Low Rider | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Low Rider is a session ale that straddles the line between English Mild and Bitter, but with an American twist. North American 2-row Pale Ale, Belgian Biscuit, and rich caramel malts from France were used for the grist, lending a nice bready malt backbone that perfectly balances a restrained herbal hop character. A small kettle addition of Dark BelgianCandi Syrup added a dash of color and subtle notes of burnt raison, while serving to help dry the beer out avoiding cloying sweetness. Instead of traditional English hop varieties, Warrior hops were used for their clean bitterness, and Vanguard was added as a flavor and dry-hop addition (post fermentation), lending a nuanced earthy spiciness. It was then fermented with our house yeast strain. To top it off, this is beer will be poured from our Nitro line, giving it a creamy smooth mouth feel mimicking the traditional cask ales of England. This pale copper brew, with its everlasting head may be low inabv but it still packsmadd flava in true Dogfish style. Cheers!

41 IBU

Added by THECPJ on 12-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the DFH pub.

LOOK: Clear orange amber, creamy dense head.

SMELL: Bready, toasted grain, faint caramel, browned apples, yeast, leafy hops.

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, fresh toasted grain, biscuity, hint of caramel, dried grass, ripe pears, dry finish.

Very drinkable, lots of back and forth from hops to malt with a dominant graininess. Great choice to serve it via nitro, tons of flavor packed into this small brew. Good starter beer for a session at the pub.

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Photo of nuzzorama
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Brewpub. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass the beer is a clear copper/amber color with a 1 finger head. Really nice head retention and lacing.

S: Some bread up front, light grassy hops, and a little bit of caramel.

T: Some more toasted bread, very faint hops, some more grass, a little bit of apple, and some caramel.

M: Light to medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel from the nitro.

O: Pretty solid, extremely drinkable, as was the goal. A great one to have inbetween some of the higher ABV offerings at the brewpub.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On nitro at DFH Brewing and eats in Rehoboth Beach.

A finger of white head, lgiht brown body. Good lace.

Faint... malt? There's not much to smell.

Watery, almost. Pretty light, some barley and cereal. 'Session,' I suppose.

Creamy except for some strong prickliness. Okay, I guess.

Pretty sessionable, which I think was the intent. Otherwise, uninteresting.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: nitro-tap at Dogfish Head, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Poured a coppery amber color with a creamy head that displayed decent lacing and retention. Bready aroma, yeast, grains, leafy and floral hops detectable. Taste of lightly toasted bread, grains, grass, light dried fruit, apple skin, and bitter hops, perhaps just a bit too metallic/bitter for this style. Finished off dry with a somewhat metallic aftertaste. Light body, and fairly drinkable, but not as smooth as I prefer a session ale to be, despite the nitro helping out.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a brewpub exclusive, served in a pint glass.

dark copper in color, with 1/4" bone-white head. leaving rings of lacing with each sip. mild biscuit aroma. taste is also very mild - bready and crisp hopping. body is thin to medium, with the soft creamy carbonation from the nitro-pour.

overall - a nice change of pace from DFH's more extreme beers.

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Photo of NumberNone
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bronzzoot
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of MsRif
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro-tap at the DFH brewpub in DE. Poured a somewhat hazy yellow-orange color with a lovely creamy head. Nice lacing. Had an aroma of yeast, grains, bread and light spices/earthiness. Taste followed the nose. Well-balanced, smooth and fairly complex for the style, but still a bit boring. Good, sessionable ale.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. A good choice for a nitro pour...only had a 4oz pour but this one would be good for a full pour to start a session off.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: thanks goes out to Matt and Wes for the taste.

Appearance: copper orange / yellow with 1 finger white head

Smell: bitter, hops, caramel, malts

Taste: smooth hop presence with mild malt backbone

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

Overall: a nice blend between an english mild and english bitter. A great easy drinkable beer and I will be back for more. It's great living near by so you can try these one off beers. I just wish we as locals could get more then just a pint of these great brew pub exclusives.


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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to visit the DFH Pub on the day this happened to be released. A low ABV beer at DFH? hard to believe but I'm excited to try it out. My first nitro-tap beer (I think?) and it's definitely a great experience. This type of "delivery" fits the style perfectly, as it's the smoothness of a Guinness with 10x as much taste, and a great creamy mouthfeel. A nice mellow, session beer that is super easy to drink. Glad I got a chance to give it a try!

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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