Pouring with an Even Flow
Posted on 2/16/2012 at 7:58 AM EST
(464 days ago)
1 Member Rating | Good Overall | 8/10 Appearance | 7/10 Aroma | 6/10 Mouthfeel | 6/10 Flavor
I have been eagerly anticipating Dogfish Head’s Pearl Jam Twenty Faithfull Ale since its release in October of 2011. I was lucky enough to score a bottle from my local beer store before they all disappeared. Faithfull Ale is the third beer in Dogfish Head’s Music Series, which includes the Bitches Brew (Miles Davis-inspired) and Hellhound On My Ale (a tribute to Robert Johnson). All of these brews are limited releases, so when they’re gone, they’re gone. Consequently, I feel fortunate as a beer lover to be sampling this fine nectar, both as a fan of Dogfish Head and as a fan of Pearl Jam.
DFH: 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. My co-founder and I were in high school together when Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album hit the airwaves. It ushered in and exciting new era of music and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder quickly became a potent voice for our generation. We attended many of their concerts, including the infamous anti-Ticketmaster tour. We were also cheated out of a highly coveted New Orleans show, but that sad story is reserved for a cozy pub and some cold brews. Speaking of cold brews, let’s get started on the Faithfull Ale. In the glass, this beer has a semi hazy peach coloration. It comes with a spongy white head that dissipates normally. The aroma consists of a rich and tangy citrus, mostly orange, along with a pleasant spiciness that reminds me of warm Russian tea. You can definitely smell the currants that were used in the brewing process resting underneath, which add a thickness to the aroma. The nose doesn’t direct you toward any particular style. It’s a mishmash of Witbier, Saison and Belgian Golden traits. It’s very fruity and very inviting. The first sip matches the aroma profile quite well. This beer has a dominant zesty orange flavor with the currants serving a more complimentary role. The flavor profile is very fruit-forward and easy to handle. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth, making Faithfull Ale an easy drinking brew. Both the hop profile and Belgian yeasts are significantly muted and almost nonexistent, which was a little disappointing. To be honest, this beer drinks more like a rich cider or an applewine. The finish is a bit sticky and leaves behind a tangy citrusy aftertaste, much like you would experience from a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Overall, Dogfish Head’s Pearl Jam Twenty Faithfull Ale is a pretty good brew. I can easily recommend it to any level of beer fan, but its fruity and easy drinking nature will resonate more with novices. I would imagine that Belgian purists will probably not appreciate this brew because it’s way too light and fruity to be properly classified as a quality Belgian Golden. That being said, Faithfull Ale is endlessly enjoyable and is certainly worth the experience. If there was such a thing as a no-thinker drinker in the Belgian world, then this beer would fall into that category. It’s not aggressive, not too thick or boozy, not overpowering, and not too complex. It’s just a really tasty brew that you can enjoy and share with friends. And when all is said and done, what more could we ask for? Just be sure to pour Faithfull Ale with an Even Flow. *rimshot*
Member Comments (6)
I love Dogfish Head precisely for this reason. Sam really isn't afraid of pushing his creations to the limits and beyond, isn't concerned with what anyone thinks about it, and is truly invested in his own passions. He made a beer for Pearl Jam. Damn right! Thanks by the way, now I have Even Flow going through my head (not that this is a bad thing).
Even flooow... beers arrive on sample flights... oh he don't knooow... so he drinks them all away, yeah... oh someday yeah... he'll begin his tab again... (had to be done)
Posted on 2/17/2012 at 10:27 AM EST
I shall never forget the screw job we got on the New Orleans show getting canceled. Hell, now I am all angry over it again. Thank you for that. And I couldn't agree more on the fact that it is awesome that Sam said "Screw it. I wanna make a beer dedicated to Pearl Jam." I hope I am the same way if I ever become a brewer. I can see it now in the middle of a meeting, me standing up and yelling "I am making a beer dedicated to The Offspring! Bring me crazy stuff! All crazy ingredients must go in and it must be awesome!" But on the serious note, it does sound like a tasty brew. I have one sitting in my bar cabinet right now, awaiting a special occasion to be opened. Maybe on a...Porch. Of course, it could only be opened...Once. Then I would be depressed. People would ask me whats wrong, and I could only respond....Nothingman. But if someone were to have another to share I would definitely feel...Better Man.
I thought you might like to be reminded of that New Orleans debacle. You're welcome. For anyone else reading this, if you ever find yourself enjoying a few cold brews with the BrewChief founders, ask us about the New Orleans Pearl Jam show. It's quite the sore spot even 16 years later. Holy crap, has it been that long?! Jeeze we're getting old. Just be sure we're not drunk enough to cause a scene, heh.
Posted on 2/17/2012 at 7:31 PM EST
And yes, if we ever open up a BrewChief pub and if we ever start brewing beer, we have to make an Offspring tribute beer and "Noodles" has to be somewhere in the name (another good story). Hell, we could name every beer we ever make after our countless crazy concert stories.
Maybe one about the Papa Roach show where we walked in and the following exchange took place:
Me - Zack, we are at the right show, aren't we? Zack - Yes dumbass. Why? Me - *pointing at the t-shirt booth* I was just wondering why they would be selling Nonpoint t-shirts at a Papa Roach show. Zack - We are about to die.
Haha, nice one. That beer can be called "Nonpoint of No Return". Speaking of points, maybe one about seeing Gravity Kills at the old Pointe in Atlanta.
Posted on 2/17/2012 at 8:04 PM EST
Me - Is there another room to this tiny place? Where's the stage? Greg - Um, I think we're standing on it. Me - Check it out, the Gravity Kills guys are walking towards us. Greg - Seriously? There's like 20 people here and that feels crowded. Me - Dude, they're picking up instruments. Greg - Holy hell, is this awesomeness really about to happen?! We can call this beer "Gravity Killed".
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