Dick's Silk Lady
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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #352
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3.56 | pDev: 14.61%
Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 32
Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a pretty thin layer of white foam, but otherwise this Lady's looking pretty good.

Smell: a nice aroma of banana, malt and a light sweetness. I approve.

Taste: a light, sweet malt with a little bit of toastiness and a hint of caramel. There's also a bit of a banana flavor, no doubt due to a Belgian yeast strain. The little bits of sweet and fruity character really do it for me.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. Decently creamy, though not outstanding.

Overall: a darn good Belgian single. I could drink loads of this.

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Photo of Smurf2055
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light orange into Delirium Tremens Tulip.

Three fingers of white head.
Light, crisp smell. Light fruits. Not a true Belgium smell. Maybe a bit bland.
Sweet taste, but not much of it.
Really light bodied. I
f you want a cheap Belgium knock off, this isn’t that close. Nothing special.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice rich golden color with good carbonation leaving a small white cap

S: Some light spice, apple and pear

T: Starts out with a light floral hop, candy and spice, some pear and Belgian yeast follow and there is a diacetyl note to this beer from which I draw green apple. A little booze sting led me to believe this beer was well above 5% ABV

M: Sweet, lighter bodied, perhaps a tad bit overcarbed

O: Pretty good

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Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite brews from a brewery that I'm a fan of, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet. Poured into tulip. Poured a nice dark golden straw color with about an inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma has a bit of sweetness over a solid grain background. There's also a bit of spice and yeast dancing around the olfactory system. The flavors are an expanded version of the scents, earthy grains, spice, yeast and just a touch of sweetness.

The is full, smooth and well rounded. Drinkability is excellent (as the gallons of this beer I've consumed over the years testifies). Overall, a nice little beer that you can have several of on an afternoon. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle into goblet

A - Pours a transparent, slightly darker golden hue, with minimal head and lacing. Visible yeast.

S - Smell is of pears and belgian candi sugars.

T - Taste is of pears and light belgian candi sugar up front, with just a hint of hops at the end for balance. Not a powerful or assertive flavor profile, just light and refreshing.

M - Light/Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Pretty basic.

D - The light body and low ABV make it a session-friendly Belgian-style pale.

Overall - This is more of a light, refreshing take on a belgian-style golden ale. Those looking for a big, complex flavor profile like it's bigger brethren are best looking elsewhere. Those looking for a light, sesssionable ale with Belgian-like flavors will enjoy this.

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Photo of loren01
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color almost zero head whatsoever...looks like its been sitting out on the table all afternoon
S: Smell is of bananas, slight citrusy lemon scent as well
T: Taste is fruity, bananas with some lemon and corriander in there
M: Lighter bodied beer, finishes slightly dry
D: Pretty easy drinking beer, I could see this being a pretty good warm weather session beer.

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Photo of Spikester
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy amber with a good sized white head and plentiful lacings. Aroma is Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet and sour. Belgian yeast strain with candi sugar fair amount of hops. Carbonation is just enough and some astringency on the tongue. A fine session beer.
Edit 06-14-2010.
Bottle lists abv at 4.4% not 5.00%. Very tasty for such a low abv. Nice intro to the Belgian beer flavors.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: radiant dark and light orange colors with a splash of gold and just a touch of cloudiness. This beer shines like a beacon in the glass. I gave it a strong pour and was unimpressed by the the foamy cap. It conjured just a few trickles of stringy lace with a blob or two

S: wheats, grains, and caramel malts. Clean and dry in the nose with some spiced hops and maybe just a tinge of cloves. Some light skinned fruits as well

T: a hearty dose of grains, lead prominently by wheat and yeast flavors. Sweeter side has soft caramel notes that mingle with crisp, sometimes spiced, fruit flavors. I taste sliced bananas with orange rinds mixed with a few dried cloves. If any hops are in the mix they take on a floral-leafy tea flavor, complimenting the fruit flavors. Overall this beers character is very light and crisp, nothing showboats or steals the show

M: very light and airy body with continued bubble movement throughout. The flavors present have the tendency to cancel each other out and leave a soft dryness on the tongue

D: I find this beer very drinkable and, in one word, "lightly refreshing"

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/30/08. Bottle courtesy of scrizzz. Pours a hazy orange with a small white ring of head. Aroma and flavor of melon rind, Belgian yeast, and light fruits with a slightly hoppy finish. Very drinkable and quite tasty for an American-brewed Belgian ale. I don't know why this gets such a low average. Nice, yeasty, fruity, and tasty.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a pretty fizzy, golden yellow/auburn color with a small foamy, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled very fruity, dried fruits mostly. Also, notes of clove and yeast.

T - It had a sweet candy sugar flavor with a nice dried fruit taste (plum, pear and maybe some apple). A nice yeasty taste, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied beer.

