Dirty Helen Brown Ale - Barley Island Brewing Company
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Reviews by PirateUlf73:
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a pint glass.
A: Hazy, ruby-brown color with a light tan head that simmers down to a quarter-finger layer.
S: Aromas remind me of toasted barley, soft hazelnuts and a pinch of caramel. There's also a pleasant aroma that I can't quite describe. Chocolate-covered fruit perhaps.
T: A semi-dry smack of semi-sweet chocolate and nutty flavors are the first to hit, followed by an earth, slightly spicy hop presence. Possesses a nice, warming, toasty character that rounds out the taste and ties it all together. Could possibly stand to be blended a little better, but quite tasty as is.
M: Lighter side of medium-bodied and lower-than-average, yet still persistent carbonation. Finish is a tad muddy and dry, and the aftertaste is nutty and sweet.
D: A solid, tavern-style brown that warrants sessioning on occasion.
Barley Island definitely has a winner with Dirty Helen. Certainly not the smoothest brown ale ever, but the flavors are delicious and interesting. I'd be quite happy to drink a sixer of this, whilst in the company of good friends, of course!
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2009 01:27:52 | More by PirateUlf73
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3.54/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a murky, translucent auburn color with a minimal beige head that soon settles into a thin ring of froth. Random patches of lacing adorn the glass as the beer descends. Aroma smells of caramel, chocolate, cough syrup, and citric hops.
The flavor presents strongly on both the malt and hop fronts, with plenty of caramel and grapefruit to match. Subtler nuances of milk chocolate and hazelnut can be found as well. There's also a vague juiciness that I can't quite put my finger on--not necessarily off-putting--just curious. The mouthfeel is light, creamy, and easy to drink, a good complement to the bright flavor profile.
Overall, this is a flavorful, drinkable brew that looks nice in the glass. There could be a little more cohesiveness among the varied flavors, but at least there is plenty of flavor to be had.
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2014 01:15:06 | More by MaximalC
3.59/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer is the standard medium brown, just barely opaque with plenty of light coming in at the outskirts. The light tan head doesn't last long and it leaves just enough bubbly foam on top of the beer to stick moderate spotting to the glass.
In the smell it's malty but with a hint of leaf, mostly nutty and somewhat toasty with a bit of dark fruits tanginess on the end.
Malt-forward but with hops to balance, it's toasty to the point of dryness with plenty of nut before the leaf comes in, maybe with just a little pith. Otherwise, it's got some sweetness from caramel malts, and those dark fruits are there in the finish. Cocoa comes out in the middle and moves into the finish with the dark fruits and stemmy bitterness.
The body is medium and has something to it, but the crisp bite is soft and falls off on the end. Smoothness is moderate, not quite enough to level it out, but keeping the feel from going bland.
Serving type: growler
10-24-2013 18:51:01 | More by Brenden
Dirty Helen Brown Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
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