Romantic Chemistry
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
American IPA
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 9.52%
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
729
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 17, 2020
Added:
Dec 13, 2015
Wants:
  26
Gots:
  373
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Reviewed by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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 to 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.
Oct 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.58 by imnodoctorbut from Texas

Jun 11, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Consumed April 2016.

Pours the color of some older dipas, orange/amber with 1/4" white head. Can't say the commercial tug job was wrong, there are stone fruit notes and ginger. Smells like more of a Rare Barrel wild ale than an ipa, but hey its Dogfish Head, whattdya expect? Its a nice aroma. But will we see the first ipa w/ ginger that is good?

The taste isn't really hoppy, its overshadowed by all the adjuncts. I don't like fruited ipas, I don't like ginger in like, anything but that one Rare Barrel beer. It doesn't change much here. I mean, did I like it more than I expected? Yes. Would I buy it again? No. Its a bit of a sweet, fruited beer, which makes me wonder if doing this sort of thing is cheaper than proprietary hops. On the upside, mango and apricot are some of my more well liked fruits in other styles of beer, so I didn't hate this, it just doesn't fit into my ideal ipa mold.
May 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.84 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 30, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Bottled February 2016; drank 3/3/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through ruby red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; strong, frothy lace.

Apricot, mild ginger & faint cane sugar notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild ginger & faint apricot flavors up front; a hint of cane sugar on the finish. VERY mild, to the point of being boring.

What's the point?
Sep 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 28, 2019
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Rated by migyerger from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Smooth, not as tart as expected. Funky tinge from the ginger or the hops. Nice drinkable IPA.
Mar 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.83 by Hardy-Astrom from Michigan

Mar 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Feb 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.01 by Gaddabble from Ohio

Jan 26, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours cloudy orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and earthy hops. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops with a good grain backbone. Beer is light/medium bodied with good carbonation and a smooth finish. Overall, a very good beer.
Jan 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by dleurf from New York

Nov 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by GrantBrennan from Pennsylvania

Nov 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.68 by Mase8 from Ohio

Nov 10, 2018
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L: brilliant amber with copper-orange highlights. Streams of bubbles rapidly rise to the surface under a lacy 2.5" cream colored foam stand with good retention

S: Fruit is the main aroma offering a blend of mango, a hint of apricot, ginger and tropical fruit

T: Ginger leads the flavors with mango and apricot support and tropical fruit highlights from the hops

F: very creamy texture with a medium to medium light body and medium plus carbonation

O: A full flavored easy drinking beer for lovers of mango, apricot and ginger.
Nov 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Nov 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Nov 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 12, 2018
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Reviewed by HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This pours a nice bold honey/copper color with a nice white lacy retaining foam...as for aroma a mild fruity/hops les on hops than fruit...more mango-ish.
Palate taste is complex in flavors...very adventureish (if such a word?) in fruits an some hops.
As for the mouth feel...it has a slight sharp with the fruits coming thru nicely.
All in all...a great chermistry in body and flavor.
Oct 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.67 by JoeyJellico from Kentucky

Aug 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by alexsergio from New York

Aug 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.4 by Dray from Pennsylvania

Jul 10, 2018
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Rated by BillRoth from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Unremarkable
Jul 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.11 by Csm5150 from Missouri

Jun 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Jun 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.21 by kinggimp from Wisconsin

Jun 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.42 by Ocalafox from Florida

Jun 25, 2018
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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.
Jun 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.89 by LoriCrotty from Minnesota

Jun 13, 2018
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.
Jun 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Whitey_from_Remedy from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2018
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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.
Jun 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jun 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by Samputnam14 from South Carolina

Jun 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

May 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.78 by JuiceMan818 from California

May 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by Nitty703 from Virginia

May 25, 2018
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Reviewed by kevo152 from Virginia

1.84/5  rDev -51.3%
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.
May 19, 2018
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