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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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89 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

AJD1201, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of some toasted caramel malts, some nuttiness, dark brewing sugars, a bit of bread, and a light fruitiness.

T - Starts off with a mix of some sweet caramelized malts, dark brewing sugar, and a touch of nuttiness. Through the middle, a touch of pine and reiny hop comes through with a touch of light fruity yeast esters. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some brown sugar and a bit of yeast esters.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very smooth and sessionable, but there is still a good amount of balanced flavors. Nice malt character.

ngeunit1, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

calmstock, May 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

JoeMans, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

let8it8grow, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Oakenator, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

jhb138, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

ferrettman687, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

UncleJimbo, Mar 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

marchnlv, May 28, 2012
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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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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

mschofield, Apr 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

GrindFatherBob, Aug 13, 2012
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X Ale, 22nd February 1945 from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.