Old Wylies IPA - Rivertowne Pourhouse
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3.33/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
09-29-2011 22:28:16 | More by kkipple
2.4/5 rDev -32.6%
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.
09-25-2011 22:29:03 | More by Hoptometrist
3.2/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
08-21-2011 19:45:49 | More by Flounder57
3.43/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
07-10-2011 03:26:18 | More by ToddT
3.68/5 rDev +3.4%
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
05-14-2011 05:47:40 | More by mikereaser
3.23/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
04-10-2011 04:10:18 | More by Spadoof
3.05/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
04-06-2011 17:44:28 | More by OWSLEY069
3.45/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-27-2011 22:23:37 | More by dtivp
3.63/5 rDev +2%
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
01-17-2011 02:03:35 | More by DavoleBomb
2.95/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
01-10-2011 03:40:28 | More by AleWatcher
4.22/5 rDev +18.5%
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!
01-01-2011 00:20:59 | More by prdstmnky
3.63/5 rDev +2%
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.
12-28-2010 02:14:08 | More by Fish113d
4/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
12-12-2010 21:43:24 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.05/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
10-23-2010 00:56:16 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
09-12-2010 22:13:52 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +12.4%
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!
09-08-2010 01:26:27 | More by DrDemento456
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-26-2010 03:27:00 | More by Stinkypuss
4.15/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
07-14-2010 13:30:43 | More by IronCitySteve
4/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
06-21-2010 21:43:48 | More by goblue3509
3.28/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
06-04-2010 20:29:56 | More by Hojaminbag
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
05-26-2010 03:18:34 | More by Stigs
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
03-07-2010 20:47:36 | More by akorsak
4.93/5 rDev +38.5%
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.
09-07-2009 18:05:13 | More by allboutbierge
4.05/5 rDev +13.8%
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%.
09-12-2008 15:51:14 | More by ckaufman
4.25/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
02-01-2008 09:01:42 | More by RblWthACoz
Old Wylies IPA from Rivertowne Pourhouse
81 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.