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Old Glory American Pale Ale - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

Old Glory American Pale AleOld Glory American Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 7.71%


Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the downtown brewpub. Cascade hops, an Ok bitterness was delivered. Lacey, cloudy golden body. Like a lighter IPA. Carbonation right there. Hoppy aroma, 40 IBU. OK as a moderately hoppy beer, with 40 IBU and 5.2% abv. What would make this better?

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 02:38:17 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, iced tea tawny with less than one finger of beige foam. The cap wasn't very creamy, lasted no more than a few minutes and left very little lace. Not bad for a bar pour, I guess. At least the color of the beer was nice.

I've never had much luck with noses in brewpubs. That is, having them be aromatic enough to really smell what's going on. I think it has to do with the gentle pours that are designed to maximize the amount of beer in the glass. This one could have used more oomph, but it was still nice and bright and citrus fruity.

Prior to ordering, I asked the waitress which beer was hoppier, Old Glory or the cask Extra Pale Ale. She said this one, so that's what I ordered. I believe she was right. Old Glory is a 100% Cascade APA that was both delicous and highly drinkable. You can have your fancy schmancy, newfangled hops (I love them too), I'll always be happy with a well-brewed Cascade pale ale. Great job Great Dane.

The flavor profile focused on clean, bright, zesty, lightly resinous white grapefruit, orange and lemon. There was just enough pale malt (no caramel by my palate) to support the hops and no more. I continue to be amazed at the depth of flavor that can be wrung out of a relatively simple, straightforward, single-hopped pale ale. In the right hands, of course.

I wasn't floored by the mouthfeel at first, but I stayed patient. Sure enough, by the bottom of the pint, it had firmed up considerably and had lost some of its initial (very mild) fizziness. Considering the style, I'd say it was about where it should have been in the end.

I can't help but try something new each time I make it up to the Great Dane, simply because my trips are so infrequent. If I lived in Madison, I'd drink this stuff by the liter, that's for damn sure. I hereby pledge allegiance to Old Glory.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 12:19:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap in Madison - August 2009.

Pours a light copper color with a bit of a white head and a really small amount of lacing. The nose is some nice citrus, grapefruit, and floral hops with a bit of a light caramel backing. The taste is mild grapefruit skin plus a bit of pale malt and slight caramel flavoring. Feel is a bit light with some mild bitterness. A well-made beer that drinks fairly well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 16:40:56 | More by Thorpe429
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Madison brewpub.

Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a partially hazed light amber topped by a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises tangerine, melon, caramel, grapefruit, and flowers. The taste holds notes of light coffee, caramel, walnuts, mandarin oranges, greens, and ruby red grapefruit. The body is a medium light, with a rather light carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a very nice and balanced APA, something you really don't get everywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 06:39:24 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Possibly my favorite all-around beer at the Dane except for the Stone, the Old Glory is a rich and biscuity APA with just enough Cascades to satify without becoming sharply citrusy or pungent. It's a golden amber in color, mostly clear, and displays a short-lived head of creamy white foam. The nose is citrusy, but more like orange than tart grapefruit; there is, however, more grapefruit in the flavor. Biscuity, softly sweet caramelish malt resides underneath, and again, that carries into the flavor, but fuller. It's a very smooth transitioning beer, from nose to throat, with a soft palate of biscuity, toasty, and even doughy malts livened with grapefruity, orange-like, lemon rind-ish, and piney hops - and it's very smooth in the mouth as well with a medium body and soft, smooth carbonation! Kind of straddles the fence between English and American pale ale... an all around great session ale that has enough character to keep it interesting through more than one or two. Very well-done, and nicely balanced towards soft and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2007 01:12:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/03/12 notes. Had on tap at the downtown brewpub.

a - Pours a clear orange amber color with no head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, citrus hops, and some light pine hops. Not super hoppy, but a nice APA.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, sweet fruits, pine hops, lemon, and grapefruit. Sweeter than the nose and more citrus.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty decent APA. Not super hoppy but a lot of citrus and fruit and easy to drink. Would try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 19:21:35 | More by mdfb79
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Madison airport.

