Old 152 - Summit Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +15.9%
A= Pours a nice deep amber color with a great two finger head on it that is a little bit of a light khakhi color and holds great retention and lacing on the glass. One of the best looking beers I've had in a while.
S= The smell is a bit strange. There is a definite wheat character to it as well as a sort of apple like character. I dunno where that comes from but it's like a grainy sweetness I've never smelled before. There does seem to be a light hop character to it as well.
T= The taste is a very different beer. It's got a real nice rye character. The rye summit uses is done right that's for sure. The character is pretty light but there is again a sort of unexplainable sweetness to it that is unlike anything I've had. It has a bit of a roasty sort of character I just can't explain.
M= The mouth is great. Nice lasting flavors.
O= Summit uses the rye nicely once again. This beer is super complex and really unique. This is unlike any beer on the market. Another homerun from Summit on the unchained beers.
11-10-2012 05:25:42 | More by jjanega08
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
On tap at Blind Pig in Champaign, IL. I am looking forward to this. A pre-Prohibition "Kentucky Common" style that uses a sour mash, rye, and corn. Talk about adjuncts.
A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color with an amber hue. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Spiderweb lace all the way down the glass.
S: The first thing I get is the fruity, spicy, peppery rye. Perfectly balanced with bread and biscuit aromas. Juicy hops in the finish with a lingering grapefruit bitterness.
T: Excellent. I love rye, and this has it in spades. Fruity flavors like pears and bananas. Spicy, peppery, and bready rye. Plenty of hops. Juicy, slightly bitter. Grapefruit. Everything is so well balanced.
M/D: A medium body. Crisp and clean carbonation, that is smooth at the same time. Finishes on the dry side. So enjoyable. Gone in no time, and very moreish. I can quaff several without a thought.
An excellent beer that is so enjoyable and easy to drink. Lots of subtle nuance, and complex at the same time. Anybody that thinks adjuncts don't belong in beer need to try this. Excellent, and highly recommended.
12-28-2012 23:54:31 | More by champ103
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
Surprisingly hoppy aroma with the barley and malt certainly background. Grassy, fruit, citrus with a little spice. With warming the malt comes through in a good way. Enjoyable.
Darker amber with tints of red. Very clear Big full tan head.
Flavor is even more complex with a tart and bitter finish that lies on the tongue with a long sourness that resembles grapefruit, but not quite. Nice fresh malt character up front with a crackling bite and hints of rye. The hops, rye and sourness all intermingle in a really enjoyable way. In time some shots of smokiness.
Littler body, but still in the moderate area. Soft carbonation and certainly an ample amount.
Drinks very easily. A nice beer with good qualities and I'd suspect would go well with a lot food.
11-18-2012 20:31:59 | More by garymuchow
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
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
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
A - A dark amber colored beer (almost orange) with a large and rocky three finger head. The head seems to stick around for quite a while. It also leaves a lot of lacing.
S - A strong spicy/fruity hop aroma dominates a doughy malt smell with some hints of rye.
T - Rye malt seems to battle against the spicy/fruity hops. More balanced than the smell led me to believe. The malt seems to be more complex than just being rye dominant. There is also some caramel flavors and doughy flavors. All of the flavors mix together well, and yet stick out on their own.
M - Thinner than most other rye beers that I have had, but it makes it very drinkable.
O - Rustic is the perfect word for this unlikely combination of flavors. They work surprisingly well together, and make for an unusual and unexpectedly good brew.
12-13-2012 05:10:34 | More by BikingDutchman
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
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured into a pint glass.
A: Cloudy amber with two-finger, white, frothy, creamy head that lasted . lacing.
S: Sweet bread and hops.
T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Spice and sour Rye. Nutty.
M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.
O: Really good Rye beer. The look of this beer stood out the most to me. It also had a nice mouthfeel.
02-03-2013 23:39:15 | More by SolipsismalCat
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
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
Listed by the brewer as a Kentucky Common style.
Appearance: Chestnut/amber color with a pillowy off-white head.
Aroma: Lots of malt presence and slightly sweet. Barley and rye malt.
Taste: Malty/nutty flavor with an overt peppery flavor from the rye. This creates a pretty nice balance between the sweet and spicy malt profiles. At 55 IBUs you can taste all of them but it is by no means overly bitter. The hops are earthy and work well with the rye. The rest of the malts create a very solid and robust flavor. Lingering hops and rye malt after the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (surprisingly thick for the relatively low 5.8% ABV). Good amount of carbonation and a nice tingling sensation on the palate from the pepper/bitterness. Above average drinkability.
Final Thoughts: I wasn't sure what to expect but this is definitely a beer worth checking out. The rye malt really shines here. A decently balanced brew that delivers on flavor. Would I drink it again? Yes, and soon since it's a one time release!
10-27-2012 00:00:23 | More by JamesMN
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
11-11-2013 06:09:56 | More by falloutsnow
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
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
Deep red copper colored w/ thick cream cap tons of lace stick age and hazed clarity w/ tight bead
S-smell is piney and bready w/ light fruity yeast and herbal hop accent
Mouthfeel is mostly bitter and semi full w/ good carbonation level and depth of hop oils adding smoothness on the palate w/ a mostly bitter finish
T - strong piney hops w/ light fruity tinge from rye malt and yeast w/ spicy herbal blend of hop flavored which tip the taste overall to a bitter brew
Overall a great hoppy rye another good strong beer w/ great hops from Summit
01-01-2013 11:14:07 | More by Slatetank
4.06/5 rDev +7.4%
In order to do this review with a fresh perspective, I've forgotten everything I've ever known about this beer. Except that it has something to do with a pre-prohibition recipe and a sour mash technique. There's nothing else about the beer on the label except for the brewer's name, and his signature. Perhaps there's more on the six-pack holder…I'm going to look for it now…all of the technical information is there but no background stories…5.6% ABV, 55 IBUs…hops: Cluster, Northern Brewer…malt/grain: Victory/Crystal Medium, pale malt, rye malt, disteller's malt (ooo!), maize (that's corn to you and I), white wheat.
I'll skip the rest and open 'er up:
Lovely chestnut brown, full blooming off-white head, leaving loads of lace.
Complex grain bill evident in aromatics. Have to say it: I am getting some whiskey-ish notes, for certain. A little sweet, a bit sour and musty, but very likable. Intriguing to say the least.
Taste: Hop bitterness starts us off on the palate. Tasty stuff. Spicy rye malt hits next. Twice as nice. Plenty of character in this one. Continues long through the drink, with a lush, malty finish. Alcohol and hops are mellow enough to ease the drinking, leaving this a vastly pleasurable brew that tastes better with each new swallow.
Ladies and gentlemen, I might be turning into one of those fussy fuddy-duddies decrying the way things are today, and those kids, blah, blah, blah…But, really, does everything have to be 10% alcohol? There are a lot of beers out there that I could enjoy more often if there were just 8% instead of 10%, or 6 % instead of 8.
02-26-2013 06:28:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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
Old 152 from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.