Flesh & Blood IPA by Dogfish Head Brewing
Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewing Co
Beer Style: IPA
Beer God’s Notes
There is a lot of fruit here, but not in a “this is sweet” kind of way. Flesh and Blood is really well done. The fruit is definitely there in the nose and in the taste of this beer, but it’s more of a subtle and hinting kind of way. The hops are there too, but at only 45 IBUs this is a great entry level IPA. Not too hoppy with a nice fruity balance with the malts.
Flesh & Blood began with a ton of real citrus including lemon flesh and blood orange juice—hence the name—plus orange and lemon peel. Then the brewers began searching for the perfect combination of hops to perfectly complement the citrus flavors. After trialing number of different hops one-by-one, they emerged with Warrior and Centennial.
So what does this focus on simple, pure unadulterated fruit mean in terms of the aromatics and flavors in this beer? Flesh & Blood balances the resinous hoppy characteristics of an American IPA with the explosive zesty fruitiness and subtle drying tartness of citrus to deliver a highly quaffable ale that’s incredibly unique and lovely to down the whole year round.