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Dog Days

Two Brothers Brewing Company
Warrenville, IL

Style: Dortmunder

Jill’s Rating:
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When it’s November, sometimes I just want a summer beer to take away the gray, cold day. Luckily, I had a bottle of Dog Days, Two Brothers’ Dortmunder style lager, that was still fresh.

A golden, caramelly pour with a solid head made me think of August—a roasting sun, golden in my glass. Then the scent was sweet and malty, like summer wildflowers blowing in the breeze. I was back in summer, and not even the dank day outside threatening with weather cold enough to force me to wear my big, puffy winter coat could take that away.

Although I’m guessing that Two Brothers named this beer for the dog days of summer, I thought it was aptly named for the taste. First you get a sweet, malty, summery taste, but at the end of it is a slight bite like a little dog nipping at your ankles.

This bite helps keep the beer interesting because as you drink it, the malt becomes really big, a rich thickness that spreads throughout your mouth. You do get the caramel tones on the malt, which is great, but you need that little nipping at the end to keep it from really bogging down your tongue.

Overall, it’s a decent beer and is good for any day—not just the dog days of summer.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on November 19, 2007.
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