Dogfish Head brews unique beers. In fact, their motto says it all; “Off-centered ales for off-centered people.” Sam Calagione, the Founder and President of Dogfish Head has been brewing crazy creations since 1995.
This is how far I got…and then the Dogfish Head website decided not to work. Or at least work as quickly as when Dial-Up was all the rage. And that was it for me and my 365 days. I was all prepared to write about Robert Johnson and how he sold his soul to the devil in order to play the blues. And the unique Dogfish flavors, like Red and White, Theobroma, and Namaste. Alas, I could not go on. Please feel free to read my “good-bye” if you care to know why I finished writing and why I only got 62 out of 365 days of my challenge completed.
My first sip was a bit off. I was hoping this wasn’t another drain pour due to it sitting in the cellar for a while. But as it warmed up, the true flavor began to arrive. When fresh, this was a hoppy, thick, lemony beer. When not so fresh, it was still thick and lemony, but the hops weren’t present enough to cut through that lemon curd flavor and feeling on my tongue and sliding down my throat for my taste. Steve, on the other hand, really enjoyed it. I guess, to be fair, I’m not even a shandy fan. I think the lemon tends to be too thick of a flavor to brew with. When brewing with orange, all that is left is a thin, citrus flavor. When brewing with lemons, there is this thick, cloying quality that I can’t get past. Maybe that is just me, but it tends to happen almost every time I have a lemon beer. So, while this is a great beer if you really enjoy lemon. And even better when it is fresh so that the crisp hops can cut through that lemoniness, it wasn’t for me. If you are a lemon fan, or enjoy shandys, give it a shot when Dogfish Head releases it again.