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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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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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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Reviews by samie85:
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samie85

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:33:19 | More by samie85
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Lost_Medic

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%

07-08-2014 21:39:21 | More by Lost_Medic
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +7%

04-09-2014 23:58:41 | More by nickfl
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shadowofthereaper_666

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +7%

01-24-2014 07:08:39 | More by shadowofthereaper_666
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:40:53 | More by Stinkypuss
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-05-2013 03:42:09 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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bcoonce

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

08-02-2013 22:42:04 | More by bcoonce
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coldriver

Texas

3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 17:29:56 | More by coldriver
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MeisterMayhem

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-02-2013 22:25:55 | More by MeisterMayhem
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 15:01:45 | More by rhoadsrage
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-21-2013 07:21:58 | More by grahamboudreaux
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-24-2013 01:41:07 | More by djrn2
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admonster00

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-21-2013 03:28:42 | More by admonster00
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-10-2012 03:18:57 | More by mychalg9
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atomicbeer

New Mexico

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:59:44 | More by atomicbeer
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-22-2012 03:44:06 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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bsuedekum

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

08-15-2012 03:33:26 | More by bsuedekum
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birchstick

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-15-2012 02:37:20 | More by birchstick
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-28-2012 03:24:57 | More by crobinso
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:31:36 | More by hopfacebrew
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-21-2012 22:46:32 | More by poppyjohn
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Vermonthiker

Vermont

3/5  rDev -19.8%

01-21-2012 12:06:44 | More by Vermonthiker
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TheSquire23

Colorado

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-28-2011 01:49:56 | More by TheSquire23
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Bockrules

New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Plain bottle cap - classic small town brewery

A - Pours coppery orange. A few bubbles here and there rise to the two-finger, off-white head. The yeast moves around in the glass to form intricate patterns. Head barely manages to stay intact all the way down. Leaves behind a few large blotches of lacing.

S - A decent punch of floral hops with a little bit of caramel malt and yeast. A few orange and grapefruit notes as well.

T - Orange and sweet upfront - almost like a wheat beer. The body is fairly mellow and with orange and yeast notes playing well with the floral hops. Orange creamsickle sensation as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, followed by a mild bitter- orange finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation yet providing incredible creaminess and smoothness.

This is one deceptive and potentially dangerous beer - mixing the incredible drinkability of Shock top with the alcohol content an average barely wine or Russian Imperial Stout, plus enough hops to keep all but the largest hop heads satisfied. A solid deal for $2 a bottle - I certainly will be coming back to this one for certain occasions.The delicious taste and incredible smoothness make this beer easy to get a nice buzz going without even realizing it. No wonder the train was derailed!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 07:33:45 | More by Bockrules
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