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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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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  2.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-17-2012

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.
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 42
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22nd February 1945 opens with an aroma that seems somewhat out of place, given the beer’s 2.8% ABV, which would seem to speak of fewer ingredients and therefore fewer aromas. But here the nose is ripe with bready, yeasty, malty notes, the brew smelling of wheat fields after rain, wheat toast crust, floury baguette, and hay. Small touches of apple and berry wave languidly in the background, along with a smidgen of brown sugar. But by and large the aromas are grain-based, reminding me instantly of small beers made from second runnings. As a whole the nose is certainly interesting, and while light, seems like something that would go well with a hot summer day.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a good amount of wheat toast crust and floury baguette, as well as the flavor of a fresh-plucked wheat stalk. Some touches of burnt toast add depth, and apple-berry, as well as brown sugar notes adding a bit of complexity. But these flavors are all relatively light and weak, except for a bitterness which lingers throughout the mouthful and comes to almost exclusively dominate the aftertaste, presenting itself almost like the astringency that comes with grapefruit rind, but without the flavor. So light are the flavors, in fact, that in subsequent mouthfuls many of them are lost, and the beer more resembles carbonated water strained through a colander of wheat stalks and hay. Mouthfeel is a watery light to medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a difficult beer to rate, for while it is certainly interesting for its historicity, there’s not a great deal of flavor in here. In fact, were this served to me at a bar without any explanation of its origins or makings, I would have assumed that the bartender had accidentally gotten a large quantity of water into the glass before pouring the beer. As such, while I do suggest that this be tried, for it is interesting, I add the caveat that the consumer shouldn’t expect to have his or her palate expanded significantly.

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2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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X Ale, 22nd February 1945 from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.