Dankenstein IIPA | Pearl Street Brewery

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Dankenstein IIPADankenstein IIPA

Brewed by:
Pearl Street Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rockwell on 12-28-2009

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find this was a gusher as soon as I popped the cap. This sat in my fridge for a couple weeks, then only moved to the counter before opening. Point being, there was no agitation that would have contributed to the aggressive and annoying gushing and huge head even after it had a chance to stop spewing from the bottle. The color was amber and the body looked good, but I can't get past the unnecessary amout of head.

The hops are earthy, musty, and a little pine. There is a huge toffee sweetness to the malt.

This resembles a barleywine or strong ale more than a DIPA. The malt contributes just as much, if not more, than the hops. There is a musty aftertaste (yes, dank.)

Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet, heavy in body.

It was a bit boozy and the strange aftertaste put me off a bit.

For a DIPA labled as "Dankenstein" I was expecting much more from this and was let down. For a DIPA, this is just not that good. It was more like an average barleywine than anything else.

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Photo of DrDoitchbig
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a hazy color caught somewhere between amber and brown. With any kind of light source behind it slices of orange show themselves. The khaki head start off at about one and a half fingers, but vanished to a cap within minutes. Lacing was pretty much nonexistent, but there were a few dimples here and there.

Smell: It's apparent with the first whiff that this brew was aptly named. Resiny, dank, pine infused hops are on the forefront and they come on strong. After the hop bum rush the alcohol rears it's head, generally the hops in this style do a better job covering it up. I'm also picking up on some sweet malt and perhaps some citrus based hops as well. I have no real problem with any of these smells on there own, but for some strange reason the combination keeps reminding me of some kind of industrial solvent. Very strange.

Taste: Thankfully I'm not reminded of solvent in this category. However following the smell the resiny, floral hops are firmly in control. There's a touch of earthiness to them, with a nice dash of grapefruit to boot. Somewhere in the middle there is some of caramel malt, which is whisked away by the lingering bitter finish. I have a couple complaints here. First off I'm all for the dank, resiny hops, but I feel they work much better when they complimented by other hop flavors. This is just one-sided with it's resiny onslaught. It sort of reminds me of weed, honestly. Secondly, while this brew is completely hop centric, the flavors really aren't that strong. The level of bitterness and hop flavor is closer to standard IPA levels. It's like they forgot to add some extra aromatic hops to this batch.

Mouthfeel: The body is a solid medium and the carbonation is spot on. But there is an astringent aspect here that I am not feeling.

Drinkability: This really isn't a terrible beer. But I've had some of the pinnacles (in my mind) of this category and this just doesn't stand up. I've had many that were absolutely teeming with every kind of manifestation of hop flavor you can think of. This was just too one dimensional for me and as mentioned a bit on the weak side. I'm tired of drinking it after one serving.

From the amount of reviews this beer seems to be new to bottles. I'm not familiar with Pearl Street, but it's possible they could be new to bottling as a whole. If I only lived in Wisconsin I'd give this one another chance straight from the brewery. In it's current state though I just can't give it high marks.

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Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ay, que sucio

a: snifter serving, pours a healthy cream colored head atop the deep copper colored ale, quality retention and light lace

s: nose of sweet pine and citrus hops with a full, sugary caramel body, candied fruits, nice hop punch, mild booze only after warming

m: smooth carbonation and medium-full body gives a nice, creamy feel

t: chewy caramel structure, big pine and hop flavors, solidly on the malty side with a moderate bitterness, nothing standout but certainly well constructed

d: no issues here - quite easy given the alcohol content

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter

Murky orange pour pour with lots of little bubbles when held to the light

Smells, if possible, sticky. Very earthy hops.

Taste reveals s sticky, earthy, smack in the jaw. Far more strong ale than DIPA. Malts punch through with a vengeance while a big orange hop and pine cone finish that grips at the molars.

Mouthfeel is thick and well carbonated.

Drinkabilty is difficult to judge based on a style that is tough to match to the label. She's a rough, abrasive powerhouse.

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Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blurry tanned amber with a mountain of beige suds.
Wrought iron and pine cone aroma, with a healthy dollop of caramel, dried peaches, and Sherry. It's not a traditional IIPA nose profile, and it's a bit muted overall.
It's all caramelized nuts, toasted bread, and cotton candy once it hits the mouth, the latter growing stronger and stickier as it warms, mixing with dehydrated fruit notions (peaches and apples). The middle is doughy and yeasty. Hops bring semi-astringent metallics, pine resin, and orange rinds. A burst of sherry-esque alcohol dots the close, joining the lingering cotton candy/dried fruit notion, as it re-edges out the hops.
Medium-full bodied, lowly but steadily carbonated.
There's nothing off here, nor any strange moments, aside from that despite being rampantly hopped, it's not really an IIPA. Scored as such it probably drops a notch or so. Hopslam this isn't. The malt is the on the marquee here, and it's worth the star treatment, as it's nearly a barleywine. Consider it akin to, say, Arrogant Bastard you'll be better prepared.
Score-wise, I'm giving it the benefit of the broader style because I do like a good deal.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

fire-brewed, unfiltered, dankenstein...thats a lot of buzzwords

12oz single scooped at rileys

appearance: poured into tyranena pint, big amber body, huge frothy white cap, sticky lacing

smell: sugary sweet malts, caramel, hop resin

taste: Not sure what to make of this - not really a DIPA, maybe a strong ale but what the hell is a strong ale anyway? I'll put style distinctions aside - labels are overrated. This is a big sticky, boozy, bitter ale. The hops are there and theres a nice sweet hoppy core to this beer that is buried behind candied sugars, sticky caramel malts,orange peel, alcohol

mouthfeel: huge body, sticky, bitter and boozy

drinkability: hindered by all mentioned above

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