The Perfect Disguise
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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American Imperial IPA
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Ranked #5,106
4.06 | pDev: 7.39%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
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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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Today at 03:37 AM
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4.06/5  rDev 0%
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

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KRug from Massachusetts, May 17, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin, May 06, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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JRed from New Jersey, Apr 04, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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rajendra82 from Georgia, Mar 26, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a soft, yellow-toned body, a bit of haze about it and a thinning, white head up top.

Smell: Rustic, raw vibe, as are smelling of so many beers these days. Gooseberry, tropical fruit, orchard fruit with backings of light green herbs, jasmine.

Taste: Pale malts housing a strong component of the coarse, raw grain and minimal sweetness. Tangerine juices, lightly pithy lime peel, gooseberry (ubiquitous Mosaic) and orchard fruits (apricot-peach). Moderate bitterness. Bitterish, lightly grassy, lightly herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: A little over medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Cushiony mouthfeel.

Overall: A bit of an odd concept, as it never once felt anything like a Kolsch whatsoever, particularly given the amped nature of the double IPA. I don't find anything to be particularly crisp or delicate about the beer. It's a Perfect Disguise like Get Smart's Agent 86 is a super spy, reasonably well-meaning but rather clumsy in execution.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer from Dog Fish Head. Really it’s pretty unique. L: poured from a bottle into a tulip. Hazy golden yellow. Plenty of carbonation but not a large head. S: sweet citrusy aroma (maybe mango and tangerine). T: mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and a bit of toasty malt. F: medium bodied with good carbonation. O: solid beer and rather unique double IPA. I will definitely keep this one in the rotation.

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Photo of Peach63
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white head. Heavy lacing.

Strong aroma of spruce. Also grass, citrus.

Taste is spruce, citrus, caramel malts. excellent bitterness.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Outstanding! This is a very good DIPA from Dogfish.

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Peach63 from New York, Feb 16, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly clear amber, some haze with the 1/2" white head. Aroma is hoppy and floral. Taste is double IPA appropriate hoppy and bitter. Feel is very nice, with a coating mouthfeel but not heavy or oily. Overall an above average DIPA and worth a try.

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BFCarr from New Jersey, Feb 09, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy burnt orange with fluffy white head that sticks to the glass after each sip. Malts, bread dough, biscuits, and piney on the nose. Layers of flavors - crackers, grain, hops, piney, citrus. A bit of a harsh mouthfeel on this - kind of a palate wrecker, but overall a solid brew.

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andrewjraab from Michigan, Feb 06, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave streaks of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a bready and malty smell mixed with some light sweetness of a caramel and a bit of harvest fruits of peach and apricot. Along with these aromas comes some notes of an herbal hop smell and a touch of tropical fruit.
Taste- The taste starts out with a bready taste that has some orange citrus and a start with a decent showing of a herbal hop taste. As the taste moves forward some caramel and fruitiness of apricot comes to the tongue. All the while more hop flavors develop with some earthy and grassy hop joining in the taste profile along side some other flavors of a light melon and a bit of yeast to leave one with a nice and more dank and somewhat more malty but balanced and smooth taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly more heavy and thick with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of flavors, the feel is fantastic for the flavors and makes for an easy sipper.
Overall – Another great brew by dogfish head. Very tasty and approachable with a big flavor and easy drinking feel.

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Darkmagus82 from Virginia, Feb 02, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has nice hazy look. Abundant carbonation but a thin head. It has that unique Dogfish Head aroma. Great hops and a hint of sweetness. This reminiscent of 75 or 90 Minute IPA. Good hop taste and the malt sweetness is very good. I'm not surprised this equally smooth in the mouthfeel with an acceptable level of bitterness. Overall a prime example of the rich brewing from Dogfish Head. Bottled 02/01/19 so this is aged a bit.

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a completely clouded, pale orange color with zero head. Wow, is this beer expired? It's completely flat. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of mostly gooseberry, lychee, peach, & honeydew melon, more blueberry, and black tea. Unique hop profile with the berries and lychee. Don't forget a lot of traditional peach though. Candied sweet malts behind it all. (4.0)

Flavor: The flavor is much different. At first I get a slight airy, woody quality like cedar. Then a tropical and stonefruit candied-sweetness come through to overpower it all. After the sweetness fades I get the lasting woody flavor. It's smokey and it has a nice mild lingering smokey bitterness. Overall, finishes sweet though from candied tropical fruit with a lingering smokiness. (4.25)

Feel: Heavier bodied, undercarbonated and relatively sweet. The sweetness lingers on the tongue slightly, but along with an underlying smokiness. (3.5)

Overall: Definitely a unique beer and even for an IPA. A lot of IPA qualities, but not getting much German or Kolsch quality even on the appearance. Lots of stonefruit and berry. Similar to a Nelsin Sauvin or Huell Melon hopped IPA. Then with an impressive and innovative smokey finish. Sweeter, stronger, but great flavors and delicious. (Final Rating: 4.04)

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defunksta from Illinois, Jul 21, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean amber with a nice white head and average lace.

