Dawn Patrol | Aslan Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Aslan Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is mild yet complex in its delivery. The hop presence is noticed by subtle flavors of pineapples that meld beautifully with the slightly spicy and minty character derived from the use of Rye malt. A somewhat recently pioneered style, this Pacific Ale is delivered unfiltered to accentuate its fresh farm to glass, unprocessed, organic qualities.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 65
Photo of Hruska
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid pale ale with exceptional body and a well rounded hop aroma. Small tight head with slowly disappearing legs. Great beer for dependable relaxation and drinkability. It's true potential definitely thrives in a chilled pint glass and served as cold as possible.

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Photo of thebeers
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale orange with a half-finger of off-white head. Sloppy rings of lacing.

Juicy aroma with papaya, pineapple, tangerines, peaches, pine and white pepper.

Watered down tropical fruit and melon flavors and a little rye spiciness up front in the taste with some dull, pithy bitterness and a light minty note in the finish.

Soft, medium-bodied feel with strong carbonation bordering on fizzy.

Not bad. The flavors here are really nice, just a little watered down to my personal preference. Would be glad to session a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of woemad
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at Community Pint in Spokane for $2.99. According to the partially smeared stamp on the bottom, it was canned some time earlier this month (July, 2018 for you future beer archaeologists), but the exact date is unreadable. First time I've seen Aslan cans in Spokane, in fact my first Aslan beer not shipped to me by beertunes.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a cloudy tangerine color, with a thin, beige head that dropped quickly. Tiny, spotty lace. Looks like a NE "haze, bro" version of a pale ale.

Tropical and citrus fruit aromas greeted the workers at my olfactory. Mostly sweet but with an underlying grapefruity bitterness.

While the flavor starts out soft and sweetly fruity, reminiscent of mangoes and oranges, the bitter, grapefruitiness noted in the nose carries out a hostile takeover midway through that stays through the finish. This bitterness does not meld well with what came before, it's way too far up in the mix for that.

Medium bodied, with a level of carbonation that seems a tad too low.

This is not a bad beer, but it's definitely not pushing the right buttons with me. Seems like the balance is out of whack. If Aslan is now being regularly distributed around here, I might try a draught pint of this and see if perhaps this was an abberation, but I can't see spending another $3 for a can if there's a chance it'll again be like this.

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Photo of gandres
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:03 PM
16 ounce can poured into wine glass
Sight: light amber, pale, very hazy, with small foam, lacing
Smell: very fragrant, hoppy
Taste: medium bitterness
Mouth feel: good carbonation, good finish, very good follow through, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good Beer, ok to repeat, not look for

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Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Re-review June 15th, 2018

Original ratings: 3.25 3.25 3.25 3.25 3.25

Body color remains the same but the head has more presence, is fluffier and stickier, longer lasting. Another slight ratings boost goes to "Smell" -- a bit fuller and more noticeable. The taste also seems better in the hops department -- punchier and with a bit of bite. The mouthfeel seems rounder, too; a nice mix of velvety smoothness with a mild sweet coating on the palate.

This second can certainly improves my impressions of this beer. 'Tis nearly always good to give second and third tries to beers one may not have been initially impressed with.

Yellowish orange body; thin, spotty head; small flecks of foam along the glass. Thin presence of orange and other citrus smells. Flavors of orange rind, tangerine and a very faint presence of light cereal grain malt. Medium body; rather flat and watery but with some citrus spikiness.

Nothing to see hear (as far as notable craft beer elements go), move along...

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the amazing woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy, golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grapefruit, tropical fruits. Taste is juicy, grapefruit, oranges, some pineapple, malts are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I recently signed up for/on Tavour & frankly, I am quite happy with the service. I took a buncha bombers to a bottle share last weekend & they were all met with pleasant surprise. This is my first from them in support of The CANQuest (tm), but it will certainly NOT be the last!

From the CAN: "Pride of the Organic Northwest"; "Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture"; "Peace Recycle". As to the latter, Ha! My craft CANs go to Jeff Lebo's House of CANs in York Co., PA.

I began with a Crack! & slow, gentle Glug since it had revealed itself to be a brimful craft CAN. Once sufficiently decanted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, bone-white head with moderate retention that left plenty of sticky lacing in its wake. My earlier efforts paid off since the color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity. If you want a hazy/cloudy beer, initially, pour hard, otherwise, tread lightly. Nose had a mélange of scents, from pine & grapefruit to papaya and banana with an underlay of bready malt. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very fruity, even more than the nose had led me to expect. It was tending more towards tropical (mango, papaya, guava), but there was also a citrusy orange/grapefruit presence plus an odd banana ester, all backed with a bready maltiness. Reviewing to style, "Fruity esters and diacetyl can vary from none to moderate" & this exceeded this site's upper boundaries. If I were rating to taste, it would drop even further as this is nothing like the benchmark of the style - SNPA. Finish was really odd as I began to taste coconut, which was the lingering taste, post-swallow. Not bad, but not great, either. Was it the organic ingredients? IDK. It was interesting, but for me, not sustaining. Oh well, plenty more in that box! Warming, I really got the minty, tea-like quality mentioned by others. The final Glug revealed the lees that had given other reviewers a cloudiness, but nothing really changed in terms of mouthfeel or flavor.

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Photo of notoriousgra
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

oh so fresh and so clean, clean. Soft on the palette and a refreshing smooth finish. I am an APA fan and this is a good find. It's an Edward without the strong flavor. A nice drinking beer if you're not a hop fiend.

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Photo of jhartley
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a JK Snorkel snifter. Canned on date: 10/03/17.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a minimal amount of head.

Aroma: Orange, pine, grapefruit, something akin to pineapple.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is a little muted compared to the aroma. Closer to a sour orange/grapefruit juice with some mild carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer, just a little disappointed in the flavor. Super easy to drink just a little too light in flavor.

