beer of Record Store Day"; "A Belgian-style ale brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns & vanilla."

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour as I had no idea whether lees may have settled since its bottling. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention with a propensity to wispiness. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with the green cardamom and the peppercorns! Whee. Mouthfeel was full and viscous, like a dollop on my tongue. A dollop of what? you may ask. Vanilla ice cream! The vanilla was really strong in my mouth, beating even the peppercorns, which were no slouch and beginning to fill my sinus cavities. There was also a light fusel alcohol heat, just to remind me to go slowly with this bad boy. Even as it warmed, I still did not really get the sweet orange peel. It was on the extreme finish that I began to sense it. The sweet orange peel combined with the vanilla to leave a Creamsicle/Dreamsicle taste in my mouth. Phew! It really was a massive beer & I was beginning to feel its effects, despite not even being halfway through it. As a self-described/avowed hophead, this was an interesting novelty, but I do not envision returning to it.

Mar 29, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clear copper gold color with a moderate ring of lacing and stead carbonation.

S - Yeasty, bready, bananas, cloves, coriander.

T - Coriander, peppercorn/seeds of paradise, some banana, herbal, citrus, vanilla is buried, some orange citrus twang on the very back end. Finishes with a hefty coating of herbal peppery citrus.

M - Very thick with gentle creamy, carbonation on the tongue, dry on the finish.

O - This is a unique twist on a Tripel in both color and taste, don't expect something traditional out of this bottle, done only like DogFish Head can. (In a good way.) Most impressive about this beer is how well it hides the 9% ABV.

Feb 29, 2016
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FickleBeast from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a bright, clear dark orange color with a finger of foam. Aroma is full of spicy Belgian yeast, with some cardamom and pepper. First sip is quite sweet and full bodied, with a peppery spiciness. The yeast flavors are not overly phenolic, which I prefer. Nice hints of banana and clove, and tons of sweet Belgian malt flavor.

I've had some misses with recent DFH offerings, but I'm really enjoying this one. Booze is nicely hidden, making this a pleasant sipper.

Apr 01, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Bert's
Crystal clear dark golden color with a smallish off white head. Spicy earthy character with bits of alcohol heat and flavor with a touch of vanilla and honey like maltiness. Its a bit too spicy for my tastes.

Mar 29, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: deep orange, with a tight white head
S: some fruit and yeast
T: fruit, honey, spices,
F: great mouthfeel
O: glad I tried it, not my favorite American made Tripel

Mar 18, 2016
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Jeff_Byrd from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 18, 2016
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MarvinSnyder from West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 20, 2016
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 22, 2016
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 21, 2016
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Skillz from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 07, 2016
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brauseboof from South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 10, 2016
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tmryan21 from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 20, 2016
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CHickman from New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold color with a lot of sediment and bubbles swirling around like a whirlpool that leads up to a 1 finger off white foamy head that was packed with popping bubbles as the head eased down and dissipated very slowly. The head left minimal spotty lacing as it went down.

Smells like a basic lager up front, giving way to sweet malt and cream soda accents like vanilla. Second whiff brought in wheat, slightly funky yeast, toasted grains, lemon zest, peppery spices and earthy/ grainy notes. A Belgian nose indeed, but it seems a little muted. No sign of the 9% ABV, which is a plus.

On to the taste, which mirrors the aroma with lager-like sweet malt up front, followed by cream soda and vanilla, then onto the Belgian elements including funky yeast, toasted grains, lemon zest, cracked wheat, peppery spices and earthy notes. I don't detect the orange peel listed, and there are some spices like allspice which I'll assume to be the green cardamom. Some tart green apple and fruity sweetness right before the finish, this is a sweet grainy treat.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, it slides down easy with only minor heat from the ABV. Mild carbonation and a sweet grainy finish that's on the dry side keep this enjoyable. Enough complexities still in this brew to keep my attention after at least 6 months (of my possession of it) in the bottle, I found this pretty tasty overall.

Nov 12, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.00] Very pretty golden color with some reddish tone. I got very little head on a cautious pour. I used a cautious pour, and only poured half initially, because there is a TON of "stuff" swirling at the bottom of the bottle. Lots of sediment. The bottle lists the ABV (9.0%) and the date info is black on black on the neck and using the Hubble I was able to read the born on date (02/16/16).

S: [3.00] Apples, slight caramel, mustiness.

T: [2.50] Belgian yeast. The clovey-banana-y nonsense that is Belgian.

M: [3.00] Medium body and carbonation. Long lingering banana finish.

O: [2.75] I drink this style so infrequently that I convince myself I will like it. I think my palate will mature. I am wrong. I straight up actively dislike all of the Belgian flavors. My review is not reflective of this beer in the style and should be trusted by no one except me.

May 24, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 16, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 13, 2016
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AMarkle6524 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 03, 2016
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orangebison from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, coppery amber into the Dogfish signature glass, with a 1/2" of head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is notably spicy - the cardamom comes through very strongly. Also some fruity, banana-like esters. Very little apparent booziness. More banana in the flavor, along with citrus and "green" pepper-y/vegetal characteristics. A grainy, doughy body with a malty-sweet middle and then prickly spice and a little bit of heat in the finish. Creamy smooth body with strong carbonation. A high-test beer that drinks easy - lighter than your average tripel in terms of heat and harshness - but that is still complex enough that it demands to be savored. Really nice. Also, here I must confess that I "paired" the beer with "Good night Songs," an album of lullabyes that my infant son likes at bedtime - maybe not what Sam and the Record Store Day folks had in mind.

Mar 14, 2016
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