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Old Leg Over - Daleside Brewery

Old Leg OverOld Leg Over

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BA SCORE
81
good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%


Brewed by:
Daleside Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yen157 on 09-23-2002)
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soju6

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a small head that fades to traces of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and nutty with some fruit and bit of spice in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, bit of nuts and fruit. Mild bitterness and a quite dry finish.

F: Moderate body and quite smooth.

O: Decent drinker, fairly average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:34:34 | More by soju6
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very surprised to see this on cask at the Telford Town centre Wetherspoons (20 Feb 2013) and felt compelled to have a pint.

Looked like a lot of the old style 'English Bitters': meaning a fairly dull mid-brown colour with an off-white head sat moodily on top.

Typical UK beery esters reached my nose: nothing too strong or powerful, just an understated blend of malts and hops, neither taking complete control. The malts however do hint at a sweetness to come and sure enough the brew has a malty molasses feel and flavour in the mouth.

OK more than brilliant: pleased I had it though, don't see enough Daleside beers in Shropshire.

Serving type: cask

03-04-2013 11:42:13 | More by BlackHaddock
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber and an off white head an inch high.

Aroma: Toffee, bready malts, lightly roasted floral hops, caramel malts.

Taste: Very bready in the front with a smooth mouthfeel. Toffee notes, hops are dry and roasted along with the caramel malts.

Notes: This one is all malt and very drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 02:00:19 | More by horshack7
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a brown ale looking pint both in colour and head i.e. barely there whitish wisps.

Aromas of acetate and brown sugar.

taste starts with a complex mix of malts seems to be about to go sweet then sweeps into hoppy bitterness

good solid mouthfeel and nice low carbonation

a decent solid Yorkshire brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 21:39:48 | More by EmperorBevis
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Sackville Cellars in Rozelle, a nice little bottlo that often has some interesting beers.

Pours a very deep reddish copper colour, with an initially frothy and large-bubbled head of beige, that settles down to a pleasant, fine English film. Body is light, and there's a surprisingly vivacious amount of carbonation, but otherwise it looks good.

Nose is a bit mean on aroma, giving up little besides a touch of earthy hops and a very minimal crushed petal freshness. It's all extremely restrained to the point of boredom. Had better.

Taste is a lot better, incredibly smooth and mild, with a good nutty grain character towards the centre and a touch of earthy, slightly twanging metallic hops to finish up. Very smooth and clean, but with that subtle, comforting body that English ales do so well.

Very drinkable brew, if very much in the milder-is-better, balance-is-everything mould of the old school of English brewing.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 08:00:59 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After Pretty Things Hedgerow was not a huge hit for me, and talking to Dan Paquette about it i realized I had to start getting into more English Bitters and really learn the style, and maybe even start to like them. So here's another to try.

Pours a semi frothy smaller 1/4 finger head that just sticks around like it was meant to be there, over a semi clear but slight yeast chunked rosy reddish slight orange-brown colored beer.

Nose actually brings more sweetness and malts than hops, some brown sugar, molasses, light syrupy, plenty of brownish sweeter malts, crystal malts, soft slightly aged malt aromas, slight candy, and I half expect a slight boozy aroma but it never comes. As my nostrils quickly get used to the malts and sweetness, some light bitterness comes through, a very slight earthy and herbal hop not so much the herbal that I'm not a big fan of though, just vegetative oily herbal.

Taste follows a similar pattern, starting first with a sweet malty kick, a bit of brown sugar and hint of molasses, a bit of a candy flavor, caramelized malts, a nutty like malt flavor, a bit of fruit comes through with it thanks to the yeast I think, slight fig like fruit, and a soft aged malt with plenty of medium brown malts, again I half expect some booze to kick in but never comes (the difference between a beer from U.K. and U.S. I think). Then some bittering hops, not much, it gets slightly bitter but not what I was expecting. The hops bring a very light oily vegetative herbal taste. Then I get a bit of oxidation coming through, possibly in the transportation and who knows how long it was sitting on the shelf. Finishes with a slight sweetness that seems to dry like a Belgian candi sugar finish would do, a bit more soft malt tastes, molasses, and very slight bitterness with herbal hops lingering.

Mouth is a bit richer and heavier bodied but not much, and decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, not what I was expecting. Nice malt flavors, the hops and bitterness were nowhere on target if it were a bitter. The slight oxidation takes away from it a bit as well. It was more like a mild than anything, perhaps being mislabeled on BA as I don't see it mentioning being a bitter on the bottle. It calls itself more of an ale of old the style that would come from a cask, and so I will judge this beer more like that than what I was expecting for a bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:29:28 | More by jlindros
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clearlydiluted

New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

a - pours a dark amber with a finger of head

s - smells slightly of dark fruit and hint of earthy english hops

t - nice fruitiness with hints of dark caramel and burnt sugar. toffee mid-palate with a nice clean balancing bitterness and earthy english hops. starts out sweet but finishes rather dry.

m - medium with a low amount of carbonation

d - really a nice session beer. nicely balanced. won't blow you out of the water, but that's OK by me.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:25:31 | More by clearlydiluted
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - honey like in color, tall creamy pure white head.

