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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 01-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Semi hazed orange glow with an extremely clingy 2 finger white head. Smells extremely malty. Butter and toffe covered rolls come to mind. A strange hoppy scent comes in from underneath this of tropical fruits. When combined with the malty nose it almost has a citric fruit marmalade type of scent.

Very delicate tasting brew. Medium bodied but thick feeling in the mouth. Malt extremely prevalent throughout the beer with flavors of toffee caramel and caramelized sugar. Finishes with a bright citric and floral hop character and a big dose of alcohol. Alcohol and malt flavors linger in the mouth. Lots of dried sugared fruit tastes and lots of pineapple but overall very malty for a beer that used two different hopping techniques.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.06/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750mL bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 7.99. Bottled 1/28/13. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours trasparent golden copper with near three full fingers of foamy white head. Once the froth finally fades it leaves some pretty nice lace.

Smell is wheaty/malty with biscuits, dough, earthy and slightly floral.

Taste is sharp spicy wheat and very floral hops. Fower petals, earth, grass, wheat and bitter lemon zest. On the bitter side but not really boozy at all. Nothing at all in these flavors says IPA to me.

Creamy, slightly oily medium body with moderate carbination. Long bitter grassy finish.

This is an IPA? Seriously? It kind of looks like one, doesn't smell like one at all, definately doesn't taste like one and only vaguely feels like one. This is liquid proof that collaborations don't necessarily blend the best aspects of great brew masters. Not sure what these two excellent and well respected breweries were going for but it ended up an abomination. Really, if you like IPAs do yourself a favor and pass.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.07/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

DFH Rhizing Bines
750ml, bottled 1/28/13

Pours a nice medium amber with a pleasant off-white head and great lacing. (4)

Paper and cardboard on the nose. Pretty oxidized but not completely brutal. Maybe some citrusy hops, but not much. (2)

Flavor is more of the same, super lackluster. I was expecting a lot more. The oxidation just takes over. Stale and papery. It's all malt and blunt bitterness. Maybe a touch of fruity and spicy hops, but nothing worth writing home about. Mouthfeel has medium-low carb with smooth, fine bubbles. (2, 3.5)

Pretty pathetic for a 3-month-old beer. I should know better than buying Dogfish Head IPAs. Drank half, other half down the drain. (1)

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Photo of biga7346
2.29/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A - Firm, copper, lots of soapy foamy head, lots of lacing.

N - Bubblegum, wheat, old banana, medicinal, estery; nose definitely points toward a hefeweizen, orange peel, vinous, grape skin.

T/M - honey, molasses, bright and aggressive hopping, peaches, astringent, soap, table salt; thin, oily mouthfeel, there's this unwanted bitterness in the finish, kind of a mess.

Feels like competing styles between a wheat beer and a IPA are colliding together in not a good way here, too much astringency.

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Photo of geoffpm
2.32/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clearly was expecting something more from this collaboration. Admittedly, I am not a huge Dogfish fan and find their hop characteristics as oniony and not that pleasant but I admire their chutzpah. I am much more of a Sierra Nevada fan.

Since I am color blind, I can't comment on color . Seems golden to me. Not a large head and very little carbonation from the bottom of the glass

Smell - The malt hits me first with a little hops in the background . Am I not getting this beer ?

Taste - Simple, bland, a little bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is ok .

Overall - For $15 I would run away from ever having this beer again. I did taste this beer along with a Sucks and and Enjoy by and they clearly are the better Dipas.

Sorry this collab was not better.

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Photo of Sludgeman
2.32/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottle, no “bottled on” or “drink by” date. Purchased for $13.99.

A – Pours a light golden yellow. Two finger head, lots of carbonation, some lacing.

A – Minimal aroma some caramel and toffee, not much hops..

T – Dry, resiny, spicy, pepper, toffee and crackers. But nothing that stands out. Bitter comes upfront.

MF – Dry and bright.

O – Too dry. Not a hop profile that I appreciate. My first impression was that I was drinking a slightly odd Budweiser. DFH can be hit or miss. I had to drain pour the last third of the bottle and move on (life is too short ).

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.61/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on Jan 25/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Medium yellow; translucent. Two fingers of thick cream coloured head.

S - A big malt sweetness up front and only a moderate bitterness present. Caramel, pine and a peppery spice profile are present.

T - Very balanced overall for a DIPA. A big caramel malt sweetness is accompanied by a moderate bitterness with pine, spice/pepper and a big musty/dank profile. Fairly unpleasant overall.

M - Medium body with some stickiness. Moderate carbonation.

