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Durango Brewing Derail AleDurango Brewing Derail Ale
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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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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by Bockrules:
Photo of Bockrules
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Plain bottle cap - classic small town brewery

A - Pours coppery orange. A few bubbles here and there rise to the two-finger, off-white head. The yeast moves around in the glass to form intricate patterns. Head barely manages to stay intact all the way down. Leaves behind a few large blotches of lacing.

S - A decent punch of floral hops with a little bit of caramel malt and yeast. A few orange and grapefruit notes as well.

T - Orange and sweet upfront - almost like a wheat beer. The body is fairly mellow and with orange and yeast notes playing well with the floral hops. Orange creamsickle sensation as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, followed by a mild bitter- orange finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation yet providing incredible creaminess and smoothness.

This is one deceptive and potentially dangerous beer - mixing the incredible drinkability of Shock top with the alcohol content an average barely wine or Russian Imperial Stout, plus enough hops to keep all but the largest hop heads satisfied. A solid deal for $2 a bottle - I certainly will be coming back to this one for certain occasions.The delicious taste and incredible smoothness make this beer easy to get a nice buzz going without even realizing it. No wonder the train was derailed!

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More User Reviews:
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 LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd say this 8.5% beauty is an old ale not AIPA, but that's my 2 cents (review based on notes)

Pours brown with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Caramel & some breadyness

T: Caramel, breadyness, a touch of grainyness & grapefruit hops up front. Honey malt as this warms, along with grapefruit & dryness. Finishes with pineapple & breadyness

MF: Creamy, skews malty

Drinks too easy for the ABV & style. I hope I can find this here in six packs!

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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was not really sure what to make of this one as it sat in my fridge, so I just decided to grab it and find our what it was all about. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/28/2009.
The pour was very nice and typical for a brown ale. Rich hazelnut brown in color, with a nice bit of clarity and a inch and a half of foam covering the top. Nice retention and smooth, lace like foam down the sides. Aroma is nutty at first, rich, roasted malts come through nicely on the initial pass, but as it warms some nice balance of sweetness starts to pick up and hints of brown sugar, bready tones and a nice herby hop presence show them selves off quite well. Very nice, clean, and smooth flavor here as well. Starts off very sweet and mellows quite nicely with a good balance between flavors. Long finish is semi sweet and loaded with delicate tones of chocolate and roasted nuts. Light hop bite at the end is just enough to dry it out and leave me looking for another sip to follow this one.
Overall a very solid ale here and not at all what I was expecting. I would have no issue at all with having this one again any day. Really a great example of the style here.

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

Photo of TheSquire23
5/5  rDev +33%

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

Forewarn - this is my first review on BA!

This beer just arrived here in Birmingham, and I had heard great things about it. I heard from someone that it actually arrived here by mistake, although Durango beers have been here for a while since we - the voters! - finally changed the ridiculous ABV laws.

A - Very nice golden color. Not much foam at all - maybe a finger's worth

S - maybe I'm congested, but I got very little aroma initially. After about halfway, I definitely pick up the caramel hints. Nothing overwhelming.

T - Very smooth. At 8.7% ABV, I expected a bit more alcohol taste, but again it's very smooth. Not a strong hop taste, IMO.

M - Seemed a little "liquor-like" to me. Not much carbonation.

D - I like it! I could drink lots of this stuff.

My comments above may not reflect it, but I really like this beer. It's very, very enjoyable. I'm primarily an IPA fan, and this isn't the typical IPA. But, I like it and I will buy it again, if the distributor screws up again!

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Photo of bcoonce
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of samie85
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with two fingers of white head.

Pineapple and pine notes with some sweet grain.

Follows the nose with pineapple and pine notes with caramel backing.

Sticky feel with low carbonation and medium body.

This is decent beer but I feel as though I've had it before, only that it was billed as a IIPA.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second the not an IPA vote, they won 2 GABF golds in the past two years (2007 and 2008) according to the brewer in the other strong ale category I believe.

A- Very pretty beer, golden Amber in color and slightly cloudy with a great head. lacing the whole way through.

S- Smelled like citrus and pine hops as well as a stronger malt backbone than it looked. A tad bit of alcohol as well but with 8.5% ABV I think this is standard for a strong ale.

T- Killer, actually one of the best beers I have ever had, no alcohol great balance of hops and malt (A little more hop centric) Clean with American Ale crispness and a tad fruity (not a funky belgian which can be fun though)

M- Very good and light considering its strength, perhaps a little to carbonated though.

D- Most session-able Strong Ale I have ever had, man this could be dangerous, it tastes so good you want more and some how is light enough to not fill you up. No wonder it won two golds.

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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 mychalg9
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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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 kgotcher
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, definately NOT and IPA. At 18.8 Plato and 8.5% ABV this is more of a DIPA variety.

Hazy pour with thin sticky head. Big aroma of citrus hops and malts. Med slick mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. Finish Not as bitter as some IPAs. A bit too much alcohol warming.

Nice beer, so far my favorite from Durango Brewing. Strong but flavorful. Wonderful balance between an IPA and DIPA although the alcohol is a bit too apparent. Maybe needs a tad more hop bitterness to offset.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a NG flute type glass (supplied by Dan C). Poured a pretty bright golden color with minimal head; no lacing. Picked up sweet malt and a little citrus on the nose. Taste was sweet malt, a small amount of citrus, and biscut. No bitterness at the end. I would like to visit this one again; thought the brew was very quaffable.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking through some of the reviews for this one, I notice that folks are disagreeing with the BA distinction of IPA; I wholeheartly concur. Pours a nice sunny golden color, with a decent white head. Aromas of lightly citrusy hops and sweet caramel malts. More of the same on the palate, with a little brown sugar. Nicely balanced between the hops and malt. A pretty nice effort.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: orangeish golden color small head does not stick around too much

S: not much in smell slight hop and slight malt smell

T: alcohol is masked well but pretty unremarkable taste here

M: med mouth that stings with carbonation

D: I cant drink this very fast the after taste stops me i guess

overall: for me its a disappointment I was really hoping for something better.

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