Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dogfish Head Namaste

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (962) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2013

I poured a 750ml bottle into the official Dogfish Head willybecker glass. It was bottled on 1/24/2013. I got this at #BBC13.

Appearance: Bright golden/yellow hue. Body is hazy, but plenty of energetic carbonation can be seen in the glass. Forms a large, bright white, fluffy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Typical aroma for the style with a light bouquet of orange, lemon pith, and a hint of spice rack character.

Taste: Dogfish Head is known for making beers that defy styles, but every once in a while they brew something mainstream and do it well. Namaste is their entry into the witbier category and it’s actually a great representation of the style. A little less spicy than most Belgian examples, though it makes up for it with a slightly sweet, juicy component to the palette.

As it indicates on the label, the beer is brewed with coriander, orange and lemongrass. All of which are apparent and are in great harmony with each other. None of these stands out more than the rest, and each appears at a different time in the swig. A light, somewhat tart, taste of lemon and wheat are the first flavors. It transitions to a taste of orange proper, though it’s not citric or acidic in the way orange juice might be. It finishes with a lovely coriander zest, but without the dry, peppery spiciness. I’m sure the Belgian yeast probably has a lot to do with this as well. My only complaint would be that Namaste is a little too clean and mild, especially considering the brewery. Not that there’s anything to dislike, since it’s a tasty, fun beer to drink.

Drinkability: Of all the beers in Dogfish Head’s library, I think Namaste might be the one with the highest drinkability. And it’s not just that this beer is easily drinkable, it’s that its drinkability is one of its best aspects. The palette is refreshing while in the mouth and leaves an almost completely clean aftertaste. A fantastic liquid refresher for the summer months, though I don’t understand why it comes in a standalone 750ml bottle instead of in a six-pack of 12oz bottles (or cans, preferably). At 5% ABV it’s quite tempting to session this, though I suppose drinking an entire bottle yourself counts as a session. 
Grade: 8/10