Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft: Piercing Pils ABV: 6.0%
Ooooh, alliteration. The first time I had this craft, which was over a year ago, I was unimpressed. It just didn’t sing to me. Well, this goes to show you that you need to try something a couple times before you really decide. I’m having the Piercing Pils again, and this time the tune is piercing my tongue.
I think the first time I didn’t really get what Dogfish Head was trying to achieve with this craft. Maybe time, maturity, and experience have given me a better perspective. Piercing Pils is definitely a pilsner. It is crisp, and clean, and has that bitterness from the Saaz hops you expect in a pilsner. And the aroma of those hops just screams to me eastern European beer. I smell it and feel like I’m immediately whisked away to Germany or the Czech Republic.
But then I get a smoothness, and subtle sweetness, which must come from the pear. This, to me, makes this a winter pilsner. Typically you’d be drinking a pilsner in the hot summer months, as most are only crisp, clean, and refreshing. But this is what Dogfish Head likes to do – mess with the norms of brewing and give you a product that makes you think.
I’d definitely have this craft again. I like it because it’s the same but different. That’s right. The same but different. Cheers.