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Old 05-09-2006, 01:23 PM   #1
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Why is this beer so expensive and good? Which of them are hte best. I am thinking about picking some up.

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Old 05-09-2006, 02:23 PM   #2
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The beer is good, but it's not worth the price they charge. People in America love hops, and DFH has a gimmick with the amount and way that they add hops to their brews, so it makes their beer sell.

There are many MANY better IPAs than those produced by Dogfish Head.

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Old 05-09-2006, 02:32 PM   #3
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they don't just make IPAs. while the 60-90-120 series is gimmicky (although still good even though there are better), they make many other beers that are just as expensive that you simnply will not find other places like india brown etc.

I'm reading a book by Sam C the owner of DFH and he saysd the price is mostly because all thier beers are pretty big, using as much as 2-3x the ingredients, and in often cases a rare ingredient. i respect his logic, although i rarely buy dfh because of the price and the fact that althouhg they are unique i tend to prefer others from closer to home.

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I agree with walker it is a good beer, but WAY overpriced for the product. I think the Stone brewing products that I have tried which are similar in price are far superior than DFH. This is just one example.

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True, they make more than the IPAs. I had the (disappointing) opportunity to sample several of their other brews at the World Beer Fest here in Raleigh a couple of weeks ago. The others were also gimmicky; a green beer brewed with algae and "Midas Touch" which supposedly uses an ancient beer recipe from the court of King Midas himself.

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they make many other beers that are just as expensive that you simnply will not find other places like india brown etc.
Try Arrogant Bastard thats an awesome iBa...
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Old 05-09-2006, 04:11 PM   #7
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It's pretty close to me, so I might be biased, but I love their beers. It's my favorite brewery from all of the ones I've sampled beers from. Sure, they are slightly more expensive, but well worth it. They only use quality ingredients,and like others have said, they use some rare ingredients in some brews. There's an "advertisement", if you will, in this month's Mid-Atlantic Brewing News. It has an empty bottle of DFH 90min IPA next to a letter from Yakima Cheif, Inc. Basically the letter says thanks to DFH for using them exclusively for hops, but it also asks why they purchase enough hops for at least 280,000 barrels of beer a year, but they only put out 42,000 barrels. Says there must be a leak somewhere or something. Pretty neat add.

Their 90 min IPA is at the top of my list. My local paint store sells it for $43 a case!! Can't beat that considering a 4-pack is $10. India Brown is my go-to beer. It's my session beer. Deep and complex. Besides that, I really like the Olde School Barleywine, Golden Shower, World Wide Stout, 120 min, 60 min, and some others. And their food at their restaurant is pretty awesome too. My fav is the wood grilled rockfish with sun dried tomatoes. Mmmmmmmmm!

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Just a quick noob question...I'm assuming the 60, 90, and 120 min refer to the boil times, and therefore the amount of hop bitterness?

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Just a quick noob question...I'm assuming the 60, 90, and 120 min refer to the boil times, and therefore the amount of hop bitterness?
In the case of dogfish head, this is true. It is especially true with this series of ales because they use continuous wort hopping. They literally shoot a steady stream of hops into these beers for 60, 90, and 120 minutes respectively. That is a lot of hops!

BYO did a feature last month about creating a gadjet for doing continuous wort hopping in the style of dogfish head.

Most homebrewers do their first hop addition at 60 minutes, even with a 90 minute boil.
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I tried DFH 90 this past weekend and I thought it was a very good beer. At 9% abv, I understand why it is a little pricey, but it's a nice option to have now and then.

I can't seem to find Stone out here in bottles , although I recently tried their cask conditioned IPA at a beer festival and it was simply outstanding.

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