The key component of this ale is the name...Deca, Latin for Ten. It's made with 10 different kinds of malts, 10 different kinds of hops, and is sold only on tap at 10 different Metro Atlanta locations (for a limited time), one of which was the Wild Wing Cafe in Marietta, where Jud and Erik from my office joined me for a beer-tasting expedition. A superb ale, this was definitely like nothing I've ever had before. It was very brown, kind of like very watered coffee, or the watered soda you get at diners with a lot of ice. Very malty, and the kicking hop action kind of reminded me of an English bitter. Not the best beer for a plate of wings, as it's not refreshing, but it is a soothing end-of-day beer, and would be quite good on warm summer nights. I owe this one to Bob Townsend, the beer reviewer for the AJC who recommended this in one of his columns. Definitely the best Dogwood I've tried, but the lack of beer-fart smell could have something to do with that.
Reviewed: August 16, 2003