SuperEIGHT | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Super-Fruit Gose brewed with Hawaiian red sea salt, prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, and kiwi juices & toasted quinoa.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 56
Photo of dcotom
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12-ounce can into a lager flute. Beautiful fuchsia colored body, with a voluminous white head that settled rapidly leaving minimal lacing. Aromas and flavors of tart berries, light malt, and yeast. The tartness, fruitiness, and salinity are understated, making this quite unlike many American interpretations of this style. Light in body, with very low bitterness and a clean finish. Very drinkable, an excellent summertime quaff.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent fruit beer but a gose it is not. It doesn't have to be super sour for me to know the style but with so much going on with this beer their really is no sour vinegar. lemon notes or even the slight distinction of salt in the finish. Still the fruit flavors are there and it's quite quaff able (downright chugable) so it gets some point for me.

I actually would drink this over the seaQuench ale if made more readily available NO JOKE!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beguiling fuchsia with a large head. The aroma leads with salt, and a rocky minerality, follwed by bright bold berries. The flavor presents a lovely and integrated flavor of cassis, raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry, with some graininess and salt on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light with crisp carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer, with powerful and clear flavored fruit, a solid dose of salt, and just a hint of grain.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

CANNED ON 03/23/19.

Appearance: Pours a pale pink-reddish hue, a little hazed with a smallish, white-pink head.

Smell: A nose firing off tart, fruity, floral berry notes but there's also some smooth wheat and a little undercurrent of sea salt secured within.

Taste: Fruity and forward on the berries, sometimes a little more of that raspberry shows as expected, sometimes it's that elderberry vibe, sometimes it's that vintage IHOP syrup boysenberry thing. Occasionally, even the mango (post berries) or prickliest of pears. It does not come across as just straight raspberries. Not so much the kiwi deal, though. Nicely tart, it also has some salinity with an underlying maltiness present. Sweetish, lightly tart, berry-blend finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: I warmed up to it. Really, I did. The fruits felt varied, and, while I may have liked them just a skosh more potent, I'll take less over gloopy fruit puree any day or coming across as jarringly medicinal or artificial.

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Photo of spectru
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Very red, the reddish beer I think I've ever seen; Pink head recedes rapidly; Not much aroma; Nicely carbonated; Flavor is fruity, but not sweet, not a strong flavor.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 4/2/19, so a month old.

Looks like murky pink rhubarb juice. Small pinkish white head diminishes to a ring and faint covering. Lots of carbonation.

I have a head cold so aromas may be muted. Just getting a little fruitiness.

The fruit mix is a pleasing taste. Nothing in particular stands out, and I have no idea what toasted quinoa tastes like anyway. Slightly tart and lightly salty.

Mouth above medium, finish tart, dry, and lightly salty.

Overall, as fruit gose go, this is an okay brew. Nothing special, but the balance is decent.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich ruby red with an off white head that disapates quickly.

Smells of sour yeast, raspberry, and malt.

Sour earthy yeast up front followed by tart raspberry and a slight salty bread backbone.

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Photo of ColouredWilde
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I love Gose, it's my favorite style of beer, but this one just doesn't do anything for me. There are a bunch that I'd rather reach for. That being said, I'd drink it with a sandwich, or icecream because it would offer a nice balance.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a red tulip color with a fluffy pinkish white head which disappeared quickly. Smell was of salt, undefined fruit and wheat. Taste was more sour than the mashup of fruits led me to believe, kind of a less citrusy Sea Quench. Very much a refreshing brew it went down very easy but I was expecting, surely unrealistically, for the fruits to be more prominent.

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Photo of JoePickleball
2.15/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

No. This was not drinkable for me. I love tasting all of Dogfish Head's crafted brews AND was really caught up with hype of this offering. But also I cannot fairly rate non-IPAs. My wife and son loved it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Super EIGHT"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 03/28/19 09:50"
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I had to look this beer up before I even pulled the can from the fridge because I had no idea what it was all about. Apparently there are 8 ingredients: prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, kiwi juices, toasted quinoa and an ample addition of red Hawaiian sea salt... which actually brings it to 9. What's not to like? So, OK, here we go... I kind of thought it would be pink in color and it is. It's actually more of a ruby red, but if 8 can be 9 then who cares if I say ruby is pink? The head is pink. I initially got a decent sized head off of it but as is usually the case with sour beers it dropped fairly quickly. My second pour to finish off the can and fill the glass is holding better, perhaps bolstered by the tiny bubbles rising quickly from below. So what does it smell like? Not much in all honesty. There's a little bit of a fruit character to it but it's more of a fruit pulp aroma after you've squeezed out the juice than anything else. I wouldn't really call it "fruity". Nor is there a lot of malt, nor salt, nor implied acidity. There's nothing off-putting about it, but neither is there anything interesting. On to the flavor, it's definitely more fruity than the aroma let's on with a kind of watered down Hawaiian Punch, berry, and apple juice taste. There's some berry to it, and there should be with 4 different berries to it. I think the Boysenberry and raspberry stand out the most. Mango? Nah, not finding it. Prickly pear, we'll I guess that's there, but prickly pear is pretty mild to begin with. Kiwi juice, yeah, I can see that as well. Toasted quinoa, no, that's not appearing to me, it's just there within the mildly sweet and lightly grainy malt. I think I get more of its toastiness in the nose than I do in the flavor. And it's not that tart. Is that good or bad, I don't know. I personally love a sharp acidity but this probably appeals to more people. And the salt, there's just a touch. I don't think most people will notice it until it starts to dry the back of their mouth, and even then they probably wouldn't even notice that. So what so we have here? Well it's decent enough. It's fruity and refreshing, and just slightly salty. I could drink a lot of these but I'm not sure I'd be motivated to do so as the flavor is so muddled. Ho hum. In the mouth it's light-medium in body and fairly crisp with carbonation and acidity working together. I'll say it's probably worth trying but don't get mad if you think it's not worth it.
Review #6,550

