Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 691
Hads: 1,741
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 119
Gots: 267 | FT: 8
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 08-23-2006

A big, Belgian-style witbier brewed with coriander and orange peel and fermented with pinot noir juice. After fermentation, a fraction of the batch is aged in one of our 10,000-gallon oak tanks.

35 IBU
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Half finger head on a hazy crimson and orange body.

S: light on the nose with orange, strawberry, corriander and a touch of lemon. Good retention and nice lacing.

T: loaded with corriander and peppery zest. Orange is late in the finish. Nice yeast character with well balanced tartness and sweetness.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: this is a nice beer. Not very witbier like but I assume that is the base and the corriander washes it out. Almost like an overpowered saison. (505 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a mix of amber and orange hues. It poured with little in the way of a head but has nice lacing patterns. There are noticeable yeast particles floating near the bottom.
S: There are notes of orange peel, grapes and spices in the aroma.
T: The taste is complex and very much the aromas in the nose with more hints of oak and pinot noir grapes.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat thick on the palate.
D: This is a strong beer that needs to be sipped. It has a unique flavor but I only might consider having this again if I'm in the mood for something out of the ordinary. (588 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Dogfish Alehouse in Falls Church.

Pours a light reddish color with a white head. The nose is dominated by red wine with a tad bit of light red fruit and some citrus. The taste is pretty much light red wine, almost just tasting like it has been watered down and carbonated. Feel is a bit sweet. Drinks well enough, but I just didn't get much from this. (387 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruddy color (the liquid looks like white zinfandel) with a lovely head that retains incredibly well and thoroughly laces the glass

Smell: The predominate aroma is a combination of grape and orange peel with an undertone of coriander

Taste: Starts with a fruity orange and pinot noir flavor that becomes increasingly spicy, mid-palate; after the swallow, the woody flavors come to the fore and combine with the fruit to make an intriguing finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with considerable carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting enough, but I'm not sure I would drink this again (609 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a nice complex brew from dfh, but a night after drinking a deconstruction from odell, any other blended wine barrel beer just isnt going to match up. the appearance is cumin powder dullish yellow in color with some haze and an aroused white head a ciouple inches high. the nose is corriander and orange right off the bat, ive smelled this many times before, but then comes the tannins from the vino, tart and grape musty. the flavor is much less provocative than the aroma, and sall the flavors seem to come together into some sort of mixing the fingerpaints together flavor where nothing distinct but alcohol can be tasted. as it warms, an oaky earthen flavor comes out in the finish, but something still seems to be missing. mouthfeel is solid, perfectly carbonated and right on medium bodied. its smooth for the strength, and could match up well with some farmy cheeses. overall not my favorite dogfish brew, but as always i appreciate its originality. (963 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's simply no end to the alterations that Dogfish Head brewers will place upon traditional styles. To push a Belgian witbier to double its normal strength would have been daring enough for most brewers. But oh-no, how about the induction of pinot noire grapes to amplify the winy character of Belgian ale and then aging the newfound concoction in pinot noire barrels. They've certainly "dogfished" this concoction completely up!

Its first cautious and curious sip comes after a murky orange and peach-stained pour. Layering in with a viscous nestle, the aromas and early taste is of candied fruit, perhaps more of orange and perfume than of grape or wine, all upon a lightly toasted and doughy base.

With the weighty beer pressing deeply into the palate, a notion of orange marmalade wafts over the tongue, carrying with it the orange peels, piths and pulp; along with a lemony, apricot, apple and unmistakable grape tone. Somewhat vegetal with verbena, chive and fresh-cut grass, its bracing acidity ushers in a quick finish.

