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Metolius Dolly Varden India Pale Ale | Portland Brewing Company

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Metolius Dolly Varden India Pale AleMetolius Dolly Varden India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cswhitehorse on 10-28-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 52
Photo of HalfFull
2.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 22 oz. bomber, this beer pours a medium golden/orange with a bit of haze. A half inch of just off white head settles quickly to a surface cap and offers some spongy lacing. No notes of a Pyramid association on the label, I though this an interesting curiosity at $2.99.

The nose offers up a hint of hops and some nondescript malt notes, Crystal I assume. Otherwise a bit steely and benign. Some piney notes come out with some agitation, but evaporate quickly.

Rather void in the flavor department initially, segueing to a dry and moderately chalky finish, and slightly smoky in nature. No lingering malt notes to be found besides a bit of orange hop. Feel is ok but drinkability suffers from the dry finish. Offers a decent carbonation level and improves with a little exposure to the air, but certainly not to the point whereby another purchase would be considered.

Freshness date and ABV absent on the label. Check please.

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Photo of biggred1
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber with a quick fading off white head that leaves some lace on the glass. Smells steely with mild floral hops and just a whiff of toffee. Tastes fairly mild for an IPA, nice citrus hops with a sweet malty backbone. Medium slick mouthfeel is paired with a very mild draft-like carbonation. Good sessionable IPA, not extreme but nothing out of place.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen this beer, and it was at my local Jewel. Had to pick up a sixer.

Pours a clear iced tea amberwith moderate, tiny, and slow bubbling. All beneath a nice starter head of three fingers that recedes to a full film of foam with a little stickage. Nice look, but a pretty land aroa of some faint hops and a little biscuity malts. Pretty standard and pretty hard to detect. Tea like hops hit the palate first, very nice orange peekoo. The malt sorta hits the backburner of the palate. But the toasted crystal malts let you know they're there with a soft bready note. Crisp, bitter, and very sessionable. Nice, cheap, IPA with good flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of Trappissed
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this just to try it out, having never heard of the brand before. It's an IPA light, but I'm not complaining. I don't like overwhelmingly hopped beers, but this would probably disappoint hop lovers easily. This might as well be a pale ale. Well, slightly hoppier than a pale ale.

Pretty much an average beer in terms of appearance and smell. Dirty orange, faint hoppy/malt smell. I actually enjoyed the taste though, refreshing and interesting enough to hold my palate's attention. Malty-biscuit to start, a little hops on the way down. Mouthfeel a little thicker than expected. Pleasant bitter and dry aftertaste. Might actually try this again, but not anytime soon.

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Photo of PatronWizard
2.47/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed sixer from Albertson's because I loves IPAs. Never heard of this one. There's a reason for that.

Clear iced tea appearance with better than average head.

Smell is rather bland. IPA scented but only lightly.

Taste is very bitter and not in the best possible way. Taste a lot more like an ESB than an IPA. Meh. Almost fishy.

Feels alright I guess. Drinkability isn't too high flavorwise. So in conclusion, the smell is weak and the taste is whack.

Overall: who's gonna drink the other five?

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep orange color with a off white head. Decent carbonation. Nose was citrus, flral, earthy witha slight hop bitterness scent. taste is malty, well hopped and balanced with earthy tones. Drinkability is good but not a IPA I could sit and make asession out of.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to barleywinefiend for the chance to try this brew.

A - nice crystal clear amber brew with a nice white head.

S - light pine and citrus hops and a bit of bready malts.

T - light pine carries the day, hint of bitter and citric with a bread and caramel malt base.

M - medium light bodied, nice carbonation, dry finish.

D - a mild hop session beer.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a sixer of this from Albertson's, since it looked like the only decent beer that was also affordable. Wiseman Nick reporting.

Appearance: Poured a clear copper with medium-sized white head. Head was pretty fizzy and dissipated to a thin halo after a little bit. No lacing.

Smell: Grass, pine, earth, hops. Not very deep, but definitely nature-y.

Taste: Similar to the smell: very earthy and grassy. A touch of caramel and a decent amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a pretty boring finish. Kinda watery.

Drinkability: Extremely forgettable and bland. Wasn't a big fan of this one. Not a bad IPA per say, but absolutely nothing special about it.

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Photo of Pamola
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not even going to break this one down aspect by aspect. This is fairly boring, watery IPA.

