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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

155 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Kyrojack, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Yogidaddy, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

rorjets, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Oct 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

lucasj82, Oct 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Thorpe429, Sep 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

bconsidine, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

instinct2, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

mpayne5, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

MSandahl23, Jul 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

freemanj, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of maxwelldeux
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate pillowy tan head on it. I find the nose to be pretty light, despite warming it up; I only get slight bits of toasting on it, and nothing else. Taste has some of the same toasting elements, but with the addition of some hoppy bitterness to it that was a little surprising. Not bad in the end.

maxwelldeux, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

BTFU, Jun 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

schoon, May 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

bohemyth, May 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Arsenal0328, Apr 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Jamison85, Apr 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Hazy, Mar 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

runlikeakenyan, Mar 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Stevie_Janowski, Mar 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Ferd577, Feb 26, 2013
Dirty Helen Brown Ale from Barley Island Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.