Crown-Breaker Artisan Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For the 10th annual Extreme Beer Fest, Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate wanted to reinterpret the EBF tradition of brewing beer outside the “Reinheitsge-box” (as Sam Calagione puts it) by brewing a beer that falls within the guidelines of the German purity law. Behold: Crown-Breaker Artisan Ale. It’s a hybrid ale that draws on influences from the Rauchbiers of Bamberg and Gose beers of Leipzig.

The 10 ingredients were chosen by Dogfish Head, the Alström brothers, and the BeerAdvocate community, and they were all sourced from mom & pop producers. Ingredients include filtered tap water from Rehoboth, Del.; ocean water from the Delaware coast; Pilsner malt from valley Malt in Hadley, Mass.; Crystal 90L malt from Colorado Malting in Alamosa, Colo.; Belma hops from Puterbaugh Farms in Mabton, Wash.; Cascade hops from Aroostook Hops in Westfield, Maine; White Labs WLP008 East Coast Ale yeast; Dogfish Head DNA yeast (from a culture found originally at Fifer Orchards in Camden-Wyoming, Del.); Brettanomyces custersianus from East Coast yeast out of North Jersey; and wild cherrywood from Fifer Orchards.

The result is a 5% ABV, clean, malt-forward ale, with a hint of campfire from smoking a portion of the Pilsner malt and the whole-leaf Cascade hops with the wild cherrywood. The finish is delicately salty from the ocean water, and the Brettanomyces custersianus yeast will add acidity with age, while remaining clean without the typical “horse blanket” character associated with most Brettanomyces strains. Cheers!

Added by Todd on 01-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Exclusive on tap at the brewpub

Pours jet black with a tan thin head.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate.

Flavor is of roasted coffee, wood, cocoa and a weird earthy sooty element.

Thin body with minimal carbonation.

This beer is pretty meh, the taste is weird and the body is pretty disappointing. Wouldn't have this again.

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Crown-Breaker Artisan Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 21 ratings