O - I didn't enjoy this one at all and I am not sure I could have finished the bomber had I forced myself to. Very disappointing.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dogfish Head Rhizing Bines is floral, metallic, and bubbly.

It poured very light copper with cascading bubbles and a two-finger short-lived bubbly white head. A couple of thin rings of lace clung near the top of the glass. It was too light and bubbly for an IIPA. There was a touch of flower in the aroma; however it was dominated by metallic yeast. The flavor was also floral with a touch of honey-like sweetness and pine overpowered by an overwhelming metallic finish. The after-taste was rather unpleasant; like sucking a dirty penny. Not that I've ever done that. Its presence in the mouth was thin and fleeting, lacking the bitterness of an IPA, let alone an IIPA.

It killed me to kill Rhizing Bines here, but judged strictly as an Imperial IPA, it is below average in each category. I wasn't enthused about finishing the bomber. Bring back Squall, Dogfish; now that's an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Golden amber with 2 fingers of off-white head. Moderate-heavy carbonation with excellent clarity and good retention.

Apple juice, lemon, raw grains and wheat.

Red delicious apple juice, lemon, honeydew melon and butternut squash. Bubblegum, wheat and caramelized grain. Quite grainy. Rather strange and earthy.

Full bodied, oily, sticky and silky.

Ummmm..WTF?? Must be that new #644 hop?? Absolutely not worth $15 of my money. I'm sorry Sierra Nevada got involved in this one. DO NOT BUY!

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Photo of CHickman
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color with a massive foamy 3 finger off white head that didn't move and faded extremely slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it goes down. Very bubby, the head had a ton of bubbles in it and there were bubbles racing up the middle imitating champagne.

Smells quite malty for a DIPA, with grains, caramel and some husk up front, followed by apple, orange peel, citrus hops, citrus fruits, light pine cones, bread and faint booze; I was shocked at how weak the hop aroma was in a DIPA made by Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. This did not smell like a DIPA, or even an IPA for that matter; imperial lager perhaps, doppelbock maybe, as the malt profile, caramel and candy sugar sweetness were more like a malt liquor than a beer and certainly not what I expected.

Tastes was equally as puzzling, as the malt was not the backbone but the dominant flavor; even for an English IPA this would have missed the mark in my opinion. Flavor consists of malt, grains, honey, buttered wheat bread, caramel, tea leaf, herbs, brown sugar, syrup, orange peel, lemon, floral hops, light spices like coriander and pepper, peat moss, and some trailing oily hop bitterness like a Sorachi Ace hop blast. A really strange combo that seems like the compounds are out of order and could work, but just didn’t.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the slick side, with mild fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body that let’s off a fruit-bread flavor and a bitterness that reminds you that this was designed as an IPA; the hop flavors never get to where they should be, and while this contains the 8% ABV well, the beer is just a mess overall and not what you’d expect for an American IPA.

This was an expensive bomber, and sadly did not justify the price ($14). Not sure what Bravo or 644 hops should taste like, but this was not an impressive IPA; in fact, considering the collaboration of brewers that made this beer I’ll go as far as stating that this was a major disappointment. I kept waiting for it to pick up and get better, but it never did. IPA in this case stands for “I’m Plain Astounded”…and not in a good way. These are two of my favorite breweries, but this is not a good beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - Bright orange gold with a thick, dense, one fingered creamy, frothy white head and lots of carbonation. It's a pretty amazing looking IPA in the glass.

S - Earthy dankness, biscuity malt, vinous, light on the pine with lemons and floral - all very subdued. For an IPA, it's a very unique aroma.

T - Very balanced and unique taste for a D-IPA. Earthy, green vinous, melon, lemon, pine, and finishes on the sweeter side.

M - Medium body with a slick, viscous feel and almost creamy character on the tongue. Finishes with almost cloying sweetness.

O - This beer is just plain odd but I tip my hat to Sam and the gang because that's what they're known for, not one of my favorite DFH beers and worth a try at least once to say you tried it but wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of Omnium
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served on draft - 13oz tulip glass.
A - Golden orange color, about 1 finger head, fades very fast, light airy lacing.
S - Smells of very sweet malt, big oily resin hops, very earthy grass and pine, and kind of a skunky undertone.
T - Very bitter and dry earthy hop flavors with an extremely weird burnt buttery biscuit malt flavor, very offsetting.
M - Has that really long lingering oily hop flavor, not enjoyable to me by any means. Its a moderate hop and carbonization feel, but the flavors that resonate on your palate arent to my liking.
O - OK at best, that weird flavor and smell that smells like someone left some grands biscuits in the oven too long soaked in hop oils. Its unusual and not for me.

