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Old Wylie's IPA - Rivertowne Pourhouse

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Old Wylie's IPAOld Wylie's IPA

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 141
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 34 | 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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 141
Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color body with a small foamy head.
Aroma has a earthy citrus aroma.to it.
Taste is has some citrus flavor with a balance of sweet malts.
mouthfeel is good and overall a average ipa.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of KevBot89
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: clear golden orange color, with a one-finger, white head
Aroma: pine and citrus
Taste: follows nose of pine and citrus, with added topical fruit flavors. Pine dominates up front that leads into citrusy lemon and finishes with sweet, light mango and cantaloupe notes and tropical fruits. Though the can says there's noticeable malt flavors, I'm not detecting much malt presence.
Mouthfeel: standard body for an ipa, not too thick or thin, lots of carbonation and bite: which is lovely because it helps accentuate the pine and citrus hops.
Overall: This is an excellent beer for this week in particular. It will be enjoyable during hot days, by the beach, or at picnics. But generally its a very solid ipa, regardless of event or location. With its refreshing pine and citrus flavors and strong bite, this beer will be enjoyable whenever and wherever. Instead of grabbing a sprite or sierra mist, I'd recommend you toward the adult cooler, where you can fish for an Old wylie's ipa.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.86/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single can from Abe's.

Bright hazy yellow orange body, topped by four fingers of snow white rocky froth. Dense lacing.

Inviting though non-aggressive aroma of non-sharp citrus with a dash of pine.

Solid semi- sweet malt base. Plenty of juicy fruit. Good bitter snap at the swallow. Fruity finish.

Light-medium mostly smooth mouthfeel, with just a late touch of prickliness.

It's not going to burn up the trade forums, but its a solid enjoyable IPA, and a pleasant surprise after their pineapple ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap

A - Poured orange tinted good, a little above a finger of head, nice fluffy white lacing.
S - Sweeter hops, orange juice, pine, citrus bite, and some good floral notes.
T - Lots of pine and bitter floral, this is kinda a let down from the nice citrus fruits in the aroma.
M - This ends very dry and bitter, medium feel.
O - A decent IPA, though there is some areas where it could use improvement.

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Photo of IronLover
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pond water light brown. Big sudsy cap stood tall and dug in. Lacing is pretty.

Piney and herbal hops in the nose. Competing somewhat is a sweeter toasted malt and semi-flamboyant yeast presence. Not a fruity nose.

Crisp, but with some papery elements. Dry pine, toast, bitter grapefruit pith, vegetable-like herbaceous-ness, mucky yeast, and finishing nutty bitterness. Mineral qualities make it a bit salty. In fact, it tastes like there is salt in the beer. Might have worked without the caramel malts.

Carbonation is low-medium. Semi-scrubby in the end. Wet body. Not a satisfying gulp.

This was better we hen I've had it in the past. Can't tell if my can isn't fresh without decipherable code stamping. An average local IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-nice amber with a nice cream colored head

S-herbal and grainy. Not very hoppy at all. Not a great scent for an ipa.

T-comes in with a very bitter taste of herbs and pepper. The after-taste is also very bitter with a touch of floral flavors to it. Unique. 

M-bitter. Medium carbonation with a creamy finish.

O-It's just a decent ipa. To be honest, it reminds me more of an old English ipa than the american style common today. I suppose I'd drink it again if offered, but I'm not gonna search this out.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Appearance – A light red and slightly cloudy colored body with a slight off white head. The head fades leaving only but a small trace of lacing

Smell - The aromas as a whole are relatively mild. Citrus hops mixed with a bit of pine. There is a slight rye aroma in there as well.

Taste – Some pine and citrus up front with a bit of breadiness mixed in. A bit of roasted malt flavor come to as the hop flavors dissipate a bit in the middle of the taste. Toward the end there is a slight resurgence of the hop flavor, mainly bitter in nature with an ever so more grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel – A bit thin on the body with a very medium level of carbonation. Noting really to great here.

