Faithfull Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 243
Hads: 710
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 33
Gots: 189 | FT: 5
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: THECPJ on 10-19-2011

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.
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Reviews: 243 | Hads: 710
Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a little nervous given some of the reviews, but I might as well crank some Pearl Jam and enjoy...

A - A finger's worth of fluffy creamy delicate off-white colored head to start... Limited retention gives way to a full mostly thin veil of lacing with a dollop of froth in the center of the glass... The color is a pale amber... A slight haziness... Loaded with carbonation to start before becoming fairly still with only a slight cyclone of micro-bubbles int he center of the glass... Not a bad looking brew by any means...

S - Interesting aroma... A variety of smells dominate... Candied sugars... Black currants... A slight booziness reminiscent of cheap Irish whiskey... A faint Belgian yeast component... While the individual parts may not seem appealing, the odd mix makes for a unique and interesting and fairly appealing aroma...

T - Everything alluded to by the aroma is present, but becomes much more muddled... The Belgian yeast takes on a more dominant presence... The candied sugars and cheap whiskey are present... The black currants take a distant back seat... There is also a faint medicinal presence above and beyond the cheap booze presence...

M - Medium bodied... Lightly carbonation... A bit sticky... Surprisingly dense... Coats the mouth evenly and fully...

D - Not a bad brew by any means... I'm actually a bit surprised by composite low score this one has received to date... Not something I would drink with regularity, but a nice take on style by DFH... Perhaps kicking back with any brew and a little PJ in the background will make anything taste better, but then again isn't that the ponit of this beer??? (1,642 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden ale with a thin head but decent lacing. Smell is light malt and bread with a bit of fusel alcohol. A bit of fruitiness as well, apples and grapes mostly. Taste is much the same with a mild hoppiness. A nice honeyed overall malt base with some bread and sweet rolls. Alcohol in the finish is a bit hot though the sweetness is nice, a warming swallow. Very mild hop bitterness. Feel is medium light with a crispness when cold that settles into a fuller creaminess as it warms and the carbonation becomes more expansive. A nice beer overall though not a world shaker. The price makes it a bit of a disappointment but not a big one. I just wish the alcohol presence was a bit more subdued making for a more drinkable and better overall beer imo (755 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle shared with some Pearl Jam fans. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Crystal clear yellow. Nice white head and some good lacing. But really, it looks flavorless.

Smell - Musty dry smell. Somewhat yeasty and sweet smelling. Fruits, but I couldn't possibly identify it as currants.

Taste - Sweet light malts and a slight acidic tinge to it. Mildly bitter finish and just a hint of, again, unrecognizable fruit. Apparently it's currants.

Mouthfeel - Thick. Really thick for something so light in flavor. Very musty finish.

Overall - A very average BPA, if that's really what it is. Lacking complexity and fruit. Just about nothing exciting about this beer. (670 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle purchased from Bevmo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a very light golden colour, with a white head that froths up initially, but then forms a flimsy film atop the body. The beer itself seems a little light, although it forms really nice fine carbonation. Some positives, some negatives to the appearance.

Nose is uninspired. Mostly flat, with a fermented sugar or grainy adjunct character, mingled with a cloying sweetness and a hint of paint thinner. Some sugary notes could be the currants, although it could just be booze. Unimpressed.

Taste is better only because it is blander. Light grainy sweetness through to the back, when there's a slight uptilt in metal and booze, and perhaps a slight fruity acidity on the aftertaste. Feel is exceptionally light, almost absent. Overall, a really unimpressive brew.

Urgh. I'm totally off DFH's beers. Why did I buy this one? I knew it was going to follow the same trajectory. Something about the promise of currants through the boil intrigued me. But like most Dogfish beers I've had, the intrigue is one thing, and the execution is quite another. (1,102 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/31/12

Straw yellow and golden color; mostly clear. The head swoops up to over three finger and spills out of the glass. Napkin time. The foam is smooth and drops to about a half an inch, leaving good trails of lace. Overall retention is a thin layer.

