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Faithfull Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Faithfull AleFaithfull Ale

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243 Reviews
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Reviews: 243
Hads: 713
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 17.21%
Wants: 33
Gots: 190 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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: 713
Photo of mvanaskie13
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a lipped pint glass, color pale straw, very effervescent with a solid head that dissipates and clings the glass nicely.

Smell is grainy, not a distinct malt presence, not picking up any fruitiness, pretty bland actually.

Taste is interesting in that theres not much there, some grain presence but very neutral, like straight pale malt with a hefty addition of adjunct. I'm not getting the currants, but there is a lingering sweetness thats not overly fruity.

Mouthfeel is pretty strong from the carbonation, which masks the subtle hoppiness.

This is, as descrbied a very delicately flavored beer, its not overly grainy but the flavors just do not come out in any meaningful way - the over carbonation masks the low hop flavors, which is good and bad and I just never pick up on the currant flavor but I'm assuming its the lingering sweetness I'm tasting that I cannon pinpoint.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 2011

Beer is golden with a fairly large white head. Head dissipates at a fairly quick pace, leaving a film. No lacing.

The currents jump out in the nose very strongly, subduing everything else. Not sure I would have identified it as current if not for the information on the bottle- reminds me of grape juice. Smells a lot like Dogfish's Midas Touch, which I am not a big fan of. Beyond the current are scents of sugar, other light fruit, some Belgian yeast. Surprised at the reviews that find the smell to be weak- to me it is quite pungent but not my style.

Taste is unusual and comes as a bit of a surprise. The current flavours are quite noticeable, and are coupled with a honey-like sweetness. Some yeast flavour that does not work particularly well. A bit of a bready malt base, but only slight. I find the base beer that hosts the currents to be quite weak and slim.

Highly carbonated, medium body, slightly astringent.

Overall, not particularly good. I actually like, to some degree, the effect of the currents. It is unusual and imparts some nice flavours. However, I don't think the base beer is very good at all. Without the currents, this would be a very mediocre Belgian Pale. With them, it is interesting but not a winner. The currents may have gone better in a different style- a Belgian Dark or perhaps a stout.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.11/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, cyrstal clear, honey-gold coloring with a very light, foamy head of about an inch that settles out quickly once you begin drinking. Aromas of toasted cereal and extremely subtle currant sweetness. That grape/currant character swings heavier in the palate, with a solid, slightly sour profile along side the toasty grain backbone and a touch of honey at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is roasty and toasty, but not much else. This helps keep it clean, with a smooth, slightly lingering finish that leaves a touch of fruit behind for a bit. Very decent beer.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden amber color with a with a one finger head that recedes slowly whilst being fed from the bottom. Almost transparent with a slight amount of haze.

S: Overall very light on the nose with hints of Belgian yeasts, some light citrus notes and some light amount of malts.

T: Much like the nose, not a whole lot going on, some malts are present though light, along with some light fruit notes, this time coming through a little sweeter and fruitier, almost grape-like. Possibly a little bit of the currents showing through. Other than that, not a whole lot going on.

M: Light bodied beer for sure with a medium amount of carbonation, not a whole lot else.

O: A fairly solid DFH offering, a little less flavorful than I have come to expect from DFH but pretty fantastic nonetheless.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2011 103 1. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Straw yellow with one finger of big, bubbly white head.

S - Fairly light nose with some Belgian yeast, clove and muted citrus aromas.

T - Typical Belgian ale flavours - clove, citrus and yeast. The currants are barely noticeable in the background and not nearly as prominent as I expected. There is nothing overly memorable about this beer, but it has a crisp, easy drinking flavour profile.

M - Medium body, creamy and smooth. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - A decent beer but certainly not worth the price tag.

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Photo of alexkeil
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the story of how this beer came to be: DFH asked Pearl Jam what they usually drink and the answers they got back were cheap mexican beer and sweet pinot nior. What do you do with that? I was always confused how a belgian golden with currants would represent Pearl Jam, I would expect something with aggressive hops, but the backstory helps.

This is a nicely made beer with a nice creamy mouthfeel and a refreshing quality from the nice belgian malts and sweet fruit. Its very drinkable and doesn't seem like 7% abv which is a compliment.

