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

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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%
Wants: 39
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by jamie2dope:
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

I bought a bottle of this at Winchester Wine and Spirits, there is a plug for you guys. I unfortunately missed the release of this at Deep Ellum, but now it is here, so lets go. The idea of an imperial mild sounded sort of backwards to me, but apparently way back in 1832 mild was more of a way of saying that the beer in question was sold fresh as opposed to aged. Color is amber, with not a whole lot of heading. The nose is a wonderful mix of nougat, caramel, hops and butterscotch. Flavors that jump out at me include honey, toffee, more butterscotch, baked bread, and some toasted tastes. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but not viscous or chewy. The alcohol can be tasted and felt for sure, but it does not impair drinkability at all as far as I am concerned. This is definitely one to sip and savor. It is really cool to see a brewery like Pretty Things making a beer like this that tips it's hat to English styles, which I feel have been sort of swept under the rug recently. Age could give this beer some really interesting qualities. It gets my stamp of approval.

03-07-2010 00:54:02 | More by jamie2dope
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

These guys make some pretty good bveer. In a pint glass, the beer was an amber color with a thick tan head and a bit of lacing. A musty aroma that was sour . Caramel, floral also. Taste was sour/funky, pine. Some noticeable alcohol, but not unpleasant. Somewhat on the warm side, but a great beer.

04-14-2010 22:04:27 | More by lordofthewiens
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Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Bomber bottle from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY (woohoo- I got the last bottle they had) $11.99. An English ale from Pretty Things with a historical twist...hmmm interesting. Pours a ruddy/cloudy darker amber, minor light tan head, quickly going to a skimpy collar with minor lacing. Caramel, malty, alcohol nose. Large brew, more caramel, alcohol lime notes. Bready malt notes, alcohol kicking, smooth with some biting hops towards the rear. After initially being a bit fizzy, this one mellows and warms in the glass, turning into a high quality and tasty sipper. Well done, and worth seeking out, not sure how much more of this nectar there is around..

03-19-2010 23:55:39 | More by Billolick
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marchnlv

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.7%

01-15-2012 19:18:37 | More by marchnlv
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-18-2011 20:47:19 | More by alamode
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leschkie

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-04-2012 16:05:34 | More by leschkie
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-07-2010 03:39:20 | More by tempest
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -21.9%

Thanks to Shogokawada for this serious want of mine!

A: Nice orange color with a mild bit of carbonation that comes up from the bottom of the glass. A decent amount of head forms, half inch thick, with very nice lacing webs that remain. The head retention was decent

S: First note is definitely fusol alcohol followed by some clean herbal hoppiness. Plenty of sweetness but overally it didnt seem that aromatic

T: A slightly syrupy caramel taste to start that was quite cloying, I was also disappointed that the hops didnt come through a little bit more and were overwhlmed by the sweetness. There is also a slightly astringent quality to it

M: Decent amount of body, but again it has a syrupy quality to it

D: I wish i had someone to share this bottle with

03-27-2010 20:07:18 | More by mikey711
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nickd717

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Bomber via in-person trade on DLD from BelgianPrincess on BA. A 10.5% ABV Mild Ale? I didn't think that was possible, but I'll go with it.

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish-amber with a nice lasting off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is fairly muted but good. Sweet caramel malt, toast, and light fruits.

Flavor is very good and just a little sweet. Caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, and even a little smoke.

Smooth on the palate with medium-full body.

Solid beer overall. Drinkable as hell for the ABV.

05-20-2010 22:23:01 | More by nickd717
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Shumista

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

Shared a 22 oz. bottle, poured into my beer mug.

Pretty Things "Mild Ale" appears rather unassuming. Clear yellow golden orange with a small white head. Really doesn't look like anything too special. Not a whole lot in the nose, there is a sweet fruitiness and also some funky mustiness if I get my nose way down in there. Very little hoppiness as promised on the label in the nose. The taste is really unlike any other beer I have ever had. The sweet fruit from the nose identifies itself as green grapes in the taste. Also, toffee, honey, biscuit malt, candied sugars and a very little bit of booze. The sweetness comes out more as it warms and becomes more and more cloying. The flavor actually reminds me a bit of DFH's Midas Touch. Mouthfeel is full, chewy, sticky and warming. Drinkability is tough to nail down. Half of a bomber was more than enough, and I'm not sure if I would ever drink it again.

04-18-2010 06:36:45 | More by Shumista
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BelgianPrincess

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a copper-amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that dissipates into light lacing within a minute or so.

Smell is of deep malts (Damn, I'm a bit congested right now). I can definitely tell that there isn't much spicing or hoppy-aroma going on.

I'm realizing that this tasting is a total fail because my nose just isn't with it, so I'll be general and only say what I know:

Malty in character, lager-ish, this brew is not too sweet, certainly English-tasting, and incredibly drinkable for it's abv... very and actually surprisingly so. Drinks like its 7%.

Very English, and so not my thing, but I could see loving this under different predilections.

03-21-2010 05:18:44 | More by BelgianPrincess
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drumenigma

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +19.2%

Had this from a bottle a friend had the other day. Overall this was an excellent beer. Don't be fooled by a name like mild ale as this beer weighs in at 10.5%. The smell was excellent with good hop notes and an overall balance. It was very drinkable despite the somewhat high abv. They did a really good job with this beer.

