Friday, June 3, 2016

Dogfish Head Romantic Chemistry

Beer Name: Romantic Chemistry
Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewing Co. (Milton, DE)
ABV: 7.2%
How sold: 6-packs (12 oz. bottles)
Where bought: Johns Marketplace (Portland, OR)
Price: $2.79 for 12 oz. single
IBU: 40

Date Purchased: April 9, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: April 17, 2016

What's on the Bottle: "An India Pale Ale brewed with mango, apricots & ginger. What you have here is a serious IPA shacking up & hunkering down with mangos & apricots. At the same time!"

What's on the Website: "What you have here is a serious India Pale Ale shacking up and hunkering down with mango and apricots. At the same time! Romantic Chemistry is brewed with an intermingling of mangos, apricots and ginger, and then dry-hopped with three varieties of hops to deliver a tropical-fruit aroma and hop-forward finish. It's fruity, it's hoppy, it's tasty! With artwork from our 2016 seasonal artist Drew Millward, Romantic Chemistry features vibrant, abstract illustrations of each key ingredient." Click for more on Romantic Chemistry!

When brewed? Seasonal beer. Released February 2016.
Where distributed: Dogfish Head shipped Romantic Chemistry to 30 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear orange-amber into a pint glass. Off-white head. 4/5

Smell (25%): Sweet tropical and malty qualities. Mango and apricot front and center. 3.75/5

Taste (40%): Hop-forward and sweet-malty at the outset. Nice apricot, mango, and other tropical flavors throughout. Ginger is not really noticeable to me. Eventually, you'll get hit with some alcoholic octane. It's good, but I'm largely indifferent to it here. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-light bodied, with good carbonation. Tropical hops permeate the mouth. 4/5

Overall (20%): A solid IPA. Another beer that the spring produced that has a bit of kick to it, but stays rather light on the tongue. While this beer isn't anything mind-blowing to me, Dogfish Head continues its trend of sticking with balanced formulas in releasing another good seasonal IPA. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.788/5

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