While enjoying the afternoon under the tent at the Oregon Brewers Festival, I struck up a conversation with a fellow beer lover and discussed beers we had tried and enjoyed there at the festival. I mentioned that I was looking for something malty, as I think my bitter taste buds have been killed by all these Northwest style IPAs. He recommended the Dicks Danger Ale (5.2% ABV), so I thought I’d give it a try.
It had a deep brown color and a thin, creamy head. There was a very caramelly malty aroma and a brown sugar type smell as well. There were some slight earthy hop aromas as well.
The body was on the lighter side of medium and the mouthfeel was smooth with a little bit of carbonation. There was a light caramel malty flavor up front, finishing with a sweeter caramel and brown sugar-like finish. There was a very light bit of an earthy hop bitterness to counter the sweetness, but the malt sweetness overtook it. The aftertaste was fairly caramelly sweet with hints of roasted/burnt caramel and brown sugar, but not syrupy.
As for a food pairing, I would recommend a somewhat medium seasoned Chinese food dish with sauce such as mushroom chicken, eggrolls, scallops, or crab rangoon.
Since this was recommended to me by another beer guy, I had high expectations. Overall, I thought it was a decent beer which was fairly good, but it isn’t one I would have raved about.