Brewer's Alley 1634 Ale - Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
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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
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
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
Brewer's Alley 1634 Ale from Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.