I have heard it said that an IPA would be ruined if aged in an oak barrel. That the oak would strip the beer of it’s bitterness and hoppyness. Well if that is the case Dogfish head has found a way not only to avoid ruining a perfectly good IPA but impart some distinct qualities into a the style of the year IPA!
At 10% ABV and 70 IBU’s this is a pretty damn good IPA. It has an oak sweet aroma that I have never really sampled in another IPA. The smell is sweet but not overpowering. The flavor is a nice balanced malty flavor finishing with pine and citrus flavor with a nicely balanced bitterness. This is a very enjoyable beer. Not to sweet not to bitter and has great mouth feel and fullness not present in a lot of other IPA’s.
That might just be my aversion to the maltier East coast IPA style as I have always said I like my IPA with a little body and substance rather then hoppy flavored citrus water. All in all this is a good IPA for the fall season. It reminds me of a nice September day warm and inviting almost summer like that breaks into a cool crisp evening with no humidity.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this is an expensive four pack at $14.99 at my local packy. Though I find these days that I don’t need more than 2 or 3 of beers of this ABV to keep me happy! Still in my old age I find my self enjoying these beers for the unique flavor and experience they provide so it is worth it to me. It is akin to enjoying a good glass of Cabernet that has unique qualities and I am very thankful for such simple pleasures in life.