What’s on Tap This Weekend: Burton Baton, An Off-Centered Perfect Imperial
By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
Whether you are new to the craft beer game or a seasoned veteran, you have heard of Dogfish Head Brewery. Chances are, you’ve tried one of the “Minute IPAs” – 60, 75, 90 or the hop-head loving120 minute – all of which all are outstanding and loaded with hoppy, floral and citrus flavors. But rather than review and suggest a beer for this weekend you’ve probably already drunk, I decided to follow the Dogfish Head motto – “Off-centered ales for off-centered people” – and make one of the brewery’s great hybrid beers, Burton Baton, on tap for this weekend.
One of the best reasons to enjoy craft beer is the uniqueness factor, and Dogfish Head has been championing unique beers since 1995. Yes, they have their more “conventional” beers, but for many, Dogfish’s uniqueness is what makes the brewery one of the most well-known and a leader in the craft beer community. Burton Baton is a hybrid beer because it’s a combination of an ale and IPA. The result is an incredibly complex tasting, powerful 10% ABV brew. When drinking a Burton, you will notice every taste from malts, hops, caramel, citrus, honey, an oakish / toasted flavor and even some coconut. Basically, Burton Baton is an orgy of flavors (and anytime you can be part of an orgy, even just a flavor one, you say “yes please!”).
But what makes the beer is its smoothness – comparable to drinking a great blended whiskey, not overly powerful but still full of taste. If hoppy beers aren’t your style, fear not; you will notice the brew’s hops, but because it’s blended in an oak tank, your palette will not be over-powered. This beer is the perfect “Beer Lover’s Beer” – savor it! Or maybe sip as an after-dinner drink while your chick has that Irish coffee with Kahlua, Bailey’s and whipped cream you swear she only orders because you are paying. Regardless, if you’re looking for a different but still very drinkable brew, look no further than Dogfish’s Burton Baton.
Alcohol by Volume: 10%
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 70
Color (SRM): Deep Orange-ish / Amber