GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is a completely clear golden yellow with a small fizzy white head that recedes to a thin collar with no lacing.
Aroma is pretty mediocre, lots of burnt toast and stale fruit, currants I guess. Some spicy yeast and some lemon zest. Subpar aroma for me.
The taste is better than the aroma thankfully as the sweetness of the currants come through and there is less burnt malt character. The finish is lightly spicy with some fruity esters lingering.
The mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated.
This is not one of my favorites from DFH but thankfully the taste is decent because the aroma really had me scratching my head. Overall, a very average Belgian style beer.
SSSteve (3968) - - NOV 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml pearl jam bottle. pours a clear light gold under a small white head. nose of vanilla, pale malt, some honey, sweetened cereal. flavors of pale malt, honey, alcohol, some cereal grain and a sweet light fruit note. some white grape-like notes upon further inspection. somewhat astringent. medium body. moderate carbonation. cool bottle and great band!
bluejacket74 (1570) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml bottle, Pearl Jam Faithfull Ale. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with about an inch carbonated white head that fizzled away quickly. There’s a small amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, but also a bit weak. The brew smells like berries, currants, wheat/grainy malt, and some honey. It tastes like currants, wheat/grainy malt, grassy hops, honey, and some white grapes. But like the aroma, the taste is underwhelming. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit creamy and smooth with good carbonation. Overall, this beer is just average to me, and since I’m a fan of DFH I’m probably being generous with my rating. This was a one and done for me, I was glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t buy this again.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a golden color with a small white head. Nose is very fruity, and the taste matches pretty much all current all the way through. Nothing all that special, however not bad either.
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from City Beer, labeled as Pearl Jam Faithfull Ale. I’m no sucker for gimmicks, this ticker. Brilliant clear golden/copper color with a small white head leaving a bubbly ring. Hay and grass on the aroma with pale malt and a mild dark fruit note. The flavor is pretty non-exciting but has a nice fruity note to it. Currants and stone fruits, along with some mildly sweet pale malt and hay. Very dry and drinkable for a Dogfish Head beer, with average carbonation. Good but nothing spectacular.
swoopjones (6966) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
billed as Pearl Jam’s Twenty Faithfull, plain jane blonde pour, slight berry aroma, boring slight currant flavor on top of an unexciting Blond ale. Eddie deserves better
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the tap, as faithful, poured a golden color with a good amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a quick finish.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance- funk, hay, yeast, spices, fruity notes
Appearance- resembles an extremely clean light beer, but it does fit the beer of a golden ale
Taste- clean upfront with some sweetness, tart middle, and smooth finish. Some currants hit in the finish but not as overwhelming as I was expecting.
Palate- medium carbonation, lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing, better for a summer release than a late fall/ early winter one
Overall- A let down for me. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was more than this. DFH is well-known for extreme offerings and this one is relatively bland and "normal". Also, why the colder seasonal release? This would serve as an excellent summer beer. Baffled by this beer.
HonkeyBra (3795) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle labeled Faithful Ale for Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary. Clear golden pour with a minimal head. Aroma of fleshy fruit, pomegranates, currant jam. Notes of fresh baked bread. Flavor of pomegranate, cherries, pale malt, dough. Very mild bitterness. Finishes with a bit of hay. Somewhat nice, but a bit plain.
drfabulous (4912) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 of the Faithful Ale from Good Foods. Perfume like aroma. Light body. Some wit styled flavor.