SeaQuench Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

SeaQuench AleSeaQuench Ale
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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #504
Ranked #21,003
3.86 | pDev: 10.88%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
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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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Jeez from Massachusetts

2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I didn't know until I read SeaQuench's description that it was a blend of three German-style beers. I would like to know which one is holding it back. Looks fine, hazy gold with a medium head. On that note, does a beer's look really deduct points for any of you reviewers out there? It smells half like lime and half like lactic acid. It wouldn't be unreasonable to expect a chemical burn from ingesting it. Humans are instinctively driven to avoid this smell. It tastes significantly better: aggressive sour lime with a touch of salt and a sweet finish. It's actually not too bad. This is what I imagine a lime Jolly Rancher would taste like. This beer is definitely niche, into which only a corner of me can fit. I have little (actually zero) experience with any of the three styles this beer incorporates, so I cannot compare it to anything else. I will remember this one for sure, but not for all the right reasons.

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md3kcn from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as a tall boy from my nearest Marathon for $1.99. Poured into a tulip glass.

L - Slightly hazy orange blossom with a two-finger ivory head. Laces well.
S - Musk, lime, and hay. Sour note is present.
T - A very sour lime takes the limelight here (pun 100% intended). An almost Berliner-type taste is throughout the experience, and finishes with sea salt flake.
F - Frothy, smooth, tart, and lightly carbonated. Almost like someone shook an egg white in the can.
O - If there was a beer to compliment third-wave ska being blasted through a boombox you got for $10 at Goodwill, this would be it. A perfect late-spring/early-summer brew. As refreshing as it is tasty. It doesn't need a complex flavor, but the flavors it brings to the table are perfectly synchronized. This beer feels unique in the mouth, and I love it. It's like a shaken whiskey sour vibe. So long as my nearest Marathon supplies these tall boys, I will continue buying these things throughout the summer.

May 25, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is an indeed a interesting beer. Originally brewed alongside the National Aquarium in Baltimore, DFH's Sea Quench Ale is no longer branded as a gose but a 'session sour' in 2021 - I will say though the gose description still fits as this is one of those 50/50 type of brews that fits multiple categories of styles, as noted on DFH's website.

A bit of a malty scent, light lime notes and a bit of a berliner coming through on the scent. Hue is of a kolch, malty and unfiltered as expected, but enough that in the right angle you can still see through it. A nice lacing sits a-top and makes for a nice overall appearance.

The taste is a beautiful homage to everything great about craft beer. You get a beautiful rich malt note, a delightful berliner sour in the rears and the lime is omnipresent throughout the presentation. The spice notes are there, but accompany the black lime and sea salt. The sour strain, as expected, lingers mostly on top of everything and the finish is sweet with a refreshing bite.

As far as sours go, this one is a bit of a oddity within the styles as so many more do a much better job at being approachable. It is not that this isn't enjoyable, it is just very unique and different that I cannot

May 23, 2021
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GoseGuy from New Mexico

4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The sequencing here makes for a enjoyable experience. The kolsch calms down the sour and the gose to a more approachable level. So, if you're not big on those styles, this is a good intro.

Pours medium straw. 1 finger head, good retention.

Very nicely balanced between the lime and the salt, but also with the malt.

Good stuff.

May 22, 2021
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akaizer from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can. Pour had a >1" dense and floofy off-white foam head that gradually decompressed revealing a pale golden straw body. The scent matches the name as sour lime and hints of sea salt waft up. Taste has a nice sapid tartness from the lime and sea salt flavoring almost provides a margarita like counterbalance. Feel is on the lighter side of medium with an aftertaste of lime-y tartness. All around an enjoyable offering that should be approachable even for those who are less thrilled by sours.

May 14, 2021
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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a 1/4th inch white head. Smells of lime. Assertive taste. Tart, but more “beer-y” than other fruited sours. Mouthfeel is not as thin as expected for the ABV.

Apr 17, 2021
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow straw, creamy white head. Nose is fresh lime and sea salt...just like the can says. Flavor follows perfectly in line. Juicy lime character up front, sea salt comes on without killing everything, which is nice. Crisp finish, mild lime zest aftertaste & moderate carbonation make this quite easy to drink. Much more palatable than most of the other sours I’ve had.

Mar 21, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

1.15/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Look: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a frothy three finger head that fizzles away quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Aroma is of apple cider vinegar, lime juice, lemon, and a weird, salty, mineral smell. Smells like puke to be honest... off to a bad start...

