Dirty Helen Brown Ale - Barley Island Brewing Company
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Reviews by WoodBrew:
3.05/5 rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Tried the Dirty Helen and a beer tasting party last night. The beer poured a nice dark amber/brown with decent white head that laced. The smell was ok, it had hints of burnt grains, and was deep and sweet. The taste was more bitter than expected....like sour dough bread. The beer also finished kinda acidic. There were hints of peat and bogg. The mouthfeel was lighter than expected with decent carbonation. Overall it was ok.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2011 23:21:20 | More by WoodBrew
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3.59/5 rDev -1.1%
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
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.