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Old Jail Ale - Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Old Jail AleOld Jail Ale

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: ffejherb on 04-12-2009

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 17
Photo of OKCNittany
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Trying a Roy Pitz Old Jail Ale (local Chambersburg historical reference) for Valentine's Day. Served on tap in a Roy Pitz pint glass:

Appearance: A brusque copper hue with some light carbonation and a small, white bubbly head that diminishes quickly, leaving decent lacing.

Aroma: A kind of malty, erathy aroma, light but present woody tones.

Taste: I was put off at first, but gradually sensed the kind of buttery, malty smoothness. Not awful.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, though there is a bit of oiliness on the tongue that I don't care for overly much. Acceptable bite on the tongue.

Overall: I think this is a slightly above average brown ale. I liked the buttery smoothness. I wouldn't order it repeatedly but I would drink it again when the occasion arises.

Photo of Colin32
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of canawler
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of crowsnest
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jagada
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Suds
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of JMohl3
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Dirty_chavez
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Slatetank
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JWU
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Sipchue
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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Old Jail Ale from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.