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Doryman's Dark Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Doryman's Dark AleDoryman's Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 145
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 04-21-2003

14 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.8% by volume
Bitterness: 42 IBU
Color: 33 lovibond
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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 145
Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3oz taster pour
Enjoyed at brewpub on 9/3/12

A: Pours out a dark amber color. It's clear but not a lot of light coming through. Get some mild lacing.

S: There are smells of mild roast yet hoppy aromas. Also getting some nuttiness.

T: For the flavor, the taste has many porter characters. Getting that roast, that nuttiness, that maltiness. But it's a much thinner body than a porter. The finish isn't quite as dry as a porter either.

M: This is a medium bodied beer. It's good stuff (486 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear medium chestnut brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that did have decent retention, reducing to a thick film with a large collar and had good sheeting of runny lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted caramel malt, spruce and floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and a touch of rye.

The taste was nice and malty with a hint of chocolate and caramel early on, and then progressed into a slightly bitter sweet taste with notes of coffee, brown sugar and a touch of molasses with a mild hoppy finish. The flavor lasted an average duration preceding the swallow with a mild malty-bitter taste left to linger for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and slightly dry in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a bold and robust tasting Brown Ale with a nice light bitterness ant the end...

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Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1481st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
22oz

2012 bottling
Purchased off of Letspour.com

App- mix of gold/amber/brown. Small 1-1/2 finger head. One line of cling. Thats its. Fairly translucent with darker outer edges.

Smell- missing a lot of the brown ale notes. More hoppy and zesty with a peel note. A bit earthy. A little bit of a creme note.

Taste- no brown ale is tasted. Hoppy, light, zesty and clean. Bitter and clean.

Mouth- light medium and light medium carbonation. Was fairly hoppy on the finish. Not nearly enough brown dark malt flavor for.

Drink- it was okay, pretty average. Didnt really want to finish it. Only 1/2 the bottle. (643 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (439 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light brown color with an off white head. The retention is decent. Nose is floral and a bit of chocolate. The taste starts with a roasted flavor, then I get some citrus hops, followed by a more chocolate finish. This is more hoppy than I expected for a brown ale, but I think they made a really interesting beer. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than average for brown ales. Well made beer pelican, this would be a fantastic autum beer for a hop fan. (460 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-almost a burnt orange color with about a two finger head that left some lacing as it faded to a small cap

S-some piney hops when I first poured into the glass but that seems to have faded away and now it is a faint carmel smell

T-some chocolate and carmel but not much and then it has a piney hop finish

M-good carbonation medium bodied

O-good but not great, I would probably have it again if I get the chance but won't necessarily seek it out (499 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (October) poured into a tulip. Pours a ruby/mahogany w/ a nice khaki head that settles slowly, leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma is dark sweet malt, molasses, chocolate. Faint but enticing.

Taste is a nice, simple combination of dark crystal malt and bittering hops to balance things out. Not getting any of the chocolate notes I detect in the aroma. Clean and crisp.

Really smooth, drinkable. A little prickly but satisfying, medium-bodied.

Overall brown ales aren't generally my thing but I liked this one, for what it is. (537 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Alucard4

Look: Dark brown with red highlights and a 1/2 inch tan head and very good retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Light dark fruit and caramel nose. It is a bit weak however

Taste: Taste is a bit more potent than the nose. A bit of raisin upfront which is backed up by a nice caramel sweetness finishes with a nice nutty coffee note

Mouthfeel: Just under a medium body with mild carbonation

Overall: A good brown ale for sure with a high drinkability would never turn this one down (515 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via online
Thanks, http://www.yourlittlebeachtown.com/store!

A gorgeous color of dark orange, caramel, amber, and brown, getting lighter and lighter toward the thinner stem of the glass. Thick, persistent light brown head that leaves the glass just covered in messy lace. Perfect.

Biscuity aroma, with a bit of sweetness, and some earthy hops. Simple and accessible.

A flavorful brown ale with lots of biscuity malt character, earthy yet bright hops, and a touch of cinnamon like spice and caramel sweetness. Complex for a brown, though simple enough to be highly drinkable.

Incredibly full mouthfeel, especially per the style. My biggest complaint with most browns is of a thin, watery body, but this one succeeds more than admirably! Creamy. Incredible drinkable.

A delicious, even complex brown ale. Happy to drink this anytime. (861 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (690 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/amber hue. Two fingers of off white head. Really nice lacing and retention.

Earthy and herbal hop presence in the nose, a touch nutty as well.

Sweet toasted bread, a bit nutty, earthy and herbal tones. Solid slightly piney bitterness on the finish.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth. Spot on.

Really solid brown ale overall. (348 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this brew... had to look up the info:

Brewing Specs

Style: American-Style Brown Ale
Gravity: 14 degrees Plato
ABV: 6.2%
Bitterness: 42 IBU
Color: Dark Red-Brown

Ingredients

Pale Ale malt
White Wheat malt
Caramel malt
Chocolate malt
Magnum hops
Cascade hops
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. (615 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought a bottle back from a recent trip to Oregon. Drank it July 22, reviewed from notes.

