Nose: Hoppy. Earthy, pine notes. Slight floral. Very strong aromas
Mouth: Medium body. Crisp. Hoppy. Piney notes. Finishes hoppy, pine and slight citrus. Slightly malty.
Dogfish Head is a craft brewer that is pretty good at what they do. Sometimes, they try a bit too hard and miss the mark. This is not one of those times.
Most people know about this beer and many people consider this their favorite and the best IPA they’ve had. I’m not one of those people.
This is far from bad. It’s pretty good actually. It’s a little skewed towards the hops side of the equation but that hoppiness is very complex and deep. There’s quite a few different hops in this and you can follow the link above to the brewer’s website to find out all about the details of this brew. This brew has been around a while. For many locals, this was the IPA that started their beer snobbery, not stuff like Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale.
Thing is, for me, being so close to the brewery, this beer is in every booze store, bar and restaurant around. The market is saturated with it around here and I think that skews my opinion. This is rather pedestrian I think. It’s not bad, I can drink several but honestly, it gets overwhelming after a while. This also sticks with you. I’ve had one and hours later, I burp and there it is again. Like that one neighbor who always pops his head in to the garage and asks “Hey guys, what’s goin’ on?” and everyone just rolls their eyes with their backs turned.
This ends up being a hipster beer because of it. This is an IPA for pseudo-beer snobs. Is that bad? No, not really. At least it’ll force the Miller Lite/Coors Light/Bud Light crowd to broaden their horizons and that’s not a bad thing. It is, though, one of those beers that certain type of people will hold conspicuously with the label facing out so you can see that they are drinking a craft brew. There’s pretension in that and that kind of bugs me. You’re not interesting because of your beer. If you need a beer to make you interesting so that people have a reason to talk to you then, well, that’s sad. What’s worse is that this isn’t worth the hype that many people give it and I think that is unfortunate. It makes people look at it and wonder what all the talk is about. They try it and some are blown away because they haven’t had a complex brew before. Still others try it and wonder what the hype is about. So you end up with people thinking it’s the best beer ever contrasted with people who think it’s mundane.
It’s really neither but it doesn’t really stick out either. In a market flooded with IPA’s that’s not what you want to be.
I’m sure others have more to say about this brew but honestly, I don’t have much. It’s not a forgettable beer. Just, as an IPA it gets lost in the crowd.