D - I think they've done a nice job making a Belgian-style ale. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of La Find de Monde.

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle in a large wine glass. There wasn't as much head as a was expecting and it left minimal lacing. Nose was nice, fruity like bananas and pears with some esters in the background. Taste is good and the fruity bananas come right through. Mouthfeel is medium but the carbonation is a bit finer than it should be. Overall this is a good beer from Dicks that I would recommend.


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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dick's Silk Lady poured a opaque looking dark yellow white. It had a 2 finger foam head that left some nice sea foam lacing.

The smell was yeasty and of coriander. Also got some citrus tones in there as well. The taste was yeasty all the way with some malty in the background. It was pretty fruity all the way through the 12 ounces. In the mouth it was highly carbonated and left a maltiness on the tongue. Overall I found it to be an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of woemad
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.69. No freshness date.

Poured a somewhat dark, honey color that took on a more apricot hue when held up to the light. One inch of off-white foam for a head. Spotty lace.

The nose was fruity, tart and earthy. The fruitiness reminded me of apricots, while the tart notes were coriander-ish. There's some bananna notes as well. In the backgroundis a slightly funky earthy scent. The nose was stronger than I expected, frankly. I've learned to be suspicious of U.S. takes on Belgian-style beers.

Taste is similar to the smell. This is a fruity beer that is kept from being too fruity by a mild tartness and spiciness. While not a great tasting beer, it's definitely a good tasting one.

Mouthfeel is better than many U.S. stabs at Belgian styles, but could still use some improvement, as it doesn't quite have that light, effervescent touch to the tongue that one can equate to the real deal. Fairly light bodied and refreshing.

Not a life-changing beer by any stretch of the imagination, but still tasty. Kudo's to Dick's for making a beer in a style that nods in the direction of Belgium without being a high-abv boozebomb. Seems like a good choice if you want a Belgian-accented lawnmower beer.

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Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear golden orange-yellow with a smell white foamy head, good lacing.

smell has some sweet fruit, spice, touch of caramel, floral, some wheat.

taste is thick, fruity, touch of caramel, spice, malt, touch of wheat in the back, bit of a tart aftertaste, ends dry.

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from RoryGilmore, cheers Rick!

Pours honey/amber with one pinky of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Appleskins

T: Appleskins, white pepper & some grapefruit hops up front. More citric hops & apples as this warms. finishes crisp with a touch of apple & lemon zest, almost pulled a 4.0, more flavor depth needed IMO

MF: Medium bodied & semi-spritzy

Drank pretty easy, not a remarkable BPA, but quaffable enough on a nice summer's evening

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Photo of ccrida
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler, the Silk Lady is chill hazed gold with tons of streamers and a very quickly settling white head leaving lightly scattered lace. Served around 50F.

Smell is sweet, bubblegum esters, some banana and clove, but with a rounded softness that ties it together. A wheat like sourness peaks out as it warms.

Taste is fairly sharp and snappy, a bit of a metallic bite, estery. with a very spicy aftertaste, did they actually brew this with cloves?? Not to bad, but nothing your going to go out of your way to seek out. Pretty clearly not from Belgium.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, but not to watery. Pretty nice for a 4.4% ABV blonde, it has a refreshing crispness, but by the end, I tired of the carbonation. This comes off as a chick beer.

Drinkability is one and done for me, mainly because of the strength of the spices. The low ABV made it easy to suck down, but it made me very burpy, Overall, this reminded me of a homebrew recipe that could use so tweaking.

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Photo of DHGranstrand
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with good head. Foam resides quickly with no lacing.

Smell a little hoppy, nothing else.

Tastes of cloves with a very mild hop finish.

Above average carbonation with nice silky finish.

This might be good for awhile but I think I would grow tired of the cloves.

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Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is a pale orange color, or is it a darker yellow color? Either way the color falls on the spectrum between orange and yellow. The head is small, starting as a thin white band and never really changing from that.

S: The nose is very tripel-like with some coriander zest and candi sugar sweetness.

T: The ale is well defined by its candi sugar sweetness. That element cuts through a thinner malt body to pick up the flavor. It serves as a nice counterpunch to some peppery flavor. As the spices fade, the the thinness of the malts returns and drags the finish down.

M: The mouthfeel starts and ends quite rocky. In between though, the spices and sugar make for a good drink.

D: The low abv and nice spice profile are not enough to overcome the thinner malts that mar the ale. I'd drink another but no more.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy orange-amber due to a fine yeasty haze. The pearl colored cap looks good for an amber ale, not so good for a Belgian pale ale. Unfortunately, it doesn't have anywhere near the character of the real thing. A fair amount of melty lace and a significant cloudiness on the final pour keeps the appearance above average.

