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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 BeerImmediately
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml into IPA favorable glassware at about 40-45 degrees. Warming to room temp thru review.

Pours with a large, healthy, off-white head that takes a while to cascade down, and leaves a strong lacing on the glass. Deep golden (nearly amber) color body with a fair/light amt of carbonation flowing up the middle.

Aromas are full of earth, wheat/bread, and a background of rich floral hops. Not your typical over-the-hop DIPA.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich - not unlike many in this style. Flavors feature floral hops, along with citrus quality ... oranges, mostly. Sweet bread. The caramel malt is big, and keeps this sweet and drinkable (not too bitter). The carbonation is nicely done, and keeps it from being to sticky.

A good, fun collaboration that represents from both coasts. Reminded me a bit of Myrcenary, w/out being quite as sweet and sticky.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice copper color with a finger or so of head. Lots of small chunks of head are present on the glass through consumption. Decent retention on the top of the beer.

S: Pine hop and malt aroma.

T: A subtle hop flavor present from front to back. Hops are more subdued than a typical fresh Dogfish (or Sierra for that matter), but have a very balanced and pleasant citrus flavor. Bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied and good feel on the tongue.

O: Again, nicely balanced and a change of pace if you were expecting the typical from DFH but still very good.

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Photo of funkymonks
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper pale and reddish with a large white head

Aroma: caramel with earthy grassy notes

taste: buttery, not overly bitter, earthy and grassy in the front with some citrus notes in the backend.

palate: creamy pale malt mouthfeel.

overall: a very smooth and malty ipa that is hop forward without being too bitter, great variety of hop and malt flavors.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a clear caramel-amber color. There’s an earthy orange straw aroma of what I’d describe as faded hops with some spice (pepper) to it—accomplished without adding any sort of spicing, I imagine, or being the result of faded hops as I consumed this beer not long after it came out. The flavor has a piney chew followed by some sweetness and a caramely, dry finish.

I am glad I had a chance to try this, but at $12-$15 a bottle I can’t say it’s worth the price.

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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Two fingers worth of slanted and lopsided velvety lush slightly off-white colored frothy goodness... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to a full veil of lacing... The color is a muted pale amber with strong straw notes when back lit... A moderate bit of carbonation with a bit of a quick pace to it... Gobs of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - An enticing slightly restrained malt forward aroma... Caramel... Buttery richness... Graham crackers... Loaves of sweet desert breads... A lightly overly ripened fruit component as well... A minor wheat presence... A very subtle earthiness lies beneath the surface... Quite appealing, but not really what I look for in the style...

T - Interesting... All of the malty goodness alluded to by the nose is present, but it is joined by a very subtle hop presence... Crackers... Desert breads... Caramel... Mandarin oranges... Very light, not quite ripened citrus notes... A subtle earthiness...

M - Medium bodied... Rather sturdy... A bit stiff... Light carbonation... Juicy to start and quickly turning dry... The finish is a bit chalky... A bit different and unusual, but very appealing...

D - An interesting beer that is rather unlike anything I've previously experience in close to 1,100 reviews... That is the DFH originality cutting through... However, there is a strong enjoyable American IPA locked beneath the surface which is reminiscent of other SN offerings... I would drink this on occasion if this were a year round offering... Definitely worth a try for the curious...

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Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like fresh oranges and faint grapefruit, with some honey and milky caramel and rye barrels.
T: It tasted like rye bread and citrus hops, with some sweet caramel and wild honey and fresh cedar. It had a clean and mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Decent slick body.
D: This was a nice beer, but not really what I was expecting. The scent and taste weren't anything special as an IPA, but they had an intriguing character. The body was ok, and the alcohol was well hidden with a very smooth finish, so it was really easy to drink. Nice to try once.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that goes down quickly. Scent is very grapefruit forward with some bitter hop resin aroma, and a slight hint of cat piss. This beer has a very malty aroma as well...surprise surprise Dogfish Head. Taste is sweet malt up front, which immediately turns to bitter hops and pine. Grapefruit and orange linger on the palate. Quite a bit of orange. More malt. Finishes bitter on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is not a super impressive imperial IPA. I enjoy Hoptimum more, and 90 minute more as well (I think). Also, they should go back to the original recipe for Life and Limb, as it is a much better beer.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think my wife picked it up for me at her work.

