The Perfect Disguise
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,780
Ranked #9,677
4.03 | pDev: 7.69%
Jan 29, 2023
Oct 26, 2018
The Perfect DisguiseThe Perfect Disguise
Notes: On the surface, The Perfect Disguise looks like a straightforward Kölsch with a crisp Kölsch yeast and traditional German malts and hops … but things aren’t always what they seem. With a quick sniff and a slight sip, you’re greeted by a creamy mouthfeel and full body thanks to the addition of a unique German chit malt - the first hint that this beer may be somewhat different.

Hiding deeper behind that German disguise is the double dry-hopping of an American Double IPA, with nearly 4 lbs. of German and American hops per barrel. It brings tropical flavors of citrus, tangerine, mango, gooseberries and peach.
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from Brewers Haven. Medium to dark golden, small foamy head. Musty, fruity aroma, papaya. Taste is more tropical fruit, nice juicy feel. Bittersweet finish.
Jan 29, 2023
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Reviewed by jopezu from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
pours a hazy, gold amber. nose; lemon, clean grain/barley, & citrus hops. taste; mid malt (german chit malt), light grapefruit, stone fruit, peach, & again with the citrus hops. semi-dry finish and some farmhouse-esque hay on the backside. medium mouthfeel & carbonation. this is a kolsch base beer that was perverted into an ipa by the wizards at dogfish head. feels like a saison & easy tropical dipa rolled onto one. cheers!
Nov 14, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Citrus nose mostly grapefruit and flavor is slightly hoppy citrus. Reasonable DIPA. Higher ABV (8%) is hidden. $2.69 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
Mar 26, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 01, 2021
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jan 21, 2021
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A Kolsch beer hopped to become an imperial IPA? Dogfish head strikes again!

Pours a chill-hazed deep gold producing 1.5 fingers of frothy/soapy, white head. Abundant effervescence rises from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of stone fruit, citrus and berry mixed with bread and biscuit malts greet the nose. Taste is stone fruit, citrus, tropical fruit, melon and berry combined with biscuit, caramel and honey. The finish is earthy, grassy and herbal. There is a spiciness throughout with a little astringency in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy with a fine prickle in the finish.

Overall I'd say this is better than good but not great. Good enough to buy it again however. I suggest you try it.
Jan 14, 2021
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Reviewed by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Clear, bright golden color, slim white head.

In the nose: Popping with tropical notes and citrus, too. Clean and cool.

In the mouth: A flood of flavors, a blast of bitter and fruit. Starts fruity, ends dry. Crisp, smooth, with plenty of bitter. I went into this forgetting what I knew, with only the label art as my guide. Hops lurking inside a jolly German? Now, I sneak peek and I remember, it's the double IPA with kolsch yeast, right? Yeah, and it's working. Getting some stone fruit, some tropical, and plenty of bitterness.

I'm liking this a lot. Dogfish is at it again, and my cap is off to them for continuing to innovate.
Oct 17, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2020
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from a beer store in LaCrosse, WI. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a nice ring lace. The scent had tropical fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit peel presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.
Sep 18, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 01, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by Bwag from New York

Jul 19, 2020
Rated: 4 by alexsergio from New York

Jul 05, 2020
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
The Pefrect Disguise pours a bright hazy color, not much head. Overrly sweet aroma, lots and lots of peach notes. Flavor is very sweet, lots of citrus, lots of peach. Good body and feel. Overall, very sweet, lots and lots of fruit mixing.
Jun 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Initial reaction to a 12 fl oz brown glass bottle:

Has a nice hop profile but the crispness of its mouthfeel - while indeed more true to a Kölsch - isn't what I want in an IIPA. Peach-forward with peach's cousin - apricot - taking 2nd place in the mix. Subsidiary hop flavours include floral hop flavour, citrus, and some acidic but vague fruit (particularly in the aftertaste).

A bit warmer booze-wise than I'd's noticeable and makes it more a sipper than an easy drinker even in Summer heat.

I want it creamier and softer with less carbonation and crispness. Some minerality is present that I don't dig.

Malt backbone is odd...not your usual 2-row/pale malt and not the new school wheat/oat approach. It's not sweet necessarily but nevertheless tastes kind of honeyed or almost cereally - but without the graininess that descriptor would suggest. Honeycomb cereal comes to mind, which isn't really the malt backbone I want in a peach-forward (I)IPA.

Weirdly aggressive with a bit of a lopsided hop profile...structurally speaking, most of the oomph of its hop flavour is towards the back end of the beer (in the 3rd act and aftertaste).

Scintillae of vanillin. Papaya. A hint of lemony twang. Ample rind and concomitant bitterness.

They bill this as tasting like gooseberries. Am I the only one willing to admit I don't know what the dickens a gooseberry tastes like?

Not as drinkable as it should be. Any German Kölsch is more drinkable, and most of the better widely distributed IIPAs (e.g. Lagunitas Sucks) are as well despite being higher in ABV. I think the malts they chose don't shield the booze from the palate as well as conventional malts tend to, so there's a tradeoff to their choices.

