Faithfull Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary as a band and its extraordinary debut album, "Ten." In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil. Faithfull clocks in at 7% ABV.

Added by THECPJ on 10-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
722
Reviews:
245
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
17.16%
 
 
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36
Gots:
190
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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle shared with some Pearl Jam fans. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Crystal clear yellow. Nice white head and some good lacing. But really, it looks flavorless.

Smell - Musty dry smell. Somewhat yeasty and sweet smelling. Fruits, but I couldn't possibly identify it as currants.

Taste - Sweet light malts and a slight acidic tinge to it. Mildly bitter finish and just a hint of, again, unrecognizable fruit. Apparently it's currants.

Mouthfeel - Thick. Really thick for something so light in flavor. Very musty finish.

Overall - A very average BPA, if that's really what it is. Lacking complexity and fruit. Just about nothing exciting about this beer.

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Photo of jbaker67
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of 120minuteman
1/5  rDev -70.4%

Photo of swetsastonic
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of ms11781
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.39/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle purchased from Bevmo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a very light golden colour, with a white head that froths up initially, but then forms a flimsy film atop the body. The beer itself seems a little light, although it forms really nice fine carbonation. Some positives, some negatives to the appearance.

Nose is uninspired. Mostly flat, with a fermented sugar or grainy adjunct character, mingled with a cloying sweetness and a hint of paint thinner. Some sugary notes could be the currants, although it could just be booze. Unimpressed.

Taste is better only because it is blander. Light grainy sweetness through to the back, when there's a slight uptilt in metal and booze, and perhaps a slight fruity acidity on the aftertaste. Feel is exceptionally light, almost absent. Overall, a really unimpressive brew.

Urgh. I'm totally off DFH's beers. Why did I buy this one? I knew it was going to follow the same trajectory. Something about the promise of currants through the boil intrigued me. But like most Dogfish beers I've had, the intrigue is one thing, and the execution is quite another.

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Photo of whallgren
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/31/12

Straw yellow and golden color; mostly clear. The head swoops up to over three finger and spills out of the glass. Napkin time. The foam is smooth and drops to about a half an inch, leaving good trails of lace. Overall retention is a thin layer.

When first in the glass, Faithfull Ale smelled strongly of husks, grass and nobel-ish hops. Touch of toasty grain, too. As the head falls away, modest grape aromas emerge. I wondered where those currants were hiding.

The taste is a tad more vinous than outright grape flavored. This is especially so starting in the middle and on to the latter half where the currants jostle the grassy base beer. There is a subtle hop rub on the finish as well. All told, the flavor work pretty well together.

The body is fairly light, with a slight puffy, granular feel. Carbonation is a shade lower than moderate and suits the beer nicely. The finish is dry and rather clean.

Overall impression - The best part about this beer is that nothing is over the top. In the land of the Dogfish, this is a pretty tame critter. It drinks easily and doesn't seem like 7% abv.

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Photo of beer2day
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very light in color, lemon to yellow gold with 1/2 finger white head. No retention and no lace.

Nose is almost more lager and ale. Yeast, bread, a bit of light spice ... and little else. The currants do give a fruity underbelly to things, but smells like a fruit beer vs a pale ale. Ok.

Fruit really comes out on the tongue. That's the big takeaway here. Not much taste up front, but strong currant/blueberry in the finish. Not much else to report.

A bit fizzy, but otherwise medium bodied.

Overall, a miss for me.

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Photo of Kmccabe33
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hockenbeer
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bspain5
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of fiedler84
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of drleomarvin
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of FunkyFibes
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear gold, with 1 ½ fingers of rich bright-white head. This maintains a solid ½ finger of sudsy froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with robust spotty lacing. The aroma smells festive in the nose, with a mix of spice, currants, green citrus, and a honeyed sweetness, which is all propped up in the nostrils by a little alcohol thickness. The spice and currants really stick out here in the aroma.

The taste is similar, with dark currant flavor that is prominent but not overbearing, thanks to an equally strong malt backbone of honey sweetness and toasted bread. There is a decent bit of earthy bitterness present as well which in turn helps offset some of that sweetness, while a fairly lively spice presence lingers into a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, possibly a touch fuller, with a firm and prickly feel on the tongue that segues into more of a rigid creaminess across the back of the palate. The overall body on this is actually pretty drinkable considering the amount of warm chewiness that is present from the alcohol.

This wasn’t bad. It might not have been the most complex beer I’ve ever had but what is here is pretty well balanced and worked well enough together. The currant flavor and spice were probably the highlights of this for me. It’s probably worth checking out if you still see it out there.

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Photo of Antnyd82
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of light fruits, Belgian yeast, some coriander, lemon, and some light pale malts.

T - Starts off with some sweet fruity esters with some pale malt and some lemon and other citrus flavors. Through the middle, the fruit flavors come through with some currants, alongside some Belgian yeasts, with some light spices. The finish is a mix of sweet light fruits, pale malts, yeast, and some lemon.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. There is quite a bit of fruity flavor mixed in, but the beer still stays nicely balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of bone white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam fades away quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt with a touch of pear, honey and just a bit of fruit in the background.

T - Sweet malt with a non descript fruity character up front. Some pear and light pepper flavors in the middle which transition to a more fruity finish where the currant actually comes out as a distinctive flavor with lightly herbal hops and a touch of bitterness to balance.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Fruity and not overly complex, but I still like it. It manages to be sweet but never cloying and it has just enough variety of flavor to give it some legitimacy. I wouldn't feel the need to drink it again, but it was nice.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: minimal head on a pale golden, murky body.

S: lots of graham cracker, pale malts, honey, with a subtle musty fruitiness.

T: graham cracker, pale malts and grains up front with a dark fruit finish, mosly dried cherry and raisins and probably currants though I am unfamiliar with their smell. Nice yeast character.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: very drinkable. Nice fruit notes from the currants. The base beer seems like it follows the genre well.

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Faithfull Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 722 ratings.
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