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Old Ale - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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BA SCORE
87
very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Traditional English-style brown ale with a distinct malty sweetness and fruity aromas that deepen with age.

(Beer added by: nomad on 02-15-2004)
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-10-2014 23:04:11 | More by buzzy
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Old Ale - bomber bottle vintage 2008

Dark reddish-brown but not opaque with a durable head.

Lots of dark fruit, especially dates.
Head has great retention. Very smooth feel with good but light carbonation.
Good sweet/bitter balance.
Lingering pleasant aftertaste.

O: Excellent for style.

06-01-2014 23:19:20 | More by chinchill
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JMBSH

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.1%

05-28-2014 16:58:44 | More by JMBSH
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-08-2014 22:30:00 | More by Durandal_777
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-01-2014 02:40:44 | More by weeare138
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-06-2013 19:20:47 | More by orangesol
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jmann40

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-03-2013 02:51:42 | More by jmann40
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chucksim

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-19-2013 15:46:28 | More by chucksim
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-18-2013 14:44:41 | More by IPAchris
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-06-2013 14:09:24 | More by KAP1356
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tapbit

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-13-2012 14:11:11 | More by tapbit
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-15-2012 01:18:45 | More by t0rin0
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

10-07-2012 21:53:21 | More by brez8791
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

09-01-2012 00:50:05 | More by jwat
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-18-2011 23:01:17 | More by thebouch01
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-01-2011 07:30:52 | More by rab53
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%

Holiday Vintage 2007. Purchased at the brewery during the same year. Cork and caged.

A: clear, copper color, poured with head that dissipated
S: medium to full-bodied, true aging with prunes, dates, and leather, very nice
T: deep roasted malt, malt dominates, a tinge of oxidation but it really adds to the beer, this beer tastes well beyond its 4 years
M: mellow, incredibly balanced

11-27-2011 01:06:55 | More by wisrarebeer
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle from 2009. This beer poured outs with a big creamy white head on top. The color of the beer is a deep brownish orange, that is a little cloudy. The smell of the beer has some boozey sweetness and some earthy malts on the nose. The taste had a little bit of a pine and cinnamon mixed with the malts. The mouthfeel is roughly medium bodied and is pretty smooth. Overall I found this beer to be quite good.

07-09-2011 21:40:43 | More by Knapp85
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 04 Dec 2010. It was IH Media's Old Ale served at IHLNC.

Brought with a wispy head upon arrival. Color was a cloudy light-brown. Nose was sugary-sweet with notes of green apples and raisins. Mouthfeel was effervescent with an initial rush of heat on the tongue. The taste was quite malty with a sharpness that seemed indicative of its youth. Finish left me with a sugary rush and a lingering heat. This beer reminded me of the kiddie candy, Now & Later, in that you may try some now, but definitely save some for later. Like down the road later. This is one that will almost certainly improve with age.

06-12-2011 22:45:58 | More by woodychandler
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

The 2010 version from IH Media. Served on-tap at IH Lancaster.

A: The old ale is a coppery brown color, lighter than I recall the bottled versions being. The cuprous hue supports a thin off-white head that leaves no lace behind.

S: The nose is malty with toffee leading the charge. Sweetness from the malts and yeast add a pleasant finish to the nose.

T: The old ale, despite being a recent vintage, doesn't skimp on the old flavors. Toffee and fruit (thanks to the yeast) rise to the surface. The maltiness is warming and soothing with a bit of a musty flavor. The mustiness isn't wild, rather it supplies vinous flavors to the ale, giving it an older taste that a fresh beer should have.

M: The mouthfeel is toffee and fruits, sweet but not cloying. This beer could easily sit around for a few years and be just as good.

D: Not as strong as I remember the bottles being. This ale is a nice holiday tradition.

12-04-2010 23:52:52 | More by akorsak
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

2008 "Holiday" bottle with a blue label from the North Wales location. I'm very happy to see all the Iron Hill entries merged into one group as opposed to each separate brewpub, much better.

Pours a clear chestnut, reddish, with a creamy head. Quite attractive. Nose is a nice, heavy English malt that Iron Hill does so well, a bit of peat, toffee, dates. Flavor is maybe not quite as expressive as the nose, quite sweet but not cloying, another thing Iron Hill really nails with these heavy, malty ales. This one just kind of has a thin flavor profile though, some sweet dark fruits, nice English malt, but a bit lacking in expression. Nice, decent, not close to the Fe10 when that was good, or the Barleywine and some others.

