SeaQuench Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Leipzig Gose
Ranked #330
Ranked #16,188
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.
Reviews: 251 | Ratings: 1,023
Photo of egrandfield
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ok Gose, glad Dogfish Head has a line. Not my go-to Gose (favorite summer beer), but definitely worth a drink if nothing else is available in that style

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Parmesan
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly hazy yellow lemonade color with very little head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Sea salt and lime are forefront with a bit of orange, mixed with a pungent floral hop and a strong note of sourness.

T: Strong sea salt and lime mixed a slight bit of orange, underneath is a nice floral hop.

F: Light body and smooth carbonation.

O: This is a very nice warm weather beer.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pour a semi cloudy golden yellow. the head is white with excellent retention and decent lacing. The carbonation is phenomenal. It looks extremely inviting and tempting.
The nose is of sour lime, a slight honey note, and some wheat.
Lots of lime in the taste and a bit salty. Interesting to say the least. A little one dimensional but its very refreshing.
Clean, crisp, and very bubbly. Great carbonation.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 19.2 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned on" date 10-24-17.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, golden color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, very little lacing on the glass, highly carbonated.

SMELL: sweet sugar, bread and lime tartness,

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and very tart, makes me pucker, then bread, lime citrus and salt, the salt is not overdone but it's there.

PALATE: light body and highly carbonated and crisp.

OVERALL: this is a fun beer, I enjoyed it , would be perfect for a day at the beach/pool or on the Fourth of July, I would recommend to anyone who likes to enjoy beer in the summer.

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Photo of Damilton5
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. Drinks like heaven— hard-hitting acidity from the lime with a salty finish. It tastes like the beach, or like what anyone whoever ordered a lime with their Corona wished they were actually drinking. The three-beer combination process makes for a smooth sour that is probably earned my beer-of-the-summer this year.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll preface this by saying i perhaps (stupidly) picked up an older 6 pack of cans. Canned on date of 12/22/17. Pours extremely fizzy, almost like a soda. Then the head dissipates very rapidly to nothing. Light to moderate carbonation after it settled. Hazy muted gold appearance. Smells like a sour beer, some lime, but not too much else on the nose. Taste hits up front like a sour should but then fades away. Lime, some salty like tartness. Not a bad beer but there are much better examples.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: April 27, 2018... OCCASION: Draft Day, Rounds 2 and 3--three more picks for the Browns, hoping to build for the future... pours a murky, tangerine-tinged body with a blizzard of bubbles that feed a short-lived, sizzling white head... bright, brisk punch of lime, lemon, sea salt before a soft acquiescence... pleasant floral suggestions with some cracker-like maltiness... what this beer lacks in its aroma or appearance is made up for in its mouthfeel--a tart, salty, medium-bodied beer that defies a genre... warming and substantial on the tongue, though this is, no doubt, a truly juicy, drinkable breath of fresh air... the lime and vivacity of bubble suggests Sprite, but the maltiness makes for a backbone that balances this just enough to make the aftertaste linger through its finality... sour and tart, with lemon, ginger and wheat... greater than the sum of its parts, this is refreshing and the right combination of flavorful and monolithic...

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

Sampled from a stemless wine glass. Hazy, translucent dark yellow color, with a pinkish-orange highlight and a one-finger white head that settled rather quickly without a trace. This has a pretty big malt presence for the style. Nice body, slightly sweet, with notes of lime and tart apple and a touch of salinity. Pleasantly sour without being overpowering at all. Finish is very dry and a bit astringent, with a little bitterness coming through. Overall, this is an excellent beer and makes a great pairing with lighter fare.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yet still crystal golden color, with a firm white head of 1/2 finger.

Tart aromas - shock tarts, white bread, sharp lemon and lime and citrus.

Flavors of lime and pie crust, sea salt, shock tart, black lime, limoncello, hay.

Feel is crisp but not clean, kinda starchy but not overly so. Puckering finish.

Overall a pretty decent sour but nothing mind blowing. It's a beer. Yep.

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Photo of markallmon
2.22/5  rDev -42.5%
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 Sable
2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh, Dogfish Head, what have you done? Sea Quench takes two strong flavors and pairs them. First we have lime. And lime peel. And black limes, which are just a more exotic version of, yes, that's correct limes. What they all bring to the table is a sour bitterness. So that's basically what this is. A sour, bitter session ale. And what does a sour, bitter session ale need more than anything? Yes, salt. That's where the sea comes into this equation. Salt. Lots of salt. Not like that tiny touch of salt that makes hot chocolate palatable. This tastes of a Dead Sea's with of salt. Not only is it the entire backtaste, but it lingers. A lot. You know, this is reminding me of something ... That's it! It's beer Gatorade! Maybe it would taste better if I were all hot and sweaty. Maybe it doesn't taste good when you don't need it? All I can say is I'm glad it came in this little bitty can rather than a pint bottle.

