Old 152 - Summit Brewing Company

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very good

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 110
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 5.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: JamesMN on 10-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (2,075 characters)

Photo of firkinhophead
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger off white head with retention and lacing on a murky marroon brown with golden hue body. Aroma is covered quite a bit by the thick head with mint, toffee, brown sugar and caramel malts. Flavor has more of a chocolate and bread malt base with nuts, toffee sweetness, rye, hint of plum and raisin for dark fruit, some tart citrus and earthy hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly complex and a lot of flavor. (431 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,602 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, caramel colored ale with a frothy but thin ivory head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma, with earth, apple, woodsy, white wine also. Bold spicy rye, fruit, apple, faint toffee, earthy, grassy hop, some tartness noted for taste. Mouth-feel is creamy & smooth, finishes dry but clean. Overall, this was different than any other rye beer I've had in the past. I liked the fruity notes, but I was kind of wishing the ABV was higher on this one. It seemed like it was missing something. Maybe because I was expecting to drink an old ale brewed with rye until I saw the actual ABV and the style. Wishful thinking...still decent though. (663 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (360 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Produced a 1 finger beige head. Beer color is a translucent, cinnamon/gold.

Aroma is fairly strong. Biscuit, and a little hop, and funk scent.

The taste is of rye, biscuit, a slight sweetness. The hops produce a fair, but not overpowering bitterness. Medium carbonation, and mouth-feel.

Very nice beer, and easy drinking. (324 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Somewhat cloudy copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.

S - Some sourness and rye. A touch of sweet bread aroma.

T - It tasted fairly peppery and sourish. Good rye bread flavor with some caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice rye beer. Another good Unchained beer. (386 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 23 October 2012. Tasted 20 January 2013.

Pours an almost-clear dark orangey amber. One finger of cream-yellow head, good retention, stellar lacing that looks like wave-washed foam.

Smell is soft and smooth, with a gentle rye spice. I wish there were more of it, because what I find is really nice. Lightly crisp, robust and refreshing all at the same time. That touch of spice adds a lot.

Taste is muddled, with a bit of bitter, a bit of spice, and wallop of odd oily, almost chalky, flavors. It's like a rye-d up IPA gone wrong. Weird.

The mouthfeel blends in with the taste, but neither one impresses me. It has this chalky astringency, especially late, that I don't really like. The rest of it is fine, medium-light body with plenty of carbonation. But that finish, like some bitter water-absorbing powder, really doesn't work for me with this beer.

I had high hopes, but I feel like it fell apart in the taste and mouthfeel. It's like a sphere that shattered, sending sharp broken bits off in different directions. They could have worked if they'd held together, but instead each one has a cutting effect. (1,122 characters)

Photo of duffalo
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the appearance. Slightly darker than a pale ale, and there's a nice (but not too much) white head on top. Not a ton of smell to the beer - not ultra hoppy - kind of sums up about how I'd expect a rye to smell, but nothing special. The taste is great. You can definitely taste the slightly more bitter in flavor grains of the rye in the beer. There's a slight bit more hoppiness to the beer than I've seen in other ryes, which I like. There's also a good maltiness to it, although not enough to make it too malty for the style. Overall, this may taste a little bitter to people who don't enjoy ipa's/pale ales/ the other hoppier styles, but part of that is due to the rye. I think that it's very nice rye ale - well balanced and great taste. (745 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark amber in color…fairly dense, only mildly transparent... some off-white head did form a thin layer on top…(3.75/5)

Smell: I know it’s a rye ale right away with its distinct sour smell…there is some peppery spice happening here…a faint sweet creaminess as well…paler malts, yeast, barley, caramel, and a touch of citrus round out the aroma…way more spiciness in the nose as this brew warms…(3.75/5)

Taste: Much like the nose, heavy spicy rye in the front…sweetness, a touch of cream, more spicy rye, sour mash, wheat and earthy hops in the middle…finishes very thin, more rye spice with some pale/bread malts…mild bitterness more apparent as it warms…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, it is a touch watery…some in the rye carbonation that does bring a spiciness to the palate…creamy, spicy and smooth…it does finish a bit dry…(3.75/5)

Overall: Not a flavor I normally go for, but this one may open up a new door for me…the spicy rye flavor is good and balanced very well with grains, corn and hops here…I really like it…my major knock is it’s a bit watery, but that’s just me being critical...summit unchained series has been a great find for me and this one lives up to previous offerings…definitely worth trying and if I’m lucky enough to see it again, I will be picking one more up…(3.75/5) (1,376 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 (528 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (253 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Does this series imply that the brewers are normally chained up? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild strawberry, dirt, light leek, perfume-y flowers, light grass, and a smattering of dried-up biscuit. The taste holds notes of mild caramel, earthy greens, light grass, and a splash of grapefruit zest near the back end. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a generally nice hoppy rye, nothing remotely close to special, and, frankly, not up to the usual Unchained standards, but it's a decent enough brew. (669 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (547 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (888 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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 : ) (1,848 characters)

Photo of BikingDutchman
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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. (810 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Red-copper. Head is three fingers, very thick, lasts well and leave a ton of lacing. Quite nice looking.
S- Earthy, big rye scents, a bit of pepper, a bit musty, a touch of sweetness.
T- Up front it's a big rye kick. Spicy, earthy, a little bit sweet, nice flavors all around. My only real critique is I'm not sure what the hop profile accomplishes. It's just a flash in the finish, but it's kind of in this middle ground where it is big enough that you notice it, but not big enough to really embrace or to balance the beer. Either make it bigger and make it a balanced beer or let me have a rye bomb.
M- A touch chewy at first, and a bit sticky/slick. A little surprising in this regard. A bit drier would be appreciated for me.
O- A good rye beer that is a couple tweaks away from being very strong. (805 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (724 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (459 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,460 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
Nicely done. (769 characters)

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Old 152 from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.