Old Capital - Keegan Ales

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Keegan Ales visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Stimack on 11-24-2004

This beer is named for the Kingston area’s rich historical heritage, is reflective of traditional tastes. Simply put, it’s a golden, crisp and refreshing beer. Whether it’s out on a Saturday night with the gang, or home with dinner midweek, Old Capital’s exceptional smoothness makes a great choice for every occasion.
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Reviews by BeerTruth:
Photo of BeerTruth
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Party Source.

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a one finger bright white head that dies down to a thin layer which lasts throughout. Tiny bits of spotting remain on the sides glass, but not much. Smell is light and fresh consisting of flowers, noble hops, and biscuits. Lemon and dirt in the aroma as well. For some reason the smell seems artificial. Taste starts off sweet with candy sugars, wheat, and light malts. Midway lemongrass and bread emerge leading to a bland, watered down aftertaste. Body is light and crisp with a tingly feel and fizzy carbonation. I could see myself grabbing this one during the summer over a Bud Light, but there are definitely better "refreshing" beers out there (ST Hop Sun). Eh, I probably won't seek this out again anytime soon.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lumberjerk
2.43/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale gold. Foamy pure white head.

Aroma: Hard to detect, but might just be me. First thought was nondescript fruity.

Taste: Nothing standout yet. Sourness. A familiar but vague spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Light. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very. Not a huge punchy taste, goes down smooth and decently easy.

Overall, not bad but nothing amazing. Would not recommend.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keegan Ales Old Capital pours a slightly hazy golden body beneath a short head of frothy white foam that settles down into a wide creamy collar and whispy surface covering. Lacing is somewhat limited, but it does leave some wide splashes and streaks of lace behind.

The nose is citrusy (mostly lemon-lime like with perhaps a light spritz of grapefruit) over a mild, gently sweet, straightforward maltiness.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a gently crisp carbonation.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, with citrusy hops cutting through the malt and leaving it refreshingly dry with a light bit of acidity. The gently sweet malt and mild hop bitterness are perfectly balanced, and it finishes dry with lingering notes of lemon and lime.

Quite nice! A refreshing, hoppy brew!

Photo of BeerTaster
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance very pale in color yellow straw head dissapeared quickly. Smell not much here just a hint of bread and some sweetness. Taste a touch of malty sweetness and very restrained bitterness. Mouthfeel lite in body mediem carbonation. Drinkability would make a decent session beer.

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium straw with a beatiful head and excellentlacing. Smell is malt, grass and fruity undertones. Taste is likewise maltly, fryuity and ends with some mild hop elements that leave the back palate dry. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Drinkability is very easy especially with the pleasant light hop bitterness on the finish.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A glass consuming bright white head dominates the vessel with a sturdy, rocky foam structure. A strong sense of swirling effervesce rises within a pale brass coloring that showed a brilliant clarity. Patchy, sporadic lacing.

S: Pale grains, straw and not much else. Very mundane, no spiceness, boring.

T: A bit washy flavor-wise, dry wheat, some stale dry oranges, and grapefruit hopping. Damp musky grains, some brief moments of hope and flavor where i thought this turned the corner were only met with the disappointing realization that this wasnt really good with a weak washy finish.

M: Again a washy mouthful, light body, stale citrus and for such a strong visisble carbonation presence it felt really fizzy on the tongue lacking a crisp factor. Washy musky citrus feel.

O: Keegan ales continues to disappoint me with their boring, bland interpretations that probably may get attention from the macro-craft crowd, but gets lost in the swill with the more demanding craft flavored drinker. No frills, watery down flavor and just not up to style on this one, watered down.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.26/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Another elbow deep grab into the deep end of my mini fridge. Why it was built without a light socket I will never know. I hope nothing that's mutated reaches out & bites me. A blanked out spot where the BB date should be has me pondering.

Would you like to know more? /click here

I pour it out & despite the weak head, the endless stream of carbonation running for freedom piques my interest. Almost, but not completely clear. Must be traffic. Is it really that bad being stuck down there?

It must be because it smells stuffy & damp down there. The kids need to get out once in a while & get some sunlight. Dusty old lemon wood polish & stale Fruity Pebbles. Mom must be secretly cleaning your room again. Did you remembered to put back dad's pornos? Eh, just tell her your friend must of left it there.

