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Durango Brewing Derail Ale | Durango Brewing

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Durango Brewing Derail AleDurango Brewing Derail Ale

Brewed by:
Durango Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Double Golden Ale"

Added by Mitchster on 08-11-2004

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Photo of sbuck
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some spice notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, spicey. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pacollier
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of firkingroovin
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scottyd22
4.99/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz poured in a pint glass. Pours a dark golden color. Nose is definitely some caramel and toffee with a hint of tropical fruit. Medium bodied beer, some malt on the front fishing very smooth and well balanced. Imperial golden to me. Hides the alcohol well with a slight malt sweetness and clean crisp finish to it. Outstanding strong ale. Easy to tell why it was a back to back gabf gold medal winner!

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Photo of WDJersey
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Lost_Medic
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden beige color, with a small silky head. Aroma of tropical hops, caramel, smoke and toffee. In the taste, complex malt, wood like hops and toffee. Hop bitterness and flavor is moderate, but does an admirable job to stand up to the malt bill. There is a faint lingering citrus and toffee. Full bodied ale and has a medium level of carbonation. Overall, there's a reason why this has won beer medals; this is delicious stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bcoonce
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of coldriver
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy medium amber with quickly fading head. Nose is caramel dominated, with grassy hops, and a hint of peaches. Alcohol is well hidden, leaning towards the malty side, but pretty well balanced with a grassy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and thick, with drying finish. The American Strong Ale category seems a bit ambiguous to me - if we wanted to really get accurate with this one I'd call it an Imperial Amber. Certainly one of Durango Brewing's better offerings.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer has a touch of hazy to an apricot colored body and a sticky foam of bubbly light beige that is supported by a slow tiny carbonation.

S- The nice fruity hops has qualities of unripe apricots and some light toasted malt notes with just a touch of sweetness and caramel malt in the finish.

T- A nice malt profile has taste of honey malt, with some light dry toasted malt notes and a fresh pale malt flavor coming through. There is a fresh sweetness and some soft floral green hops that turn more woody pine as it opens up. The aftertaste has a touch of hop bitterness that grows as the beer warms.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a mellow creamy texture and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice balance of fresh malt with some nice hop character for such a big ABV. I would describe this as a “white barleywine” in that is has lots of fresh full malt but not a big sweetness and the hops help to balance it and give it more character.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of admonster00
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of atomicbeer
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy/cloudy apricot-copper with a small white head. Be sure to swirl the bottle just before emptying. Very interesting aroma, all kinds of stuff going on here. Very sweet fruitiness -overripe apples, peaches, apricots, oranges- along with a strong boozy fig and a hint of balsam and orange blossom. Soft entry, then definitely hit with the ABVs. Unexpectedly not sweet and a bit flat. Taste is woody, boozy, slight fig. Bottle claims 44 IBUs - where? A decent enough Strong Ale but really just average with an interesting aroma.

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Durango Brewing Derail Ale from Durango Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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