Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dogfish Head Red & White - Tom #12

For today's review we are going to dip into a personal favorite of mine, Dogfish Head's Red & White. This is a wine hybrid beer as it was DFH's first wine hybrid to my knowledge. It is a Belgian style Witbier brewed with Pinot Noir Juice and a portion is oak aged. So if you are a wine enthusiast heads up this may be a beer for you! One last not the bottle I am reviewing had a year in the cellar under it's belt.
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Alcohol by Volume:  10%
Hop Bitterness (IBUs):  35
Availability:  Limited / Rotating (2013 release: July)
Food Pairing Recommendations: Grilled red meat, Reuben, meatballs, stewed greens, grapes, Manchego cheese
Glassware Recommendation: Snifter
Wine Comparable: Light red with dried fruit flavors

From Dogfish Head:

Red & White is a big, Belgian-style witbier 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 10,000-gallon oak tanks.
The idea for Red & White was born at a beer and wine dinner Sam attended on the West Coast. Whenever there's peanut butter and chocolate in the same room, Sam's gonna mix 'em.
Red & White successfully marries the refreshing citrusy qualities of a Belgian-style white beer with the robust complexity of a bold red wine.
It's been one of our most popular limited-edition beers at our Rehoboth Beach, Del., brewpub and at festivals around the country.
Reach for Red & White when you're grilling meat or nibbling on buttery cheese.

Shared this with my girlfriend and was poured into my Cigar City Snifter and Hill Farmstead glass

Appearance: This brew pours a very nice deep golden orange color. It produced a generous slightly off white head that hangs around for a few minutes in which dies down and leaves some great lacing.
Aroma: On the nose this brew has a mildly sweet scent backed with a grainy malt and Belgian yeast. You definitely get a swirl of orange and coriander on the nose mixed with a nice dry red wine type smell. At the end you can definitely pick up on the oak barrel characteristics.
Taste: The taste definitely follows the aroma for the most part. At first you get a very mild sweetness upfront that intermingles with the orange peel and pinot noir juice. It is a great balance between these two flavors upfront. It is than backed with a subtle oak backbone that finished rather dry. Being the bottle I had was a year old, the alcohol showed no presence on my pallet being at 10%. This was a very superb brew on the pallet and was completely balance for a beer / wine hybrid.
Verdict: So this was DFH's first take on a Wine/Beer Hybrid and it is one of my favorites. I have quickly become a fan of the witbier style and on my journey on trying different wine hybrid beers I have been quickly turned off by a lot as I can quite find an equal balance in them as I do enjoy wine as much as I do beer on occasion. I just haven't found the right one after trying Red & White. (that includes DFH's Noble Rot which is what they call their closest beer to wine hybrid to date) So with all that said I have to give Red & White a all around solid A- (borderline A!) So if you are a wine enthusiast who enjoys an occasional beer or vice versa better yet maybe you just hate beer and like wine or hate wine and like beer, definitely give this one a try this July '13. One last note I will add this particular brew gets better with age! 

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