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Photo of Chaney
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the Vienna Whole Foods.

Served in a pint.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy golden color, with about a half finger white head. Fine.

S: Clean linen/cotton. A bit of hops and tons of sugar.

T: Did I mention this contained sugar? That's the understatement of 2013. Not good. The sugar hit the hops over the head, making this an unpleasant experience.

M: The carbonation was fine as was the lacing. Still, if the flavor isn't there, why would I care.

O: My favorite Whole Foods guy, Kevin, said it best: "And to think, Ken Grossman's name is one this." Not a repeat... no definitely not!

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Photo of ScotB260
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful color with an amazing head that lasted through the entire beer. Now the smell...a combination of socks that have been worn for three months straight and extremely bitter hops. The taste was not that far off. I had high hopes for this collaboration, but it feel disappointingly short.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Sure glad I hadn't bought a bottle or even worse a case of this one. The beer poured out nice, with a clear golden color and a white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty solid on this beer, It's a good looking brew to say the least. The smell of the beer is a little on the weak side, I was trying to pick up some of the big hoppy aromas but I just wasn't really able too all that much. Very strange. The taste of the beer reminded me of a Hopped up version of Midas Touch. It's very sweet with a decent hop prifile but it doesn't taste much different than several other DfH beers that are on the market. The mouthfeel was smooth, kind of oily with a subtle carbonation to it. Overall just really not impressed with this beer. I wanted to like it but I just wasn't able to enjoy it as much as I had hoped too.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle with bottled-on date ($11.99). Nice label artwork. I had no frame of reference going into this tasting other than the label blurb. Poured into a tulip glass.

Looked good - golden-amber, bright white head. I couldn't pick up much on the nose save for some of the grain bill. Taste is remarkably subtle. A very "soft" feel all around, with an unidentifiable bitterness. Some mineral, a lot of wheat, but no distinguishable hop profile. Mouthfeel was viscous, with no carbonation seen after the pour.

All in all, a unique beer, definitely an atypical IPA, but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a toasted grain color with some honey highlights. The cream colored head is pillowy and rocky and leaves fantastic chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite sweet and grainy. The smell is all malt, don't pick up any hops. It has an adjunctly type of aroma and not much else. Nothing in the aroma is telling me this is anything that resembles a DIPA.

The flavor is quite bready and does have a strong grain presence. There is a strange flavor to the beer that might be attributed to the different hops that the brew is made with. It is a fruity type of flavor, a bit sour and bitter; perhaps green mango?? Definitely grassy with some hay. Tough to pinpoint the exact flavor. It has a tin type of flavor and unripe fruit. Some honey and flowery (lavender?) flavors round everything out.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate and a bit chewy but finishes with a strong grassy bitterness. Balances out well.

Way too grainy for my liking and the hops are a tad strange, though it does grow on you a bit as you drink it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small presence of mellow hops. In the taste, mellow hops and a small presence of dryer citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus note in the aftertaste. A nice beer, but mellow hops and nothing really stands out.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear golden color. Big, fluffy head slowly grows from the honeyed body. Lots of foamy remnants.

S-The aroma is soft. Lots of vegetal earthy hop aromas. A bit soapy too. Definitely doesn't stress much fruit. There is also a heavy malted base. Not enamored with the aroma here.

T-Hops remind me of cooking spices. Herbs and mints and flowers. Earthy too. The hops don't work together nor do they communicate well with the malt. It tastes segmented and disjointed. I don't love the flavors imparted by the Bravo and #644 hops.

M-Drinks easy enough. Lacks the bitterness I desire. A bit sticky. Nice carbonation.

O/D-Two of the Big Boy craft breweries combine to make one boring brew. Odd beer

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Photo of rcmooney
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Served in 750ml bottle.

A- Bright, clear, amber-orange, resilient white head

A- Beautiful herbal, spicy, citrus hop presence bites the nose upfront awaking your senses in an addicting manner begging you lend the beer your nose for one more sniff.

T- Creamy beginning with a slightly hoppy ending, supported by a minimal representation of the aroma in between.

M- High carbonation, medium body, creamy, loosely dry.

F- Dry finish, but most of the beers flavor other than a slight presence of the grain rolls off the tongue.

If this beer tastes like it smelled it would be fantastic, unfortunately it does not. The Beer takes home the gold with smell and appearance, but dissapoints everywhere else.

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Photo of Rutager
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a clear yellow gold with 3 fingers of off-white head that leaves some decent lace behind.

