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Old Wylies IPA - Rivertowne Pourhouse

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Old Wylies IPAOld Wylies IPA

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertowne Pourhouse visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: beerphan on 11-27-2007)
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

Mounty4Life, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of allboutbierge
4.93/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An incredible IPA that shows you can have incredible depth of flavor without the over the top ABV of DIPAs. Its a 6.2 abv here.

Color is richer and darker than most competing AIPAs. Its color reminds me more of some EIPAs I've had. Theres some brown color in there.

Its got an almost chewy malt profile going on to go along with its heavy floral hop flavors. You can taste the oils in it. Amazingly fresh flavor. Hops hammer away at your tongue, but the malt content is enough to keep them from burning out. A little bit of fruity character to go along with the pine flavors. I can't complement this IPA enough. Its a refreshing alternative between the IPAs which seem to achieve balance from putting a little less hops in the kettle (Im looking at you Titan, Mojo) and the over the top West Coast hop bombs. Theres insance hop depth going on, but enough malt in there to keep one from burning out.

allboutbierge, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of beerphan
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed copper amber with a fluffy white head that deposits sheets of dense spiderwebbed lace. When held to a light the brew shines a hazed orange. Carbonation appears average.

Nose: Hoppy nose, citrus, some sweet malts

Hoppy up front with balancing caramel malts. This brew seems to be all about the finish. Bitter and fruity. Citrus rind and a lingering bitterness.

Easy to swill, could drink this all night long. Go steelers!!

beerphan, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a reddish hue. Off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Real strong perume tones on the nose. Fruity tones that are extremely vibrant and full, but not massively defining the character. Flavor is a distinct bitter tone, but seems balanced by a load of malts. Thick and earthy. Heavier on the malt side it seems, but nice. Smooth feel. Very easy to drink. One of the more unique IPAs I have had in quitesome time.

RblWthACoz, Feb 01, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

squirreljr, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of prdstmnky
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

prdstmnky, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

IronCitySteve, Jul 14, 2010
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 12, 2010
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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.

mikesgroove, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of ckaufman
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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%.

ckaufman, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of wvsabbath
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Rusty tan/brown, nice 1 inch creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Grapefruity hops, pine, cherry, caramel malts, spices, honey and yeasty sugars.

Taste - First sip is piney hops with a malty backbone. Caramel malts really work nice with the hops and added yeasty sugars. Nice grapefruit and lemon kick is present after the malts die down. Strong bitter pine comes out at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets lots of hops and malts. Palate gets tons of pine, some sugars and lemon. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and hoppy.

Overall - A nice local ipa, been drinking this one for years, finally in cans, had to buy and finally do a review. Love the huge pine hop kick it has, alcohol is masked, and is a pleasure to drink. Ultra fresh and in cans, adds to this moreso then in the past. If your in the Pittsburgh area, grab a can or two and enjoy.

wvsabbath, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

nstroup, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

dankjohn, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

mrosenfeld32, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

LXIXME, Mar 23, 2013
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.

WoodBrew, Aug 02, 2012
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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!

DrDemento456, Sep 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

ScottyDuzntNo, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Gschaf, Apr 07, 2013
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.

goblue3509, Jun 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

hinemk76, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

spedprof, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

kayrex, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

beerman73, May 24, 2014
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Old Wylies IPA from Rivertowne Pourhouse
81 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.