Dirty Helen Brown Ale - Barley Island Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: Thin lacing with a troubled head retention, faint haze on the rusty brown brew.
Smell: Aleish fermentation is apparent with slight fruitiness and nutty yeast. A bit malty in the nose with faint chocolate and caramel notes.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Restrained crispness from a low carbonation and moderate body. Dry toasted malt character throughout, edging on chocolate here and there with a long lingering hop bitterness that sets the palate straight without pushing anything out of balance. A scratch of fruit and yeast in the back, finishes semi-sweet with a semi-rough toasted malt husk.
Notes: A tasty little brown ale, a tad rough around the edges and short on the carbonation. Any easy pick for a lunch time brew with a stacked pastrami on rye.
Serving type: on-tap
03-08-2004 01:28:42 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev -2.5%
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 -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 145 ratings.