Faithfull Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 30
Gots: 187 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden and bubbly. Big head that slowly fades down. Leaves a ring around the glass after a minute or two. Nose has a big lemon/pepper hop and yeast character. Extremely pale fresh grains. Sharp tartness as soon as it hits your tongue. Lemony grains and green apples. Light freshly cracked grains. I want to say Pilsner malt. Dry grassy finish with a lemon peel bitterness. It must be DFH's reputation but I was expecting a bolder flavor profile. It was balanced with flavors and not a bad beer but for my $13.50 I was expecting a bolder character and larger ABV.

Photo of keanex
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my tulip glass.

A: Clear golden color, thin white head, not much carbonation showing.

S: Slightly malty with hints of sweetness throughout. Not very strong but pleasant.

T: I actually really liked this. Very easy to drink with a nice fruity flavor to it with a sweet taste.

M: Medium carbonation with times making it near thick with low to medium carbonation.

O: I liked this beer, but then again I wasn't expecting it to blow my mind like others may have. It's a nice easy to drink beer with good flavor throughout.

Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think the D scores and C- scores were a little unfair. This is a B or C+ beer. It is above the average for sure. It has enjoyable complexities and a nice balance.

It pours a rough, golden amber with a two finger creamy white head that fades rather quickly but leaves nice walls of lace.

The aroma is of definite currant character with a nice caramel background, a touch of toffee, and some definite belgian spice notes.

Definite golden belgian backbone of toffee and spice, honey and faint vanilla notes. Currants run through that and balance nicely to give a fruit character to things. Balanced nicely between these elements.

Overall, slightly complex, defintely interesting, not hard to drink and very enjoyable.

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Im very suprised with some of these higher than average scores on this beer. Its average at best. I've had 2 bottles of this in the past 24 hours. I'm not thrilled at all. It's incredibly bland to be completely honest. It pours golden clear in color. Quickly dissipating head, leaves a thin white ring. Smell is extremely faint in Belgian yeast. Taste/ mouthfeel is overly carbonated.. Very Light in spice flavor and currants. A little bit of currants lingering. I've actually been very disappointed with the last few new beers from DFH.

Photo of patm1986
2.1/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of MsRif
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had from a bottle purchased at Pinocchio's beer garden in Media, PA. Poured a very clear, bubbly straw yellow color. Quickly receding head with no lacing to speak of. Had an aroma of yeast, earthy hops and grapes. Pretty bland in aroma, and unfortunately,
bland in taste. Definitely not "fruit forward" or "full of currants." In fact, I did not smell or taste any currants.

Light-bodied with HIGH carbonation. It looked similar to a ginger ale after I poured it.

This brew was really disappointing. Average at BEST.

Photo of luvND
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pres: PJ bottle, enough said
A: copper color, thin head
S: belgian funk, a little citrus/tart, really have to work to get the currants
T: herbal, only get the currants with a big mouthful, clean finish, no hops to speak of in this one
M: effervescent and thin but appropriately so

Overall: As a PJ fanatic and beer enthusiast, this seemed like the perfect collision of great things. It is a good, drinkable beer, nothing too special, but good. Would be a great summer quencher, very drinkable and refreshing. Wish the currants were a little more prominent. This beer will probably get a good half to one whole grade bump due to the PJ brethren wanting it to be better than it is (I may be a little guilty of this myself!)

Photo of Rifugium
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Wasn't too crazy about this one, I must say. First of all, why would they celebrate the anniversary of _Ten_ with a beer named after a song on _Yield_?

Poured into a pint glass, a crystal clear golden yellow color with a finger's breadth of delicate white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma was actually pretty close to a Leffe Blonde if I remember it accurately enough. Bready malts, light sugars, and leafy hops. Taste was light and biscuity, pale malts, and light sugars, as implied by the aroma; a moderate vegetal flavor, more grassy and straw-like rather than having anything resembling "currants" or being "fruit-forward" as the bottle promised. A discerning tongue could maybe pick out some subtle white wine notes, but that's about it. Light body, with a bit of a sweet syrupy feeling left behind. Fairly drinkable, but nothing extraordinary. Closer in quality to _Yield_ than _Ten_...but that's still not entirely bad.

