Opinion: Good Beer!
I apologize, this is a re-post from last years A to Z reviews…
Interesting beer… It’s an ale with huge fruity over tones. I picked this, mostly just because it starts with J, but also because it’s a Dogfish Head brew, which I have a great respect for.
Drinking this is an investment. You have to be committed, cause it’s a standard beer bottle cap, but the bottle is 1 pint, 9.6 oz. It’s open, you’re going to kill it.
It’s about the size of a standard wine bottle, and I’m about 1 and a half glasses into it right now. Initial impressions: When I opened it, I could smell that it was heavy on the fruity end of things. It was definitely like a beer / wine. It poured not unlike a regular pale ale, except that there was much less head. (resisting the urge to make a joke). For all intents and purposes, it looks like a pale ale, if only just a little more opaque.
At first taste, I can tell it’s an ale… though, it’s a little sweet / sour, but it has a wine after taste… In fact, if you sit a moment after swallowing, your belly feels like you just had wine… you know, that sort of burny feeling. It burps like a white wine in my opinion.
So my problem with this brew is that I know it’s a beer, but it drinks like a wine… You want to sort of sip this, but I drink beer fast. I haven’t eaten anything today either. Now’s where I look up the Alcohol content, and hot damn, this stuff is 10%. Each glass is like 2 beers. I’m just getting to the bottom of my second glass, which means, I’ve had the equivalent of 4 bud lights in the last 10 minutes. My spelling is very likely to take a dive in the next few paragraphs.
…actually IF there are a “few paragraphs” more, you’ll know this stuff is doing it’s job, because I talk when I’m under the influence. In fact, you may even notice a Boston accent come out, which I don’t have when sober. (that’s a joke… I don’t have one, but it comes out when I’m drinking).
ANYWAY. This is basically and Ale that was brewed with honey, hawthorn (whatever that is) fruits and fermented with grape concentrate.
I just poured the end of the bottle, which makes 2 and a half beer glasses per bottle, by the way.
I just realized that on the side of this bottle, it says 9000 year old… Which I imagine means that it’s a replica of something they drank 9000 years ago, or at least we think they did. I wonder if DfH has a 9000 year line of brews, or if this is the brew that one of my commenters was talking about a day or two ago.. I’d look up the comment, but I just had about a 6 pack in a very short amount of time.
I like this stuff… it tastes pretty good, although I admit it wasn’t what I was expecting, so I had the “sourface” during the end of my first glass… and it packs a hell of a punch. not bad for twelve bucks.
for more official stuff about this brew, go here.