03-15-2010 00:59:46 | More by drumenigma
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bum732

Lesotho

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a clear burnt orange, nice bubbly head with decent retention. Smells of strong toffee, lots of fruity esters, mostly cherries, rasberries, general citrus, biscuity, floral and a touch of grassiness. Tastes of toffee and caramel malt with a nice rich cocoa backbone. Fairly strong fruit notes, melon and rasberries. A nice floral and fruity bitterness leads to some dark fruits and maybe a touch of oak. Bitterness fairly moderate with alcohol slightly noticeable.

A nice beer, very unique, very English. Lots of fruity esters, more than i've ever tasted in a beer. The toffee works great with the hops. A big beer and definitely a sipper. Great work by a great brewery.

04-02-2010 02:25:39 | More by bum732
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%

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...

08-09-2010 01:24:07 | More by philbe311
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

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

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

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

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

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%

A-Slightly cloudy amber. Huge eggshell head that is quickly disapearing.

S-Alcohol. Sweet honey. A bit of pear. Hops seem to be buried underneath the alcohol.

T-Interesting. First really sweet, roses and honey. Then the hop bitterness hits you (pretty firm) and then earthy hop flavor takes over. Almost spicy hop flavor.

M-Medium bodied. Slightly hot but for how big it is, it's ok. medium carbonation.

D-Interesting beer. Like an English barleywine with english hops but thrown in like it was an american barleywine. Much more hop flavor than other english barleywines i've had, and I like this.

03-30-2010 01:43:22 | More by organicbrewer
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selecter70

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -7%

Eagerly awaited, I jumped at 1st sight to grab this from the shelf at Formaggio's, anticipating their take on a 'lost' English ale. While billed as a 'mild ale' this recipe is far from expectation, as it is actually a strong 10.5 ale with the mildness referring to the malt type used to balance the heavy hop use; another unexpected quality. The pour was a golden orangey brown that settled with a light tan 1 finger head and some decent lace. The aroma was a sweet and sour fruit with musty and malty bread qualities. The flavor likewise was sweet and sour with a whole lotta hops as well as biscuity malts all playing around for dominance. Tart plum, raspberry & strawberry as well as honey co-existed with the sour and hops. A bit tacky with some nice chewiness and creaminess, this remains medium bodied with some alcohol to warm the mouth, but not too much to overwhelm or distract. A delicious desert ale that worked quite well with the Austrian cheese we had after dinner.

04-16-2010 14:11:22 | More by selecter70
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BenZ

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +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.

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

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -17%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cap tape says "Once Upon A Time - 2/27/1832".

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with lasting legs and slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and fruity.

Taste starts syrupy, balances with bitter promptly, then fruity for a moment, and back to a more lasting bitterness. Warmth lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and soft over the tongue, albeit a bit biting at the close, with commensurate drinkability for the style. Seems a bit hoppy for an English Strong, but as the label says, this one can confound the styles. Interesting and worth your time.

04-08-2010 00:53:15 | More by ppoitras
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%

12-24-2013 04:58:36 | More by AnitaBrewski
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

A: pours a beautiful, bright orange apricot with some gold highlights shimmering throughout. Nice billowing white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing.

S: quite sweet with aromas of aprico and citrus. Some leafy English hops make their way in, although the sweetness is a bit one dimensional.

T: everything comes together a little bit better here with some beautiful malt swewetness that brings its own caramel, bready complexity. The fruitiness of this beer is quite stunning, with over-ripe apricots being the most forward of the fruits. A good amount of bitterness prevents the beer from being too cloying.

M: medium bodied and quite creamy. There isn't much of even a trace of alcohol. The only thing holding this back is that the overall body was quite thin for a beer with such powerful flavors.

D: very nice. Great flavors going all around. A fantastic recreation.

05-07-2010 12:13:19 | More by Thorpe429
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +3%

this beer pours a deep ruddy amber orange. its got a bit of a white head that fades to a thick ring pretty quickly with some lace clinging to thewalls of the glass.
the aroma is sweet and soft, mostly you find toasted caramel and toffee. it's a bit two faced however, one minute the emphasis on the toasted aspect, the other it's more of a syrupy sweet. there are whispers of hoppiness, sort of an herbal, flowery, powdery hoppiness... but you don't get much.
the flavor is like a double english bitter, crossed with an old ale. it's got a huge rich malty aspect with that certain biscuity toffee quality that you always find in english ales. the caramel is also pervasive. there is a barleywine like fruitiness going on behind the malts as well, raspberry and strawberry mostly. thre fruit transisitions into the hops, which are a little hard to distinguish with all the maltiness going on, but are still present, with a some nice herbal qualities right at the finish. there is also a moderate bitterness. a beefy amount of hops must have been used to achieve this with all the sweetness going on. there are some sweet tea-like qualities in the aftertaste. it's very sweet, but somehow falls shy of cloying and overdone. the alochol is present, but pretty well masked in my opinion.
the mouthfeel is full and chewy. the carbonation is pretty low, but suits the beer well. soft and supple.
the drinkablity is a hard one to peg. it's very sweet and high in alcohol, but is also highly flavorful, great tasting, and maintains a unique balance. 3.5 seems to be the way to go. to sum up, think ESB, barleywine, and old ale rolled into one. an interesting concept, with excellent execution.

04-02-2010 01:32:28 | More by kmo1030
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February 27th, 1832 Mild Ale from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
89 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.