Archive for the ‘Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’ Category

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.


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


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.


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

Val picked this beer up for me. It’s a relatively new seasonal IPA from Dogfish. The label art is pretty cool too.


ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dogfish Head has been brewing off-centered ales for off-centered people since 1995, with inspiration from every facet of life – the spice cabinet, music, even art. What you have here is a serious India Pale Ale shacking up and hunkering down with mango and apricots. At the same time! Romantic Chemistry is brewed with an intermingling of mangos, apricots and ginger, and then dry-hopped with three varieties of hops to deliver a tropical fruit aroma and a hop-forward finish. It’s fruity, it’s hoppy, it’s tasty! With artwork from our 2016 seasonal artist, Drew Millward, Romantic Chemistry features vibrant, abstract illustrations of each key ingredient.”

Random: I hate when people on House Hunters Renovation take a perfectly good brick fireplace and overlay stone.

The beer poured with a one finger, ecru colored head. It took awhile to dissipate and left very little lacing, but a half a finger crown was left. The body was a bright orange with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a metallic note with peach and apricot. Caramel malt was there too. The nose was more subtle than I expected. The taste had the same metallic note, along with apricot and peach. There was also some light pine at the back of the sip. It didn’t have a lot of malt in the taste, which worked for the beer. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with apricot. A single bottle was $2.37 ($.20 per ounce). I thought that this beer felt unfinished. I enjoyed the peach and apricot, but would have appreciated a bit more malt in the taste and pine. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Dogfish Head. I’ve had more beers from them than any other brewery.


ABV: 9%

Style: Tripel

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! Insert Beer To Drink Music To. This Belgian-style Tripel is brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns and vanilla. It’s the perfect marriage of beer and music and best when paired with some of your favorite tunes. Clocking in at 9% ABV, Beer To Drink Music To is a golden orange brew with forward notes of toffee, cardamom, cloves and subtle notes of vanilla.”

Random: I think it’s cool that they made a beer for Record Store Day, although I can’t say I’ve ever owned a record.

This beer poured with a thick, three finger, khaki colored head. It took a long time to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass, along with a half finger crown. The body was clear, and copper-colored. The carbonation was present and plentiful. The nose started with yeast and quickly went into the cardamom and white peppercorn. After it warmed a bit, the vanilla came out. I didn’t pick up a lot of citrus on the nose. The taste had a bit more citrus. It started with a candied orange peel and then went into the spice notes of cardamom and pepper. It ended with a toffee sweetness. The vanilla didn’t make much of an appearance. The body was thick with high carbonation and had some booze warming at the back of my throat. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with toffee sweetness from the malt. A bottle of this set me back $2.75 ($.23 per ounce). I liked this beer since it was an interesting interpretation of a tripel. If you like beers that push the limits of the style, this is a beer for you.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Today’s beer is one that I’ve had on my wanted list since I started the blog. A few years ago, it would sit on the shelf for months and I thought that I would always get to picking it up. Then, Dogfish head stopped making it for a few years and I was out of luck, but not today.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Squall IPA is a continually hopped, unfiltered Double IPA that’s brewed with three types of malt as well as dry-hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Palisade hops. Clocking in at 9% ABV, this citrus-forward IPA has a hoppy aroma with floral notes of pine and grapefruit. Bottle conditioned, Squall uses a traditional process to naturally carbonate. Additional yeast and sugar are both added just prior to the beer going in the bottle, causing a second fermentation to occur, in turn, creating the CO2 for carbonation. This makes for a finer champagne-like experience, lending to a smoother mouthfeel and denser foam. Between the continual hopping, dry hopping and bottle conditioning, Squall has a bright hoppiness that is adored by many!”

Random: Sorry for the terrible picture. It was apparently glare-o-clock in the kitchen when I had this.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, cream-colored head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy, which was to be expected since it is an unfiltered beer. It was copper in color and had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with notes of pine and grapefruit and quickly went into a booze note. The taste had much more balance. It started with the same piney hop note, but also had a floral note that made it interesting. It had a decent amount of malt that gave it caramel sweetness. The body was dry and thick, but had a lot of warming from the high ABV. The finish was lengthy with pine and caramel sweetness. I liked this beer, especially given that the bomber price was only $8.99 ($.41 per ounce). If you haven’t tried it and you like the style, it’s a well-balanced example.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This beer doesn’t need much of an introduction, especially since the website goes into such detail. Let’s crack it open.


ABV: 17%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Way back in the early ’90s, a 20-something waiter in New York City named Sam got a taste for small American ‘microbrews.’ A do-er, Sam stopped by a homebrew store and embarked on the first batch of his very own beer. On the way home, he spotted a bag of cherries at his local bodega and thought they’d make his beer a little more interesting. He was right, and the day after he and his friends enjoyed that first batch, he started researching what it would take to open a brewery. The rest, as they say, is history. Higher Math is a tribute to that auspicious first beer and celebrates 20 off-centered years of Dogfish Head. It’s a golden strong ale fermented with sour cherry juice and cocoa nibs and clocks in a 17% ABV. Higher Math has forward notes of cherries, pineapple and stewed fruit, with late notes of cocoa. It has lingering sweetness and a notable warmth from the alcohol.”

Random: This comes in at 35 IBUs.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off-white head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. It left a crown on top of the clear, dark brown body with high carbonation. The nose had significant sweetness up front with honey and bourbon. Molasses came through too. Booze was prevalent, although not nearly as much as I thought it would be. The taste was really sweet. Lots of malt came through with caramel, molasses and vanilla. Dark fruit came through too, specifically raisins and dates and dark cherries. I didn’t pick up any of the cocoa notes that they said would be in the beer. The booze was strong and made this beer a true sipper. It had a thick and syrupy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lots of sweetness and booze. This beer was expensive at $8.99 a bottle (and limited to one per person where Val got it for me). This came to $.75 per ounce. I thought I was going to love this beer, but it was just too sweet for my liking and to me, it wasn’t worth the pricetag. I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This beer is one that everyone has been reviewing and the blog reviews are very mixed. I tend to love beers with spruce or juniper notes, so hopefully it’s a good one.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A spruce-infused pale ale, Pennsylvania Tuxedo pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA. Brewed in collaboration with family-run outdoor clothing company Woolrich, Pennsylvania Tuxedo is a sessionable concoction with a grassy citrus kick complemented by the resinous conifer notes of fresh green spruce tips. We went into the forests of north-central Pennsylvania and Georgetown, Del., to pick these fresh tips ourselves. A dry yet doughy malt backbone lets the hops and spruce shine while still balancing out the bitterness, making this one an easy sipper.”

Random: I’m sorry, but how is 8.5% ABV sessionable?

This beer poured with a three finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was clear and the color of maple syrup. It had light carbonation visible. The nose was potent. It had a lot of hops and pine notes, but not spruce tips. Some citrus came through too and it was really hoppy. The taste had the spruce tips that I was missing in the nose and they dominated the flavor. It bordered on being a bit too much. The pine hops and citrus came through, but were mild in comparison to the spruce. Bready and lightly toasted malt was at the end of the sip. As I find with most beers from Dogfish Head, the booze was hidden. The beer drank with a very heavy body for the style, and the spruce flavor increased that feeling. It had the same light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with spruce tips and toasted malt. It was $2.42 for a bottle ($.20 per ounce). This beer was definitely interesting and I liked the addition of the spruce tips, but it needed to be dialed down a touch to be an outstanding beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0