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Faithfull Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
okay

690 Ratings
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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 181 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary as a band and its extraordinary debut album, "Ten." In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil. Faithfull clocks in at 7% ABV.

(Beer added by: THECPJ on 10-19-2011)
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1/5  rDev -70.4%

Craftonly23121, Nov 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.4%

120minuteman, Jul 03, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.4%

stairwell2811bre, Feb 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.4%

Skott1123, Apr 13, 2013
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1.35/5  rDev -60.1%

I finally setup an account with BA just to review this beer. I feel like people are rating Faithfull Ale higher than it deserves, just because it was brewed by Dogfish Head & has ties to Pearl Jam.

Appearance: Nice golden ale
Smell: Slightly skunky in a Heineken way
Taste: Mix between Corona, Stella, and Rolling Rock

At the end of the day, buy Faithfull for the bottle if you're a Pearl Jam fan. If you're a beer fan, STAY AWAY! I was extremely excited to try Faithfull, but ended up pouring out about 3/4 of the bomber.

rtucci9, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of RobertColianni
1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

RobertColianni, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Abrengle
1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

A-Poured into a dogfish head pint glass at 52 degrees. Very pale straw and clear as day with a small amount of diminishing, foamy lacing.
S-Smells of toast, bread, and crisp diluted fruit notes fill the nose.
T- At first I could have been confused with an awful, over-produced belgian pilsner with crisp notes and muted malts. The middle pallet is depressing with an off-dry carry through. The finish hints at currants, but I couldn't place it if it wasn't hinted on the label.
M-Low carbonation with a crisp finish.
Overall:
One of the worst beers I have had from our favorite Milton DE brewery, quite a dissapiontment conidering the "hype" around the mediocre label, not a accurate tribute to Pearl Jam.

Abrengle, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Weidman26
1.63/5  rDev -51.8%

This beer far from lives up to the lineage of a fly by night band like, say, nickelback, let alone a moderately talented band like pearl jam.
Firstly, there was little to no aromatic enjoyment. In fact it actually smelled like stale sweat and locker room funk with a tinge of old fruit and yeast.
Secondly, where are the currants? 10 different additions to this beer and yet still no currants on the palate? How do you justify plastering this on the label? Reprehensible at best
Thirdly, I couldn't wait to finish this beer. Actually, it took more than one conscious effort not to throw this thing directly into the toilet following my first taste. My only source of resistance in this matter was the fact that it cost me way more the the 40 price that it was worth. I figured I should at least suck it down and retain the alcohol content. Sadly there wasn't enough to even catch a bit of buzz-worthy enjoyment.

Stay away from "Midas touch light" or if you're at least curious, find a sucker like me who paid good money for this atrocious beer and get them to share it with you. That way you can both be miserable and hateful towards this one but only one has to actually shell out money for it.

Weidman26, Nov 09, 2011
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1.65/5  rDev -51.2%

From 750mL bottle to snifter on 11/13/11 with a group of friends
*From notes

-- Thanks for sharing, John --

A: Brilliant pale golden with a measly .25 head and zero lacing on a good, firm pour.

S: Ugh, Horse urine and wet, carboardy earth.

T: Know what a taint is? Lots of that, just all up in the mouth. It's bland, with a mere hint of medicinal herbs and yeast on the finish.

M: It actually feels alright. It doesn't feel special or signifigantly above average, but it's passable.

O: I really do like DFH. They are one of the reasons I got into craft beer. And I love Pearl Jam. I've been to what, two or three of their concerts. So when I tell you that I hate this beer, it's not something I stumble into easily. I'm so god damn angry at Dogfish for lazily creating something so blasé, with no consideration for what this beer means. It's fucking Pearl Jam, let's do something complex and brooding, something utterly unique that's deserving of their great name.

Instead, we get a weak attempt at a Belgian Strong Pale. you could put Eddie Money on the label and what's inside would suck just as much.

Shame on you, Dogfish. It's gonna take a while for me to begin forgiving you all for this monstrosity.