Appearance- light copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- floral hops

Taste- floral hops, very well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. Definitely would drink it again.

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Photo of atr2605
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a yellow/copper with a white head with excellent retention
S-some barnyard grain and sweetness
T-grainy and sweet with caramel flavors mixing with a piney hop bitterness, Definitely very malt forward
M-medium bodied
O-A very malty double but the hop profile was very unique. Worth a try

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pouring into my snifter I easily achieved 2 fingers of head. Body is translucent and possesses a color I associate with apricot candies. Lacing falls away down the glass, chasing the body.

The smell is coy on this one. Malty/wheaty with hints of caramel mix with a juicy pine and floral pairing.

Up front, this is not what I was expecting. It has a fruit tone, with dark fruit and banana seeming to blend with a lightly caramelized suger quality. The back end gives you bitter, but it is almost a cautious bitterness, piney with a hint of grapefruit that doesn't overpower.

The mouthfeel is where it's at. This beer is very creamy. I would put it at meadium-heavy bodied. Leaves a faint coating on the tongue, and dries slightly.

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Photo of HoppySailor
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter. Bottled on Jan 25, 2013. Comes in at 8% abv and 70 IBU.

A- Pours a nice cream, off-white froth over a pale orange brew. Lots of yeast sediment and a ton of tiny bubbles. Thick head dissipates quickly and leaves a thin, attractive lacing.

S- Smells like pine hops and yeast rolls. Not the citrus aroma I expect from an IPA, but a nice hoppy aroma still. Hints of the Sierra Nevada Torpedo hopping in there. In a strange, but lovely way the smell reminds me of the scent of a 77 Olds Cutlass with years of spilled beer in the carpet.

T- The taste is heavy western hops soaking in a dry biscuit. The caramel malts and the Bravo hops make a well-balanced blend. Still, nothing overwhelmingly delicious is happening. I miss the citrus taste present in most IPAs. It may come on with warming, but right now the caramel malt is the elephant in the room.

T2- As it warms, the Torpedo dry-hopping process starts to stand out and the bready caramel malts subside. Still no citrus, but bitter hoppiness is taking center stage.

T3- Subtle sweetness lingers on the finish, along with a slight nutty taste. I never found my citrus, but it was still excellent. Not one I would seek out, but a fun experience anyway... Would be excellent with honey ham or hickory smoked pork.

M- The mouthfeel on this one is extra soft. Almost non-existent carbonation bite. Not a warm-weather offering for sure, but perfect for mid 60's in the shade. Very oily, viscous. Lots of yeast sediment visible in the glass and seems present on the tongue.

O- Overall- would have again with the right food pairing. Not a sessionable IPA though. It needs a specific food and circumstance. As an afterthought, the 8% abv is only noticeable once the bottle is empty and the head is light. Well done.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large white head that sticks around leaving streaky lace. Gold color and almost clear.

The smell is a nice balance mild pale malt and floral hop. Understated.

First impression is of the creaminess to the body and it gives a creamy flavor. This is from the malt obviously but it isn't too sweet. The hop is quite manageable as well. This could pass as a pale ale, but is very mild for a DIPA. A good quiet beer.

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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 NoleDoc
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap to glass. Has a light yellow color, with a nice thick head of about to fingers height. Has a bitter hoppy taste at the first sip with a sweet tastes and a smooth clean finish. Has a nice smooth mouthfeel, the sweet taste and bitterness dissipates rather quickly. Overall pretty good beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml DFH-embossed brown bottle, purchased from Whole Food SoMa in San Francisco.

Pours a pleasant bright orange-golden colour, with a fine, slightly filmy white head. Lacing is specked and intricate, falling away in great streaks down the glass. Body looks pleasantly fine, and holds misty, powdery carbonation. Overall, it's a good-looking beer.

