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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Reviews: 42
Hads: 52
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 13.93%
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 10-28-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of crossovert
1.65/5  rDev -48.9%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
2.43/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
2.47/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed sixer from Albertson's because I loves IPAs. Never heard of this one. There's a reason for that.

Clear iced tea appearance with better than average head.

Smell is rather bland. IPA scented but only lightly.

Taste is very bitter and not in the best possible way. Taste a lot more like an ESB than an IPA. Meh. Almost fishy.

Feels alright I guess. Drinkability isn't too high flavorwise. So in conclusion, the smell is weak and the taste is whack.

Overall: who's gonna drink the other five? (501 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.49/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fairly aggressive pour to get the desired head. Golden color with active carbonation. Nothing overly inviting to look at.

Smell is fresh and clean. First sniff has me thinking its a mild IPA leaning towards a Pale Ale. Yep, the nose had it right. This tastes like a Pale or a watered down IPA however you want to look at it. Malt presence is almost like a second run. Hops are towards the back end with a bit of spice to finish weak and watered.

Notes: Pass. Will not seek out. (479 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.52/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 22 oz. bomber, this beer pours a medium golden/orange with a bit of haze. A half inch of just off white head settles quickly to a surface cap and offers some spongy lacing. No notes of a Pyramid association on the label, I though this an interesting curiosity at $2.99.

The nose offers up a hint of hops and some nondescript malt notes, Crystal I assume. Otherwise a bit steely and benign. Some piney notes come out with some agitation, but evaporate quickly.

Rather void in the flavor department initially, segueing to a dry and moderately chalky finish, and slightly smoky in nature. No lingering malt notes to be found besides a bit of orange hop. Feel is ok but drinkability suffers from the dry finish. Offers a decent carbonation level and improves with a little exposure to the air, but certainly not to the point whereby another purchase would be considered.

Freshness date and ABV absent on the label. Check please. (934 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a sixer of this from Albertson's, since it looked like the only decent beer that was also affordable. Wiseman Nick reporting.

Appearance: Poured a clear copper with medium-sized white head. Head was pretty fizzy and dissipated to a thin halo after a little bit. No lacing.

Smell: Grass, pine, earth, hops. Not very deep, but definitely nature-y.

Taste: Similar to the smell: very earthy and grassy. A touch of caramel and a decent amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a pretty boring finish. Kinda watery.

Drinkability: Extremely forgettable and bland. Wasn't a big fan of this one. Not a bad IPA per say, but absolutely nothing special about it. (672 characters)

Photo of HaggisIBM
2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I also saw this six pack at Albertson's.

I had high expectations being from the Portand area (The beer, not me).

First taste was a let down. So, I had another one. I was correct with my first taste.

Disappointed to find out it is a marketing ploy by Pyramid/MacTarnahan's.

Not sure what I am going to do with the other five?

I would not recommend this to anyone. And, I would be embarrassed to offer it to one of my friends or enemies. (446 characters)

Photo of fezmeister
2.81/5  rDev -13%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.82/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.86/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of OttoBomb
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (September 23, 2009). No 'bottled on' date.

Eyes: Pours a hazy honey/copper color. Half a finger head with decent lacing.

Nose: I expect a lot more punch from any IPA. It's interesting I guess, but mostly dull here. Some toasty, musty malt biscuit aromas and some grassy hops.

Tongue: Soft piney, bitter hops, but not enough malt backbone for balance. I like the hops profile, but it's left all alone here.

Mouth: Great carbonation, crisp, bitterness lingers a bit much.

Libation: This feels like an IPA that has some good potential, but just falls short. As there is no bottled on date, and I'd really like to try this fresh, but I'm not sure if faded hops are the problem here. It's an acceptable offering, but not one I'll crave. (794 characters)

Photo of SDtastentune
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of wschmit
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a light orange amber witha small white head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a rather dull blend of piney and citrusy hops. A grainy malt smell also sneaks into the mix. A slight metallic characteristic is faintly present.

Flavor matches the aroma. Grainy malt with a blend of piney and citrusy hops. Has a very dull profile, lacking the zip and brightness of better IPAs. Finishe rather clean and dry with a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Not terrible, but quite uninspired. With so many good IPAs coming from the west coast, I fail to see why this beer even needs to exist. (651 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of spointon
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a dull and hazy orange color with a 1/2" foamy white head rising from an aggressive pour. The head dropped to a thin ring in short order and left minimal lacing on my glass.

S= Really muted for an IPA. I had to really work at picking up some biscuit malt and distant hops. Disappointing really.

T= The smell was a disappointment and the taste was worse. Started off thin with the barest hint of caramel malt. The hops came in and brought a rather unpleasant astringency. Finish was dry and weak.

MF= Medium bodied with a slick slightly undercarbonated feel.

D= This didn't taste horrible, it just failed to be what it should be in the flavor and aroma department. Not recommended. (780 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber orange. Gigantic white foam head, sticks around for a while.

Smells faintly of pine and grapefruit. Taste is somewhat muted, with some pine, a bit of citrus, and a lemony/grass aftertaste.

Just not very good, and it reminds me why I hate shopping at stores that don't offer singles. I now have five more of these to drink. (344 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev 0%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of chetripley
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hate to say, but I only bought it because it was in a shopping cart labeled everything in cart $1 each.

Poured from a bomber into a .5 liter mug.

A hazy orange color, a little foam but an amazing amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smells, nothing impressive, some grains, just an edge of the hops to await in the taste.

Taste of fruit and grains, then as I await the hops punch I expect in an Indian I started to experience it but then it faded away quickly.
Not what I expected. A little disappointed to say the least.

Smooth enough but I realized that it tasted much better when it was colder.

I think I may have gotten what I paid for. (646 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
3.23/5  rDev 0%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Pamola
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not even going to break this one down aspect by aspect. This is fairly boring, watery IPA.

Decent color and a minimal head. Hoppiness is ok, it's just too weak. everything else is mediocre.

You could drink a few of these, but you'd probably get bored first. (265 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber this beer was an orange amber color with a good amount of rising carbonation. The three finger head of fluffy, beige bubbles became a rocky cap and retained quite well leaving splotchy bands of lacing. The aroma was classically that of an American IPA, hops-forward with piney and slightly herbal elements and a pale malt background. The flavors were the same and not particularly complex. Pine and herbal elements with some astringent notes on the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation good. Many of the elements were on point with this one but the flavors were really so blasé that I wouldn't recommend it. (657 characters)

Photo of wmtxbb
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (486 characters)

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Metolius Dolly Varden India Pale Ale from Portland Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.