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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
82
good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
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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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

11-09-2012 20:12:02 | More by TheBigBoy
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

04-24-2013 01:22:31 | More by Slatetank
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THECPJ

Delaware

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

11-21-2012 04:30:55 | More by THECPJ
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Dirty_chavez

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-03-2013 02:02:51 | More by Dirty_chavez
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mactrail

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%

Brown color in the glass, and on the reddish side. Pleasant sudsiness. Fairly sprightly on the tongue.

Flavor is caramel cut with leafy hops. Modest sweetness with a rather bitter finish. Light bodied. Roasted malt is not very assertive. More of a slightly sweet tea flavor. Brown Ale is totally descriptive, and for that category it's quite acceptable. In other words, dull and a little dank. The aftertaste of dirty hops just doesn't quit.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

05-27-2012 22:28:17 | More by mactrail
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-26-2014 17:09:08 | More by GRG1313
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jagada

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-03-2014 03:29:47 | More by jagada
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.39/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

06-16-2013 19:02:20 | More by smakawhat
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

03-08-2014 22:00:37 | More by Suds
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -5%

This brew poured out as a nice looking brown color with a tan colored head on top. Not much lacing here. The smell of the brew has some sweet toasted malt aromas and roasted nut coming off it also. The taste of the beer was was pretty nice, the malty flavors went well with some of the roasted flavors. The mouthfeel was a little thin but still wasn't too bad. Overall this brew was an above average brown ale in my opinion. Might be worth trying.

09-13-2011 21:21:38 | More by Knapp85
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-05-2014 01:53:19 | More by crowsnest
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FosterJM

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

09-27-2012 15:15:43 | More by FosterJM
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-14-2012 17:26:54 | More by bacher468
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flyers1980

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-08-2012 15:07:09 | More by flyers1980
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JMohl3

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-20-2013 18:56:48 | More by JMohl3
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Sipchue

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-16-2013 18:01:04 | More by Sipchue
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

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

04-03-2013 01:03:40 | More by sulldaddy
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-30-2013 21:30:29 | More by zillo043068
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-21-2012 14:19:09 | More by jculler82
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-05-2014 00:33:35 | More by ShepardCommander
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seanchai

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-21-2013 08:57:04 | More by seanchai
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-11-2013 03:26:05 | More by ZEB89
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

12-20-2012 04:45:30 | More by SolipsismalCat
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

64 oz growler filled @ the brewery. Named after the 191 year old Franklin County Jail or "Old Jail" as it is now known, located right down the street from the brewery and is currently home to the Franklin County Historical Society. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber, with 2 big fingers of off-white/near tan head. Retains with a thin layer of froth, throwing a decent looking cascade of foamy lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweeter smelling with caramel notes mixing with lightly toasted grainy malts. Hops are citric and earthy in the nose.

The taste switches things up a bit, with the malts coming off as a bit more roasty than sweet overall and some silkier caramel character hanging on the edges of the profile. This has a nice firm bitter hop presence to it (with a gentle spiciness as well) that really earns it's designation as an American Brown. Finishes with a pleasant toasty dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp prickly feel to the carbonation. This is maybe just a tad too thin in spots on the edges of the swallow but for the most part this maintains a good presence on the palate.

Well done Brown Ale, with enough flavor and drinkability to keep both experienced and novice craft beer drinkers interested throughout the duration of the glass. I'm glad to see that they've made this one of their staple year-round beers here.

11-03-2009 18:07:22 | More by Kegatron
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Served with lighter shade of dark brown...it wasn't completely dark brown because it had some clarity to it...the head was off white and stood about two fingers...it retained well but did not leave any lacing until the last few sips

S - The malts were roasted and provided some caramel, toffee, and nutty aromas

T - The flavors come together really nice...there is a roasted presence from the start to the middle of the beer...caramel and toffee flavors lend some sweetness and the nuttiness is there to make a nice combination of flavors...there is a hop note at the end of the beer that provides an earthy and slightly floral aspect

M - Medium bodied...a bit thin for a brown ale...sweet caramel with a moderate hop bite

O - I'm usually note a fan of this style but Roy Pitz really combined the flavors together nicely...the nose could have used a bit more as well as the feel...but overall, I'd have another

08-15-2011 13:46:23 | More by thain709
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Old Jail Ale from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.