When first in the glass, Faithfull Ale smelled strongly of husks, grass and nobel-ish hops. Touch of toasty grain, too. As the head falls away, modest grape aromas emerge. I wondered where those currants were hiding.

The taste is a tad more vinous than outright grape flavored. This is especially so starting in the middle and on to the latter half where the currants jostle the grassy base beer. There is a subtle hop rub on the finish as well. All told, the flavor work pretty well together.

The body is fairly light, with a slight puffy, granular feel. Carbonation is a shade lower than moderate and suits the beer nicely. The finish is dry and rather clean.

Overall impression - The best part about this beer is that nothing is over the top. In the land of the Dogfish, this is a pretty tame critter. It drinks easily and doesn't seem like 7% abv. (1,150 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very light in color, lemon to yellow gold with 1/2 finger white head. No retention and no lace.

Nose is almost more lager and ale. Yeast, bread, a bit of light spice ... and little else. The currants do give a fruity underbelly to things, but smells like a fruit beer vs a pale ale. Ok.

Fruit really comes out on the tongue. That's the big takeaway here. Not much taste up front, but strong currant/blueberry in the finish. Not much else to report.

A bit fizzy, but otherwise medium bodied.

Overall, a miss for me. (519 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear gold, with 1 ½ fingers of rich bright-white head. This maintains a solid ½ finger of sudsy froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with robust spotty lacing. The aroma smells festive in the nose, with a mix of spice, currants, green citrus, and a honeyed sweetness, which is all propped up in the nostrils by a little alcohol thickness. The spice and currants really stick out here in the aroma.

The taste is similar, with dark currant flavor that is prominent but not overbearing, thanks to an equally strong malt backbone of honey sweetness and toasted bread. There is a decent bit of earthy bitterness present as well which in turn helps offset some of that sweetness, while a fairly lively spice presence lingers into a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, possibly a touch fuller, with a firm and prickly feel on the tongue that segues into more of a rigid creaminess across the back of the palate. The overall body on this is actually pretty drinkable considering the amount of warm chewiness that is present from the alcohol.

This wasn’t bad. It might not have been the most complex beer I’ve ever had but what is here is pretty well balanced and worked well enough together. The currant flavor and spice were probably the highlights of this for me. It’s probably worth checking out if you still see it out there. (1,405 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of light fruits, Belgian yeast, some coriander, lemon, and some light pale malts.

T - Starts off with some sweet fruity esters with some pale malt and some lemon and other citrus flavors. Through the middle, the fruit flavors come through with some currants, alongside some Belgian yeasts, with some light spices. The finish is a mix of sweet light fruits, pale malts, yeast, and some lemon.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. There is quite a bit of fruity flavor mixed in, but the beer still stays nicely balanced and refreshing. (779 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of bone white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam fades away quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt with a touch of pear, honey and just a bit of fruit in the background.

T - Sweet malt with a non descript fruity character up front. Some pear and light pepper flavors in the middle which transition to a more fruity finish where the currant actually comes out as a distinctive flavor with lightly herbal hops and a touch of bitterness to balance.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Fruity and not overly complex, but I still like it. It manages to be sweet but never cloying and it has just enough variety of flavor to give it some legitimacy. I wouldn't feel the need to drink it again, but it was nice. (808 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: minimal head on a pale golden, murky body.

S: lots of graham cracker, pale malts, honey, with a subtle musty fruitiness.

T: graham cracker, pale malts and grains up front with a dark fruit finish, mosly dried cherry and raisins and probably currants though I am unfamiliar with their smell. Nice yeast character.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: very drinkable. Nice fruit notes from the currants. The base beer seems like it follows the genre well. (498 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle generously shared by Ed at my first hosted tasting event.

A - Pours golden with a white foam. Some carbonation is visible. Slight lacing.

S - Smell was of fruit, but hard to say currants. I got more of a dried apricot scent.

