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Old 152 - Summit Brewing Company

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Old 152Old 152

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BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JamesMN on 10-27-2012)
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Reviews by russpowell:
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Peppery & citrussy notes

T: Slight caramel flavor, peppery rye & slight orange peel up front. Slight doughy notes, caramel & grainy bitterness as this warms, Finishes with a slight nuttyness, bready sweetness & some astringency

MF: Light/medium body, lively carbonation, a touch of grittyness to this

Drinkable enough, but nothing I would want to buy again. Summit has really underwhelmed me since I first tried them years ago

01-15-2013 03:24:39 | More by russpowell
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bsp77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rusty orangish-brown with moderate white head and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Spicy, bready rye and sweet biscuit.

Taste: Somewhat sweet core of biscuit, caramel and bread, offset by spicy rye. The malts also seem to have something else going on - not quite sour, not quite stale, just something. Maybe this is from the sour mash, or maybe I am just talking out of my ass since I know a sour mash was utilized. Slightly bitter finish with spicy, floral notes, and a ton of more rye.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, mostly dry finish.

Overall: A little better than the sum of its parts. And I really commend Summit and brewer Eric Harper for doing something unique. Too bad this can't have the free floating lacto that apparently infected the Kentucky Common style back in the early 20th century, but still a very nice beer.

10-27-2012 22:02:42 | More by bsp77
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-10-2012 19:37:55 | More by NilocRellim
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly hazy copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: A pretty earthy and spicy aroma. Toasted malts with a big aroma of spicy rye bread. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, crackers, and grains. Grassy, and earthy hops along with a light scent of citrus orange. Very bready and malt driven, but the rye and earthy hops make for a solid balanced mix. Pretty interesting and solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a very spicy and earthy taste. A big taste of spicy rye bread upfront that lingers throughout. Toasted malts and wheat grains with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, and crackers. Musty and grassy earthy hops add some bitterness. Light taste of citrus orange along with a little pine. A very good balanced taste. Nice drying bready notes and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and pretty smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty solid and interesting take on a rye driven beer. Nicely balanced.

11-15-2012 07:10:29 | More by MattyG85
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Cooper

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-27-2012 22:30:20 | More by Cooper
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Picked up a single at Four Firkins. It's a more drinkable rye than most. The body's a step lighter than most rye ales, likely thanks to the corn and distiller's malt, but still provides a strong spicy citrus hops character to match the bready rye malts and the underlying barley. It's an unusual, but not foreign tasting beer. It just seems to the be a tasty combination of rye, barley, and hops that's never quite come together. Very cool beer, check it out.

11-22-2012 01:31:16 | More by tempest
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stpjames

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-24-2013 18:26:11 | More by stpjames
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morimech

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a clear copper color with an attractive two fingers of head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick think. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Plenty of rye that gives this beer a rustic aroma. Also floral and slightl citrus hop aromas that compliment the rye bread smell.

One of the more rye forward beers around today. There is also bready malt that has the tiniest bit of sweetness. Moderately bitter with floral and spicy notes. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

I love the body and carbonation from this beer. Smooth and soft texture makes this beer a real joy to drink.

Another very good Unchained Series beer. Hope Summit keeps doing this beers for a long time to come.

11-23-2012 19:30:10 | More by morimech
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-13-2013 00:33:34 | More by jimmy82063
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some rye and grains. Taste is spicy, hops, rye, some bitterness,a bit of grains, good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

01-05-2013 14:58:08 | More by tone77
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emerge077

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Just saw this beer for the first time recently in a random beer store, looks like it's already been out for a couple months. After getting the chance to chat with Mark Stutrud from Summit earlier this year about the Unchained series when Saga was released, its something i'll never pass up. Much like Goose's Fulton & Wood series, each brewer gets creative freedom to brew their own unique recipe.

Deeply saturated hazed auburn, reddish russet in the light, with a billowing craggy head of eggshell foam that forms crazy peaks & valleys as it settles. Sticky concentric rings of lace in the glass. Ample head retention.

Sweet and spicy grainy rye aroma, specialty grains.

Lightly bitter with a spicy grainy breadiness, smooth and somewhat full bodied. Malt driven, some bittering hops but not much in the way of hop-derived flavors. Not bad though, and worth trying for Rye Beer fans.

12-27-2012 22:12:28 | More by emerge077
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thomscottson

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-13-2013 01:45:05 | More by thomscottson
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
5.8% ABV, 55 IBUs, numbers on label.

A - Tiny particles do little to cloud the rusty amber beer which is teeming with carbonation. The tight-knit bubbles stream rapidly to a frothy ivory head that plateaus to a plump layer after clothing the pint in sheets of lace.

S - Sharp rye grinds against hoppy citrus lemon rind and notes of tropical fruit. Odd but welcome spice blends from the rye and what seems to faint ale yeast esters that also impart faint fruit notes. This creates a perfumy cloud over doughy malt sweetness and sticky caramelization that finishes out with nice balance.

T - Malty sweetness opens the gates to a much deeper, broad spectrum of flavor profiles going in Old 152. Rye remains heavily in play with spiciness and a dusting of orange-flavored cocoa but the hops really erupt, complimenting the earthy rye with an earthiness of their own and a twist of aggressive citrus rind.

M - Crisp carbonation and sharp rye make it rough around the edges but Old 152 has a medium body that supports it and a dry, bitter finish which puts a nice kabosh on this exploratory beer.

O - Old 152 is a rye beer that showcases the rye at the forefront instead of a minor ingredient. This does make the Old 152 a bit "harsh" in terms of providing an aggressive flavor profile and mouthfeel, but it's very well brewed and the hops compliment and round out the beer for a great drinking experience.

11-20-2012 02:15:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Bighorn

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-16-2012 02:19:30 | More by Bighorn
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-25-2014 23:11:25 | More by jaydoc
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Bpierso1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-13-2013 03:53:20 | More by Bpierso1
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-28-2012 23:43:46 | More by bigbeers84
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bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-25-2013 09:16:15 | More by bismarksays
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-11-2012 04:56:04 | More by MN_Beerticker
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stemp033


2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

02-09-2013 17:18:29 | More by stemp033
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Lisicjm

Missouri

5/5  rDev +32.3%

03-09-2013 19:12:47 | More by Lisicjm
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours a dark shade of amber with good clarity. Head is substantial and well-retained. Aroma is an odd combination of musty rye, corn, earthy hops and caramel malt. Sort of a rustic smelling beer.

Mild rye flavors show up first, followed by smooth caramel malt without much sweetness and mildly bitter, earthy hops that carry through a lengthy finish. There’s just a slight touch of sourness, although nowhere near tart. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth due to fullish body and low carbonation.

I really like it. In fact, my favorite Unchained since the pumpkin porter. Nice use of rye and a bit more sessionable and less biting than some of the recent RyePAs like Ruthless. Additional bonus points for digging up an obscure style!

11-10-2012 04:08:43 | More by GeezLynn
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CCutch

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-05-2013 02:12:37 | More by CCutch
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Pours a nice nutty brown color with about a quarter inch of pillowy off white head that

T: Malty nutty, nicely balanced beer, not a hop bomb but overall a balanced beer.

s: bready malty earthy hops

M: medium bodied beer with average carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Another nice brew in the unchained line up

10-29-2012 01:41:09 | More by happygnome
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Handy50322

Iowa

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-18-2012 01:41:33 | More by Handy50322
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Old 152 from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.