The price tag on this one, and availablity, do not make it a frequent drinker but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle

A: Straw yellow, light head, light internal carbonation, nothing extraordinary

S: Not incredibly fragrant, citrus fruits, lemons, berries

T: Smooth, citrus, very light raspberry notes, bitter to finish but nice

M: Quite smooth, easy to drink, nice carbonation

O: Tasty but nothing amazing, the advertising seemed to promise more, still worth a try

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into dogfish glass

A: A nice golden color that is transparent, almost no head at all, a slight lacing.

S: Lots of malt, and slight notes of tropical fruits

T: Basically taste like a sweet bud light with a little more flavor, was very surprised that Dogfish would put out a beer like this.

M: Light Bodied, High Carbonation

D: Very simple, good to drink a lot of but not my cup of tea. Was very surprised with the way this one came out, Dogfish is still one of my favorites.

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Photo of draheim
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a somewhat pale golden color w/ a big fluffy head, moderate carb, minimal lacing.

Aroma is grainy malt reminiscent of a pilsner and faint yeast. Really not much going on w/ the aroma.

Taste follows nose. Pretty bland, grainy, watery. A slightly dank, funky quality I've picked up in other DFH beers, maybe their house yeast strain? In any case, not a positive thing. Just a subtle hint of tart fruit, which must be the currants.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin & watery, unsatisfying.

Overall just a pretty boring, uninspired beer. I expect more when I drop more than $10 on a bottle of beer.

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Photo of nataku00
2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured a clear golden color with a finger and a half of foamy and bubbly pure white head that quickly slid back down to a collar of bubbles. No lacing from the head, but a decent amount of fast rising large bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a strong fruit candy sweetness, like a jolly rancher grape aroma. A little bit of biscuit malt and floral hopping as the beer warmed.

Taking a sip, the jolly rancher grape candy is a bit more subdued, more ester like. Middle of the tongue, more yeast flavors, like a ball of bread dough after about an hour after it was mixed together, lightly of lactic acid, with a bit of floral flavor. Finish is pretty dry, with lingering grape candy and floral flavors.

Light to medium body with a prick of carbonation here and there on the tongue. Flavor on the tongue is a bit off putting for me, just a strange combination of flavors that don't work too well for me.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very light in color and allows a lot of light through it, much like a light beer. The head was very small.

The smell is fruity and refreshing. At 7% it smells very light and the higher alcoholic content is masked well by the fruity overtones.

The taste is great; the alcohol is not present at all while the crisp flavor is blended well with the fruity, grape-like flavor that is not overwhelming.

It is very crisp and fresh for an ale and feels light on the way down. Easy to drink!

Overall, this beer is refreshing, fruity, strong and tasty. I enjoy it (trying not to let my like of the band cloud my judgement) and would recommend it to anyone. For an ale it is light and crisp and would be suitable for the warmer months. Enjoy!

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Photo of Remydakine
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fruity, high carbonation, lite bitter notes, quick lackluster finish.

Wheres the Belgian? Maybe its in the yeast, but not traditional use of Belgian brewing techniques. More like French or Italian. None the less I think the fact that it is related to Pearl Jam, if only in name. Made it taste better. Have had twice..and that is enough.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into tulips. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a bright yellow color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A light spicy fruit aroma. Zesty almost with the currants showing up. A little musty in an earthy sense.

(T)- A very light profile. Deeper grains and fruit flavors with a mild yeasty grain backbone.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very light, though grainy and mildly spicy. Smooth, but very mild and yeasty.

(D)- Not bad, but not that memorable either especially compared to other Dogfish Head beers in their lineup.

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Photo of chadmoe1
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 12/23/11

Waited a while to find it at a reasonable price since a few of the bottle shops around Pittsburgh gouged the price substantially. Found it just ahead of Christmas.

A -- Copper/gold with 1/4" white head and some lacing

S -- Fruit notes (currants/berries?), yeasty

T -- Fruit up front, some toasty malt, crisp finish; slight bitter aftertaste

M -- Medium-high carbonation, thin and dry

O -- This reminds me of a fruitier (but not as dry) Midas Touch; not bad, but my wife enjoyed it a lot more. Not very complex. Not exceptionally memorable as the flavors faded pretty quick after sipping.

