Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Higher Math

It's fairly extraordinary. If you're gonna drink one, it's best to do so from the comfort of your own home.

Type of Beer: Belgian-Style Golden Ale

ABV: 17%

IBU: 35

Higher Math, the 20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Golden Ale brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
An old photo from the basement beer cellar racks.

Dogfish Head describes the mouthfeel of Higher Math as warming. We respect that opinion. We're also here to tell you that your whole body is going to be warming as this is the highest ABV beer we've ever had. Also the most expensive 4 pack of beer we've ever purchased too, coming in above $30 if we recall correctly. You know, the 17 percent alcohol by volume will do that to ya.

This was no watery, mass-produced, highly popular beer, no. This Dogfish Head offering was rich and lavish with cherry and chocolate notes. It reminded us a lot of the slime in Ghostbusters II, not only in looks, but also in how it was going to amplify your mood. In short, you better bring a positive attitude to the enjoyment of this bottle of beer. And, do so from your couch only.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Beer Description

Way back in the early ’90s, a 20-something waiter in New York City named Sam got a taste for small American “microbrews.” A do-er, Sam stopped by a homebrew store and embarked on the first batch of his very own beer. On the way home, he spotted a bag of cherries at his local bodega and thought they’d make his beer a little more interesting.

He was right, and the day after he and his friends enjoyed that first batch, he started researching what it would take to open a brewery.

The rest, as they say, is history. Higher Math is a tribute to that auspicious first beer and celebrates 20 off-centered years of Dogfish Head. It’s a golden strong ale fermented with sour cherry juice and cocoa nibs and clocks in at 17% ABV.

Higher Math has forward notes of cherries, pineapple and stewed fruit, with late notes of cocoa. It has a lingering sweetness and a notable warmth from the alcohol.

Hops & Malts used in the Higher Math brewing recipe

Unsure.

Final thoughts on Higher Math

Wish they brewed it again. It was outstanding.