SeaQuench Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

SeaQuench AleSeaQuench Ale
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Leipzig Gose
Ranked #329
Ranked #17,603
3.86 | pDev: 10.62%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Very Good
SeaQuench AleSeaQuench Ale
Notes: SeaQuench Ale is our session sour quencher made with lime peel, black lime and sea salt. It’s a citrusy-tart union of three German styles of beer blissfully brewed into one. We begin by brewing a straightforward Kolsch with lots of wheat and Munich Malt, then we brew a salty Gose with black limes, coriander and our sea salt. We follow it all up with a citrusy-tart Berlinerweiss made with lime juice and lime peel. All three beers are then blended together in the fermentation tank to create this German hybrid.
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a yellow color gose with a light foamy head with minimal retention and light lacing. Aroma of lime and salt notes is enticing. Taste is a mix of tart notes with some fresh lime juice notes as well as some balanced salty notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Enjoyable gose with good drinkability.

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Photo of JasonQKing
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For the low abv% this is worth a 6pack of from time to time just for the unique and outstanding flavor.

This is some of the tastiest beer around; SOUR and salty and yet smooth. Vibrant balance of lime. Leaves you constantly wanting another sip. Highly addictive but won't get you too buzzed. Daytime brew you can't go wrong with.

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Photo of faraday326
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

tldr. This is a _great_ "session sour", especially considering the price!

If you are trying to get into sours, you should work your way around various flemish sours and "wild" ales, first. Those beers tend to not have too many "additives" after the brewing process and end up being more pure/sour than seaquench... but, they also tend to be much more expensive.

The lime/salt additives really add to the lighter, "refreshing" sour taste of seaquench. It's not the perfect example of a proper sour but it's a great, inexpensive, sour for an afternoon. I love sours and _always_ keep some on hand for when the proper drinking begins!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting and tasty little ditty, typical of DFH. Not super outstanding for the genre but certainly worthy of trying, especially for sour fans. DFH still remains one of my favorite innovators in the world of beer.

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Photo of Storm_Rryder
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kinda new to sour beers, looking for one and found this one. Poor big head, It is very light, the taste is very subtle. It is kinda sour and there is indeed a hint of salt. It is refreshing for sure and low alcohol, will have a second one. I think for what it is trying to be, it is very good, just not sure that is what I was after.

Edit: Upgraded, this was just too easy to drink !

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Photo of Squire
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy light gold color with good cap and lacing.

Light aroma of lime touched with coriander.

Taste is a bit tart with salty lime providing a cover for the rather light underlying brew.

Light texture with balancing carbonation.

Light just seem to be a good all around word for this beer. The lime flavor is light, the texture is light, the tartness is light and the whole is lightly salted.

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Photo of DrBeergood
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light and crisp. Lime and salt on the palate. A good introduction to sour ale.

Excellent source of salt, in particular.

Dogfish Head may be off-centered, but they hit the nail on the head with this one.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

SeaQuench Ale by Dogfish Head 4.9% ABV 10 IBU
SOUR-Gose- Fruited

This is a combination of a Kölsch, a salty Gose, and a tart Berlinerweiss

Appearance: light gold (5 SRM), semi-hazy minimal head light lacing

Aroma: pale malt, ripe limes, citrus peel

Taste: salt, tart, lime peel hint of coriander

Mouthfeel: light, average carbonation

Aftertaste: salt lime dry

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/22/16; drank 9/5/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy pale yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy white head; which instantly dissipated; no lace.

Melon, lime, sea salt & faint dandelion notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Lemon & melon flavors up front; SUPER tart sea salt finish.

I like the gose genre, but this was too punishing on the finish.

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Photo of SB2017
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Its salt and lime make this beer at once oddly intense and underwhelmingly flavored. This would be perfect ice cold on a mid summer picnic, and while I'm enjoying it well enough it feels like its giving me a canker sore.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a tiny fizzy white head that fades almost instantly to leave just a trace of lace.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a sour lemon-lime smell that has a decent showing of a slightly musty wheat aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a tart green apple and lemon-lime sour taste that has a little bit of a grainy backbone. As the taste advances the sour lime gets stronger with the wheat seems to dwindle as some light sweetness of a tangerine flavor comes to the tongue. With a little bit of grapefruit coming to the taste at the end, one is left with a rather crisp and moderately sour, but refreshing taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is very light with a carbonation level that is quite high. For the mix of sour and tart the feel is very great and makes this a quite crushable brew.
Overall – I am traditionally not a huge sour fan, but this one I like. It is not over the top in sour, but has enough to satisfy the sour fan taste buds, all while being refreshing and very flavorful. This really is a great sour session brew!!

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice big head that dissolves quickly. Taste is a carbonated, salty, delicious sour that is tart but not overtly sour. Citrusy with a melon type flavor predominant. Excellent

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Photo of KRug
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the pour, it is a hazy gold color with about a finger and a half of a dense white head with good retention

Smell is big on lime and salt, with minor notes of apple, wheat, and lemon

The taste is quite tart on the front end, but not overwhelming, towards the middle the salinity comes through, but finishes with a crisp lime flavor

The feel is, as promised, extremely refreshing. Significant carbonation compliments the flavors of this brew, making the dry, crisp feel the best component of this beer

Overall, it lives up to the “refreshing” hype. It is not the most flavorful sour, but that’s not what it is trying to be. Its’ light, playful flavors will help it appeal to a large crowd of beer drinkers

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Photo of jettjon
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can into a pint glass, hazy yellow body capped by a huge pillowy white head that fades quickly leaving clumpy lacing. Not too much on the nose, just some bread and a bit of citrus. In the mouth, the taste really opens up with sour grapefruit/lime and just enough sweetness to keep it all drinkable. There even seems to be a hint or illusion or sea salt in there, so bravo at hitting the mark for “Sea Quench” flavor. Mouth is smooth, crisp, and bubbly. Overall, quite good, though not something I’d likely drink several of at once. I’d go as far as to call it a more sophisticated version of lawn mowing beer; maybe “yachting beer.” Sure.