Bottle, Chimay Glass

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled January 2012
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of vaguely tart, floral smelling currant notes that have a vinous edge to them, and this is backed by a slightly hay like, pale cracker like grain character. There is a scent here that reminds me of roses somehow, though it is not aggressively distinct; this is wrapped up in a slightly medicinal character somehow (though this is different than the typical, phenolic, medicinal character one finds in say a Belgian Ale); interestingly enough, this medicinal not seems quite familiar to me in at least the last couple Dogfish Head specialty beers I have had (sort of a house signature perhaps)

Somewhat sweet, though not as sweet as it could be, the beer manages to dry out a fair amount in the finish where it has a cheap, grain-like flavor to it that reminds me somehow of dried weeds and straw. Fruity current flavors are fairly present, but not at such a pronounced level that I can say this tastes distinctly of currants. This has very little bitterness, though there is a certain sharpness to the finish that seems to be from alcohol and perhaps some light yeast character.

This beer definitely seems to be missing a hop bite, or something like that at least & it actually has me wondering if an IPA level of hopping would have made this beer more balanced and drinkable; somehow this beer does seem to be out of balance, it is sort of thin and has a “cheap” finish (though I am not entirely sure I know what I mean by this last description); a large part of this may be that the flavors / notes found in this beer seem quite simplistic. This is a beer I could easily drink if I was mindlessly drinking something, but as something that I want to be thoughtful and contemplative of it just falls short.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a pale gold with 2 fingers of white head that fizzes and pops. Crystal clear with low carbonation.

N: White grape, honey, caramel and hints of pear. Very subtle.

T: Pear, subtle caramel and maybe even some gummi bears upfront. Some white grape characteristics develop mid-palate. Finishes with some faint apple, dry earthy hay and lingering honey.

M: Medium bodied, soft, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: This is not Dogfish Head’s most complex or creative beer so it’s pretty similar to Pearl Jam; lacking depth and harmony and obviously appealing to the Adjunct Lager crowd. Unlike PJ this beer is subtle and easy drinking and quite decent.

I am still a little peeved at the price increase on this one. Did DFH really have to up the price on this one because of the PJ name? Here’s a little break down on PA prices:

Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew (9% RIS brewed with some crazy honey): $8.99

Robert Johnson’s Hellhound On My Ale (10% DIPA brewed with dried lemon): $8.99

Pearl Jam’s Faithfull Ale (7% BSPA brewed with currants): $14.99???

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Photo of brotherloco
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. 2011 Edition. Served in a tulip.

Pours crystal clear pale gold with about a finger of off-white foam. Settles pretty quickly.

Aroma of musty sour fruit and some sweeter fruits like apples and pears. Earthiness. Bready malt. White wine grapes, light spicy Belgian yeast.

Flavor is mostly a blend of the musty and sweet fruits found in the nose. Middle gets slightly sour and things dry up in the finish. There is an unpleasant acidic alcohol note that lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation, slightly spritzy. The feel is kind of thick.

I'm afraid this beer is kind of a miss for me.

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Photo of Rukasu
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A - Honey amber colored with a think white head that disappears quickly

S - Wheat and yeast, with mild spice and dried fruit (apricot/papaya). Straight pour makes a much toastier smell.

T - Fairly dull. Bready, shortbread biscuits, mild honey, mineral notes that coat your tongue. Could stand to have had more fruit infusion, really wouldn't know there were currants in it.

M - Light bodied and easy drinking. Very light carbonation and almost flat by the end of the glass.

O - Not very impressed considering the steep price, but Dogfish does occasionally strike out (see: Raison D'etre). Was expecting much more fruit, and more a lambic style brew. Worth a try, but won't get again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange-yellow amber, thin medium white head dissipates quickly into a ring. Aroma is biscuit malt, a hint of dark fruit (the currants), light yeast. Flavor is unusual, with sweet malt, light fruit, mild currant, Belgian spicing. Slight Belgian spice bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and a decent carbonation element even though it is not visually evident. Pleasant and unusual. I doubt I'll see another bottle of this, but I'd be happy to drink it again.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin, lingering white mousse.