Overall – It’s an alright IPA, but nothing really special.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a local beer market because it's a Pennsylvania IPA I've never heard of.

Looks lovely with a nice bright orange haze. A thick white head gives way to some lacing while sipping.

Smells pretty bitter. Basic "hoppy" smell with a little grass and a touch of sugary sweetness.

Taste is bitter throughout. Just a touch of malt balance peaking through but hops and more hops dominate the taste buds. Despite it's bitterness, Old Wylie is citrusy crisp.

Mouthfeel is watery which adds to it's quenching qualities. Nicely carbonated.

Overall this beer is a decent IPA. Not sure if I'd reach for it again, but I'd like to see what else Rivertowne has to offer.

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Photo of kkipple
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
2.46/5  rDev -32%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought home a bottle of six pack of this when we went down to Pittsburgh to see the Sox. We can thank Ale Street News for the brewpubs locations in PA. Great place for a slight detour on my birthday on the way into Pittsburgh.

Appearance: Hazy orange color with a decent amount of carbonation. Slight head that has remained in the pint glass.

Smell: Slight piney hop profile and bigger caramel malts are the only thing that comes out to me. Also get some slight hints of grapefruit. The beer could use a better hop profile since the malts take over the majority of the aroma.

Taste: piney, malty, and citrus/grapefruit notes on the palate. The ingredients fit the style fine, but could have a cleaner taste that is more noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Slightly smooth, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad IPA and happy that I was able to try this at the brewpub, bring it to the hotel, and have beers make it all the way back up here to lovely Dorchester. If I am ever going to Pitt again, this brewpub and beer will be in the agenda. Only 20 minutes out of town too.

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Photo of ToddT
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy copper color with a thick off white head. Head has some nice legs and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Mild nose for an IPA, just some hints of floral hops and not much else going on. I do get a little bit of caramel and malt as this warms up.

T- Big hop taste up front, not really expecting that from the aroma, a nice mix of grapefruit and floral hops. Not overpowering, nicely balanced out with a sweet malt backbone. Finish is dry and with a lingering final note of the hop bitterness. It’s a relatively clean finish too, just a hint of hop oil left on the palate.

M- A little more than medium in body and nice carbonation too. Pretty clean in the mouth but there is some residue of hops oil that starts to build up by the end of the glass.

O- Solid IPA, nothing that memorable about it, but it’s not one to turn down either. The 7.0% ABV is well hidden and the taste is solid, but the aroma is what needs the most work on this one.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rusty orange with an inch of white foam that quickly fades to a layer of soapy bubbles. I'm getting a bunch of lemon and honey with the hint of a malty background. Bitter hops dominate along with the lemon and pine flavor. Alot strong IBU wise than I was expecting. It has a crisp carbonation and medium body. There just seems to be an underlying brewing system. There just seems to be more off flavors than good flavors

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Photo of Spadoof
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from: Avalon Club (Sharon, PA)
Origin: 12 oz
Bottled on: ?
Tasted on: 04/9/11
Glassware: Dogfish Head Sniffer.
Serving Temperature: Approx 48 F

Appearance: Pours a 2 finger cream color head (I didn't even pour it vigorously). The body is an opaque orange/red body with a little sentiment on the bottom. The head has some crazy retention. It takes awhile for it to die down. Leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus and honey notes. Nothing too exciting, but not bad.

Taste: Pretty Standard I.P.A, but I actually enjoy it. Not much to say here.

Mouthfeel: Actually has a pretty high carbonation level, mouthfeel is a little of the light side.

Concluding thoughts: The only word that comes to mind is "Meh". It's a good beer and something I would definitely drink it again, but I would not go out off my way for it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of dtivp
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear dark amber with a white two finger head that settled into a nice cap with light lacing.

Aroma of floral hops and lemon.

Taste followed the nose with bitter hops, lemon and a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel was medium body with moderate carbonation, very crisp with bitterness the whole way through.

Overall was a refreshing crisp slightly above average IPA.

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Old Wylie's IPA from Rivertowne Pourhouse
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