Dad Talking Beers: VOlume 1
A Sour Quench
– Jay Huhn 7/18/17 – 3:15Pm
This is a new recurring feature here at Veracity in which I, a Dad of a rambunctious 18-month-old talk beer, trends in beer, taste of beer, and beer-related awesomeness from a Dad’s point of view. This week we’re talking about my newest summer thirst-quencher, DogFish Head’s heavily-advertised seasonal beer, SeaQuench Ale.
SeaQuench Ale is a session sour, which means it’s ABV (Alcohol by Volume) is only 4.9%, which makes is a crushable beer. Last week I finally bit the bullet and decided to by a six-pack to give it a shot after seeing ads all over social media, despite never having tried a sour before and being a little intimidated by the fear of another Weissebier incident (a story for another time, just know it did not go well.) I brought it home and quickly chilled it in the fridge to crack open a little later.
That’s when I forgot I had bought it for two days. These things tend to happen when you have an 18-month-old who loves to sing, play, and escape from you at any chance possible. There was a lot of hype surrounding SeaQuench Ale, from the brewery itself saying that it was a beer that it would quench your thirst, to people saying how it is another in a long line of DogFish seasonal beers that are fantastic. Finally, I saw it hidden in the back of the fridge and cracked one open.
It was everything they said any more.
The can is unique in itself, and lists the main ingredients (lime, lime peel, black lime, sea salt, and probably another lime) which is 100% the first thing you notice when you take a sip. The beer is tart, which as a sour…makes sense. Honestly, I was expecting a way more powerful tart flavor, but it was really smooth and easy going down. Before I knew it, I had killed the can. It was easy to drink, it went down smooth, and while I’m not sure it actually quenched my thirst as advertised I wasn’t dying for a water or anything after.
It was delicious, and while it didn’t even give me a buzz, it hit a nice spot. For a Dad who needs to be functioning at all times, it is a great beer to have around. I had one later in the day, and it was even better. Later in the week I went out to dinner and it was on tap, and I tried it there…you know, for science. I must say, it was still delicious. This was the moment I realized I had found my beer of the summer.
Pro Tip: If you want to drink for flavor, but need to stay on top of your game (but want to take the edge off) look for any beer with session in the name. Let’s look at the definition of session beer:
a beer that has a relatively low alcohol content and is therefore suitable for drinking over an extended period.
I’m quickly wrapping up my first six pack of it, but I will tell you that I’ll be picking up another as soon as I finish this one off, and it will continue to be a staple in my fridge through the rest of the summer, and may just hang on until a plethora of pumpkin beers duke it out for fall supremacy.
About the Beer:
SeaQuench Ale is a session sour mash-up of a crisp Kolsch, a salty Gose, and a tart Berliner Weiss brewed in sequence with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt to make this the most thirst-quenching beer Dogfish Head has ever brewed.
“…may be the world’s most thirst-slaying beer.” – Men’s Health
People seem to agree with me on this as well. SeaQuench currently is sitting at 90% on Ratebeer.com