Dogfish Head statement confirms that IPA glass stemmed from Riedel O glass

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Left: Spiegelau IPA Glass – Right: Riedel O Red+White Glass

(Milton, DE) – Dogfish Head handed this statement over late Friday night in response to what at least one person dubbed, “Glassgate.” A Good Beer Blog was the first publication to post a side-by-side showing the Spiegelau IPA glass looking very similar to a discontinued Riedel O Series Red+White glass. Via AGBB, we can actually thank Badger78 for his/her comment on a Time Magazine post which led to this investigation.

Though some may have interpreted from the messaging that the project developed from scratch, the statement below confirms that the Spiegelau IPA glass is derivative of the Riedel O Series Red+White glass. Still, as the statement clarifies, a lot of time and energy went into the project, perfecting angles, centimeters and so on…ultimately molding this into a different glass from the Riedel one, said by the makers to be the ‘standard’ for IPAs.

Have a read.

At the earliest design and tasting workshops, Sam, Mariah, Ken and Brian sampled from dozens and dozens of Spiegelau/Riedel glasses. Traits of various glasses that boosted the hop aromas and flavors of IPAs helped inform the direction of our glass, but the final design came from carefully refining eight original hand-blown glasses. This wasn’t plucked from a shelf.

The Red and White glass did stand out in workshops — but for all the wrong reasons initially. Our whole panel chuckled at the odd-looking base. However, after much testing it became obvious the function of the rolling base outweighed its fashion. The friction and surface area of those ridges aerate beer on its way in and out of the glass. Each member of our panel, voting without knowledge of anyone else’s opinion, favored the base.

In later workshops we learned that the upper bowl of the Red and White glass was not best-suited to IPAs, so several one-off molds were made featuring different bowl geometries and dimensions on the rippled base. We labored over the right bowl diameter and flare angle to best direct and contain aroma for the drinker and finally came to agree on an ideal design. At that point, Spiegelau literally broke the mold. They no longer make any glass with the rippled base other than the IPA glass.

We all agreed that the IPA glass also had to hold a larger volume. At 19 ounces, it not only accommodates a 12-ounce pour at home, but also a 16-ounce bar pour with plenty of head. The bigger volume dictated a thicker base, which also houses laser-etched nucleation. The CO2 rising from Dogfish’s tiny shark and Sierra’s hop boosts the aromas of IPAs and helps sustain head.

We took our 50 collective years in craft beer, heeded the experience of a premier glass manufacturer, and created what we feel is an exceptional glass to enjoy IPA. Cheers to those inspired to give it a try!

16 thoughts on “Dogfish Head statement confirms that IPA glass stemmed from Riedel O glass

  1. I thought the Sam Adams glass was pretty silly but this is a joke. I’ll have to pass up pint night at my local bar when they are handing this one out.

  2. Nice back-pedaling. Like they actually thought people are stupid enough to believe this load of BS? “We labored over the right bowl diameter and flare angle to best direct and contain aroma for the drinker and finally came to agree on an ideal design.” Are you kidding me with this crap? So they took an existing glass, made it bigger and etched a logo on the bottom. I am truly in awe. I’m glad those 50 collective years in brewing are being put to good use.

    I’ve got an idea for a new glass. It’s based on, not identical to, the traditional shaker pint glass. Using my 20 years of beer-drinking experience, I’ve determined that it needs to be bigger to hold more beer, it needed 100% less laser etching so the beer stays carbonated longer, and the glass is 20% thicker than the “IPA glass” to keep the beer colder for extended periods. I’ll call it the Lesher glass and it’s available right now for only $19.95.

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  4. Give me a break. Can Dogfish Head get much more obnoxious? Hey, Sam, remember when you were grounded or have you wandered too high onto Delusion Mountain?

  5. This is what happens when all you hear is how great you are and how everything you do can’t fail and how you’re responsible for creating an entire market blah blah. Sometimes getting knocked down a peg or two is a good thing. Brewers need to stay focused on the beer. The rest will follow.

  6. Beer is supposed to be fun, but it looks like many of the people posting comments here have forgotten that. The people at Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada and Spiegelau are had a good time developing a glass for people to better enjoy IPAs and you’re taking a dump on them for doing so. I think you guys need to lighten up and have a beer in whatever kind of glass you like.

  7. “Beer is supposed to be fun.”

    Sure is. It is also supposed to make a lot of people a lot of millions of dollars. Can’t speak for commenters but BeerPulse reports on both the fun and business-y aspects of the industry.


  8. I second what Jason K wrote. Of the many glasses I have, I mostly use the DFH signature glass, Lost Abbey stemmed glass and Stone’s VE glass (new favorite for sampling). I really like the IPA for many reasons and it will get a lot of use. I like the thin glass, the 19 oz capacity and the aroma capturing effect, much like a Glencairn glass for Scotch. Most of all I like how it fits in my hand as I am 70 years old and my fingers have grown stiff. I see the bottom as the perfect hand grip, not flavor enhansing. Lighten up, and if you get a chance, give the glass a try, you might like it.

  9. If someone were to give me one along with some DFH 60 or 90 min I might give it a try but there’s no way I’d spend any money on one.

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