Romantic Chemistry | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.77/5
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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

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#21,734
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
892
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 892 |  Reviews: 192
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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Photo of Chuckles21
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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Photo of B_B
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear reddish amber with a modest head. Lacing. Fruit in the nose, not the expected citrus but maybe the apricot/mango called for on the label. Taste follows nose, with the fruit definitely in the taste.

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

On the darker side and hazy with a light tan head, this looks a bit like an old school IPA. Scent is not your normal citrus IPA but more of an apricot/overripe peach scent with a sweet note. It’s got some sweetness and some bite to it and I guess some “fruit flavors” to the taste. There is a bit of mild astringent flavor on the end with some clash going on here with the caramel malt. It’s creamy and more medium on the mouthfeel. Edit, think I’m may have undercut this brew slightly, I’m going from 3.5 to 3.75 on the flavor as it mellows it gets better as you have a few.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of elohim
2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It tasted of rotten fruit. I didn't taste or smell mangoes, apricot, or ginger in the beer. I might try this again in the future because I suspect I might have gotten a bad bottle.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, burnt orange color. Nice, thick, slightly off-white head that stuck around for a while and left good lacing.

S---Milder than expected. Not as hoppy, either. Fruity. Tropical & apricot.

T---Not as hoppy as expected for an IPA. Fruitiness is dominant. Tropical, mango & apricot.

F---Strong carbonation gives it a light, bubbly feel. Or at least lighter and bubblier than expected for an IPA.

O---Many things about this one are not what I was expecting from an IPA. That said, it works for what it is, a fruity IPA. I can see several of these going down on a warm day. Hey, it's 83 degrees today....

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

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

Photo of Riff
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, reddish orange with a thick, off-white, head. Smell is sweet, with notes of mango and apricot but not much in the way of hops. Taste follows, sweet up front, notes of apricot, mango, malt, and a little bit of hops. Subdued bitterness. Medium body. It's an okay IPA, easy to drink, fruity and a little too sweet for my tastes though it might be tasty to those who like a fruity ipa.

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Photo of pirateclem
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just a meh IPA. The fruity parts don’t stand out and it ends up just sweet on top of the hops. Can’t taste the ginger. Kind of disappointing.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dctarga
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Romantic Chemistry from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 892 ratings