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

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

Dogfish Head Fruit-Full Fort

Val and I are on vacation in Cape Cod and we finally had a decent dinner. We tend to have really bad luck at restaurants, but tonight’s dinner at The Mews was amazing. Val got the cod, which was in a lemon butter sauce and I got butter poached lobster. You really can’t go wrong with lobster.

ABV: 18%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A twist on our beloved Fort, Fruit-Full Fort is brewed with four types of berries – Raspberry, Blackberry, Boysenberry and Elderberry! This juicy blend of dark berries creates depth and complexity reminiscent of a jammy red wine. Along with adding a boatload of more berries this time around, we also punched up the malt bill with Munich malt to provide a firm backbone. The result provides balance to the tart flavors of a very berry blend. Dark maroon in color, Fruit-Full Fort is swirling with notes of velvety cherry and berry sweetness for a full-bodied – and full-flavor – experience!”

Random: The beer selection up here is quite nice.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation and some cloudiness as well. The nose had a lot of booze upfront with some brandy and blueberries. Blackberries and jam came through as well. The taste was equally boozy. There was a lot of fruit. I picked up a lot of blueberries and blackberries with raspberry jam. There was some vanilla and brandy as well. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish. I thought this beer was good, but the booze was a little too apparent. I would let this one sit down for a few years.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dogfish Head Liquid Truth Serum

Tonight’s selection is from Dogfish Head. I haven’t had a beer from them in awhile.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The truth is, Dogfish Head has been doing innovative things in the world of hopping since we opened in the mid-90s. From our continual hopping method found in our 60 Minute, 90 Minute and 120 Minute IPAs to our latest innovation of post-boil hop additions found in our Liquid Truth Serum! Our unique process involving pelletized, powdered, leaf and liquefied hops makes for a blissfully inefficient IPA that’s truthfully hoppy without being deceptively bitter. You’ll find the perfect match of citrusy and tropical notes, making for a zesty finish … honest.”

Random: This is a year-round release that comes in at 65 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one and a half finger white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow and slightly hazy. The nose started with a lot of tropical fruit. I picked up pineapple, mango and guava. There was some grass as well. The taste was filled with citrus and tropical fruit. I picked up grapefruit along with pineapple, mango and guava. There was some booze that was apparent. The body was on the heavier side with a lot of carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with tropical fruit. I picked up a pounder can for $3, which came to $.19 per ounce. I thought this beer was pretty good, but not amazing. I wouldn’t refuse one if it was handed to me, thought.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Dogfish Head Beer To Drink Music To ’17 Tropical Blonde

Val picked me up the newest version of Beer To Drink Music to. It got much higher ratings than 2016’s version.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Music has been a part of Dogfish Head since before Dogfish Head. So it’s a natural fit for a brewery that makes ‘Analog Beer for the Digital Age’ to be the Official Beer of Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture of record stores and the special role they play in their communities. Of course, as the Official Beer of Record Store Day, we had to create a special brew for the occasion! Now for the second year, that’s just what we’ve done with Beer To Drink Music To. In volume two of this celebratory ale, this Tropical Blonde is brewed with hibiscus flowers and kiwi juice. It’s the perfect marriage of beer and music and best when paired with some of your favorite tunes. Clocking in at 6.8% ABV, Beer To Drink Music To ’17 is a pinkish-red brew with forward notes of tropical fruits with hints of berries and floral.”

Random: I’ve never gotten into vinyl.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose was very grassy with a lemon-lime soda note. There was also a kiwi hard candy note. The taste had a lot of tropicality with pineapple and lemon-lime soda and lime juice. Kiwi was present too. It also had some yeast as well. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of tropical fruits. A bottle of this was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. I thought this was a really nice beer and would pair well with a ceviche or light fish.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale

One of the things that surprised me about Hilton Head was how many themed restaurants they have. They didn’t have many chain restaurants, but all of them had a theme. This one was Rat pack era Italian food. When we got there, I fully expected the food to be terrible. I was more than pleasantly surprised with my meal as well as my beer choice.

seaquench

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our session sour quencher brewed with lime peel, black limes & sea salt”

Random: This is their seasonal release in August and September. I had this in August, so now you can truly gauge how long my backlog is.

This beer poured with very little head that was pure white and dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with no carbonation visible because of the cloudiness. The nose was surprisingly pungent for the ABV with sour lemon, fresh cracked black pepper and lime wedges. The taste was even better. It had a significant amount of bright lemon with the same cracked black pepper. I never thought that those two things would go together in a beer, but colored me impressed. It followed up with some salt and lemon juice with lemon pith. The body was light, without being watery. It had generous carbonation that made this an easy drinker. The finish was quick with lime juice. This beer paired well with the linguini and clam sauce that I had and the weather in South Carolina. I will definitely be grabbing this again this summer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood

I’ve been traveling a lot more for work. A few years ago, I used to have a giant fear of flying, but I somehow got over it. I do prefer the aisle seat though. Let’s crack this beer open.

fleshandblood

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Flesh & Blood began with a ton of real citrus including lemon flesh and blood orange juice—hence the name—plus orange and lemon peel. Then the brewers began searching for the perfect combination of hops to perfectly complement the citrus flavors. After trialing number of different hops one-by-one, they emerged with Warrior, Centennial, and a rare experimental hop. So what does this focus on simple, pure unadulterated fruit mean in terms of the aromatics and flavors in this beer? Flesh & Blood balances the resinous hoppy characteristics of an American IPA with the explosive zesty fruitiness and subtle drying tartness of citrus to deliver a highly quaffable ale that’s incredibly unique and lovely to down the whole year round.”

Random: Our cats love getting treats. It doesn’t matter where they are in the house, if I even pick up the treat container, they come running.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a small, pure white crown. The body was a clear, yet deep mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was really juicy with a lot of blood orange juice and pith. There was also some orange oil as well. Taste was even more bright and juicy. I picked up regular orange juice as well as blood orange juice. Orange oil and toasted grains came through too. It had a thick body for the style with moderate carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with orange peel and oil. A bottle of this was $2.67 ($.22 per ounce). I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0