Nose is less potent than I expected, but pleasant enough. Sharp, green hop characters give a resiny edge to the beer, while a rounded caramel character provides the bulk. There's some wheaty, husked grain characters which come through too, giving a raw, slightly rustic edge. The hops are present at least, but not particularly potent.

Taste is similar: big caramel malty sweetness provides the basis of this beer, while hops cut through a little but never become dominant. Light lemon-citrus characters, a musky, slightly salt-saline tone and some brisk peppery herbal characters on the back. Finish is dry, but with lingering medicinal herbal characters. It's not bad, but it's not really inspired.

Feel is light but smooth, kept in check by the hop character and a very fine carbonation.

Overall, this is decent stuff. It's quite well-balanced, pretty drinkable even for 8% ABV, and with a good amount of flavour. It is a little bit generic though, and in the end does feel a bit like a beer we've all had before.

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Photo of Ego
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a little darker than golden straw, one nice finger of fluffy white head, good lacing, a mere smattering of bubbles populating the glass, pretty good looking, not much else to really say...

husky wheat aroma with some herbal/floral notes, a touch of honey, a lemony spritz thing going on, smells sort of musty almost like saison-ish, I don't love it... or hate it, it's ok.

taste etc...
sublime body, not quite silky, not quite prickly... all those things in harmony, a really great feel, full and malty, coats the mouth, the flavor is pretty mild, a nice fabric of bitterness and florals but a bit subdued, the ABV is absolutely hidden in this, this is pleasant.. and that is about it

tough one, obviously this is well crafted, the ABV is barely an issue until later, it is balanced like mad... but... but... it just doesn't do it, something seems missing, it is not bad in any way but it just leaves me wanting something more, it finishes a bit better than it starts (some mango flavors I am noticing)... but... I dunno, this one falls a bit short for me

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Photo of ChanChan
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was super excited to try this beer. I have had the Life & Limb # 2 several times and I was always more than satisfied. This one was not as good!!

Appearance: Golden in color, much like any IPA or Double IPA

Smell: Interesting, I detected a good amount of hops but also a good amount of malt.

Taste: This beer had good hop flavor and a malty backbone, not a bad beer at all!!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, perhaps due to the "life" part of the beer!!

Overall: This beer was pretty good but its an IPA so I can not see myself aging it. I am not sure why these companies decided they needed another IPA, I mean IPA is the thing now a days but why sacrifice an exceptional beer for just another IPA? I don't get it!!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

It's taken me a while to do so, but I've finally gotten around to trying this stuff. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises greens, light grass, and very light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of honey, some light pine needle, and a touch of extra bitterness in the grass area. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a solid, if borderline boring, IPA. I'm not entirely sure if it's a proper representation of the merging between the hop notions of DFH and SN, but it's enjoyable enough.

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Photo of McStagger
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up for helping out my boss. Thanks boss! Bottle 1/28/13. Here's hoping we're still good.

A: Pours a hazy orange with fairly zesty carbonation. Bit hazy. Two fingers khaki head, per the style. Good retention. Lacing is mediocre.

S: For some reason I thought German. Then I saw there was wheat in the beer and understood. Lightly citric hops, and a bit of that soft wheat smell in the nose. Banana esters and is that...strawberry? Tiniest little bit of pine right off the surface of the beer.

T: Very, very fruit forward. I don't think I was wrong with the berry or the banana in the nose. Fruit takes a turn for the darker in the mid palate, with subtle hints of raisined darkness peeking through. Soapiness in the end palate, with a rush of berriedfruit before being consumed by the familiar citrus/drying bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Not a big backbone of carbonation, and that leaves the beer feeling a bit slick in the palate. The softness of the wheat further accentuates this, I think.

O: What a neat collaboration. Dogfish head makes some crazy stuff and it's always interesting to try and pick out the subtle and unexpected flavors involved. Sierra Nevada is a bastion of brewing, but I think this one has DFH's marks all over it.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bomber into a tulip glass

A - pours a cloudy orange ruby color with a frothy two finger head. Good retention.

