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743. Dogfish Head Positive Contact

Dogfish Head Positive ContactMy third Dogfish Head beer in a row and another one that I was not all that impressed with. Positive Contact is a combination of beer and cider with apples and cayenne peppers, sounded interesting before I opened the bottle but what I got was not that enjoyable.

Appearance is a bright orange with a thick white head. I do not mind things floating in my beer but this one had as much as any beer I have ever tried with big chunks floating and sinking to the bottom of the glass. Aroma was almost entirely cider with a few other spices coming through, ot terrible but also not that enticing. Taste was very sweet and similar to Beer Thousand had lots of competing flavors with some spice, apples and a bit of a peppery kick at the end.

Overall I was disappointed in this beer as I had hoped for good things as I have started to really enjoy hard cider over the past several months and a mix of cider and beer sounded like a decent idea. 

Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 26
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: A positive combination of Fuji cider, slow-roasted farro, a bit of cayenne and fresh cilantro.

This beer part of our Music Series of beers… this one is an amalgamation of hip-hop, beer, cider and a DIY culinary experience! Sam and Dan the Automator of Deltron 3030 teamed up to create Positive Contact, based on Dan’s favorite ingredients and Dogfish Head’s innovative brewing practices.

Named after a key track on the first album, Positive Contact is a 9% ABV hybrid of beer and cider brewed with Fuji apples, roasted farro, a handful of cayenne peppers and a late dose of fresh cilantro. This sweet-and-sour Belgian-ish brew is a light straw color with fruity, cider-like notes. The cayenne and alcohol give it a warming finish.

For the inaugural release (2012), the beer was packaged in a dynamic box set of six 750-ml champagne bottles, with a 10-inch vinyl EP of four new Deltron 3030 remixes created exclusively for this project, and a list of Deltron 3030-inspired recipes from a small group of renowned chefs. Subsequent releases did not include the vinyl or recipes.

742. Dogfish Head Beer Thousand

Dogfish Head Beer ThousandI bought this beer because I was approaching my 1,000th check-in on Untappd (link to profile here) and it seemed appropriate to save my 1000th check-in for this beer. Unfortunately the beer did not warrant being chosen for such a big occasion.

Beer Thousand uses 10 different grains in the malt bill along with 10 different hop varieties and has an ABV of 10%. This sounds like it should create an incredibly complex and tasty brew however the result is a little bit of everything with lots of combating flavors. Instead of working together to create something flavorful and unique the flavors seem to cancel each other out. Aroma may be the best part with lots of malt, some sweet honey and green apple. Taste is where it falls apart with many competing flavors and a fair amount of alcohol burn. Finish is a bit harsh and while I did finish the beer I was not all that impressed and glad I only bought a single 12 oz bottle. 

Cons: Flavors compete instead of complementing each other
Alcohol Content: 10.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 31
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Through two decades of epic live performances, ups and downs, breakups and reunions, self-financed basement sessions and major-label releases, there’s been one constant for indie legends Guided by Voices: lots and lots of American lager.

To celebrate the band’s independent spirit and the 20th anniversary of the classic album Bee Thousand, Dogfish Head has brewed the bracing but highly quaffable BEER Thousand. This imperial lager includes 10 grains and 10 hop varieties and clocks in at 10% ABV.

10x10x10 = BEER Thousand.

No sipper, BEER Thousand looks like a light lager and has much of the light lager recipe DNA but it is amplified like a barleywine. Fleeting fruit notes in the aroma give way to a sweet and malty flavor and a clean, warm finish. It goes down perfectly between barrages of low-fi 90-second jams.

“I can’t believe it’s been 20 years,” says GBV frontman Robert Pollard. “But I’ll drink to that.”


10 grains: 2-row pale malt, 6-row pale malt, Corn, Rice, Wheat, Dark Munich malt, Carapils malt, Light caramel malt, Dark caramel malt, Flaked barley

10 hops: Warrior, CTZ, Simcoe. Cluster, Galena, Galaxy, Centennial, Willamette, Cascade, Vanguard

741. Dogfish Head Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew

Dogfish Head Bitches BrewFor Christmas I finally got a Dogfish Head glass so I decided it was a good time to open some bottles that have been in the fridge for a while. This bottle is probably two years old. I have had it on tap a couple of times and while I enjoyed the beer it was not something I needed to open and review immediately.

