Brewer: Dogfish Head Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Hoppy beers are best enjoyed fresh, so barrel-aging an imperial IPA becomes a delicate balancing act. Dogfish Head settles on one month of conditioning in its 10,000-gallon oak vats (we’ll call them giant barrels). And because barrels lose their character over multiple batches, Dogfish Head blasts the inside of its oak tanks every year with food-safe dry ice to expose fresh wood. It’s also worth noting that Burton Baton is not strictly an IPA. It’s a blend of the 90 Minute IPA with a malty English old ale. The short stay in oak adds subtle but noticeable toasted notes that complement the citrus hops from 90 Minute and fruity old ale flavors without overpowering them.
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