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Dogfish Head Delaware Native Ale (DNA) 2012

Dogfish Head Delaware Native Ale (DNA) 2012
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Formerly brewed at Dogfish Head Brewery
Style: Mead
Milton, Delaware USA


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Our second batch of D.N.A. is a braggot, or a fermented beverage, containing sugars from both grain and honey, and in this case fruit as well. All of the ingredients in this braggot were sourced from Delaware, and consist of Wildflower Honey, barley (a portion of which was malted at the Milton Brewery), and blueberries from Fifer Orchards. Our D.N.A. yeast, the official state yeast of Delaware, was then used to ferment the resulting liquid. The most striking aspect of this brew is the beautiful deep purple-ruby hue and bright pink head. The aroma is filled with notes of red wine grapes and over-ripe fruit. The flavor follows suit with vinous notes, sweet honey, slight acidity and booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1487) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Cool red pour but doesn’t have a strong aroma. It’s different but not great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Watered down red in color with a strange nose, but this beer (braggot) tasted far better than I was expecting. Really enjoyed the ABV of this, thought it was a nice delicate mix with the malts and honey and hidden well for being so strong. Unique and good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Not my thing, bery fruity and very sweet...to me it tastes like Boone’s farm or something similar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Location/Date:Draft in Rehoboth on July 27th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours dark blueish red.
Aroma: Aroma is mostly of blueberry.
Taste: Blueberry, light bitter.
Palate:Light body, covers alcohol well.

Summary: I don’t know if this is a mead or a fruit beer or what it is. It does taste relatively good and cover alcohol well, but it’s not my type of thing day to day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
On tap at Dogfish Head Rehoboth. Clear ruby red with brief froth. Nose is faintly musty honey and clover. Medium body with a sharp tingle; sticky, syrupy, borderline cloying. Taste is red currant, blueberry, honey and lemon peel. Decent balance for a sweet brew.

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