SeaQuench Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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SeaQuench AleSeaQuench Ale

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-16-2016

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Reviews by jjamadorphd:
Photo of jjamadorphd
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm glad I have more than one of these cause I needed to down a couple before I could even put down in words what this beer means to me...

Packaged in cans with a Sept 2017 date, I cracked them open to find they have very little foam and non-existent lacing, but the orange coloration I found very appealing and unique. Normally I like beers with head and lacing, but this orange-hued liquid got a pass on me, this one beer - this one time. The smell was light on the nose but still distinctive in its orange and lime flavored odors - sweet to the point that it, at first, reminded me of a wine cooler. After closer inspection, I noted some hops as a background scent. Mouthfeel was light and well carbonated with a dry finish, oh so dry, but not so that you couldn't still detect the citrusy taste to the beer. And speaking of the taste, this was probably the most accessible sour I have had to date - some "pucker power" but not overwhelming in the least. In fact, as the beer warmed, it vaguely reminded me of one of those sour candy balls. Again, reminding me of the overall uniqueness of this DFH offering. Nonetheless, though I was intrigued and it was most definitely out of the normal experience I have when trying a new brew, it still fell short to my particular likes. Not a bad beer, just not something I would seek out moving forward.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Judging by how quickly this dissolved into nothing, I am sure glass ware at this point has a minimal purpose.

Opaque dull lemon body, and a head that snaps and dissolves instantly. Soda like appearance with no collar, no head. Continuing soda pinhead bubbles keep coming up to provide a sense that this is a beer but barely. This looks dead on arival.

Aroma is big on dry grain. A huge sense of unbleached white flour just permeates everywhere. Mild sensing aromas of bile and vomit. Yikes, not even getting qualities of citrus on this at all… This is coming out like another DFH disaster creation written all over it since Theobrama.

Palate actually manages to save itself considerably. More of the dry grain aroma goes into a big deeper malt quality of dense dough and bread at least. Some light citrus tang on this that has a good amount of zesty flavors. Aftertaste is big on sticky dough and paste like globbing grains. Good quenching zesty aftertaste of limes and citrus oils that really compliment the malt thickness. Truly thick feeling rich citrus oil while staying away from soda and watery qualities

This has been one brew that has gone all over the place whose style just isn't really clear. Regardless that's what you expect from the mad man at DFH. Still, from first appearance, to first smell though, I was ready to pour this out let alone touch my lips. Much room for improvement here.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "SeaQuench Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 03/14/18 11:34" and sampled on 05/27/18
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is not my first SeaQuench Ale, I had one a while back while walking around on a hot sunny day. It really did the trick. Anyway, it's poured a hazy golden body beneath a two-finger thick head of big bubbled white foam. Unfortunately it seems to be dying away already. The aroma is unusual, salty I guess, perhaps a little briny. There's supposedly a lot of lime in here but I don't really get that, in fact, the malt is coming through more clearly than that. Let's see how much comes through in the flavor... well first I'm finding the salt, lots of it. The malt balances it though, straightforward golden-grainy, and lightly sweet. Then the lime starts to come out, and even more at the swallow. It's interestingly salty, acidic, and lightly sweet at the same time. I do wish it had some more lime in the aroma though. In the mouth it's medium bodied, perhaps surprisingly so as you might think it would be lighter as a "quench"-ing ale; and it's crisp but not as crisp as it was to begin with, which is odd because it does have some body to hold that carbonation in. Overall it's one of the better tart & salty beers I've tried. With a better aroma and a little more carbonation it could be a real winner.
Review# 6,033

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Photo of williamphelps
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Opaque pretty Orange-Amber color with Gold hues. Thin rim of bubbles with no head or lacing. 3.5

SMELL: Bright zesty lime with slight saltiness. Pleasant but simple. 3.75

TASTE: Super bright zesty lime and lemon front settles into peachy, orange, lime finish that is clean and bright unlike beery flatness of Odd13 Duraznodor I had yesterday. Clean though pithy zestiness lingers somewhat unpleasantly. 4.0

FEEL: Tingling on palate is intense and beginning and continues into finish. Acidity pinches back of jaw. 4.0

OVERALL: Easy drinking, flavorful, but chugable Gose that other than the unpleasant lingering zesty tannin is exactly what I am looking for in a Gose. Fuller and more intense in flavor than the El Gose by Avery. 4.0

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Photo of sfsean28
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked it alot especially after hot afternoon. I had several servings from the Dogfish Head brew pub in Rehoboth Beach. The beer was fresh and a wee bit salty. The sour lime and tartness are the reasons I liked it so much. Its light but has a medium body. My lawn mower beer for the summer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Happy CANtinuing Fourth of CANuly! I have veered off-course from the Eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody for a wee bit in order to get The CANQuest (tm) back on track, even if for just one day.

From the CAN: "Blissfully brewed with lime juice, lime peel, black limes & sea salt."

