Dawn Patrol Dark | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Dowson's Dark when served at Churchill's.

This is the base beer for Red Poppy.

Added by xlperro on 01-18-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by Brewsmith:
Photo of Brewsmith
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a half gallon growler filled at the San Clemente location yesterday. Color is a deep ruby brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roast and a little coffee. Flavor compliments the aroma with malt, some coffee and a touch of roast. A little sweetness and a soft bitterness in the background. Drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the cask @ Solana Beach. Pours nearly opaqe brown with a huge cascading tan head. Aroma of caramel and cocoa. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is roasted malt, cocoa, light coffee, and light oak/wood flavor. Dry aftertaste. Big beer for having such a low ABV.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of augustgarage
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blue Palms in Hollywood - served in a nonic.

Dark brown body, clear with bright auburn highlights and a buff finger of foam resembling a nitro-pour. Cakey lacing and superior retention.

Dusty leaf piles, weeds, wheat toast, and fresh rain in the nose. Odd.

Toasted nuts, brown bread, and maybe a hint of diacetyl on the palate. Straight-forward yet addictive profile. Faintly grassy/earthy English (?) hops in the finish. Relatively dry.

Light-bodied, brisk, and well carbonated.

Always pleased to see a true session ale, though this one could stand to be a bit more flavorful.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Port Brewing/Lost Abbey tasting room on 3/14/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber with a thin covering of off-white head. Retains solidly around the edges, leaving some good swathes of lace back that stick. The aroma is light bread and chocolate sweetness, with a faint nuttiness and floral notes. Not overly assertive by any means but quite pleasant.

The taste is much the same but packs just a touch more punch. Light mix of roasted bready grains, chocolate and caramel sweetness, and some solid mellow hop character. The mouthfeel is more medium bodied feeling (surprising given the ABV) with an extremely mellow and creamy texture in the mouth.

Very nice! I had no idea (until I started doing this review) that the ABV was so low, which makes the flavors going on in this that much more surprising. Well balanced and smooth, I could have drank this all day if there hadn't been so many other excellent beers to try.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of scottoale
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the tap, a very dark brown with a 1/2 inch cocoa-brown head, followed by some sticky lacing.

Mildly sweet malty aroma, toffee and a toastyness with nothing overpowering or really standing out...smells very mellow.

The taste is much like it smells with a nutty and chocolate flavor coming through and a mild bitterness to the finish...courtesy of the hops.

An easy drinker with a medium-plus body, good carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel...the alcohol was well hidden and seemed fairly tame. A tasty ale that suits it's style...cheers.

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Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: 64 oz growler into an imperial pint glass, Dawn Patrol pours a dark yet perfectly clear chestnut color with two fingers of tan foam. The head is solid and lasting, leaving sheets of lace as it drops. The name makes me want to listen to some oldschool Megadeth.

Smell: Toasty and nutty. Faint whiff of chocolate and whole grain bread. Mild in aroma (no pun intended) but quite clean and spot-on for the style.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toasted whole grain bread and nuts spring to mind immediately. Dry, soft mouthfeel. Mild bitterness, very smooth and balanced. Light bodied and clean, but remarkably flavorful. 3.2% ABV? Really? This puts any light lager to shame - the amount of flavor packed into this low alcohol beer is remarkable.

Drinkability: Through the roof. Finishing a growler of this is nothing; hell, I could go for another.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at Churchill's in San Marcos

Look: Dark brown with traces of red throughout with a 1/4 inch head a exceptional retention and some circular lacing

Smell: Mild dark fruits, plums and raisins are very noticeable

Taste: Similar characters as the nose. Plums figs and raisins but in a more muted form and at room temp I was hoping for a bit more

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery which is a bit of a let down with mild carbonation

Overall: I would have to say that this is just a average English mild just due to the lack of flavor the nose was good but the flavors were just lacking. However this beer has a high drinkability

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Photo of jwalden
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hopdog
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Pizza Port in Solana Beach.

Poured a dark brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and some nutiness. Tastes of caramel, roast, and some chocolate. Armoas nad tastes on the softer and subtle side. Lightly sweet.

Notes from 11/30/04

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Photo of charlzm
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed Feb. 6th, 2010.

Very clear dark brown with nitro-like off-white/tan head that lasts a long time. Nice lacing.

Aroma of roasted grain.

Flavor is mildy chocolatey, overroasted malt flavor bordering on burnt. Bitter on the finish. Almost porterlike. Smooth.

Dry, just short of parching on the tongue.

Quite drinkable and much better than the previous iteration I tried two years ago...

On tap at brewery, 01/26/08.

Clear, dark brown with off-white head.

No aroma from taster glass.

Some dark fruit flavor (plums?), grainy aftertaste that didn't work very well. Not especially sweet, malty or bitter. In fact, not much flavor, really.

Don't think I'll have this again.

APP - 3
SM - 2
TASTE - 2.5
FEEL - 3
DRINK - 2.5

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Photo of epyon396
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Churchill's

A: The pour is a slightly muddled dark amber/mahogany color with a mild tan head.

S: The nose is mild with some notes of sweet, bready malts and a touch of toffee.

T: The flavors follow the nose for the most part. The primary component of the beer is the malt which is lightly sweet and has plenty of bread and toffee flavor. There is a touch of bitterness to it as well.

M: The body is medium with a very low, smooth carbonation that you expect from the cask.

D: The flavors didn't exactly excite me, but the beer was easy to drink and the low alcohol allows you to take it down easily.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwayne
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 4 oz taster glass at Lost Abbey's taproom in San Marcos, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery. I'm fairly sure this is my first beer in the style. Cost was $1.00.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and decent retention. Very fluffy. Nice lacing. Colour is a caramel brown.

Sm: Caramel, brown ale nut notes, cream, milky lactic notes, and a woody note. An excellent, intriguing aroma of moderate strength. I'm dying to try it.

T: Silky cream with milky notes, clean light malts, and some light nut notes. Incredibly well balanced. Well built, though simple. Refreshing. Subtle.

Mf: Creamy silky smooth, nicely wet, and brilliantly complementary of the flavour profile. Perfect thickness. Remarkable. Light dryness on the finish.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. I could down this all night. An ideal session beer. I quite fancy it, especially its creamy feel. It's ABV is low, but well concealed for what that's worth. Fans of the style should definitely give this one a try.

I had to bring the drinkability score down to get the letter grade I wanted.

High B-

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quaffable, light-weight thirst quencher. Pleasant watery mouthfeel. Dark brown in the pint glass at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. Roasted malt comes through the modest flavors. Touch of crispness but only a kiss of hops. Wee touch of burnt malt. Well carbonated-- wouldn't be mistaken for an English dark mild, but that's the general idea. One of the better American mild style browns.

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Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dawn Patrol Dark from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 52 ratings