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into standard pint glass. Canned 04/11/19.
Tiny bubble whitehead almost two fingers worth dissipated quickly. No lacing on my glass. Looks a bit like limeade crossed with a splash of orange. Ending up with very light yellowish tint. Also a distinct haze.

Citrus lime for sure, spice, pepper and some bread scents. A very inviting aroma. Even smells refreshing.

I am certainly a novice reviewing sours. Tart tingly on the tongue that overwhelms the first wave of flavor. A mild sour, salty lime flavor appears and fades to a smooth surprisingly dry clean finish.

Mouthfeel is delightful. Dances effortlessly across your palate. Tingly, tart, bubbly and satisfying with a non sticky finish.

I found this beer to be a great change up beer. Totally different from anything I have enjoyed. I very much recommend it even as a novice sour reviewer. Plus, it's a session.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First review in a few years...probably I'm a bit rusty at this, but why not give it a shot? Stovepipe can into a non-shaker Ommegang pint glass.

A: Pours a dullish hazy light straw with 1 1/2" dense white head that recedes quickly with little to no lacing.

S: Spicy citrus up front with a background of sweetish, doughy malt. Stronger-than-expected hits of black pepper and salt throughout.

T: Opens with a flabby, undefined, tart salinity that tries to mimic a lacto-sour without really having either the expected pucker or complexity. Mid palate seems to be mostly salinity, lime and lime rind. Finishes with a somewhat bland doughy note that leads to a sharper citric punch at the last second. Black pepper is present throughout, but (for me) does not significantly enhance the overall flavor.

M: Easily the best part of this brew. Simultaneously dense and refreshing - slightly slick with low-ish carb and a round, well-defined body. Any more carb and this beer is unbalanced, any less and it is syrup.

O: The salinity is a major plus, although any depth beyond it is a serious reach. This brew is deceptively straightforward, the feel especially implies complexity where there does not otherwise appear to be any. All the same, quite drinkable - a better offering than most among the more widely acquirable sours these days.

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Photo of mpavilion
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer; one of the most refreshing I’ve ever had! I’ve enjoyed quite a few cans in the past few months, since getting over my initial uncertainty and giving it a try. The salt & lime flavorings are bracing, but not overwhelming; and they perfectly complement the sour of the beer. (My mother-in-law loves it, as well.) Crack one open, drink it cold... great stuff.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single tall boy. Popping the top I get a salty orange waft. Pours to a bright orange with a big micro bubble head. Taste is sour orange up front with a salty middle and a semi-sour finish. A great breakfast beer on a hot day. Unique, tasty and restores electrolytes.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is officially Gose season again, even if it is currently thunderstorming outside. I have been saving this one for a while since it is available almost everywhere in our area. Big white head leaves no lace. Nose is wheaty with salt and sour yeast. About right.

Big hearty flavor here with plenty of citrus lime and round sourness and a clean finish. The wheat smooths out the texture, really letting the flavor complete its delivery. Refreshing and a solid effort from Dogfish Head

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Photo of Reef
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

19.2 oz. can dated April 15, 2019

A vigorous pour yields three fingers of white head with large and small bubbles. Head dissipates rapidly leaving no lacing. Light transparent cloudiness,
Prominent lemon-lime, lager yeast aromas
Sour lemon candy, light salt, light but discernible malt flavor
Light tartness, dry and refreshing, well suited to the 19 oz cans.

I had this many times before this review, always from the can, so I had no idea of the appearance or head until I poured this can into a pub glass. The idea of the three beer blend seems weird. I like all three styles and would like to try the base beers. The end product in this case is solid and I buy it all summer.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a lot of experience with this style, but I know when a beer nails feel/carbo which accentuates the flavors represented. One of my favorite summer go to brews. Pairs great with tequila. Slightly tart, yet malty enough, delicious lime perfectly dosed here. Just a nice full flavored lowish ABV brew

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Photo of Proteus93
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color, topped with a bubbly head--moderate retention, though it recedes to practically nothing within 5 minutes.

S + T: A modest lime scent on the nose, along with a touch of fruitiness. The flavour is similar--lime forward, though the salt adds some character, paired with an herbal note.

M + O: The zing of carbonation adds a refreshing feel, though the body has a little more weight than I might expect. Nonetheless, it's a nice, easy-going flavour--not out of control sour, and not trying to be.

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Photo of Dufus
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light and effervescent, pours bubbly, pale mango flavor, and the head goes away pretty quick. They describe it as a blend of 3 beers. I wish they had omitted the Kolsch, which seems to dilute the citrus and salt flavor, though I think it's what they had in mind, a light sour beer with a little subtlety to it. Contrast with Bell's Flamingo Fruit Fight, which pours looking like mango puree and has a very assertive sour flavor.

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Photo of DEREKsims
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this in a 19oz can to try. Must say I was excited cause dogfish head is one of my favorite breweries. Ok...

Looks like a hazy ale. Foggy amber in color. Very nice. Not much else to say about it.

Smells like what bud light like wished it was lol. No seriously. This is summer in a bottle. Or can. Whichever. Lime and salt for days. Very nice.

Taste like a prepackaged ale with a lime squeezed in and salted. I like.

Feels dry at the end. Like a crisp wine. But not bitter at all.

I very much recommend. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on flight at the Rehobeth pub on my birthday, 2017. I'm not a big fan of sour beers and this features a sour citrus taste. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more actually on the beach under the hot sun.

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