Rhettroactive, Dec 11, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

harrymel, Nov 22, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

BDeibs, Dec 29, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

ConorThomas, Jan 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

DoctorB2B, Nov 30, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

jamiekimble, Jan 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

hippityhophead24, Feb 09, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

Liberatiscioli, Feb 05, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

JAHMUR, Dec 21, 2011
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

ObeMaltKinobee, Feb 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 22, 2011
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2.1/5  rDev -37.9%

gold body. white head dissipates quickly without much residue. looks thin. slight carbonation. looks a bit putrid.

reminiscent of a lager in its metallic pungency and sugary, yeasty notes. not getting much fruit, definitely not currants. smells a bit sweet at the tail end with some slight bread-y oils.

sweet, creamy, a little butterscotch, a bit of banana, and a lot of lead/metal. it's really sugary, with a granulated sugar density. can't get passed the metallic flavor. still no currants.

thin, lots of carbonation, tinny, semi-dry finish that despite its sweetness is not very forthcoming.

this is a major disappointment more so than Hellhound in that i could finish that bottle. sadly, i couldn't finish this, because i didn't want it. sadness in dumping a beer when no one else wanted it either.
the currant additions are really bothersome, because i was expecting a belgian style pale with tartness; currants are tart as hell.
this was the opposite. it seems as though the additions of currants contributed to a higher sugar consistency, because i was unable to discern anything of the sort in terms of actual flavor.
really sad about this one. girlfriend says, "it's like miller light's artsy older sister." sad.
sorry if this is harsh. i don't mean it to be offensive.
cheers

patm1986, Nov 13, 2011
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2.13/5  rDev -37%

Pours crystal clear, a stream of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Decent finger of head was there and is gone.

Very sweet. Vanilla, caramel, ginger, chi tea, lemon, maybe some spices...complex but the sweetness dominates and this distracts from the complexity leaving the beer almost one dimensional. A poor alcohol finish drops things a hair.

Very rich, full of flavor and none I'd say go with golden. Vanilla, caramel, lemon, not picking up on the currants at all, but suppose they are part of the blend. A rather interesting one that it is. Sour hints, hops, and finishing absurdly sugary sweet!

Very creamy and dense despite the clear look.

13.50 for a 750 ml. Points off for that. This had that in the back subtle taste of currant that wines often claim and frankly dogfish is better than some elite best in the world winery...they sell stuff that is drinkable after all. More to the point I feel like they were going for some kinda of pretentious subtle but not really there flavor. I love the creamy mouth, but the flavor is far some exciting. Perhaps true to Pearl Jam. Age imo will hurt the best feature that mouth feel. Wow I wanted to be more highly spoken but let me use words, if you like sweet and spiced beers this is something I can't even begin to under stand. I like a lot of the parts, but the final verdict with price factored in is absurdly negative....

bobhits, Nov 19, 2011
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2.17/5  rDev -35.8%

Appearance - Hazy yellow, nice carbonation with a nice finger white fluffy head

Smell - Ummm smells very watered down, if you smell long enough you get some currants. Mostly cereal and corn in the nose

Taste - Again, cereal and corn, very light with nothing dominant. There is a slight sweet and spicy note in the tongue somewhere. SLIGHT. Honestly my brother and i thought this drank like a BMC product. Very unimpressed.

Mouthfeel - Standard carbonation, smooth, not silky or chewy. Middle of the road.

Overall - What a huge disappointment. I know the reasons behind making this beer and all and i like the idea but come on, why even bother making a shit beer just because that is what Pearl Jam drinks?

aorloski, Dec 04, 2011
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2.2/5  rDev -34.9%

Disappointing. Why did I pour this into my graffiti special edition Duvel Glass?

This looks like a standard golden ale, not anything bad.

The smell seems kind of faint, only a little alcohol and yeast, I don't get any fruit or malt out of this.

The taste, seemingly the most important part of the beer, is limited and not really pleasing. It isn't horrible, but it is below par on the taste scale that I use, in which Bud Light is par (and about 2.5). Flavor profile seems to be a combination of clean refreshing water and malt liquor with dust. Oddly reminiscent of Colt 45 or Olde English 800, not what you want in a special offering from Dogfish Head, unless it is their brown bagged 40... which this is not!

Feels like...water with a small bit of tannic acid and some carbonation.

My advice is only get this if you really like Pearl Jam or are trying to collect everything from Dogfish Head.

Doppelbockulus, Jan 06, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

tln13, Apr 15, 2012
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Faithfull Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.