Dogfish Head SuperEIGHT

One of the biggest beer headlines in the past few weeks is the merger between Boston Beer Company and Dogfish Head. I’m not sure what effects that will have, but it’s definitely interesting. In celebration of that, I ordered this beer to review.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We have a saying here at Dogfish Head, ‘Analog beer for the digital age.’ Whether it’s a blissfully inefficient brewing process, high-quality (and often obscure) ingredients, or simply the handcrafted care that goes into the making of an off-centered ale, you’ll find it’s at the heart of everything we do. That same spirit can be found in our latest collaboration with the analog creators at Kodak. They’re bold. They’re storytellers. And well, they’re our kind of people. Which is why we’ve teamed up with them to ‘develop’ a one-of-a-kind partnership that’s full of creative chemistry. It all started when Dogfish founder & CEO Sam Calagione learned during a Kodak podcast that if the pH of a beer is low enough, it just might be able to develop their Super 8 film. Challenge accepted. Insert SuperEIGHT (the beer). This sessionable super gose is brewed with eight heroic ingredients: prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, kiwi juices, toasted quinoa and an ample addition of red Hawaiian sea salt! Okay, so technically that’s nine, but it ‘gose’ without say that there’s going to be salt. These unique ingredients give this beer a vibrant red color, with delicious flavors of berries and watermelon, along with a tart – yet refreshing – finish. But that’s not all … it also effectively develops Kodak’s Super 8 film. From the can to the stop bath, there’s a whole lot of science and alternative processing that takes place to bring the imagery to life. And it’s so totally worth it.”

Random: This beer is an April to December release.

The beer poured with a small, white head. It was about half a finger high and dissipated quickly. The body was slightly cloudy and a reddish-purple color. There was not much carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant with lots of fruit. I picked up a lot of berries, specifically raspberries and blackberries. There was kiwi and then some watermelon as well. The taste was also quite fruity. It had a lot of raspberry and blackberry with a little bit of salt. I didn’t pick up the kiwi or watermelon. I also wish that it was a bit more sour. The body was on the heavier side of the style with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and fruity finish. I wish this beer had more tartness, but good for a beginner.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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