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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 brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The clear amber colored liquid is capped by a modest head that leaves some streaks of lacing behind

Smell: Honeydew melon and resinous hops, with a floral aspect; pith and pine in the background

Taste: Opens with a honeydew, toasted wheat and shortbread malt flavor that is quickly joined by the resinous, piney hops; after the swallow, there is an additional bit of honey which adds more sweetness; despite the malt forward character of this beer, there is plenty of bitterness that brings up the rear

Mouthfeel: Very thick, almost syrupy, with low carbonation

Overall: This is a very different beer but to think of it in DIPA terms really leads one down the wrong path; though I don't like many sweet DIPAs, I am finding this one to be rather interesting; not sure about the mouthfeel, however

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Photo of BKotch
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I don't know how to rate this beer. Said to be a DIPA, it seemed more like a saison to me. Nice deep gold color with a fluffy white head, it smelled of Belgian yeast. Tasted like a pretty good saison, too. DIPA? Seriously? Maybe the fact the it's almost three months old is responsible, but I can't imagine this beer ever having the requisite strong hop character. It just arrived in Houston about 10 days ago. Medium body and quite drinkable. As a saison. Go figure.

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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 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 Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Shady McGrady's enjoyed chilled from th 750ml in a goblet.

The color is deeply golden hued with good clarity and thick pale cream which clings as lace w/ fine bead. The smell of almost berry-like yeast ester with light herbal hop accent and gentle aroma of malt w/ low alcohol ester. The texture is semi-dry with mild bitterness and full malt cushion with moderately high carbonation and relatively dry finish.

This Imperial IPA has a taste that is fruity mixed with a floral and zesty herbal hop taste profile with flavors that lead to more of a yeast and malt juxtoposition mid palate with semi-sweet flavor which is lightly caramel tinged from the malt and nutty with a slight citrus element and bitter hop taste as it finishes w/ more pepper in the end.
Overall I was pleased with the taste considering how it was marketed which is a nice blend of East and West coast style iPA's w/ more body yet still finishes on the dry side w/out having an all out hop assault on your palate.

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Photo of gr0g
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden amber in color with a big, pillowy head. Very nice retention and lacing. Aroma is muted and very un-IPA-like. A vinous note evocative of a sweet white wine. Slight floral hop note. This bottle is over 3 months old, so I'm not surprised that the hops have faded, but the aroma is uninspired in general.

Quite sweet on the palate. This is absolutely not an IPA. Tastes a bit like another Dogfish Head beer - Midas Touch. Note of honey with mild fruity esters. A bit of metallic note in the finish, lingering in the aftertaste. At first, I kind of liked this, but I'm less and less enthusiastic the more I drink. Mouthfeel is at least well-suited to the flavor profile. It's a bit syrupy, also well-carbonated but soft and smooth.

This had promise, but it's kind of a mess of unbalanced sweetness and a lifeless aroma. Especially at a $10+ price point for a 750ml bottle, I can't recommend this.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again a glowing orange brew from the united forces of Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada, Rhizing Bines is where the hops meet two different hops Bravo and #644...full thicket of creamy textured head billowing with a great intricate lacing as it settles down a bit. Aroma has intense citric hops with sweetness glowing from the basis of the beer, it feels so right in the beer realm something I can't complain about when these two breweries come together. Each one has their strengths...together the force is that much stronger. A whisping collision of hops and alcohol with complex grains, really brings it together a bit of harshness when the collision occurs. I'm getting soft complex wheat with the estate caramel malts character shining thru, mind you these hopes aren't the freshest varietals this was bottled on 1/25/13, which indicates some time has passed I would have loved to try I the first week in distribution. I just lit up a Camacho Diploma cigar with these hops they are a perfect marriage, the malts and hops that are starting to fade blend well with the spicy peppery sweet Honduran tobacco. Mouthfeel finishes with trace alcohol burn and bittering hops all day, it's a true hophead marriage goes great with both the cigar and the Dr. John New Orleans Native Son album I'm listening to. Overall I'm glad I was able to try hopefully next time a bit fresher, the production on this album is great the Black Keys got involved with Dr. John how can he get any better add in some Black the beer again keep it up both breweries are booming for a very good reason excellent products and marketing.

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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 ckollias
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a Belgian snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace leaving a great trail all the way down the glass.

S: Slight hoppy aroma with a citrus background.

T: Similar to the smell there is a hoppy flavor with a decent malt and caramel background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Not my favorite DFH brew – but it was crisp and refreshing and went down without a fight – worthy of a try but not something I would grab again.

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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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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 oN3xM
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear golden brown color with huge amounts of carbonation. Even a proper pour gives it a huge white foamy head.

S - The nose on this one hits you with a sweet, crisp, citrusy aroma. Good smell, but a little musty on the backend. That could be my fault; it was bottled on 1/29/13 and I drank it 4/13/13. So not the freshest IPA I've ever had, but it still smells great.

T - A lot of bitter hoppy notes. Then a huge caramel maltiness that settles on the tongue. Good taste, but nothing too significant.

M - A thin, bubbly body. Leaves behind a little bit of a thick coating in the mouth.

O - A nice and easy to drink imperial IPA. Overall a good beer, but I'm not sure if I'd buy it again. Definitely not disappointed, as I love almost all DFH brews, but this one should be a "try it once".

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Photo of cvm4
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden amber in color with a fluffy eggshell head.

S - Herbal, some citrus notes, sweet malts and caramel.