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Photo of smanson56
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a hazy golden orangey color into my tulip glass. Can is dated 10/3/2017
The nose is mild (nicer than saying weak) not much coming through perhaps a little tropical fruit and a hint of malt.
The taste is weak to me not much of anything coming through. Hints of some fruit perhaps?
The mouthfeel is smooth.
The beer to me lacks some of the flavors I look for in this style of beer. Not a bad beer actually just not having the flavors I was expecting.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L:deep orange with a strong haze, nice 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves good lacing The swell is caramel malt sweetness with strong backing of tropical fruits the taste follows the nose.

Overall a great beer and wish I lived closer so could keep on hand. Drinks like a NE APA (fort point) and a 5.4 abv is super drinkable

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Photo of LeRose
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orange color with moderate cloudiness. Hefty head thst is off white, lasts a while, and generates a lot of clingy lace.

The smell is wonderful. It is tropical like mango and papaya, a promise of sweetness, a little minty smell, and mildly roasted malts.

Nicely blended flavors of tangerine, more tropical flavors that are coming up papaya/mango to me, definitely sweet, and a nice cushion of lightly roasted malts. Minimal bitterness. It has characteristics of the "NEIPA" without being the overly cloudy, murky mess that some of them are. Drinks smoothly.

The feel is super silky smooth, mildly carbonated which I like. A little sticky too, but not in a bad way.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: moderately murky orange hue with two fingers of frothy ivory foam. A very nice-looking pale ale.

Smell: floral, soapy aroma atop a lightly toasty malt base. A classic aroma combination that I shouldn't like on paper, but its execution pleases me nonetheless.

Taste: the floral, soapy aroma is taken to the next level of perfumery in the flavor; it's perhaps a good thing gone too far. Very much like floral gum candy; if you like beer that tastes like perfume, then this is the one for you. That all said -- I don't hate it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess for the style.

Overall: this beer is just a little too soapy for me, but I can see how it could have some appeal to someone.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt copper to orange color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head. Messy sticky lace. The aroma blends some orange pulp, marmalade and fresh mint leaves. Nice clean sweeping malt in the backbone. The flavor freshly moves the mint sweetly with just enough spice to meld with the orange pulp and marmalade. Super nice sliding minty to malty aftertaste rolling into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Nice carbonation. ABV felt right. Overall, first one by Aslan and certainly doesn’t disappoint.

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Photo of SamQ
4.91/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very aromatic, sweet, pale with a unique hoppy twist. Somewhat reminiscent of an IPA, this pale is very smooth and easy to sip on. Providing hints of fruit, and leaving an excellent taste in one's mouth.

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Photo of Spikester
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale gold with one finger of five minute head. Some rings and splotches of lace.
Smell is citrus fruity hops.
Taste is citrus fruity hops with a rather low level of malt support. Like a session IPA.
Mouthfeel is light with alright carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and not very bitter.
Overall mild ale. If you want organic above all else then give it a try.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. I did NOT expect this. A "Pacific Ale" from a brewery I've never tried, it pours a MURKY copper color. A light tan head. This looks like no APA I've ever seen.

The smell ..... some hops, but a tropical component that is really cool: mango, pineapple, passion fruit, citrus. Yum. And the taste follows the aromas, with the mango and pineapple really shining.

I was doubtful when I poured this, but it surpassed my expectations - by a lot.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mule Bar in Winooski.

Pours a completely unclear yellowy orange.

Juciy smell, lots of mango and starfruit.

Soft, and tropical, taste, mango, pineapple, some peach. Really easy to slam down.

Mouthfeel is nice and soft.

First time trying Aslan, and I really liked it. Very easy to drink, bright and juicy.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9 oz pour at the brewery; served with a a thin head. Unfiltered hazy orange-gold pour. Heavy hop dosage gives off an aroma of pineapple and passion fruit. Malt gets blown away by the hops - juicy citrus flavors powered by acidic fruit; pungent and acidic. Taste feels unstructured and sloppy. Fishes bitter and sticky.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful thick amber glow of honey and, well, amber. Massive pillowy creme head that means it took three distinct pours to get the whole can into the glass.

Nose is nearly non existent. Maybe some hay grains. Really not much there.

Flavour leads in with the grainy malts and then... some faint honey and cream, and a last stage that introduces a pale subdued bittering finish.

Medium body that slides down creamy and smoothe and wonderful, but unfortunately what it's supporting isn't my favourite. I might grab one here and there to take hiking, but it's unlikely to become a part of the regular rotation or anything

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Photo of Derek
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not sure when this was discontinued, they were still serving it at the Four Points Sheraton in Bellingham last week. It had a bit of an acrid acidity and certainly wasn't popping with fresh hops.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a one finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing, looks very nice. Aroma of light bready malt, citrus with hints of tropical fruit and a slight tartness from the rye. Flavor is neutral malt with light biscuit, citrus hops, lemon citrus, hints of tropical and stone fruit, finishes with pleasant lightly sweet biscuit malt and citrus hops with a good mild tartness and spiciness from the rye. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Starts a bit understated, with light malt and hop presence but finishes quite pleasantly with nicely integrated malt and hops. The rye is used deftly and adds good character to the finish. Mellow, butI liked this quite a bit.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Listed as a Pacific ale, whatever that is, I wasn't sure what to expect. Color is of a traditional pale though it is unfiltered so very cloudy like a hefe. Smell wasn't anything special. Comes off rather malty and slightly bitter/soured. Finished ok as well. Overall a forgettable pale that needs a little work.
Tried again on 2/16/16 and it has improved noticably. Aroma is a more prominent citrus. Taste is smooth light citrus that refreshes well. Feels smooth and creamy going down. Much better.

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