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Old Wylies IPA - Rivertowne Pourhouse

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Old Wylies IPAOld Wylies IPA

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertowne Pourhouse visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerphan on 11-27-2007

Andrew Maxwell put over 1.5 decades of recipe development into this India Pale Ale, creating the fourth dimension of flavor. Combining four varieties of hops produces a unique beer that has an aggressive hop flavor, bite and aroma without denying the presence of malt which I.P.A.S often lack.
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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The reviewing of IPAs continues... grabbed this Old Wylie up in Wexford, PA a month or so back... no freshness date on the kinda olde school bottle and no ABV... goes into an imperial pint I had on hand...

What this is, basically, is a very dark (backside of orange) IPA with little head and no lace that manages to hit that grapefruit-pith bitter button very well, but comes up short overall. There is more than adequate bitterness that is primarily grapefruit-sharp, and trends towards that Aspirin-esque bitter in the finish. Prominent hops in the nose, a little minty-herbal and green, but not too balanced. Malt is here and is caramel and dark and a little old tasting. Lingering bitter finish, rather low on the carbonation side of things. If I brewed this I'd be pleased, but...

I can't help but figure this is a better recipe than this bottle is doing justice. Would be happy to try Old Wylie's closer to the source, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Just slightly above average, really.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see all of a sudden many of the hometown brewers bottling, thanks to the MKGFB, INC up in North Versailles this is the project with Rivertowne/North Country collaboration production brewers. Full Pint is th combined label, than each brewer is bottling certain brews as well. This is a nice local IPA for sure pours out a nice deep amber copper hue with a light off white cream colored head. Lacing was fine detailed evenly coating my imperial pint glass. Aroma has upfront hops with grapefruit/floral/citrus/earthy hops going on, a little bit of everything. Brewers Andrew Maxwell and Barret Goddard have fine tuned this recipe over 20 yrs according to the label. This is a quintessential Pittsburgh IPA, really quality big on malt and hops balanced and ballsy. Flavor is great I could only imagine what it would taste like with whole cone hops, these hop pellets are detectable in this beer. Not off putting with the pellets but it's evident in this case. Hop bitterness upfront with a nice balancing act with the caramel bread malts, finishes with hops across the palate coated on the teeth. Earhy, herbal, citrus rind hops are aggressive but definitely an enjoyable creation overall. Mouthfeel is medium bodied sturdy carbonation, these guys are making some nice beers I will continue to support the local guys. Drinkability overall like I said enjoyable packed full of flavor light years ahead of Church Brew Works bottled offerings, it's time for Scott Smith to befriend these guys and package some Kvass so I can have some trade bait.

Photo of prdstmnky
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, nice amber body with 2 fingers of frothy white head that settles to a foamy cap - lots of lacing. Picking up nothing but citrus / floral hops in the nose, which is always a good sign for my preferences. Was hoping for a hop-forward IPA and boy did I get one! The taste follows right in line with the nose, a burst of bitter hops upfront with just a bit of balance from some sweet malts in the middle, and ending with a somewhat floral / bitter finish. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation and fairly dry. Really nice IPA!

Photo of Stigs
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour at Fatheads, served in an English style pint glass

A - pours a pretty dark amber/copper color. nice slightly off-white foam, very frothy and coats the glass at each sip on the way down.

S - pine resin, bitter with some freshly cut grass. malts fairly present, bright caramel and right in that "East Coast IPA" comfort zone. a bit mild.

T - Again quite heavy on the pine...a bit one-sided with the hop profile, though it is quite tasty. ample amounts of caramel malt add sweetness which stops this just short of being a hop bomb, assertive yet good balance.

M - medium bodied, carbonation was alive but worked well with all the pine, grass. finishes with a lingering bitterness which isnt overwhelming.

D - very good IPA, faulted by the fact that you need to either be a fan of or in the mood for piney & grassy hops without much else. so many stellar IPA's out there this may get lost in the mix but ill glady give it another shot.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amberish copper color with a slight off white head that is about one finger thick. The aroma is of a caramel malt backbone with piney and earthy hops present over the top. The taste has a big malt backbone with caramel malt and sweet malt being balanced out by piney and earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate. Overall its a solid ipa, nice malt backbone and characteristic with a nice balance off hops. Enough going on to make you come back for more.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good clarity on a tarnished orange coloring reveals a glass consuming display of carbonation of moderate pace. Foamy, 2 finger ivory head shows good standing while helping to leave a thick lace coating accented by heavy saturn like descending rings down the vessel.

S: Spicy pineapple, a dash of pepper herbs, starfruit and cantelope with a modest strength.

T: The flavor is grassy alcohol, sweet toasted grains, dry flowery hops. Peppery orange peel, spicy middle with citrus, the dry toasted nature begins to come through while the finish shows a good dry hopping of pine.

M: Creamy, dry hopped, medium bodied, carbonation settles down a bit.

