Dick Danger Ale | Dick's Brewing Company

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Dick Danger AleDick Danger Ale

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Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 98
Photo of gandres
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
deep dark reddish, slightly hazy, small foam
not a lot of aroma, some grains, slightly fruity
low bitterness
lively carbonation, lively finish, bitter aftertaste
very good beer, ok to repeat
drank: 11/4/2016 7:14 PM

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Photo of RenzoD
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This a bit of an odd duck. Labeled here as an Englsih Brown Ale; I suppose the case can be made. Especially since it has a resemblance in appearance to a Newcastle Brown ale. However, it is a lot more complicated than that and I would just say it is a dark ale. It is a very thin, not exactly heavy bodied beer. The aroma is especially sweet and the taste is almost completely unoffensive. Has tastes of caramal, black licorice and malts. Very little carbonation. Has the consistancy of juice. Bleh.

This is maybe my third time having this beer. The first time was in my crappy beer drinking days and I remember acknowledging that it was pretty easy to drink. The second time was after I had broken out of that phase and begun exploring beers with even a smidge of content and believed that this was pretty dang good. Now that I have had my fair share of excellent brews I can say that I see no reason to believe I shall ever go out of my way for this beer. It is drinkable and not bad, but overall, pretty meh. There are certainly finer options from Dicks.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +14%

Into a pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within seconds.
There was a light lacing speckled and thin.
The smell had a light roasted malt with a slight smoke. There was a light nuttiness about it as well.
The taste was basically the same.
The mouthfeel was somewhat nutty and creamy rolling over my tongue. A light smoothness rolls over and comes out quite nice.
Overall, good choice for a brown ale I'd have again.

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Photo of JohnsonAZ
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Licorice with beer overtones. I was trying something new & supporting a local, so had no expectations. I found it refreshing, but hard to put in even a general category. Taste was closer to a black shan:dy than brown ale. Head was more than a typ. good ale. Light smell & light feel. Real interesting, refreshing if hot & humid.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Kind of put off on the pour alone. Way too much carbonation that gives me 2+ inches of head filling my English pint glass to the rim. Waiting for it to settle never happens since it's constantly fed by tons of bubbles. Head and beer looks dark very porter pitch black like for an English brown. Head is an opaque colored almost mocha with tons of lacing (to be expected for the carbonation)
S - Smell has a lager like consistency some harsh grains, somewhat metallic. Very little nuts or chocolate that I expected for the style.
T - Very metallic even after warming it up a bit. Has a sort of lager yeast skunky ness and very little sweet malts. Kind of drinks like a poorly made black lager.
M -Light to medium in body. Metallic and somewhat bitter.

Overall I was intrigued going into this since the style wasn't listed on the bottle. Pours like a porter, drinks like a black ale, and has the metallic twang of a poorly made macro lager. Not sure what it's trying to be but it's definitely not a brown ale... Pretty much bought it for the name and now I can say it sucks dick.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass: Nonic pint glass

Appearance: Brown with ruby highlights. Light brown creamy head that retains about two fingers worth.

Smell: Yeast, cloves, and ginger.

Taste: Cloves, malts, and a lager taste at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, smooth texture that seems to roll on and off the tongue. Very strong carbonation.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taproom 307 in NYC; pours very dark brown, almost black in color, until it's held up to the light when some orange shows through; it had a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing clinging to the side.

Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, caramel, grains, light coffee or cocoa, and faint burnt or roasted wood; pretty mellow nose overall that's sweet and roasted.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, toasted grains, light coffee, cocoa, and faint burnt or roasted wood; it tastes good, but is exactly like the smell and mellow and smoky with a little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with very light carbonation, a body on the lighter side and watery flow as it goes down and finishes with a dry smoky finish. A good session beer that was enjoyable but a little on the basic side regarding flavor, still it was well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber red brew with a strong fluffy head.   Lacey and play sand colored the cap lasts for the duration of the brew.  A very pretty colored brew.

Nose is a little disappointing, kind of sweet smelling with touches of fruit.  I was hoping for more of a malt but it never fully materialized. 

Taste goes in a much better direction.  The sweetness in the nose carries over to the flavor but it is more then balanced by malts.  Tart bit of fruit and nut finish.  Quite nice.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and silky.  Light carbonation makes for a medium body and an almost buttery feel.  A decent english brown ale that could use some more malt in the flavor and nose departments but still an easy drinker. Worth checking out.