Bitches Brew is an incredibly complex beer, brewers description includes the following “a fusion of three threads of imperial stout one thread of honey beer with gesho root.” Appearance is dark brown with a relatively thin tan head, what I would expect from an Imperial Stout. Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee and something else I cannot identify. Taste has the same chocolate, only a very light hint of coffee (which is good as I do not enjoy coffee), dark fruits and a slight bitterness which seemed a bit odd. This beer changed quite a bit as it warmed so I would recommend opening and sipping it for at least an hour to get the full depth of aroma and flavor.

A very good beer that is worth picking up if you see it your local bottle shop.  
Complex aroma and flavor
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 38
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: In honor of the 40th anniversary of the original release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis’ 1970 paradigm-shifting landmark fusion breakthrough, we’ve created our own Bitches Brew — a dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads of imperial stout and one thread of honey beer with gesho root. It’s a gustatory analog to Miles’ masterpiece.

Featuring the album’s iconic artwork, created by the late Mati Klarwein, on its label, Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew was unveiled at SAVOR, An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, on June 5, 2010, at the National Building Museum, Washington DC.

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674. Dogfish Head Rhizing Bines

Dogfish Head Rhizing BinesThis is actually a collaboration beer that Dogfish Head did with Sierra Nevada. I wasn’t even sure what style of beer this was when I opened it was pleasantly surprised to find a nice double IPA.

Color is a beautiful deep orange with a very thick white head. It looked as good in person as it does in this picture. The aroma was primarily flowery hops but there was a bit of citrus in there. Taste was very well balanced for a double IPA with plenty of citrus, flower and herbal hops. Mouthfeel had a nice creaminess to it similar to Jai Alai from Cigar City in this regard.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer and would happily buy another.
 Well balanced and creamy mouthfeel
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Deepening our bond with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., forged with the 2009 collaboration Life & Limb, we’ve brewed an East-meets-West Imperial IPA called Rhizing Bines.

“We had a lot of fun brewing the original dark and roasty Life & Limb in Chico with the Grossmans and Sierra Nevada’s extended family,” says Dogfish Head President and Founder Sam Calagione. “We are very proud of the way that beer turned out. Now it’s our turn to repay that hospitality and brew a very hop-centric IPA in Milton with our pals from Chico, incorporating innovative ingredients and techniques from both breweries.” Continue reading 674. Dogfish Head Rhizing Bines

202. Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

Was not sure what to expect from this offering from Dogfish Head as I had not read anything about it before opening the bomber. First thing I noticed was the amount of carbonation which made it very difficult to pour, this happens on occasion and it took me at least 3 minutes to get the glass you see in this picture. Pour a little, drink the foam and repeat. Smell is very subtle with some sweetness and a bit of earthy hops, nothing overpowering but certainly inviting. Taste is different than the other “minute” ipas from Dogfish Head and provided you do not drink this one very cold you will certainly taste the maple flavor coming through. This give the beer a different taste with the hops and sweet maple tastes, different and worth trying but I still prefer the 90 minute IPA over the other varieties. I do like the new embossed bottles with the Dogfish logo right there on the bottle.
Pros: Different due to the maple flavor
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 75
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Blend two Dogfish Head favorites, add maple syrup and carbonate the mixture naturally. What do you get? 75 Minute IPA.

The carbon dioxide trapped during bottle conditioning gives 75 Minute IPA a soft and velvety mouthfeel. Dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades, this complex IPA has been known to inspire pilgrimages to our brewpub.

Now were sharing this animated blend of 60 Minute and 90 Minute with the rest of our fans, 750 milliliters at a time.

192. Dogfish Head Noble Rot

I had no idea what to expect with this one as the label says it is ale brewed with grape must. It is classified as a saison but tastes nothing like the Elegans Saison from Sebago or the saisons from Oxbow. Pours a pale yellow with thick white head, looks like an American light beer. Smells of wine, grapes with a slight tinge of alcohol.  Taste is light beer at first followed by a burst of white grape and very sweet. Finish is tart like white grape juice. Overall not a bad “beer” if you want to consider it beer but not something I will buy again.
Pros: Wine like characteristics
Cons: Not a lot of beer qualities
Alcohol Content: 9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 18
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Hmmm. We wonder if anyone will buy a beer with the word “rot” in the name?

This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from two unique wine grapes sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Wash.
The first addition is unfermented juice, known as must, from viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This noble rot reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is pinot gris must intensified by a process called dropping fruit, where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality of those left behind.
“This is the absolute closest to equal meshing of the wine world and the beer world thats ever been done commercially,” says Dogfish’s Sam Calagione.
Noble Rot is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.
Noble Rot first went on tap at our brewpub in February of 2011 and went into full 750ml bottle production in January 2012.

156. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

This one has moved to the top of the highest alcohol content beers I have reviewed at somewhere between 15-20%. It also has the highest IBU rating of any beer but does not have the hop bite that I expected. Color is a great orange with a slight head that retained well throughout. Beer is well carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles. Aroma is probably the best part of this beer with lots of sweet citrusy hops and a bit of alcohol. Taste is very well balanced and masks the alcohol content well. I recall the 90 Minute version having a lot of pine taste and this one was much more subdued. Overall this is a drinkable beer even with the high ABV and while I still prefer the 90 Minute version you should certainly give this one a try. I am also going to store one of these away for a few years as I hear it ages well.
Pros: Aroma, well balanced
Alcohol Content: 15-20% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 120
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!

Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, 120 Minute is by far the biggest IPA ever brewed! It’s easy to see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads!
We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles — some to enjoy and some to age.
Every Beer Has A Story…
Check out this Quick Sip Clip to see Sam talking about 120 Minute IPA. In the video, Sam also shows off some of our vintage pieces of brewing equipment, including our second-generation continuous-hopping device, Sir Hops Alot. He also touches on why we dialed 120 Minute IPA back in ABV, some aging recommendations, and a little lesson on IBU measurement. Enjoy!

119. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

This is the second of 3 IPAs from Dogfish Head and this one does stand out among the many other IPAs on the market. I still prefer the 90 minute to this one but at 6% alcohol this is the beer you should choose when you want more than one. Lots of smells including some citrus, floral and sweet malt. Taste has all of these characteristics as well and is very well balanced. If you enjoy IPAs or have friends or relatives that do keep a few of these in the fridge as it is a solid choice.
Pros: Balanced smell and taste
Cons: Not as good as the 90 Minute IPA
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 60
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Our 60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped — more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil. (Getting a vibe of where the name came from?) 60 Minute is a session India Pale Ale brewed with a slew of great Northwest hops. A powerful but balanced East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character, it’s the session beer for hardcore enthusiasts!

106. Dogfish Head Olde School

WOW. This one has moved to the top of the list for highest alcohol content at 15%. While you can taste the alcohol and feel the burn it is not as overpowering as you might think. Somehow they made this smooth and fruity even with the high ABV. Color is a nice orange with minimal head, aroma is slightly fruity with a fair amount of alcohol. The beer itself is smooth but you can feel the burn and it certainly warms you from the inside out. This is not a beer you want to take lightly and one is certainly enough for me in a night. Like having 3 beers in one.
Pros: Smooth, high alcohol content
Cons: Fair amount of alcohol burn
Alcohol Content: 15.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 85
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head Olde School
Brewers Description: Bold, yet smooth! Fermented with dates and figs, this bone-crusher has a completely unique flavor. The concept for this beer came from an old Cellerman’s manual Sam came across (for more on that, check out the video below). At about 15% abv, this beer is a great candidate for ageing. Over time, the beer dries out and the pit fruit flavors come forward and the hops recede. Our recommendation? Grab a few bottles when you find it – enjoy one now, and age the others for a bit. Let us know which you prefer! Olde School Barlewine comes out in the fall annually. It is available in 12-ounce bottles by the 4-pack. Want more info on the cowboy label art? Check out ‘What’s The Deal With The Cowboy?’

100. Dogfish Head Faithful Ale

For my 100th review I thought I would choose something special and since I love Pearl Jam and Dogfish Head I thought this would be the perfect choice. Overall this is a quality beer as most Dogfish Head varieties are but I had hoped for more from Faithful Ale. Color is fairly light with almost no lacing, aroma is minimal with some slight wheat/yeast notes in there but not much. Taste is fairly simple and about what you would expect from a beer of this color. Lots of currant and minimal hops. Overall not a bad choice and I know Eddie Vedder prefers wine to beer to so was not expecting anything too complex with this variety from Dogfish Head.
Pros: Pearl Jam label
Cons: Simple
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 20
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary as a band and its extraordinary debut album, “Ten.” In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil. Faithfull clocks in at 7% ABV. “To me, ‘Ten’ is the perfect example of a record-lover’s-record. The whole thing rocks,” says Dogfish Head President & Founder Sam Calagione. “As an off-centered brewery, we believe in celebrating the breadth of our whole portfolio and we feel an affinity for Pearl Jam a long-player band in a singles-obsessed world.”

Faithfull Ale is the third beer in our Music Series, following our Miles Davis-inspired Bitches Brew and our beer tribute to blues man Robert Johnson, Hellhound On My Ale. For more on the band and their 20th anniversary celebration, visit www.pearljam.com and www.pj20.com.