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Photo of ItsBrandiAnn
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light & Golden, so good for Spring on the balcony with friends. At first taste it wasn't my favorite, I'm obsessed with sours so I think how light it was wasn't impressing at first. But on a warm day its light drinking doesn't make you feel full and 3 sips in your hooked. It's such a good session beer. Tart & fresh :)

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Emil's Tavern on March 16, 2018. SeaQuench Ale is a session sour mash-up of a crisp Kolsch, a salty Gose and a tart Berliner Weiss brewed in sequence with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt.

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy golden pour from the can into a tulip. A foamy-fizzy white head shoots up to about an inch tall but fails to stick around for that long. A small belt around the beer deposits spotty lace.

S- Tart lactic acid along with fresh zesty limes. A hint of pale grains and cereal but the citrus and bugs overshadow that and a hint of floral spice.

T- Again the lime added and the lactic acid hint from the fermentation are the stars of the brew. Overall it has a very citrusy character with fresh lime zest and citrus oil up front and hints of cereal, wheat, spice, salt and bread later on. Well balanced with a nice tartness but not a palate breaking sourness.

MF- Light bodied with a fluffy and frothy texture. Enough creaminess to make the beer pleasant on the taste buds but not too rich so it is certainly quaffable. Ends tart.

Lime still feels like one of those ingredients that has a ton of potential if used correctly in beer and this pairs fresh lime flavors with a solid, somewhat mild Gose base.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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 connecticutpoet
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – One finger head on a deep yellow hazy body with lots of floaters and sediment.

Aroma – Sour citrus and lime peel.

Taste – Sour and light citrus, tending toward lime but a little broader.

Mouthfeel – Mouth puckering yet smooth and very thirst quenching.

Overall – Very good beer, great for sessioning on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 9/29/17; into a pint glass.
Appearance- straw yellow, slightly hazy, with lots of bubbles; thin white head that fades quickly. Lacing is minimal.
Smell- lots of lime tartness and lemon sweetness.
Taste - mimics the nose with the citrus tart and sweet candy.
Feel - again, tart and sweet with a nice carbonated mouthfeel.
Overall- this actually surprised me...kind of like it. I’d like to find a fresher batch of this.

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

nice looking brew. has a salinity to it, slightly tart, wheat, lemon, lime, mild spicy character to it. excellent drinkability, would be a solid summer beer!

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

SeaQuench has a thick, creamy, white head, a hazy, bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, with some glass lacing. Aroma is of sea salt, the sea, pale malt, spices, and citrus. Taste is the same, with some yeast and paper. Mouthfeel is medium, and SeaQuench finishes dry. If you like original Gatorade, you should like this. I do not, so I don't.


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Photo of PEBKAC
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Who doesn't enjoy unexpectedly inhaling a 12ft wave while derping through a seemingly safe surf at high tide? Dying to relive that special, suffocating moment, but from a distance? Well here ya go.

12oz single from New Beer Distributors. DFH rounded pint glass.

Murky, pale amber brew. Plenty of triggering, seafoam-like head.

Lime, salt, dusty wheat, it's all there. Black, green, indigo, all the same to my snout.

Taste is tangy, like tart limeade with a slight honey-ed, tannic edge. Thick & itchy feel. The salt comes through more as it warms, so I'd chug & avoid that if you're looking to prevent any additional traumatic family beach day triggers.


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Photo of DenverRich
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you like sours, this is great. Goes down smooth. Super citrus-y, but not overpowering. Limey, but has aromas of sweeter fruits like raspberry to me.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, lighter golden color. The head is 1 finger, white, and the retention is poor. Minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose is a funky, sour citrus aroma. Very pleasing.
Taste - Citrusy, sour, slight hint of salt.
Feel - I get a nice carbonation feel. This beer has a decent body, which I wasn't expecting from a low ABV beer.
I really like this beer, and it would be amazing on a hot, summer day.

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Photo of lapland_lapin
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the DFH SeaQuench Ale, though it's not one of my favorites.

There's a lot to love about SQ. The sourness is complex, flitting between citrus and salt. It manages a sort of dual-identity that many sessions don't have, and I give them kudos for that.

I find the overall experience to be 'noisy' (as in data, not music). It's not crisp in the way that I find many goses to be, nor do I find it to be particularly crisp.

If you're looking for a salty kick in the pants, this'll do just fine. But if you're in the mood for a sour, I'd look elsewhere.

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Photo of gibgink
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker yellow with booming white head that quickly dissipates. Smells in the lemony/zesty family. Taste is slight tart that fades into a citrus like finish, but clean nonetheless. Super easy drinking, I could crush this anytime.

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SeaQuench Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1023 ratings