Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dogfish Head Romantic Chemistry IPA

Dogfish Head Romantic Chemistry IPA. 7.2% alc., by vol. 40 IBU. An India Pale Ale brewed with mango, apricots, and ginger.

Clear, golden/amber hue, solid, lasting head of creamy foam.

In the nose: soft bitterness, big fruit. Plenty of tropical, some citrus. I'm urged on drink...

In the mouth: Plenty of hop bitterness at flavor at the start, floods the palate, then on comes the fruit. Never too sweet, and not too bitter, or, I should say, just bitter enough. Hopheads like me won't be disappointed, others, maybe. Yum. Flat-out brilliant balance in this one. Just right on every aspect. Medium bodied, with a great texture and never-quitting fruit flavor mingling with the hops.

As is my usual style, I bought a 6-pack, drank five with ease but little attention, and then waited far too long to crack this one open with my fingers flying on the keyboards. I may have to return to this one, a new favorite. Go drink it, Bitter Ones.

Dogfish Head has been brewing off-centered ales for off-centered people since 1995, with inspiration from every facet of life - the spice cabinet, music, even art.

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 a hop-forward finish.

It’s fruity, it’s hoppy, it’s tasty!

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