S: Aromas of black currants, biscuits, cream, vanilla, and crackers are present on the nose.

T: Notes of black currants, biscuits, vanilla bean, crackers, heavy cream, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is brief with black currant, vanilla, and biscuit notes dominating.

M: Light-to-medium in body, dry, and firm. Carbonation is very crisp. Alcohol presence is initially nonexistent, but hits hard on the finish. I found it very tough to finish my glass.

O: This is a mediocre effort from Dogfish Head. In terms of aroma and flavor, this ale is painfully one-dimensional. It's also difficult to drink. To be frank, my expectations weren't high, but I still expected a little better.

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Photo of ales4baldo
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P-well the twenty anniversary beer. Looks like it shows the band in it's small pictures. Not sure though. 

A-a nice clear beer. Carries with it a golden copper. Bubbles rise to the top regularly and are easily visible because the ale is pretty clear. Hold a nice finger head and if u listen closely can hear the bubbles crackle. Head is white and frothy looking. 

S-what you would expect from a pale ale. Lots of malts and barley and yeast. Some hop but nothing heavy. Deep notes of orange and lime tickle. I don't know what currants smell like but I smell something else in there. 

T-almost like sweet malts engulf the palate. There's something sweet in there and it's good. Could be the currants. I'm getting a little citrus like zing to it. Maybe some lemon. 

M-Has nice carbonation as it keeps the beer nice and crisp. Medium body I would say with a nice draw. Mellow and somewhat tasty. Finishes probably wet. 

O-I'd have to say one of the better tasting pale ales I've had. Nothing super or spectacular but blends in nicely and woos your thirst a bit. Solid beer. 

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Photo of laintringulis
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served in a tulip glass.

A: Pour a clear golden pale yellow with an incredible amount of white and beige sediment staying fairly suspened throughout drinking. Large with frothy head that dies to nothing quickly with no lacy. It looks like someone filled my snowglobe with beer.

S: Lightly fruity smell; slightly of raisin bread and brief citrus. Very subdued even with a warmer temperature.

T: Pleasant initial light currant fruitness with a slight oiliness. Slightly yeasty without much flavor from the yeast. Finishes with a slight dryness/bitterness, more spice-like than hoppy.

M: Medium body. Very lightly carbonated. I think it could have benefitted from a little more carbonation.

O: Easy to drink, but just kind of bland. This is not a typical Dogfish Head beer. I wouldn't go out of my way to get more of this.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

POured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass. Pours a clear, dirty golden color with a full, white, pillowy, frothy had which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal lace. The nose has a light currant note, some doughy/bready yeast, light candi sugar, light peach, some light herbs, and faint sweat. The flavor is similar with more light candi sugar, peach and currant notes underneath, faint herbs, doughy yeast, and light peppery phenols. The palate is lively, medium, creamy, and slightly drying. The finish is lightly herbal and peppery, drying slightly, but ultimately still filled with light candi sugar. Not what I would call a tribute to Pearl Jam with not much going on. The beer was mostly just candi sugar notes and subtle fruit additions. Very disappointing but again I could never really associate Pearl Jam with craft beer?

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Photo of JustHarmless
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice glass

A- Golden yellow, somewhat turbid color with a thin white head

A- Currants up front, some tropical fruits, some malty sweetness

T- Faint currant taste and not much else, a bit peppery on the backend

M- Overly carbonated, a bit thin and watery

O- A nice beer, but not one I would purchase again. It was $12.99 here in NJ, and, to me, way overpriced given the quality of the beer. Overall, a disappointment

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Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I opened this one during the super bowl for everyone to try. I think it was from early 2010.

A - Pours slightly hazy pale yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass. I got a bit of the dregs in mine, others where pretty clear compared to mine.

S - Smells of dry yeast, pale malts, spicy currants, honey sweetness, and light fruitiness. It was a little slow to develop but it got pretty decent toward the end.

T - Starts off with a bit of spicy current quickly giving way to hints of pale malts, doughy yeast, light fruitiness, and some honey sweetness. Finish is a touch dry with some lingering sweetness.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel that doesn't stick around for very long.

O - I actually liked this one a bit more than my rating would indicate. It had some decent flavors but it never really got to the point of being great. I wouldn't turn it down in the future.

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