Alternate Takes #3
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 8.77%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
32
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  0
Gots
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 01, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What happens on the East Coast, stays on the East Coast. America's early days of IPA development relied on influences of balance from the British hoppy beer but began using indigenous U.S. ingredients- predominantly hops. Out of that mindset was born their 90 Minute IPA, and now Dogfish Head's hop burst and double dry hop techniques play out on that yesteryear mantra.

Bright and hoppy, the nose comes alive with a plethora of citrus, tropical and herbal fragrances along with impressions of nutty granola. Medium amber in color and topped with a rich and creamy meringue, the beer then leads with those richer malt flavors of caramel, toffee, poundcake and those promised flavors of granola.

With a semblance of balance firmly intact, the taste slowly dries and the hops billow into a juicy medley of pink grapefruit and freshly zested oranges. Light lemon brings an herbal arrangement of chive, cedar, geranium and fresh grass clippings. Rounding with the estery taste of apricot and the hop's mango flavors and the taste of stone fruit and exotic fruits resting just below the citrus. Resinous and bitter, the beer's finish outplays the firm malt linger quite easily as its woodsy, sprucy and grassy bite clings to the throat.

Medium full in body, the drying action of the beer and its resinous character assists the beer's impressions of lightness and drinkability while its flavor and complexity is quite robust. The beer's layers of hops prevent their taste from becoming muddled and benevolent. A long and bitter aftertaste and alcohol spice outlasts the malt sweetness in true IPA form of any ilk.

Jul 10, 2017
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jopezu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy, bright orange-amber with a huge thick head that hangs around for a bit. nose; mango, orange pith, grassy hops, light pine, & light belgian yeast. taste; easy caramel malt, mango, orange zest, pineapple, citrus hops, lemongrass, dank resinous pine, banana ester, & a belgian funky yeast. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. maybe a touch on the sweet side, but otherwise this feels like a terrific fruity & dank belgian ipa. put this one on the market!

Jun 03, 2017
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 24, 2016
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Ohiovania from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 10, 2017
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dcbeers from District of Columbia

3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dec 28, 2016
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rkarimi from Colorado

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

1-13

Jan 14, 2017
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bluehende from Delaware

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 18, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

for what this is, it should be a million or more times better than it is. a double ipa loaded with all the sexiest hop varietals, using nice shiny new technology, from one of the breweries that helped create the american ipa identity. not that dogfish has gotten lazy lately, but i have had a few misses in a row now, and both of the alternate takes series beers i have consumed have been lackluster at best and downright sloppy at worst. the hop flavors here are all muddled, dont come through the nose as much as they should considering the big dry hop, and perhaps are a bit simcoe dominated, which isnt in itself necessarily a bad thing at all. there is too much grain sweetness here though, it distracts from the hops, covers up a lot of the needed bitterness, and really only lets the citrus notes come though, with little else. sweet orange peel and orange juice come to mind, sweet barley, some oils. its foamy and creamy and bubbly and it feels good, but this is nowhere near as good as what it should be for what it is and who made it, and it ended up a real disappointment for me. more focus on flavor, less on abv. they have some ground to make up in my book after this series...

Dec 16, 2016
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 16, 2017
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logicalparadox from New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 30, 2016
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

32oz crowler, filled at the Rehobeth Beach joint, drank at home in Jersey in a nonic pint glass.

Nice looking golden copper-orange color with a 2-plus F dirty linen-white cap that stays frothy and holds up. It's clean and clear. Moderate amounts of lacing.

The first aroma I get is of the dreaded "alcohol burn". There's some standard issue DFH malt back there, but it's too little, too late.

Sweet malt, alcohol, and some candied fruits.

Heavy, sweet, boozy feel. The bitter hops are killed by the abv and the sugar.

This brew is pushed too far and the results are disappointing . It lacks aroma and flavor. Less would have been more.

Apr 28, 2017
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 15, 2017
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 15, 2017
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Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bottle Room in Downingtown. Pours golden, clear, very little to no head. Smell is malty, as is the flavor. A little too thick in the mouthfeel to be refreshing. Glad to try but won't be filling a growler.

Dec 27, 2016
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rdoggg from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 17, 2016
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Boone757 from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 18, 2016
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draft at The Craft Beer Store on March 2, 2017. Look is orange gold with a thick foamy head and lingering lacing. Smell is faint. Taste is fruity. Feel is smooth.

Mar 02, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden ale: crystal clear, strong head, good retention. Wonderful lacing.

Slightly fruity and dank aroma; restrained.

Bitter, resinous, touches of citrus, pine, pineapple, mango, and star fruit; sweetly malty. Wonderfully bitter.

Long wet finish, slightly hot, medium bodied.

Really nice aggressive DIPA with a classic profile. Think Ruination (1.0) or Pliny, although this is a touch fruitier than either.

Feb 14, 2017
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Corburk from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 25, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at NoVa brewpub:
A fairly cloudy beer, or at least very hazy, atypical of DFH. Deep burnt orange body holds an off-white lacing rim from a hero pour.

Nose is a combination of tea, a little citrus, and a bit of herbs. The herbs seem mildly pungent, but also have an earthy and fresh green quality to them. A mild sweet tea comes in as it warms.

Taste is earthy with a bit of spice from the get go. There's definitely a familiar DFH note to it (reminiscent of either 90 Minute and/or Burton). There is a lightly sweet but definitely tropical note next. A very brief hit of acidity before pine wood dulls the fruit and eventually gains more of the palate by the end.

This came as a more fruity (tropical with a touch of tart) version of say a 90 Minute. I'm probably wrong at guessing the actual base, but you are getting a DFH beer with the basic taste, it seems to me. It's just a little more fruity and less bitter feeling than other offerings.

Jan 23, 2017
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micropale from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 02, 2017
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needMIbeer from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 09, 2017
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probert from New York

3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 02, 2017
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alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 23, 2017
Alternate Takes #3 from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 32 ratings