It's hard to criticize DFH because I still like them a lot, but this beer--released in winter time, in honor of Pearl Jam--shouldn't it have been some kind of stout called "Black"? I would have even settled for a saison called "Garden." :D

Photo of wedge
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

@ Busy Bee

Sparkling gold with a frothy white head. Pale, dry aroma...winey grape, currant, and light bread. Tart pale grape and sweet, crackery grains. Tart and very slightly phenolic with a bit of citrus in the finish. Light and slick. Not at all what I was expecting and fairly disappointing overall.

Photo of Lerxst
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours gold with just a bit of haze. Fluffy, frothy one finger white head that has decent retention but leaves no lace.

S-Slightly bready/yeasty with a hint of funk, a little fruity (white grapes), a bit earthy. Its not bad, but not particularly enticing.

T-Follows the nose. Bread, yeast, a bit of funk and earthiness with white wine hints. It ok, but doesn't really impress.

M-Dry, prickly carbonation and fairly light bodied.

O-Well, I wouldn't buy another especially given the price ($12.99). I really expected more than just an average BSPA. I'm a bit disappointed.

Photo of bernie879
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Clean golden color with minimal white head. I detect a somewhat purplish hue in the head at times but only seems to show up everyonce and a while.

Aroma is nothing special, but does have a mellow maltiness with slight breadiness and minor bright notes from he currents.

Medium-light body with lighter carbonation for the style. Malts do add a bit of support, though the beer has a decidedly dry feel.

Taste is similar to aroma, though there seems to be a slightly stronger presence from the currants. Esters become stronger with warmth, though don't detract from enjoying the ale.

Overall, this wasn't what I was expecting, thought this would have been a more assertive beer. Regardless, I do find it to be a pleasing, refreshing and enjoyable experience. Would be more appropriate in warmer weather and could be a couple bucks cheaper, but not a dissapointment.

Photo of rudzud
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle of this with jlindros so we'd both have one bottle left. Poured into a snifter.

A - Poured a clear gold with a fluffy one finger rocky head that leaves nice side lacing and a fairly good blanket when receeding.

S - Slight disappointment. Its bready, dry, hops (sadly UK), with some light currants on the back.

T - Clearly not enough fruit in this beer (currant). This is just too bready/yeasty for a belgian pale ale. Lots of grain/bread.

M - Mouthfeel isnt that bad. Nice carbonation. Slightly bready with a crisp, dry finish.

O - Overall this beer was a big disappointment. Was expecting this beer to live up to the DFH name and other musical collaborations, unfortunately, it misses the mark big time.

Photo of vath
4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh this is a nice session brew... raised glasses while Yield - Faithfull filled the air sound...

ONCE poured, an EVEN FLOW of nice DEEP golden ale will prove to come ALIVE with a quickly dissipating champagne head. Soon a GARDEN of berry aroma will RELEASE, undoubtedly from the BLACK currants. Mouthfeel is super clean and internal carbonation is super low which leads to an almost creamy texture & viscosity. Taste has a slight sweetness, yet currants are not at all overpowering. Hops are low obviously at 20 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) so don't expect to be bitten by bitterness... Not at all malty either... Great balance in my opinion for a PJ fanatic's beer. A Belgian style taste is more or less non existent which it fine by me, maybe it's the fine carbonation that stemmed from Belgium. The bottom of an empty glass comes too soon, i could drink OCEANS of this ale on any PORCH.

Thanks Dogfish for this PJ20 and thanks PJ for the last Twenty...

Photo of jcartamdg
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a one finger head that disapates into a ring of light lacing. Aroma is there but not strong, hops and berries with hints of honey. Taste follows the nose, flavor rises as the beer warms and it really turns into a pretty good beer, its smooth and creamy and quite tasty. I'm wondering if some of the poor reviews were written as the beer warmed.

