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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2011
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity weak funky aroma with hints of citrus. Fruity malty weak funky tart flavor. Has a fruity malty funky tart finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
A: The pour is a relatively clear golden color with a small white head. S: There is a light funkiness to the nose that is accompanied by lots of lemon zest, tea, and a little bit of tartness. Lightly musty and earthy, perhaps a touch of mushrooms and dirt. T: The flavor is sort of bland and a bit watery. Lightly sour/tart with some tea and earth flavors. There is a little bit of lemon and lemon zest. Just a hint of green apple peel to it. M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. O: Sort of like a watered down version of the TEA/Veritas 008 from Lost Abbey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9717) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9286) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
Growler. Pours with a minimal white head and a hazed yellow body. Aromas of spice, earthy, funk, tea, tannic, jasmine, light acidity. Flavors are tart, floral, coriander, bready and malty, very dry. Lightly tart, dry, medium bubbles, easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
Growler from a nice gent from Beer Advocate. Pours yellow with no head. Nose has a light ea quality. Taste is sweet, with a light tea like, the kombucha punch doesn’t come through as much as straight up kombucha. I like this a lot though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
Serving: Draft at the Rehoboth Brewpub. It pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a slight, foamy, white head. The nose has a good bit of funk with a tart lemon note. The flavor reminds me of a light gueuze/Berliner Weisse combo. A little malt with a dry, almost wheat like note. Light in body with average carbonation leading to a clean finish. It’s a very easy drinking brew with nice complexity. Good for the hot summer months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Like a slightly herbal wheat beer with a bit of tartness. I appreciate the character that DFH brings to their EBF beers every year, they are usually at least kind of drinkable and they certainly fit the goal of "different" that I wish more brewers would bring to the table.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1582) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 25, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2011 Hand bottle shared... Thanks M-Day? Any ways... clearish golden orange color.... Funky bready aroma... taste is the same... funky bready aroma, sort of like a pale ale with out the hops... wierd tea flavor, slightly tart... Taste wise. Not bad, just wierd. Light body... Overall: Blahhhhh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Growler. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy hazed light orange yellow color with a slight white head that collars around the glass. LIght lemon zest with just an ever so small amount of herbal aroma. The taste is nice and light, as is the mouthfeel. Starts with a light on the palate lemon sourness that stays around the entire time of your drink. A touch bit of blandness though. Overall, a light and refreshing beer. The tea flavor is rather lost on me though as the lemon pretty much dominates it.

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