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Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales Squall IPA (365 Day 216)

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Dogfish Head Squall IPA

American craft beer number 216 is another beer purchased for another ridiculously hot evening in Florida. Squall IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales can be purchased back home but is a bit more pricey and I haven’t seen it fresh.

Squall is a touch better than an average IPA. It has the makings but just doesn’t pull everything together nicely for me. Hops are good but I don’t know if it is the combination or what. I just can’t put my finger on it. In spite of most beer drinkers liking this beer, I do not. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 8 (15%), Drinkability: 7 (35%), Overall: 7.4

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales Poppaskull (365 Day 86)

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Dogfish Head Poppaskull

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales recently was the center piece to a television program: “Brew Masters” on the Discovery Channel. I am sure that spotlight helped sales, hopefully it helped sales for all American craft beer. Dogfish Head seems to be a brewery that many, pro and amateur beer drinkers alike, believe to be great and innovative, producing high quality, drinkable beer.

I, unfortunately, am not one who finds greatness in their beers. I like their line of ipas: 60, 90, and 120 minute, but I think the 120 minutes is more realistically a barley wine and that is about where my desire for their beers stops.

Now, I am not really into bashing the brewers as I know that brewing is an art form and to each there own. I will stop on the overall brewery negativity here.

Poppaskull was a beer that was a collaboration between Dogfish Head and Three Floyds. I thought that Three Floyds would work some of their hop magic on the beer but I was disappointed. 35% of the beer was aged in brandy barrels. Outside of the beer being dry, I really couldn’t find any traces of brandy, oak, vanilla, etc; the usual oak aging suspects. The beer was okay, but I was expecting much more from two supposed powers houses in the industry putting together their collective talents. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 7, Look: 9, Drinkability: 6, Overall: 7.2

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Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (365 Day 19)

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales World Wide Stout

I really relish my American craft beer stouts, imperial stouts, etc. I have wanted to taste World Wide Stout by Dogfish Head for quite some time. I believe it is available locally but I have never had the occasion to secure some. So I turned to the Secret Santa that I was recently in. Not only did I score a recent bottle but one nice 2004 vintage.

I quickly decided I wanted to try the fresh bottle before the vintage as I wanted to understand what the beer was about before making up my mind on one that was six years old, almost seven. Oh, but that bottle will not last long as my mouth waters for it.

Let me get this out of the way early: I am not a huge Dogfish Head fan as I think they are just over blown in terms of the quality. Maybe they try so many different test beers that I just don’t have the time and funds to give them a go and have internally interrupted that into not liking them. (?!?!?!)

World Wide Stout pours with a thick, brown foam that doesn’t stay around long or leave much of battle scar on the sides of the glass. This big stout has everything you hope for: roasted malt/barley, dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, and at 18% a touch of alcohol. These come through in the nose and the mouth. The sweetness and size of the beer seem to make it a touch syrupy at times but not enough to call it cloying.

I can easily say after this bottle that I eagerly await my ’04 bottle as well as securing some more. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10, Taste: 9, Look: 8, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.1

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Happiness for the Wednesday Beer Store Visit

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Wednesday morning:

After completing my work out this morning, my attention quickly turned to the wholesomeness of another beer store visit today. Would I get lucky with a limited release? Would there be a bourbon oak aged beer released this week? Would there be a bottle of 2 Turtle Doves still left over so I could pick one up and cellar? How come it always seems like the beers I would really love to try are never available in Illinois? How come I don’t know someone in each of the 50 states so I could have them keep me supplied with a rectitude of American craft beer from around the country? air jordan 6 In general: which American craft beers would find their way the store shelves this week?

Wednesday afternoon:

Walking into the beer store had an especially good feeling. You could almost say euphoric as I was anticipating something huge. It seems like each week I expect more and, for some strange reason, I am expecting something really rare and tasty to hit the shelves soon.

I quickly found Matt, who was busy with his usual work routine, but he took a couple of minutes to go over the new beer list. Unfortunately no big blockbuster as expected:

I guess the Founders Imperial Stout is actually an early release this year. I expect this to be outstanding as most of their beers I have had so far. Christmas beers were on sale so I picked up Christmas Ale by Goose Island Beer Co., Santa’s Little Helper by Port Brewing Company, and two more bottles of 2 Turtle Doves by The Bruery. Enjoy!

Wednesday American Craft Beer Day

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I know I say this almost every time about Wednesday, but checking out the new American craft beers each week at the beer store is more intoxicating than the beer itself. This week there was an outstanding amount of new American craft beer that the excitement is rightly placed.

free run 5.0 femmes I was under strict instructions from the boss (aka wife) not to purchase beer since I bought 18 bombers on Saturday through my cousin in California). I scrambled and looked in my wallet, by some act unbeknownest to me, I actually had cash.

The lineup:

A couple of the beers are being held off to the side for me by Matt, the beer buyer at the store. He is a great help each week in finding the new items, even the ones not on the shelf. 😉

Several months ago when I was on a Wednesday visit a man ask if I had any suggestions for beer and that he liked hoppy beers. Modus Hoperandi by Ska was what I pointed him to. He was actually back at the store yesterday and asked for my help in getting some beers again. I hope he will be satisfied with the selection and it sort of nice for someone to seek out my opinion on beer. Enjoy!

Wednesday Paradise at Beer Store

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

It feels so good to make a beer store visit after a crazy week last week. The sob story: I had a load of server work last week that kept me from going into work on Wednesday. I know, you feel sorry for me. I feel like a caged bird that was let out of it’s cage.

Matt remembered me from two weeks ago. He isn’t new, he just took over for Travis. He is a cool guy that loves to talk beer. I look forward to hanging out for a short bit each week. Matt mentioned there are some good American craft beers coming out soon that will be limited in release. I hope I can get my hands on them and as I find out more, I will report the beers here (Jolly Pumpkin is coming out with a pumpkin beer since many people ask why they don’t make one).

air jordan 4 femmes I don’t know if the following beers are new but they are new to the store:

I also picked up a bomber of Celebration IPA by Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery and Barleywine Style Ale (2009) by Green Flash Brewing Co.. The Flossmoor beer I am basing on the wax color and their site. The bottle doesn’t make any idication that it is the beer I believe it is. The Green Flash beer I will be cellaring for a year or so.

The lady at the cash register mentioned that the new owners are trying to give customers a better selection for less money. The bottle of Flossmoor IPA I purchased was down $3, so it is a start. Enjoy!

Wednesday? Weekly Beer Store Visit Time

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
Two IPAs picked up this Wednesday: 60 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head and Dry Hopped Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Co.

Two IPAs picked up this Wednesday: 60 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head and Dry Hopped Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Co.

Weekly beer store visits come at the right time each week: in the middle breaking up the mundane craziness of the office. This one is no different and after a rough day in the office Tuesday, I couldn’t help but have fermented hops dancing in my thoughts. What liquid goodness would the distributor bring to my favorite beer store? Let’s see.

The wife asked me to pick up another case of Oberon by Bell’s Brewing Co.. She wanted to make sure she had enough to last her into the colder months as it is her favorite beer. I am still in IPA mode and looking for a few to add to the free run 5.0 collection for when her friend from work comes over.

I have about six or seven IPAs already for that evening and have warned my wife that he may want to bring his wife as a DD. Now the total is up by two more as I picked up 60 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales and Dry Hopped Pale Ale by Founders Brewing Co.

This get together with my wife’s friend is still over 3 weeks away. I am counting them down as I look forward to an evening surrounded by my hop buddies: IPA. Enjoy!