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Dawn Patrol Dark - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Dawn Patrol Dark
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Also known as Dowson's Dark when served at Churchill's.

This is the base beer for Red Poppy.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-18-2004)
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.43/5  rDev -9%

Had on cask at Churchill's in San Marcos

Look: Dark brown with traces of red throughout with a 1/4 inch head a exceptional retention and some circular lacing

Smell: Mild dark fruits, plums and raisins are very noticeable

Taste: Similar characters as the nose. Plums figs and raisins but in a more muted form and at room temp I was hoping for a bit more

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery which is a bit of a let down with mild carbonation

Overall: I would have to say that this is just a average English mild just due to the lack of flavor the nose was good but the flavors were just lacking. However this beer has a high drinkability

05-22-2012 17:50:23 | More by DarthKostrizer
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04-28-2012 21:17:41 | More by justiceavocado
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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

Served on-draught into a 4 oz taster glass at Lost Abbey's taproom in San Marcos, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery. I'm fairly sure this is my first beer in the style. Cost was $1.00.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and decent retention. Very fluffy. Nice lacing. Colour is a caramel brown.

Sm: Caramel, brown ale nut notes, cream, milky lactic notes, and a woody note. An excellent, intriguing aroma of moderate strength. I'm dying to try it.

T: Silky cream with milky notes, clean light malts, and some light nut notes. Incredibly well balanced. Well built, though simple. Refreshing. Subtle.

Mf: Creamy silky smooth, nicely wet, and brilliantly complementary of the flavour profile. Perfect thickness. Remarkable. Light dryness on the finish.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. I could down this all night. An ideal session beer. I quite fancy it, especially its creamy feel. It's ABV is low, but well concealed for what that's worth. Fans of the style should definitely give this one a try.

I had to bring the drinkability score down to get the letter grade I wanted.

High B-

03-30-2012 03:48:20 | More by kojevergas
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

On tap at The Los Abbey/Port tasting room in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly murky copper with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small chunks of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty and nutty. Taste is of roasty malt and toasted nuts. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good low ABV beer with some nice roasty and nutty aromas and flavors.

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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

Quaffable, light-weight thirst quencher. Pleasant watery mouthfeel. Dark brown in the pint glass at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. Roasted malt comes through the modest flavors. Touch of crispness but only a kiss of hops. Wee touch of burnt malt. Well carbonated-- wouldn't be mistaken for an English dark mild, but that's the general idea. One of the better American mild style browns.

08-26-2011 04:37:57 | More by mactrail
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Enjoyed from the tap and inside a shaker pint at the Lost Abbey tasting room.

Dawn Patrol’s an undistributed and rarely-seen English mild that’s brewed as the base beer for Red Poppy.

Like the beer it becomes, Dawn Patrol’s gorgeous — a perfectly clear dark cherry hue. One finger of frothy beach sand-colored head becomes a silky, lingering top layer, leaving anthill streaks of lace.

Smells like a farm. Grainy, like malt or wort. Hints of spicy hops in the background.

Mildly flavored. Some of that malt character akin to spent grain appears again, along with a light English hop earthiness and hints of peanut skins. It’s so clean and light on the palate, the finish makes you wonder whether you even just took a sip.

Light, watery body with subtle massaging bubbles. It gets very fizzy as it moves around, but it’s gentle. Crisp and clean.

Light, flavorful, poundable. It’s not an exciting beer (which milds are?) but it was exciting to get the opportunity to taste prepubescent Red Poppy. Incredible, the transformation this beer goes through.

06-02-2011 21:48:21 | More by Phelps
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

On-tap @ Blue Palms in Hollywood - served in a nonic.

Dark brown body, clear with bright auburn highlights and a buff finger of foam resembling a nitro-pour. Cakey lacing and superior retention.

Dusty leaf piles, weeds, wheat toast, and fresh rain in the nose. Odd.

Toasted nuts, brown bread, and maybe a hint of diacetyl on the palate. Straight-forward yet addictive profile. Faintly grassy/earthy English (?) hops in the finish. Relatively dry.

Light-bodied, brisk, and well carbonated.

Always pleased to see a true session ale, though this one could stand to be a bit more flavorful.

03-26-2011 08:15:52 | More by augustgarage
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

A- poured into a pint glass, with a brief thin splotchy off white head. Has the color of a cola, with the brown/garnet edges. A couple of bubbles percolating to the top.

S-sweet & roasted grains. Slight hint of coffee grounds. Touch of raisins.

T- Sweet roasted grains, with a touch of coffee bitter and some milk chocolate, and subtle nuttiness Finishes with a smooth bitterness.

M- very light bodied. Given the dark color and toasty flavors, my brain was expecting something heavier. Nice crisp carbonation makes it lively.

D- this is a very drinkable and interesting tasty beer. At the abv it is ok to have a couple. I am encouraged by beers like this, high taste quotient AND low abv, especially since I have to drive home.

01-12-2011 01:28:11 | More by m1ked
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%


The base beer for Red Poppy. Growler consumed during game 5 of the NAB finals. The beer is dark brown with a small beige head and decent retention. The aroma is of baked bread, toffee, caramel, a light roast, and a subtle nuttiness. The flavor displays the same baked bread character with light notes of toasted and nutty malt. A restrained bitterness is evident. A delicious and extremely sessionable beer, though after having it on cask at Churchill's and at the Real Ale Fest I doubt any tap or growler rendition will truly satisfy me. I believe this 64oz serving will go down quite easily.

06-14-2010 01:10:51 | More by HopHead84
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Dawn Patrol Dark from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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