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Photo of aaron12
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dick's danger ale is not an english brown... go to their webpage. dick's danger is a strong, and if anything tastes more like a scottish wee heavy than a brown. that aside, pours a beautiful deep red/ruby brown, with a thick white head. the nose is full of dark fruits, plums, cherries, dates. the flavor is full and malty. nice crisp dry finish. this beer is awesome! i love that this is so complex and only 5.2%. (i know it's rated 5.5%, but my bottle says 5.2%.)

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, not much other than a small maltiness. In the taste, a sweet malt, but nothing more than plain and simple. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry malt in the aftertaste. Basic, more an ale than a brown. Nothing exciting, but not bad either.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for the tick, Bobby.

A: Pours an appropriate brown color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: There is a fair amount of nuttiness to the nose along with a bit of roasted malt. A mild chocolate malt aroma to it as well. A touch of toffee and dark fruits, and maybe some earthy hops.

T: Surprisingly fruity, lots of raisins and dark cherries. A very, very earthy flavor; to the point that it tastes like dirt. Decent roasted character and a bit of sweetness and nut flavor. Quite bitter, as well.

M: The body is fairly light with a moderate to high carbonation.

D: Not all that good. Way too earthy and bitter and just not very interesting.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown with an easily dissapating head and spotty lace. Smell of lightly sweet caramel and roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste pretty much fallows the aroma with a good balance of the mild hops. Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation. One of the better brown ales I've tried thus far.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. My bottle indicates 5.2% ABV rather than the above-listed 5.5%.

Appearance: rich, tawny brown with a crystal-clear body and a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. A pretty solid-looking brown ale.

Smell: nice malty aroma with touches of roasted grain; almost like a mild ale or a light porter aroma. I quite like it, although it's a bit light in intensity for my taste.

Taste: flavor backs up the aroma pretty well. Roasted grain adds a touch of sour bitterness, but this works well with the nutty malt flavors and tiny hints of chocolate brought on by the roasted malts. It's pretty good, but it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi that I can't seem to identify.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation yields a surprising creaminess. I quite like the feel of this beer.

Drinkability: this beer is relatively tasty, but it doesn't really ring my bell. I feel like its flavor is watered down, somehow; it's much more like a very mild ale than a rich brown ale. Still, it's a decent beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears a dark burnt amber colour, with one finger of foamy white head, which leaves a broken wall of lace around the glass as it slips away. It smells of lightly roasted grain, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is biscuity, toasty malt, a bit of toffee, and earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly low, the body medium weight and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the roasted grain sweetness and drying hops still playing off one another.

A nice, enjoyable, old-world style brown ale.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampling at room temperature poured into a pint glass. The beer is a gusher and foamer as other reviewers have pointed out. An overflowing creamy beige head foams up with no effort. Settles slowly to a spongey 2 cm layer of foam on my brew.
The beer pours a mostly clear mahogany hue with hundreds of streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of my glass.
The aroma is some caramel and brown sugar with a hint of earthy hop and also a bit of chalky or maybe plasticy note. Perhaps minimal infection? Could explain the excessive foam and carbonation.
Body is silky smooth and carbonation is actually gentle and rolls across my palate. Flavor is similar to nose with light sweet malt notes of caramel, brown sugar and hints of cocoa powder.
SOme mild earthy hops play through in the background but the finish is tangy sweet malt with no hints of alcohol anywhere.
A decent beer well crafted and true to style for a brown ale. Loses some points for the foaming/gushing.

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Photo of Risser09
2.39/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pilsner - fridge - brewed in 2009

Appearance: Holy foam, Batman. The beer pours entirely as foam and is creating beer as I type. Kind of a role reversal, huh? Transparent, garnet/orange hue with a towering ivory head. Plenty of coating lace swallows up the crystal from the inside of the vessel. Interesting experience. It might take 30 minutes just to drink the contents of the bottle.

Smell: Sweet bubble gum is an odd aroma, mild toasted barley aroma, Cheerios. Not a hop leaf in olfactory distance.

Taste: Barley, grass, brown sugar, some hop bite. Pretty mild and flavorless. Lingering coffee-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is a watery, poorly constructed beer that has very little mouthfeel or flavor. Some alcohol presence, but otherwise, the heavy carbonation must have taken all the character of the beer with it.

