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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

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Lehighace06, Saturday at 10:59 PM
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

vermilcj, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

laituegonflable, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

DGSchmitt, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Oakenator, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

JoeMans, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jzlyo, Nov 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of palma
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

palma, Aug 24, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

wisrarebeer, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

beertardis, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Dank26, Mar 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Davepoolesque, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Giantspace, Dec 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

PEIhop, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

ferrettman687, Nov 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

let8it8grow, Oct 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

anewlanguage, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

dbrauneis, Sep 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ComRock12, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of mountdew1
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mountdew1, Sep 10, 2012
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X Ale, 22nd February 1945 from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.