T - Taste was.... kinda bland. Got some notes of fruit and a slight tangy vibe from belgian yeast. But overall I found it on the weak side.

M - Easily drinkable, but felt watery.

O - I'm usually a big fan of DFH, but this one didn't do much for me. Not bad, but so far from memorable. (522 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden brown, with a thin white head. Smell is very muted, with notes of Belgian yeast, light malt and very mild piney hops. Taste is fairly muted, with light malt, nice spice notes from the yeast and a mild malt backbone. Carbonation is low, but this beer is a smooth drinker. Overall a fair offering from DHF, but not worth of its assocociation with such an excellent band. (383 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered straw color with a tall creamy white head, very nice lace.

Smells like a muted Belgian Ale, the typical spice/pepper replaced with saffron and clove.

Tastes of honey, pilsner malts, with a juicy quality though it is not precisely fruity.

Soft elegant mouthfeel.

Overall much better than the band imo. (316 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head. Aroma consists of light sweet malt base with note of currants and light fruity ester. Taste is an unbalanced mix between some lightly sweet malt notes with some currant notes and some weird cough syrup notes detectable in the background. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another experience that is not a total hit. (433 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml crown capped bottle. Bottled 10/31/2011. I got it at Total Wine in Sterling, VA back around Thanksgiving.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear yellow-gold. Decent off white head, not much retention or lacing for a Belgian style.

Smell: Very sweet, almost like Capn Crunch cereal. I wouldnt necessarily have called the aroma currant, but its clearly not the apple/pear/white grape I often get from a Belgian pale. Clean (not musty) Belgian yeast aroma. Different, but good.

Taste: Candy-sweet fruity esters and pale malt. There's some bitterness, either from hops or alcohol that keeps the sweetness in check though. Again, the fruitiness is a little strange but good. I can't get Capn Crunch out of my head.

Mouthfeel: Not as lively as a Duvel, but quite nice in the mouth.

Overall: Well, I was prepared to be let down by this brew, but was pleasantly surprised. Its different, and good. (892 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with @foodsweatandbeers. Thanks!

Pour is bright golden yellow, with a decent white head. Looks like a Belgian pale. Honestly, the smell reminds me scaringly of Ta Henket. Toasted bread crumbs come to mind. I dont get much of the Currants they speak of on the label, and the Belgian yeast is the dominant flavor. I get the light part, but the fruit flavor not so much. A bit dry as well, right in line with Ta Henket. Finishes very clean. (445 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow, plume of white frothy head, little retention and lacing. Scent is meek and mild with light hints of fresh and musty hay, as it warms, notes of sweet watery fruit come through along with moderate spice and faint bready yeast. Taste more fruit forward than scent dictates, and even though i know currants are used, I get more sweet watery fruit and light berry notes. Earthy dried hay, light bit of funkiness, moderate spice and some bready yeast. Medium bodied, bubbly and a touch on the dry side. Overall, not too bold or complex but lightly refreshing. (582 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of detergent like head, great lacing. smells of bready yeast, black peppercorn, lemon peel. initial strong alcohol taste followed by a malty sweetness and followed up by a weird peppery zest. taste of pepper, lemongrass, belgian yeast.. has a funky aftertaste. medium bodied with a creaminess to it, light carbonation. not bad for an odd take at a belgian.. things i'd like different are less funk on the after taste, maybe more carbonation.. or a champagne like feel to it would feel more traditional. oh, and i'm not a fan of pearl jam at all, so the label art made me cringe a bit. these are all minor things though, the beer looks beautiful when poured, smells and tastes refreshing, and that's what counts. (748 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with lively bubbles of carbonation beneath the pure white, foamy head.

Aromas of Belgian yeast, black pepper and currants float from the glass. The fruit aromas bordering on vinous really appear more as it warms and there is just a hint of sugar.

The flavor offers a more pronounced fruit profile featuring the berry-like currants and again subtle sugars and a generous pepper kick when the beer is first poured. It even becomes a touch bready at the very end.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a cloying finish.