Taste: Absolutely terrible. Imagine a sickeningly sour/sweet green jolly rancher flavor. This is like cheap sour mix for margaritas. Vinegary and overtly sour and astringent. Not much salt or wheat flavor to complement. A piss poor example of a gose.

Feel: Sour, like carbonated vinegar. Body is light with low carbonation.

Overall: It's a shame so much effort and time went into brewing three separate beers - that were pretty much defiled and raped, left to rot in the gutter- when they were blended together to concoct this abomination.

Unfortunately it's just as bad as when I first had it in 2016. There is just waay too much sour lime flavor going on here. This is barely even passable as beer. This is absolutely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the worst thing DFH has ever decided to put in a bottle. Who is this for? Who would drink this crap? No really. Who the hell wants to drink this stuff? Also I have to poke fun at the fact they're calling this a "session beer". Yeah after two of these, you'd probably burn a hole in your stomach.

Jan 25, 2021
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 19.2 oz can into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a pure yellow color, cloudy, with a fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly.

S: Citrus smell obviously, with dominant notes of lemon and lime peel. Some crackery malt for balance. A bit of lime juice in there with a long whiff. This is somewhat like Corona with lime in the bottle.

T: Much stronger taste with a heavy citrus character throughout. Nice malt backbone all the way though which is surprising. This has a lot of notes of a good refreshing pale lager, but with an added kick of citrus for extra summer refreshment. Finishes with a big hit of sour lemon juice and lime peel. Very balanced and not so much of a sour beer but a traditional beer with sour characteristics.

Overall: I will definitely get this again over the summer. In the middle of winter it is a nice change of pace but probably not as enjoyable as a vacation kind of beer. Weird because the aroma and the taste are so out of whack. Not sure I'd put this in the same category as other sours - viewed as such is is a bit misleading, but overall it is very enjoyable and I'm looking forward to drinking it again.

Jan 24, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

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

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Hazy golden color. About a finger's worth of head, and some retention and lacing.

Aroma: subtle, kinda smells likes the sea with the sea salt. Notes of lime juice, lime zest, grain, hay, coriander, and overall smells grassy and floral.

Really tasting the lime juice and salt, delicious. This is combined with a mainly grainy and malty body, which altogether has a nice backbone, is a little tart and sour. The body feel is about medium-light.

Jan 15, 2021
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OakLawnBill from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can dated 10/26/20 into nonic pint glass. Hazy golden color, with a thin head. A light lime aroma. Light mouthfeel. Excellent taste that finishes tart and dry. It is described as a session ale and that is what it is. A great beer to drink more than one in a sitting. 4.9% alcohol. My current go to beer. Would love to find it on tap.

Dec 19, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Stamped canning date is '06/25/20'.
Cloudy, dirty gold colored body. Initial pour resulted in a fizzy, half a finger white head, which works itself down to a partial cap and active surface. Leaves behind a few spots and short strings of lacing.
Aroma is lemon/lime, with a little malt and the essence of salt.
Taste does express the kolsch malt, the salt of the gose and the tartness of the Berliner Weiss. Lots of lime with a little lemon. The salt brings all to a quick end, and asks for another sip.
Mouth feel is very effervescent and fizzy. Very good carboanation.
The beer does the job of refreshment, and offers a refreshing tart taste along the way. All well balanced.

Nov 21, 2020
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Bear1964 from Nebraska

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Pint glass showed off the beautiful white cloud like fluffy head, the aroma was mild at first but slowly gave citrusy lime notes. Taste was mild at first as well but soon exploded with tart lime and great salty background flavors, a good sipper but crushable for sure when craving a Sour- Gose...I’d grab a six pack anytime.

Nov 17, 2020
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brodyonthecorner from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, lacy thick head

Smell is subtle, i get a bit of funkiness, some malt

Taste is initially funky, with lime shining through and a salty, dry finish. Some maltiness as well. Very refreshing and not too thin.

Very good, refreshing sour. nothing mind-blowing but very solid.

Oct 28, 2020
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BWED from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into tumbler.

A- Hazy straw in color, showing lots of effervescence. Head is foamy and white off the bad, but dies quickly, as most goses do.
S- Citrusy, lime, but with a grainy malt backbone. Very mild salinity, evoking a bit of margarita vibes.
T- Tangy sweet citrus, lingers in the corner of the mouth, but with enough of a grain bill to still remind you you're drinking a beer.
M- Nice and light, refreshing. Tangy bite with a bit of a dry finish ( from salt?)
O- Good summer, beach drinker. In case you don't want to get wrecked on margs, or a good one to give to someone who isn't a huge fan of beer.

