Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
See throughable crimson-bronze with bright orange highlights. The generous cap is an eye pleasing shade of orange-tinted golden ecru and maintains a firm, rounded crown as it descends. A respectable amount of sudsy lace decorates the upper reaches of the glass, only some of which melts away.
The nose is a wonderful amalgam of dark malt, cocoa and citrusy hops. It may be a bit too hoppy for traditionalists (I like it just fine). It isn't an aroma that tempts me to use words like stupendous or amazing, but then show me a brown ale to which those words apply.
Doryman's Dark is a delicious brown ale that has more flavor than most. The flavor profile consists of roasted malt with very little in the way of chocolate or coffee; cocoa powder hasn't completely disappeared however. Citric hops make an even bigger splash on the palate than they did in the nose, but they don't overpower the malty character of the beer.
The Cascade hops are more noticeable than the other varieties (Mt. Hood, Magnum) and give this brew an authentic Pac NW personality. Malt and hops dovetail even more completely with warming and the resultant flavor is impressing me more and more with each passing ounce. The well-structured mouthfeel is as smooth as silk and is very close to style perfect. This is an exceedingly drinkable brown.
Doryman's Dark Ale is very good beer. There are browns with more flavor and flash, but very few with this degree of across-the-board quality. A near perfect malt-hop balance (from a hophead's perspective) and a lightly lush mouthfeel are the highlights. If brown ales are among your favorite styles, then you owe it to yourself to take a delicious pleasure cruise with the Doryman.
05-02-2005 15:56:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
Appearance: Pours a rich brown color with good clarity and plenty of frothy head that leaves lots of lace
Smell: I'm picking up a bit of brown bread, but the aroma is very vague
Taste: Fortunately, the taste is a lot more powerful than the aroma, with a ton of roasty malt up front and a developing caramel base that is joined, mid-palate, by a minty, citrus hop flavor; after the swallow, the hops and malt blend together nicely and there is a Tootsie Roll aspect that develops at the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and creamy with moderate, but foamy, carbonation
Drinkability: Just a fine all around American brown; note that this bomber was fresh from the brewery, as they are now shipping beer around the country
04-23-2008 00:18:40 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +5.3%
caramel color brown with just enough light getting through to give it a sort of off reddish tint. The smallish tan head quickly faded and left behind only traces of itself. The aroma itself was lightly smoked almost, full of roasted malts and a touch of caramel. The flavor was light bodied but nicely roasted with a touch of a bittering finish and a flavor full of earthy grain like tones. A nice subtle bread like base was quaintly masked underneath. Overall this was a decent brown ale. It was nothing spectacular, but I do not think it was designed to be, but rather it was a very nice interpretation of the style. I could see myself drinking this on a session basis as it was very nice
12-15-2011 02:53:57 | More by mikesgroove
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
From Oregon's tiny (15 bbl) Pelican Pub & Brewery comes a multiple award-winning American brown ale!
A slightly hazy, reddish-mahogany body is topped by a frothy light-tan head that drops shortly to a creamy surface covering and leaves some very nice lace. The nose displays a touch of chocolate alongside piney and mildly citrusy hops. A very fine, restrained carbonation accentuates it's medium body leaving it smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts with a touch of citrus hops that quickly part to reveal a gentle maltiness that displays toffee and mild chocolate with a roasty edge. More piney and citrusy (mild grapefruit) hops appear across the middle and carry over into a lingering, dry and hoppy finish. Interesting, enjoyable, and quite drinkable. The hop flavor may be a bit overdone - the bitterness is well balanced - but hey, it's from Oregon! Really nice. Well worth trying.
04-21-2003 18:38:43 | More by NeroFiddled
3.34/5 rDev -12.1%
Quite a tall head in the Pilsner-style glass and the brew is a handsome chestnut color. Excellent retention on the whipped-cream foam. Plenty of suds in the mouth with a tangy carbonation. Not much aroma.
Moderate malt body. Roasty, toasty flavors with a dry bitter edge. Flavor is on the grainy side. Some sharp sensations of nearly blackened malt and acidic hops. Some may like the edgier style, but I don't get much hop flavor. Some caramel in the bitterness with a persistent herbal aftertaste.
This is drinkable enough, but for me it's a scratchy and bitter brew with harsher nip. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.
