Danger Ale | Castle Danger Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by zeledonia:
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3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
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 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 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 CaeserTits
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 NilocRellim
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 MattyG85
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 pourmeadrink
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Photo of BigAl18
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadbody
2.53/5  rDev -32%
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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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 BeerSnobRobinson
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MNAle
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 jstark
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of CCutch
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Gro
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Danger Ale from Castle Danger Brewery
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