With the simple syrup sweetness lifting, its pinot character thrives in the late palate, highlighted by vinous alcohol with its own peppery warmth. But closing with a semi-sweet weight, the ale remains much more of a sipping beer than a drinkable one. Mild bitterness and rosy spice gives this high gravity wheat beer a hearty prickle on the tongue as it exits. (1,395 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a orange red color with a white fizzy looking head on top. The head fades quickly and doesn't lace the glass too much. The smell of this beer gives off a slightly sour aroma with a subtle sweetness as well. The taste of fermented grape give this beer a big wine like profile, the flavors are a little on the tart side and leaves you with a dry fruity aftertaste. There is also a good amount of yeasty flavors going on in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the lighter side, it's moderately carbonated and maintains a good drinkability. Overall, It's not my favorite DfH brew but I'm happy to have tried it. (638 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Wickedpete: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing notes. Aroma consists of coriander with some notes of wheat and light acidic touch. Taste is a very good mix between some wheat with great notes of coriander and some sweet malt. Great mix between spices and Belgian style malt. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol. The only negative things that I have too say is that this beer might be slightly too sweet but apart from that great beer from Dogfish. (547 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blood orange mixed with molten copper. The large, whipped creamy cap is primarily ecru in color, but features a pale rose blush that is almost certainly due to the Pinot noir juice. One doesn't often see this combination of colors in a single beer. The appearance is original, interesting and good. Let's see if the rest of the attributes follow suit.

Of the traditional witbier ingredients, only coriander is noticeable in the nose. Perhaps I'll pick up the orange peel once warming has worked its usual magic (note: I don't). There's also a subtle berry-like grapiness that needed to have been more than subtle to make an impact. It isn't like Dogfish Head to pull its punches... but then I haven't tipped up the glass yet.

Red & White is good beer that doesn't make any serious moves toward being great beer. At least it isn't another boozy, 'too avant garde for its own good' DFH ale. The label description got me ready for something special, with its unquestionably audacious marriage of an Imperial witbier and red grape juice, aged on wine barrels and oak. Unless something changes as the bottom of the bottle nears, the setup is better than the delivery.

First of all, the beer is too sweet. That's the biggest reason why the drinkability score doesn't keep pace with the flavor score. R & W reminds me of a Belgian ale is some undefinable way. Must be the yeast. The flavor profile is reminiscent of sweet red wine mixed with a dash of orange juice and a sprinking of coriander.

I don't get the oakiness at all. In my experience, it's much easier to appreciate woodiness in a dry beer rather than a sweet beer... and this one is tooth-rottingingly sweet. It seems to me that Red & White would work best as a dessert beer, to be shared with an entire tableful of people. Matching it with a blackberry tart would probably be fantastic.

If you like big, syrupy, sticky mouthfeels then DFH has a beer for you. Since I do, I like this one just fine. It works because the number of bubbles is pretty damn close to perfect. A few more would have been okay too. A few less would not have been.

I have mixed feelings about Red & White. On the one hand I applaud Mr. Caglione for thinking outside the box (as always). On the other, the beer is too weighted down by candi sugar to have any hope of being compared with Belgium's best. Sometimes a lighter touch is required. (2,376 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a high clarity amber with a reddish character. Definitely not pink. Nice webs of lace hang on the inside of the glass. Puffy stratus layers of foam and lace intertwine in the second pour. Served at cellar temperature.

Muted aroma of mildy sweet, overripe fruit.

The oak component is the best thing going for this. Earthy, with a little dry tannin, mixed with caramel and the unobtrusive Pino Noir character. It's a nice blend, it seems like a hard one to balance, but they did it.

Sort of limp yet boozy mouthfeel, it lacks the usual higher carbonation of standard Witbiers. This is a genre-defier, but still, some lightness would be nice. Alcohol becomes apparent, but not overbearing. It's drinkable, probably best shared with a friend or two. Higher alcohol, so possibly a cellar candidate.

Witbier is surely a misclassification, as others have noted... (878 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber with a small head, a little lace that faded into a nice coating with eddys and swirls embedded in the bubbly lace, lingered to the last drop. Smell was sweet, very very sweet. Candy apple, caramle, cherry were all over this and predominated. Slight hop back detected and a tiny bit of alcohol. Did I say sweet!

