Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dogfish Head - Burton Baton IIPA

Roll out the barrel.

It shouldn't be any surprise that I'm a big IPA lover. Gimme a monster hop bomb and I'm a happy camper.

Dogfish Head knows WTF they're doing with an IPA, I'll tell you what. Burton Baton is a blend of English-style Old Ale and an Imperial IPA. The stuff is mixed together in oak tanks. Sounds amazing already.

The beer poured into my tulip glass a dark orange/amber color. The head was one finger thick and lasted a while. Decent lacing was left behind throughout the entire drink.

Smell is big on citrus and piney hops. Some floral and herbal notes way in the background.

Taste follows the nose. Grapefruit and orange with a humongous bitter hop bite. Caramel sweetness with the distinctive oak flavor on the finish. 10% ABV and you can taste the alcohol, but the sting doesn't overpower those big hops.

Medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Just a little bit syrupy, but it's not a deal breaker.

This beer kicks ass. I don't have much more to say, except that Burton Baton gets a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4. Outstanding.

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