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Dick's Silk Lady - Dick's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: drewbage on 06-17-2003

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first drank this ale in a bar in Olympia where I could swear the hand written menu board had this as “Sick Lady.” Perhaps that’s apropos. The Sick Lady I know is virtually uncarbonated, has no head at all, and wears not a thread of lace. Her smell is yeasty with a slight Belgian air. Her body is sullen and thick.

Sick Lady tastes like a highway sign pointing towards Belgium from a great distance. Her color is soft gold and holds light well. But the bright notes and tart fruity melody of a true Belgian ale are remotely suggested at best. Tastes more like flannel than silk.

Photo of Thrasher
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's not unreasonable to be skeptical of Dick's immense range of beers, which run the gamut from typical Northwestern hop bombs to Belgians. I think there are something like 20 regular beers in their line-up and I haven't heard of any of them being truly outstanding. This may be unfair, though, since I've only tried a couple, and while the Northwest has tons of breweries, very few of them make Belgian styles. Also, consider Rogue, a brewery that has an equally broad range of beers, and crafts them all with aplomb. This one is a Belgian golden ale, with many characteristics of a tripel, if perhaps a bit weightier or darker, and with significantly less alcohol. It pours a rich orange/copper with small head that disappears (lack of head is a trademark of Dick's). My initial reaction was one of surprise, since there is a surprising smoked meat flavor that seemed totally inappropriate. Not totally surprising, since Dick's manufactures sausages and smoked meats too. But what the heck is that flavor doing in there, and is it supposed to be there? Actually, the beer grew on me over the course of the glass, to the point where I began to enjoy it. It somewhat overshadows the delicacy of the Belgian-style ale, which has a very good malt profile, healthy and fruity with elements of apples and wheat. The hops are light but adequately spicy, and the beer on the whole is refreshing. Still, there is a weird element. It's possible that it could come from the yeast, and the yeast has expired and died, leaving behind an unclean flavor. I guess I am still not sure what to make of this beer. The jury is still out on this one.

Photo of zacharius
2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a nice golden color with a white head with belgian lace on the side of the glass. Smell is very faint but is spicy with fruity esters. This beer has an odd taste to it, a bit spicy, fruity but a bit sour. Not exactly what I expect from a "Belgian Golden" as the label claims. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation. Not a very drinkable beer and not one of my favorites.

Photo of RoyalT
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The head was rather small and uneventful, but the body was a nice, cloudy BPA orange.

Smell – This had a light malt scent with a touch of fruit and a hint of spice. It was definitely a pale Belgian, but very subtle.

Taste – This hit the style well, IMHO. The malt was there with a light hop balance. The summer fruits showed up as well. Everything was light and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, refreshing, and smooth.

Drinkability – This went down quite well. Nothing fancy, just a good local BPA.

Comments – This is rated as a Fruit/Vegetable Beer but I feel that it is in error. I submitted a change to Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is spicy and fruity. A nicely maltly beer, hoppy with some spiciness to it. Nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry, slightly spicy. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. A nice light and refreshing beer.

Photo of drewbage
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled in a 16oz Pint at the Stumbling Monk Tavern (Seattle, WA)

Hazy orange with a trong white head with a few large big bubbles.

Coriander spicy scent with a sweet orange peel aroma.

Initial body is thick spicy and sweet with a quick drop to a dry spicy and watery finish.

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Dick's Silk Lady from Dick's Brewing Company
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