Style: Pale Ale
Here is a company that shouldn’t need too much of an introduction. When Dogfish Heads, Sam Calgione, first started brewing, he brewed a beer with All-spice, and orange peel for his buddies, and it was terrible! That didn’t stop Sam though, it only made him try harder. Once he learned how to brew a drinkable beer, he began to brew 12-gallon batches specifically for one restaurant in the Delaware area. A few years later Sam opened the brewpub doors, and Dogfish Head stood as the only brewpub in Delaware, and the smallest in the nation. Sam still brewed on a very small-scale level, brewing up to 3 times in a single day. This allowed Sam to experiment with many difference ingredients in his beer. Sam Calagione, has never been frightened of straying away from the beaten path. He is a true punk when it comes to brewing, he refuses to conform, and follow most beer standards. With this he created Dogfish Heads motto, “off-centered ales for off-centered people.” Unafraid to experiment, and try new and weird things in beer, Sam has created an outstanding notch for himself in the craft beer world.
“Conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners, Record Store Day both celebrates and helps spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores across the US, and thousands of similar stores internationally. With a shared commitment to that independent spirit, as well as a passion for all-things music, it only made sense for Dogfish Head to become the Official Beer of Record Store Day!” – Dogfish Head
This year Sam went into collaboration with rock ‘n rollers, The Flaming Lips, to create a totally psychedelic Pale ale brewed with a mélange of tropical fruits. The awesome artwork was designed by Marq Spusta as part of Dogfish Head’s Off-Centered Art Series. The beer pours as a dark shade of rosé, with a very thin head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of tropical fruits, cracker, and subtle notes of pine all intertwine. Between the color, and the aromas of this beer, I immediately started thinking it was going to taste like fruit punch…but I was wrong. The Dragonfruit, Yumberry, Passion fruit, and pear juice only add a subtle sweetness to the beer. The fruits come through mildly and balance out any bitterness from the hops. The black carrot juice was only added to the beer for color, so don’t let that scare you away. I would have really liked to have seen more of the fruits shine through to add more depth to this beer; that being said, with a moderate carbonation, and a fairly low bitterness, this beer is very refreshing and easy drinking, making it great for a hot summer day refresher. Throw on your favorite record, put on some shades, pour yourself a glass of this beer, and sit outside and enjoy.