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Beach Tale Brown Ale - Dunedin Brewery

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dunedin Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StevieW on 08-23-2002)
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Photo of shawk00


4.2/5  rDev +28.4%

I was able to try this brown ale on tap at the Dunedin brewery. The beer poured a thick three inch head and had a partly cloudy brown body. Aromas were of roasted malts and caramels. The body was of medium build and the finish ended a bit bitter. A great example of a classic brown ale.

06-30-2010 15:51:32 | More by shawk00
Photo of sulldaddy


4.13/5  rDev +26.3%

My final brew in the Dunedin sampler from Luckysevens82.

I am pouring a pint bottle into a pint glass at room temp. The beer pours a deep cola brown and produces a fluffy beige head of 2 cm easily. Aroma is fairly light but exhibits chocolate a hint of brown sugar and a bit of floral hops.
Firs sip reveals a soft and creamy textured body with fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is malty, with dry bakers chocolate and brown sugar, and some roasted malt. The finish is slightly dry.
A smooth easy drinkin beer. QUite nice IMO.

04-03-2005 04:20:21 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of MichaelLynBryant


4.08/5  rDev +24.8%

On-tap at the source.

This brown ale pours tan with a nice light foamy head.

Aroma - Light coffee, chocolate, and subtle hops.

Taste - Same as Aroma, but well balanced with more hop taste. Not very robust, but very drinkable.

Overall - Slightly light brown color for the style, but I'm no stickler. Nice sessionable brown ale for the hot Florida heat.

04-24-2011 00:06:44 | More by MichaelLynBryant
Photo of deejaydan


3.85/5  rDev +17.7%

First beer I cracked from BIF 10. Nice color, modest head, and decent lacing are left on the glass.

Smell of nutty, roasted malts... flavor is where this beer shines.. has a good bit of hopping for a brown ale. This beer has good balance but it leans toward the hops more than the malt. I think I'm picking up some Cascade hops..

Mouthfeel... carbonation is kinda high, but it allows this beer to dance on your tounge.

All in all, a good to great brown ale.

08-01-2004 22:33:01 | More by deejaydan
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.73/5  rDev +14.1%

Looks like a cola with a white head that leaves some lacing.
Quite like a porter in flavor, but more bubbly... perhaps another cola comparison. Chocolate and coffee notes. The scent makes me think of sweet, caramel wine... assuming such a thing exists.
A bit sticky and chalky, mostly in the mouthfeel. Lightly hopped which cuts down on some of the sticky and chalky.
Quite nicely done. An interesting brown ale.

02-28-2006 05:50:07 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.68/5  rDev +12.5%

The name and label confuse me a bit: what is a "beach tale", is it some sort of pun, or a Floridian tradition I'm unaware of? Label illustration appears to be a group of tentacled surfboards hanging out by a fence with a balloon and a cactus. Honest, that's what I see, don't tell me I need therapy!
Generous pint-sized bottle, pours out a fine brown color, with a full, lush, creamy head. Aroma is soft and creamy, nutty, with a hint of cocoa. Taste is huge in malt, thick and chocolately, with only a hint of hops. On the palate, chewy and substantial.
Smooth, though lacking any complexity. Still, head and shoulders above many a brownie, like that from a coal-concerned town I won't mention.
Went down nice, with a memorable flavor. Thanks, JohnnyDuvel!

03-30-2003 20:36:17 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Jredner


3.63/5  rDev +11%

Roasty aroma with a not too sweet malt backbone. Brown body color with a thin tan head. I swear Dunedin’s beers are getting a lot better. Toasted malts and a bit of nuttiness with just a tinge of grape fruitiness. The smooth malt profile finishes with just a smidgeon of hops. Great sipping beer to enjoy in full pint servings. Not quite a session beer, but a very decent somewhat mellow brew.

02-27-2006 20:06:37 | More by Jredner
Photo of Drew966


3.53/5  rDev +8%

Beach Tale Brown Ale pours a very dark brown with ruby along the edges with a thin tan head from a brown sixteen ounce bottle. There is a very mild roasted malt aroma. Roasted malt hits the palate first, but there is a strong hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and the carbonation is a bit spritzy. This is a pretty decent beer, definitely worth a try.

09-23-2006 23:27:19 | More by Drew966
Photo of kjkinsey


3.5/5  rDev +7%

04-11-2014 16:21:50 | More by kjkinsey
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

04-11-2014 16:29:14 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of lackenhauser


3.38/5  rDev +3.4%

Fairly deep brown color-decent carbonation but no real head. Low aroma-touch of roasted and chocolate malts-somewhat metallic. Good malty flavor-just a hint of the roasted grains. Low hop biterness. Ok body for style. Quite the drinkable beer-not a bad try from Dunedin-not as aggressive as some US browns.

