Romantic Chemistry | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Romantic ChemistryRomantic Chemistry

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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Reviews by Czequershuus:
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3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a reddish amber with a fairly small head. The aroma features a strong caramel base to start, with the mango the next most noticeable, followed by pine, dried leaves, brown sugar and marmalade. The flavor is a relatively simple, with a pleasant fruitiness up front, with hints of tropical and stone fruit and a bit of blood orange, then caramel, brown sugar, and a moderate bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium with mild sudsy carbonation. Overall this is a decent, but slightly lackluster IPA; the flavors are pleasant, but they lack vibrancy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

awesome to to a fruited ipa but to move decidedly away from the citrus ipa craze, this is a huge step forward for the evolution of ipa, the citrus thing is getting tired, and this is a needed new step. cool mix of fruit and great usage here. the mango might be out in front of the apricot just a bit in the nose and taste, and the ginger is very subtle, but all are represented and balanced well. its still really hoppy which i love, not overrun with the fruit at the expense of this being an ipa. the citrus doesnt need to be added because it comes from the hops. sweet from the mango for sure, and definitely more malty than a lot of american style ipa, this is almost red in the glass. it has a tea sort of element to it, something uniting the fruit and the malt and the hops, maybe its the yeast, but i dont taste much of that here. not as dramatic as some of the other experimental dogfish beers, but they have done a really nice job with this overall. its well carbonated, dry for how fruity it is, and really drinkable for being up over 7% abv. much better than a lot of other beers ive had in this category, and i count on these guys for that. well done overall, dont hate on it just because you dont like the style, this is good beer no matter how you look at it...

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. About a finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A pretty fruity hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruits and grass. Upfront citrus fruit hints of mango, apricot, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Some hints of grassy hops. Malt hints of caramel, toast, and biscuit with some yeast. Some spice hints of ginger and pepper. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and grass. Good citrus fruit notes of mango, apricot, orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Some notes of grassy hops and pine. Malt notes of caramel, biscuit, and toast along with some honey and yeast. Light spice notes of pepper and ginger. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, creamy, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid spin on an IPA. Good juicy citrus flavor with a nice caramel malt balance.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 2016A1223 on the bottleneck. My first new one from Dogfish Head in quite a while; acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop. "An India Pale Ale brewed with mango, apricots, & ginger".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Dark coppery / brassy orange color on the pour, excellent clairty, obviously filtered, two fingers of frothy white head that stays a while, leaves random fluffy scattered lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is fresh, fruity, & floral. The mango & apricot is soft, but both are apparent, and there is a subtle tart / citrus element imparted from the ginger. Earthy, herbal, & grassy. The fruit elements are all very authentic smelling, but the aroma could stand to be amped up a tad. A strong bready malt backbone within.

T - Juicy & fruity from the mango & apricot - melds very nicely with the bitter / piney / resinous flavors imparted from the dry-hopping. Bready caramel malts / brown bread.

M - The feel is very smooth, crisp, clean, & easy-drinking, especially for the moderate 7.20% abv. Crisp carbonation & light-bodied.

Overall, a nice fruited IPA offering from Dogfish Head. Very well-balanced and well executed.

Dogfish Head Romantic Chemistry IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of sb17
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured easy into a pint with barely any head but every sip left a decent lace. Faint smell of a mix of sugar and citrus. Taste was refreshing - can’t deny the ginger. Easy to drink - wish it was a bit juicer, though.

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Photo of matridium
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

The smell was fruit, the taste just bitter enough to make it very drinkable. In fact I drank a four pack befor I realized it. nice IPA, but not too pine or flowery, but nice and fruity.

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Photo of Obake21
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L = Pours amber/light brown with a nice white head.
S = Smells like an American IPA. A little sweetness in there from the fruit.
T = Surprisingly not too hoppy for an IPA. I guess the fruit mellows it out a bit. I didn't get the taste of the fruit too much though.
F = Very refreshing with good carbonation.
O = Not bad. I was thinking that I would be able to get the fruit more and especially the ginger. The ginger came through a little after letting it sit. It might have been too cold to get everything, but I was thirsty and needed a drink.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccapurso
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tigg924
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/4 inch head. taste is pine, ginger, and light apricots and peaches. Very light bodied. Above average, interesting and tasty IPA. I like others in the style more, but this is worth a shot.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of priceisalright
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tuowl74a
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Copper colored with a half inch of beige resting on top. Vibrant carbonation bubbles are surging from the depths. Light lacing. In the nose I detect faint ginger and tropical hops. It leaves me wanting way more. The taste is much more appealing. I can definitely pick out the judiciously used ginger, which I think is a spice that is easy to overdo. I detect the apricots and light malt outside of that. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dense.

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