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Metolius Dolly Varden India Pale Ale - Portland Brewing Company

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Metolius Dolly Varden India Pale AleMetolius Dolly Varden India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 10-28-2007)
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Reviews by fezmeister:
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fezmeister

California

2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I didn't have an appropriate receptacle to decant this bottle, so I'm drinking it out of the bottle. Sticking my nose down the bottle neck didn't give me much - some grassy hop scent, which turned vaguely floral as the brew warmed a bit, but definitely not a remarkable nose. Tastewise, the malts are mostly covered by hop flavor, which is fine for this hop-loving reviewer, but the hops mostly taste bitter and grassy. There just isn't the rich complexity of fruity/floral/pine/citrus that one can get with good hopping. I'm wondering if the hops were mostly added late in the boil, imparting mostly bitterness and less flavor....

At least the beer is very drinkable. The carbonation and crisp (=bitter) lack of complexity makes a brew that is easy to knock back. Provided you like knocking back IPAs. Good, but not stellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:12:04 | More by fezmeister
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Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

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Oregon

3/5  rDev -5.7%

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NickRivers

California

3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A&S - Pours a light amber with a finger of eggshell colored head. Smells mostly of malt, and some yeast. No hops coming through on the nose.

T&M - Light malt and citrus hops on the front, as the hop bitterness grows, so does the alcohol burn on the malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, however the hops sort of bite a little more than expected, so as it warms it can be a little unappealing.

O - Overall a decent session IPA if its available around you, the somewhat aggressive hop characters in the hop presence may turn off some drinkers, but for a hot summer day this brew really hits the spot. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 07:25:52 | More by NickRivers
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Durge

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid amber colored brew with a fair white cover and decent lacing. The aroma says subtle bubblegum fruit medley going on with an accent on alcohol tinged pineapple. The flavor brings fruit nougat sweetness with a hayseed hop, rye biscuit flavors mixed nicely. It’s medium bodied, a tad resinous with a fine but thorough carbonation. The taste seems to end up being kind of non-descript, maybe a touch of banana in there. A little watery perhaps. Overall, worth a try but not a future favorite for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 04:12:21 | More by Durge
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wschmit

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A: On the bronze side for a pale ale, perfectly clear and very effervescent, supporting a pretty creamy white head. Pretty nice looking, if a bit dark.

S: I don't get too much hops on the nose--just a mild grassy and metallic bit, with the barest touch of bready malt. Pretty meh, though I have no idea how old this is....

T: I kinda wish this were only bready malt--the hops are not that good, and taste as metallic (or more) than they smell. There's some redeeming bitterness in the finish, but otherwise, this is not all that good for an IPA.

M: Perhaps the best aspect of this beer: good carbonation and full mouthfeel. A bit of alcohol is apparent, but mild.

O: I'd pass this up.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 03:45:12 | More by wschmit
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matjack85

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just in case you're wondering, dolly varden is a species of fish from the char family, common in the Pacific Northwest, hence the picture of the fish on the label. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found. Picked up a 6-pack of these at the local Jewel/Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL for $6.99. I never heard of this beer before so I got it to cure my curiosity.

The beer poured a honey-gold color with a touch of orange in it and made a nice 1½-finger white head that lasted a little over a minute. Lacing was decent.

Even with a few swirls, I swear I couldn't smell anything in this beer.

Definite malt sweetness and even more definite hop bitterness, yet no real pizzaz to this one. It's OK, but bland. I can taste the pale malt and the hops are a mix of grapefruit and pine, but there just isn't enough of them in here.

Crisp and well carbonated mouthfeel. Light to medium in body.

Not an in-your-face hoppy IPA, but easy to drink and enjoyable for the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 06:29:48 | More by matjack85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Buffalo Bills shaker pint glass.

Thanks to some LZ fishermen BAs for sharing this bottle!

What better beer is there to accompany the consumption of some hand-caught rainbow trout, eh? It pours a clear sunrise semi-russet-amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises apple juice, orange zest, and flowers. The taste holds notes of orange zest, caramel, ruby red grapefruit, and orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, an okay IPA at best, one that really doesn't pop in any way, though it also doesn't really offend, either.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 09:13:35 | More by TMoney2591
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SDtastentune

California

2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Kinda thin & golden, no head or lacing.

S - No hops really, kinda pale ale'ish with a hint of malts or some bread.

T - Taste is light ale malts mixed with maybe one kind of hops, basically a very light ipa with a better aftertaste then the initial taste. LIGHT IPA.

M - Feels a little fizzy and light for an ipa, but not too thin. Aftertaste is the best I think with more hop coming on stonger than in your mouth.

O - Very light IPA with some flavor, but needs more hops. This would be great for a beginner to IPA's and not for the hop head. Good aftertaste, better than mouth/tounge taste. Light but balanced, not bad for some people maybe... but not at the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 05:07:34 | More by SDtastentune
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was drank for the sole-purpose of trout fishing. This beer is a golden body with a white foam on the surface. The aroma is of hops, but they smell old and weak. The taste is really weird it starts out upfront like a average malty pale ale, and finishes with hops on the end of the tongue. There is very bitter and very dry. It's confusing because it really doesn't start out that way. This beer was thin and bitter in the wrong kind of ways. I was really disappointed in this beer overall. It was okay, but it sure as hell was a terrible IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 06:57:20 | More by Vdubb86
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is next...swim wear...Is next....so so pale ale. I had this pale after having the Amber and Blond ale. Pale ales tend to be my favorites....and this one is just ok. I appreciate the attempt to give it some West coast character, but it falls short of being a good pale ale. The color is a cloudy golden with thin white head with some lacing. There is a pine citrus undertone to the aroma as well as the taste. I certainly could drink alot of this beer if necessary, but it would certainly not be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 01:48:12 | More by WoodBrew
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wmtxbb

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Nice soft head sitting on top of a clear gold glass of beer.

