On the docket: 12 oz. bottle of Dogfish Head’s Romantic Chemistry IPA (brewed with mango, apricot and ginger)
A: Ripe mango greets the nostrils. The apricot is reminiscent of peaches in syrup you ate as a child in elementary school, sweet and fragrant. The ginger however, is a little more hidden, manifesting as a slight spice kick.
S: Amber-orange and wonderfully clear, the body fills out the glass and sports a bone colored head that builds high. After it settles down, it still has some density, sustaining as a half-inch cap. Lacing is viaduct-ish, with arched legs. A long continuous trail of bubbles rise to the top from the base of the glass.
T: The fruit shows up all at once, and lingers for quite a while. Mid palate, the malt shows up briefly, a cracker-clean sweetness. The finish is both juicy and drying, the fruit persisting all the way through to the end. This is also where the ginger is easiest to detect, providing a spicy kick in addition to the hops. Though bitter, it’s in order to bring contrast to what could be an overly-sweet fruit beer.
F: Medium-light, with just a hint of smooth creaminess. Carbonation is moderate and provides a nice scrub, urging you to take another sip, and then another.
O: If you enjoy fruity IPAs, then this will be love-at-first-sip for you. The ginger adds a nice contrast, balancing out the sweetness provided by the fruit. An enjoyable fruit IPA, and something to offer someone who only thinks IPAs are nasty, hoppy, and bitter.
Suggested food pairing: Arugula salad with vinaigrette dressing and blood oranges, Roasted duck with orange coulis, fruit tart, creamy cheddar cheese