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February 27th, 1832 Mild Ale - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

February 27th, 1832 Mild AleFebruary 27th, 1832 Mild Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%


Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 03-07-2010)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark brown with lots of ruby tones mixed in throughout. A nice sized two finger head of light tan came up through the top and settled down quickly, leaving behind a nice film across the top and a good amount of side glass lace. The aroma was rich, candy sweet and mixed with a touch of alcohol. Light bready aroma lying underneath gave way to a very pronounced candied sugar like malt in the middle. Some light touches of fruit, but this was a caramel malt driven monster. Hints of alcohol in the finish, but a really nice medium body that was more then adequately carbonated was the real treat here. A very nice evening sipper

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:43:06 | More by mikesgroove
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baconsausage

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malt Bomb. Pours a hazy orange with a faint white wispy head. Sweet malty bomb in the nose, with a hint of citrus and candy sugar. Totally mild in the mouth, white chocolate, sweet malt. Little to no hop presence in the brew. Mild malt flavor somehow hides the boozyness in the brew. Good mouth feel for the style.
(what is the style?) Not my favorite in the series, but solid, and would enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:01:25 | More by baconsausage
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't believe I've ever had a mild ale before but this one turned out to be pretty impressive. This beer pours out as a nice looking copper color with some reddish lowlights and some orange highlights. The head on the beer is thick and white giving off some pleasant aromas. The smell of the beer is mostly made up of sweet malts and some roasted aromas. The taste of this beer is sweet upfront and fades into a toasted bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel of this is pretty thick and rather enjoyable. Overall I believe that this beer is pretty damn good. I would definitely recommend this and would definitely drink it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 21:10:42 | More by Knapp85
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a dark copper amber color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a to finger frothy yellowish beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of lacing.

Slightly earthy hop aroma with hints of pine and subtle tropical and citrus fruit notes, especially orangepeel and pineapple. Malt presence with hints of toffee, bread, graham cracker, caramel and rye.

Surprisingly chewy full body with a very dry hop presence up front that is pretty bitter but not overbearing. Floral with hints of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes, especially mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. Sweet caramel malt backbone with hints of toasty bread, toffee, caramel, rye and hazelnut. Strong alcohol presence toward the end of the swallow that is a bit overpowering. Again, graham cracker is present and this beer is nicely balanced but a bit too hot for my liking. Long dry finish. An interesting experiment but kind of mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 08:56:26 | More by corby112
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, dull carrot color with marigoled edges. Thin white head receds to a thin collar with a yin-yang swirl of foam connecting the two sides: talk about a balanced beer! Few lacey squiggles.

Aroma is orange and tangerine citrus with underlying baguette crust. I don't think they had citrus hops back in 1832 England and I believe the only ingredients in this beer is East Kent Goldings and Mild malt. So I'm guessing this citrus is a combination of Mild malt profile, yeast, and fermentation temperatures.

Taste is juicy Sunny Delight and foccaia bread-like toasty bread in back. Odd mouthfeel: it's effervescent but in no way fizzy.

Not one of my Pretty Things favs.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 16:43:23 | More by donkeyrunner
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. I picked up a bomber at Abe's Cold Beer for about $10. It poured a clear amber with a short white head. There's sharp, spicy hop backbone with bready caramel malt that rolls into tart cherry and then the cinnamon and a grassy citrus rind hop spice. I'm not sure what the difference between this and an English barleywine would be, but it has a wonderful mix of Euro hops and pale malts. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 03:39:20 | More by tempest
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly opaque reddish orange color with a nice 1 finger white tan head that slowly settles and leaves lace on the glass as it does. More malty smelling than hoppy but there is a slight citrus type ara in the nose. Hmmm, the taste is sweet and malty with hints of caramel with a slight hip kick in the back end. The malt dominates this beer though basically throughout the entire drink of this beer. Decently so-so drinkable but not outstanding. Minimal lace. Medium mouthfeel. Boozy finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 17:24:42 | More by kbutler1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger o white head. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Biscuit and bready malts floral sticky hops, some fruit esters. I get a fair amount of orange. A bit of booze shines through.

Taste: Not really what I was expecting. This is bready, biscuity, and yeasty. Some toffee and pale malts come through with a bit of a herbal taste. It does has the fruit esters, but they are a bit masked here. Has a lot of alcohol showing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, the name was very deceiving. This was no where near a mild ale. Not something I was particularily fond of. Unique, but not something I will be drinking a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:21:34 | More by mothman
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is fruit, spice and malt. Flavor is sweet, spicy, hints of apple with a good hoppy backbone. Nice mild ale. High ABV is hidden. $10.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 23:31:04 | More by jdhilt
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rlmartin for the hook-up

A - It pours a very peachy hue of copper; there is very scant white froth atop. On the second pour, there is a thick foamy head that collapses slowly, leaving a good amount of lace.

S - Big flowery-fruity nose, with lots of sweet bready notes and a little spiciness. Something about this reminds me of De Dolle beers.