Decent color and a minimal head. Hoppiness is ok, it's just too weak. everything else is mediocre.

You could drink a few of these, but you'd probably get bored first.

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Photo of SiphonKing
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surprisingly drinkable and hoppy for a beer available next to Miller Lite and Wood Chuck at my local grocery store. Pours nice and clear and with an amber body. Carbonation is crisp and creates a minimal white head. A definite aroma of hops is present in the nose with a hint of breadiness. Tastes of citrusy, lingering "juicy-fruit" hops coat and remain on the pallette. A decent beer for a decent price for those nights you want a quaffable IPA, not an Imperial or double.

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Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-amber color with a one finger head that fades to nothing.

Aroma has a decent hint of piney/citrus hops and a breadiness that stands out.

Taste starts out with some hop bitterness upfront and breadiness takes over from the middle. Kind of dry towards the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is mainly hops and breadiness as described. However,the dryness that shows up at the back of the throat makes this a little hard to stomach.

Overall, an average, if unspectacular, IPA. Saw it on the shelf at Shaw's and first time I've seen it in this area. However, I would not buy it again.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a light orange amber witha small white head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a rather dull blend of piney and citrusy hops. A grainy malt smell also sneaks into the mix. A slight metallic characteristic is faintly present.

Flavor matches the aroma. Grainy malt with a blend of piney and citrusy hops. Has a very dull profile, lacking the zip and brightness of better IPAs. Finishe rather clean and dry with a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Not terrible, but quite uninspired. With so many good IPAs coming from the west coast, I fail to see why this beer even needs to exist.

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Photo of Overlord
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber orange. Gigantic white foam head, sticks around for a while.

Smells faintly of pine and grapefruit. Taste is somewhat muted, with some pine, a bit of citrus, and a lemony/grass aftertaste.

Just not very good, and it reminds me why I hate shopping at stores that don't offer singles. I now have five more of these to drink.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright clear orange color, thick creamy white head drops quick to a thin layer and leaves sheets of lace.

Earthy piney hop smell hits first, followed by sweet grainy malt. Smells pretty good but could use a little more oomph.

Piney and lightly floral hop taste with toasty sweet malt in the background. Good balance.

A bit watery but slight oily texture makes up for it. Nice crispness too.

Pretty darn good, an easy-drinking if unspectacular IPA. It's freshness probably contributed to my enjoyment (brand new at my local grocery), but I'd buy again without hesitation.

Tasted on 7/2/08.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Girl friend goes to school in Portland, so when I spied a sixer of this and saw that it's from the area, figured I'd give it a shot and try to drink my loneliness away. As Carl from the Simpsons says: "There's nothing like a depressant to chase away the blues."

Poured a clear copper into my Green Flash Brewing pint glass.

Little malt on the nose, maybe some sour hints of something as well.

Bit of malt up front on the taste, with some citrus emerging, with a lingering bitterness.

Healthy amount of carbonation. Doesn't detract from the beer though. Medium-light and crisp.

It's relatively drinkable. I may not up and search out an other sixer of this stuff, but it's not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Metolius Dolly Varden IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a copper color and is clear. Creamy two finger white head, has got much resiliency, but does do some minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell is decidedly malty, with a sweet toasted grain aroma and pine scents along side.

Taste is also malty, with some caramel flavors, followed by the expected citrus taste, grapefruit and lemon. Moderate bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and a bit cloying for the style.

A drinkable brew, and I think better than some other Metolius ales.

I'm equally confused. When I bought this I thought I had had it before. Then I realized what I had a couple of years ago was the Cutthroat IPA, so I figured this was re-branded. Having tasted it I'm not so sure. This may be a different recipe, although there are many similarities, including the label.

I gave it higher marks than the Cutthroat so either it is different or my tastes have changed.

Had I added the beer to the site I would have included "Metolius" in the beer name for consistency sake.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Dolly Varden comes with the typical fish jumping label with a code which could be a freshness date but who knows. It pours clear, a shade darker than a lager with very little foam head. It leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is a slight bit hoppy but not much comes through. The flavor is dominated by the hops but it is the lightest IPA I have ever tasted. It could be a IPA Light. In the mouth it is very thin and tickles the back of the throat as it leaves.

The label now says Metolius Brewing Company, Denver Co but I know Pyramid was brewing this line a while back so I don't know if they sold it off. It is not to be found on the internet. Very puzzling. Bought this at an Albertson's in Lake Oswego.

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