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Dirty Helen Brown Ale - Barley Island Brewing Company

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Dirty Helen Brown AleDirty Helen Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

146 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
STYLE Brown Ale
MALT Pale, Crystal 60, Munich, Carahell, Chocolate
HOP Tettnang, Challenger, Cascade, Glacier
ABV 5.2
IBU 25
SRM 21

(Beer added by: zerk on 03-28-2003)
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Reviews by Viking:
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Viking

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper. Not much visible CO2 in the body. Initially a solid cream-colored head, about two fingers thick. Head leaves thick covering of lace atop the beer, and some rather thick trails of lace on the glass. Malty aroma, sort of a biscuity caramel, with plenty of herbal/grassy hop notes. Flavor is fairly light. Malt flavor is initially rather subdued while a bigger-than-expected-hop-presence leaps forward on the palate and lingers in the aftertaste. Malt begins to come out as the beer warms. Bready initially, but more and more caramel became apparent during the beer's short stay in my glass. Light-bodied brew, but very smooth and oily. Very drinkable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 11:25:59 | More by Viking
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juzh12

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-11-2014 18:48:05 | More by juzh12
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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MaximalC

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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
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Indiana

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3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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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.
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Dirty Helen Brown Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.