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Metolius Dolly Varden India Pale Ale - Portland Brewing Company

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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 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 barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep orange color with a off white head. Decent carbonation. Nose was citrus, flral, earthy witha slight hop bitterness scent. taste is malty, well hopped and balanced with earthy tones. Drinkability is good but not a IPA I could sit and make asession out of. (268 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 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 puboflyons
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml. bottle with no lot code or expiration date noted. Acquired at the Shaw's Supermarket in Montpelier, Vermont and sampled on July 9, 2009.

A - A rusty amber tone with good clarity and a lot of bubbling carbonation that builds up to a choppy off-white head and glue-like lacing on the glass.

S - Mainly hopped with something sweet balancing it off.

T/M - A medium mouthfeel with a kind of creamy texture. The flavor is of dry hops and sweetness like caramel. An adequate IPA overall. (500 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-amber color with a one finger head that fades to nothing.

Aroma has a decent hint of piney/citrus hops and a breadiness that stands out.

Taste starts out with some hop bitterness upfront and breadiness takes over from the middle. Kind of dry towards the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is mainly hops and breadiness as described. However,the dryness that shows up at the back of the throat makes this a little hard to stomach.

Overall, an average, if unspectacular, IPA. Saw it on the shelf at Shaw's and first time I've seen it in this area. However, I would not buy it again. (597 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this beer, and it was at my local Jewel. Had to pick up a sixer.

Pours a clear iced tea amberwith moderate, tiny, and slow bubbling. All beneath a nice starter head of three fingers that recedes to a full film of foam with a little stickage. Nice look, but a pretty land aroa of some faint hops and a little biscuity malts. Pretty standard and pretty hard to detect. Tea like hops hit the palate first, very nice orange peekoo. The malt sorta hits the backburner of the palate. But the toasted crystal malts let you know they're there with a soft bready note. Crisp, bitter, and very sessionable. Nice, cheap, IPA with good flavor and drinkability. (670 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 RJLarse
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Metolius Dolly Varden IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a copper color and is clear. Creamy two finger white head, has got much resiliency, but does do some minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell is decidedly malty, with a sweet toasted grain aroma and pine scents along side.

Taste is also malty, with some caramel flavors, followed by the expected citrus taste, grapefruit and lemon. Moderate bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and a bit cloying for the style.

A drinkable brew, and I think better than some other Metolius ales.

I'm equally confused. When I bought this I thought I had had it before. Then I realized what I had a couple of years ago was the Cutthroat IPA, so I figured this was re-branded. Having tasted it I'm not so sure. This may be a different recipe, although there are many similarities, including the label.

I gave it higher marks than the Cutthroat so either it is different or my tastes have changed.

Had I added the beer to the site I would have included "Metolius" in the beer name for consistency sake. (1,094 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 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 biggred1
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber with a quick fading off white head that leaves some lace on the glass. Smells steely with mild floral hops and just a whiff of toffee. Tastes fairly mild for an IPA, nice citrus hops with a sweet malty backbone. Medium slick mouthfeel is paired with a very mild draft-like carbonation. Good sessionable IPA, not extreme but nothing out of place. (358 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to barleywinefiend for the chance to try this brew.

A - nice crystal clear amber brew with a nice white head.

S - light pine and citrus hops and a bit of bready malts.

T - light pine carries the day, hint of bitter and citric with a bread and caramel malt base.

M - medium light bodied, nice carbonation, dry finish.

D - a mild hop session beer. (358 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Dolly Varden comes with the typical fish jumping label with a code which could be a freshness date but who knows. It pours clear, a shade darker than a lager with very little foam head. It leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is a slight bit hoppy but not much comes through. The flavor is dominated by the hops but it is the lightest IPA I have ever tasted. It could be a IPA Light. In the mouth it is very thin and tickles the back of the throat as it leaves.

The label now says Metolius Brewing Company, Denver Co but I know Pyramid was brewing this line a while back so I don't know if they sold it off. It is not to be found on the internet. Very puzzling. Bought this at an Albertson's in Lake Oswego. (732 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 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 vacax
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a grocery store out of curiosity, bomber for $2.79 piqued my interest. Granted if this was a six pack it would have ran over $9 at that price (bombers are expensive). Still, the cheapest bomber I can remember seeing so here I am checking it out. Once I got home I discovered this was brewed by Pyramid which is interesting because I am not a fan of Thunderhead IPA and thought the aggregate score on here was way too high. Let's see if this is any better.

A: Light honey, hints of orange coloration. Vast fizzy head with large beads fades slowly but leaves a bit of lace. Looks good.

S: Primary nose is hoppiness, but not harsh or citrus. Mild to moderately floral and sweet with some grains.

T: Very smooth and fruity fruity with a mild hop bite. Hops come across as sweet, but the beer is not sugary. Interesting balance between hops and sweetness, perhaps this is closer to an English IPA or a Pale Ale than an American IPA. Not a typical IPA from my experience but the beer tastes decently good. A little different than I was expecting, but pleasantly surprised. Better than the Thunderhead IPA for me. Not an assertive beer, but a nice mild beer with some hop presence.

M: Very bubbly, but smooth and champagne-like. Body is a bit syrupy.

D: Despite not being prototypical of an American IPA, this is a smooth and pleasant ale with the clear presence of hops. A very mild IPA, but I think it is tasty. Bomber is cheap, but compared to six packs does not make this a deal. If this was in six packs I might pick one up to share sometime. Surprisingly acceptable to my palate. (1,603 characters)

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