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SeaQuench Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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SeaQuench AleSeaQuench Ale

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Ratings: 693 |  Reviews: 177
Photo of Brandonvlansdown
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PSanger
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i think this is an excellent summer beer. Thin and flavorful. Tons of flavor especially lime. This is not my preferred style of beer but is obvious this is a quality sour beer.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Branlott42
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of lime, lime and more lime. Nice tart flavor with lime and some saltiness.

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Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drews240
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ReneeFalco
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HipCzech
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz can ("canned on 01/26/17") poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with a short lived head of white foam and little lace.

Smell: Cereal grains and lime zest.

Taste: Clean, bready, wheaty malt body with just a touch of sweetness and pleasant layers of lime. Rounded out by nice salty notes.

Mouthfeel: Light, silky smooth and refreshingly effervescent.

Overall: Very drinkable and refreshing. A bit muddled in style, but balanced overall and a nice sum of its parts.

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Photo of tedho21
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodlavers
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timothybarney
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: moderately-hazy, yellow-amber liquid... loose foam, maybe a finger tall... no lace, and the suds eventually all but disappear

S: smells like a gose - getting coriander straight away... quite malty... the combination of malt and spice comes across like a white, spiced cookie dusted in powdered sugar (sort of like Pfeffernüsse?)... certainly fruity on the edges, like a mix of yellow grapefruit and lemon... any funky/sour notes are quite mellow

T: unexpected intensity in flavor... up front, peppery-spicy at the back with quite vibrant, slightly-acidic lime flavor... the finish seems typical (familiar) gose - doughy wheat, citrusy coriander... lovely dense malt... citrus essence lingers... altogether mildly-tart, short of sour

F: fair bit of slick, oily viscosity throughout... light-medium bodied... the finish lifts and lightens a bit... slightly sticky in front of palate, almost a mild, tonic flush in the back

O: the background DFH offers on the beer is all creative and romantic-sounding, but in the end, this is a tasty, decidedly lime-forward gose with perhaps the malt flavor of a kolsch and the tang of a berlinerweisse... I could see grabbing this again - would be interested to try a tequila-barrel-aged version

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Photo of IronLover
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a tall, soapy, bright white foam with good retention. Medium wheat malt aroma with faint notes of lime. No hop aromas or fruit notes. Medium bodied with a light creaminess through the middle and medium light carbonation. Bready wheat malt flavor up front that immediately transitions to lime. Medium high tart and salty lime flavors through the middle. No hop flavors or bitterness. Lime flavors continue to the end with light wheat notes beneath. Finished dryly with a salty, crisp note and lingering lime flavor. Drank more like a fruit(lime) forward beer than a gose. Aromas were primarily wheat, tartness was not subtle, and flavors/aromas generally lacked complexity. Nevertheless, this would be refreshing on a hot summer day. Not your fathers lime-ade.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is salty, some limes. Taste is salt, limes, a bit of malts, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pinkish orange body whose fizzy white head is ephemeral at best and whose carbonation produces a sound like a jet engine warming up during the pour and continues to fizz well after it's settled in the glass. I'm considering auditory components a part of the appearance now. The sharp tang of lime and general citrus spritz hits the nose, followed by wheat. The flavor rounds things out: a quick jab of tartness in the lime theme and accentuated by the salt, moderate wet wheat in too noticeable an amount, moderate malty sweetness, and even some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg on the mid and late-palate. The body is light and fizzy, producing froth if guzzled too quickly but overall highly drinkable and refreshing.
Solid gose here. The tartness will push non-sour lovers' boundaries while satisfying sour-lovers' tastes, while providing authentic lime flavor and even some spices to boot. The major flaw was the prominent wheaty note, which didn't jive with anything else here. Overall this was a refreshing, tart, tasty brew.

*After reading the full description, I have more appreciation for everything going on here, what with the making of three different beers and blending and all (score remains the same). But it reminds me of My Bloody Valentine's guitarist going WAY out of the way to create a neat guitar effect that could have been done with a store-bought pedal. Why go through the trouble, I feel like this could have been done in one batch.

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SeaQuench Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 693 ratings
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