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Beach Tale Brown Ale - Dunedin Brewery

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Beach Tale Brown AleBeach Tale Brown Ale

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23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 38
Avg: 3.25
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dunedin Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: StevieW on 08-23-2002

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 38
Photo of olimpia84
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MichaelLynBryant
4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of shawk00
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of justin7742
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I tried this at the Dunedin Brewery. It was poured from the tap. The head was decent from the tap. It had an actual brown color. It had a roasted malt aroma. It tasted kind of sweet with a slight bitter nutty flavor off the back of the tongue. It went down fairly smooth but had a little bit of a bitter bite at the end. It is an average brown ale.

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Photo of lightindarkness
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to tpd975 for sending this my way in the UGLY Duckling BIF. Always great to sample little known beers from other lands.

Pours a deep clear reddish brown with mounds of bubbles forming a cream colored head. Plenty of sticky lace.

Nose kind of takes the style extremely to the fruity ester side, with a sour and sweet smelling tartness. Smell of artificial lime, slight citric acid, and faint roasted malts. Some light floral scent and a little funk come out as it warms.

Taste carries a similar sour up front, with a cherry tartness, only missing some of the cherry flavor. More citric acid notes kind of hide what seems to be a very pleasant roasted malty middle. Finish kind of washes out, revealing a little more of the malt. Watery overall, kind of overshadowed by the fruity citrus tart flavors. Maybe faint hints of smoky malt in the aftertaste

Feel is okay, kind of watery and very carbonated.

Flavor is kind of a misdirection from what I expected. I might be okay with it if it had been closer to what I thought was pouring from the bottle. A little thin on overall flavor.

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Photo of peabody
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a nice dark brown with one finger of tan suds. Lacing already appears.
Smell is raisin and grape with a slight yeasty aroma. Not a strong smelling beer.
Taste is a sour coffee flavor with very little sugar at all. Very watery.
Mouthfeel is clean but the watery feel is too much.
Drinkability is low because of not much flavor. Very watery.
Did I mention it was watery?

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Photo of BeerRun13
2.49/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another overcarbonated beer from Dunedin. For real, the whole glass is foam. Clear reddish brown when it finaly settled.
Some sweet malty notes. Earth tones and a little fruity in the nose.
Some chocolate. Seems like a somewhat astringent flavor in there. Earth almost dirty. Grapefruit and bitter finish.
Astringent bitter bite with a volcanic carbonation eruption. Light and airy.
Sub par. A couple more to go from Dunedin, I hope I have better luck with the next one. If the carbonation wasn't such an issue it might make for a better beer. Having to wait for it to settle down to one inch of beer at a time is kind of a drag.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.94/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was worried when I poured this one pint bottle into my pint glass. The beer was nothing but a foamy head. I was worried it was tainted or had gone bad. Luckily, as far as I can tell, the beer is still in good condition. The head was huge and foamy and pretty thin. Beer was an opaque brown, like a chocolate jelly bean. The head is way out of sorts on this one, making the beer nearly undrinkable for ten minutes.

The aroma wasnt too bad, nothing special. Some sourness and chocolate.

Taste was quite chocolatey. Bitterness from something. Astringent. Body was unremarkable and the beer is a little too carbonated to be very drinkable.

I am at a loss for this beer. Having never had it before, or probably again, I cant make afair judgement on its freshness or taste. The astringency has me worried that this may be a bad bottle. There, threes most of the way around, aside from the overwhelming size of the head.

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of skizziks
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jredner
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of clvand0
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Syrupy brown stuff. Now I now why I did not pick these up in my recent Florida expeditions. Remember I am not a big fan of brown, particularly mediocre ones. Fizzy, acidic. Some malt, some hop. Rather thin. I would rather a root beer.Radekfest 05 #14 sample.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.11/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with hints of auburn. A decent head which drops to a nice, lasting film and leaves behind good lace. Smell is malt and hops and nothing else. Taste is verry hoppy for the style, with an almost piney bitterness to it. No other flavors were to be found, sadly. Medium bodied with effervescence all over the mouth. As for drinkability, I will not have this again. This was much more like an IPA than a brown ale. I barely finished this one and probably shouldn't have.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.81/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of StevieW
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark brown color. Big tan bubbly head. Not alot to go on smell wise. Slight bitterness from burnt malt. Taste was dominated by a mostly burnt bittlerness, maybe roasted malt gone bad. No real sweet, chocolate and roasted malts as advertised on the bottle. Mostly thin and watery feel, a serious letdown. Could barely finish a 16 oz. bottle.

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Beach Tale Brown Ale from Dunedin Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.