The halfhearted texture of wheat, coupled with the mild, over-salted taste of a cheap seafood dinner, finished off with the bitter minty taste of kissing her right after sex... she already brushed here teeth. :|

Your sister was better :(

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that never completely faded away.
S: The nose has light to moderate aromas of bready malts and hints of floral hops.
T: Initial tastes of bready malts quickly give way to a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops (the kind of bitterness you would expect from a pilsner as opposed to an IPA).
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink and can be considered sessionable given its low alcohol content. I would consider having it again if I was looking for something refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of plaid75
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light biscuity aroma cut with a lemon zest essence.

The taste was overly sour. I could pick up some soft malts in there, but could not appreciate them because of the sourness.

The mouthfeel was clean and sour.

Overall not a very impressive beer. Too sour. Period.

Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow with a medium sized and smallish white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet lightly toasted malts and hints of light citrus-y hops at the end but not a lot.
T: Like the aroma, it has a light bodied lightly toasted malt base with hints of citrus-y hops at the end of it. Kind of dries out and a slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Pretty good, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: OK, if it had a cleaner finish it would be really really good.

Photo of devinoconnor
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Even listed under the Blonde Ale tag, this beer is just too light for me.

Pours a very thin, bright yellow with little head. Smells of lemon, and almost riverbed stones come into play.

Taste is somewhat sour due to strong presence of lemon. Nothing about this beer says ale... it's all blonde.

Photo of david18
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another American Blonde Ale another mediocre experience. I ordered this beer from George Keeley's on Manhattan's Upper West Side for one reason; i'd never had it before. As a blonde ale it was pretty good but, as I've said before, not my favorite style. Very bright yellow/gold color, decent carbonation that is very light, aroma of light malt and subtle hops. OK flavor.

Photo of CHickman
2.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy yellow gold with a massive 2 finger foamy/cloudy white head that fades slowly leaving very nice lacing; tons of bubbles race up the brew with rapid carbonation.

Smells of corn, sweet malt, caramel, cereal, lemon zest, funky yeast and some citrus hops; the grainy odor is the strongest and this smells kind of like a macro ale.

Tastes of lemon, sweet malt, caramel, corn, grains, wet cereal like Special K, yeast, light citrus hops, fruit like sour apple and a metallic finish; pretty non-descript and dull flavor that seems watered down.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a watery feel, high carbonation and a real ease to drinking this. It went down like iced tea.

If it tasted better this would be a great session beer, but it's just so average that it doesn't distinguish itself enough to build a following.

Photo of BBM
2.77/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really enjoy Keegan's other two beers, so I was bitterly disappointed by this one. It pours a fizzy gold color with a slight head. Nothing really interesting there. Aroma is pretty good, sweet and crisp with a citrus overtone.

That's where this beer's likability ends, though. The first few sips of this beer I was actually enjoying, due to its unique take on a fruity/pale ale brew. But as the beer wore on, it just became more and more unpleasant. The stinging lemon citrus flavor become unpalatable, and mixed with the high carbonation and thin mouthfeel gives the illusion of a hard lemonade. The hop profile sits in the background and watches it all happen.

Overall this is a strange beer that didn't really grab me. I really wanted to like this one, too.

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow - slightly hazed - with a thin white head that soon becomes a lasting, thin wisp. Vanishing and dotted lacing stick.

The smell is bready, lightly grainy with a lemony touch.

The taste is grainy, bready - slightest touch of toast - with sour lemon and a mildly citric, dryish finish. Well-balanced.

Aggressively carbonated. Rush of carbonation in a light-body. Pretty crisp.

A well-balanced blonde ale. Carbonation a bit too much, and if aroma were beefed up to the taste, it would be better. Bottom line, a decent blonde - nice sour and bitterish touch to it to balance it out. Certainly worth trying, especially if you don't mind aggressive carbonation.

Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Dense head lasts nicely, with coating lace. Aroma is tart and a bit earthy. Taste is lightly sweet to start, a touch of citrus in the middle, with a rounded clean close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Nose put me off a bit, but somehow this excelled enough elsewhere to overcome.

Photo of zac16125
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A printed sequence of numbers that I can't make out to be any kind of bottling date

A: Pours a translucent light straw color with 1 fingers width of sea foam white head with good retention.  Ton of carbonation bubbles are seen.  Leaves only the faintest degree of lacing.

