SeaQuench Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
467 Ratings
SeaQuench AleSeaQuench Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
467
Reviews:
113
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
107
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by mike22ne:
Photo of mike22ne
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can.

Looks a slightly hazy yellow gold. A bit of white head on the pour then fades completely.
Smells nice and refreshing, lime and somewhat briney tart yeast aromas.
Taste is similar to the nose, getting a good mix of lime juice and bitter citrus rind and some subtle herbal or spicy notes. Bright and tart sourness, pretty well balanced.
Feels nice, sour but pretty crisp and refreshing. A little bit of slick oils linger in the end.

Overall, very tasty, refreshing beer that I'm happy to drink more of.
I really can't tell the difference between using regular limes and using "black limes" as advertised on the can, but I don't mind.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of smakawhat
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
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 JayQue
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BloodSoakedAleMug
1.18/5  rDev -68.9%
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 +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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 -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TTripp725
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generallee
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Not particularly a Gose, a bit of a hybrid of a few styles. Crackle of the head shows a lacing dissapating fast, mildly hazed dull golden yellow hue. Smells of lime zest, a mild sour note from the black limes, and a touch of breadiness. Really love the depth of the lime flavor, the lime peel and the black limes play off of the palate well with some maltiness in the background to keep the tartness in check. Modest hopping, clean for the most part, and a slight salty tone middle to end shows there is lot going on in this brew. Very refreshing not only from the crispness but the sour / salted tone as well.

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Photo of ledouge
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold in color with a hazy complexion and effervescent carbonation. There's fingernail of dishwater white resting on top. I smell a healthy dose of sea salt and some tart lime and a trace of lactic acid. The taste is strongly sea salt forward, with lactic acid in the back of the palate along with some tart lime flavor. The mouth has a fair amount of depth and a touch of grittiness from all of the salt and lactic acid.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy straw with fast rising bubbles under a 1/2" quickly dissipating white foam collar

S: Layers of lime rise from the glass as it fills. There are three or four distinct lime aromas - juice, peel, and a couple of other suspects. It also has some tart and saltine smells.

T: The palate is lime, lime, lime - at least three different kinds - limeade, key lime pie and straight lime with the black lime in the background broadening the limeness out a bit. SeaQuench is mildly tart and salted.

F: The body is light to medium light and the carbonation is medium high.

O: This is surprisingly very drinkable beer that retains enough beer character and does not taste like some over sweetened fruity malt beverage designed for non-beer drinkers.

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Photo of DrKarl
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adamross23
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a March 2017 canning date.
Not attractive looking hazy body with a short lived head.
Mildly tart aroma with a relatively strong bread malt. A moderately-high tart flavor. Hints of soft, ripe pitted fruits and limes. Salty.
Smooth body with low carbonation.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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SeaQuench Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 467 ratings.
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