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Dogfish Head Dirty Fermentini

Dogfish Head Dirty Fermentini
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Dirty Fermentini is the latest collaboration between Dogfish Head and BeerAdvocate founders Jason & Todd Alstrom for the 2012 Extreme Beer Festival in Boston, February 3rd- 5th. The beer is being tapped here at the Pub in conjunction with the debut at the festival on the 4th. The theme of this beer is Extreme Session, so Sam and the Bros set out to create a unique brew at 5% ABV to prove that beer doesn’t necessarily have to be high in alcohol to be considered Extreme. The result is a brew based on a Dirty Martini, utilizing olives as a funky and off-centered ingredient which, to our knowledge, has never been used in a beer before. Along with the olives, the botanicals used in our Small Batch Distilled Jin whole leaf cascade hops, juniper, black peppercorn, coriander, orange peel, lemon peel, and angelica root were all added to a blonde ale base which was then fermented dry with an ale yeast originating from a popular London brewery (as a nod to the popularity of Gin in the Mother Country). This one-of-a-kind ale is characterized by spicey juniper and floral pepper notes combined with a splash of citrus which then gives way to a rich earthiness contributed by the olives. Extreme ingredients and process, without a hit-you-over-the-head alcohol content, make this beer a fun pint to drink that wont leave you wondering where you left your keys the following morning. Cheers!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ed5388 (3171) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Brewpub exclusive on tap. Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a stable cream head. Aroma of lemons, spice with some floral and earthy tones. Taste is lemon zest, grassy, with some pepper and coriander.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2012
On tap @ the brewpub-Orange/Amber pour w/a moderate white head. Smells like a martini! Flavors of oranges & olives, some spice, some floral hop, some gin. Just way too much going on here to enjoy this brew....muddled is how I would describe it. Not my cup of tea, but it was interesting....different! Having said that, I doubt I would drink it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Sampled at EBF. I’ve never tried a dirty martini up until that point but I’ve since and I can honestly say that it’s not my cup of tea. Taste is too much like salt water. That being said the name alone had me intrigued but was just too weird for me. It was an experience to try though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROGUE (2182) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAY 9, 2012
On tap at Brewpub. Pours a slighty hazy light amber color with a small light beige head. Smell is floral, with some earthy tones, and a hint of tartness. Somewhat fruity flavor with sweat citrus, lemon zest, bit of wheat grass, musty funkiness and a small hint of the olives hiding underneath. Smooth medium body with medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2012
It pours a orangish amber color. Nice white fluffy head. There isn’t much to the aroma on this one. Everything that comes in is faint and I had to keep putting my nose up to it to really get anything. Faint aroma of lemon and citrus with a grainy characteristic. Really not much more. The taste was more of the same here. It does go down easy and nice and before you know it our glasses were empty. Taste is more lemon, grassy hops, small amounts of spice. Just not an amazing beer. Not much taste here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12051) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Tap. Pours lightly hazy amber with a medium, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, fruity esters and pine, earthy hops. Flavor is medium hops and bitterness, light malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation with light warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Tap @ brewpub. Pours slightly hazy gold/copper with average creamy, white head; decent retention and good lacing. Aroma is yeast, funky fruit, caramel and cookie malt, and grassy notes. Flavor is mostly malt, light hops, and average esters; dry finish. Light body, medium carbonation, and low warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2012
From the tap poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Odd spicy flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

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