Old Jail Ale - Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Old Jail AleOld Jail Ale

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Roy Pitz Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ffejherb on 04-12-2009

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 17
Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Trying a Roy Pitz Old Jail Ale (local Chambersburg historical reference) for Valentine's Day.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 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 Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1532nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12oz

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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.

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 Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thain709
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured via growler on 4/8/09, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured a hazy caramel brown color with reddish copper tint and one-finger bubbly, off-white head that quickly receded to a thin film but left adequate lacing on the glass.

S - Toasty aroma with maple syrup and brown sugar sweetness. Some slight leafy, herbal tea-like hop notes blend in with the sweet malty nose.

T - Sweet malts dominate and suggest caramel, maple syrup and brown sugar. Surprisingly, some hop character is also present, featuring hints of earthy and woody notes that, while only providing minimal bitterness, offer a bit of complexity to the flavor profile.

M - Pretty light bodied and somewhat watery for a brown ale with a softly carbonated mouthfeel offering a touch of prickle on the palate.

D - Really tasty brown ale with a pleasant flavor profile. Old Jail Ale is not your typical boring brown ale.

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 Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roy Pitz, "Old Jail" ale, poured ontap into a large mug. A rich brown in color with a light tan head and not much lacing.

Smells malty upfront, with some breadiness and sweetness poking through.

Taste: Rich and nutty, with strong hazlenut and chestnut notes, lots of brown sugar and maltyness. Hops are really not in the flavor profile. An enjoyable and mild brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, ample carbonation and a lingering nutty finish.

Drinkability: A nice session brown here. Really good flavors and a very manageable alcohol level.

Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy, bright, lustrous copper with a thin, bright white head that reduced to a patchy film and left decent webby lace.

S-Toffee and light spicy hops. A touch of caramel sweetness in the background.

T-Spicy citrus orange on top of a bed of toffee, maple syrup and brown sugar. Good finish of sweet toffee, really nice finish.

M-Medium bodied, rather crisp with nice lingering flavours.

D-Good stuff. Crisp, easy drinking with good flavours. This would be an easy one to knock back a few of. A quality, flavourful, session brew.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy crimson amber. Limited head.

Smell: Sweet, light-to-medium caramel malts. Mild fruitiness.

Taste: More fruit in the flavor - berry-like. Malt is sweetish and pointy rather than full and wide - which is good - and it's backed by spicy and floral hops. Moderate-to-medium bitterness. Finishes mostly dry with some malt and a touch of honey and herb lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a median carbonation. Smooth, and just lightly creamy.

Drinkability: A fairly straight-forward, well-brewed ale that offers the novice an entry into flavorful beer, and the connoisseur enough flavor and nuance to keep him interested beyond one. Nicely done.

Photo of pvsob
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very light brown color (light orange, amber when held up to the light) with a big fluffy off-white head that fades slowly leaving decent lacing. Ale is somewhat hazy.

S- Caramel, toasted malts, sugar, and a baked aroma that reminds me of the baking powder biscuits my mother used to make for me when I was a wee lad. Hints of earthy hop aroma are present as well.

T- Pancake syrup, toasted malts/crackers, low to moderate hop bitterness balances out the sweetness of the malt.

M- Medium feel with a nice finish that melds the hops/malts together nicely.

D/O- A tasty little American Brown Ale that is quite balanced and very sessionable. Some of the flavors and aromas won't necessarily beat you over the head, but they are there and well crafted. I'll definitely be drinking more of the Old Jail in the future. Cheers!

Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light brown in color with a 1" head. Some bits of lace dot the glass.

Smell: caramel is the only flavor detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, bits of brown sugar, a touch of nuttiness, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit smoother towards the finish with a hint of spiciness late.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable beer and a very tasty brown ale. Wish I saw this on tap more often as it is a nice change up from the extreme beers offered today.

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