The Beer Gatherer

Blogging about Israeli beer in general and Israeli craft beer in particular, following 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die and other beer musings.

Archive for the day “September 8, 2012”

Dogfish Head-to-Head

Seems like there’s been quite a hype around Dogfish Head. Fellow bloggers review their stuff, fellow beergeeks get a hold on bottles and 4 of their beers appear in 1001 Beers you Must Try Before You Die. It’s one of those breweries that I always feel like I need to drink more of. Innovative brews and beautiful, ever-changing (and easy to peel) labels are a good reason to follow Dogfish Head. And the labels are beautiful. So beautiful that beer blogger Beer Drinker Rob from the Daily Beer Review even held a contest for which the prizes were Dogfish Head labels signed by artist Tara MacPherson.

So far we drank 2 out of the  4 represented in the book. We shared 90 Minute Imperial IPA at a tasting that took place in early July. I must admit that we got an old bottle which clearly affected our impression. We smelled hops, a little citrus and alcohol. At 9% ABV one would not be surprised to smell alcohol, but other reviews I read don’t mention this trait Taste was bitter but rather soft and reminiscent of acetone. Body was medium, carbonation quite alright an finish was bitter and alcoholic. In a perfect world I would’ve bought another bottle, but I’m in the Middle East, where most imported beer belongs to the pale lager category.

Last week we drank Raison D’Etre at home, which I liked much better. Cloudy mahogany in colour, no head and like the name hints, strong raisin aroma, but also hard candy and raspberry.  It tastes sweet, wine-like with a touch of wood, with a full body, no carbonation and smooth texture. Neither The Secret Agent, nor a few other friends who tasted it before fell off their chairs, but although it wasn’t as good as the Aprihop and the Burton Baton that friends shared at tastings recently, I kinda like it.

Raison D’Etre and 90 Minute Imperial IPA are beers #106 and #107 I must try before I die.

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