Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
Pored into a snifter on 7/9/09
Poured half the bottle - split with a fellow drinker
Bottled in 2008
A - Deep amber/caramel color. Dense hue with a touch of haziness. Head doesn't last more than a minute. There is hardly any lacing.
S - Multiple juicy notes in the nose - orange & coriander stand out. There also some citrus notes that offer a spicy character.
T - A well blended culmination of the listed ingredients. Orange peel & coriander are immediately noticeable. Pinot Noir potency becomes apparent after the orange & coriander are processed. The oak barrel aging seems to add an overall smoothness more than adding a particular flavor.
M - Not much carbonation - very smooth & creamy. There is a bit of juicy slickness. It culminates in a pleasant mouthfeel.
D - Yes, this is good stuff indeed. Complex & very enjoyable, this is another great DFH offering. This beer is great on tap too (tried it a few months ago).
08-05-2009 19:58:45 | More by Ryan011235
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4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy orangish red with a barely off-white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Almost looks like some kind of weird fruit juice. Maintains a white collar as you drink, making your glass actually look red and white.
S: Quite aromatic. Interesting notes of red fruits over traditional wit aromas. Definite coriander backed up by citrus rind. Belgian yeast. Also, there's a definite increased level of malt sweetness detectable on the nose - letting you know this is not a standard witbier. The alcohol is hidden well - I would have suspected it to be slightly higher than a normal wit, maybe 6-7%, but not 10%.
T: Quite sweet and malty as it opens on the palate. There's an herbal character from big coriander notes. The fruit undertones are fascinating. The pinot character is very present, but not at all overpowering. The oak is a light note in the background for me. There's a lightly tart and acidic character, which, together with the alcohol, lends a vinous quality to this beer, although it is not boozy. The citric rind note comes to the fore on the finish, contributing to a fruity, herbal, lightly tart aftertaste.
M: There's a round and relatively thick maltiness that can be perceived adjacent to an alcohol thinness that tries to wriggle free. This is definitely an imperial wit. Carbonation is pleasant and moderate.
D: This is a pretty drinkable beer considering it's a 10% imperial, and begins to warm you after a while. Would I want a whole 750 to myself - no. But it's a nice beer to share with a friend.
Overall, a very unique, tasty, and interesting brew that I would buy again and would love to share with more people, as an eye-opener if nothing else. It's beers like this that display the versatilty of beer as a beverage and an art, as well as the ingenuity of experimental brewers.
05-04-2010 06:47:32 | More by imperialstout27
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
Served on tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL, served in a 10oz. snifter
It pours a hazy orange with just a hint of pink tinge. It came with a creamy of white head that lasted for a few minutes.
The nose was very fruity; orange, peach, a subtle wine character with the classic witbeer wheat and yeast notes.
The flavor is very complex with distinct influences from the witbeer and from the pinot noir grapes. The front end is where a ramped up witbeer hits you; orange and coriander with a spicy yeast, it then transitions into a what seems like the most mild blush wine. Some light red wine note with a little wood. Those two distinct arms of the beer are married in a way that let each one shine but not overpower each over. A really unique flavor that I'm not in love with but an appreciate the innovation from DFH.
The mouthfeel was somewhat full with the silkyness that a beer with a lot of wheat has. Carbonation was on the high side which I thought was complimentary. I found myself taking nice small sips from this beer in order to appreciate the complexity and there wasn't any hint of the ABV
04-06-2010 17:16:00 | More by weatherdog
4.88/5 rDev +25.8%
Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a wine glass, this beer showed off body that was orange with a reddish tint and a nice white head. Aroma is of oak, vanilla and pinot grapes. It has a soft, very wine-like mouthfeel. The wheat flavors really shine through and are accented by the grape wine tartness. No signs of the 10% alcohol. Excellent drinkability. I need to get some more of this.
11-27-2009 21:47:52 | More by blackearth
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
750ml bottle with awesome label artwork. Pours into my glass a deep ruby red with hints of orange and a healthy inch of eggshell spritzy foam on top. Lots of small particulate in suspension. Aromas begin with a nice mellow spiciness, especially coriander along with a woody, rustic quality to it. The vinous grape scents are quite nice with hints of dark fruits like black cherry and raspberry. A light yeasty, farmhouse quality about it as well. Quite complex and very nice.
