Fed-Extra Mild | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
You may have read about his beer in the Wall Street Journal last month.... it's finally ready!

Fed- Extra Mild is an English Mild ale brewed with Pale, Crystal, and Wheat malts. The brew was then hopped with over 7 pounds of freshly picked hops per barrel (Normally we'd use around ¾ lb per barrel).

Three varieties of hops were used:

1) Centennial hops picked fresh from Washington Sate and immediately shipped overnight to our door

2) Cascade hops grown locally at an employee's house!

3) Fuggles Hops grown right here at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub!

72 IBU

Added by dickroop on 10-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of THECPJ
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of slvrmon82
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a mild american IPA w/ the hops "fed ex"ed in. ha ha.

A - A really nice dark amber color. With a nice head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - Lots of hops and a little malt to back it up.

T - Wow. For as potent as the smell the IBU is rather low. A real clean crisp pale ale.

M - Light and refreshing. A little malty at first.

D - Let's just say only one is hard to have.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In typical Dogfish Head fashion, this is not a mild at all, at least not in the English style, but perhaps more of an American-style brown ale. Its deep copper body borders on chestnut except for the marmalade highlights and glimmers of gold. A short head of dull white caps it and holds fairly well and leaves large spots and moderate splashes behind. The aroma is malty - very grain-like - and somewhat caramelish. Grassy and floral hops (Centennials) round it out, and the flavor follows suit. Even though it has a listed 47 IBU's, there's enough malt there that it doesn't seem like it. And perhaps that's where the name comes from as it's mildly bitter overall. Interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of marcpal
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remarkably interesting IPA- what a beer. They said at the DFH brewpub that is was too costly to bottle- really wish they would as I would be willing to pay for these in any case.

A: Served in a pint glass with a think reddish color. Half inch head that dissipated through the beer. Described as wet-hopped and the first that I had tasted- Im assuming this is representative of that style.

S: Well, theres the hops. There is some different aromas here as well- citrusy from what I recall best.

T: Top of the line beer here. Intense hops and not overly bitter.

M: The residual flavors of the hops is what I remember most from this 'wet' hopped beer. It was great.

D: This beer is the epitome of drinkability. Smooth and delicious- could have drank many of these and look forward to more.

I don't know where this brew came from from, but afterwards, I had a 60-Minute IPA and it was less full bodied and hopping was more toward the citrus. If you like 60-Minute IPA, you will love this FedExtra Mild. Highly recommended. Worth a trip to Rehoboth Beach? Quite possibly!

I just noticed today that I failed to review this beer and was thinking about how much Id like to have one- so hear it is. One of a kind. Described by bartender that called FedEx because its overnighted hops are the reason it is too costly to mass produce. Truly unfortunate.

Couldnt even get a growler. Edited this one out of sheer fact that havent gotten since and is still the best representation of this style or really any style to date.

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Photo of sacfly
3.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rohoboth
Served a hazy amber color. Aroma is fresh hops with a touch of earth and sweetness. The flavor screams too much crystal. Too much 60 crystal… Maybe I had it a bit *too* fresh and the sweetness had not fermented out as much as it should. Not bad, but way too high alcohol for a mild? Over 6%??? Not bad, but do not expect a mild...

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Photo of foggylovesbeer
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've only made it down to Dogfish once to try it and hopefully I can get down there again before they're out. This wet-hop beer is great. It has a very strong hoppy smell and upon first sip, there is a lot of "bite", but the bite is immediately followed by a smooth aftertaste. I've read that some wet-hop beers taste like lawn-clippings, but I did not get that from this beer.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at the Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach.

Slightly hazed deep burnished amber. Short, off-white head of tiny bubbles that lays back to a short collar and left no lacing. No carbonation streams are visible. Bold fresh hop aromas, citrusy, floral, bright and green abound from the glass. The taste is a big, fresh hop bite, crisp in a slightly English way, but still packing the requisite punch. There is a bit of lemon present as well as definite citrus rind components. The malt provides suitable body, while staying in the background and allowing the hops to shine. Long, lingering, deliciously hopped finish which goes on and on. The hops just seem to stick to the tongue and mouth. Fine carbonation and a crisp, firm mouthfeel. Spectacularly drinkable and absolutely worthy of a special trip.

Big props to Mike at the brewpub for keeping things interesting making each visit a great experience.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have tried this beer twice so far. One night on tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth I had 2 glasses of it on a fine Friday night and I also had a few glasses of it at the GABF in Denver as DFH had this in what I believe was a firkin. Very interesting fresh hopped beer. I read that they had the hops flown in via Fed Ex, hence the name, a day after they were picked and they brewed right after receiving them. The beer poured an amber color, fairly clear and with not much head to speak of. The nose is a very pleasant fresh hop bouquet, nice citrus tones. The taste is more of the same. Although there is not much of a malt character here, you can definitely taste the freshness of the hops but they are not overpoweringly bitter but they provide a fresh floral, citrus taste in the mouth that is pleasing and filling at the same time. If you can find this in time to try it, you should.

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Photo of dickroop
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale was available at the Rehoboth brewpub this past weekend 9/29-30. Bartender said it was IPA style, but I could easily have called it APA.

Served in a 10-oz goblet with almost parallel sides. Amber & clear w/ not much head. Terrific nose, citrus and floral hops, not much malt apparent. Chalk-board reads “East Coast Wet Hopped Ale. A big English Ale w/ Washington State
centennial hops and locally grown cascade and fuggles hops. 6.2% ABV, 75 IBU.”

Taste is terrific, citrus and floral hops, superbly balanced, malts understated and hops have unusually good intensity. Mouthfeel is full-bodied w/ a hop oiliness.

Drinkability is excellent. Alcohol content is low enough that you could keep these coming and going all night. I wish I had had another.

I don't know where this brew came from from, but afterwards, I had a 60-Minute IPA and it was less full bodied and hopping was more toward the citrus. If you like 60-Minute IPA, you will love this FedExtra Mild. Highly recommended. Worth a trip to Rehoboth Beach? Quite possibly!

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Fed-Extra Mild from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 9 ratings