Dempsey's Petaluma Strong Ale | Dempsey's Restaurant And Brewery

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Dempsey's Restaurant And Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2005

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Sorcerer:
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3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz Redhook ESB glass.

Appearance - thought I saw some bottle conditioning going on inside the brown bottle. Once poured just an un-suspicious looking amber. Small 1/2" head leaves persistent light lacing to the bottom side of the glass.

Smell - like a hefeweisen...but I have a lingering cold, and I can't smell properly right now. Malty. Hops last.

Taste - SWEeeT...malty...then: Is this 7.1 ABV? sensed more into the 8's. This is a big beer then. Therefore not hop-forward, but wait the hops come in BIG-TIME thereafter. Still, this is not a DIPA or a typical W Coast IPA style. Yes, it's good, and they call call it PSA. This is original. It tastes good and drafts well. This is a good winter fest beer concoction.

Mouthfeel - bubbles at the expected threshold, delightful.

Overall - This was bought at a liquor store in Guerneville over Thanksgiving 2012 and brought home. This beer is interesting. Denoted as an extra IPA. This is a not hop forward beer, with a hop forward ending.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BSW
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of colforbin73
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a beer with A LOT of character. with a heavy, but not overly hoppy bouquet, there is an intense malty, sumptuous mouth feel.... there is a significant burst of hops, followed by a rather pleasant, almost oakey finish. you need to sip it, swallow and relax and finish tasting.

pours a nice clear amber color, with a decent head and creamy texture. maybe this is like a DIPA or imperial ipa from ten years ago... it is an intense drink for a 7.1 abv brew... given the flavor here, it should be a full-on high abv specialty breer. i would probably like it more in cold weather, not this 80 degree february day!

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Photo of avaldivia
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a small pint style glass.

A: Darker than I expected. A bit of a dark hazy amber color. not much head for a DIPA. that having been said, the lacing was fantastic.

S: Nice hops upfront. Malty backbone. Good aroma, if not great.

T: The strong point. Excellent hop flavor. Good malt on the finish. much better than I expected. The only thing hurting the flavor is that, the malt was almost too strong.

M: Chewy. What you would expect from a typical DIPA.

O: By far the best brew I tried from Dempsey's. I would order this if it happened to be on tap or if I went to the brewpub.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of MIrvine
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of tizride
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ToriBug13
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dempsey's PSA- sample bottle, poured into Sam Adams glass.

A: Light amber, a little foggy. Awesome head, but it didn't last long.

S: Tropical pineapple, citrus, peach/apricot, light malt.

T&M: Nice, clean, hoppy but balanced. Nice malt but still light enough to be a good "session" beer. Good round mouthfeel.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dempsey's pint glass courtesy of my mother on her trip. Thanks.

Beer is dark amber and copper with quite the haze, thin white head, small bubbles, moderate carbonation, large bubbles, minimal lacing, low retention, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet and mild with hints of earthy / pine hops. Smells fine but could be more in your face.

Beer is heavy and not very bitter, mostly a big strong ale (probably why it says PSA EXTRA IPA STRONG ALE) on the cover. It is malty and mildly sweet with a decent finish. Not a great IPA but a decent beer.

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Photo of Overlord
1.76/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours amber. No real head. Just a wisp of some bubbles.

Smells like bitter, earthy pine sol. Egads.

Taste is pretty abysmal. Just rancid, grating old pine needles, some harsh astringency, and a weird earthiness that's offputting. It's really more like a double ESB gone bad than anything else.

Too flat, borderline undrinkable.

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Photo of terence
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Seanibus
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good, but not astonishing. More malt forward than one might expect from a West Coast DIPA.

Pours a nice clear copper with a big fluffy head and decent lacing. There is a little shower of carbonation rising from the bottom. The aroma is hoppy, but a little hard to quantify - maybe a musky orange, though there is some grapefruit and an unusual earthy edge. The flavor is strong and hoppy, but again, difficult to pin down - grapefruit, tropical fruit, earth, apricot, with a pungent herby finish that is almost like a mild rosemary. Behind is is a surprisingly strong malt backbone, toasty, nutty, and firm. The finish is slightly bitter, like a pleasant grapefruit spritz with a surprisingly sweet lingering sensation. The mouthfeel is silky and firm. I'd say this beer finishes better than it starts and rewards slow contemplation and a little warming.

UPDATE: Cracked a second bomber of this and I seriously question if it is even the same beer. This one is strongly hoppy, grapefruity, with a little pine, and a light-to-medium caramel malt. I'd still rate it as a B+, but I just find it puzzling that two bottles with exactly the same label contain such different liquids.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is more a strong ale than an IPA. Pours copper with a big foamy off-white head and good lacing rings. Nose of roasted caramel malt and fruit. Medium in body and smooth in palate. Flavor mirrors the nose, with a bitter finish. Nice drinking and interesting and enjoyable flavors.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Movin' right along...let's hope this one's better than the Irish I tried a few weeks ago...Pours a slightly hazy amber, no discernable head and some slowly rising carbonation. No lacing. Aroma is weird and carries some hops, but also caramel and vanilla. Very faint, unfortunately...Flavor has actually got some heft at the start, carrying some of the caramel and vanilla notes with it, plus some strong hop bitterness that carries through the finish. This was originally the Petaluma Strong Ale, but in the bottle they seem to be calling it the PSA Extra IPA...and it doesn't strike me much as an IPA. As a strong ale, it's decent for the style. Really, this is more ESB-ish than anything. Flavor isn't too robust and the whole is well balanced, but underwhelming overall. Not too expensive, so this is worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of SkyeKB
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Offa
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty good and, so far, this is my favourite beer at Dempsey's, but I don't know that it's really a double IPA as classified here, probably just an "American Strong Ale."

It's faintly hazy light amber with a medium-small off white head that shrinks slowly to a thin ring and wisps and leaves a little decent lace. It's one of the best-looking beers at Dempsey's, which are usually a little on the disappointing side visually (at least in terms of head and lace, both sometimes totally absent).

The aroma is pretty nice with a combination of more typical US/west coast qualities plus a little English-style aroma. It has toasty cracker malt, hints of earth, leaves, pine and citrus.

The taste is more west coast US, though. The dominant character is the hops, which are mostly citrusy, especially grapefruit but not entirely so, with a little orange and a hint pf pine. This is over a lightly sweet, light but persistent malty body with mostly a toasted cracker quality.

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Photo of tykechandler
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Dempsey's Petaluma Strong Ale from Dempsey's Restaurant And Brewery
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 24 ratings