Danger Ale | Castle Danger Brewery

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Danger AleDanger Ale

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Castle Danger Brewery
Minnesota, United States

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

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 73
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 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 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 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
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | 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. This maybe have just become a new go-to beer for me.

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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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Photo of MNAle
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1-1/2 inch cream head from an aggressive pour; 1/2 inch for a gentle pour. Amber, slightly hazy, color with moderate carbonation. Very nice citrusy aroma. Head fades moderately quickly, leaving patchy lacing. Initial taste is very much malt-forward, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Hops present themselves quickly, though. The citrus aroma and hops bitterness mixes well with the malt bready taste for a well-balanced overall taste/aroma. Great, thick mouth feel, enhanced by the carbonation. No booziness apparent. This is an easy drinking beer despite for the relatively high ABV. IOW, you could easily knock back 3 or 4 of these quickly and end up really drunk if you are not aware of the alcohol content. Overall, this is a very good, well balanced ale with a substantial malt backbone.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, biscuit, and earthy hops. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, caramel, grains, yeast, and wood. Subtle fruity scent. Light hints of earthy hops with some grass. A decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, bready, and sweet malt forward taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and grass. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, and some wood. Subtle fruit notes. Light background notes of earthy hops with some grass and pine. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth.

Overall: A solid brew that leans towards the malty and bready side. Good bready notes with some nice subtle fruit undertones.

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Photo of slyke
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Castle Danger Brewery's Danger Ale pours amber with a slightly off-white head.

A sweet smelling beer with bread and caramel notes. The taste echoes the aroma. No notable hoppiness until the end of the taste. A bit of a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied.

Overall this beer is decent. I think it is quite approachable for people venturing into the world of better beer.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, then more cereal and earthy.

Taste: Big caramel, toast, Octoberfest-like. Balanced flavor, not too sweet.

Overall: I had this on tap at the brewery and it came across more sweet and fruity. From the can it was more of a nicely balanced bready Octoberfest. I like it, whatever it is.

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Photo of TCMike
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First beer I've had from them. Poured from the growler, it produced a 1 finger, off-white head. The beer color is a translucent, medium mahogany.

The aroma is of malt, caramel, bread, and a light pine hop note.

The taste was very good. Malt forward, light caramel sweetness, a touch of a wood-like flavor, and a slight hop bitterness on the end. Medium bodied, and carbonation.

Good beer!

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice addition to the Minnesota beer scene. Aroma carries some nice hop notes but the flavor is very malt forward....caramel big time....decent body to this but a nice drinker anyhow....with all the hop forward beers these days this is a nice change...

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish-amber colour. Smells like citrus hops, pine resin, and a slight sweet malt aroma as well. Tastes like sweet caramel malts, citrus hops, pithy grapefruit, slight pine resin, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of auro0006
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I agree with #deadbody. This beer is not a Pale Ale. The brewery describes it as a Strong Ale.

It poured a dark, copper-amber color with a frothy, off-white head. The aromas are very malt-forward. Plenty of sweet, caramel malt aromas along with hints of toffee.

The body was medium-full. It coated the tongue nicely. Leaving great malt flavors on the palate.

Plenty of malt flavors. There is very little hop flavor in this ale. Any hops added is merely for balancing the malts. Caramel malts were most prominent, along with some toffee and bready malts. The finish was lightly dry, but not too dry.

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Photo of deadbody
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler on the way to the north shore, was looking forward to a good hoppy beer for with a dinner of hot dogs over an open fire.

Instead I got an interesting slightly hopped malty as hell ale. Not at all what I was expecting, tasted much more like a brown ale than anything else. I actually enjoyed it, and am considering getting a growler refill the next time I head up that way, but it wasn't a pale ale. Poured a dark reddish color, smell was more malty than anything, very little in the way of hops. Taste was again very light on hops, very heavy on malts. Mouthfeel was actually pretty good, a bit thicker than i expect from a pale ale.

Overall I did enjoy the beer, but it was way out of style. I would love to try their porter later this year though if the timing works out.

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Danger Ale from Castle Danger Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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