Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #123
Ranked #23,274
3.73 | pDev: 17.69%
Mar 25, 2022
Feb 05, 2005
Notes: An ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries (over a ton of 'em!). Fort has a Belgian-style base, then we follow a similar fermentation process to the one we use on our other super-high ABV beers, 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout.

49 IBU
ABV varies from 15-18%.
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3.25 by mpenske from California on Mar 25, 2022
3.3 by tuka from New York on Jan 05, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Reviewing a 10/24/15 or a 5 1/2 year old bottle here that I got on closeout sale.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a tiny head and little lacing.

Smells of booze and tart fermented sweet fruit. It is like hard cider smells.

Tastes of tart and slightly sour raspberries, plums and cherries. It is sweet with a slightly bitter and very boozy finish.

Medium heavy body with a slight prickly carbonation. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This is a complex and powerful sipping brew.

Jun 25, 2021
3.23 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on May 04, 2021
4.14 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 10/24/15, just about 5 years on this thing. Better days when this was bottled

So another huge, over the top DFH brew? I’m all in. But then again, I’m always all in for these guys

Pours a murky brown with tons of particulate floating about and a finger of off white head that reduces to a ring. No lacing but leaves legs

Despite 5 years of age, the raspberries still smell very fresh and jammy here. The berry notes are carried by sweet, heavy molasses and brown sugar

This thing is decadent but not overly complex in taste. To start things off, we get slight alcohol and malt with lightly tart raspberries. After the swallow, the alcohol heat comes through with fruity esters. The tartness subsides to bring just pure raspberry flavor

Medium full bodied with very mild carbonation leads this to drink like a dessert. Finishes mostly dry, just coating the mouth. Does not at all feel like 18%

This one was definitely big and rich, I was just wishing it was a little more tart. I found the fruit full fort a while back and set it down in the cellar for a special day, hopefully for an engagement or wedding. I’m glad I tried this and that I have the other variant, but maybe this wasn’t worth $10 a bottle

Jun 25, 2020
3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Apr 23, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SHODriver from North Carolina

Bottle date is hard to read but I think it's from 2015ish

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep reddish brown topped by a dense finger of off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S; Smells of raspberries and alcohol with a little bit of spice
T: Taste is tons of raspberries and a hint of spice. Alcohol is also apparent but builds slowly. Slight toasted malts and a hint of honey sweetness but mostly fruit on this one. On the swallow there's a lot of raspberries, alcohol, spice, and lingering hints of toasted malts.
M: This beer is fairly full bodied with a syrupy feel on the palate from all the fruit and sugars. Carbonation is slightly effervescent but it isn't over the top while the beer has a drying finish due to the high ABV.
O: Overall this beer is much better with time. Fresh the alcohol is way too hot but after some time it does mellow out well and allow all the raspberry influence to shine. Not much in the way of complexity but they set out to make the highest ABV fruit beer they could. Sort of worth a try if you want to tick it or want to try a high octane fruit beer.

Oct 22, 2019
4.43 by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania on Sep 10, 2019
3.61 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jun 14, 2019
3.5 by Eychung from New York on Jun 05, 2019
2.99 by probert from New York on Apr 06, 2019
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3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 10/23/15; drank 12/6/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque ruby red appearance.

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

Tart raspberry, sweet strawberry, honeyed grain & booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Syrup-y raspberry & strawberry flavors up front; strong booze heat notes on the finish.

A cloying, boozy mess; not worth even trying fresh. I've tasted what a beauty this can become, but 2 months in it's a drainpour.

Mar 25, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by micada from New York

OMG! 10/23/15 bottling date. Raspberries dominate the nose on opening. Poured cellar temp to a tulip glass. Copper-red color with no head, some lacing. First sips are super sweet raspberry with a back-end of Belgian funk. 3.5 years did really good things to this. 3 more on the shelf. ABV nowhere to be found, but I know it’ll show up later. Slight warming. Just wow! IIRC, fresh was more heavily funk flavor with a bitterness that was not appealing. The cellaring made a huge difference. There is a fair amount of sediment which is either the raspberry purée or yeast, but the beer is so thick now that the particles stay suspended all the way through. I’ll be trying to find more old bottles, and I think I should get some of the fruit-full to cellar.

Mar 17, 2019
3.73 by shelby415 from Oregon on Mar 10, 2019
3.31 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2019
3.52 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania on Jan 13, 2019
4 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas on Dec 25, 2018
3.75 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Dec 08, 2018
4.2 by bafcats from Pennsylvania on Dec 04, 2018
4.5 by John1228 from Delaware on Jul 31, 2018
4.21 by cd34 from Illinois on Mar 12, 2018
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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

2015 vintage tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on February 20, 2018. Ale brewed with raspberry juice. Fermented with over a ton of raspberries this raspberry Belgian style ale was made to age.

Feb 22, 2018
3.9 by Vandelay1863 from Florida on Jan 29, 2018
3.82 by atlandy from Georgia on Dec 22, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Jonathan6 from Massachusetts

Pretty damn good

Dec 07, 2017
2.05 by Bajdog from Maryland on Nov 29, 2017
4.26 by DMC43 from Connecticut on Nov 29, 2017
4.3 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Oct 26, 2017
3.5 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Oct 22, 2017
4.2 by razorsdescent from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the older small battle, it pours a reddish amber with virtually no head. The nose gets alcohol and some raspberries. The mouth gets the same, with the boozy raspberry flavor filling the mouth! An aperitif!

Sep 25, 2017
4.5 by archero from Texas on Sep 23, 2017
4 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on Sep 07, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BeerDawgs from Georgia

A 12oz can with a bottled on date of 10.2015

L - Cloudy amber brown, with no head or lacing left on the glass

S - Belgian candy sugar, booze. Cotton candy

T - Like the smell, very sweet, very boozy! Almost an instant buzz!

F - Medium body and carbonation.

O - An excellent slow sipper. Enjoy one, yes just one!

Aug 15, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 10/24/15, so closing in on 22 months old. 18.0abv

a fairly aggressive pour yields a clear dark amber body with a ton of suspended particles. (yes, clear, but floaties) small off white head leaving a trace of lacing.

aroma is very nice indeed. tart raspberry smell, with a decent but not overpowering booze hit. thought about waiting for the particles to descend, but they were suspended, so......

taste. Oh wow. smooth raspberry flavor with the warmth of the alcohol behind it. wonderful combination. i would imagine this one benefits greatly from aging. Fresh it would likely be an alcohol bomb.

a little below full on the mouth, sweet/tart raspberries on the finish with a little bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall, aside from the suspended particles, at 22 months this is one hell of a beer. Thanks Dogfish Head, sorry i only picked up the one bottle.

Aug 06, 2017
2.56 by khoff5 from Connecticut on Jul 27, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by drocpsu from New Hampshire

2015 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Based on the other reviews that this beer was a bit hot, I let it sit for a while. Decided it was finally time to open it up. Beer poured with a nice 3/4" head and a luscious aroma of raspberries. Taste had a bit of heat but definitely did not seem overpowering to me. Raspberries really shine through in this one. Fruity-Sweet, but balanced the touch of boozy heat wonderfully. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but honestly, I loved it. Thought it was fantastic. However, I do love raspberries though, so it was right up my alley.

Jul 14, 2017
3.71 by BamfBacon from Ohio on Jul 12, 2017
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by krome from Illinois

This one aged a couple years (I had a taate of a fresh one too). It definitely mellows quite nicely with age. It is still a little boozy, but the raspberry character has become more prominent

Jul 12, 2017
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