Photo of lovindahops
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another rarity collab-o from dfh. Always interesting with these folks

a- a crystal clear golden yellow body with a thin white head of foam. Massive carbonation bursts up from the bottom of the glass. Some good lacing shows up. The initial presentation of the brew presents a good belgian type of look

s- a good whiff provides a musty grape scent that compiles with biscuity theme. There is a yeast presence that shows up before the finish. A Slight sweet fruit appearance seems to be there on the exit

t- very similar to the white grape flavors of midas touch. There is some herbal flavors and light crispness flavor. The yeast flavor comes into play with a dry champagne finish

m- carbonated with flavor lingering

o- faithfull is a good ol' musty burst of decent belgian flavor.It's certainly not the best brew dfh put out. I will say this... if you enjoy an herbal brew like midas touch... seek this out

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle brewed in celebration and labeled with "Pearl Jam TWENTY" for the band's 20th anniversary. Shared with Nick for a video episode and transcribed from the footage. Served into two tulip glasses.

A: Clear with a touch of chill haze golden honey colored body. A bubbly and relatively creamy looking white head sits atop, leaving a decent retention cap after it settles out. Minor lacing on the walls though I was hoping for more. Nothing wrong with this beer's appearance at all.

S: Lots of pale malts with a very white wine and honey sweetness. White grapes, honey and a sort of fruity tartness towards the back end. Not too much in the way of a Belgian yeast strain coming out nor really any very fruit-forward flavors. As the label would suggest I'd expect quite a presence of currants but they really are a struggle to find. It smells quite good nonetheless.

T: More pale malts are up-front with a hint of a yeasty element. The semi-sweetness of the honey and white grape juice blends in mid-palate with a dry chardonnay quality. Ah ha, there are the currants at the extreme back end, barely. Something is there, it's fruity and sweet, it has to be them, right? It leads into a dry finish, somewhat dry, sweet and malty.

M: Well carbonated, quite lively and sudsy on the palate. All these tiny bubbles give the feel a nice smoothness. Finish is somewhat dry.

I have to be honest I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It certainly surprises me the negative reviews this is getting. Nothing is off in terms of the flavor profile or offensive. Yes, it may not have the most mind-blowing flavors in the world but enough of the subtleties are there to set it apart. If you like Midas Touch and Chateau then this is certainly one you'll enjoy. I happen to really like both of those beers.

Photo of Weidman26
1.63/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Just be darlin' and i will be too. Faithful to you." Pearl Jam, Faithfull

Pale straw color with a thin white head. Head settles to a thin ring around my glass with a few swirls in between.

Smells like dry champagne and grape skins. Maybe some vegetal hop.

Tastes dry and musty. Some sweetness to balance the dry must would have been nice. Because of the 10 additions of currants I was expecting Chambord in beer form. Faithful does not taste like Chambord in beer form. It tastes like a dry basement.

Pearl Jam's 10 was one of the most significant albums of my teenage life and is still one of my favorites. This beer doesn't even begin to do it justice. Less reminiscent of early Pearl Jam (very good) and more reminiscent of late Pearl Jam (not very good).

Photo of DividedAvery
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a beautiful light golden yellow with a bright white head which sticks around for an extremely long time; almost until the beer is gone!

S: Bread and yeast dominates the nose with some hops in the background. I get a slight hint of citrus/fruit but it is way back there...

T: The taste is very much like a belgian pale. I was expecting more currant flavor based on the amount of them that were added but its really on the back of the flavor profile here. The main players are the breadiness and hops.

M: I really like the mouthfeel: light, carbonated and has a nice smooth character

O: Really overhyped. I understand the cult-like following that Dogfish has but this beer is very average. Very smart business move to make the tribute beer I just wish the currant flavor was more available.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing his so I didn't have to crack mine.

Light fizzy fluffy almost 1 finger head, light lacing, crystal clear golden almost honey color.

Nose dry bready English like earthy bready malty, light earthy almost herbal UK hops, herbal almost vegetative hops. Light oil hop, dry, hint of fruit and citrus.

Taste dry rustic bready malts, lots more herbal hops, vegetative, oily, some bitterness, phenolic, light boozey add fruity esters, hint of citrus and fruit with a bit of the currants, dry. finishes semi biter, herbal oily hops rustic bready malts.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, pretty lackluster, not my favorite hops, not much Belgian, etc. Not what I was expecting at all and I'm a bit disappointed. Maybe it was because I had overhyped this in my head, but either way a decent but sub-par beer for DFH standards IMO.

