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Brewer's Alley 1634 Ale - Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewer's Alley 1634 AleBrewer's Alley 1634 Ale

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"1634 Ale" was created by Tom Flores, master brewer at Brewer's Alley, following research of historic recipes and raw materials available in centuries past. "We used ingredients that would have been found in the austere conditions of early colonial Maryland," said Flores of his rye-based ale recipe that also includes malted wheat, molasses and caraway. Flores says caramel and dark malts round out the flavor of the "lighter bodied ale."

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 05-30-2009)
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Bierleichen

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

08-27-2014 11:17:24 | More by Bierleichen
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

True to historic form though 1634 Ale endeavors to be, it's doubtful that Cecil Calvert, the second Lord of Baltimore, would ever have seen an ale this clear and light (relatively speaking). The butterscotch coloured beer is a little murky, sure, but far from opaque and demonstrates excellent chestnut highlighting. Its head is modest but would be abundant by 17th century standards.

1634 Ale has the smell of a modern Eastern-European bakery: fresh-baked rye bread and caraway seed abounds. There's also subtly sweet notes of toffee and maple syrup. It doesn't rank high on the aromatic scale but is still a respectable medium and thus far delivers on what's billed.

The taste, too, features those things promised on the label - molasses, rye, caraway - albeit at safe levels not likely to turn away the general drinking public. There's no doubt Brewer's Alley have toned down the keystone ingredients to suit modern palates. Interesting though the flavour profile may be, it's not terribly impressionable all things considered.

That being said, I'm pleased with the restrained sweetness and, even more so, the lingering (however subtle) presence of caraway and rye - it's enough to remind me of a good spiced pumpernickel loaf, one of my favourite styles of bread. Indeed, if ever there was a beer to pair with breakfast this makes a strong candidate for creamed cheese bagels or bacon and eggs.

1634 Ale may not be every bit as unique as I'd hoped, but it's still a distinct and highly enjoyable offering that is well worth picking up if you're in that part of the country. It also makes a great beer to share with friends accustomed to the standard swill lagers; this is definitely the kind of beer that can open eyes, broadened tastes, and turn people onto craft beers.

08-15-2014 23:33:19 | More by biegaman
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fitz284

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -2%

08-14-2014 13:16:18 | More by fitz284
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Swift989

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-07-2014 06:02:16 | More by Swift989
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Todd_E_Moore


4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

08-06-2014 03:28:44 | More by Todd_E_Moore
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dsshuck

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-10-2014 18:08:27 | More by dsshuck
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Chvck1

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-05-2014 17:11:48 | More by Chvck1
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Klebe

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-20-2014 15:39:45 | More by Klebe
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-19-2014 01:59:48 | More by wrightst
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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-18-2014 23:28:07 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-11-2014 04:16:11 | More by oriolesfan4
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jbexphys

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-20-2014 03:21:37 | More by jbexphys
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ConradKenney

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-18-2014 15:08:19 | More by ConradKenney
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Nlawrence301

Maryland

1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

02-09-2014 21:19:27 | More by Nlawrence301
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-19-2014 23:30:41 | More by Lehighace06
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours reddish black with a decent size off brown head. Smells of sweet grain, a tad of fruitiness. Tastes of watery sugar, kinda like an adjunct, but with a little more flavor. Beer is light bodied, drinkable, lightly carbonated. Overall an above average beer.

01-18-2014 00:46:53 | More by cyclonece09
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-29-2013 05:22:51 | More by BillRoth
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev +7.3%

This has an almost sherry like appearance as the color is clean light and cognac brown with only a collar of fizzy film.

The nose holds a strong alcohol scent that needs to disappated before it subsides to a rye, barley and chocolate malt.

The flavor has a lot of diversity with a black licorice, pumpernickle, rye and barley malt an then a spicy peppercorn.

The feel is a bit abrasive with a spiky carbonation in the throat but it's not too off putting.

I found this to be a different and interesting beer that is a good example of a Rye.

12-03-2013 00:22:31 | More by KYGunner
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-10-2013 14:10:57 | More by justintcoons
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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

10-30-2013 23:55:38 | More by Dcunicelli
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.7%

09-20-2013 03:33:06 | More by JamieDuncan
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Jame515

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-12-2013 02:29:10 | More by Jame515
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -15.5%

08-28-2013 00:32:02 | More by ROGUE16
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-22-2013 22:51:47 | More by Boone757
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-01-2013 23:29:01 | More by LXIXME
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Brewer's Alley 1634 Ale from Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.