jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Hazy, amber, pink grapefuit hue. Decent, medium sized bubbly head. Aroma has the Wit characteristics, lots of oranges but more of the flesh to me rather then the peel. Medium bodied, creamy, cranberry tart, tangy with alot of citrus and spices. Firm maltiness emerges as brew warms. The pinot juice provides the tangyness and it plays well with the spices and body. Alcohol is in the mix but not a sore thumb by any means. Very unique, transcends the style and almost beer itself. Bravo for pushing the envelope. Why wouldnt this be labeled a fruit beer considering the Pinot Noir juice?
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle
This was $11.99 at the local bottle shop. I was a little skeptical at first but my wife eventually bought it anyways (due to the pinot factor). As it turns out this was certainly a very unique beer but one that would not have me running for more. Try to grab a sample at a tasting if you can or split it with a few friends.
Aroma / Appearance - The peppery nose immediately betrayed the vinous heritage of this release. Along with it were hay, presumably from the wit and watermelon rind. Behind it all was vanilla and cloves. The aroma did not disappoint my expectations. The body was not bad either - an unusual cherry red that I normally associate with krieks. Chunky lacing clung to the sides leaving strata behind.
Flavor / Palate - The bite is not nearly nearly as good as the bark. Vinous notes warm the palate before yeasty chocolate cake, wheat bread, gingersnaps and spices step in. The finish reminds of baked Lays. There is evidence of the pinot noir but it does not stand out nearly as much as in the nose. For whatever reason, perhaps its hybrid nature, this did not excite me that much. Still it does deviate from the norm quite a bit and I have to give Dogfish Head credit for that.
JFGrind (1912) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled a few bottles of Red & White over the past month, another unique offering from DFH. Pinot Noir adds sweet/tartness and the woodiness blends well with spices and Wit beer base. Not sure what inspired DFH to brew Red & White, but I give mad props to them!
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Aroma moerate sweet malt and fermented fruits. Red body with white head that had a tynt of pink. Mild sweet malt caramel presence along with some fruity citrus orange flavors. Full bodied that was easy on the palate. Good sipping brew.
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 I have to have this one again! Wow! For me the flavor was Very complex, subtle and mellow. There was no one dominating characteristic. I felt like I would appreciate this one a lot more the second time around now that I get it.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a almost clear ruby color with a large, pink head. Aroma of yeast, grapes and oak. Tastes slightly vinious, with some citrus qualities and a bit of funk. Subdued spices. Slightly hot. Medium body. A winner.
BigBeer45 (1326) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours a clear dark red bronze with a few bubbles, sweet aroma with a white beer malt fragrance, raspberry, strawberry and wine aromas, there is a aged tone to the aromas, faint grape skin fragrance,
sweet syrup flavor with berries, wheat and citrus flavor, small bite on the tongue, alcohol warmth in the sip, the alcohol does not overwhelm the flavors as it warms which is good, crisp and medium dry on the palate, a tart and sweet mix in the mouth, comes across as more of a fruit beer then a wit beer, the beer is light to drink but not as light as some wit beers I have tried, this was interesting, I would buy this again.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice red color with a littel head. Fish and sour malt. Yeasty body with some fruityness to it.
Kinz (3514) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice ruby tinged amber, compact head of tight bubbles, great lacing. Aroma is faintly of wood and undefined dark fruits. Full mouth feel is a mix of dark berry flavors like blackberry and a solidly wood oriented finish. Sticky malts add a touch of caramel. Coriander is a faint afterthought. Another interesting experiment from DFH. Although not even remotely a wit, this was still one of their better recent efforts on the fringes of brewing. Keep it up guys!
FlacoAlto (3850) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled March 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, though opaque unless held up to the light, it is a deep reddish color and is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pink-tinged, pale, perhaps tan, white head. The aroma is interesting; fruity with notes of berries, plus some definite austere, woody-tannic character. Perhaps a touch of leather, touch of dried leaf character that is not quite tobacco, but really the fruity grape aromatics are the dominant notes in the nose.
Quite thick feeling on the tongue, it is almost syrup-like in its thickness. It is perhaps not quite as sweet as the thickness would suggest, but this beer is still quite sweet. The sweetness accentuates berry flavors as well as some hints of strawberry. Grassy malt notes are noticeable in the middle, and linger on into the finish. A touch of sharpness is found towards the end; it seems to be a mix of prickly carbonation and some slight hop bitterness. A touch of earthy spiciness is also in the finish; it is a touch green, perhaps indicative of some American coriander. The finish has some light woody / tannic notes to it.
I had some hopes for this brew, while it is not as unbalanced as some of Dogfish Headís higher alcohol brews. I am quite surprised by the tangelo character here; it is not really evocative of citrus (donít get me wrong, there are some notes here). All in all this brew is a disappointment; it seems to lack a depth of flavor and a finesse that I was hoping for, plus it just doesnít say Wit to me either. At least there are no off flavors here, it is just that this combination of flavors just donít hold my interest.
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