Dogfish Head The Perfect Disguise

It’s been a crazy few months at work and I’ve fallen off updating the blog. I have a bunch of posts that need to go up, the first being this relatively new selection from Dogfish Head.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “On the surface, The Perfect Disguise looks like a straightforward Kölsch with a crisp Kölsch yeast and traditional German malts and hops … but things aren’t always what they seem. With a quick sniff and a slight sip, you’re greeted by a creamy mouthfeel and full body thanks to the addition of a unique German chit malt – the first hint that this beer may be somewhat different. Hiding deeper behind that German disguise is the double dry-hopping of an American Double IPA, with nearly 4 lbs. of German and American hops per barrel. It brings tropical flavors of citrus, tangerine, mango, gooseberries and peach. The artwork for The Perfect Disguise was brought to life and designed by 2019 Off-Centered Art Series artist Michael Hacker. The name ‘The Perfect Disguise’ was the inspiration for the illustration design as it’s a play on words with whether or not the beer is actually a Kölsch or an American IPA.”

Random: This is the first Dogfish Head beer that I’ve had since October, 2018.

This beer poured with a finger of off-white head that dissipated quickly. It left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy golden color with some carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose started with lager yeast and some grain and then quickly went into bigger notes of tropical fruit. I picked up some pineapple and mango and kumquat. The taste was much of the same. It started with clean grain and yeast and then had some huge citrus notes. I picked up the same pineapple, mango and kumquat and then got tangerine and a touch of fruity tea. The alcohol was well hidden and the body was on the medium side. It had a quick finish with tropical fruit. I thought this was a great showing from Dogfish Head and I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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