ElGaucho (2329) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Doesnít smell like much. Lager with some nice sweetness; fruit. Dark ruby red body. Mostly white head, hence the name "Red & White". Nice scattered lace. First impression is that it tastes fishy; literally, like fish (hence the name "Dogfish Head"?) I think it was due to palate adjustment from my previous beer. Belgian candi sugar. Excellent brew. After a couple of misses with Chateau Jiahu and Golden Shower, I was a little gun shy about spending $12 on another new DFH release. But, this one delivers.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright red-copper body with a white soapy head. The aroma is grassy at first with some sweet vegetables, cookies, and alcohol. Thick caramel cookie flavour with sticky spices and sugary notes. A strange brew that I had heard nothing about.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Brilliant, orange-red color with a thin, bone colored head and fat CO2 bubbles rising underneath. Aroma is predominantly red fruit at first with sweetness and a spicy, clove-like wit bier yeastiness asserting itself more as it warms. The entire aroma is enveloped by a soft, orange blanket that is as comforting and warm as a nap at Grandmaís house during Christmas. Some sweetness, dried apricot, a big and spicy but complementary alcohol, wood tannins barely show themselves but come underneath to show some nice underpalate astringency and balance the sweetness from the mid palate into the finish. But where is the wit yeast in the flavor.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep red, slightly hazy brew with a light pink tinted head. Itís a really good looking brew. Vineous aroma that shows a light orange peel and coriander note. Light peppery alcohol and a nice wheaty spiciness as well. Quite elegant at first. The flavour though kind of lacks the guts to deliver on the promise. Light bodied and the alcohol kind of strips away the more delicate character that this yeast is trying to give off. Itís a pretty good idea and the beer is okay, but I donít think it is terribly well-executed.
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What an interesting brew! Poured a sharp red (looked sort of like a framboise it was so red) and didnít show any hazyness until the end of the bottle when I was able to stir it. The head was thick, pink, and creamy. The aroma was sweet, had a definite dryness to it, yeasty sourness. The flavor was warm and dry from alcohol, had a belgian taste to it, and a vinous quality at the end. The palate was dry and warm with the finish heating your entire body. Very glad I had this beer.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lovely ruby red with a medium-thin white head that eventually dissipates to a ring around the rim that leaves decent chunks lace. Aroma gives up orange, coriander, spicy hops and yeast with a layer of grape and courant. Flavor follows suit with emphasis on the witbier base, though the fruit comes on stronger as it warms. Flavor was not quite as intense as I had hoped; other than that, itís hard to find fault with this stuff. Medium-full palate. Nice stuff.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
NorCal tasting Apr 07 - Wow, this stuff is bad. Just an awful mess of a beer. An aroma of oxidized berries, wet paper and pepper. Flavors were peppery, mushy overripe grapes, and some sweet malts. Iíve said before that the beers DFH makes is a step into experimentation. But perhaps next time they should consider wether or not if the can make the beer, but rather if they should. This just simply isnít very good.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle via trade with jasonmech77 - Pours a clear mahogany color with a one finger thick off white head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is tart esters (citrus) and very light yeast. Flavor is full of esters (apple) and light alcohol. Slight bitter after taste. Medium body. Nice beer. Thanks Jason.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours light red with a wonderful big white head. orange spices come out big in the aroma. smooth and light at first. fizzy and refreshing with the belgian white but soon moves down your tounge warming with a tart taste and alcohol. whiskey flavor comes out as it warms as does a light grape scent. different but enjoyable.
Duellist17 (34) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep red hue. I must say Iíve liked everything Dogfish has put out thus far, but Iím not too sure I like this. It is really hard to place as a witbier, and I think the flavors all get muddled together and dont compliment each other well. Medium Bodied. Alcohol very evident. I REALLY wanted to like this beer. I might buy another bottle and age it for a while. Definite points for the method of fermentation, though!