Drinkability: I don't feel like this is a good beer. It is weak in aroma, flavor and especially mouthfeel. I've had many better homebrewed beers that would easily defeat it.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/12/09

A - Pours almost black with ruby highlights, big 3 fingers of off white foam

S - brown sugar, malty, caramel, sort of a weak aroma

T - brown sugar & malt, slightly burnt bitter finish

M - very carbonated, sort of hides the flavor

D - probably won't try this one again

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well the first thing that stands out about this beer is the difficulty in fitting it into a glass due the huge head. Once i finally get this one poured it is an cloudy brown ice tea looking liquid . The head is big a frothy and when if finally settles it leaves sticky spiderweb lace. Smell is malty with some wet grass notes. I didn't know what style this one was when i popped it open and i picked it out as brown ale immediately so the taste is pretty much right on for the style. Nothing fantastic but true to style. Some chaulkyness on the tounge. Overall this one is a slightly above average brew that gets a solid worth a try.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served a few degrees over fridge temperature in a pint glass. Sad to hear that Dick actually passed away last week, just a month after his beers received distribution in New York.

Appearance- Brown and clear, this brew pours with a two finger, light beige head that pops away leaving massive craters of foam. Lacing is sporadic and mild, but the cap remains unbroken and never goes away.

Smell- Unique aromas of vanilla, bread, and lemon pie all come together in a whirlwind. Sweet and sour, full and bready.

Taste- The richness of the malt is countered with a citrusy, yeast forward character that leaves the tongue reeling from the hops. As the glass empties, I notice a glob of yeast left behind... swirling it in, it tames the beer and brings balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick and smooth in the mouth. Medium texture with a rolling effervescence. Not my go-to brown ale, but it was an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Holy Carbonation, Batman! 2oz in and my entire 16oz glass is filled with frothy head... tried to let it settle, but had to spoon some out. 5 minutes later, i have my beer ready. Deep dark brown with a frothy 3 inch head. Smell is of roasted nuts and coffee. Dark fruit present. Some bready qualities. Taste - uh oh, this thing is more prickly than a cactus. I agitate it a bit, produce another 6 incheas of foam, let it settle and go back to taste. Now that the carbonation has calmed, this tastes of dark roasted malts, nuts, pumpernickle bread, dark fruit and some yeasty quality and bitter hops on the back end. Tastes very good, but the carbonation issue tarnishes the experience.

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 4th street ale house in olympia, Dick's Danger Ale is a chill hazed chestnut brown with a creamy off-white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is pretty hoppy, classic english noble hop herbals, very nice and fresh.

Taste is nice and clean, malty sweetness with a fresh minty, fuggels hop finish. Well done for sure, very tasty with excellent balance.

Mouthfeel is light, and on the dryer, crisper side.

Drinkability is high, this is very tasty and smooth. I love Dick's beer, all well made and great value, highly underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a lustrous dark ruby brown with a fair one-finger khaki head that fades fairly quickly, leaving behind just a bit of sporadic lacing. a good bit of murky haze shows up when held to a light, along with some garnet highlights.

aroma of roasted malt, toasted bread, dark brown sugar, and cocoa. a bit of molasses.

robust roasted malt, brown sugar, honey, and tons of dark fruit. figs, plums, cherries, raisins. bittersweet cocoa, charred wood, more dark fruit, jam and port.

medium body with a bit of syrupy slickness. ample carbonation is just a bit fizzy and rough, just enough to be a bit unsettling and verge on soda-like. feels a bit messy and unrefined.

All in all, not horrible, but neither a stellar brown ale nor the best offering I've had from Dick's. It's got a few funky fruity and earthy notes that make it interesting, but they don't really succeed in making it enjoyable. After finishing this one, i really have no desire for another. which is too bad... i really wanted to like this one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown, slightly murky appearance. Sweet malt with a little sweatsock aroma that turns spicier as it warms. Nice smooth flavor with some nice spiciness as well. I believe this is better on tap than bottle for sure. Not sure what this brew really was but a nice hybrid brew for sure.

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Photo of beertunes
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured with about an inch of light tan head that dissipated quickly. Quite lovely deep brown color. Nice, slight roasted aroma with a faint hop note. The flavor matches the aroma very well, with the roasted blending with a well balanced hop presence. The body is just the tiniest bit on the thin side, but still satisfying. Extremely drinkable, whether on tap or in the bottle. A wonderful companion for whatever activities you've got scheduled. A personal favorite.

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Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with red highlights, one inch of tan head, modest lacings. Aroma is herbal hops.
Taste is rich dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and enough hop bitterness to make it interesting. Normally avoid browns as too sweet and bland. This is neither.
Not a hop-bomb but a nice drinkable brown that leans toward the stout side and not too
sweet. Much better than average for the style.
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability is very good.

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