Dean Pacific Northwest Mahogany Ale | SingleCut Beersmiths

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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vfgccp on 12-10-2012

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 143
Photo of jerrytodd
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the brewery (very cool space, today they're playing customer LP's)

A: As advertised, deep red/mahogany color with off-white head. Excellent lacing

S: Heavy pine and woody malt

T: Semi sharp pine with mild grapefruit. Interesting mix of malt: chocolate, dark raisin crystal, toffee and toast.

M: Smooth

O: Dang unique and does remind me of something I'd drink in Oregon

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Photo of CarlosDanger
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of drinking this unassuming beer at the Single Cut taproom recently. I believe this to be one of their sleepers. If I'm not mistaken it's one of their longest-running offerings (since day one maybe?) so while you don't get the buzz and hype that a seasonal might bring, with Dean Mahogany Ale you're just getting a solid, hoppy, delicious amber.

It looked great in the glass. Quite literally mahogany in color with a cream-colored head.

The aroma was wonderful, almost surprising. I can't explain it, I felt like it should have smelled toasted or something because it's almost a dark-beer, but it was a bit fruity if that makes any sense.

It's always hard for me to describe mouthfeel, unless I experience something truly offensive it's just not something I'm very good at determining. This beer was pleasant in my mouth, it was smooth and served at the right temperature, so I'll leave it at that.

This is definitely a pint I could drink multiples of, and I certainly did. The Single Cut lineup can be a tad daunting, perhaps even ambitious, but do not overlook this one, I think it's worth serious consideration as one of their best.

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Photo of Mgm54
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 16oz at the Singlecut Brewpub, review from notes and memory

A - a deep mahogany red, really looks great. Lets some light through, but less than one would expect from a red ale. Has a brownish tinge to it.

S - Smells like fresh hops, it's amazing how much hop aroma character is maintained in this beer. The best smelling red ale I have ever had, very comparable to the best smelling IPA's I've had.

T - smooth hoppy goodness! less bitter than I expected from the smell, but a great and very floral hop taste. It drinks much like a pale ale, but had more of a malt base it it, balanced very well. Also, the bitterness reaches a sweet spot where it is very enjoyably bitter, but not so much that you can't drink a lot of it. Sessionable in my opinion.

M - smooth and very drinkable, and greatly compliments the the taste.

O - great beer from a great new brewery. I love the sweet spot that the bitterness of this beer hits. Definitely go to the brewery some day to give it a try.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; reddish amber in color; a finger light khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; sheets of lace;

S: dank pine with a hint of grapefruit in the background;

T: surprisingly malty considering the aroma; dank up front for a moment, then caramel with a hint of mocha in the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: very nice complexity, would have liked more of the hop character from the aroma to come through in the flavor;

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Iron Vine in Peekskill, NY.

Typical presentation, mild malty sniff.

This a quite sturdy malted up brew. Loads of caramel, maple and malty goodness. Tasty and well worth a try if you see it in your local

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery.
Clear mahogany with sepia lace. 3.75
Cedar, big flowers and orange rind nose. 4
Whack of toffee, touch of raisin, with lots of resin, dank hops plus some Cointreau. 4
Autumn lead and tinny linger.
Med, plenty chewy. 4

Bigger than an amber - not Lucky 13. Hops maybe not as bright and juicy as I’d like. But solid all around. 4

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Photo of dar482
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a mahogany reddish brown color.

The aroma is hoppy of pine. Crazy enough, it actually smells lots like marijuana. It's very dank, floral, and earthy.

The taste is quite interesting with tons of hops. There's earthy resin, herbaceous, mint, thyme. It's an extremely good combination of caramel sweetness, but also earthy hop profile.

A great beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.91/5  rDev +1%

On tap at Tribeca Tap House, pours mahogany brown/reddish color with a 2 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly and left good foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Smells of fresh citrus and piney hops mixed with caramel, grapefruit, toffee, brown sugar and sweet malt; very hoppy and not what I expected based on it's looks. Tasted like it smells, with fresh citrus and piney hops mixed with orange peel, clementine, roasted grains, caramel, grapefruit, toffee, brown sugar and sweet malt; well balanced yet still pretty hoppy, it goes down very smooth and was very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of ThorSigurdsson
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a big fan of brown ales lately, but this was nice. Got a growlerful at the brewery and took it home to enjoy with the little lady and some bbq for my birthday. We sat on the deck, ribs grillin and pouring this deep brown ale into continually emptying glasses. She enjoys the sweeter flavor of brown ale, but this had enough flavor, hop and malt, to tempt my discerning palate.

