Old School Pale Ale - Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
3.1/5 rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured a very nice light orange amber with about one finger high of white frothy foam on the top. A quick recession led to not too much more then a touch of film across the top and a somewhat lackluster side glass presentation.
Aroma was very nice, a touch light but once you picked it up it was full of piney hops. Lots of resin like characters with a touch of sugar mixed in. This was more then decent in depth; only knock against it was a touch on the light side in terms of volume. Flavor was very good actually. A nice tight bitter flavor profile came over you almost all at once. A good amount of pine fresh hops in the front that mellowed into a nice malty earthen grain like flavor in the middle that was hinted at by a touch of grass. This was then backed up by a very nice dry hoppy finish. Very well rounded and a really nice profile. Very crisp and clean with very nice carbonation. The overall feel was a light bodied ale with a decent dryness to the finish. Not too light as it was defiantly a nice session like quality. Very nice, the combination of light profile, and good carbonation will win this category every time. This was an easily sessionable nice pale ale.
Serving type: on-tap
02-10-2011 02:21:12 | More by mikesgroove
2.68/5 rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
From bottle to pint glass this one poured a cloudy gold color with a solid off-white head and lots of lacing. The aroma offered sweet orange biscuit and dishwater perfume. Sort of questionnable. The taste unfortunately follows suit and it's not getting out of its own way. Midland body. Skunky and sickening floral sweetness. We opted for the drain pour. Sorry.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2009 15:49:59 | More by Durge
3.9/5 rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear clementine with few visible bubbles. That didn't stop the creation of a decent looking lid the color of lightly toasted marshmallows. Thick sheets of pocked lace look pretty sweet, though not sweet enough to qualify as eye candy. As the beer falls with drinking, there's quite a bit of stubborn glass coverage.
The aroma is more English pale ale than APA. It lacks power and isn't very citrus fruity. The malt smells mostly pale, with an earthiness that might be coming from some of the toasted varieties, or from one (or more) U.K. hops. Warming helps quite a bit.
Old School Pale Ale is aptly named because it's pretty good beer... in an old school kind of way. In other words, the barley plays almost as much of a role as the hops. On second thought, the hop flavor and bitterness is cumulative. As I get deeper into the bottle, it's obvious that Old School has a few New School tricks up its pale ale sleeve. Consider the flavor and drinkability scores bumped.
There's a rock-solid malt structure (still mostly pale, some toasted bready) that provides a sweetish lauching pad for the the alpha acids. IBUs about 50? The flavor profile includes sugar cookies, very light caramel notes, tangy apricots and zested lemons and oranges. Let's go with Fuggles and possibly Goldings.
The body/mouthfeel is pretty damn good for an APA/EPA. There's some substance here and more than a little smoothness. Despite fears that the carbonation would be lacking, it isn't. The bubbles do their work behind the scenes, which is exactly where they should be.
Old School Pale Ale is my first Asheville Brewing Company beer, so I'm glad it's a good one. This is a solid APA from top to bottom. It's becoming increasingly obvious that the state of North Carolina is the hottest place in the South for good craft beer. Even the below the radar breweries are impressive.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2009 12:30:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
Old School Pale Ale from Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.