S - sweet and fruits with caramel. Rather bock-like.

T - sweetness with caramel and some dried fruit. Much like the scent it is quite bock like.

M - not thin, but not much coating. Mild tingle across entire tongue.

D - one, but it really is not my bag.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:35:03 | More by biglite351
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent copper color with a frothy head.
Not much of a nose-- a hint of hops maybe.

Flavor is more toward malt than hops. For some reason, it reminds me of many brown ales I've tasted. The flavor is not overly sweet but a nice balance between hops and malt.

The flavor is not particularly robust or prominent.
This is a nice beer to "kick-back and relax with". It is not a particularly demanding flavor yet it is not so subtle to be a nonentity on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very cordial-- in keeping with its demur flavor profile.

Drinkability is superior owing to it's low ABV and mild flavor.

I forgot what I paid of this beer. If it's in keeping with most craft brewed domestics I enjoy this one could become a regular in my larder.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 23:12:48 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Had in a flared glass.
A: dull yellowish brown; not much carbonation (perhaps expected in a beer normally casked)
S: malty, brown sugar
T: smooth, subtle flavor of dates, raisins, citrus fruits; neither bitter nor sweet; much like a brown ale

Overall, this is a very very good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 18:14:09 | More by Arithmeticus
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Tulkas

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.

Thin but creamy head upon single pour.

Very tastey, caramel, molasses and toffee flavors are almost overwhelming at first but finish quickly in nutty bread after-tone.

Enjoyable for the first half of the bottle but all of the tastes get lost-in-the-soup by the end.

Would love to see some of the flavors highlighted more off tap, unlikely to purchase again in bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 04:04:53 | More by Tulkas
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Exits the bottle a clearish, garnet-hued body with a small-sized, frothed, white head.

Smell: Mild malt tones of dry caramel, basic bread. Touch of ripe fruit pulp. Even milder hints of spent Oolong tea leaves.

Taste: Light malty tastes of bread and caramel with a subdued level of sweetness. Slight cherryskin fruitiness within. Leafy, black tea hop character with a restrained bitterness to balance. Final hint of dried herb on the thinning finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A mild brew, but an easily drinkable, sessionable, uncomplicated one.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 23:28:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: For a bitter, Old Leg Over is darker than most that I have tried. Dark amber with a finger thick white head. Pretty good head retention, leaving a fine white film on the surface through the whole glass.

S: Subtle hints of sweet, bready malts are on the forefront, with fruity, floral hop aromas lingering in the back.

T: Very balanced, as malt makes it's presence with hints of fresh baked bread, caramel, and some honey. The hops give it a slightly fruity finish with notes of geranium and some spice.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, and well structured.

D: Definitely a session beer. Low alc, tasty, and extremely smooth. This is one of the best examples of this style I have tasted to date.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 03:14:17 | More by WYVYRN527
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nick76

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has citrus and grassy hops with leather, malt, nuts, and dust. The appearance is amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's not that impressive but drinkable. I would have another if offered.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 05:41:34 | More by nick76
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Billolick

New York

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear midsized bottle, "BBE SEP 09" etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours quite clear, light amber, typical head and a bit of lace. Light toast experienced by the old sniffer. Easy drinking and easy on the senses. Sessioner supreme. A nice reminder for us extreme beer drinkers of what a typical, fairly balanced British mild ale/bitter is all about. Nothing special, but not bad either. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 23:51:35 | More by Billolick
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bort11

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml brown bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. One inch egg-cream colored head with mild retention. Spotty lacing. Color is a dark caramel.

Smell is a malty pleasure! Dark caramel malt and nutty aromas are strong up front, with a hint of hops bitterness. Taste is a bold malt character. More chestnut dark wood flavors.

Mouthfeel is light and very quaffable. This would make a great session beer, if one bottle wasn't over $4

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 12:35:04 | More by bort11
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper-brown color with moderate white head.
Smell is nicely nutty with some caramel and toffee notes mixed in.
Taste is extraordinary. The nuttiness, the caramel, and the toffee mix together to form a very refreshing beer.
Finished very clean with great taste retention
The perfect session drinkiing beer. The light carbonation makes it very easy to drink.Would be nice to sit in an English pub and drink some of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 23:31:04 | More by tgbljb
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Zorro

California

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear red colored beer that is actually closer to chestnut brown. Only the reddish color when held up to the light makes me call this a red rather than a brown colored ale. Small white head forms and then dies.

Not that much smell. A bit sweet and malty with a butter aroma and fuggles hops. Mildly scented to say the least.