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Photo of Beric
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap at Rubirosa Pizzeria in Manhattan
Served: 8 June 2016

This review fell through the cracks. As I remember it though, the beer was not a looker- much more of a turbid looking brown than a clean amber ale. The beer had a sweet, caramel malt nose and soft herbal hop notes. The beer was hoppier than I was expecting, though I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised given it was a "Pacific Northwest" beer. The flavor was relatively soft and muted, though this made for excellent pairing with the fantastic pizzas at the restaurant. The beer complimented the flavors in the sauce and crust without overwhelming the palate. Very drinkable, and overall a good amber ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a real hoppy red this one is. doesn't look too impressive, almost flat in the glass its served in, but smells and tastes great. a perfect mix of biscuit slightly caramelized grain, flavorful but not overbearing, and then heavy C type hops and oils and balancing bitterness. a lot more than I was expecting in a beer simply listed as an amber. there is some initial sweetness, brown sugar and specialty red malt it seems, then the start of the hops is leafy and vegetal, almost broccoli or steamed peas or something. turns quickly into the more piney northwestern thing, which makes sense with the name now. lots of body on it, and a bitterness carried out much longer than the finishing malt sweetness (which I prefer in the style). more carbonation than it looked like it would have too, I like the feel quite a bit. quite heavy overall though, it felt a little stronger than this, and as such probably fits the fall/winter calendar better than it might in warmer weather. good beer, but not the best of their work in my opinion.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

deep dark amber color, nearly brown. Clear. Thin had but it lasts and leaves a blanket/lattice of lace.

Freshly cut pine boughs and deep dark caramel are the smells I get.

The hop is up front but mild. If one holds the liquid in the mouth, there's a blend of dry toasted malts and sharp pepper. The swallow is all harsh biting bitterness. Leans thin body wise with elevated effervescence. I noted some earth tones in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Flynn's

Decent creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace, decent lacing, dark hazy maroon color little mahogany light sneaking through.

Nose a sweet Amber malt, toasted slight caramel, little honey malt, into big spicy hops, didn't seem super hopped though, spicy chewy little earthy hop, some citrus orange rind, light floral fruity.

Taste brings mild sweet malt, more toasted amber malt and a little honey, touch candy malt and caramel like, into fruity flavors, fruity hops, little floral and rind, copper malt toasty, then big spicy chewy hops, not super bitter but fair, touch pine and earthy. Finish little sticky sweet, lingering amber copper toasted malt, more spicy hops and fruity flavors lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing special but a decent amber ale when you're in the mood for a well hopped amber.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*On tap opening day, 12/8/2012 at the brewery

A - Hazelnut brown body, nice bone white head, pretty solid lace.

S - Caramel, brown sugar, nutmeg, and a nice leafy hop.

T - Roasty malt, dry earthy hop bitterness on the backend that mellows out and becomes charry and has hints of coffee.

M - Sharp light to medium body, smooth going down, and really drinkable.

O - A pretty solid beer for a first offering.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Brouwerij Lane and another introduction to a new local brewery. Pacific Northwest hopped. A light reddish body, with a little head and lace. Big carbonation. Getting yeast and hops, also a little funky. Drinkable, not what I would expect from the style, still for me drinkable.

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Photo of cavedave
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In growler

Lightly cloudy with very fine yeast and an attractive dark amber. Huge dark beige head retracts to a nice bubbly skim after a few sips.

Med. strength smell is decent dollop of caramel malt and nice pine and citrus zest accompaniment. As it warms nice floral joins the party.

Funny as it first approaches mouth it gives impression it will be Nugget Nectar but it hits mouth and that is out the window. Soapy pine hops and good whack of bitter too accompanies bready and thick caramel malt into an end of sip that is sticky and full of pine.

Highly viscous, low/med. carb., decent finish that would benefit to be a bit cleaner.

Decent beer, and Nugget Nectar New York style it is not. One expects mastery and excellence from Singlecut anymore. This beer is neither. Decent, but was hoping for better. Not so recommended.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Rattle N Hum, NYC, NY

Medium reddish-brown pour, partially translucent, topped with a small, dense, off-white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malts, bready, herbal and floral hop notes. Similar taste, sweet caramel malts, toasted bread, floral and a bit earthy. Medium body, pretty easily drinkable, decent overall.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear light brownish-red, with a quarter inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

This ones smells pretty vaguely "red," some toasted bread, a bit of northwest-style piney hops, and some caramel.

This is definitely not Singlecut's best work, unfortunately. It just doesn't do a whole lot to stand out much. There's the typical malt build for this style- some toasted bread and caramel, that's about it. The hop flavor is pretty weak- there's very light piney hops- no citrus flavors or other fruit flavors- just a kind of weak generic bitterness. Just sort of uninteresting, unfortunately.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, bready mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation.

Not Singlecut's best. You can't win 'em all.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From 06/28/13 notes. Had this on tap at ABC Beer Company in NYC. 10oz pour.

a - Pours a somewhat clear amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pine hops, caramel malts, fruity malts, toffee, roasted malts, and toasted malts. Interesting mix of a lot of malts and some light piney hops.

t - Tastes of burnt malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, light dark fruits, and very light pine hops. Less hops than the nose; pretty average taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is smooth and only lightly bitter. Overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average red ale. Some nice hops in the nose but they are barely in the taste. Not my favorite SingleCut beer, wouldn't seek it out again.

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Dean Pacific Northwest Mahogany Ale from SingleCut Beersmiths
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