Old 152 - Summit Brewing Company
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Reviews by Chaz:
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy copper/brass in color topped with a nice pale tan head. Excellent lacing and good duration as the head drops... makes a very good first impression.
The nose offers a blast of hops -- not what I'd expected? But it's on par with the beers that Summit has brewed of late. There's probably more going on with the hops on the nose, but it doesn't/isn;t doing so much for me, other than give me mild and pleasant flashbacks to my days as a "THC" connoisseur in college. Piney/resiny, floral and juicy -- today's hop lovers will appreciate it, certainly. Light note of rye ('spiciness') and a lighter, sharp, almost lactic-sour character, too. Herbal even beyond the hops, vegetal/oily...
Definitely a mixed-bag on the first sip. Bitter-hoppy and on the tangier side of bittersweet, light herbaceous/vegetal quality mingling amid the malt and hop interplay -- quite complex. The finish is definitely on the dry side as well, and I appreciate this as much as the next guy, but it's not really up my alley. The hops almost overpower this brew initially.
I mention(ed) vegetal quality, and in fact I get a mixture of green grape skins and rhubarb. Dry and astringent... more due to hops rather than malt I reckon.
The mouthfeel is lighter and easy-drinking.
Not too strong by today's American I.P.A. standards, but not too weak either (and no, 5.8% is --not-- a session beer by any stretch!) I could have a couple of these before I grew very tired of it. It's just not my cup of tea as it were, but I do appreciate the effort and research that went into it, so marks-up for that!
Not a bad beer in the least, and though I couldn't drink much of it it's probably worth seeking out for those who appreciate rarer style. As it stands, it's a rare rendition of a style that is almost unheard of -- in the commercial market today, at least : )
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2012 04:35:51 | More by Chaz
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass
A very nice brown ale meets porter style, with hints of rye and spicy hops. One can imagine this as the base beer that would be sour with a sour-mashing technique and/or subsequent aging. Very good, extremely easy to put down a pint or more of this.
Pours a 2cm tall head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, yielding a fairly sponge-like appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting throughout the glass, never decreasing below a 0.5cm cap atop the body. Lacing is likewise excellent. Body is a dark, dirty brown color, with light bringing out a muddy orange hue. Carbonation visible through the nearly opaque (80-90% opacity) body, high in number and activity.
Aroma is from light roasted malt yielding hints of chocolate, dark caramel malts that give some rich caramel, herbal characters no doubt from the cluster hops
Taste is of pleasant cocoa with dark caramel, stale coffee, a bit of toasted nuts, dried leaves, tangy rye. Front of palate picks up some light roasted malt giving faint cocoa, stale coffee, and char with some additional dark caramel malts that yield dark sweetness, as well as contributions from light herbal hops, and tangy rye. Mid-palate continues the faint cocoa, stale coffee, char, and tangy rye, but adds in some toasted nuts, hints of tobacco, mild hop bitterness, and a faint tartness present in the background. Back of palate experiences mild to moderate hop bitterness combined with acridity from roasted malts, cocoa, dark caramel sweetness, slight dried leaf tannins. Aftertaste is of charred toast, cocoa, stale coffee, lightly tangy rye, astringency from dark malts, with a long-lingering mild hop bitterness.
Beer is surprisingly well-bodied despite the appearance of high carbonation and persistent foam. The body is medium, while the carbonation feels medium-low, giving this a lightly foamy (1/3) and smooth (2/3) mouthfeel. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness clinging along the palate and lips.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 06:09:56 | More by falloutsnow
3.96/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
pours deep amber with a fluffy head and good stickage
Aroma of mashed malt, salt water, herbal hops, earth
Rich malty graininess with the bite of peppery rye. Nice nutty bitterness, with a touch of brown sugar to balance, but this is malty without being sweet. Herbal hops.
Body is medium to full, with a moderate carbonation. Drying finish.
Excellent brown rye. Not as sweet as a typical red ale. Malt and rye dominate, giving a bourbon like sourness. Great beer.
Serving type: on-tap
04-16-2013 03:12:59 | More by firkinhophead
4/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Old 152 pours a cloudy sedimentation full brown color, with a nice lacing head. There is a dry, hoppy like aroma. The taste has a nice mild hoppy kick, with heavy wheat like flavors. Good full flavor, a bit bitter, and dry. Overall a very nice complete and well balanced beer. Very straight forward and good beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2013 02:26:33 | More by vette2006c5r
Old 152 from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.