Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre: 8% abv
Alright people. Dogfish Head is a big deal to some of you for their 90 Minute IPA. Dogfish Head Brewery is from Delaware, and only recently has it entered into the Michigan market. They were founded in 1995, which makes them younger than I am...amateurs. So are they worth the fuss? Well we were going to tell you a while ago, when they were a bigger deal, but we are backed up on spirits and beers to try. Since we’ve done a lot of IPAs, we wanted to move forward with something different. This is a “mahogany ale”, or a Belgian style brown ale which we are effectively calling a brown ale, so let’s get started. On the nose, we have a light, smooth blend of light woodiness and light hops, mixed with some wheat-like graininess. There is also a noticeable fruitiness in the form of raspberries and strawberries, but it includes yeast, raisons, cantaloupe, and heath. Overall, a unique, complex nose. When finally trying the beer, you’ll get instant sweetness from molasses and maple syrup like flavors, some berries and dark grapes and raisons. The body of the flavor gives off more light, dry raison taste, with some mixed berries, and some sugar and honey flavors. Unfortunately, there is a watery character to this beer, which is instantly a disappointment. The finish is light with some hops, raspberry and strawberry again, walnuts, and more cantaloupe. It is slightly dry as well. Overal, this is not a complex beer, and the nose is the most enjoyable part of it. It is sweet and drinkable, but other than that, it isn’t very compelling. Luckily it isn’t too expensive, so it might be worth a try, but we wouldn’t rush out to the store for it. We are hopeful that the next Dogfish Head gives us better luck. Thank you to some guest reviewers, Josh and Justin. Glad to have you contribute.