Amber Ale | Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
drydockbrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by denver10 on 01-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 24
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Today is my New CANorado Beer Sunday and this one was part of an in-person trade with Blargimus whom I have traded with before, but never in person. He is a Bar Trivia master and so The Old Lady and I trekked down to play and then swapped beers afterwards. Slainte!

From the CAN: "No captain [CAN] do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy. - Admiral Horatio Nelson, H.M.S. Victory"; "This deep copper ESB [!] is the definition of balance. With each sip, rich malt opens up, revealing an earthy hop flavor and just enough bitterness to round it all out."; "Small Brewing Company of the Year, 2009 Great AmeriCAN Beer Festival".

As a retired sailor, this whole lineup really speaks to me. From the logo of the sailing ship to the nautical references to the sly humor, I CAN really dig it all.

This beer is currently listed as an "Ameri[CAN] Amber/Red Ale", but given the CAN's verbiage, I am going to submit a change request and review it as though it were an ESB, since that is what the brewers intended it to be.

Following the Crack and inverted Glug, I had two fingers of rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was more copper than amber and I would put SRM at ~ 27. Nose had a malt presence, but more like a malting room than its finished product. It was not at all sweet, but more like the raw smell that one CAN sense in a brewery's mill room. Very grainy, but not sugary. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was like eating Grape-Nuts. It was very much of the malted barley and almost in a raw state. Going back to being in a brewery, if you have ever been on a tour where the host will offer the guests some malted barley to chew on, then you will understand my analogy. Finish was semi-sweet, with the malt flavor lingering, but not in a cloying way. Even the site's style description mentions "toasty". Spot on, lads! I really liked this as an ESB and I am unsure how I would have felt about it simply as a Red/Amber Ale.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Redeezy83
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of CAcker
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of alexipa
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark hazy red with a thick bright white head that sticks heavily. It's really a great looking beer, even my wife (who doesn't like beer as much) mentioned how pretty it is.

S: Bready malts with slight piney hops. Really subtle.

T: Thick bready malts with a caramel taste up front. Slight pine hops come through late to round it off.

M: Very thick and creamy smooth, full bodied for sure. Really nice carbonation and the alcohol is very subdued.

O: An excellent everyday beer. This will likely be my new go-to and I plan to always have a 6er in my fridge. Great price for an excellent brew.

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Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent copper-colored body with a thick, sticky head. Deep roasted grain aroma, slightly sweetened whole grain cereal. Taste follows the aroma and adds a subtle hop bitterness to balance out the grain sweetness. Medium-bodied, smooth, semi-dry finish.

Most definitely a malt-forward beer, emphasizing a rich, toasted grain character with a hint of sugary sweetness. Although a strong hop aroma isn't there, the hops do a good job of taking the sweet edge off the beer's main feature. Good balance with an excellent malt complexity. Very tasty...

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Photo of MisterNic
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Deep amber, 1 finger head that sticks around

Smell-Biscuity, toasted caramel, earthy, hint of chocolate and fruitiness

Taste-Up front biscuity, toasted caramel, middle earthy, hint of chocolate, earthy, sweet hoppy bitter finish

Mouthfeel-Very balanced, full-bodied, very balanced and smooth

Overall-Delicious beer, malt forward, but balanced. Would buy again

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Photo of Foyle
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into schooner glass

Appearance: pours a thin off white head that drops quickly with moderate lacing. Color is hazy amber with some streaming carbonation.
Aroma: caramel and sweet barley malt dominate but noticeable earthy hops and a bit of citrus.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slick and buttery with a balanced finished.
Flavor: caramel, toffee, pleasant malt sweetness with a nice earthy hop balance.
Overall: very enjoyable and well done in the ESB style.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Maddognav
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some spice. The taste is malty, kinda spicy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Amber Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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