The taste followed the same route with the huge candy sweetness predominating some other hints of apple, cherries, grapes. Some alcohol, but it is mostly balanced by the rebost flavors. Goes down very smooth, light and crisp. Tingles and warms as it goes. Carbonation is not overally done though. Overall this is a very nice brew, a little too sweet to have more then one or two, but is perfect as a sipper after dinner. the wine notes are subtle and the style i am not sure where they got that from, a sweet, citrusy and floral ale, this works (862 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a fairly fluffy off-white head on top.

S: The nose features some coriander, which is one of the few things that might tell you that this is a witbier. Maybe a bit of citrus in there along with plenty of fruity sweetness.

T: A bit of fruit and heavy on the sweetness without much of the base witbier coming through. Again, maybe just a hint of coriander and orange peel.

M: The carbonation is maybe a bit on the heavy side with a fairly full body, especially for the style.

D: Definitely a nice idea from DFH, but another one of their beers that did not quite hit the mark (for me, anyway). The 10% abv doesn't really do much for me either, but at least it's fairly well hidden. (723 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light, pinkish body (like six steps off from the color of cranberry juice) with a tall, light pink head.

Smell: A wheat-filled aroma with notes of candyish cherry and orange, as well as a few hints of coriander and a dash of cheap chardonnay.

Taste: The type of syrupy sweet fruit flavors of cherry, orange, and grape that you'd expect from a kids juicebox. The combination of spice, alcohol, oakiness, and a regrettable plasticy taste made for a rather caustic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The Black & Blue doesn't taste like Red & White, but they are going for the same vibe all the way through. Unfortunately, I didn't care for either of them. (735 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of fluffy, white head on a hazy, reddish-orange body. The head settles down pretty quickly, leaving nice rings of lace on the glass.

S - Fruity yeast notes of acidic tropical fruit, pineapple and guava. Spicy, herbal hop in the background as well as moderately dark malt aromas of toffee and light caramel.

T - Lots of noble hop flavor up front with yeasty fruit and some non specific phenolic notes.. The pineapple flavors meld with toasted malt in the middle. The hops linger to the end where toffee notes and vinous acidity assert themselves for a very dry finish.

M - Moderately high carbonation, a surprisingly thick body, and a dry, acidic finish.

D - Quite quaffable for a 10% abv beer. The aroma characteristics are the best aspect of the beer, and while they are reflected in the flavor the yeast notes are never quite as lively in the mouth as they are in the nose. The hopping rate seems a bit excessive to me, but it may be necessary to balance the syrupy body and heavy malt character. (1,029 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009. I've had this in the fridge for about a week. I'd hoped that it would settle to become clear, but I knew that it really wouldn't. It's a cloudy deep-orange marmalade color with a bit of a crimson cast. The massive head's held up very well, and it's left a magnificent sheet of wide-holed lace about the entire glass. Large tulip, by the way.

The nose is sweetish, fruity, and very slightly tart/funky. There's an edge of wood to it. And some orange. And spice. Candy notes and berry-like fruit seem to dominate.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body with a dextrinous edge, and gently bristling on the tongue with a fine-bubbled, just slightly elevated carbonation. Some alcohol gives it a bit of an edge as well, but it's actually nice in that it helps to cut through the malt.

The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates, with orange and fruit and spice and oak & alcohol dryness amidst a candyish malt base. I kind of recalled that there was "wine" in here as well from the first time I had it, but that was years ago. I picked up on it instantly, and then checked the label. Yep. Then it kind of disappeared for a bit and I was tasting more of the malty sweetness and berry-like fruit. But then the more interesting flavors came into focus. I pick the grape juice up mostly in the finish, although I think it's also probably what's giving me the berry-like flavors upfront. It's got a bit of alcohol to it. I can taste it and I can feel it. And it's got some hop bitterness as well. Not a lot, but certainly enough to keep it firm.

