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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.25%
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Two of the most out-of-the-box breweries around, The Bruery and Dogfish Head recently combined forces on a brew; the result is as intriguing as one might expect. Inspired by the strength of the Japanese people to remain sturdy during the recent earthquake that hit their small island nation, the beer’s depth of flavor comes from flavors steeped in tradition. The ale is brewed with a spin on the traditional shichimi togarashi, or Japanese seven spice blend. Ginger, cayenne, white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and nori were added to a base blonde ale that was created using two kinds of rice. Replacing the typical orange peel included in shichimi, whole kumquats were pulverized and added to the whirlpool, giving the spiced beer a kick of fresh citrus. A blend of sake yeast and The Bruery’s house yeast was used to ferment this beer into a dry and complex ale, different than anything you’ve likely had before. One dollar from every bottle sold will be going to help the brewers and beer drinkers of Japan in need of our support to fight back from disaster.
First in the Collaboration Series for the Bruery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Hazy orange/golden with a large fizzy head that settles after a minute or so. Aroma is a bit subdued but includes notes of spice, oak, and sour funk. Flavor is bolder than the aroma with notes of tropical fruits and tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
12/11/2011. 750 ml. bottle. Pours cloudy light amber with a white head. Malty aromas with various spices. Citrus flavors with caramel and spice. Starts out a little sweet, but turns bitter towards the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (1737) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Hazy Orangish/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing S: Corriander, White Pepper, Peaches T: Oranges, Corriander, White Pepper M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Semi Spicy, Mildly Drying Overall, an okay collaberation beer...I guess I would have expected more from two great brewers. I see a lot of DFh in this beer and not enough Bruery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weark (210) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle from Erzbierschof - hazy orange color, small white head, foam disappear really fast - aroma is citrusy, orange, mandarine, ginger, spices, hints of malt - taste is citrusy, malty and spicy - medium body, medium carbonation, sweet leading to a dry finish - complex and refreshing ale, really good attempt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2013
750 ml bottle
Digging this out of the cellar I discovered a beer that was respectable. Even so I wish I had learned my lesson and passed. Neither the Bruery or Dogfish Head are high on my purchase list. Somehow though this found its way into my shopping basket. Hopefully it is the last I find.

Aroma / Appearance - A golden rosy base sparkles with carbonation over a bright white head. Spices and oranges blend with pepers, lemons, and cheap reisling. It does not feel as big or bold as expected.

Flavor / Palate - Spiced rum, apple sauce, and sweet oranges tickle the palate. There does not seem to be as much depth as anticipated. It is easy to drink but that just makes the bottle go away faster. Overall I would recommend opening any bottles you have then being glad to have the free space in your cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 29, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a two finger, frothy white head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Spicy aroma that’s slightly earthy with lots of estery fruit and sweet citrus notes. Flavor begins with a real zesty, citrusy buzz. Mildly and flavorfully bitter through the middle. Finishes quite dry with a little bit of an alcohol kick. The finish is subtly like a sake. Medium-light body with medium-high, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1607) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle. Gold pour, small white head. Good retention. Aroma is ginger, white grape, fruit. Taste is sweet, butter, ginger, grape. Palate is crisp, drier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Clear straw pour with bright white head. Semi fruity peachy apricot notes. Very large effervescence. Kinda wheaty. Not particularly my fave bruery brew, but not horrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
750 ml bottle from STLWill- thanks again, Will! Pours a bright golden color with a big white head and just a little bit of straw haze. Notes of apricot, tangerine, ginger, grapes, sweet and doughy malts, funk, and sugar. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a coating mouthfeel. It’s funny, this is the kind of beer I’d expect from a collaboration between these two; interesting, maybe a little too much going on that doesn’t all come together perfectly, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
olr1984 (917) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2013
750ml thanks to thome50. Pours nice clear golden yellow with small white head. Fruit and citrus aroma. Very drinkable

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