First sip brings a nice sweet malt upfront accentuated by coriander spiciness and woody, earthy oak tones. The grape flavor moves in midway through bringing hints of dark fruits with it. An earthy, yeasty aspect hits on the way down. Smooth with a full complex flavor. An interesting mix of pinot flavors and witbier flavors that ends up being very enjoyable. Finishes with a touch of orange and raspberry and a lingering dry oaky aftertaste. Tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is middle of the road with a nice creaminess brought on by fast moving carbonation across the palate. Goes down smooth and the abv in this one is hardly even noticeable. A tasty brew and a great amped up experimentation of a witbier. I prefer this to the Black & Blue and wish I would have bought more than one bottle. I picked this up for $11.99 and I would say it's worth the coin. One of the best new DFH brews I've had in awhile.
07-02-2007 04:24:36 | More by orbitalr0x
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
A 750ml capped bottle, bottled on 2/12/07. Poured into a pint glass, it's a very pretty beer. Nice red color, medium white head, well-carbonated. Pretty good lacing. Aroma a little nondescript. Mostly sweet, a little alcohol. Aah, but the taste. Strong wine taste, sweet fruit, malt. Reminiscent of a Belgian. Very smooth and delightful. One to try.
03-14-2007 17:58:37 | More by lordofthewiens
3.53/5 rDev -9%
Pours amber with a decent amount of head. Smell is pretty much as advertised. Grapes, wine, nice amount of coriander and some presence of orange peel. Also some alcohol present in the smell. Taste is slight tartness up front, followed immediately by an intense sweetness. Wine characteristics (tart dry fruit, some tannins) come through once the sweetness subsides. Some subtle bitterness on the finish. Interesting, but it doesn't seem to come together, and the sweetness is a bit overpowering. I'm glad I tried this, but I probably wouldn't have it again
07-21-2011 16:31:29 | More by warnerry
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
It's bronze like an amulet. The heady froth exudes more elixir than beer. Just translucent, it's red to light but brown to shade--perfect bronze. The head is creamy, and as it slowly settles, it sheds on the sides like snakeskin.
Aroma's a relative turn-off, as coriander overtakes any pinot noir influence. Hops and a concentrate-vibe don't exactly appear au natural. I'm squishing my diaphragm as I dig for mo' pinot but, to the nose, no goes. It's sitting in a snifter, and I'm trying to identify the problem. The glass is clean, so I can't fault that...only odd notion is that the brew's freshness has allowed insufficient time for ingredients to mesh into each other and out of the surface...?
Taste is solid, and with it the pinot is present. My suspicion about the smell (lack thereof) is seemingly validated as I shuffle this liquid around my palate and do detect the intricacies: coriander and orange peel, hop nuggets, oak barrels, and wine impart influence. Like a fine wine, I imagine that time does dandy for a beer like this. I'm sure bigger-batch keg servings would also enhance effects. It's unique yet simple--they type of juxtaposition Dogfish Head brewmasters have mastered. There's nothing more than what it says it is, but it's quite good...and noone else does it. The mouthfeel, again akin to most other DFH productions, is strong and is sweet. Well-carbonated, the odd infusions swirl together. Knowing what time could do--or how a taste from the barrels at Rehoboth Beach might be--are factors that detract from my fresh-sip satisfaction. Another novel DFH beer, yet another for which I'd be better served to stow away. It's good, though I'm impatient.
02-28-2010 20:56:47 | More by marvin213
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
750ml bottle. Pours a very hazy copper orange with a thin and fine white head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is very wit-like with funky yeast and some bright fruitiness, bananas, cloves and a little vinous wine.
The flavor is earthy yeast, some grapes and citric fruit, quite a bit of vinous alcohol and a fairly grassy and almost tarry bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall, this "imperial wit" is not bad, but it is not well balanced and a bit of a mess.