Smell. Sweet citrus fruits, floral hops, some peach and pineapple and grainy, lightly toasted malts.

Taste. Floral hops, dried citrus rinds, light grainy malts, a bit of pineapple and some bitter grass and herbs.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Not my style of ipa, a bit too sweet and hops that I just don't dig. Probably more a personal preference thing than a statement on the quality of this beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada "Life and Limb Rhizing Bines." An India Pale Ale brewed with Bravo & #644 hops. Cap is the Dogfish Head logo. Brewed & Bottled by Dogfish Head. 8% ABV confirmed. Expectations are above average; I'm not big on either brewery, but I'm in the mood for a good IPA. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired locally earlier tonight and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a fluffy soft beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention for the high ABV. No real lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear translucent somewhat pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot on for the style, but there's nothing particularly unique or special about it. The head's notable, and I'm excited to try it. So far so good. Average vibrance.

Sm: Pleasant and welcoming. Bright fruit - maybe apricot. Pale malts. Delightful clean floral hopping. Some light pine hop character as well. Light and a bit grassy. A hint of caramel and malty sweetness. Clove from the yeast. Light citrus zest. A light to mild strength aroma. No alcohol is detectable. Fresh. Refreshing.

T/Mf: Great evocative floral character, light nectary notes. First thing that really interests me is its soft, refreshing, light mouthfeel. It's smooth and wet. A bunch of malty sweetness and caramel malt hits on the climax, really overwhelming the hops and tearing down the balance. Way too sweet, almost cloying. Approaches candi sugar. Boy, I wish it were much lighter on the malt content. No yeast or alcohol character is detectable. Finish is heavy candi; it's really cloying and off-putting. I liked the first sip of this the best; the more I'm having the worse it's getting. Horrid presence on the palate, really overwhelming for no good reason. There isn't a lot of flavour here; it's a bit of a mess. I will say the hopping itself was well executed; the floral character and light nectary character is great. I'd like to see more gushing bright fruit, a much lighter body, and far far far less sweetness. There's a good beer to be made by revising this recipe. Lots of wasted potential here. Not big on this beer, but it's far from bad. Average.

I do get some alcohol heat in the stomach as I drink.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. A pricey beer considering its unimpressive quality. Many will like this, but I am not one of them. If you value balance in an IPA, this is not for you. Doesn't really scratch my IPA itch, actually. Feels like more of a heavily malted pale ale, to be honest. Won't be getting this one again.

Low C+

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Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured into a pint glass

A: copper, honey colored. 2 fingers of frothy, white head.

S: caramel malts, bready. smells like a red ale. hops only in the background.

T: pretty mild. caramel, pale malts. hop bitterness without the flavor.

M: medium bodied, well carbonated, clean.

O: crisp and refreshing, but dogfish head and sierra nevada totally missed their mark. i was expecting this collaboration to be totally epic. it was not. especially the hop profile.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Searched pretty hard to find this one, and a buddy was fortunate enough to come across a bottle in Tampa.

A- Light orange to copper with offwhite head of about 2 fingers. Fair retention and good lacing. A little light in color for the style, but looks very pleasing overall.

S- Surprisingly, not much to speak of here. One of the weaker smelling DIPAs I have ever come across. Some pine and floral hops along with bicuits and wheat barley. Disappointing

T- More intense than nose. Earthy hops with a wheat bready malt base. A little more malt than expected. A bit of graininess that you don't normally have in this style. Some fruits and resinous notes, along with caramel. Some hop flavors that i am unfamiliar with...must be the Bravo. Not bad, just seems a little off. Has a sort of medicinal overtone

M- Very nice feel to this one. Dry finish, mid body, big carbonation, and hardly a trace of the 8% noticable.

O- Seems to have more of a DFH take to it than SN, but maybe I'm looking into it too much. While I respect the risk and collaboration effort, it seems to fall a bit short on the flavor scheme for me.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Bright copper in color with some haziness (chill haze?) and a two-finger white head that lasts. Visible carbonation on the low side.

S: Rich maltiness, grassy/earthy hops...that's about it. Low aroma overall.

T: Bready and pilsner malts that give the beer an almost chewy aspect. Some fruitiness (banana? Yeast esters?) and clove near the end. Moderately bitter in the hang.

M: Slightly heavy body, good carbonation sensation, alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: This is in no sense of the word an IPA, let alone DIPA. A poor, poor example of style, but not an exceptionally objectionable beer. Not a drain-pour, but don't go in with high expectations.

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