The Wrong Beer

This is all terribly wrong:
The makers of Dogfish Head beer love Pearl Jam and their debut album Ten -- both of which turned 20 this year -- so much that they've dedicated a beer to the band.... The brewery describes the beer as a "Belgian-style golden ale [that] is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil." Which sounds amazing, but perhaps more importantly, the beer is also rock-worthy intense at 7% ABV.
I'll leave aside the inevitable critique that questions the appropriateness of Dogfish Head, a Delaware brewery, making a tribute to a band indelibly linked to a famous beer city across the country. (Or, I guess, not.) The real problem is the beer, which is something perfect for, let's say Tom Jones. Or Serge Gainsbourg. Delicately hopped? Fruit-forward? Has Dogfish ever heard Pearl Jam? Obviously, you gotta go with a CDA here. A roar of screaming hops and deep, troubled dark malt notes.

Delicately-hopped Belgian golden ale with currents. Please.
Jeff Alworth8 Comments