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Olde Johnnie Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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Olde Johnnie AleOlde Johnnie Ale

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Chaz on 08-02-2007)
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Photo of HalfFull


3.26/5  rDev +0.3%

Screw top aluminum pint can poured into a shaker pint glass. Pour is fairly clear and more of a reddish brown than what I'd call amber in color. A light cap of off white foam doesn't stick around very long.

Aroma of muddled caramel notes with some dark fruits with some warming. No notable hop presence or complex malt structure particularly given the 'Abbey Amber' moniker on the label. Does offer some interesting mint like spice notes with continued warming.

Taste follows expectations with a light carbonation, some sweet caramel cherry apple in the middle and a touch of coarse brown sugar on the finish. The brown sugar and a touch of cocoa on the finish yields a better feel than the light carbonation might oterwise imply.

Overall better than my expectations had in store. And rated a bit higher than true experience given the can is just over a year old and presumably better fresh. Still a decent inexpensive offering.

06-16-2014 02:37:14 | More by HalfFull
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

04-01-2014 03:03:28 | More by Pillowburn
Photo of patre_tim


3.34/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Medium to dark brown, clear filtered, huge whopping 4 finger beige head with large and small bubbles, chunky lacing. No visible carbonation.

S: Much like their ‘Moonlight Ale,’ probably from which this is derived. Phenols, coconut, lemon peel, dark fruits, somewhat sweet, a little like a Belgian dubbel but much lighter. Some light fruitiness.

T: I get some of their ‘John Henry 3 L’ck Spiker Ale’
in this, resembles some of their ‘Moonlight Ale’ possibly from which its derived, a metallic aftertaste. Some toffee, banana, coffee bitterness near the end, some sweet margerine.

M: Medium body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.

O: What else can I say. A well crafted beer, more pure than ‘Moonlight Ale’ therefore perhaps exposing some of the beer’s purer, original qualities. Nice though, great style design on the can. Will pair well with steak.

10-25-2013 12:46:06 | More by patre_tim
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4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

10-05-2013 03:48:51 | More by Beerlover
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.36/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle from Sicilianos (MI) served in a snifter.

Despite a rather vigorous pour, I didn't get enough head to completely cover the clear amber body. Moments later, even this is gone with only a bubbly ring left.

Light and simple but pleasant bready aroma has a hint of hops.
Light flavor more clearly reveals some herbal/floral hops in addition to the malts.

Body: light a bit watery; semi-dry finish.

O: An amber "lawnmower beer" that improved with warming.

09-24-2013 22:42:52 | More by chinchill
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-21-2013 12:53:58 | More by Azpittil57
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New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev 0%

06-28-2013 23:35:41 | More by LXIXME
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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

05-12-2013 19:22:12 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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3.74/5  rDev +15.1%

I let the can warm up to about 45 degrees and poured into a standard pint.

A=Nice, rich brownish red, with creamy, eggshell head...first pour was mostly head, hopefully capturing aroma and flavor.

S=Molasses, hint of brown sugar...also fresh baked bread.

T=Rather sweet, with some malt and a bit of hops. Seems a bit sweeter than most other amber ales, and probably not as much hops as others.

M=A bit lighter in body than other red ales, but rich/full enough to make it hard to consider as a session beer.

O=I forgot the price, but I recall it was only about $3 per 32 oz. can, making it a decent value for students, etc.... I would buy this if I wanted a richer beer for tailgaiting and space was limited in the cooler. A better alternative than most AAL's.

04-20-2013 22:20:30 | More by dhannes
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2.7/5  rDev -16.9%

Clear, dark amber with ruby highlights when backlit and a sudsy tan head. The aroma reminds me of Extract beers I made fifteen years ago with caramel, mild floral hops and a kind of "scorched kettle" kind of smell I had forgotten about until now. Caramel with a touch of diacetyl buttery popcorn flavor and dimethyl sulfide canned vegetable off flavor with some Euro bittering hops in the finish. Thin bodied with mild carbonation. This beer is not very good, I wil avoid it in the future, hopefully I just got a bad can, but the date on the bottom of the can is less than sixty days out.

04-03-2013 00:06:18 | More by biggred1
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

03-28-2013 18:00:46 | More by cofeeguru
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

01-26-2013 03:06:50 | More by Huffs
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

12-23-2012 23:35:02 | More by NickSMpls
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-17-2012 21:52:43 | More by NilocRellim
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-15-2012 23:16:58 | More by t0rin0
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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

08-29-2012 03:40:24 | More by Suigintou92
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3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

Copper amber, big pale tan head steadily shrinks.

Aroma is slightly musty grain, apple, hint of dust, pine, leaves. It's light and simple.

Taste is light & simple, light hint of caramelly grain and bread, hint of leaves and peppery spicy bitterness, very vague fruitiness. It's pretty well balanced but it's thin in character and feel, all is rather vague, feel is flat, it seems a bit crude & simple, but pleasant. It's slightly on the sweet side.

08-28-2012 06:19:41 | More by Offa
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

08-05-2012 03:20:50 | More by Doyle
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

07-01-2012 21:00:24 | More by THECPJ
Photo of jimmah120


3.65/5  rDev +12.3%

32oz 'biggun' can into mason jar

Look is a nice mahogany amber, clear with a small white film covering the surface. Smell is light malt, slightly woody, with a light earthy hop smell. Taste starts out bready and malty before fading into an earthy bitterness. There is also a pervading oak flavor throughout. Also light wood and nut flavors, subtle. It is crisp, full feeling, light-medium body, and well carbonated.

Very enjoyable, especially at the low price point.

06-18-2012 01:26:54 | More by jimmah120
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3.15/5  rDev -3.1%

Amber reddish color with a fairly tight and nice looking head. Good retention but no lacing at all. In between on this look. The aroma has a woody character, a little fruit, diacetyl and brew salts on the back end.

Malty flavor, with butterscotch diacetyl and a pale malt sweetness. Nutty as well, with a fruitiness that's hard to place…and palate. Not bad overall, a little thin and over-attenuated. Lots of flavor for being light on alcohol, could probably bump that up as well. In the end, I would get it again under the right circumstances, but I won't seek it out.

05-07-2012 01:49:48 | More by BretSikkink
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

03-19-2012 02:09:01 | More by HoistinBrews
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-17-2012 22:57:58 | More by djande
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1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

01-22-2012 03:04:27 | More by PintOHops
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3.38/5  rDev +4%

In the economy size quart can, or as Cold Spring likes to call it, Double Pints™. Says 4.7 % ABV on the label.

Not bad at all, rather malty with an interesting spicy hint. Alright, it smells sort of like linseed oil, but in a nice way. Big foamy head when splashed into the giant Duvel tulip. Bold coppery dark amber color. Not much in the way of hops but a pleasant touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. The roast malt is the main flavor, sort of a chestnut sweet, nutty taste.

Not exactly a medal winner, but for a big can to keep in the fridge for serious thirst aid, this would do the job.

01-15-2012 03:24:11 | More by mactrail
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Olde Johnnie Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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