S: Yeasty, somewhat earthy/grassy, a bit of spice, burnt toast.  Actually smells quite nice.

T: Some pale malts, bready yeast, the subtlest hint of crisp light fruits like white grape or maybe peeled apples.   Very, very mild flavor profile.  

M/D:   Light but not too thin, crisp, finishes quite dry.  Could be described as refreshing.  Pretty nice mouthfeel for the style.  

O: Certainly not bad, but rather unremarkable from top to bottom, although in my opinion that could be said for most in this style. The flavor profile here is just too subtle and subdued.  I guess I could see it being used as a replacement to an American macro for a summer session beer in certain situations, or for your friends who are not craft beer fans but prefer something better than Bud Light.  I personally don't see myself ever buying this again though, and probably will give the last 2 I received to my roommate who is not a craft beer guy and will likely enjoy it's mild profile. An average example of a rather blah style.

Photo of gnemesis
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from cosmicevan as an extra. Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass on 2/16/2011.
Yellow, golden, straw color fills the glass and a huge, creamy, white head perches it self on top. A quick sniff shows citrus, slight pine, honey, fresh crisp hops. This smooth tasting ale is clean, revealing touches of lemon and orange. The hops are forward but not by over-doing it. Some honey sweetness adds balance. The light body and crisp, refreshing, carbonation gives this a decent mouth feel. Good pale ale and very mild. Nothing spectacular or special- just done right and mellow.

Photo of micahgoldfus
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served to me with a tiny head and a little bit of lace. The beer was straw-colored and bubbly, looked like carbonated apple juice. The smell was pleasant, a little malty, a little sweet, potentially from fruit (maybe apricot). However, it was a bit weak, and I really had to stick my nose in the glass to get a something. The taste, however, did not follow the smell: the beer had a surprisingly full taste, with a solid balance between floral hops and sweet malts. There was a tad too much sweet fruit flavor in there, but overall I definitely found it to be a low-key, tasty beer. Medium-to-light, bubbly mouthfeel. Quite a high drinkability, I gladly put a few of these down as I ate my BBQ dinner.

Photo of sulldaddy
2.94/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours a bright clear gold hue with bleached white fizy head foaming up even with a gentle pour. The head is about 3 cm before fading to a sturdy surface layer leaving tight lattice on the sides of my glass.

The aroma is mild but I get some grassy hops and a bit of lemon zest. Also a bit of simple grainy sweetness. Not a very robust nose at all and Im not sure I like the lemony notes Im getting.

First sip reveals a light bodied brew with minimal carbonation. Flavor is some grainy malt again mild, a bit of grassy hops and some mild bitterness on the finish. Not a robust brew with no hint of ABV and mild flavor profile throughout.
Not flawed but not interesting enough to have more than one of these in a sitting I think. Just kind of boring in my opinion.

Photo of smcolw
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy with a greenish straw color. Light head but it lasts a long time. It leaves no lace.

Mildly sour smell. Lots of raw grain.

Very high level of carbonation--spritzy. This is sour like day-old milk. The body is thin. The aftertaste is more of the same and is thankfully brief.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.39/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Perhaps an old bottle did not like this one.

Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a nice 2 finger head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface.

Smell: lemon zest, biscuits, and grass.

Taste: mild bisucit tones, green grapes, lemons, and a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. A hint of dryness shows up at the finish. Relatively clean aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: very easy drinking ale, and mildly refreshing from the citrus tones.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a sample glass at the brewery, it poured a transparent golden hue with two fingers of white head, that laced very well. The aroma was of melon, apricot, and nuts; surprising mix, but it worked. The taste started fruity, dissolved to a hint of nutty maltiness, and then finished super-dry. A high level of carbonation combined with a light body spelled a very good session beer.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery, poured into a cheater pint glass. I can not believe I have not reviewed this beer before since I live so close to the brewery.

A: straw yellow in color, small white head reduces to a light cap

S: neutral nose, slight malt and flowery hop

T: pretty much what a blond should be, does have slight tannin

M: light bodied, good mouth

O: a decent beer from keegan, certainly not their best but it is a good session beer.

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Old Capital from Keegan Ales
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