Photo of davey101
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Dark yellow body with lot of carbonation. Small white head and some light edging. Looks a lot like an adjunct lager.

S - Biscuity malts, belgian yeast, and some fruity sweetness. Not detecting any currants but I get some grape and tart apples. Hint of alcohol presence.The smell is very dry and almost reminds me of midas touch.

T - Same as the nose. Biscuity malts with the belgian yeast thing going on. I was really hoping for more currant flavors, there's just a faint sweet fruitiness. Mouth feel is crisp and dry with a good bit of carbonation. Alcohol is slightly noticeable but works with the crispness of the beer.

O - A decent beer...but where the hell were those currants!?!? I did enjoy the dry finish and slightly sweet flavors, but I was expecting a bit more here.

Photo of beerfan99
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 - 750ml bottle

A: Gold in color, clear, thick white head, and appears to be quite. Very nice bottle label design, I should probably increase the score here.

S: Immediately detect yeasty and sour aromas, almost like a Berliner-Weiss aroma. Very faint fruit smell comes through, I never would have guessed currants were responsible.

T: Matches the faint fruit aroma, the fruit flavor is in the background and tough to detect. Definitely not a Berliner-Weiss, those aromas did not carry over to the taste.

M: Light on the palate, good carbonation, alcohol is masked well, and pretty drinkable.

O: A little disappointed, unfortunately. I don't think this beer matched the hype and does not do Pearl Jam justice as the official beer to commemorate their 20 years as a band. I might pick up another, but primarily for the bottle, not the beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Big hiss off the cap removal.

A very loud and shampoo sudsy like white head that falls at a decent clips is made off the pour. Body color is a real nice distinct crystal clear brass almost twenty four carat deep gold. Ridiculously clear, seeing that I can see the large cola bubbles on the opposite side of the glass no problem. I really like this body color, but not too impressed by this head, but it keeps at least a decent collar while drinking.

Nose is a musty grape, and kind of bile sour almost dare I say, I am thinking grappa gone fermenting overboard just a touch. Slight sweetness behind of fruit but an odd mix. Not sure how I feel about this one I am on the fence between enjoying it and being repulsed.

Taste is kind of, hard to describe. A somewhat vinous and almost light syrup texture mixes with a VERY noticeable alcohol warming booze. Very sour sting in the front palate but dissipates very quickly into a linger small fruit grape/currant sweetness on the finish, even a touch of vine/tree green chlorophyl sense. Noticeable carbonation which is slightly but not too jarring on the palate.

Overall I am not exactly feeling this or drawn to it, but it is a typical distinct Dogfish beer, and is probably going to be very polarizing to people. Love it, or hate it, but there's things about it I love, and things about it I seem to not care for.. so I guess I am on the fence. However, would I want to have this again, and the answer is an obvious no.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice golden color-very clean and clear looking beer. very small white head. Somewhat bready and biscuity aroma. Ever so faint currant aroma. Flavor is much of the same. Mild currant flavor comes thru in the finish. A touch of sweetness as well. Some sulfury/yeasty Belgian notes. Ok mouthfeel-the residual sweetness tends to give the body a slight boost. Overall I was expecting more-a lot more. Just doesn't "clic" for me.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at the brewery on the day of the release.

A: Pours a surprisingly light golden color with a foamy one finger white head on top. Pretty good retention with it lasting for a few minutes until reducing down to a thin white layer on top. Lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Very faint fruit aroma, which I assume is the currants. There is a bit of pale malt and a good bit of bread present. Not much Belgian yeast or spice aroma at all.

T: Very similar to the aroma. There is some very light currant flavor as well as some pale/grain malt, and a little bit of bready malt. There really isn't much else to pick out here. I was hoping for a much stronger currant flavor, especially considering there were 10 currant additions during the boil.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth with no sign of alcohol.

O: A bit of a disappointment, I was hoping for a much stronger currant presence. It comes off like a rather generic BSPA, with seemingly very little of the Belgian spices even shining through.

Faithfull Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.