04-23-2008 05:45:18 | More by Beaver13
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 9.6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a brief description of the beers ingredients and wood ageing. The abv is listed at 10% and there is no freshness or born on date.
Appearance: It has a deep and hazy orange amber colored body with little bits of yeast floating around in it. There is an off white head on top which fades quickly making some slick lacing at the top of the glass before it goes.
Smell: The aroma is strong, fruity, estery and yeasty. I get notes of white grapes, hints of oak, wine like alcohol and hints of something medicinal/phenolic.
Taste/Palate: This has a big body for a Witt and tons of interesting complexity. It has a sweet alcoholic warmth from start to finish which slows down drinkability and reminds you that this is a big beer. Up front I get the fruity notes, the yeast, the spice and some oak. Notes of white grape and citrus orange peel stand out with lighter notes of pineapple, sliced almond and sweet grain all moving in and out with each sip. The finish has some herbal hop notes and bitterness moving in but it remains somewhat sweet and boozy.
Notes: In my opinion this is an outstanding Witbier with all the complexity and character that I love.
08-04-2010 10:49:01 | More by generallee
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours an iced tea red-amber color with a half finger head. Aroma is cherry, oak, and wine. Taste is grapes, sweet malts, wheats, and dark fruits. Reminiscent of a barleywine, but not exactly. Sweeter than anticipated. Mouthfeel is medium body with minimal carbonation. Relatively drinkable, nice with italian food. A little on the expensive side, but nice.
04-14-2007 01:56:36 | More by Duster72
2.98/5 rDev -23.2%
Pours into a goblet a mostly clear pinkish purple body with a two finger pink head. Retention is good with plenty of patchy lacing.
Aroma has lots of grapes and berries, overwhelming the hints of oak and bready malt. Alcohol presence is easily noted.
Mouthfeel has medium body and carbonation.
Taste is weird, like beer mixed with grape juice. Coriander and orange peel are present but understated. Bitter and phenolic. Really didn't notice anything to suggest any wheat. Flavor did improve as it reached room temperature, the booziness retreating somewhat. Still, couldn't finish it.
Maybe some age might help. My least favorite DFH product.
06-04-2007 18:35:08 | More by merlin48
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
Large bottle, with bottle on dating etched onto it. Pours a nice looking ruby amber, semi cloudy, supporting a very light cherry head, tiny bubbles, silky and sticky on the sides of the glass. Nice, deep earthy, cherry/fruity nose. Complex creation, notes of more cherry, oak, some smoke, vanilla. Big, flavorful brew, serious brew from DFH.
04-08-2007 15:58:09 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +3.1%
The beer pours a red color with a white head. The aroma is red wine, orange peel, wheat and some coriander. You can really pick out each individual ingredient in the aroma.
The flavor is dominated by orange peel and red wine. I also get some oaked notes, coriander and alcohol. The orange peel and red wine aspects mix very well, something I didn't necessarily expect. Even though you can taste some alcohol in the beer, it is very easy drinking and well hidden for a 10 percent ABV beer.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
12-11-2010 07:37:38 | More by Mora2000
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
Opened 750ml bottle, poured into Nonic glass. Date on bottle obscured.
Pours a nice low head of 1/2" atop a hazy brownish red brew.
Initial smell was of yeast, but as it breathes, scent becomes more of light fruit.
Taste is definitely of Burgundy rouge with slight oaky hints. Alcohol is a bit hot, but mellows out alright. with slight burn on back palate and throat. Nothing I'd want to try every day, but def a good brew to break the monotony of the MegaHop brews I've been drinking lately.
05-10-2008 07:49:14 | More by mattster
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours burnt orange, small head that lasted the entire glass. Smells of oak and orange, and other citrus that I can't place. Starts out tasting like a typical wit beer, or even a hefe, but the pinot noir and some oak comes out through the finish and makes it very nice. Alcohol is very noticeable. I'm not huge on wit biers, but I'd like to get this again, if my state still carried it (ahhem dogfish head, please come back to us!!!)
05-25-2011 00:34:43 | More by 1Adam12
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