10-23-2010 01:13:24 | More by JAXSON
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Kendo

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Holiday vintage 2007, consumed March of 2010.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is cloudy, turbid brown with a small ivory head. No lace.

S: Malty sweetness: butterscotch and caramel malt dominate.

T: Pretty much follows the nose: Butterscotch, toffee and caramel malt, with a touch of fruit. Finishes surprisingly dry (I attribute that to the alcohol, which otherwise isn't really noticed) and clean. "Very English," I wrote.

M: Feels lighter than expected, but it's still at least medium in heft, leaning towards the fuller side of medium. Slight bit of buttery slickness is there too.

D: Pretty good. A bit sweet, but balanced in the finish. Curious as to what this tasted like when fresh.

09-10-2010 18:17:20 | More by Kendo
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prototypic

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks to guinnessdoc for the bottle.

Vintage 2007

Old Ale is a murky clash of ruby and copper. It's extremely cloudy. Backlighting gives it an orange tint. A cream colored head tops it off. It's about a finger in depth and recedes to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was sticky, but light.

The nose is pretty good, but is a little underpowered. It smells very sweet and malty. There's certainly no shortage of caramel and toffee. A little cocoa-ish chocolate malt is present to a lesser extent. Not that that's a bad thing by any means. Light brown sugar and dark fruit scents are secondary. Raisin and fig complement the malty scents nicely. Yeast and a spicy scent rounds it out. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. A little more strength would really improve its score here.

The flavor is impressive. This is good stuff. It is extremely malty and sweet. Caramel and toffee flavors are abundant. There is a slight cocoa flavor attributable to chocolate malts. Collectively, they create an excellent malt profile. It is a little yeasty and some light spice flavors are noted. They're not strong for me identify. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and fig are subtle and secondary. They add quality depth and add a little pizzazz to the overall flavor. Alcohol is blended very well and is barely noticeable. I'm really shocked at how good this tastes. I wasn't expecting it to be nearly this good.

Old Ale has a light/medium body that's too thin. It grows a little more substantial with warming. Carbonation is light and helps smooth it out. Drinkability is good. This is a really tasty old ale. I like it a lot. It's probably a little too sweet to handle more than this 750, but it's going down easy.

This is my first experience with Iron Hill beer and it's been a good one. Old Ale doesn't really have any glaring flaws. I believe the nose would benefit from more strength and more body would help a little. That's about it though. This really is good stuff. I don't know if two years in the bottle has helped, but it sure hasn't hurt anything. Easily recommended. Thanks, Josh.

01-02-2010 02:20:21 | More by prototypic
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jhammel01

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

Doing this mostly from memory. We had this one last night at my brother in laws house over some games and good food.

Also this was a 2007 vintage old ale.

Poured into snifter with small off-white head. It kept its lacing all the way down.

Appearance - A cloudy deep copper. Looks like it could be unfiltered. A good looking beer.

Smell - Mostly malt and some roasted barley. Little bit of alcohol but nothing over powering.

Taste - A very smooth almost chewy mouth feel. Like the scent, this beer definitely tastes of malt, roasted barley, little bit of a grape taste that I just cannot put my finger on exactly what it is. I also picked up some coffee notes.

This is definitely one of the best Old Ales I've had! Most others I've had taste and smell are more alcoholic (because they are). Sometimes too much so. I really enjoyed this beer! Cant recommend Iron Hill enough!

07-13-2009 01:05:49 | More by jhammel01
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

2007 vintage

a: This was a dark ruby/coppery color. It poured with a medium sized, off-white head.

s: Rich, malty aromas of raisins, toffee, and a little chocolate plus some mild, flowery heat.

t: Subtle, mellow sweetness in the form of raisins, caramel, and a hint of milk chocolate. The finish is a flowery toffee flavor.

m: Long lasting, gentle carbonation and a decent body for the size.

d: Definitely worth trying if you can stomach the $19 price tag. Overall, this was subtle, refined, and delicious.

04-22-2009 10:41:29 | More by DIM
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Old Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.