The challenge of this year’s Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Fest was to truly push the boundaries of brewing by thinking beyond highly hopped and alcoholic beers and to brew a creative beer that’s 5% ABV or lower and retains its drinkability. We tackled the challenge ourselves by brewing this BeerAdvocate.com/Dogfish Head collaboration which is a Kombucha tea inspired brew flavored with organic lemon peel, organic Assam and Sencha teas then fermented by a cocktail of symbiotic organisms cross-pollinating each other. The result is a light bodied yet flavorful drink with a tart flavor somewhat similar to Belgian Lambic beers but also displaying hints of earthy tea.
The beer will be available exclusively at Extreme Beer Fest (March 12, 2011) and Dogfish Head’s Weekend of Compelling Ales and Whatnot (April 1-3, 2011). Dozens of name entries were collected during the Happy Hour with BeerAdvocate & Dogfish Head on February 9, 2011. The final 8 entries were picked by Jason, Todd and Sam Calagione and then voted on by the BeerAdvocate online community. We hope you dig our Kombucha beer!
deyholla (9714) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the tap at EBF. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head that dissipated completely. Aroma had a good amount of spice with some funk a bit of a sweet grain and hints of tropical fruit and tea. Flavor had notes of tea, earthiness, funk and some backing sweet grains as well as a bit of underlying tropical fruits/citrus. A different and complex beer.
j12601 (9286) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pouring at the Saturday sessions of EBF. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Tea, wheat, soft toast on the nose. Not much going on though in the body. Sweet, touches of tea and a very faint sourness. Decent wheat, but kind of dull.
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