The taste starts out neutral with a slight sweetness and some patent malt with a buttery finish but not strongly so. Patent malt roast and dry fuggles finish about defines this beer. There is a little nutty flavor too this but this seems under flavored to me.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Certainly easy to drink and it won't interfere with what ever you are eating. Still this needs more taste to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 04:19:37 | More by Zorro
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that retains well and leaves some shards of lacing

Smell: Butterscotch toffee; clearly going to be on of those diacetyl influenced British brews

Taste: Starts out with a sweet toffee and biscuit flavor that continues, after the swallow, with only a modest amount of bitterness; slightly woody on the finish but this is mostly about malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the diacetyl (which normally is an annoyance), I rather enjoyed this beer; it has its own character and is easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 22:20:21 | More by brentk56
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Moderate copper hue. Briliant clarity. Dirty white head with good head retention.

S: Nice aroma indicitive of style. Moderate hop aroma melds nicely with seet caramel malt aroma. Slight sulfur background notes as well. Nothing overpowering - well balanced.

T: Pretty low bitterness or hop flavor. Malt is sublte as well. Malt flavor is somewhat nutty and not particularly sweet. Very wet finish. Overall taste is pretty flat and not very exciting.

MF: Light - thin mouthfeel not filling but smooth. A little too light and watery. Moderate tingly carbonation.

D: Ok but not great English pale ale. Very drinkable but pretty average. I wonder how long this guy had been sitting on the shelf?

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 17:53:58 | More by Nipitato
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber hue with a minimal head, dissipating to a thin layer of bubbles with a slight bit of retention.

S: Malty and strong caramel-like tones, with a clean smelling profile. Also a dash of hops in the nose.

T: An almost ESB like taste with caramel smoothness throughout, a finish that hinted of a light hop presence to balance it out. Rather flat all-around, but easy to drink.

M: A taste of adequate carbonation, with a slick and thin feel on the palate.

D: Quite drinkable, but would need to do better in the flavor department in order to keep you hanging on to this one. Seems like there's a bit too much of a caramel vibe in here to enjoy any other real flavors that may be present.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 23:44:52 | More by CharlieMopps
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Though quite timid on all fronts, it's a pleasant, well balanced beer. Crystal clear tea-like color. Faint aromas of Brittish malts (caramel and biscut) with a faint herbal, earthy hop character. Tastes mildly sweet with toffee malts and a bready, doughy flavor. Hops contribute a nice bitter balance and a light grassy note. The beer falls quite thin in the body and finish. Clean finish. It has much more character than most pub ales, but very shy even for an English Pale.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 16:29:09 | More by BEERchitect
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transparent tawny with bright tangerine trim; a bit more orange than iced tea. The golden ecru head is more bubbly than it is foamy, but is dense enough to persist quite nicely. Actually, I like the look of hundreds of glassine bubbles piled on top of one another. As an added bonus, they provide tremendous looking lace when they pop.

The nose could be stronger. What I'm able to appreciate is balanced in the way that most English Pale Ales are balanced. Lightly toasted pale malt and classically fruity-earthy Brit hops combine into a pleasant aroma, if not an overly compelling one.

OLO is decent beer and would make a pretty fair session ale, but it just doesn't have enough guts for me, enough flavor. I'm loath to blame the 4.1% ABV since I've heard from enough people that ABV has very little to do with flavor (debatable). Besides, I've had plenty of sub-5% beers that had a leg--or two--up on Old Leg over with regards to taste bud saturation.

The beer is balanced on the palate as well, although with such a deficit of both malt and hops, it's hard for either one to speak with too loud a voice. Minimally toasted pale malt and mildly bitter, tea-like hops make up the flavor profile; along with a lot of water. Warming brings about no increased flavor density and nothing of interest.

I'll cut the flavor some slack given its innocuousness and the dictates of the style, but I just can't be as kind when it comes to the body/mouthfeel. It's thin, thinner, thinnest without enough carbonation to add interest. Ease of drinkability is aided if that's your primary concern. Flavor is mine.

The name Old Leg Over refers to what fell runners (British cross country runners) have to do in order to get across stone walls and streams during the course of their races. While I wouldn't expend nearly that much effort for a hand-pulled pint of Old Leg Over, I might just saunter across the street and throw a leg over a barstool for one.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 13:38:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber/ bronze look, dotted tapioca foam on top, thin, but appealing.

Bright fruity/ hoppy aroma, apples and cherries, classic English hop nose. I like it.

Taste: same fruits jump on the tongue, nice hop blast plays on the palate, before gently bowing back. Ripe fruit continues to jump and jive on the buds. Plenty of caramel and nutty malt flavors. Tasty, for sure.

Medium bodied, fruity finish. Sweetish, this, hoppy, but with little bitterness. Juicy malt, well-balanced. I can't help but like it. Probably won't return to it often, due to the price (more than $5 for a 500ml bottle), but I can say, sure, you go try it, why not...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 06:15:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Red/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malt nose. Starts and finishes with a balance of maltiness and hops - the hops just barely dominate. $4.35 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 22:38:10 | More by jdhilt
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Old Leg Over from Daleside Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.