The Bruery / Dogfish Head Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder

 
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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.

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ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2017
Bottle shared by Johnnnnie, 5/20/17.
Clear, rust and copper-colored body is topped by a medium-sized, beige head that shows pretty decent retention.
Spices have cooled down quite a bit, it would seem, and in their place there’s a varied mix of oxidation, and strong phenolic character from the sake yeast that seems quite at odds. Vanilla, caramel, rich honey and more imply a very big malt/sugar presence while lots of sourdough, yellow raisin and more intense pepper character linger on the finish. Alcohol is well-concealed. No flaws.
Very malty on the palate, with plenty of residual sugar; though it falls short of being syrupy/cloying. Slickness as well, from the spice addition probably, and moderate oxidation that adds strong vanilla and lots of breadiness. It’s fine, if somewhat monotonous and thoroughly malt-dominated, but problematic on the finish with very, very strong sourdough character that must be a mix of quite a few things (spice, oxidation, specialty malt, kumquat, sake yeast).

3.5
Chalumeaux (1647) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2017 Poured from bottle thanks Johnnnnie nice dark orange color no head nice lacing. Aromas of fruit rice wine floral notes. Taste is nice fruit kumquat floral and lime.

3.4
AirForceHops (7679) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2017
750 ml bottle shared by johnnnniee. Nose is sugar, spice and everything nice... Ha ha no. Mild yeast, weak grain. Tastes shows light floral, light lemons, mild kumquat sourness. It is slightly better than I thought it would be.

3.8
AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2017
750ML from J. crystal clear dark orange. This smells acidic and yet super tasty. Kumquat and rice-wine are absolutely sticking out here. that’s pretty interesting even after all of these year. tasty! juicy, oranges, kumquat, apricot. rice, tasty citrus finish.

3.3
RobertDale (6755) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 8, 2015
750 ml. shared bottle. Bottle is way too old to give an accurate rating. Odd aroma and taste of fruit and spices. Obviously did not age well in my opinion.

4.1
slowrunner77 (12581) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"I like both of these brewers, but based on what this was i was expecting it to be pretty good but not a standout. However, the unqique combo of the Bruery’s belgian house yeast, sake yeast, and especially the fruit, reminded me somewhat of Stoic, though this is a far different beer. the citrus and belgian spice play nice, and at no point can you tell if you are drinking a 6% beer or a 12% beer. the aroma and flavor, which started out good-but-not-great, got better with every sip, down to the last drop."

3.8
drsordr (2798) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours avg gold. Nose slightly tart and funk, spice, citrus. Taste mix of tart and melon fruit, ginger. Mid palate mix of umami a and bitter. Lighter finish with spice, bitter, and melon.

3.5
Theydon_Bois (20450) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, from an IP trade, 28/06/14. Hazed light golden orange with a good sized off white covering that dissipates to spotting in time. Nose is bitter orange, spice, apricot, tangy citrics, caramel. Taste comprises orange pith, apricot, candyfloss, light herbals, yeast esters, pinch of spice, green berry fruit notes. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Refreshing drop - decent for style.

3.6
Leighton (22027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle shared at Manny G’s - thanks to Colin. Pours hazy yellow-gold with a creamy white head. Quite a bit of lemon on the nose, faint ginger. Medium sweet flavor, ripe lemon, sugary pale bread. Medium bodied with fine tk average carbonation. Sweet finish, some doughy wheat bread, lemon meringue, general ripe fruits, white grapes. Tasty enough.

3.4
Scopey (15431) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours hazy golden with a small, fizzy white head. The nose is toasty, grainy, light alcohol, sake and a touch of cream cheese. The taste is crisp, spicy, light alcohol, citrus peel, kumquat and earth with a dry, lightly spiced finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Interesting and fairly decent all round.


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