It's interesting how the flavors change, and how pronounced they can be at times. Sometimes the spice is just a swirl, and other times it's almost all you can taste. Same thing goes for the orange, and the grape, and the alcohol or oak. And that gives it complexity; which then lends to drinkability. It's not a beer you can drink a lot of, but you'll probably enjoy what you've had, and perhaps want another. Very nicely done, and quite unique. (2,006 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, bottled on 2/9/07

Pours an amber orange with a minimal white head that left behind some nice lacing. Big Witbier aroma of yeast & spices & fruits.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Yeast, malt, wheat, spices, fruits (cherry, orange), just a ton of stuff going on. A little too boozy in the finish perhaps? Nice full, almost viscous body.

Wow, yet another fantastic creation from Dogfish! A wonderful marriage of beer & wine that I found to be both quite quaffable & enjoyable. (513 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a DFH tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish orange color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity and sour with oranges, wheat, some coriander and alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of orange, coriander spice, and grapes. There are light background flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast. There's a mild alcoholic sting but not it's not too strong for a beer with 10.00% ABV. The hops presence is mild and the malt character is on the thin side as you would expect from this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style while adding a twist to it, this is a pretty good beer but not one that I would want to drink more than one bottle of. (949 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this 750ml w/ me.
Poured into a picnic tumbler chilled
A - A hazed garnet with a thin cream head. The color is reminiscent of rooibos tea - a tinge of brown and a shade of plum w/ a head about the thickness of a finger or less.

S - Fruity, vinous, tinges of dried fruit. Cranberry or currant type earthiness. Tart like baked cherry crisp.

M - Thick and full of body. Tart fruit feel followed by a spice and malt texture. Nice effervescent creaminess in the finish.

T - Sweetness and juice taste comes in on a wave of carbonation potent and slightly woody. A flavor of wine that comes across w/ a big beer taste simultaneously and finishes on the beer side. Spices join the thrall of a huge flavored brew. Plenty of fusels and warmth in the last sips.

D - A big ale, but flavorful and unique, it's hard not to keep imbibing this. I found so much flavor layer by layer it was multidimensional and intense for a Wit that is twice the strength it goes down pretty easily. I would certainly want to enjoy this with friends again. I think it would probably go well w/ a glazed pork loin.

2nd taste 2/26/08 cellared for 382 days, decanted into a tumbler cool.

A - A rosy copperish w/ a faint hazy glow and a loose tan head w/ light lace.

S - Boozy, fruity and hints of vinous scents w/ slight yeasty odors

M - Spicy, creamy w/ mild effervescence and warming alcohol. This seems to be smoother than 1 year ago.

T - Sweet dry and toasty w/ vanilla w/ dark berry and sweet candy sugar w/ a spiced fruity citrus essence w/ nice grainy flavors. The flavors seemed to have melded slightly.

D - Very nice, was lighter w/ less alcohol in the flavor upfront and easier on the taste buds too. The flavors of the fruit are still fresh and the overall drink ability was better IMO. a-4 s-4 m - 3.5 t - 4 d - 4.5 (1,841 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby hue with a nice off white head that falls rather quickly and leaves some lacing. Nose is grapey and fruity. Flavor is quite unique. Strong and noticeable fruit tones mix with a mild alcohol presence. Odd wine mixture that slightly reminds me of something along the St. Lamvinus line, but not quite that in the long run. So we have the fruity and earthy mix here with a nice full carbonation and smooth liquid touch. Overall this is a very interesting beer to say the least. Could it be a staple in my beer diet? I'd have to say no. But still interesting enough to try. (581 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle from Joe Canal's, Bellmawr, NJ
This review is from a recent tasting on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Saw this on tap and I thought I'd revisit it since #1 I hadn't had it in quite a while, and #2 I'd yet to have it on tap. Very heady, and it took about 5 minutes to settle to a servable pour. (TJ's tap lines strike again?) Murky orange-red color, the head was tan, ample, and very creamy. Grape and orange peel on the nose, citric acid and bread. First sip was...incredible actually. Maybe it was just because of the frothiness of the head, but it was incredibly smooth and creamy almost like a milkshake. With time, this died down a bit and mellowed to the usual taste and texture exhibited by the beer. Taste follows the nose pretty much, bready, yeasty, vinous, orange peel, wheaty bite. Medium body and some bitterness in the aftertaste. Crisp and tasty, and I liked it slightly better on tap. (910 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Red & White
750ml, 10 % abv,