T - The flavor is full of big breadiness with strong floral notes, but it is very hard to describe in further detail. It seems to have some buttery, honey-ish, toffee-ish and slightly peat-y notes. Spicy, herbal and floral hop lingers on the finish, producing notes of orange-blossom. The alcohol is very well-hidden, given the ABV, and is apparent only as a flavor enhancer. Another winner for Pretty Things.

M - On the lighter side of full-bodied, it is softly carbonated and very enhancing.

D - The alcohol is so well buried in this one, it is astonishing. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 23:13:05 | More by ktrillionaire
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the first in Pretty Things' "Once Upon a Time..." series, in which they brew beers according to very old recipes. Despite the fact hat this beer was labeled as a Mild Ale, the alcohol content certainly indicates that it's not a mild in the sense that we think of today.

This beer pours a lightly hazed, amber-copper color. It's topped by a fluffy and creamy, beige head that leaves sticky lace. The aroma has malty notes of bread, caramel, and toast. There's a bit of fruitiness in the center, almost a banana flavor. The fish has a peppery spiciness from the alcohol, and a good dose of bitterness. This beer is medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated, but has a light, crisp finish.

This beer is definitely not mild, but it's a decent strong ale that's pretty malty, but not overly so.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 18:22:12 | More by EPICAC
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from Buckeyeboy.. thanks Jeremy... This one was on my radar for a while, but I never pulled the trigger.

Pours a cloudy orange... pillowy off-white head... nice lacing.

Big malt forward nose... caramel and toasted bread... some hints of apple and floral qualities that I am having a hard time pin-pointing..

The palate is pretty heavy on the malts... no problems.. just heavy.. caramel.. again some more apple is out front.. figs... toasty melanoidin malts add some complexities.. hints of black tea or lite smoke with warmth.. too sweet for me.. The body is pretty heavy.. even syurupy.. carbonation is nice but doesn't cut through the thickness.

Needs to dial down the malt sweetness... I would like to try this bottle 6 months or so down the road.. but right now, it is quite interesting, but too sweet and not very well integrated.

3.5/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 07:24:07 | More by JohnGalt1
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popery

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to radfad2000. I was half-expecting this one to disappoint, but that was definitely not the case. Lots of caramel, bubblegum and hops. Sort of a light, butterscotch-y barleywine. Hops come through as pine resin, mostly, but they're not too strongly felt. Good complexity to the malt; lots of shades of caramel. The feel was a bit sticky, perhaps, but quite drinkable for a sweet 10+% abv beer. Appearance was cloudy to opaque, amberish brown liquid with a small, creamy beige head. This one probably is getting a bit of category bump because I really haven't had all that many Engish Strong Ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:08:51 | More by popery
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
The color is a leathery, hazy copper with a thin beige head and loads of web lacing.
A strong aroma of caramelized sugar and barley malt are dominant. A sharp breath of citrusy and floral hops spring forth. A mild rummy fuminess fades in and out.
Tastes are simply, yet wide-ranging. This is an amazingly balance brew. The sweet buttery malt, edgy citrus and metallic hop and floral flavors blend very well with a strong Grand Marnier/Triple Sec alcoholic kick. Subtle flavors of tart orange zest and doughy bread come to mind.
We love to see and taste the results of Dann Paquette's projects. Quite the brewer!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 22:39:47 | More by BeerResearcher
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Slightly cloudy tawny orange body. Finger of thick, creamy, light beige head. Very good lacing. Nose features some big toffee and caramel malts. Light vanilla, oak, and brandy notes as well. Just a hint of vegetal, woody hops as well.

Taste starts off with a slightly smoky, flinty taste. Some toasted grain as well. Big rummy, toffee-rich malt follows. Mild herbal twang in the background provides a touch of balance. Oaky, vanilla accents. Boozy fruit flavors fill up the palate before a woody, malty, warming finish. Full-bodied, with a creamy, soft feel. A very nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 01:17:56 | More by alexgash
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A huge cascading rich and creamy light tan colored head with a slightly rocky top... Stellar retention... Loaded with sluggish carbonation... A bright copperish orange resin color... Just the slightest of hazes lingers... Loads of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - A terrific malt forward nose with an exemplary blend of honey and caramel... Butterscotch... Some diactyel... Golden raisins... A touch of molasses... Not to overpowering, yet still quite intoxicating...

T - Caramel... Buttery... Honey... Raisins... A touch of brown sugar... Just the slightest of alcoholic heat... A slightly piney, slightly medicinal finish...

M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... Semi lush and ultra creamy... Perhaps just a tad on the thin side... Smooth and consistent sip after sip...

D - A very interesting offering with Pretty Things with an even more interesting back story... Quite quaffable given the 10.5% ABV... A bit boozy... I wish this were a regular offering... I also wish I were around back in 1832 when this was brewed with regularity...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:24:07 | More by philbe311
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love the story behind this beer that's printed on the label.

Poured this into a tulip, not quite sure at the time what I should have used. I generally picture "mild ales" as session brews, but noticing the high ABV on this left me perplexed on the proper glassware. However, I now realize this is a Strong Ale.

Appearance was rust in color with an opaque, tan head, It laces well.

Aroma provided notes of banana and a blend of other fruits. A little bready with also notes of tea on top of the malt and musty hops that were very present.

