Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA

Founded in 1995, Dogfish HeadFlesh-&-Blood-IPA-Cans could be one the most recognizable craft beer brands in the United States. Located in Milton Delaware and founded by Sam Calagione, they brew around 175,000 barrels of beer a year (that’s over 5 million gallons!). Known for their “off centered ales,” this wide ranging portfolio is geared towards unique and non-traditional recipes.

The Flesh & Blood IPA is a well hopped IPA, brewed with orange peel, lemon flesh, and blood orange juice. Not just a clever name here folks!

7.5% ABV

Pour: A surprisingly dark copper/amber with hints of light orange hues.

Head: An off white/cream head that quickly dissipates.

Nose: Hints or orange and grapefruit with a balance of sweet aromas, and floral hop notes.

Palate: Lots of orange peel and bitter lemon right up front. A nice balance of sweet and sour. The finish is very smooth with a lingering taste of chocolate covered caramel. Think Riesen candies.

Overall: A very nice pour. I must say that I was a bit surprised by this one, based on previous experiences with Dogfish Head IPAs. The bitter hop notes were really nowehere to be found. Lots of juicy flavors with a nice sweet/toasty wheat backbone. Very well done. Great for the season, but also has the stuffing to hold up to the cooler temperatures in the fall.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints

Dogfish Head Festina Peche

dogfish-festina-pecheFounded in 1995, Dogfish Head could be one the most recognizable craft beer brands in the United States. Located in Milton Delaware and founded by Sam Calagione, they brew around 175,000 barrels of beer a year (that’s over 5 million gallons!). Known for their “off centered ales,” this wide ranging portfolio is geared towards unique and non-traditional recipes. Dogfish often collaborates with other brewers and has been featured on several documentaries and TV shows.

Festina Peche is a delicately hopped Berliner Weisse, brewed with peaches. The hopping helps soften the tartness, with peaches adding a delicate fruit flavor to the taste and aroma.

ABV: 4.5 IBU: 8

Pour: A hazy golden color, cloudy with mild carbonation.

Head: Very thin off white head forms, vanishing quicker then it appeared leaving no lacing behind.

Nose: Not much going on here, some hints of wheat and maybe a touch of peach.

Palate: Clean, crisp and very easy to drink. Has a tartness to it but isn’t not lip puckering sour. I would have liked to see a little more peach but still an easy drinking Berliner Weisse.

Overall: An easy drinking Berliner Weisse, just in time for the warm weather. This was light and wasn’t as tart as some would expect from this style. I’m a big fan of brewers using peaches, since they add nice sweetness but would have preferred a little more. Pairs nicely with bang bang shrimp, grilled chicken and goat cheese.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out Of 5 Pints

Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale

Dogfish-Head-Sea-Quench-Ale-BottleFounded in 1995, Dogfish Head could be one the most recognizable craft beer brands in the United States. Located in Milton Delaware and founded by Sam Calagione, they brew around 175,000 barrels of beer a year (that’s over 5 million gallons!). Known for their “off centered ales,” their wide ranging portfolio is geared towards unique and non-traditional recipes. Dogfish often collaborates with other brewers and people outside the beer industry and has been featured on several documentaries and T.V shows.

The SeaQuench Ale is a craft beer Frankenstein, combing 3 traditional German styles of beer: Gose, Berliner Wiesse, and Kolsch. All three are first brewed individually and then mixed in a fermentation tank to create the final product. This is also made in a “session” style keeping the ABV low.

This brew pours with a hazy golden color with a 2 finger, thin white head. The head dissipates quickly with almost no lacing left behind and has a nice bubbly carbonation to it. A really solid looking beer.

On the nose the lime is really prominent and runs right out of the glass. The background has additional aromatics of lemon, orange and a touch of coriander. A soft sweetness gives way to a light malty note.

The first sip gives way to a balanced sweetness, but has more of a lemon flavor up front. A little more malt then expected but not brash and is smoothed out by an earthy, almost briny characteristic. The tartness is mellow and crisp, while the lime and citrus leaves your mouth feeling refreshed.

Overall this is a really interesting brew. Dogfish is no stranger to mixing things up, and this continues with their new SeaQuench Ale. A great summer beer that’s refreshing and begs to be paired with fresh seafood. While this beer may be geared toward the summer months, we wouldn’t mind having a few in the winter when those summer days seem too far away.

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Pints out of 5