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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
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87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
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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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

05-31-2012 04:09:28 | More by ngeunit1
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calmstock

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

05-29-2012 01:02:32 | More by calmstock
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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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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

10-15-2012 02:04:43 | More by let8it8grow
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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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jhb138

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-29-2012 14:54:50 | More by jhb138
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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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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-17-2012 04:12:22 | More by UncleJimbo
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marchnlv

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +25%

05-28-2012 14:48:18 | More by marchnlv
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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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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

04-01-2012 20:00:49 | More by mschofield
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GrindFatherBob

New York

5/5  rDev +38.9%

08-13-2012 13:44:56 | More by GrindFatherBob
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X Ale, 22nd February 1945 from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
82 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.