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Old 152 - Summit Brewing Company

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Old 152Old 152

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very good

40 Reviews
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 110
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of herman77
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of irrgalaxy
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of happygnome
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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