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Dirty "Old" Helen Sour Brown | Barley Island Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JamesS on 12-30-2009

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Ratings:
3
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
13.41%
 
 
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Photo of JamesS
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is Dirty Helen with brett, from what I was told at the Broad Ripple Tasting Room.

Poured a nice brown, although no head and no lacing. Some nice malt sweetness in the scent, some bourbon aroma, and a nice hint of sourness; the bad part is they all clashed. Malt, sour, and bourbon flavors all clashed, specifically the bourbon and sour; it was really tough to finish the one pint I ordered of this; it was a nice idea, but didn't work out. Goes down smooth, but not worth it in my opinion.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid brown, no head. Smells sour, and funky. Taste is very sour, not much more, just sour. Very refreshing though. The problem is there is no complexity at all, just sour, and brett, but, it is still tasty and refreshing, and also cures the jones of a sour head. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet light. Overall, this is quite good. Not something to write novels about, but still worth the 18 bucks for a growler. I mean damn, 18 bucks for a growler of a decent sour beer? Yes please!

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Dirty "Old" Helen Sour Brown from Barley Island Brewing Company
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