The taste is a bit apple cider-ish. There's also some citrus and a bitter aftertaste with the hops taking control in the end.

Mouthfeel was smooth and a little dense.

Drinkability was decent but not super easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 13:44:36 | More by jbertsch
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from UncleJimbo when we were in Belgium together to visit the abbey of Westvleteren and the Struise brouwers. We had a great time!

Last thursday i had a blind tasting evening with 7 other buddies and at the end i decided to crack open the bottle Jim gave me.

Poured in wide wineglasses the smell was good. The head was there but not spectacular. Like the name says the beer is a mild one, not so hoppy like most beer which are brewed in the USA.

With a good mouthfeel and a very good drinkability this was a pleasant surprise!

Thanks Jim....

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 18:29:07 | More by Brabander
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cpone

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper body, just clear enough to see the carbonation. A creamy off white head that pours to about 2 1/2 fingers and lingers, leaving solid lacing.

S: Very strong bread yeast with sweet malt and spicy hop aroma. Get some raisin and citrus, blood orange/ grapefruit. Alcohol isn't as present as I expected.

T: Sweet upfront - molasses, dark fruits - with a spicy finish. Very strong flavors.

M: Slightly medium bodied, expected it to be a bit more robust.

D: Not for me. Very big beer in almost every way.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 23:45:15 | More by cpone
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Starts with a large head, sticks around for a long time and leaves chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is hazy with an orange-amber color.

Caramel and pear were the first two smells I noted. I can tell that this has a high alcohol content, but it is far more subtle than the 10.5% would indicate. There's a mild sourness that reminds me of Swiss cheese.

A warming beer--the alcohol is not powerful, but it is evident. The body is full, with the carbonation showing up in the swallow. Great hop presence in the finish. The start is a rich amber-grained flavor.

I consider this a by-the-fire beer, great on a winter day.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 18:19:51 | More by smcolw
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and coppery with a short cap of beige bubbles. The head faded after 10 minutes or so, but continued to leave sheets of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Nice aroma, bready and malty along with dried fruits, raisins, alcohol, baked apples, cinnamon, faint citrus. Solid bitterness was balanced with plenty of bready malts, oranges, mild alcohol, light toffee and figs. It finished with a little citrus and bread, alcohol warmth that seemed to contribute to mild dryness. Full bodied with lowish, creamy carbonation. Great balance and surprisingly easy drinking considering the 10.5%. This is a really cool beer and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 01:02:19 | More by DrJay
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a-nothing special, but decent hazy copper with finger worth of head.

s-very nice, complex and a whole lot going on. Sweet zest of a clemintine, bit of spice and well hopped

T-much like the smell, but even more intence lot's of flavor. Malt, citrus zesty, peppery spice, a touch of wood and a very nice dry finish.

M&D- much more delicate than I would have imagined. A bit too carbonated at first but it settled down after a bit. Very drinkable especially for the alc% of this one. I was very impressed there.

Overall a very good beer from a great brewer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 22:50:12 | More by thepeter
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BenZ

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Duvel tulip. Nice off-white head, golden to slightly copper, not crystal clear.

Aroma is awesome: fruity and floral but deep at the same time. Maybe some alcohol hits the nose as it warms.

Upon tasting, the first thing I noticed was the sweetness and I was afraid it would be a cloying mess. It isn't. The hop bitterness and alcohol balance it well. I'm glad I'm not aging this.

Nice silky mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 21:46:22 | More by BenZ
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows I have a bottle of this sweet beer. A relatively plain label from Pretty Things, a brewery whose labels typically run exotic. The bottle description: "On Feb 27th 1832, a brewer stepped into the Black Eagle brewhouse, Brick Lane, London, and brewed a beer that confounds expectations many years later. A mild ale at 10% alcohol, with more hops than most modern American India Pale Ales. This beer is brewed with mild ale malt and Kent Golding leaf hops."

The beer pours a bright orange color, a little haze, with a nice thick and wet white foam that laces all over the glass. The aroma wasn't like any mild ale I've ever tried, this is all old ale to me. It smells sugary sweet and malty, I cannot smell the hops described on the label.

The taste is just as sweet as expected, not cloyingly sweet but pretty damn sweet anyway. A little burn in the aftertaste confirms the ABV, and the thick body speaks to the size of the malt bill. Just a little bitter in the back end, I guess that's where the hops show up. Really interesting, this is tasty but hard to peg style-wise. I like it a lot, but a little goes a long way what with the alcohol content. Another winner from Pretty Things.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 00:27:46 | More by TurdFurgison
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was both surprised at the taste of this beer, and
then again surprised that I liked it so much.

One would think this beer would be too boozy and unbalanced with it's high 10.5% ABV and it's juvenile age of less than a year. But this beer is designed to be consumed young, and is actually balanced and delicious. I have had "mild" beers and I've had barley-wines, but I have never had a beer quite like this one. very interesting drink.

Pretty Things seems to be a small company with big beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 15:15:42 | More by mlazzaro
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February 27th, 1832 Mild Ale from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
89 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.