Oct 26, 2020
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lightly hazed, bright yellow, slim white head.

In the nose: funky, wild, spicy. Tart. Vegetal, fruity. Lotta lime.

In the mouth: Starts tart and very refreshing. Lime flavors take command, and there's nothing going on butt the tart and the sour. Bright and citrusy. And the salt, tons of salt. Lightish bodied, low bitterness, lean malt body. And oh, so refreshingly sour.

I like it. This is a great one for summer, of course. But, not for me, I need to switch it up for something hoppier, something beer-ier. But, by all means, you go right ahead. Drink it up.

Oct 17, 2020
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FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice sour that is mixed with a slight lime that compliments it. What you are expecting from a sour / gose with a bit of a nice bite from the salt (that also means, don't bother if you don't like sour beer).

Aug 16, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a muffin top taster pint; canned 06/15/20.
A: Pours a hazy, straw to golden color with substantial, visible clearing at first, leaving a one to two finger, white head, above average retention, but essentially no lacing.
S: Grassy and grainy up front with strong sea salt, lime, overripe wet hay (not unpleasantly so) and maybe some black pepper.
T: Dry and tart. Flavors of lime, sea salt, grains (more wheat than barley), and wet hay funk go well together. Bitterness I would interpret as pepper and in the background.
M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
O: A light, but perhaps not quite refreshing, interpretation of the Gose style. Heard about it on Steal this Beer: certainly well made and interesting, would probably still look to Citrus Jammer as an available go to.

Aug 13, 2020
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lately I've been branching out and into this style .... Low-ABV sours ... This is one of the better ones for sure .... Easy to drink and thirst quenching! I like!

Jul 05, 2020
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John123will from Indiana

3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- White head that dissipated quickly. Pale yellow and slightly translucent but opaque (might be some chill haze going on)

S- Not a strong scent overall. A little graininess, lime/citrus, and a lacto sour smell present in most sour beers.

F- Good level of carbonation and light bodied. Slightly astringent.

T- Decent tartness to it at the start followed by lime/pepper. Finishes with some grain and a little astringency.

O- Decent sour and a good amount of tartness that can be appealing. The tartness is most likely caused by lactic acid since I normally get heartburn when drinking this beer.

Jul 03, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

19.2 oz gas station can. Airy white head, thinned to a ring after a few seconds, very minor lacing. Hazy, golden yellow. Biggest hit on the nose and palate is lemon-lime Gatorade with a salty bite. Very slight yeasty bread on the finish. Carbonation is moderate, mouthfeel surprisingly rich. Will definitely revisit on a hot day.

Jul 02, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

19oz can served in a nonic glass. Canned on 05/13/20.

Look- Slightly hazy golden color. Modest little white head that recedes quickly to a thin ring of foam, light lacing. Moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Citrus (lemon/lime and orange), a bit of coriander, bready malt, grassy/floral notes.

Taste- Much like the nose, citrus and other light fruity notes, bready malt, tangy with a light saltiness.

Feel- Very llight bodied, crisp and tart, easy to gulp. Medium/heavy carbonation on the tongue.

O- Definitely an interesting offering, I don't think this could be an everyday drinker but it was nice on a 80+ degree day.

Jun 23, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

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

Bought a 6-pack cans $10.29 Tamuras
51 days old
Smell of lime
Hazy golden amber tinged color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Strong sour taste, lime
Overall not for me. It does say sour, but too sour for me.

Jun 10, 2020
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flagmantho from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip. Canned 11/12/19, though I don't expect the age to hurt a gose too bad.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam atop. The head doesn't have great retention, but it really looks nice when first poured.

Smell: mild gose funk with a little bit of lime character coming through. It's not too bad.

Taste: a lot more lime in the flavor than in the aroma. There's plenty of wheaty character here, and the sourness is light and balanced. The saltiness doesn't pop out as such, but it's probably adding to the general feeling of "balance" here. I think it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a biggish carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess.

Overall: this is definitely a refreshing quaff. I could easily see myself downing a few of these at the beach.

Jun 09, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can about 2 months old

Looks great, very cloudy with a cap of foam. Smells... interesting, that's my best attempt at a description. Tastes like salt and lime and sour.

But seriously, it has a depth of flavor that arises from the blend of three different styles, while still remaining very drinkable. Great

Jun 01, 2020
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