T - Malty and crisp sugary throughout. Lemon and citrus peak through at the end with a ho-hum bitter ending.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Really missing here. Seems like it should be tacky and the flavors persist, but it doesn't.

O - It's good if you like the DFH profile, which it seems to follow exactly, IMO.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lively herbal hop atop grainy sharp malts.

The taste consisted of an initial herbal element that was soon overtaken by a harsh jagged graininess. There was an agressive lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer that is unfortunately difficult to palate. A little too much going on I think. SN should steer clear of these types of projects.

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Photo of vkv822
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
taster glass : from notes.

Clear, golden body with a foamy white head and spotty lacing.

Sweet, caramel, malty wheat notes blend wonderfully into fruity, melon, citric and floral hops.

Medium+ body with bubbly, foamy carbonation. Faint hop oil feel at times.

A unique beer, I would like another chance to try this again and do a more in depth review.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with thick white head.

Smell is fruity with lots of citrus and hints of sweet malts. Alcohol presence as well.

Taste is very malty and sugary. Hint of almost a molasses character to it. Lot so bitterness throughout. Very musty bitterness too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this is good. Would definitely get this again.

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Photo of weonfire
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Opaque, clear as can be, golden, 2" inch white fluffy head, amazing lacing right up to the high beer mark

S - carmel, citrus, milder hop

T - initial: carmel, honey, lemon grass. finish: orange, grapefruit, bitter level (4/10)

M - real frothy, creamy, high viscosity

O - A bit disappointed. Taste is too mellow, nose is more grassy than anything. Appearance is awesome, mouth has everything you'd hope for in an IPA. But, didn't taste the wheat at all tho.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange gold body, topped by four fingers plus of snow white bubbly foam. Outstanding lace.

A fruit basket of citrus - grapefruit, lemon, oranges - mixed with some fresh pine to create an aroma which somehow says juicy.

Caramel core encircled by juicy fruits. Different fruit blend than your typical IPA. Pine. Bitterness lurks in the background. Very tasty. Non abrasive.

Creamy mouthfeel, a pleasant surprise in the style.

A different sort of IPA, different hops leading to different tastes, but highly enjoyable. Definitely worth trying one.

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Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: caramel, lemon and graprefruit citrus, and some bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon, melon, some biscuit, and some moderate bitterness creates a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. The aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: This was an enjoyable brew that wasn't overly citric or bitter despite it is a DIPA. I found this to be very good and I am looking forward to more of this.

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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 StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with Hopswagger
Served in a SN IPA glass

A - Pours copper/amber some suspended specks. 2 fingers of rocky meringue head sit on top and sinks into a dense collar.

S - Doughy caramel malts, sweet lemon and grapefruit citrus, pungent floral hops show up when swirled.

T - Bright sweet citrus against a sweet and clean caramel malt. Hop oils coat the tongue with notes of orange blossom and leafy hops. Lemon and grapefruit pith bitterness comes strong on the finish. Grapefruit oil is left on the aftertaste.

M - Full body, soft and smooth feel, oily at times, creamy carbonation.

Very bright flavors with clean bitterness, soft and creamy mouthfeel. Hops are showcased well. I'm very glad I git to try this.

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

P: Slightly fragmented but clear golden copper body. Creamy wet head that laces the edges gracefully.

S: Fresh sun kist grains, wheat, barley, orange oil, lemon and lime leaves. Clean and crisp.

T/M: Toasted caramel malt forward, toast with honey, lime, lemon grass and fresh grains left in the sun. Bitterness presents itself in a stable citrus assortment creeping in toward the finish with an ever evolving profile. Timid persimmon bitters in the back of the throat. Creamy medium feel with a dash of perfected carbonation to create a creamy smooth pull.

O: The aroma is a powerful beast of beauty and grace. Smooth and relaxing flavors massage the palate and coax it into submission. The profile changes from sweet sunny malt to a assertive yet refined bitter dragon that creeps in towards the end. Enjoy!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 1/28/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, peach, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; very pleasant. Taste of orange zest, peach, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind, pineapple, floral, grass, biscuit, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light-moderate floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, peach, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of unique hop flavors; with a very balanced hop/malt sweetness profile; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA with unique hops. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Pretty tame for a DIPA, but I really enjoyed this one overall.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a coppery color and a clear consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: An incredibly sweet and floral aroma, with some traces of hops as well.

T: Tasted of hops (a somewhat low amount for a DIPA), a citrus element, a floral quality and strong malt presence in the finish. Kind of unbalanced and unfocused. Too much malt and not enough hops for the style.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer. Some good qualities, but it doesn't quite make it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer, nice almost perfect 1" of head on it, has above average retention for something with upper degree hopping. Aroma was far sweeter than I was expecting. Don't know if it was the malt additions or the hopping, who knows, this experimental hop stuff, I have no frame of reference for, so hey, it was sweet, from where, I dunno at this time. Aromatically, it just didn't deliver what an excellent dipa should in the nose.

Taste was again, sweet, there was an herbalness to it as well. I'm already thinking, hey, this is a lot more DFH than it is SN at this point. As far as hoppy beers (well almost all beers), that is kind of a bummer, I'd rather have a bigger SN footprint all over this. Minimal citrus inclusions. There's some spice aspect (coriander?) that doesn't need to be there either. Grassy, herbal, floral, but lacking hop punch quality. Sometimes, trying to go unique and reinvent the wheel isn't as impressive as just making something reliable and predictable that gets the job done.

12.99 a bottle? No way. Not gonna happen, I wouldn't pay $12.99 for a 6 pack of this.

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