Smell: Almost no smell, a weak hop scent. Very boring.

Taste: Sharp wood flavor, almonds, carmel malts. Low levels of bitterness. This is more of a pale ale and less of an IPA.

Drinkability: Not bad. It's a cheap beer but not really worth get a lot of. I'd rather pay for a bit more flavor and a beer that is properly named. This beer should really be a pale ale and not an IPA

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 02:04:30 | More by wmtxbb
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle i picked up at my local jewel for $6.99/six pack. drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. i couldnt find any best by information on it anywhere.

A- the pour is a golden copper colored body with a small off-white head on top. the head is quick to fall and leaves behind little spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice are some caramel and toffee malts. after that comes some faint grapefruit and piny hops. im not sure if this smells old, or if its just weakly hoppy.

T- the taste starts out with a generous amount of sweet caramel malts. after that comes some hops. grapefruit and pine mostly. theres also a little bit of lemon and orange zest.

M- light to medium bodied but well carbonated. little to no trace of the alcohol.

D- for the price, this was a pretty good beer. it cant hold a candle to the members of my regular IPA rotation, but for the cost of an american adjunct lager i can see buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 14:29:47 | More by jwinship83
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Kylito87

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first craft brew in a long time. I just recently moved so it was the old style and high life for the past few weeks. I figured it's Halloween weekend I might as well get something a little tastier. I had a 12pk of Bud in my hand when I cought glimpes of this out of the corner of my eye. I have never seen this before. Figured wtf I might as well get something I can decipher instead of slam.

Appearance: Honey orange with a cap of offwhite head that falls into a slick. Some sticky spotty lacing.

Smell: Some pale and biscuit malt with a slight spicy sort of earthy grassy notes there as well.

Taste: Not a Hop Bomb by any means but not horrible. It tastes more like a pale ale than a true IPA but I am not going to split hairs. It has a very nice malt backbone to support the hop character that it does have. Caramel and biscuit with a spicy chinook note.

Mouthfeel: Sort of creamy and smooth, It kind of has a homebrew feel to it, I tried one of my friends pale ales and it was reminicent of this. Has a dry and slick feel to it.

Drinkability: This is where this beer shines. I would be able to drink this in pretty rapid if succession. As far as IPAs go I will pass but if someone hands me one I wouldn't turn it down,

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 03:52:30 | More by Kylito87
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industrialswill

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found some singles at the local discount store for $1.10 / 12oz bottle.
Beer has a deep, golden color and quite alot of foam. I'm met with a pretty mild, but nicely flavored drink. The aroma is that of a IPA, just a little bit subdued. I have no way of knowing how fresh this is, usually this store purchases items that are soon to expire or aren't selling too well. For $1.10, I just had a nice little beer.
I will rate it, "GOOD", as in, "good beer", only a pretentious, overly officious jerk [or for that matter an IPA hater] would call this bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 22:37:57 | More by industrialswill
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crossovert

Illinois

1.63/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz twist off brown bottle. No apparent date. I found it at the local grocery store.

It pours a golden copper color with a foamy but frothy white head. It sticks for awhile before receding with some nice lacing.

I am struggling to get a smell out of this, perhaps a bit of honey and grassy hops. There is the slightest bit of tropical fruit. This smells like a watered down APA.

The taste is very buttery. The hops show up a bit more in the daste but I can't get over how much diacetyl and buttered corn/buttered biscuit flavor I'm getting form this. The hops are blunt, mainly just a slight bitterness. There is a strong mineral water flavor as well. This is mostly watery, buttery malt.

The mouthfeel is watery and the alcohol doesn't even seem to be completely hidden.

This is a butchery of an IPA, it is gross.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:10:11 | More by crossovert
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Bfarr

Washington

2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange-amber with white head and no lacing. Light floral aroma with what seems like pale malts. Big upfront floral hop taste gives way quickly to a plain malty sweetness. Sharp carbonation makes the hop bitterness dissappear completely.

Almost as soon as I tasted that big hop beginning it disappeared, never to return except in minor hop notes swamped by sweetness. Honestly, I think I've had hoppier pale ales. The malt sweetness is very plain and the hops don't linger at all. However, it does have a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel so not a completely bad choice for a summer day just not if you're looking for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 19:39:00 | More by Bfarr
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beertunes

Washington

2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a light copper color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had no retention or lacing. a gentle floral hop aroma greets the nose with a hint of sweet malt in the background. The taste isn't all that hoppy either. The body was on the thin side of average for the style. Drinkability was good, if you approach this beer as a Pale Ale and not an IPA. Overall, a below average example of the style. Try it if you want, but you can do better.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 02:01:08 | More by beertunes
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Metolius Dolly Varden India Pale Ale from Portland Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.