Aroma: Full-on tropical fruits! Delicious before I even taste.

Taste: Body seems light but with tons of fruity hops — orange, pineapple, mango..a juiced-up IPA and exquisite!

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a brown bottle, this brew is a golden, hazy color with a white and firm head. The smell is malty, with some vanilla and flowery hops. Balanced taste and semi bitter finish. Full in body and very drinkable.

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Suds from Missouri, Jul 05, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear yellow golden brew with long-lasting white foam in the big Stout glass. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Aroma of peach, pine, and citrus. Big fruity flavor. Flavors of intense orange, like Cointreau liqueur. And pineapple.

Rather sweet, like a honey taste. Aftertaste is bitter and still sweet. I am torn between not liking what seems like a bastardized DIPA, but the Tripel-like taste with extra fruit but without the Belgian yeast is quite interesting. I'm always happy to try these peculiar DF "story" beers. From the 12 oz bottle purchased on the other coast.

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mactrail from Washington, Jun 14, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really great IPA addition by dogfish head. Great hop forward IPA with all the refreshing malt and clean finish of a kolsch that allows the fruit flavors of the hops to burst on your palette...also has a nice reddish golden hue to the beer.

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MikeNH82 from New Hampshire, May 19, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a three quarter inch of off white on top. Moderate soapy lacing. The aroma is of faint pineapple. I’m tasting pineapple, mandarin orange, and pine. The mouth is dry, sticky, and resinous.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, May 19, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty unremarkable IPA for the most part, citrus and hints of pine and tropical fruit, but the mouthfeel stands out. Maybe it's the kolsch component?

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Lucular from Maryland, May 10, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle...w/ 2/1/19 etched onto the neck.

Pours near clear early and then gains some haze with the later pours, gauzy head and copious lacing left behind.

Pineapple, apples and pears on the sniff.

Tasty, fruity, complex and delicious creation. More pineapple, more apple and pears...underlying maple malt undercoating...and a smooth dank hopped up finish...yum...go get some

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Billolick from New York, May 09, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with an amber hue. A lovely lathery head shows great retention.
The complex aroma highlights malt and hops. Notes of honey, a hint of nutty malt, apricot, grape, grassy hops and hints of tropical fruit.
The taste aligns with the aroma as the descriptors indicates above are also revealed in the flavors. It opens sweetly with a dry finish. At first, its clean malt presence evokes Kolsch like characteristics. However, a developing hops bitterness display citrusy and resiny flavors that evoke IPA.
Medium bodied and smooth, even slightly creamy. At the same time, there is also a bit of crispness along with moderate to gentle carbonation. A nice balance overall.
Very interesting and tasteful hybrid of Kolsch and IPA. One of the better newer brews I’ve had from DFH.

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Gajo74 from New York, May 07, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thrilled to be 60th review of this DIPA Kolsch. Melds two favorite styles. As 1 reviewer wrote "they dogfished Kolsch into a DIPA." And the meld is better for it.
a) Dark amber golden clear with creamy lasting, lacing white head.
s) on target tropical fruit notes, grass, herbs, bitters.
t) Follows smell but more melodic with sections of berry, peach, tangerine, melon, green hay. Sage, lemongrass, herb garden.
f) Big smoothie. Herbal, cleansing, drying bitter finish.

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Act25 from New Jersey, May 04, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice slightly hazy deep golden to pale orange colour with finger of white head. Smells of sweet citrus, ripe orange, mango, just an edge of dankness - but fruity and orange carry.
Taste starts with caramel malt sweetness, indistinct ripe citrus, but then a crisp dry grapefruit bitterness on the swallow - this lingers to a sharp bittersweet finish. Really good.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), May 03, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden with nary a head. Aroma is boozy first with an earthy hop presence. Flavor packs a pleasant surprise with a slightly sweet malt coming to the forefront surrounded by mild earthy and fruity hop, quite smooth. Finish is rather clean and not bitter.

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tekstr1der from New Hampshire, May 01, 2019
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