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Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into signature tulip glass, canned on 3/23/2019. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish/pinkish orange/amber color, with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, strawberry, fruit skin/seeds, mango, peach, pear, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, red/green apple, red grape/wine, watermelon, bubblegum, kiwi, coriander, sea salt, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, toasted bread, biscuit dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruits, fruity/acidic yeast, sea salt, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, strawberry, fruit skin/seeds, mango, peach, pear, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, red/green apple, red grape/wine, watermelon, bubblegum, kiwi, coriander, sea salt, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, toasted bread, biscuit dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and light spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart/tangy berries, fruit skin/seeds, mango, peach, pear, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, red/green apple, red grape/wine, watermelon, bubblegum, kiwi, coriander, sea salt, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, toasted bread, biscuit dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruits, fruity/acidic yeast, sea salt, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, fairly tangy/tannic, and lightly saline balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is an excellent gose. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruits, fruity/acidic yeast, sea salt, and bready malt flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink; with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish; not overly lactic or salty. Awesomely balanced between juicy/jammy fruits, Lacto complexity, quinoa, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Light residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of okrent
2.72/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing. The bright red color, and Dogfish Head’s usual, excellent copy held out promise; the reality was different. Without the prompting of the copy, there’s no way you would recognize any of the fruit ingredients without prompting. Taken together, they leave an aroma much like...Budweiser. Taste is ordinary at best,

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Photo of larryi86
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz crowler poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy light red with a two finger pink head.

S- Sour, mixed berries, some salt and a touch of wheat.

T- Tart, fruity, mostly berries, raspberries are the only fruit that standing out, touch of salt, some wheat, and some lacto.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A nice gose, I enjoy it more than SeaQuench. The only really flaw with this beer is the fact that the fruits just all blend together.

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Photo of mcsst44us
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this off best offering from dogfish head. Color is a kind of an amber pink- a little more pink than I like, but it certainly warns you of the intense berry experience you are heading into. Aroma is pleasantly fruity. Taste is delicious - very strong berry and slight mineral taste in keeping with the style. Feel is light - good beer for warmer weather. Almost like fruitful forte without the heavy booze taste. Overall nice to see a unique beer like this come together!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having no problem at all selling a beer high with lofty language and even loftier ingredients, the world once again becomes the Dogfish Head brewer's pantry as they reach for a bevy of berries that include raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries and elderberries along with the curious additions of toasted quinoa, red Hawaiian sea salt, prickly pear and kiwi. The original German styled gose never saw this coming.

Opening with a deep rose and slightly hazy appearance, the SuperEight salated wheat beer crowns with an impressive foamy crown. Dominated by all-things-red berries, the nose shares hints of red wine, tropical fruit juices and a brisk citrus backdrop. Early greetings of malt offer an early palate of sourdough, saltwater taffy and berry forward soda pop.

The berries only intensify on the middle palate as the sourness and saltiness of the underlying ale act as amplifiers to bring the raspberries to the forefront. Suggestions of stone fruit come from the density of flavors added to the gose while a tartness of lemon, lime and gooseberry give the beer a lightness and brightness. Trailing into a sweet and tart interplay, a rich sense of sangria comes to mind in the waning sips.

Medium bodied but probably seeming full for gose, the moderate sourness isn't enough to offset the strong presence of fruit juices and their associated sweetness. Much more of a fruit beer than anything relatable to the German styled sour wheat ale, they do what they do best- they dogfished up a heckuva gose.

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Photo of teromous
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"CANNED ON 03/22/19 17:46"

Appearance: The body is a beet red color with a pink hue. It has a short light purple head that slowly fades out but for the most part has good retention. The body of the beer has a light haze to it.

Aroma: There is a light aroma of wheat and what smells like raspberry.

Taste: The beer has a nice fruity flavor that tastes like raspberry. It finishes with a soft wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer opens light and tart, then gains a little texture towards the middle. It finishes soft and smooth around the center of the palate and prickly around the edges.

Overall: It is a well made fruit Gose but many of the flavors are not describable. The can says this is made with "PRICKLY PEAR, MANGO, BOYSENBERRY, BLACKBERRY, RASPBERRY, AND KIWI JUICES" but it only really smells or tastes like raspberries. In the end you still wind up with an excellent Gose that is enjoyable, but doesn't quite deliver the breadth of flavor that are advertised. I would recommend it to those who enjoy a nice tart and fruity Gose, and I would drink it again. This would be a good beer for a Spring picnic or a Summer trip to the beach or lake.

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SuperEIGHT from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 56 ratings