05-17-2006 22:12:47 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of skizziks


3.38/5  rDev +3.4%

16oz bottle into a Guinness tulip. Gentle pour gives a big 3" deep tan head with good retention, slowly subsiding to a puffy, rocky finger or so. The body of the beer is a deep brown with copper highlights.

Rich malt aroma is obvious while pouring. Mostly chocolate and roast malt with something that seems yeasty though the beer does not seem to be bottle conditioned. No hops that I can detect.

Roast and chocolate hit the tongue right away with a hint of coffee. Too much prickly carbonation fights with the malts. A little bit of a molasses type sweetness gives way to a mildly bitter finish with lingering nutty roast notes.

Medium-full body, fairly heavy carbonation. A little sticky in the finish. Overall a nice brown ale, a little on the dark and roasty side. Almost a brown porter. A little too estery and definitely too much carbonation. Less CO2 would really improve the expression of the malts in this beer.

09-10-2006 21:05:27 | More by skizziks
Photo of olimpia84


3.35/5  rDev +2.4%

This is one of the regulars at Dunedin Brewery. Had this on-tap and was served on a Pint glass.

A: dark coffee color with red hints towards the bottom. Literally no head but decent sticky lacing.

S: at first the smell was very mute and hard to acquire. As the beer went down and warmed up a little I was able to tell some coffee and slight roasted malts.

T: coffee, hints of chocolate and roasted malts, watery as it passes through the tongue.

M: medium body with medium to high carbonation. A bit of a watery feel unfortunately.

O: not what I was hoping exactly but it has some nice characteristics. I wish it had less of a watery taste and feel, nevertheless, a decent way to finish the night at the brewery.

09-01-2011 17:30:37 | More by olimpia84
Photo of clvand0


3.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some dark malts in it, but has a definate lactose/sour thing going on. The flavor is dominated by a sourness - I think it's from the lactose. The sour takes away from the other characteristics of the beer and I can't get much else from the flavor. The mouthfeel is moderate to thick, but the drinkability isn't very good.

08-03-2005 02:36:16 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


3.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a deep dark brown color with ruby hues. A light coating of head sits over top. The nose is light brown sugar sweetness but there is a sour, lactic character in there as well. More sour than lactic. The flavor is very sour...infected like. Reminds me more of an oud bruin than an english brown. I enjoy the flavor, but I get the feeling that its not supposed to be there. The feel is a very light moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, the sour is not something I expected in here. Its not a bad brew, just not what I think they were going for here.

08-03-2005 02:40:38 | More by kmpitz2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%

A super dark brown pour with a light, big bubbly head that fades quickly. A very mild nose with little standout character. The taste is failry one dimensional. Bitter throughout with hints of dry cocoa. Slightly dry finish with lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is very flat and light on the tongue. The light body makes this beer's drinkability questionable for me. It's a fair brown ale but i'm not a fan of this particular beer.

04-03-2004 20:35:25 | More by Popsinc
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-05-2014 13:51:12 | More by tjcamm
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

06-05-2014 22:11:00 | More by ninaturner
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

02-14-2013 03:10:38 | More by FLBeerGuy
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-04-2014 13:58:23 | More by goodshiz
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-15-2013 19:26:03 | More by harpus
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

03-05-2014 21:08:23 | More by millerbuffoon
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

05-25-2013 21:05:14 | More by GuttaMane138
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

05-02-2014 19:48:19 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of dogfooddog


3.15/5  rDev -3.7%

This bottle has been in a dark cupboard in my house for several years. It is the orange screen-printing variety and is from before the brewery relocated. It is my understanding that these beers are bottle-conditioned...served around 50F, bottle says serve at 42F...

beer pours large head to 75% of pint glass height.

This beer is still decent, a surprise given the low alcohol and time lapse involved (actually abv/w is not listed on the bottle nor this website but I strongly doubt it is over 5%). Chocolate malt notes with a very light touch of hop on front-end. aftertaste some light roasted chocolate taste and some watered-down sensation. From the description of the beer I suspect taste change has eroded the hop flavor.

Subsequent swallows are somewhat more bitter on the front end, while the aftertaste is stonger and more distinctly porter-ish in character.

It is my understanding that this brewery relocated after I bought this beer and there was some change in the character of their beers. An interesting experiment in seeing how a decently-stored version of this beer has survived.

02-26-2006 00:07:49 | More by dogfooddog
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Beach Tale Brown Ale from Dunedin Brewery
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