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Old Jail Ale - Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Old Jail AleOld Jail Ale

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BA SCORE
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ffejherb on 04-12-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

canawler, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

ShepardCommander, Aug 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

GRG1313, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

crowsnest, Apr 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

jagada, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Suds
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a slightly hazy golden bre. It has an off white, stable head. The smell is a lightly malty, with a little noble hop aroma in the background. The taste is balanced, with notable pale malt, caramel, and a toasted character. The hop flavor is solid. Full in body. This is a nice brew.

Suds, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

JMohl3, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

seanchai, Sep 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Dirty_chavez, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very dark amber brown, but with some noticeable orange tinges of color throughout the glass. A little clear, but kind of frozen looking, with a big creamy tan off white head that makes four fingers off the pour easily, Leaves a nice thick clumpy head and collar.

A real nice mellow and subtle nose. Quite a nice balance between nutty character and sweetness. Some toffee like sensations, but with the chewy nut quality dominating. Pretty good and basic.

Palate hits with a bit of a watery lifeless body. Very low carbonated it seems which is surprising with the amount of head produced. Some of the nutty character hits with a mild pine hopiness on the finish, but there's not much going on at all flavor wise. Mild toasty finish but also fleeting in the palate.

Overall not terrible, but nothing really to get excited about even for a brown.

smakawhat, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

ZEB89, May 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Slatetank, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a sturdy glass mug.
The beer foams up to overflow slowly upon the cap popping and pours huge fluffy head even with the gentlest of pours.
I will take a minute while the head settles to say the label art is great, old school drawings that have a fairly artistic flair to them.
The head is eggshell white and fades gradually leaving large pockmarked craters as it recedes.
Aroma is mild but some caramel and earthy hops are present, I also get a little bit of mild fruit.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine fizzy carbonation. Texture is a little thin, but the beer is very drinkable and goes down smoothly into my belly.
Flavor is what is expected from the nose, mild caramel and some sweet fruit with a slightly earthy bite on the finish. The beer is easy to drink and balanced, I do find it unremarkable but not bad, although the slow gusher on opening is a negative. I would try this again and would like to visit the brewery but Im not going to chase down a bottle

sulldaddy, Apr 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

zillo043068, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of JWU
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a hazy light brown with orange highlights. A big, soapy four fingers worth of light tan head, that sticks around quite awhile. Nice lacing.

S- bready, apple juice with a little brown sugar, marshmellow and a hint of cashew nuttiness. A hint of vegetal hops.

T- Quite interesting. A brown ale combined with the subtlety of an amber. Light bread notes with that brown sugar sweetness you smell. Big caramel notes. Hops are certainly vegetal and almost herbal, and very light. There's also just a hint of citric (orange) sweetness in the background as well.

M- Almost medium body, which surprised me due to the ABV. A hint dry on the finish, which begs you to sip more.

O- It's brilliant in its subtlety. Closest thing I can relate it to is Stone Levitation, and honestly, I'll take this over that any day. Well done.

JWU, Mar 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Sipchue, Mar 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Budinetz, Feb 04, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange-brown with two-finger, foamy, creamy, off-white head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Candied sweet potatoes and a hint of nuttiness.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet caramel malt and a hint of nuttiness again. I liked the sweet smell, but the taste is almost too sweet.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a pretty good brown ale, though I think it would have been better with a tad less sweetness to let the nutty malt flavors through.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

bradwalrus, Nov 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

THECPJ, Nov 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

TheBigBoy, Nov 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1532nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12oz

No bottle date
Thanks to TroyG2352

App- This poured out like an oak stain varnish. A little bit dark at the top. A little lighter on bottom and somewhat clear with a lighter density behind it. A small head maybe 3/4" was there and left no cling/lace but was more like a pond layer.

Smell- I believe the english version adds a bit of yeast and citrus to a pretty clean beer. Creamy, candy and sweet are lasting aromas on this one.

Taste- Its a brown ale base but spun a little. Its malty, sweet and rich. I will say its more of a pecan syrup in liquid form and even though only 5% still get a feel of the booze. Its got a touch of fruity esters and roast.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a smooth lower medium almost light carbonation. Residual roast, yeast & citrus.

Drink- I thought the best blonde was okay so going into this expectations were pretty low, was pleasantly suprised though. These guys have some unique takes on a beer.

FosterJM, Sep 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

flyers1980, Aug 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

bacher468, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Chinaskifan1, Jul 05, 2012
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Old Jail Ale from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.