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Dearfield Ale - Crabtree Brewing Company

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Dearfield Ale
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 23.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Crabtree Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 05-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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2.76/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dearfield is back, and obviously reinvented, because it is far better now than these reviews suggest. it is also double listed on here, and definitely not retired. the color is barley pink tinted from the fruit, but still looks clear and radiant like a blonde ale should. nice inch of off white head on top settles very slowly. the nose is way strawberry, very potent and sweet, summery and jammy, not inauthentic but very sweet. the malt base is also very light, letting the fruit really dominate the nose. the taste is much more balanced, and the strawberries, while still jammy in nature, seem more real, more from the field, which i really like. it also finishes fairly clean, uncommon in these fruity beers that aren't bretty or anything, more conventional yeast on this one obviously too. fuller body for a blonde which also flatters it, and a honey aspect mid palate. i like the combination a whole lot, its just really well done. carbonation is way high, cutting any leftover sugar more than adequately, and i find it supremely refreshing. finally a light fruit summer beer that isn't apricot and isn't a lager, i think this is a long time coming, and should have wide appeal this season. cheap too at under 4 bucks a bottle. i also really like the project, preserving local history, we need more of that. well done crabtree on this one, people will catch on!

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -8%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Midway between amber and orange with a decent looking two finger head of bone white foam. The lid, which develops a little character as it melts, manages to lay down a few stray scraps of suds. Closer to good than bad.

Strawberries were appreciated as soon as liquid splashed into pint glass. Thankfully, the fruit smells natural rather than artificial, which is always vitally important in beer of this style. Otherwise, there isn't much to go on. Blonde ales (base beer) aren't known for being olfactory overachievers.

Crabtree Dearfield Ale tastes like what is was brewed to be, which is a 'golden blonde ale with natural strawberry flavor added', so points for that. Unfortunately, there isn't much flavor and the mouthfeel is watery in the extreme. A 3.0% ABV is believable, though it's probably a little higher than that.

There's a woeful shortage of malt in this sucker. I'm sure the brewers wanted a relatively blank canvas to allow the strawberries to shine, but this is taking that concept too far. Each gulp delivers an almost nonexistent untoasted graininess and a blip of strawberry juice. Not sweet, not bitter, not tangy... not nothin'.

Light. Lighter. Lightest. Even though a hint of substance tries to fight through after some amount of warming has occurred, it's too little too late. The carbonation is probably fine right where it is, since more aggressiveness would just be felt as fizziness.

Dearfield Ale is the beer equivalent of dry toast with a microthin layer of strawberry jam. It's so light, and so lightly flavored, that no one could possibly hate it. It's equally hard to see how anyone could love it. Good for girlfriends or wives who don't really like beer.

Photo of Beaver13
1.98/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is strange. Lots of strawberries with weird off notes (rotten fruit and feet? maybe baby puke).

The flavor is wheaty malts with the same weird rotten strawberry with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, lots of weird off notes. The strawberries help cover them somewhat. I did finish the bottle.

Photo of u2carew
2.43/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz Bomber
A) Pours with a crazy head - I'm guessing this is bottle conditioned and the yeast got a little wacky. The head is big bubble, white and tight. The body is slightly hazed and gold in color.
S) Grassy. Pungent. The aroma is not that pleasant.
T) Pilner-esque up front. Grainy. A subtle nuttyness to it. Finishes with a hint of strawberry (like the label says, otherwise the strawberry is nonexistent.)
M) A bit to fizzy. Light. Dry.
D) A sub par brew. Named for a historical city in CO - hopefully the now extinct city was happy than this beer or maybe this beer will go extinct...

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a slight rose tint. Massive fluffy white head and decent lacing.

Smells of fresh strawberries and light grain. There is a little creamy sweetness that gives the impression of short cake.

The taste follows with fresh strawberries and fresh grains. There is a slight astringent quality that is hanging around for a bit. I also pick up some of the buttery popcorn notes one of the other reviewers described. Much better when it gets warmer. The astringency and melted plastic quality disappear.

The feel is nice and creamy with a full body.

Aside from the slight astringency this is a pretty drinkable brew. Great for relaxing outside on a hot day.

Photo of Mora2000
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is grain with a hint of strawberries. The semi-sweet strawberries come through more in the flavor. I also get biscuit malt and grain in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of artcurtis
4.4/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First of all, let me say that I am a little bit biased towards this beer. One of my former college professors was involved in the brewing of this beer, and I have really been looking forward to trying it.
And happily, I have found that I quite enjoy it!
A- About what you'd expect from a strawberry blonde. Very clear, light golden color that pours a huge head that rapidly vanishes to just a thin white layer.
S-Some esters on the nose, and definitely some strawberry in their as well. Not remarkable, but good.
T- Very similar to the nose. Very carbonated, this is a super bubbly beer. A solid blonde with some good, not too sweet strawberry background. As it warms, I oddly get flavors of buttery popcorn. I haven't had to many beers that have changed this much with so little warming. It's is almost like drinking two beers, and I actually like it a bit better warmer.
M- Again, Very bubbly. Thin, but pleasant.
D- This brew is exactly as it should be; light and easy to drink. A great summer beer. I love it at the end of a long, hot day. Great post lawn mowing beer. And very affordable at about $4 bucks a bottle. Nothing super special, but a good, solid session beer.

Photo of twhitham15
4.06/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New beer from Crabtree.

Golden copper colored beer with an inch of head on the pour, bubbling from the bottom this beer has a sweet malty smell. The strawberry flavoring is apparent. Mouthfeel is pretty light. One of the better fruit beers i have had. If you like Pete's Wicked Strawberry you will enjoy.

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $3.99. This is my first Crabtree beer and it was pretty good. Golden yellow color with an intense aroma of strawberries, smells good. The taste reminded me of frankenberry cereal and I liked it a lot. I don;t usually go for fruit beers with the exception of lambics but I may have to buy a couple more of these.

Dearfield Ale from Crabtree Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.