Romantic Chemistry
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #5,245
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,426
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 9.5%
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
931
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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SCORE
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Romantic ChemistryRomantic Chemistry
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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Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Feb 24, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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...

May 06, 2016
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matridium from Delaware

4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Sour,
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.

Mar 19, 2016
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Obake21 from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Apr 21, 2016
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sb17 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Feb 19, 2018
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

May 07, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Mar 23, 2016
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patpbr from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 01, 2016
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 16, 2016
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Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 06, 2016
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GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 11, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Apr 28, 2016
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tjmiller718 from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 23, 2016
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Kettle1 from South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 01, 2016
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k8kruk from New York

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 24, 2016
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meatyard from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feb 07, 2018
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a coper brown with good clarity and spotty lace after each sip.

S - Tart Cherries, fruity, some spice, citrus hops.

T - Smooth blend of citrus hops, spice, and semi sweet fruity finish. Ginger comes through faintly in the back end. Dry and bitter finish, but very drinkable.

O - Solid IPA with good character.

Mar 20, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very nice aromas. Fruity.

Tastes fairly malt forward for an American IPA. Pretty sweet. Lots and lots of fruit. Mostly
peach/apricot and some mango. The bitterness is pretty bold, but not necessarily in a good way. Kind of sharp. It doenst really compliment the sweetness, just clashes. I don't notice the ginger mentioned other than if it contributes to some dryness. Overall it is too much like a wine cooler/spitzer to me.

Apr 09, 2016
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ledouge from Virginia

3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 04, 2016
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dgherm from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Apr 03, 2016
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mar 19, 2016
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CJCouillard from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 14, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 11 Aug 17

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 05/03/17

Poured into a DFH glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some really nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is moslty malty, slight hop note, lots of apricot, some mango notes, cherries. The taste is pretty nice, malty, some hoppyness, apricots/mangos, slight spice, cherries. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, nice little bitter/dry finish, very slight spicyness also on the finish. Overall, this one did surprise me, I like it. Another different take on a style from DFH.

12 oz. Bottle
2016 8th Annual Dogfish Seasonal Art Series
Bottled On: 2016F 1241

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is moslty malty, slight hop note, lots of apricot, some mango notes. The taste is pretty nice, malty, some hoppyness, apricots/mangos, slight spice.. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, nice little bitter/dry finish, very slight spicyness also on the finish. Overall, this one did surprise me, I like it. Another different take on a style from DFH.

May 22, 2016
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Avatar113 from California

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 02, 2016
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northcoastwolf from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 29, 2016
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