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Old 152 - Summit Brewing Company

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87
very good

40 Reviews
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 110
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 5.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JamesMN on 10-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 110
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)

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 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 MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,182 characters)

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 jjanega08
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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03/12/13

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. (1,041 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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! (728 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 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 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 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)

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