Shiiff! There goes the cap...whiff, ...and pour, this time into a Rodenbach glass.
Slightly hazed, bright crimson hue, thinnish layer of pink toned foam holds tight on top.

Aroma: there's the orange and coriander, very nice, should remind one of a witbier, right? But there's this business of Pinot Noir and oak barrells getting messy with the stuff, too... imparts of cool, rosy sweetness, fine and mellow.

Taste: somewhat acidic, big carbonation, sparkling and smooth. Citric and cherry flavors, soon obliterated by carbonation, and turning dry. That's good, sometimes, but there's a paucity of flavor and complexity here.

Just dawned on me where the name comes from...red wine meets white ale...(maybe I should have kept this secret, so you wouldn't know how slow I am?) ...interesting...but...while this is an admirable project, and I think it is a fine beer for what it's trying to accomplish...for $12, I kind of want more.

Thinking on that, though, I muse on how much bottles of wine retail for, and how there really isn't anything like this in the wine world, and it's wonderful as it is...not my style, but would make a fantastic match for dining. Would be a big hit with wine lovers. Man, actually, the more I think on it, the more I want to retract my caveats ...witbier meets pinot noir? Genius!

And now the alcohol is creeping up on me...and I like that. Sparkling, acidic character is appreciated, dryness is admired...floods the mouth, tingles the tastebuds...give me a nice duck dinner to match it with. You bring the ducks.

Despite my initial reservations, I know wish I had about 6 more bottles, at least, to crack out at various occasions and amuse and delight one and all. Again, I am impressed by DFH, their many innovations, and continual creativity.

Medium bodied, and easy to drink, despite the higher abv.

Yum. Once again, my initial reservations are wrong, and I'm happy about it. (1,981 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish head snifter because I can. At the time of this review, this is #19 on the "Top Beers - Witbier" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is reddish with a haze and a big white head of medium and large bubbles, moderate to low retention and moderate carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma in vinous and sweet, some alcohol, mild spice.

Beer is too heavy, it is thick on the palate and weighs it down. The fruit gives it a little bit of a solventy or candy like flavor. It is a little too much on all front and won't be a repeat for this guy unfortunately. Love you DFH, but not this one. (593 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheatm honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial witbier style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,656 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thin white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is musty, herbal, coriander and orange peel.

The taste is of coriander and orange peel with plenty of caramel maltiness. Some fruit juice - I'm no wine expert, but not catching the pinot noire, which I hear is fruity - don't know about that ... not too vinuous to me. It has a woody, spicy finish. Some alcohol appears in the dry finish.

Medium-to-full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

An interesting brew. Different than expected (not as wine-like). Unique - well-worth checking out. (552 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces and condenses to a thick layer over the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grape along with orange/grapefruit citrus upfront. Additionally there are lighter aromas of spice (coriander), Belgian yeast, wheat, and just a hint of oak.

T: Starts out with some light grape sweetness along with an almost candied orange peel and some wheat. Next comes stronger grapefruit/orange citrus flavors, spice (coriander), and Belgian yeast. Finally the beer finishes oak and some light hints of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish (likely from the introduction of wine).

O: For the most part, the high amount of alcohol is well hidden in this beer - the beer is refreshing and drinkable. While it does taste too strong, I'm thinking that the high ABV does not make this one for session drinking. There is a nice complexity to the flavor. (1,092 characters)

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Red & White from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.