04-15-2014 06:18:10 | More by mactrail
4.23/5 rDev +11.3%
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating but should be fairly fresh. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, chocolate, toffee, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light earth, and light citrus. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, roasted grain, biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, toffee, herbal, grass, earth, and light citrus. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Awesome flavor robustness with great balance and complexity; no cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent brown ale! Nicely robust and balanced with nice complexity; very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this.
10-08-2012 03:54:16 | More by superspak
4.3/5 rDev +13.2%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 7th 2012.. hmmm getting a little late to the party maybe lets see how this goes.
A real nice antique white head, surprising on a brown ale, three fingers deep creamy. Body has a classic dark mahogany body, hints of red along the edges, kind of a dark walnut red/brown body, very nice.
Minimal toasty malts, a nice mix of spice and nutty malt brown ale senses. Quite balanced, simple and nice. A little bit of clove like chocolate too.
Great flavorful palate with a light body, almost wet. Mouthfeel sort of hits a back seat, almost wet even for a brown ale, but the palate fills with many flavors. Mild chocolate, great hop sense of lime and brown spices (clove/nutmeg). Light toast aromas, wonderfully balanced palate. Head brings a nice bit of creamy sense even with the slightly wet feel.
Overall this one great tasting and looking brown ale, very much enjoying this one.
11-07-2012 02:02:52 | More by smakawhat
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
Yet another lovely beer in the ugly 22oz format. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear dark brown color with over a half-inch of tan head that had moderate retention and lacing.
The aroma started out with some good earthy malts, but was quickly overwhelmed by a heavy hand of hops. After some digging, the basic sweetness of the style showed through. The hops added a pleasant tang at first but quickly took over both the scent and flavors. The taste was that of a good, solid example of the style, until the lupulin gang thugged their to the front.
The body was good, smooth and clean. Drinkability was very good, you'll find it more drinkable if you like the zing of hops, less so if you like a maltier take on the style. Overall, a nice enjoyable brew, whose score will suffer a bit from straying out of style. when I'm in the mood for a brown, I don't want to be attacked by hops. And, this bottle had been in my fridge for a couple months, I imagine the hops would have been even bossier had I tried it sooner. Certainly worth trying, and probably worth trading for.
06-27-2012 00:14:59 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
I really like this brew... had to look up the info:
Style: American-Style Brown Ale
Gravity: 14 degrees Plato
Bitterness: 42 IBU
Color: Dark Red-Brown
Pale Ale malt
White Wheat malt
Mt. Hood hops
The citrus from the cascades is very subtle, so it's not in your face American. The floral aroma from the cascade & Mt. Hood works really well with the malt. Very refined, almost nobel-like. Smooth moderate body from the quality malt, off-dry finish. It packs a lot of flavour, but I wouldn't have guessed it was this strong.
09-07-2011 03:59:59 | More by Derek
4/5 rDev +5.3%
A deep sanguineous color on the pour, the head elephantine in size, creamy in texture, and a nice light tan in color, as the head evanesces, a thick and sticky sheet of lace is left behind to conceal the glass. Sweet lightly toasted malt dominates the otherwise fresh and clean nose with the start thick malt and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a ferine acidity, the hops are prickly in their spiciness, quite dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste. A likeable beer, and one that I could get quite fond of.
05-06-2003 16:08:47 | More by Gusler
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger off white head
smell: malts, roast, caramel,
taste: malts, nuttiness, roast,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
overall: probaby one of my favorite brown ale's I've ever had. Very well balanced, crisp, and refreshing. Glad I was sent this bottle as an extra. Pelican Pub & Brewery makes some respectable brews.
06-08-2011 16:35:19 | More by THECPJ
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
22oz bomber pours a brown to dark ruby red color with two fingers of light tan head that recdes to a thick foam. The aroma hits you with sweet toasted malts, then bitters a little with some roastd malts that give a scent coffee and pumpernickel crust and a little spicey rye hops. The taste starts roasted coffee and sweet toasted malts. Nice and bready. The middle brings out some balancing and developing hop flavors; citrus and gummi. Grainy and husky palate with the right amount of bitterness. Great session brown.
06-07-2009 19:21:51 | More by scruffwhor
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
Bomber fresh from the brewery (12 on the cap in sharpie indicates it was bottled in Dec), poured into an imperial pint, Doryman's Dark is a dark chestnut with a large tan head thats a little rocky and leaves pretty heavy lace.