O: Overall nice aroma, a different feel taste wise then the nose, a decent general drinker.

Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in Monroeville.

A: The IPA is a full amber color, golden possibly in lighter conditions. As it is, I can't see through it. A half a finger of dense white foam arrived with the glass.

S: The nose is piquant, nicely spiced with an excess of citrusy, floral hops. The ale isn't all hops though, with a streak of caramel malts cutting through it.

T: A refreshing IPA, this is long on hoppy flavor without sacrificing the malts. Citrus and flowers, with a hint of pine resin, drive the hoppy side. The flavors are sharp but not too bitter. Caramel malts are abundant, strengthed as compared to Pucker Up. Overall, the IPA hits the spot without too much boozy or bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is lively, a little resiny. Either way, the hops are full and carry the mouthfeel with their full flavors.

D: Enjoyable, if not a little heavy. Definitely a drinkable IPA.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another new one for me, huge thanks to the halloween bif for getting me yet another beer i had never heard of before! poure into a pint glass and enjoyed on 10/22/2010.

good pour here with a clear amber color and lots of carbonation bubbling up in to a nice one inch head of white that really had some legs.

aroma is fresh hops, nice touches of citrus with hints of light pine and a nice mix of light buttery malts that could be picked up later in the session. near perfect medium feel led to an outstanding profile that featured just enough hops to make me a very, very happy man. nice dry finish with a good bit of grapefruit an pineapple.

overall a very solid offering and one that i would do again in a heartbeat.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Hazed amber brown color. One and a half fingers of creamy off-white head with average retention and a good bit of lacing.

4.0 S: Pretty good aroma. Equal mixture of hops and malts. Malts offer a good bit of toffee and caramel to a lesser extent. Hops are citrusy and earthy with orange being more apparent. A bit of Chinook-like cat piss and yeastiness too. Pretty good.

3.5 T: Earthy and refreshing. Moderate-heavy bitterness, earthy hops with some citrus and pine, and caramel and toffee malts. Yeastiness is a bit heavy handed, but otherwise pretty good.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is just a tad bity. Could be a bit creamier and a bit less chewy yeast.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but I'd prefer it to be a bit cleaner. I like yeastiness to a degree, but this is a tad too much for this beer

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All the great taste of Rivertowne beer... Now in a bottle!

A - Pours a nice copper amber color with an inch of the foamy white stuff I love.

S - You got hardcore piney and herbal hops dancing on a balanced bready malt.

T - Pretty timid actually so maybe it's been bottled for a while. First time I had this it tasted more "dry hopped" but now I am getting semi bitter hops with the nice caramel body that does finish pretty bitter.

M - Light to medium body. Defiantly could finish a sixer no problem.

D - Well it still was really enjoyable but IDK I still love it on tap. What was cool was a sixer of bottles was only 10 bucks, which is cheaper than a growler fill and still delicious.

A cheap way to enjoy the great taste of local beer!

Photo of Rifugium
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the POPE, Philly, PA.

Copper pour with a half inch or so of foamy white head; good retention and a bit of lacing. Pretty mild aroma, vegetal, leafy hops, worty malt. Taste was pretty bland, but very bitter. Too bitter actually, even for an IPA, mainly in that it lacked any fresh hoppy goodness. Pine needles and grass, and a very bland malt base. Light-medium body, dry, thin and watery mouthfeel. Was not a fan of this one.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this from 2dogbrew in one of our many awesome trades.

Very dark brown. This is beyond copper-- it is approaching opaque. A 2 finger white head is thick and frothy. Nice rings of pacing left behind as it slowly settles. The color is the darkest IPA I've ever seen-- and I'm not sure I like it.

The smell has some toffee and caramel malts. Lots of hops too-- citrusy grapefruit and pine resin. It is too malty. It doesn't work very well for me. I like crisp, clean, and dry... This is anything but. The sweet malts are flavorful-- and the hops are too-- and yet, it is somehow not balanced. The malts and hops are battling eachother, instead of blending together. This doesn't really work for me at all.

The body is full. My tongue got a good scrubbing from the prickly nature of this beer...

I don't like this beer. I won't be drinking it again. I will say this: it isn't awful. It really isn't bad at all. As it warms up, the flavor is improving-- but some slight alcohol becomes evident.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, small pine and a gingerbread like malt. In the taste, pine hops, almost minty, with a gingerbread like malt. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine to bland aftertaste. Quite piney, ok, but lacking in flavor and taste.

Photo of ckaufman
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Rivertowne...

This beer is named for "Wylie" the fish mascot at the Rivertowne Pourhouse... in case anyone was wondering!

Served to me in a tall pint glass... cloudy reddish copper in color with a nice two finger head. Medium lacing with strong retention down the inside of the glass. I was expecting a little more in the nose for an IPA... you could smell the pine and floral hop aroma alongside a caramel malt, but again I think perhaps a dry-hop would help increase the aroma, or a longer dry-hop if one is currently used.