You know things CAN't be bad when the Crack! of a CAN leads to an inverted Glug! I watched in fascination as the foamy head rushed up to form two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, off-white head with limited retention. Color was a hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was lively & zesty with scents of lime & sea salt. Take it from a retired USN sailor - once you get the scent of sea salt in your nostrils, you never forget it! Gad, I miss being underway. Mouthfeel was thin, watery, oh well. Taste was lip-smackingly tart with loads of lime & salt in evidence. Phew! Finish was bone-dry. Dry as the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara. Loads of lime with an unquenchable saltiness.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Whitish dirty gold, very cloudy. Moderate head in the tulip glass. Typical spots for lace and for the style.

Light sourness to the nose. In the background a touch of berry with a pinch of salt (I may be anticipating the salt).

Sour, but not too much. The berry sweetness comes through initially but fades quickly. I'm reminded of small tart oranges. The mouthfeel leans rich but with an elevated effervescence. The finish is more of the same, like the aftermath of lemonade.

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Photo of JayQue
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little different type Gose, but still a good summer thirst quencher. Pours into a Weizen glass, a light hazy straw gold color. Smallish white bubbly head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma is salt, lime and wheat beer. fairly pronounced. Taste is pretty much of a hybrid but there are enough Gose elements to call it a Gose. Mild Hefeweizen type taste up front with plenty of salt (traditional Gose stuff) Some Gose-like wheat bitterness too. Then the lime and the sourness kick in. A definite citrus and sour presence but not overwhelming enough to completely overshadow the Gose-like nature of the beer. Mouthfeel is crisp with some extra pucker factor not found in most Gose. Overall an interesting and refreshing summer drink.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/22/2016. Pours hazy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, pear, green apple, white grape, citrus peel, coriander, sea salt, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, fruit/spice, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, pear, green apple, white grape, citrus peel, coriander, sea salt, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderately tart/sour finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, pear, green apple, white grape, citrus peel, coriander, sea salt, wheat, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, fruit/spice, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from acidity. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately acidic, and lightly creamy/grainy/saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a great gose style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, fruit/spice, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Buck89
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank out of the can at the pool. Perfect beer to drink while wet in the sun. Faint lime and wheat on the nose. Moderately sour with a nice blend of lime, lemon, and wheat. There was enough salt to notice, and mix with the fruit. A clean and dry finish. Medium bodied and a bit heavier than others I've had. Very nice!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


A: Light fruitiness, moderate limes, tart, with some bready notes and light saltiness.

A: Deep straw color, hazy almost opaque, with a frothy, mostly uniform head that has solid retention.

T: Lots of lime (juice, zest, rind bitterness) with a bready presence, citrusy/grassy, with moderate lingering tartness, with noticeable salty finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation.

O: Alright; the beer has a lot going on (almost too much) and there is so much lime presence that it almost overpowers the other aspects of the beer. However, the beer is definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Chesapeake & Maine in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

Pale yellow body with a small white collar. Aromas of lemon peel, salt, tart citrus. Drinks like a gose, though it's listed as a blended session sour ale. Fun thirst quencher.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; pale gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: lime and salt;

T: lime is predominant all the way to the finish, when salt comes in; the salt builds through the aftertaste; very mild bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated - effervescent; lightly dry finish;

O: the lime and salt come through nicely;

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
1.18/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Look... I love DFH, and I like goses, but this is terrible.
Probably - no definitely - the worst offering from DFH.

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, mineralic smell. Smells like puke to be honest... off to a bad start... uh oh what did I just buy a six pack of....

Taste: Absolutely terrible. Tastes like a skunked Corona with a lime wedge stuck in the neck of the bottle. Imagine a green jolly rancher flavor. Almost like 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. Like sucking on a lime. Body is light with low carbonation.

I had high hopes for this but I was let down. Usually DFH is on point - unfortunately they botched this one pretty hard. 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.

After painstakingly powering through the entire six pack (I don't drain pour) I can firmly attest to the fact that this is absolutely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the worst thing DFH has ever decided to put in a bottle.

No offense to the boys down at DFH, I love you all, but you gotta go back to the drawing board on this here one.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first time trying a beer of this style and I have to say its not too bad. You have to have a refined palette to enjoy something like this. I think it could use a little more German wheat backbone but its alright. Its sessionable and easy to drink. You taste a nice tartness of lime, you can taste the salt, and a little wheat in there too. I guess the best way to describe this beer for someone who hasn't had anything like this is imagine a Corona with a lime inside of it... and it actually tastes good. I know that can be hard to imagine since Corona is probably the worst beer ever created but this is what a Corona wish it could be like. Corona is so bad that the only way you can drink it is by putting a lime inside of it. This beer has all of the components and it actually tastes good.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of markallmon
2.22/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love sours, but this didn't have the flavor I look for in a good sour. Was more bitter and very salty. Tastes more like a margarita but not in a good way.

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Photo of mglenn
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear gold color with a small white head.
Tangy citrus aroma.
Tart. Lime mostly, maybe a little lemon. A hint of salt.
Pleasantly tart and tangy. Light-bodied.

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Photo of heddar33
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TTripp725
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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SeaQuench Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 900 ratings