bwa5879 (817) - Portage, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: sour lager scent and strong clove
Appearance: muddled but still partially translucent golden pour. 3 inches white head, decent, moderate bubbles rising at an average pace from carbonation.
Taste: buttery and doughy mouth feel. Peppery yeast, average carbonation. Lots of robust clove flavor, a little vanilla taste and yeasty apple too.
Finish: influence from the cayenne is evident but not overbearing, tingly mouth but by no means hot and spicy. Complex grassy herb flavors are left too. A bit dry.
Overall: most dogfish head is out of this park and only a few are average. This is certainly the former: a complex, easy drinking wheat beer, especially for 9%
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear yellow with a fleeting white head.
The aroma is fresh apples with a peppery tingle.
The flavor is apple on the front and then it changes to ?????
Not my thing.
UDBeernut (2182) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottlevpickedbout by my wife months ago, she wanted to try this after the arrival of wee baby child. Pours golden capped by a white head. Nose is abundant with notes of pepper and cilantro. This continues in the mouth to a quick and slight drying finish. Not much evidence of cider, but perhaps the best beer I’ve had from DFH.
djd07 (6247) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Flying Saucer Beerfeast. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is a fruity malt and clove. Medium mouthfeel with sweet malt and light spice in the finish. Easy to drink a good fruit beer from Dogfish Head.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on 12/21/2012. This fruit beer pours a medium to dark yellow gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet and apples, with some pepper and spices. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity, apple cider and sweet. The hops are fruity and herbal. Decent carbonation. Hints of spices and some pepper. The spiciness increases as it warms. Kind of a cross between a saison, a wit and a cider. A nice beer, There is a good balance between the fruit sweetness and the spices. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Reynolds314 (2880) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Look at that list of flavors and it tastes like a wit with apples. This loses points for pretending. If youre going to out on a limb with all these crazy flavors at least use enough to provide some type of character....
Ernesto987 (4709) - Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light and malty, I guess there’s some spices in there, tastes like a crosss between a triple and a wit. Kinda bad, damn
markwise (4867) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle shared by PaulUnwin. Cheers, Paul! Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is sweet apple cider, some sweet malts, some mild spices, and some fruity yeast. Flavor follows with lots of apple cider qualities, some fruity yeast, some mild pepper bite. Interesting beer- light to medium in body with lingering sweet apples in the finish.
SanfordBrewer (1411) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
translucent gold with lots of particulates. very effervescent with a creamy and persistent white head. mouthfeel is full, but more like fresh pressed juice or oil than creamy. carbonation is medium-high.
aroma: a strong suggestion of wild yeast infection hits right out of the bottle, and remains throughout. lots of doughy yeast character sits atop notes of apples and pears. pale malt sweetness come through pretty clear, but no cayenne and only very faint cilantro.
taste: malt sweetness quickly gives way to tart wheat, but then sweet dough and apples push out in the finish. there is a very pleasant sweet cereal note. cayenne and cilantro are nicely subtle, and add complexity more than their own individual character. hops are a background player, though detectable in bitterness and flavor.
overall, more like a tripel or golden strong than an imperial wit, though the wheat is quite evident. the varied spice and fruit and grain flavors meld together much better than i was expecting, even to the point where they are quite difficult to pull back apart on the palate. it is a very complex, yet balanced and drinkable beer, though the sweetness and heavy body makes 750ml a bit much to drink alone without food. luckily, it makes for lots of interesting pairings. a cleaner fermentation would make it an unexpectedly top-notch brew.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml from Total Wine, Durham. Fairly bright, deep golden pour. Healthy carbonation, vigorous head and spotty lacing. Nose has plenty of lively fruit in it, bright and autumnal for the most part but coming across in interesting ways owing to all the fragrant spices used here. A nice and thoughtful set of additions to give the beer a very distinctive aroma. Not all of it quite comes across in the taste, but I still enjoy the vaguely spicy notes (some of them just a touch hot) and their intermingling with the fruit, yeast, and dry hoppy finish. Pretty good.