This beer, on the other hand, had a good "east coast" IPA taste. 55/45 balance of hops to malts. Very resinous in the mouth with a nice hop finish. Medium carbonation and a nice full body make this beer very drinkable.

The ABV on the batch I had was 6.2%.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A rich copper in color with a large soapy white head and chunks of lace. A sexy looking IPA.

Smell: Floral hops and some malt sweetness.

Taste: Earthy, herbal hops with a good bite to it. Leafy and bitter, but pleasing at the same time. Caramel malt adds some balance but still a hop forward ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a mild bite and lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: A nice beer from Rivertowne, nice to see it in bottles locally.

Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amberish copper color with a slight off white head that is about one finger thick. The aroma is of a caramel malt backbone with piney and earthy hops present over the top. The taste has a big malt backbone with caramel malt and sweet malt being balanced out by piney and earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate. Overall its a solid ipa, nice malt backbone and characteristic with a nice balance off hops. Enough going on to make you come back for more.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, light toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/floral hops and balanced sweet malts; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A bit too malty, but otherwise a nicely enjoyable IPA.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good beer could drink at ball games but doesn't seem like a ipa to me

Photo of Hoptometrist
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on tap at the Rivertowne North Shore in Pittsburgh

A- Poured a darkish amber color, unexpected for an IPA, one finger frothy head

S- Mostly caramel with some pine and citrus hop aroma

T- This tastes like an old IPA, some caramel notes, very watery taste, some mustiness, and a ton of nondescript bitterness

M- Pretty good carbonation for what tasted like an old IPA, slightly creamy up front

O- I have a hard time believing a brewpub that only has three of their house beers on tap would be serving old beer, but this tasted just like a year old Dale's Pale Ale I had a month ago; except the Dale's Pale Ale was probably still better.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps this was old, I don't know, I really didn't pay much attention for a date.
The appearance was fairly decent with a copper amber color and short white head.
The aroma was mostly malts and had that old IPA smell.
Taste was stale and malty. Not picking any hops in the flavor.
It did drink quite smooth and full bodied on the palate.
Overall not a very good representation of the style. It taste and smelled stale.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap at new North Shore location

Bronze amber pour, whitish lacing

Smells of floral and pine resin hops with some light bready malt

Caramel malts with some strong but not overly bitter hop character.

Medium body with a sting of carbonation.

Really a pretty decent IPA, light and drinkable but not short on flavor or body. Good balance and sessionable beer, would have again.

Photo of ONUMello
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Orange with a hint of brown, one-finger head
S: Orange juice, a touch of hops but also an unattractive metallic note
T: Malt and earth up front with a pleasant citrus rind midpalate and some resin hops on the finish
M:Medium-bodied, earthy
O: A nice initial effort but far from the best in its style. I like it but it would be better if there were a touch less earth, a bit more hops and (possibly the first time I've said this) a bit more sweetness

Photo of IronLover
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden honey in color with a slight haze. Poured with a short, rich white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Malty grain, biscuit, earthy grass and light orange citrus hop aromas in the background. A bit light on hop character for an IPA. On the lighter side of medium bodied with pleasant, creamy, rich carbonation. Biscuity malt up front with floral and light citrus hops to the end. Finishes with a piney hop aftertaste. A local brew with lots of potential. Needs a bit more hop aroma and a touch more hop bite through the middle to be a true American IPA. If there was such thing as a German IPA, this may qualify.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice dark copper color with some amber twinges. Provides a nice off-white foam head with more than sufficient lacing.

S: Although a tad mild, there are definite scents of hops with some bready and caramel malt.

T: For me, this was a beer that really came through on taste. Ample amounts of hop flavor that is balanced nicely with the caramel malts.

M: Leaves a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D: I find this easy to drink. The ABV is only 6.2% so I could enjoy several of these easily in a sitting.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Wylie's IPA has a pretty dark body for an IPA. It is brown with hints of orange and a small tan head that doesn't have much in the way of retention, but it does leave some decent lacing.

Bitter, pine scented hops. Some grassy hop aromas. A boatload of caramel malts.

Old Wylie's IPA has roughly equal amounts of two flavors: piney, hops that are somewhat bitter and a sweet, caramel-like malts. Although not overly complex, both flavors are pretty good. My main complaint is the the malts are at least as strong as the hops. In my opinion, if you are going to make an equally balanced IPA, make an English IPA with English hops and malt.

The body might be a touch heavier than the median, but the carbonation is pretty average.

Old Wylie's IPA is a solidly drinkable IPA that leans heavily on piney and grassy hops. It's pretty malty also, definitely what people would refer to as an "east-coast" style IPA. I liked it, but I plan to move on to other Rivertowne beers when I get the chance.

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Old Wylies IPA from Rivertowne Pourhouse
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