Dogfish Head Faithfull Ale

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Faithfull Ale is the third beer that Dogfish Head has done in collaboration with Sony, this time to commemorate Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary and their debut album Ten. The side of the bottle states: “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 the course of the one hour boil.

Going in, I was pretty excited to try this beer. My experiences with the DFH/Sony beers had been for the most part positive thus far, Bitches brew was fantastic and Hellhound was a decent beer. DFH does not make many Belgian style beers and the currants made for a potentially interesting combination. I went over to the brewery on release day and got to sample it on draft and then decided to buy one bottle or further tasting ($12.50, limit 2).

Right away I thought there might be a problem. Many fruit forward beers have some sort of color to them, but Faithfull was golden/orange. Upon smelling it there was only a slight fruity aroma, that I could only assume was currants. Continuing on a theme, there was very little currant in the flavor. It was mostly came off like a generic Belgian style ale, with some pale grain and bready malt flavors going on.

Overall, the beer was a disappointment. I was hoping for a much stronger currant presence considering there were “10 incremental additions of black currants.” It comes off like a very generic Belgian Style Pale Ale, with very little of the Belgian yeast/spices even coming through.

Taste: C. Nothing wrong with the beer, but its just boring and nothing makes me want to have it again.
Drinkability: B. Not hard to drink, but I wouldn’t really want to waste my time with it
Vitals: 750ml, 7% ABV, 20 IBUs.

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