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
Ranking:
#26,954
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
86
pDev:
13.71%
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of dnmyrick
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First off, I gotta say I really like this ale. I'm a bit uncomfortable not using the proper review format, but this is an oddball ale and I am feeling a bit loquacious after 4! Add my being of Welsh descent to that and...here's the story....I live in Southeastern MN. This is a "style" of beer you won't find anywhere but MN and WI, and primarily around the Lake Superior coastlines. I've heard it called a North Shore Ale (which I think is what is on the can) or North Coast Ale. At 6.5% it is not a traditional strong ale. It really fits no category I know of. It is a dark copper color with a good two-finger amber malt head that laces very nicely and slowly. The smell is a nice mixture of fruit and malt and yeast. It all just kind of jumps out at you at once, that's why it's very hard to pin down specific notes. The taste is undeniably a strong ale even though the abv is just 6.5. Nutty, biscuity, malty with a strong bitter hop taste. It would surprise me if it had MN wild rice in it from the flavor. Very pleasant and surprisingly easy drinking for all year round but especially good for those icy cold MN and WI winters and ice fishing.

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Photo of Son-of-Butch
2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks good in the glass with inviting color, but taste was over powering mix of fruity bitter.
Sampled 8 ales this weekend and it was my least favorite. (Bell's 2 Hearted Ale was my favorite of the 8)
I would pay about a nickel per ounce for Danger Ale.
Otherwise would not buy again and not recommend unless it was on a deep discount clearance sale.

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Photo of DiggerDahl
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of berola20
4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JackieTH
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber pour with thin head. Smells malty with early, pith, flowery presence. Bitterness of pith across the palate some grass and unripe papaya but is malt forward with some slight sweetness lingering. Medium body holds together well. Overall is a good drinking beer, balanced, enjoyable.

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Photo of wl2bill
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this when visiting family in Superior WI. First beer from this brewery. Not quite an American strong ale or an ESB. Nothing wrong with a unique, good tasting, and enjoyable BEER. I will be looking for this next time.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThorSon
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Burnt Sienna I believe is the color, or coppery amber. 6.5 ABV so maybe they upped this recently. Great feel and smooth going down, no after taste. Lots of sediment, its unpastuerized so its good for your gut, medicinal. Its kind of in a class by itself and thats on the marketing tagline, can't disagree. Go out and get one, you gut and mind will thank you.

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

Photo of Demi
1.98/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of TooGood
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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 -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PMarcy78
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
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 +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olafphysics
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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 +8.3%
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 -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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Danger Ale from Castle Danger Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 86 ratings