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Old 152 - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JamesMN on 10-27-2012)
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Photo of Ejayz
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Ejayz, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

morimech, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

tempest, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

garymuchow, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Cramerican, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

herman77, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

NuclearDolphin, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Bighorn, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

MattyG85, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of yokken
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

yokken, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of GarretD
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

GarretD, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

MN_Beerticker, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of irrgalaxy
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

irrgalaxy, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of BillyLrsn
3.25/5  rDev -14%

BillyLrsn, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

NilocRellim, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by
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.

jjanega08, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of GeezLynn
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

GeezLynn, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of ponbon63
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

ponbon63, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Mdog, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of BierVogel
4/5  rDev +5.8%

BierVogel, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

sparx1100, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

jimmah120, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

JackieTH, Nov 06, 2012
Old 152 from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.