Assateague Island National Park is about 40 minutes from Rehoboth Beach, DE. So, it was a given that we’d visit the Dogfish Head Restaurant. The food was great! We had the spicy hot wings for an appetizer. I had the steak with a chimichurri sauce and french fries. I also had one of my lady love’s crab cakes. All of it was delicious!
It was my goal to drink only beer that I hadn’t had before and knew I prolly wouldn’t see in MA. I started off with the Fire Fly English Style Pale Ale. It came in at 5% ABV. There was a slight fruit flavor which came across to me as banana. There was a subtle hoppiness. It was decent.
Though I planned on only new beer, the waitress mentioned that the 90 Minute IPA was being run through the Randall (http://bit.ly/3xpHg). I had to have it! The Randall allowed more piney hop flavor to come through than there is in a normal 90 Minute. Awesome!
I ended our lunch with a flight of brews. From left to right they were:
Ancient Ale 8% ABV: It’s made with pomegranate and raisins. It was hella dry yet sweet. It was almost like a wine with a sour note in the aftertaste. Noice!
Shelter Pale Ale 5% ABV: This came across as bland in comparison to the Ancient Ale. I probably should have started with this first. It was highly carbonated. Eh. I hope to try it again and give it another chance.
Black & Red Stout 10.5% ABV: This was described as a “dry-minted stout with a serious fruit problem”. There’s a minty finish that comes through as you drink. There’s also some cherry present. The stout comes across as a slightly roasted coffee flavor. If I was comparing it to anything, then I’d say it’s similar to Moxie or almost like a cough medicine but without the licorice flavor. So, my brain wanted to not like this because of that, but the mint kept pulling me back in. I think I love this beer.
Tweason’ale 6% ABV: This is the gluten free beer. It was dry and had a slight honey flavor. The strawberry was a light flavor throughout the body. It was OK.
I can’t wait to get back to DE to visit DFH again!