Danger Ale | Castle Danger Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Castle Danger Brewery
Minnesota, United States
castledangerbrewery.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Danger Ale
Long ago when cliffs were called castles and between them was a reef that meant danger, is an American strong ale with great hop flavor and target gravity of 6%, making it dangerously good and a true Castle Danger Ale."

Added by deadbody on 08-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of pat61
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: hazy dark amber to light brown under a sticky and lacy 2" cream to tan collar with fair retention. The beer is filled with floaties and is slightly more than 5 months old.

S: It smells like malt, light toast, and a trace of fruit, berry and tropical fruit. The malt aromas are medium, the yeast aromas are medium low and the hop aromas are low.

T: Rich malt and light toast lightly sweetened by caramel and faint fruit and berry lead the flavors with an assertive bitterness emerging mid-palate. Fruit flavors are medium to medium low, malt is medium to medium high, the bitter is medium to medium high.

F: Danger Ale is creamy. medium to medium full bodied, and has medium carbonation.

O: I do not get off flavors and aromas typical of bacterial contamination. The hop aromas and flavors are slightly old but I do not get the oxidation typical of a beer too far past its prime. I think this beer suffers from mishandling either at the brewery or somewhere between the brewery and my refrigerator.

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Photo of einman
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PMarcy78
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really an English Strong Ale. Big malt aroma and taste of dark fruit and toffee, countered by spicy, floral hops. Big and balanced. Nice, dry finish. This is beer is underrated IMO, possibly due to style misunderstanding.

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Photo of briguy93
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Danger Ale pours a copper color with a small, but long lasting and lacing head. Earthy, and malty aroma. The flavor is very malty, on the sweeter side, with lots of earth notes. Good body and feel. Overall, its very sweet and earthy, not my favorite.

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Photo of elec
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olafphysics
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit mild for an Strong Ale. But, all the requisite flavors are there and pleasant. This would be a good intro to the style. Also a bit low ABV for a Strong Ale, although I seemed to feel the alcohol.

I would have had a second pour if I had stayed. Nothing negative...just on the mild end of the style.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Valentini's in Duluth.
Boy give this one credit for truly drinking like a Strong Ale at 6%. Really had a full feel and rich robust malt character as a bigger beer might, yet no sense of the alcohol experience. Nice stream of hop in flavor to round off the drink and further a nice streak of bitterness that stuck around a good long time without intensity or being overbearing. Darker amber and minimal head.

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeffSK
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CCutch
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of maedhros09
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't think I've ever tried a beer like this - extra points for uniqueness. Strong sweet floral and fruity aromas and flavors and minimal bitterness. I'm not sure I would get this on a regular basis but I'm really glad I tried it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is a small cap of white foam that recedes quickly into moderate lacing. The aroma is a perfect balance between nutty, toffee malts, and herbal, floral hops...very English. The taste is equally balanced. The malt is slightly more pronounced than it is in the aroma, but nothing close to overpowering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a chewy texture. Overall, this beer drinks much more like an Extra Strong Bitter than an American Strong Ale as it is listed here on BA. I really like this beer, and would rank it as the top Minnesota brewed ESBs that I've tasted. I look forward to drinking this from a cask some day.

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Photo of Metalsnota
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer tastes like the child of an English Strong Ale and an American Strong Ale. Despite having characteristics of both styles, this beer is truly unique. I love the cedar that I get on the nose; it smells like home. This may have just become a new go-to beer for me.

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Photo of vande
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave2234
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sparx1100
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaeserTits
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chaz
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear red-amber in color, topped with a pale tan, frothy head, with good retention.

Nose is malty but muted: Berry notes, golden apple. Light citrus and zest from the hops. Very approachable altogether.

On first sip its big, bold, and rather flavorful. MUCH more fruity than the nose, and with some biscuit malt character (British malt?) shining through. The yeast profile is also working well for this one, and I am favorably reminded of a classic British strong ale profile.

Rather dry in the finish, with a nice lingering bitterness, and the biscuit malt, again.

Hops seem to be a blend of British and West Coast / domestic. Neither overpowering nor too subtle, but adding nicely to the flavor profile.

Nice, fuller body which is fitting of its strength. Very drinkable, still.

Final thoughts? Somewhere in-between a classic "training wheels Micro" Amber Ale from the 1990s and a strong ale of today (and I note that the can I'm holding reads 6.5% vice the 6.0% listed here at Beer Advocate).

This is tastier than I'd expected, and rather good for what it is.

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Danger Ale from Castle Danger Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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