Old 152 - Summit Brewing Company

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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 irrgalaxy
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a flared pint glass. Lots and lots of foam, with the head overflowing the glass (although not the most careful of pours). Drank slightly warmer than expected, although it might help the flavors come out. Aromas aren't particularly strong, although the hops and rye stand out. Beer is forward on the tongue, with strong malt/rye at the beginning but a rather thin taste at the end. Light on the alcohol compared to some of the big rye beers I've had in the past. Kentucky Common is a beer style I've never had before - I think it'd be more enjoyable with a colder brew and in hotter weather. (602 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 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 NuclearDolphin
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Orange with a Brown Tinge. Head pours around 3 fingers in width; Head is quite foamy. Quite hazy, but very little carbonation going on.

Smell - Rye, Hops, Yeasts, Wood, Sour Mesh and a slight hint of Bourbon. Not as sweet smelling as I was expecting. It's also got a rusty sort of scent to it as well. The smell reminds me of Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye.

Taste - Rye, Yeasts, Sour Mesh, Wood and Barley. It's different, but it's OK. Although the rye could've been toned down just a little bit and I was expecting it be just a little more maltier.

Mouthfeel - Body is light and the carbonation packs a heavier punch here. Normally I wouldn't mind but the strong rye flavor combined with the carbonation gives the body a slight sting.

Overall - It's really hard to compare this style of beer to others as the Kentucky Common style is not widely used according to Summit. Had the Rye and Malt aspect been better balanced, then this definitely would've been an awesome beer. (1,017 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 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 JackieTH
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber liquid with a haze of suspended particulates. Khaki head slight lace. Smells of earth, sod, and citrus. Taste is quite sour with a strong floral, spicy character, earthiness and citrus as well. Moderate bitterness. Medium body slightly watery mouthfeel. Dry, mildly bitter lingering finish. Interesting creation. (326 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 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 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 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 herman77
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber/copper with a nice light khaki head. Awesome sticky, whispy lacing.

S: Some rye along with toasty malts, apples, pears, and just a very small hint of sour. Some earthy and slightly citrus hops lurking somewhere in there too. Very interesting, but very good.

T: Ever so slightly sweet at first with lots of toasted malt, biscuit and some rye. There is almost a very, very slight sourness or something going on with the malts. Probably from the sour mash. More spicy rye and bitter hops near the finish. Finish is a bit dry.

M: Medium to lighter body. Carbonation is a bit on the higher side.

O: Okay drinkability. A very interesting beer. A different style for sure (don't think it's technically a rye beer). It's well made and definitely worth seeking out to try. (781 characters)

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

This beer pours a semi-clear amber color. The head is on inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a think layer of sparse foam. The aroma is amazingly vibrant. Flower bed, caraway, rye dough, caramel, and toffee, and nougat. I could smell this beer all day long. Up front the taste has all the vibrant complexities of the aroma with the addition of a firm bitterness. It does, however, vanish from the palate within seconds leaving virtually no aftertaste. That really takes away from the beer for me. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with aggressive carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, I'm glad I got the opportunity to try my first Kentucky Common, but I can't see myself buying this again. Beers in this oddball vein usually get me really excited, but one just doesn't do it for me. (798 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 jimmah120
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date, enjoyed out of the bottle

smell is an earthy must, notes of hazelnut, wood, pine. taste is bready and sour at first, giving way to bitter pine, dried dark fruit, peppery rye, and sweet roasted nut. feel is a well carbonated full medium.

taste is decently complex, but marred by dominating sour bitterness. it doesnt hurt the flavor for me, but I wouldn't mind it being more balanced. another great unchained beer, maybe my favorite since the black ale. (480 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 sonata2008
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown, dark copper in color. Mostly clear, but with a very small amount of cloudiness. About a finger's width of ecru colored foam. Great lacing.
Smell: Upfront spicy hoppiness and some corn. Sweet floral undertones. Also some malt and a bit of bread.
Taste: Wow, so interesting. Very dry but an excellent dryness. Definitely a spicy hops presence. Lots of body and super balance of different flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.
Overall: Very drinkable and very satisfying. A relatively low ABV, so you could easily have a couple of these. I strongly support brewers trying different recipes and not sticking with the standard IPA, stout, etc. The Old 152 was a highly successful experiment by a Summit Brewer. Thanks to Summit for doing it! (799 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (906 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 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 jera1350
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a short but very sticky head of khaki foam. Lots of minuscule particles floating throughout the body.

Has a strong earthy spice smell that can only come from rye. Nice. Some fruity and citrusy hops underneath. Really a nice nose overall.

Starts out with the moderately spicy rye which quickly goes to a strong hop bite that is earthy and somewhat herbal. Some grapefruit peel at the end and into the finish with perhaps minute touch of some sour grain. Pretty bitter aftertaste also.

Very smooth and finishes extremely dry on the tongue. Close to a medium body.

I would put this in the category of a Rye IPA. In that category, it fits wonderfully. I know this is a "take" on a pre-prohibition recipe because there is not way they drank anything this hoppy back then in their beers. This is another well made brew in the Unchained Series, but probably not in the top five for me. (913 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 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 Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, full of particles, good head.

Smell: Sourdough bread, a bit of citrus.

Taste: Hits first with a lot of rye spiciness and rye bread. Transitions into a long-lasting pithy citrus bitterness.

Overall: An interesting beer from Summit, seems like a rye-dominated IPA more than anything. Really gives a lasting bitterness in the finish, I'm not sure if that's from the combination of rye and hops or just the hops standing out. Almost like west coast IPA in the dryness and lasting bitterness. (509 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)

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