The Kölsch/IIPA hybrid they're going for feels more like a marketing angle than a viable and/or inspired decision, but then this is Dogfish Head we're talking about...they probably put more effort into their appealing and colorful labels than they do their recipes.

Ultimately, its booziness is just tough to get past for me especially given the wealth of equal and higher ABV IIPAs that handle that facet a hell of a lot better. The disguise in The Perfect Disguise is for its yeast - not its alcohol content - and that isn't a good thing. But hey, they got Kölsch yeast to shit out enough ethanol to make this 8% which is impressive on a purely academic level.

Jun 25, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Jun 14, 2020
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Reviewed by themoviebrewer from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A strange brew that’s hard to pinpoint, The Perfect Disguise by Dogfishhead Brewing smells and tastes like one would expect a Kölsch to smell and taste. It’s subtle and malt forward, leaving a nice feel in your mouth after a long sip. Easy to drink. So much so that you’ll need to remind yourself of it’s 8% ABV.
Jun 11, 2020
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
DATE: May 31, 2020... OCCASION: having had a nice time with Uncle Joe, Aunt Karen, Sasha and Jordan as they finished their goodbye tour, I warm up on a cold night with a beer I bought as much for the label (a DFH beer, yes, but why the cuckoo clock?) as for its content... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk stem... pours a vigorous, hazy, golden orange body whose upswept bubbles create a staunch two-fingered perfection of snow white mesa--frothy and impenetrably thick... its first waft is resinous, with noble hops suggesting something clean and drinkable (the "disguise?")... grapefruit, tangy lemon, and pine also enter in, but this has a subdued approach overall--definitely subtle for an 8% ABV... the first sip surprises with a clean, medium-bodied palate, plucking at the teeth, enlivening the mouth, yet leaving the throat with a fraction of its weight; where did it go? a dry finish that still shakes with its 70 IBUs... the flavor profile is a balance of sour and sweet: resin, grapefruit, berry and lemon clash with cracker and sweet malts, which makes the impact strong but withdrawing at the same time... each sip is like the crash and ebb of a hop wave, unique and shifty... this checks off the DIPA boxes but also refreshes... a worthwhile offering...
Jun 01, 2020
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Rated by JasonQKing from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Another awesome DIPA brew from DFH! Delicious $17.00 6pack

Will get more if its ever in stock again
May 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 1/3/20

Always happy to try something from DFH that’s new to me, this one looks like it could be right up my alley. Haven’t had many kolschs before, but I get the general idea, should make for an interesting hybrid with an IPA

Pours a cloudy gold with just a finger of soapy white head, fades at a decent pace and leaves minimal lacing

That’s definitely crisp in the nose like a kolsch, but with the tropical hop aromatics of a DIPA. I pick up pineapple, papaya, resiny/piney hops, and white bread

The taste does a better job of blending the two styles together, starting with juicy tropical hops that carry notes of fresh (almost tart) pineapple with mango and a touch of vanilla/cream. The sip ends with a sweetness akin to honey, with the hops and malt in good balance

Mild carbonation and a mediun body lead this to drink relatively smooth for the abv, finishes somewhere between drying and sticky, a hint sweet and a little bitter

This is definitely one of the more interesting concepts for a beer, but when you sit back and disregard what it’s trying to be, this is a damn good, well balanced DIPA with west coast tendencies. I’ll grab more
May 17, 2020
Rated: 4 by kuhndog from New York

May 16, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

May 13, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

May 12, 2020
Rated: 4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

May 12, 2020
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of citrus and tropical hops. Tastes of citrus hops with nice tropical notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, especially for an imperial, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
May 06, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

May 05, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

May 01, 2020
Rated: 3.64 by tankg from Pennsylvania

Apr 25, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Apr 21, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
very smooth double ipa fresh taste. great aftertaste
Apr 19, 2020
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
delivers completely as advertised: it's a kolsch with the DDIPA treatment.
and. it. slays.
way to go dudes. killer.

if you like the two things than get this thang
Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by Khaack from New York

Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by avisong from Virginia

Apr 05, 2020
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Reviewed by JRed from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Emerald orange in body with white frothy head. Aroma of clementines, lemon, mango, grass. Tastes of clementines, lemon, mango, grass, pine, and light booze. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Apr 04, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Apr 01, 2020
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Reviewed by rajendra82 from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer poured golden in color, and the body was slightly hazy. The head was a little small, peaking at one finger thick. The aroma was very hoppy, yet somehow delicate. The hops smelled gently spicy, and this was followed by a whiff of mango and pineapple. The taste was citric up front with lemony tang. The beer was more bitter mid palette, and the finish was somewhat spicy. The drinkability was very good, the mouthfeel was medium thick, and the carbonation a little prickly. This was a very balanced DIPA. I haven't had a Kolsch in quite a while, so not sure if this was very close to that, but I did like it a lot.
Mar 26, 2020
Rated: 4.65 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Mar 25, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Mar 24, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 20, 2020
The Perfect Disguise from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 302 ratings