Review of Dogfish Head Red & White

02 Sep
Time for another craft beer review.  Thanks for checking back in.  I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend so far.

For today’s review I’m going to be trying the Dogfish Head Red & White produced by the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery located in Milton, Delaware.

Let’s journey over to the website,, and see what kind of information we can drum up about this beer.  

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.

Time for a sip.

This brew comes in a 25.6 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 10.0%.

It poured a relatively clear, orangish to amber color.  The head was barely off white, soft, soapy and rocky.  It was sized perfectly.  The retention time was outstanding and the lacing was more than adequate.  When held to the light it almost appeared to have a slight rust color.  Very attractive sitting in the glass I must say.

The nose smelled fruity.  Hints of soft orange and tangerine citrus.  Light tones of wood and coriander spice too.  Definitely got a whiff or two of some grain and wheat.  Overall though, it wasn’t quite as robust or forthcoming as I thought it might be.  It was still balanced and harmonized very well however.

The taste was rather fruity and sweet as well.  Savors of sugar, orange citrus and tangerine.  The coriander spice and woodiness were almost non-existent in the bottle I tried.  I don’t know, it may have just been me.  It did present a strong bready aspect with a good dose of bitterness to complete the flavor profile I must say.  Still a very pleasant taste with this one.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, soft, smooth and crisp.  Kind of refreshing to be honest.  The carbonation was good, lively and easy.  It left a decent amount of flavor behind too.  No warmth was found from the alcohol, which surprised me considering the 10.0% ABV.

I thought this was a very nice and very good beer.  It had a killer drinkability.  I was finished with the bottle before I even knew what had happened.  I tried the Black & Blue a little while ago and struggled with it a bit, but I had no trouble with this one.  I really enjoyed it and I would surely never turn it down if I saw it or if it were to be offered to me.  So, if you guys haven’t had the Dogfish Head Red & White yet, pick it up and give it a try and see what you think.  I believe that you may like it.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.85 out of 5
Grade:  B+    

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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Country: USA, Dogfish Head


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