Indian inspired, BrewChief consumed
A Review of Mahopma by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Posted on 4/20/2012 by Chops
Just like with any other passion or hobby, beer enthusiasts need more than just the baseline experience. For many of us, it's not enough to sit back and enjoy the brews we've come to love. We need to visit the source and learn more about how our beloved nectar is created. I recently did just that and visited the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware. While the main brewery was magnificent, the true experience lies in the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. It's the only place on the planet where you can get beers like the Mahopma, described as so:
Mahopma is an Indian food-inspired pale ale brewed with Maris Otter and Crystal malts, Columbus, Cascade, and Simcoe hops, curry spices, and golden raisins. Maris Otter gives this pale ale rich malty sweet backbone with a light nuttiness. The blend of American hops gives this beer a pungent citrusy funk that perfectly compliments the curry spice. The golden raisins add a tangy fruit sweetness in the middle which gives way to a dry curried hop spiciness. This complex ale is a great pairing with the hummus platter, wood-grilled wings, or fish & chips. Mahopma will be tapped Monday, March 19, 2012 and will be around until it's not.
Read that last line again. That is what makes this beer a truly unique experience. I'm sitting inside the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach enjoying this one-of-a-kind brew that is tapped until finished, never to be brewed again. It makes me wonder if there is any real reason to review it. Why can't I just sit back and enjoy it work-free like everyone else? Because damn it, I'm a professional and the review must go on!
In the glass, Mahopma has a hazy golden brown appearance. It comes with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma consisted of a ripe citrus sitting on top of a bready base. The curry spices are notable, but not dominant. I can already tell how this beer would perfectly compliment Indian food. Usually you want to pair spicy food with a strong IPA as a mirrored flavor punch. But, Mahopma is a spice balancer, not a competitor.
Mahopma's core flavor note is a curry infused citrus that gives the beer an overall tangy character, similar in fashion to a Bloody Mary. The hop profile is muted and serves as more of a complimentary role to the spice notes. The raisins are also notable and add a fruity ripeness to the citrus. The mouthfeel is mid-bodied and is surprisingly smooth. The spicy citrus carries through the finish and exits as the primary aftertaste.
Overall, Mahopma is a uniquely delicious pale ale that perfectly serves the role it was brewed for. As the menu suggested, I paired it with the fish & chips (which was actually dogfish, amusingly enough). The flavor combination was fantastic and I really enjoyed the experience. I can recommend this beer to most beer fans, but sadly most of you will never get a chance to experience it. So yes, this review is a giant tease. But, I will say that all true fans of better beer owe it to themselves to visit the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Mahopma may not be there, but you can rest assured that many exciting new exclusives will be.