Durham Signature Ale | County Durham Brewing Company

Durham Signature AleDurham Signature Ale
BA SCORE
42%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 50 ratings
Durham Signature AleDurham Signature Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
County Durham Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 12-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,416
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
50
Liked:
21
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
10.22%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
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Photo of ConnorG
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JPNesker
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was one of my early gateway beers into the "world of Flavour" ... nice to see it has aged well. A very good Canadian take on a British bitter. malt forward. Sessionable

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Photo of Electros
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tilly
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice crisp, clean, orange zest, malts, hops. A great British Style Ale from county Durham!

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Photo of akdo
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: The beer is transparent, has an amber body and a white two-finger head supported by little carbonation. The head ends up receding to a crown ring, which is acceptable for this style according to the Beer Judge Certification Program. The beer also laces the glass.

Smell: There is a small hint of hops on the nose. Other than that, the beer foreshadows that it will taste like caramel.

Taste: The flavour is mostly earthy. There is a moderate note of caramel and nuts.Other than that, the dominant flavour was wheat and cereal. The flavour of the hops was moderate as there was a residual sweetness.

Feel: The low carbonation at the very front-end gives the beer its earthy taste. The beer is light-bodied, which makes it a typical pub fare. There is no warmth from alcohol and the beer feels a little bit like a syrup.

Overall: Although English bitters are not my cup of tea, this Canadian beer is a good interpretation of the style. It fulfills its main objective, which is to be drinkable. However, I would personally love to see a better head retention.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CRObighit2
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Magibeg
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mick303
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a shaker pint. Colour is a coppery brown, decent head and lacing. Clarity is strong, with lots of visible carb.

S - bready caramel malts, earthy UK hops, floral, some rich fruitcake aromas, quite a typical profile for the style.

T - balanced with nice yeasty profile to start then diving into the bready caramel malts, lemon and grapefruit appear, then it gets a bit more floral and dry. It has some aged fruity florals and restrained earthy bitterness. Does a fairly good job of mimicking the ESB and PAs from the UK, and I think it offers a good session beer in its own right, just a bit too much of the lemon astringency maybe.

M - pleasantly sessionable with a bit of a bite and a smooth refreshing carbonation. Easy body with a full malty mouthfeel, a bit sweet, could maybe have used some more bitterness to flesh it out, finish was longer than most british versions.

A decent session PA, very UK inspired and one of the better examples of the style around locally, a bit overly dry I thought and complexity wise its nothing outstanding, but one that would be a flavourful session beer. Some tweeking maybe would be good, but overal a fairly good representation.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Molson2000
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle (looks cool) received as a birthday gift. Purchased from LCBO and price is in the $4-5 CDN range.

Served well-chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy, honey brown color. 1.5 fingers of off-white head and nice retention, leaving a soapy collar on top.

Smell - Floral, slight citrus notes and also some faint sweetness akin to candied sugar.

Taste - Floral and some tart fruit transitioning to some more bitterness but the in quickly relinquishes its grasp. A little malty in there too put I can't seem to peg what exactly it is. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, but not thick, a touch lacking in viscosity. However, impressively smooth with a medium-light body and medium carbonation.

Overall - An enjoyable ale, but other than the tartness us front, there's nothing to separate this. However definitely solid and wouldn't turn down another.

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Photo of jmkoscie
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass.

This beer pours a copper/amber color with a small one or two finger head that breaks incredibly fast leaving just the tiniest bit of lacing. The smell is mostly malts and hops, not unlike other offerings in this style.

Taste is just about par for a British style pale ale. I get hops and Malta with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouth feel is decent, medium to higher carbonation and medium body.

Overall, I would say this is pretty good, but perhaps too familiar for my liking. If there are those out there who have had the opportunity to try both this offering from Durham County and any of the Picaroons offerings out of NB, you will likely notice a similarity as I did. A nice take on a British session ale.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Derek69
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, flavourful ale. Tastes of roasted nuts and malts, lacing is very nice, not a lot of initial head. Lots of flavour for a generally low-key ale. Done is the British ale style, mouthfeel is very nice and the flavour lingers.

Not sure I could drink a dozen of these, but a very nice winter ale with lots of flavour.

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL shrink-wrapped bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Jan. 31 2014. I've never even heard of this brewery, which is a little sad because apparently they've been around forever (at least by OCB standards). Guess I need to get out more? Served slightly-chilled, and poured into a mug.

Pours a foggy copper-amber colour, generating nearly two fingers' worth of frothy, soapy, sparkling-white head. It wilts slowly and gracefully, coating the glass in a doily-pattern of webbed lacing as it settles into a rocky cap and collar. A damn fine-looking ale - unfortunately I can't really say the same of the aroma, which isn't bad but definitely isn't interesting, either. Brown sugar, leafy hops, candied citrus and an odd, acidic note that I really don't like.

Not a bad pale ale, but not really my cup of tea. Surprisingly well-balanced - toasted malts, caramel and nuts come through initially, followed by some leafy, almost floral hop notes. Slightly buttery. The finish is a mixture of mild grapefruit citrus and a pleasant, leafy dryness that lingers into the aftertaste. Light-bodied, with relatively firm carbonation for an EPA that gives this brew an uncharacteristically strong bite. Reasonably drinkable, but not something I'd want more than a glass or two of.

Final Grade: 3.5, a B grade. County Durham's Signature Ale drinks more like an English-made APA than a legitimate English-style pale ale, but either way it's a fairly well-made session beer worth trying once. Unfortunately, it just isn't what I'm looking for in a pale ale - this half-breed possesses some of the endearing traits of both EPAs and APAs, but the end product just doesn't come together very well. There are plenty of OCB APAs I'd pick before this one, and if I want an English-style pale there are plenty of cheaper, better, more traditional imports available.

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Photo of traumaqueen
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of dipso123
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Stocean1
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a half finger head that quickly vanished - fine little bubbles - amber ruby colour - clear

S - pale malt and nice hoppy aroma

T - pale malt - sweet grass - little hops - chocolate and caramel notes - sweet - a tad cloying

M - light medium body with little carbonation and not very bitter for the style - alittle to light in the mouthfeel for my liking

O - a decent offering from Durham - it is easy drinking but could use a little more hops and body IMO

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Durham Signature Ale from County Durham Brewing Company
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