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Old Tempest Ale - Lightning Brewery

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Old Tempest AleOld Tempest Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-04-2007

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Photo of Vancer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer sent by soloman420 via the NoBSBIF3, thanks guy!

Orangy amber pour, frothy ass ivory head, sticky ring of lace. Big ol' whiff of west coast IPA - pine, citrus and orange. Very smooth and matly quaff of orange - backed by a sturdy pile of hops. Very well balanced, leans toward the sweet side. NO hint of the 9% alcohol.

This is one tasty tart brew, and I'm a better man for having sampled it.

Damn, the west coast BAs are fortunate people!

Photo of throwitallaway
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from South Bay Liquor. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Amber color with small off-white head that dissipates quickly. Smells like a couple of dopplebocks I've had recently. Plum/grape is the main aroma, with a touch of alcohol underneath. First taste that hits you is the plum/grape note, as well as pear. Underneath are malts and a touch of hops. The malts fade into a bready/grain note. Maybe a little caramel and alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, even though this beer is carbonated more than I would expect. I must admit this is a pretty tasty beer, but it would be hard for me to drink more than one or two pints.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at O'Brien's

Appearance is dark orange/ruby red hue, thin off-white head mostly retains, light lacing on the glass

Smell is syrupy sweet fruits (pears, peaches, raisins), cherries, some oaky wood, honey, and caramel malts

Taste is initially dominated by caramel malts and a range of fruit flavors (pears and raisins mostly), some sour and tart tones, opens to floral hops and spices, some wood, finishes with sweet malt

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick semi-viscous texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, a light and sweet version of the Old Ale style, wide range of fruits, low alcohol presence, i was quite pleased as this was my first beer from Lightning, looking forward to more from this brewery

Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Honey apricot body, small head leaves quickly, thin lacing persists throughout.

S - Sweet, candy fruit dominates nose, under base of solid malt.

T - Reminds me of Winter - candy fruits, I almost think of fruitcake. Toffee malt undercurrent. Bitter hopping finishes, but not completely balanced - still finishes a little cloying and sweet for me.

M - Fills every nook and cranny of the mouth. Small carbonation is nice with this one.

D - As mentioned, a little heavy and cloying. One is nice, though!

Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tulip, a bright apricot hazy liquid with a small off-white head. The head fades quickly leaving some lace, mild carbonation is right for this style.

The nose is mildly sweet and very malty, a slight peatmoss to the fragrance as well. As it warms, some alcohol rises to the occasion in a subtle way.

The flavor as it smells, is very malty. Not overly sweet, just a rich malty flavor with just enough hop to balance things nicely. The alcohol is almost undetectable in the taste...you'ld never guess it was 9% ABV.

Plenty of body, mild carbonation and a good flavor make this ale a very drinkable one indeed.

Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been hearing about this beer from a friend for a while now, saw it at Holiday Wine Cellar last night, and decided to check i out. For being a San Diego Brewery I really haven't had much of what Lightning offers and I'm eager to try this.

A: Looks good. It's lighter than other old ales I've had and appears a dark orange. The beer pours a one finger head with medium lacing.

S: I'm very surprised to smell a slight funk to it, almost a brett like character not unlike a sour. Apricot, spices, sweet malt.

T: Fruity and sweet. A slight bitterness and an almost dry finish.

M: A nice full mouth feel with very good carbonation.

Very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of d0ggnate
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer from a local brewery here. They recently started bottling it and I was lucky enough to grab a few for myself the other day.

A: 3/4" off white, lacey head that lingers in the glass. Amber red to orange in color that is hazy and just barely able to be seen through.

S: Sweet aroma with a malted hint. Notes of caramel complexion stand out.

T: A mild bitter leads off, but taste ends with sweet, caramel complexion continued.

M: Smooth with a light creaminess.

D: Very drinkable. I could enjoy this same glass for hours, but I know it won't last that long.

I beer I can enjoy after a long day's work. Just sit back, relax and taste the hard work that Lightning has put forth. Very enjoyable.

Photo of rallison
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked this one up today.

A: Beautiful orange color with a hint of red topped by a nice 1 finger white head that leaves some good lacing. Great looking beer!

S: Toffee, candied fruits and tropical fruits. Smells tasty.

T: Lots of toffee and candied fruits (especially candied oranges) are present. Definitely is a sweeter beer, but just keeps from being too sweet. Distinct old ale flavors going on. Much better balance of flavors than fresh North Coast Old Stock Ale. Slight alcohol presence, but all in all very balanced.

M: Smooth and a bit creamy. Rich flavours, but lighter on the tongue with some delicacy. Very pleasing.

D: Extremely good. Gets easier to drink as you go on.

Highly recommended. This one drinks like I wish North Coast's version would fresh. Very tasty. Wonder how this one will age...

Edit: Another bottle, and I pick up some acetaldehyde. Still good, but not great. Scores lowered to reflect this (original score was 4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4.5).

Further Edit: Just not very good. Too loaded with green apple.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours an amber orange colour, with a nice, white head, looks good in an over-sized wine glass.

S: Smells of strong fruit, some malt, and a hint of spice.

T: Very tasty, the flavour explodes on the tongue. A mix of strawberry/cherry, malt and orange make for a very interesting mix, it almost feels like it's got a Belgian kick to it.

M: Smooth, surprising light for a 9% beer, a bit phenolic, but not overly so, tasted a bit like a strong English Pale in the mouthfeel, the mineral character was there.

D: A very good beer, my best of the day, very drinkable for 9%, I can't wait to try more from this brewery if the first beer I've had from them is this good.

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Old Tempest Ale from Lightning Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.