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X Ale, 22nd February 1945 - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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X Ale, 22nd February 1945X Ale, 22nd February 1945

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BA SCORE
82
good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  2.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

So, these are our new historical beer releases: two beers from the same brewery, brewed under the same brand name, 107 years apart. X Ale, 22nd November 1838, and X Ale, 22nd February 1945. These beers were from Barclay Perkins brewery in London (now long closed). They were brewed & sold as the same beer over these 107 years, but the recipe and process changed dramatically. The beer changed from a golden, 7.4%, extremely hopped ale in 1838 into a 2.8% dark grainy beer in 1945. Probably a lot of factors came into play: wars, hop shortages, grain pricing, rationing, taxation, patriotism, the motorcar, the industrial revolution… I’m guessing these all played a role in the weakening and darkening of this beer. Interestingly, since 1945, Mild ale in Britain hasn’t changed so much: it’s still dark, and one of the weakest beers produced.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-17-2012)
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

09-02-2014 19:00:06 | More by vermilcj
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.7/5  rDev -25%

Pours a deep red colour, streaming cascade of bubbles up the body. Head is cream-coloured, fairly dense with sticky lace. Looks good.

Smells massively sweet. Slight toasty edge with toffee, creme anglaise and buttermilk the main components; nicely but not wholly tempered by a light roasted bitterness which gives a slight boiled-sweet aroma. Some coconut and marshmallow. A bit sweet, but very nice.

Taste is very disappointingly sparse. Weakly sweet, with a hole in the middle of the palate. Sweet on the assault, then quickly watery with light pearl barley and some rice pudding notes. Slight vanilla on the finish and maybe a touch of toastiness, but it's a weird and disappointing palate, bereft of flavour and almost entirely bereft of complexity.

Quite thin, but a bit of texture to it. Gets watery again by the end. Pretty meh.

Held such promise until I tasted it. I'm really baffled as to where the charming aroma character went. Just a big gaping maw where a nice tasty beer might have been.

08-04-2014 06:40:36 | More by laituegonflable
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DGSchmitt

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

05-18-2014 01:38:33 | More by DGSchmitt
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

01-04-2014 16:52:57 | More by Oakenator
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

Clear copper with a fluffy beige cap, sticky lacing and good head retention. Mild aroma, malty and earthy with a hint of fruit, a bit herbal -- very nice. Medium bitterness with mild malt character, herbal hops, light breadiness, perhaps a hint of mint. Very light bodied and nearly thin, with moderate carbonation and a bit of dryness. Pretty tasty and easy drinking with an interesting hop profile.

12-24-2013 01:15:19 | More by DrJay
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JoeMans

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-17-2013 05:34:06 | More by JoeMans
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-26-2013 00:26:07 | More by jzlyo
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.7%

10-03-2013 17:05:27 | More by Kmlund
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palma

New York

4.58/5  rDev +27.2%

Appearance: Dark pale body. Small off-white head. Very good surface lace thoughout the session.

Nose: Swiss Miss hot cocoa, nutty, dark fruits, caramel, molassas, warm bread.

Taste: Rye bread, unsweetened chocolate, cream, almonds, a bit of fruity ester. Semi-dry to dry. Very lightly hopped but just enough to give a slight bitterness in the aftertaste only.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and light bodied. Dark but still refreshing and very drinkable. I could drink this all day.

Wow. Pretty Things hit this style perfectly. Props to the brewer for taking a chance and making a style of beer that is often overlooked or even dismissed, rather than trying to appease the many beer geeks out there that favor high abv/high octane beers these days. Probably the best dark mild I have ever had.

08-24-2013 21:57:57 | More by palma
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

A: clear, copper color, poured with thin, but compact, creamy head
S: medium nose, malty, roasted, toasted, grassy, nutty
T: very light but still has some decent taste, light roasted malt with some bitter/astringent finish
M: thin (obviously for ABV) but quenching, albeit light
O: thanks to Ron and Dann for recreating a style that was nearly lost, I love tasting history

08-21-2013 01:14:14 | More by wisrarebeer
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beertardis

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-17-2013 23:40:53 | More by beertardis
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Dank26

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2013 00:57:02 | More by Dank26
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

01-31-2013 18:20:35 | More by Davepoolesque
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-21-2012 05:48:20 | More by Giantspace
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2012 15:41:06 | More by PEIhop
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

11-25-2012 05:53:11 | More by ferrettman687
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VernonKell

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-15-2012 22:56:39 | More by VernonKell
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-29-2012 15:07:21 | More by dunix
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

10-15-2012 02:04:43 | More by let8it8grow
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anewlanguage

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.7%

10-12-2012 23:16:18 | More by anewlanguage
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metter98

New York

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

A: The beer is hazy caramel-amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left lacing on the surface and a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is slightly stronger; flavors of grainy and toasted malts are distinguishable.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not thin and watery) on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very light and refreshing, making it easy to drink and perfectly sessionable.

09-17-2012 02:26:38 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours a hazy golden copper to amber in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a thin (maybe an eighth of a finger tall) white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of mottled extremely thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The overall aroma of this beer is quite mild with light malt smells.

T: There are moderate flavors of toasted and grainy malts with just a very light hint of sweetness. Overall the taste is pretty well balanced.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A very interesting experiment to bring back a beer as it was brewed over 65 years ago - I think the experiment was successful and I would definitely enjoy this beer again if I had the opportunity (perhaps I will seek out some of the others in this series when I go shopping next time). Very easy to drink and very sessionable.

09-16-2012 21:23:52 | More by dbrauneis
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-14-2012 02:16:05 | More by ComRock12
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a light golden brown wit ha 1 finger off white foamy head. Head lasted a few minutes before leaving a small layer and copious amounts of lacing on the sides. Handfuls of carbonation bubbled up from the bottom. Aroma was earthy, with caramelized grains being predominant. Taste was malty, a bit thin oatmeal bread. Felt thin in the mouth. Didn't coat well at all, but was nicely carbonated. Overall not a bad beer. However not an outstanding beer. Definitely not as developed or flavorful as others from Pretty Things.

09-10-2012 22:42:42 | More by mountdew1
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Scottgeo


2.95/5  rDev -18.1%

I bought this beer as a companion to the 1838 recipe version. In comparison, there is no comparison! The 1838 recipe is so much bigger. Even considering this one on its own merits, I didn't find much exciting about this mild. I didn't get the creaminess I expected. It seemed a bit granular. Interesting experiment though.

08-24-2012 04:13:50 | More by Scottgeo
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X Ale, 22nd February 1945 from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
82 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.