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Durango Brewing Derail Ale - Durango Brewing

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Durango Brewing Derail AleDurango Brewing Derail Ale

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Durango Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Double Golden Ale"

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-11-2004)
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

ONovoMexicano, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Gerred, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Lost_Medic, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

nickfl, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

LXIXME, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +14%

Pours a cloudy golden beige color, with a small silky head. Aroma of tropical hops, caramel, smoke and toffee. In the taste, complex malt, wood like hops and toffee. Hop bitterness and flavor is moderate, but does an admirable job to stand up to the malt bill. There is a faint lingering citrus and toffee. Full bodied ale and has a medium level of carbonation. Overall, there's a reason why this has won beer medals; this is delicious stuff.

Stinkypuss, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

bcoonce, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of coldriver
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy medium amber with quickly fading head. Nose is caramel dominated, with grassy hops, and a hint of peaches. Alcohol is well hidden, leaning towards the malty side, but pretty well balanced with a grassy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and thick, with drying finish. The American Strong Ale category seems a bit ambiguous to me - if we wanted to really get accurate with this one I'd call it an Imperial Amber. Certainly one of Durango Brewing's better offerings.

coldriver, Jul 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

MeisterMayhem, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer has a touch of hazy to an apricot colored body and a sticky foam of bubbly light beige that is supported by a slow tiny carbonation.

S- The nice fruity hops has qualities of unripe apricots and some light toasted malt notes with just a touch of sweetness and caramel malt in the finish.

T- A nice malt profile has taste of honey malt, with some light dry toasted malt notes and a fresh pale malt flavor coming through. There is a fresh sweetness and some soft floral green hops that turn more woody pine as it opens up. The aftertaste has a touch of hop bitterness that grows as the beer warms.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a mellow creamy texture and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice balance of fresh malt with some nice hop character for such a big ABV. I would describe this as a “white barleywine” in that is has lots of fresh full malt but not a big sweetness and the hops help to balance it and give it more character.

rhoadsrage, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

grahamboudreaux, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

admonster00, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mychalg9, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of atomicbeer
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

Pours a hazy/cloudy apricot-copper with a small white head. Be sure to swirl the bottle just before emptying. Very interesting aroma, all kinds of stuff going on here. Very sweet fruitiness -overripe apples, peaches, apricots, oranges- along with a strong boozy fig and a hint of balsam and orange blossom. Soft entry, then definitely hit with the ABVs. Unexpectedly not sweet and a bit flat. Taste is woody, boozy, slight fig. Bottle claims 44 IBUs - where? A decent enough Strong Ale but really just average with an interesting aroma.

atomicbeer, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Ispeakforthetrees, Sep 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

bsuedekum, Aug 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

birchstick, Aug 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

crobinso, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of samie85
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours a golden color with two fingers of white head.

Pineapple and pine notes with some sweet grain.

Follows the nose with pineapple and pine notes with caramel backing.

Sticky feel with low carbonation and medium body.

This is decent beer but I feel as though I've had it before, only that it was billed as a IIPA.

samie85, Mar 11, 2012
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2.65/5  rDev -28.6%

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear light copper color. A 1.5 finger head quickly fades to thin bubbly head. Thin lacing.

S - Slight sweet fruit aroma. I really was unable to detect any other aromas. Pretty bland actually.

T - Similat to the aroma I sensed a light fruity character and not much else. It was quite thin and pretty disappointing. Very thin caramel flavors and not much bitterness or hop character detectable at all.

M - Very thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D - It's ok.

Overall, I don't think I'd call this an IPA. I don't know what I'd call it honestly. It didn't have much character at all. It's a high abv but that's all I found it brings. Pretty disappointing.
It's a good beer nonetheless and may make it to my fridge as a regular stand by beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-21-2011 03:48:12

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Vermonthiker, Jan 21, 2012
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Durango Brewing Derail Ale from Durango Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.