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Old Wylies IPA - Rivertowne Pourhouse

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Mark5252, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

spedprof, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Brown120, Dec 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

SATBMan, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

TheMultiYeast, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of kkipple
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

kkipple, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%

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.

Hoptometrist, Sep 25, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

Flounder57, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of ToddT
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

ToddT, Jul 10, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

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

mikereaser, May 14, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -9%

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.

Spadoof, Apr 10, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

OWSLEY069, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of dtivp
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

dtivp, Mar 27, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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

DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

AleWatcher, Jan 10, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +18.9%

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
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3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into a pint glass chilled, it pours golden-copper color with a fairly dense 2-finger thick white head w/ some haze.

Quite aromatic! A grainy citrus aroma hits my nose along with some floral hops. Biscuits also are there. Nothing very spectacular about it, but it IS very pungent.

Sipping reveals a very bitter hops flavor that seem old english-type taste. Maybe warrior hops used (one of the four) that comes out very apparently. A very bittering finish with a bit of caramel malt coming through on the swallow. The aftertaste is a floral and grassy finish.

Decent body and basic IPA feel. Nothing real exciting here. CConsidering it is 7.00% abv, it is quite-well hidden however, which is fairly nice and quite dangerous.

Overall drinkability is average. A bit too bitter for my likings, but overall, I've never heard of this brew or this brewery in that case, but not a bad brew at all. Worth a try.

Fish113d, Dec 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Review #800- thought I would go local with a brewpub that recently started bottling! I've had this on-tap before but was pretty excited to see a bottled sixer at GE Market District.

A- Body is a nearly transparent rich amber hue. Pours with a foamy 2-3 finger off white slightly rusty head that slowly fades to about one finger and sticks from there. Lots of lacing all the way down the glass-this is what an IPA should look like!

S- The nose isn't as rich or bright as the draft version but is still decent. Herbal hops, hay, pale malt and caramel malt come through the most-with a hint of pine in the back.

T- Herbal hops and a mild caramel malt backbone. The finish is all refreshing pine-but its not as bright as some west coast IPAs-it takes its time to come through and grows in strength gradually from the back to the front-a moderate refreshing pine hop flavor and bitterness linger.

M- Feel is fantastic-medium prickly carbonation and a light to medium weight very smooth, oily body.

D- This is a very good IPA- the bottling decreases the freshness and the brightness of what I remember from the brewpub-but the mouthfeel is exceptional and this is still wonderful either way overall.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 12, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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
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4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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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3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 26, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +16.9%

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
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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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3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

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
Old Wylies IPA from Rivertowne Pourhouse
81 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.