Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dogfish Head Romantic Chemistry IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1567) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 29B Fruit and Spice Beer

AROMA: Piney hops, slightly resiny. Fruity aroma like juice concentrate imparts brightness. Ginger is very faint. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Dark hazy copper/rusty orange. Large tan foamy head mostly dissipates. Some lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Classic East Coast-style IPA with dank resiny hop flavor. Apricot and mango give it a juicy flavor up front, but fade quickly. Ginger emerges on finish to create some warmth and spicy bite. Some tea-like flavor in the aftertaste (tannins?). Great marriage of fruit, spice and hops. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, fairly smooth texture and finish. Minor alcohol warmth complements the ginger. Medium CO2 for support. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Marketed as an IPA with fruit and spices and delivers on promise. Fruit and spices are a garnish rather than a main course, but too strong to rate this as a regular IPA. Interesting recipe and fun to drink. Great meal accompaniment. 8/10

 DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

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