S - dark fruit/fig, candied sugar malt.

T - the hops missing from the smell hit mid swig. Very dry finish. Warming brings a hint of sweetness. Nothing in the flavor profile is overpowering. By the end of the bomber, there seems to be a lot happening, but remains well balanced, especially for an IPA. Slight tinge of alcohol and pine.

M - slightly watery and is prickly at first, but smooths out well with some time. Altogether pretty solid.

O - an interesting combination, and ultimately very drinkable, the initial smell/taste confliction not withstanding. And, yes, I created the word confliction.

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Photo of JRed
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright transparent orange in body with everlasting mountainous head on top. Aroma of sharp pear, booze, citrus rind, some cereal. Tastes of thick citrus, evergreens, vague honey, booze. Thick, chewy and cloying. Big body with medium carbonation. Hmmm, maybe my expectations were too high.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is a collaboration pair I really hope continue working together for a long time. this beer, while maybe less ambitious than the original life and limb, is still an excellent offering. it pours a golden honey color with a fluffy and lacy white head as high as the pour is aggressive. the nose is more balanced than expected for the style. the grain is fresh, lightly toasted, and semisweet, a nice contribution. the hops are on the fresh side, plenty bitter, but with some curious fruit undertones. the fruit is there in the flavor too, somewhere short of an orange, zesty and bright, and there is more of a pine flavor as it moves toward the finish. cereal grains and caramel back it all up, and balance the hops right through the last sip. the alcohol is also well hidden, and appreciably low for a joint work of these two breweries. id call this easy drinking, although many wouldn't. its right on medium in terms of body, a little light on the carbonation, and thoroughly conflicted in the finish. not sure this fits the double/imperial ipa bill too well, but it is a very fresh, very well made bottle of beer. probably even came in a little below my expectations, but its one I would gladly drink again. the hop profile and the sweeter malts work well together. best consumed cold though, it broke down a little in the hot sun, as is to be expected.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a pint glass. This beer was gold in color with a thick white head. There was a lot of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Some melon. Piney hops.

Great taste! Caramel and honey. Cantaloupe. Piney, resiney hops. Very flavorful.

This was a smooth beer, not at all a hop bomb. I liked it.

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Photo of davey101
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 01/28/2013, 750 ml into my trusty DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a super clean golden amber body with lots of rising carbonation. Massive amounts of bone-white foam that settles down slowly leaving behind a crazy amount of sticky lacing. This is one of those beers that just coats the entire glass with foam even with a sip left and constant swirling.

S - Hmmmm....I'm having a hard time getting past the word "hmmm". Kind of an odd mix up of fruited dish soap, piney hops, melon, grass, and wet dog. Let me clarify on the wet dog thing. I'm not talking about the kind where Fido ran around in the yard during a rain storm and tracked in what you can only pray is mud and he now smells of damp newspaper and rotting banana peels. I'm talking about the kind where he just got a bath with that special doggy shampoo. So the good kind? Pretty boring though.

T - Pine, grass, melon, and a wheaty finish. Its sweet for sure, but not as malty as a 90 minute. Its kind of got a floral/herbal thing going on. Lasting bitterness on the finish. Mouth feel is slick and oily with perfect carbonation so that is a huge plus in terms of drinkability.

O - It took nearly three months to see a shelf in CT. I was pretty excited to try this despite the reviews since I am a huge DFH fanboy and SN has always impressed me. This was not a great beer and a far cry from the awesomeness that was the first Life & Limb collaboration. Its tasty enough and quite drinkable, but I suppose I am on the bandwagon who expected a bit more out of this one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium patches of thin film including some medium sized bubbles, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a sweetness to the overall aroma of this beer with some moderate caramel malts and floral notes. Moderate aromas of pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit rind hops are also present.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet malts with caramel and honey sweetness. There are some moderate flavors of floral, pine/resin, and citrus/grapefruit rind hops that impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky and syrupy.

O: I thought this beer was interesting but is really just a little too malty and too sweet for a DIPA in my opinion. There is an oddness to the mouthfeel that I did not really enjoy.

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