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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88
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.35%
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:
Beer added by: jamie2dope on 03-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 58
Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a small head that leaves splotchy bubbles all around the chalice

Smell: The aroma is rather balanced; on the malt side, it is bready with a big dose of fig and toffee sweetness; at the same time, there is an earthy, tangerine pith bitterness

Taste: Malty, up front, with the bread, fig and toffee flavors making their mark known; by mid-palate, however, the tea leaf and tangerine pithbitterness adds balance; after the swallow, there is also an herbal depth of bitter flavor that adds an interesting dimension and further balances the sweet malts

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Another fine beer from Pretty Things, this beer has some unique characteristics; in many ways it is like a mild barleywine

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this one for a long time, and someone I traded it to even tried it before me. Anyways, here it is finally.

A: Poured into my White Birch tulip glass with a huge 3+ finger head (aggressive pour) that is frothy and bubbly and fades at a decent rate. It's a pretty clear copper orange reddish color. The head leaves a slight lacing on the sides as it fades.

N: Lots of sweet malts and fruits at first. A nice malty aroma with some sugar, maybe candi sugar, maple syrup, and nice sweet aromas, with some lighter but heavier malts. A hint of boozy sweetness with that. Some medium dark fruits grace the aroma as well, perhaps some raisin and maybe even apricot. A nice hint of a hoppy bitterness with a slight earthy but subtle hop character. I'm starting to get an alt-beer feeling on the nose.

T: Hmmm, lots of strange flavors. Reminds me somewhat of an alt beer with the heaviness and bitterness together, as well as strange fruit flavors. First is the malty sweetness and syrupy flavors. Some maple, some sugar, some lighter but heavy malts, all blend for a sweetness and definite boozy taste. WIth that comes more fruit, perhaps dates and figs or raisins very slightly, slight juicy and medium dark fruit. A slight chewy nougat like flavor too. A bitterness, that seems to come from lighter European hops, which is what gives me that alt-beer like feel, but it is definitely no stranger to the flavor. A slight creaminess to go along with the nice bitterness.

M: Heavier body with syrupy incantations even. lower but decent carbonation.

F: Still semi sweet with lingering candi sugar and some other sweetening syrups, but still somehow dries a bit. A bitterness with some earthy feel to it fills out the finish. Some lingering fruit. The finish doesn't vary much from the original taste.

This is a pretty nice beer, not as hyped as I was expecting, but very nice nonetheless. I build up for beers like this too much sometimes. It reminds me of an old ale blended with an alt, which is somewhat what it seems to be. A little heavy and boozy, with nice mingling flavors. I would love to actually age this one, despite it being a "mild".

Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice hop note, slight citrus, spicy. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, picking up some citrus notes, and some spice/pepper. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew, way better than a Ridgeway ESA, lol Not as hoppy as the label sez though.

Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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

Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served at 48 degrees in my SA Sensory Pint. Poured a translucent orange-gold/amber (nice color) with a quarter inch off-white cap that quickly disperses into a bull's-eye dollop and a thin bubbly band around the edges. Nose consists of caramel malt, some booze, a little sugary and maybe some citrus esters. Taste consistent with nose, but definitely a little hops in the mix that cuts the sweet malty goodness nicely. There is something of a residual aftertaste, a little bitter/medicinal/skunky (last bit reminds me of that Heineken aftertaste). Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an even and level carbonation from start to finish and a slightly oily consistency. Decent brew - well-hidden abv, not much complexity, but I dig the story behind the beer and would like to see more historical reenactments of this nature.

Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of axeman9182 poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a thick collar and a couple bubbles lingering around the middle.

The aroma is heavy on sweet malts and caramel apples with an interesting floral hop character. Some vanilla and butterscotch with a hint of alcohol.

Sweet caramel malts and candied apples on top of a toasted bready malt backbone. The finish is hoppy with an earthy spiciness, almost herbal, with a touch of black pepper.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy with some soft carbonation that accentuates the spiciness.

Well, I definitely had no idea what to expect and what I got is something that's hard to describe even after the fact. It's got lots of malts but with an interesting hop and spice profile. Unique and tasty.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of philbe311
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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February 27th, 1832 Mild Ale from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.