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Old Wylies IPA - Rivertowne Pourhouse

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Hojaminbag, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Stigs, May 26, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

akorsak, Mar 07, 2010
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 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 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
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
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Old Wylies IPA from Rivertowne Pourhouse
81 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.