I was rather impressed with this beer. True to DFH form it was not a pure example of the style but the ingredients used made for a tasty brew. (704 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear light golden color with a thinnish white head with minimal retention. Smells a bit fruity with a bit of pepper mostly. A light bit of non descript dark fruits with a Belgian yeasty twang. Taste is a bit sweet with dark fruits, candied sugar, pepper, and clove. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent beer, I enjoyed it, but it really didn't wow me. (404 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark straw color with a moderate, dense white head that dissipates slowly, leaving lace.

Aroma is sweet, corny grain with a fairly dominant grape like fruitiness. There's a hint of belgian yeast esters.

Flavor is allover the board. Almost cloyingly sweet corny malt forms the backbone, with strong currant tartness providing contrast, leading to a somewhat bland, dry finish. Belgian esters are fairly masked by lemon.

Body is on the light side with a fairly high level of carbonation. There's significant alcohol warmth at the finish.

Overall, the fruit additions mask the belgian yeast character too much for my liking. Not one I'm likely to try again. (680 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellowish gold color with pretty thin white head. Head lays onto top of the brew and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smell is pretty yeasty and spicy at first. Some light tropical fruit hops and light malts.

T- Quite a bit of sweet malts. A good amount of yeast and spice. A touch of tropical fruits too.

M- Medium in body and fairly crisp carbonation.

O- Pretty boring and one dimensional. (424 characters)

Photo of paulozanello
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden clear color. White fluffy head with little retention and below average lacing.

Aroma is yeasty fruity phenolic with a malt Bready start. Not very strong.

Taste is Bready and cereally at first with a faint fruit and spice from Belgian yeast and the currants. Finish is sparkly and dry with a peppery bitter note.

Body is medium and carbonation is high. Moderate to high drinkability.

Overall an average Belgian style ale with nice bready start and faint yeasty notes. Godd dry finish and drinkability. Nothing that stands out though. (558 characters)

Photo of Agold
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is bright clear and pale. Nice short dense head with very nice lacing and retention. Aroma is very mild and pretty yeasty. A bit spicy and fruity, but really not much. Some sweet grainy aroma and a mild vinous thing. Flavor is mildly spicy, not very fruity, really not a ton going on, but there is still some alcohol bite. As it warms to room temp, a bit more fruit emerges, but not a ton. Mouthfeel is heavier than I like in belgians, even a 7% belgian pale. This beer is nice, but unremarkable. Nothing is off, or wrong, but it is nothing special. (559 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

decided to try "the Pearl Jam Beer" tonight. figured why not go all out so busted out the DFH signature glass and popped on the album that started it all...Ten.

a - brew poured a transparent orange yellow with a big creamy foamy head that slowly fizzled away leaving streaky chunky lacing. bubbles jumped to the surface from the glass' etched bottom.

s - a bit pilsnery. some light pepper and spicing. the beer really lacks what i look for in the nose on a belgian, smells more american adjunct than belgian.

t - better than the smell leads you to believe but only slightly. i get the spicing from the nose, but again, not all that much belgian characteristics, except perhaps in the feel. pretty boring. soft touch of a pilsnery bubblegum. some peanut butter on the finish.

m - the first thing i noticed about this beer is the feel. very rich and creamy. smooth and easy to drink.

o - overall, i really wanted to dig this one, but based on what i had heard i had put off trying it for a while. dfh is a rockstar brewery and i've tried much of what they put out...some are homeruns and some not so much, but their nut brown is one of the beers that really got me into better beer. being that i've got other brews that i enjoy available, i'm not going to finish this one. it isn't gross, but there isn't really much going on. for a beer in tribute to pearl jam, i'd expect something badass. perhaps a porter or a really rockin ipa would be a better match? and yet this was probably one of the harder beers to find when it first came out.

i gave my wife a sip (she was sipping on a bigfoot) and she said "ew, gross...that tastes like piss" (1,643 characters)

Faithfull Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.