Uniting the beer geeks and winos
A Review of Red & White by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Posted on 10/22/2012 by Chops
Dogfish Head. Off centered ales for off centered people. Anyone familiar with the brand knows of the unhinged insanity that is contained in that one short statement. Fans of the brewery just love to tell stories about their favorite beers, be it crafted from an ancient Chinese recipe or crafted using yeasts cultured from an Egyptian tomb. Conventional wisdom simply does not apply to Dogfish Head and any other brewery would fall flat on their face. But, President Sam Calagione instills a passion and quality into brewing that shatters stylistic boundaries. Consequently, the brewery is free to do whatever the hell they want to. And in doing so, they create some fantastic new beers. Case in point: the Red & White.

Dogfish Head describes this beer as a ''big, Belgian-style Wit brewed with coriander and orange peel and fermented with Pinot Noir juice. After fermentation a fraction of the batch is aged in one of our giant oak tanks.'' Dogfish Head has quite the talent for bridging craft beer and wine drinkers.

In the glass, this beer has a hazy deep orange coloration. It comes with a frothy white head that likes to stick around for a while. On the nose, you can immediately latch onto that bready Belgian base aroma. This one also came with some warm citrus, mild spices and a fruity sweetness. You can definitely see the contrast between the bready citrus of a good witbier and the spicy fruitiness of a good pinot noir. It was a really fun aroma to study, so definitely take your time with it.

That first taste was an explosion of flavorful complexity. Hmm, where to begin. A toasted bread note sets up shop as the primary base flavor. Resting directly on top is a noticeable yet restrained boozy layer. The mouthfeel is very big, very thick and quite buttery. There is an interesting mix of sweetness swirling around that actually plays very well together. Everything from grape must to orange citrus just churns over and over to create a fantastic flavor profile. The combined flavor can be summed up as buttered toast with a slathering of orange marmalade. It's really quite remarkable. The hop profile is nicely balanced with the spicy notes and alcohol burn. No individual note ever steps out of line. The finish is sticky, fairly bitter, and leaves a spicy alcohol burn as an aftertaste.

Overall, the Dogfish Head Red & White is a delicious beer with lots of savory complexity. I would definitely recommend it more to seasoned beer drinkers and wine lovers rather than novices. But, this isn't to say that novices wouldn't enjoy it. Red & White is very tasty and easily accessible. It's just that complexity is where this beer shines, which might be lost on a beginner. This is one of the very few beers on the market that can marry beer geeks and winos. And to be perfectly honest, I would use it as such. Beer geeks should make this the center piece of a romantic evening, while winos should fill up a glass for a cozy evening on the couch. Once again I have to congratulate Dogfish Head on another delicious off centered creation. You never cease to amaze me with your whimsically unique concoctions.

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