Sam Calagione and his crew over at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery have been leaders in their creative brewing techniques since the 90’s from Midas Touch, 60 minute IPA, 90 minute IPA, to the elusive 120 minute IPA. Well, Liquid Truth Serum IPA is no exception as the specs on this big and beautiful IPA are modest at 6.8 ABV and 65 IBUs but it feels like much bigger craft brewed IPA. Liquid Truth Serum IPA pours a hazy light golden color with a ton of great hop aromas pouring forth with hints of tropical fruits, citrus, and a hint of pine. I am assuming the hazy color is from all the late hop additions from what I’ve read included lots of late hop additions and whirlpooling with pelletized, powdered, leaf and even liquefied hops from early additions of Warrior, Simcoe, and Calypso with very late additions of Azacca, Mosaic, and Citra. On first sip the resin stands out but is quickly overpowered by the mix of grapefruit, tangerine citrus blended with modest hints of tropical flavors which makes it hard to pick out one primary hop flavor but guava, pineapple, peach, and apricot could easily be found in the mix. If I had to find a negative about this magnificently crafted brew called Liquid Truth Serum IPA it would be that it has a lot going on which can also bee seen as its strength as it is a very complex IPA, and that is the Liquid Truth with or without the Serum. I need to make mention of the art work on the label as it is very creative and impressive. From the recipes to the actual brewing process of craft beer is a true art form and many breweries fail to take advantage of taking that all the way to the label that represents their hard work. I can only hope that Liquid Truth Serum IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery becomes a yearly event so that we all may enjoy this great brew at least once a year.
Aprihop American IPA by Dogfish Head is an India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots weighting in at 7% ABV and a medium bodied crystal malts blended with pilsner malts. This deep cooper colored IPA has a major malt backbone for a IPA but the apricot flavors really add to the overall complexity of this flavored IPA. Dogfish head brewery is known for making very radical ale blends that you either really love or simply can’t stand but the true craft beer connoisseur can truly appreciate every ale they produce love it or leave it. Aprihop American IPA by Dogfish Head is at the lower end of IPAs with only 50 IBU but don’t let that fool you as this great IPA packs a lot of flavor and a huge amount of complexity in every sip.