Pours medium amber brown, amber at the edges. The color of whiskey. Surprisingly clear for how dark it is. One-finger tan head with average lacing and retention.

Smell is fairly malt and slightly sweet, a bit sugary. Smooth and well-balanced.

Taste starts out malty and full of caramel. A little bit of roast, slight smoke flavors, then a transition to a nice earthy hop back-end. Finish is long and balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, a bit thinner than most brown/dark ales. Medium-high carbonation. Very smooth.

Malty and slightly sweet, with a nice hop finish. A really nicely balanced, smooth, tasty ale. Nothing flashy, but everything about it is quite good. (764 characters)

Photo of HugePlume
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint

A- A dark cola-brown topped with a 1 finger off white head with good retention. A good amount of light passes through, this is not an extremely dark ale. Fair lacing, Many small bubbles intensely rise off the bottom of the glass at first.

S- Not much nose, just a light whiff of toasted malts.

T- Deep roasted malt flavor, and a slight sweetness. Slight hop bitterness comes through in the middle, but the finish is more of the rich malt. Much more flavor than you would expect based on looks alone owing the lighter color.

M- Full body offset by curiously intense carbonation. It works though, giving a clean finish.

O- Very drinkable deep roasted malt ale of interesting appearance and genuine flavor. (740 characters)

Photo of beerandnugs
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was deep brown in color with little head. The nose was malty, no hops in the nose, not to style. The medium light body was well carbonated that made for a good drinking experiance. The hops were very restrained with the balance toward the malt. The execution was flawless as expected from Pelican, however, the beer was underhopped for a American Brown Ale. Perhaps would get higher marks as an Amber. (410 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cheers,
the CPJ (399 characters)

Photo of hamilton23
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a good amount of beige head.

S: Some bread, toasted malts, maybe just a bit of caramel or toffee.

T: Nutty, slightly sweet with a fair amount of hop bitterness in the back. This presents a really nice balance.

M: good carbonation, a slightly dry finish.

O: This is one of the better hoppy browns that I have had. I liked it better than Bender and other similar in this style. (393 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. See-thru auburn bit a big frothy light tan head. Impressive retention, handsome lacing.

Crisp and toasty nose with a dusting of cocoa and a pleasant, if surprising jolt of citrus. And indeed there proves to be quite the hoppy punch, but the citric flavors don't threaten the malty nature of the beer. Malt flavors are dry, toasty and nutty. Moderate in sweetness and body, but certainly not flavor. A brief dalliance with prickly bitterness before a smooth finish.

Overall impression: One of the few brown ales I repeatedly seek out. HIghly recommended. (596 characters)

Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A ridiculous frothy, beige 4-finger head and lots of layered lacing.

The smell is caramel & nutty roasted malts with some earthy hops. The first word that comes to mind when describing the flavor is balanced. The roasted malts with flavors of brown sugar, nuts & wood meld well with some herbal and earthy hops; slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is moderate to high carbonation, medium-bodied with a dry finish.

This is very drinkable. It's well-balanced and would pair well with a cinnamon dessert or barbeque. (549 characters)

Photo of mjn5036
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a straight sided pint glass. This brew sports a honey infused hazelnut brown with red highlights. A beautiful looking pour I'd have to say. Large vanilla/malt color head rises from the pour and when it disperses a few minutes later, leaves behind some massive, sticky, soap-like lacing on the glass. This lacing continues down the sides of the glass as I empty this pint.

Nose is heavy on the roasted malts and toasted grains. Slight bitterness.

Creamy malts and roasted flavors mingle together nicely. The taste has much more going on than the nose leads on to. Roasted caramel and a twang of bitterness on the front from the hops with a smooth sweetness on the back end. The aftertaste leaves me with a nice nutty profile.

Drinks smoothly and alcohol isn't really noticeable by any means. Creamy and medium bodied with enough carbonation to help it go down easily. Another solid brew from Pelican! (928 characters)

Photo of chumba526
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears very dark brown with a small tan head.

It smells strongly of caramel and brown sugar. It smells slightly of citrus and grass.

It tastes mildly of caramel, sweet malt. The malty sweet taste is nicely balanced with a nice mild citrus and grassy, bitter hop flavor. This is nice brown ale that is not as sweet as most American brown ale: it is much better balanced then most brown ales. The malts and hops go with each other very nicely.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability is quite nice. It is very smooth and there is a great balance to the beer.

This is one of the best brown ales I have had: a great beer. (634 characters)

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a dark brown amber hue with a huge four finger frothy tan head. Very creamy in appearance, falls slowly with great retention and thick sticky lacing.

S: Not a huge aroma, faint nutty aroma, bread, slightly malty.

T: Wow, the flavor is so much bigger than the nose. Big malt upfront with lots of hazelnut and brown sugar, not too sweet with nice bread characteristics. Good amount of hops, well balanced for a brown, not too sweet, not too hoppy.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation, big bubbles, long finish of bready malt with a clean and dry finish of hops. Might be a little heavy for the style.

D: Very drinkable brown, great example of the style. This is what I look for in a brown ale! (727 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (660 characters)

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Doryman's Dark Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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