Smell is soft, but with a really a nice herbal hoppiess.
Taste is pretty roasty, but cut with just enough caramel sweetness and minty hops that are slightly bitter on the lingering dry, roasty finish. Robust yet refreshing, a nice American Brown for sure.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-heavy body.
Drinkability is good, as this is a tasty brown ale. I really like how the brightness of the hops balance the roasty malt. Yummy.
01-13-2008 04:39:44 | More by ccrida
3.54/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: rich, nutty-brown hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam; overall, a nice-looking beer.
Smell: relatively mild aroma of sweetish malt with a very light graininess and some light floral notes. Not bad, but a bit subtle for my taste.
Taste: lightly bready, biscuity malt with a bit of caramel character in the mix. Little hop character, although there's plenty of bitterness to balance this brew out. Again, objectively it's OK, but the biscuity character doesn't suit my palate.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, rich texture.
Overall: definitely not my favorite brew from Pelican, but it's a decent brown ale which is worth a shot. It didn't particularly float my boat, but if you like browns this one should at least be tried.
04-09-2013 21:38:28 | More by flagmantho
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Enjoy by July 27, 2014.
It pours brown with reddish highlights, a good 2 finger head of foam that shrinks slowly, leaving almost a complete layer on top of the beer.
The smell is a mix of roasted malt, a hoppy bitterness that almost borders on being fruity, and some notes of sweet malt.
In the taste, there seems to be a nice balance amongst the smells I noted above. It's very smooth and tasty and very easy to drink. I just reviewed another Brown Ale that was more assertive with the hop bitterness and I liked it a lot, but this is JUST as enjoyable, in different ways.
On the light side of medium bodied, on the lower side of medium carbonation, the mouthfeel is good.
A very nice well made brown Ale. I enjoyed it.
06-29-2014 15:57:00 | More by Bitterbill
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. The beer is a dark amber color with a medium foamy off-white head with good retention. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mildly malty with a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture. The flavor is more hoppy than expected, along with malt and chocolate. The finish is dry and hoppy with a bit of a fruity aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable overall.
08-05-2007 20:43:37 | More by Dogbrick
4.41/5 rDev +16.1%
Doryman's is a dark brown with a very slightly opaque quality and a red hue at the edges and in the light. A very nice tan cap of head rises; it's not huge, though it gets fairly high; it does, however, have more consistency than almost any beer I've ever seen. It's thick, creamy and tight. this thing stays together and it stays the whole way. I never drops to less than half a finger and it leaves thick, creamy lacing in patches most of the way down the glass. This beer looks very nearly perfect.
The nose isn't quite as hefty or complex as the flavor, but that's not saying anything bad about it. It gives up a nice, roasty malt profile first and foremost with something woody, earthy and smoky. In the flavor, the malt certainly remains the backbone but there's a very solid floral bitterness with a hint of citrus to it. This brown has more going for it than most of its kind. There's cocoa, a bit of smokiness/char, a touch of something slightly woody, and a hint of toffee pulling through at the end. Browns can be tough to make flavorful, but boy did Pelican Pub pull it off.
The feel is smooth and rich, absolutely rolling with a creamy smoothness all the way over just a bit of crsipness starting it off and remaining light but firm from a steady carbonation. It's rare to find a brown with a ricj, robust body; again, Pelican Pub really pulling it off.
03-25-2013 00:12:18 | More by Brenden
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Pretty good America Brown to me. Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, foamy, frothy, fluffy, light tan head that lasts for a while and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber brown. Aroma is very mild, malt, and roast. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang up front, followed quickly by bitter, then just as quick sweet with an overall hop malt nut sweet. Body is of the classic good standard. Finish is short, like flavor, and drinkable.
07-13-2012 02:48:51 | More by drpimento
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to hopsbreath for yet another Pelican brew!
(A)- Pours a clear brown burnt sienna color that produced a minimal tan head with good retention. Minimal lacing.
(S)- A nutty dryness of walnut and almond with subtle cocoa as it warmed.
(T)- Same as the smell in the dry nutty sense. Has some subtle sweet roasted caramel and cocoa with bits of raisin.
(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Smooth, rich, and creamy without being over-the-top.
(D)- A solid to great Brown ale with what I like to see from the style. A good drinker too; very easy to enjoy. Pelican is starting to impress me more and more.
12-30-2010 06:12:15 | More by sweemzander
Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.