Romantic Chemistry | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.77/5
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907 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by ThatsThatDude on 12-13-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,708
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
907
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Dray
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BillRoth
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unremarkable

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Photo of Csm5150
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kinggimp
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ocalafox
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UWDAWG
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a IPA glass.

Look- Copper color, better than average head retention.
Smell- Sweet, boozy, mango, bready.
Taste- Piney, slightly bready, sweet finish.
Feel- medium body, average carbonation.
Overall- This was a complex beer with many flavors melded together providing a pleasant adventure for my palate.

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Photo of Lorihall1
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle sample. Dogfishhead is sooo "old school" these days.....

I poured 5/16 th's into a Bissell Brothers samplers glass and it came out looking like honey-amber. Light, white foam topping spread out pretty quick, solid ring and no lace.

The sweet, honey and caramel malty sweetness pops out most. Classic sweet-toned DFH style. Fruit all over....mango, peach, apricot...?etc....additions. Maybe more fruity tones from the hops...did I mention the big sweet maltiy, whatevers.

First sip, zippy and peppery earthy tones, sour-edged fruits....combo fruit punch style. Malt...caramel, honey and black pepper. Medium body texture with a zippy, peppery deal, malty, long in the finish.

DFH doesnt conform to whatshappening "right now" in beergeek land.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Dark blood orange and amber golden beer with a lacy tiny head.
S- Mango and apricot mix followed by a caramelized malt finish and ending in a bitter-y piney aroma.
T- The flavor is a combination of sour and tartness, followed by a slight bitter turn. The flavors of pine, fruit (mango and apricot) and caramelized malt combine for an overall light and intimate flavor. Pretty nice.
F- Sticky and a bit thick. Low carb.
O- Overall a very decent little India Pale Ale. I wish it had more mango and apricot flavors, but I will say the two fruits meld very well with the malt and the even slighter bitter hop make this beer and interesting and good sipper. It's just lacking pizzazz and isn't very well grounded.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samputnam14
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nitty703
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevo152
1.84/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

As with every dogfish head beer I've had, just look at the last word in the name and that's what you get.
This "apricot, mango, ginger" IPA tastes like an IPA. The same way a "vanilla cream soda with sprinkles, caramel syrup, and maraschino cherries lager" will taste just like every other lager. I have no idea why I keep being tricked into buying their beers, they are absolutely pedestrian.

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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radome
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle.

L - Color is burnished gold, verging on amber. Nice clarity. Off-white head is not overly active or persistent. Some lacing.

S - Hop aromas stand out, reminding me primarily of apricots with other earthy, flowery notes. Malt comes in later as a sweetbread-like note.

T - Flavors are dominated by hops and a spicy/herbal impression in the mid-palate. Malt only shows through in a sweet finish.

F - Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation seems creamy. Medium hops bitterness. Low alcohol warmth.

O - This beer has interesting fruit (or fruity hops) and herbs aromas and flavors. The description says it was brewed with ginger, but that is not obvious to me, although it probably contributes to the herbal impression. Still, as an IPA, the interesting notes don't overcome the lack of hops bitterness and sweet finish that detract from it. It's a decent beer, but not a great IPA.

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Photo of izraelc
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's not fruity hoppy or tasty. It's just a muddled mess with no real character. You get hints of the mango, apricots and hopa but it seems to be another good idea poorly executed.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bdiiorio
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an clear Orange with an off white head that fades away, nice lacing. Aroma is mostly tropical fruits,, I'm thinking mangoes and papaya. Flavor follows with a choppy finish, medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Not a bad beer, but I probably won't seek this one out.

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Romantic Chemistry from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 907 ratings