The nose traces the outlines of the style without filling them in with anything especially bold or colorful. It's golden apple and pear fruity with a smattering of yeasty spiciness. Bottom line: Silk Lady's aroma is a respectable imitation of a good BPA, but an imitation nevertheless.

The flavor's bottom line is the same as the nose's bottom line. I can't get too upset about the relative lack of malt since I'm guessing this was brewed to be an easy drinking, low ABV (my bottle says 4.4%), session beer with flavor. And that's pretty much what it is.

Orchard fruit lightly sprinkled with ground clove and white pepper is the beginning, middle and end of the flavor profile. What you taste is what you get; there are no hidden secrets waiting to be discovered in the bottom of the bottle. Sweet and bitter cancel one another out until the finish, at which point bitter takes over. An odd characteristic for a beer of this style.

There are no surprises when it comes to the mouthfeel. A greater than usual amount of carbonation helps to further the illusion of a genuine Belgian ale. However, the quality of the bubbles (for want of a better word), just isn't there.

Dick's Silk Lady is a reasonably refreshing change of pace compared to all the American amber and blonde ales in circulation. When judged against the originals, though, it comes up short. I'd be okay with a one-night stand, but a long-term committment isn't in the cards.

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Photo of mrgrandefromage
1.51/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I tasted this beer for the first time last night and had to review it quickly as a warning to all to NEVER, EVER DRINK THIS HORRIBLE ABOMINATION OF A LIBATION.
To start with, it smells awful. Well, awful for a beer. If it were bubblegum, it would get high marks.
When I first sipped this beer, I started laughing. I told my friend it tasted like banana cream pie. He tasted and agreed. The third taster went further, hitting the nail on the head - he described it as liquid banana flavored Laffy Taffy.
Truly disappointing because I like Dick's other offerings. They clearly don't know Belgium from bubblegum though. Might make an interesting alternative to Zima.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a slightly hazy orange colour with a yeasty Belgian nose. I detected esters of oranges and the candi sugar flavour with the first sip. The main body is actually not as big as I would like but this is an alright take on a Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first drank this ale in a bar in Olympia where I could swear the hand written menu board had this as “Sick Lady.” Perhaps that’s apropos. The Sick Lady I know is virtually uncarbonated, has no head at all, and wears not a thread of lace. Her smell is yeasty with a slight Belgian air. Her body is sullen and thick.

Sick Lady tastes like a highway sign pointing towards Belgium from a great distance. Her color is soft gold and holds light well. But the bright notes and tart fruity melody of a true Belgian ale are remotely suggested at best. Tastes more like flannel than silk.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's not unreasonable to be skeptical of Dick's immense range of beers, which run the gamut from typical Northwestern hop bombs to Belgians. I think there are something like 20 regular beers in their line-up and I haven't heard of any of them being truly outstanding. This may be unfair, though, since I've only tried a couple, and while the Northwest has tons of breweries, very few of them make Belgian styles. Also, consider Rogue, a brewery that has an equally broad range of beers, and crafts them all with aplomb. This one is a Belgian golden ale, with many characteristics of a tripel, if perhaps a bit weightier or darker, and with significantly less alcohol. It pours a rich orange/copper with small head that disappears (lack of head is a trademark of Dick's). My initial reaction was one of surprise, since there is a surprising smoked meat flavor that seemed totally inappropriate. Not totally surprising, since Dick's manufactures sausages and smoked meats too. But what the heck is that flavor doing in there, and is it supposed to be there? Actually, the beer grew on me over the course of the glass, to the point where I began to enjoy it. It somewhat overshadows the delicacy of the Belgian-style ale, which has a very good malt profile, healthy and fruity with elements of apples and wheat. The hops are light but adequately spicy, and the beer on the whole is refreshing. Still, there is a weird element. It's possible that it could come from the yeast, and the yeast has expired and died, leaving behind an unclean flavor. I guess I am still not sure what to make of this beer. The jury is still out on this one.

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Photo of zacharius
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a nice golden color with a white head with belgian lace on the side of the glass. Smell is very faint but is spicy with fruity esters. This beer has an odd taste to it, a bit spicy, fruity but a bit sour. Not exactly what I expect from a "Belgian Golden" as the label claims. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation. Not a very drinkable beer and not one of my favorites.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The head was rather small and uneventful, but the body was a nice, cloudy BPA orange.

Smell – This had a light malt scent with a touch of fruit and a hint of spice. It was definitely a pale Belgian, but very subtle.

Taste – This hit the style well, IMHO. The malt was there with a light hop balance. The summer fruits showed up as well. Everything was light and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, refreshing, and smooth.

Drinkability – This went down quite well. Nothing fancy, just a good local BPA.

Comments – This is rated as a Fruit/Vegetable Beer but I feel that it is in error. I submitted a change to Belgian Pale Ale.

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Dick's Silk Lady from Dick's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 32 ratings