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Bomber of the Week: Rosabi by Dogfish Head Brewing Co
August 29, 2014
A trip to the store to procure a new bomber for me is akin to a kid getting to go pick out a new toy. I usually go with a particular taste in mind but no set conclusions on what beer or brewery I will be choosing. Many times, the choice is made by seeing something shiny and new from a brewery I hold in high regard. Such is the case with this week’s bomber from Dogfish Head, a name that is synonymous with unique crazy and more often than not fantastic beers. Given the unique ingredient used to make Rosabi, it had the potential to be either a total disaster or distinctly pleasant; ultimately falling squarely in the latter of the two.
On first pour, one might think that this beer is going to be a potent experience in every regard. The caramel-red color and low head are similar to what one might expect to see in a double IPA or other more rich beer types. The aroma is also quite striking, with the citrusy hops very forward, while still allowing for the more subdued tones of the malts to be present. These visual and redolent qualities give way to a surprisingly subtle yet complex flavor profile that is truly unique.
As mentioned at the start of this post, Dogfish Head is notorious for including ingredients that most would not think to use in brewing. Said ingredient in this case has been saved for this part of the post given the perception many people have of this infamous root. As you may have extrapolated from the name, Rosabi is brewed with wasabi root and while this may sound like an unpleasant pairing at first read, the flavors of wasabi and hops are actually quite complimentary. More specifically, Rosabi imparts the more earthy elements of wasabi that are found in most other roots as well, and spares the pallet and sinuses from the horseradish like “smack” that makes your eyes water and nose run. This allows for a highly complex and pleasant bouquet of flavors that hit every part of the tongue but don’t linger.
If you are a more adventurous beer nerd and are looking for something to expand your horizons, I would strongly recommend Rosabi. This is one of Dogfish’s “Occasional Rarities” so if you are interested in trying this truly one of a kind brew you should go pick up a bomber or two, and experience something might never have otherwise.
Brew Ratings: (Listed on a scale of 1-5 penguins: 1=lightest 5=strongest. Why penguins? Because 'Merica, that's why)