Old 152 - Summit Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
03-18-2013 01:18:31 | More by kylehay2004
3.3/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
01-03-2013 21:00:42 | More by TMoney2591
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
3.93/5 rDev +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.
01-24-2013 01:57:36 | More by zeff80
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
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
4.08/5 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
4.05/5 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
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
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
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
02-23-2013 04:57:28 | More by barnzy78
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
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
10-28-2012 22:14:53 | More by KarlHungus
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
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
10-30-2012 01:28:18 | More by jera1350
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
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
12-08-2012 04:58:08 | More by jsprain1
Old 152 from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.