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Old Leg Over - Daleside Brewery

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by clearlydiluted:
Photo of clearlydiluted
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

clearlydiluted, Feb 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

A nice find today at Pipe and Pint,pours a clear copper with a one finger head that has some staying power,caramel is the most notable aroma I picked up with a little biscuit dough in there as well.Very light flavors caramel and some iron with some fruitiness but all light.The bottle says a true Yorkshire maltster well it is malt tilted but it needs to become more of a Yorkshire monster but glad I had a chance to try it.

oberon, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

500 ml bottle with label as pictured, pours a clear copper body with a small, large bubbled head that has fair retention and leaves a bit of patchy lace. Subdued aroma features some toffee and caramel maltiness and a minor presence of Fuggles and Goldings hops. Light bodied in the mouth, with moderately high carbonation. The taste is dominated by a delicate balance of sweet toffee and bitter herbal hops. Lacks the more profound body and complexity of the Ivanhoe Pale Ale that I sampled just before this one. Still, nicely drinkable and a good example of the style. The lower abv enhances drinkability here, but the Ivanhoe was a much better English Pale Ale in this comparison.

merlin48, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +6%

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.

Billolick, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

Medium orangey brown and clear in appearance with a repsectable pale yellow head of small bubbles and about 1/4 of an inch in height. Thick clumps of lace on the glass. Brown sugar aroma with quite a bit of an orange citrus backing to it. Mouthfeel is about average in weight and carbonation. Flavor is actually a pretty nice blend of sturdy malt and a reserved but tangy hop. Simple in presentation front to back but agreeable in most aspects. Works nicely with the aroma as well. Drinkable brew from Daleside, but again, too expensive by the time the bottles get to those of us in the United States.

ADR, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of rastaman
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%

Slightly sweet malty flavour, a bit of an oily/buttery character, also a bit toasty aswell (probably due to the burnt malt character), but still quite light and tame. Its OK, but not worth the price we pay down under, just another English bitter/pale ale, nothing stands out.

rastaman, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Colored like a modestly traveled 1998 penny and stacked tall with thick eggwhite suds.
Nougat and rubber bands on the nose. Sweet smelling with a phenolic offness.
Begins with a prevasive gummi worm sweetness. More specifically, the red and orange striped variety. A grain sense develops, as does some caramel, but this stays candyish all the while. The rubber arises again near the close, but muted comparatively, and joins a dash of salted minerality. The end is tea-like, and partially drying despite its near total lack of noticeable bitterness. Those gummi fruits continue to lingers after the swallow.
Medium-light bodied, fluid and understated with its carbonation and basically built like an English session ale should be.
I like this in a somewhat perverse way. But I'd stop short of recommending it.

cokes, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%

Now here's a great little pint! It pours a crystal clear copper body beneath a frothy dollop of ivory foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace in its wake. The nose delivers a combination of delicately mineralish (hard water?) and subtly toasty caramelish malt, grassy/leafy hops, and a touch of yeasty fruitiness. Overall, it's very clean and fresh! Across the palate it's incredibly smooth but not quite creamy, or even slickly oily. It's delicate, very-fine bubbled and restrained carbonation (@1.9 volumes CO2) lightly caresses the tongue; and it's medium-light body gives it some mouthfeel. The flavor is pretty much as the aroma dictates, but it is a bit richer than might be expected and there are some nutty, toffee-like tones as well (low-key diacetyl?). It's superbly balanced by an underlying bitterness; and it's quite "rounded" and drinkable with a malty/fruity swagger that wanders into a dry finish with a touch of lingering nutty and caramelish malt. WOW! What a truly great session ale this one is! Balanced towards sweet malt, but not so heavy-handed in that (how could it be? It's a low-gravity beer!); and with a fruitiness and some thin strands of hops that give it just enough edge to keep it interesting! Brilliant in it's clean, drinkable simplicity!

NeroFiddled, May 21, 2005
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -14.8%

pin, May 22, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

Zorro, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Shiloh
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

Interesting brew, I liked it...but then again I like most brews.
On arrival, it was a medium amber with a short crown with moderate carbonation.
The body was a medium which surprized me...a plus.
Aroma initially was lightly of the skunk which quickly gave way to blandness.
Taste started to the malts, but lightly with roasted grains and a light hop back. Oddly, the back increased in intensity over the sampling resulting in winner status for the hops. Additional hop linger makes this brew a winner in the minor beer leagues.

Shiloh, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.73/5  rDev +6%

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.

EmperorBevis, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

jlindros, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

jdhilt, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of soju6
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

soju6, May 31, 2013
Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of bort11
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%

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

bort11, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

BEERchitect, Nov 05, 2006
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Tulkas
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

Tulkas, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It's light with a slight fruitiness. The taste is average. It has a light pale and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and a bit fruity with some nutty overtones. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, although I'm sure I wouldn't buy it again. It's weak and not very malty. I could drink this all day long despite it's flaws.

WesWes, Mar 28, 2006
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3.13/5  rDev -11.1%

500 ml bottle. Old Leg Over pours out a clear amber color with a big off-white head. Weak buttery malt aroma. Clean, slightly malty flavor. A little buttery. Some light apple fruitiness. Very little hop flavor or bitterness. Nothing offensive in this beer, but it's way too bland. Light to medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation. No noticable alcohol. This beer is mediocre, and it's much too expensive. I wouldn't buy it again.

beveragecaptain, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

CharlieMopps, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

Coppery in color with a nice, slight white head. Malty and sulfur like aroma. Pleasant malt flavor. Somewhat caramel like with a mellow hop bitterness to it. Nice body for the style and low abv. A very drinkable British pale ale. Overall quite enjoyable.

lackenhauser, Mar 12, 2006
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Old Leg Over from Daleside Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.