RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Dogfish Head Chicha is coming atcha! Throughout the last 15 years we have brewed over 200 different off-centered ales here at Dogfish Head. A number of our beers have been based on archeological evidence or researching ancient brewing traditions. We have now made what we believe is one our most exotic and unique beer yet. Chicha is the quintessential native corn beer throughout Central and South American. Indigenous versions with local variations exist in Chile, Bolivia, Colombia and many other countries. Dogfish Head Chicha is most closely based upon Peruvian brewing traditions. We’ve sourced indigenous ingredients to make the most authentic interpretation possible: organic pink Peruvian pepper corns, yellow maize and organic Peruvian purple maize. We also use local (US) strawberries - a traditional chicha ingredient that we chose to source locally as we were worried Peruvian strawberries would spoil in transit. The most exotic and unique component of this project, from the perspective of the American beer drinker, happens before the beer is even brewed. As per tradition, instead of germinating all of the grain to release the starches, the purple maize is milled, moistened in the chicha-makers mouths (which we did right here three weeks ago in our Rehoboth brewery), and formed into small cakes which are flattened and laid out to dry. The natural ptyalin enzymes in the saliva act as a catalyst and break the starches into more accessible fermentable sugars. On brewday the muko, or corn cakes, are added to the mash tun pre-boil along with the other grains. This method might sound strange but it is still used regularly today throughout villages in South and Central America. It is actually quite effective and totally sanitary. Since the grain-chewing (known as salivation) happens before the beer is boiled the beer is sterile and free of the wild yeast and bacteria you would find in modern Belgian Lambics. Dogfish Head Chicha is 6.2% ABV, cloudy and unfiltered. It has a beautiful-purple-pink hue from the Peruvian corn, strawberries, and tree seeds - it’s dry, fruity, complex, and refreshing. We hope you enjoy drinking this beer as much as we enjoyed making it!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (2191) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2013
A great, light and drinkable thing kind of reminiscent of the best American pilsners (like Avery’s fantastic Joe’s). Enjoyed only due to the generosity of Diego and the hilarious devil-may-care attitude of Eric. Extremely fortunate to have tried this beer.

Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2014
GABF. Hazy straw hue with white head. Aroma is corn, straw, yeast. Light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry throughout with a slight sulphur finish. Overall this was interesting but just a novelty brew.

ilovedarkbeer (2742) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours a pale peach color. Notes of strawberries, corn, cheese, and canvas. Fizzy mouthfeel.

hopscotch (11159) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Growler… Clear straw-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma offers clove, clove and more clove with a mild corn component. Light-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is clean and nearly flavorless; excepting the prevalent clove phenol. Finishes crisp and spicy with barely an afterthought of acidity. The commercial description is entertaining, but way off on this one. I drank a huge sample of this and rated it before I even knew what I was drinking. I would have sworn it was just a well-made Belgian table beer. Amazing what can be done with a little corn yanked straight out of the mouths of the hungry folks in Central and South America. Kudos to Maltzilla for sharing this rarity… although he didn’t mean too. A great sport is Diego!

TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Pours an almost milky yellow with a creamy white head. Aroma of corn, cereal grains, grassy and lightly herbal. Flavor was grassy, cereal grains, corn, some spicy and herbal notes.

Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2010
GABF 2009. Pours a hazed almost murky with a white head- fizzy dissipating. Aroma is corn grits, although not really straight up dms or anything- grass, wheat dough, light sweet unfermented wort, fruity ester, and grassy herbal and light minty spice. Flavor is grass, corn, toast, yeast, light tartness with spices in the end- mostly crisp clean and somewhat dry hint of tartness. interesting beer, and better than i thought it would be and not as light or watered down as expected either.

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
LCBS 2010. Lightly cloudy yellowish pour. Corn and honey aroma. Corn pops. Sugar smacks? Flavor is much the same. Lots of honey and corn, grain.

egajdzis (6613) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Lightly hazy golden color with a small, white head that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of corn, some spices, honey, and light citrus. Taste of grains, corn, some citrus, toffee malts, and a drier finish.

Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2010
Poured by Sam at the Ancient Ales Presentation in Philadelphia. This was truly one of the most unique beers ever - as intended. It poured golden yellow with strong pink hues. The brew was thick, cloudy, and you could easily tell that it was unfiltered. The aroma of corn is so prevalent with sweet notes from the berries. The flavor from the corn cakes is also on the palate besides in the nose. You can taste a combo of the sweet berries with the multiple types of corn, so different from anything I’ve ever tasted.

dnstone (3430) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Light pils-esque aroma. Very hazy gold appearance. Tastes like a a lightly sweet pils. Not much too this beer, uncharacteristic for DFH. Notes: ’09 GABF

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