A: Copper-amber, white head, no retention, good lace.

S: Plenty of grapefruit citrus, slight pale malt background.

T: Grapefruit citrus, bread, slight grainyness to the american pale malt, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, slight hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 01:56:16 | More by Derek
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dirtylou

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Great Dane in the Madison Airport, prior to my flight to seattle (via minneapolis)

appearance: comes glowing in an imperial pint glass, bright amber, bubbly beige head with no retention whatsoever

smell: slightly sour, which struck me as odd...dull malty backbone with a light citrus hop presence, sweet and caramelized

taste: again an interesting sour characteristic that certainly seems deliberate, juicy orange-citrus hops, chalky, light caramel, light pine, toasted malt. Decent

mouthfeel: medium-thin with average carbonation

drinkability: pretty drinkable, but not what I look for in an APA

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 18:26:12 | More by dirtylou
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap the brewpub: A murky peachy orange with a soft medium capping of dirty tanned foam. Lacing is skimmpy and spotty.

Aroma is soft, a slight sweetness of pale orange and some dulled toasted grain and dough.

Slender, smooth taster with a firm roundedness of paled malt with a semi orangey jam mixed with bread dough. Tender and easy going with just a nudge of citrusy hoppyness playing a nice little undertone to it keeping it interesting. Firm, slightly toasty edge with its carbonation at first then fades some as it warms. Simple, low finish with only a whisp of citrus floating about the buds.

Feel is just under a medium body, smooth, easy, tender, and semi fluffy in texture, the hazy color makes me come to the conclusion that its unfiltered, so the texture tends to give that impression as well. Not quite sure though and didn't ask.

More of an English style taste to it then APA that its labeled. Good either way ya drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2006 00:26:44 | More by tavernjef
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark tarnished bronze, with a creamed beige head.
Cascades on the nose, in abundance. Sizeable malt body is evident with toasty, bready notes.
Begins with these lightly toasted bread flavors. Carmelly sweet with distant fruit undercurrents. Becomes hoppy with exclusively grapefruit hues. Well balanced.
A good version.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2002 09:08:25 | More by cokes
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batting clean-up (had Sammy A in between others today) is a growler from Great Dane....that is six days old. Surprisingly there is still decent carbonation to provide a thin white head. However, is is dissapating quickly....but yet lacing nicely. The smell has spice and fresh hop along with subtle citrus. The taste malt and hop balance which includes spice and citrus. My wife picked a good one to bring home.

Serving type: growler

09-17-2011 20:12:12 | More by WoodBrew
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well balanced aroma. Solid malt foundation and an earthy quality to the hops.
Minimal head even upon pour. Very clear. Classic gold/yellow amber.
Flavors, as with the aroma, is well balanced with a distinct biscuit flavor (that seems to intermix with the hops and create a vanilla flavor for me). Bready quality too. Hops again with a earthy quality - surprised to learn web-site only lists cascade as it doesn't present that way with this drinking.
Reasonable smooth.
I noted that I slowed down my drinking pace. Not sure why. A bit rich? Fatigued from earlier beers? Not sure, but a nicely done well balanced APA with strong British characteristics.
Thanks Chuck.
After reading other reviews that note the distinct cascade aroma and flavor I can only conclude that my ability to distinguish that was the assault on my flavor receptors from the several Stone beers that preceded this drink.

Serving type: growler

03-30-2011 19:32:55 | More by garymuchow
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served with a coppery-brown hue, semi-translucent, very small tan head, some lace. Small nose with hops dominating, straightforward. Pleasing palate, hoppy yet well balanced with a toasty, caramely malt backdrop. The hops flavors grow more acidic and grapefruit in nature as the beer warms. Crisp finish… appetizing, light-medium body (if not a tad bit thin), average mouthfeel, good carbonation. This APA is a very nice brew, worth a sip.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2003 15:41:39 | More by bditty187
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drseamus

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber body with scraps of white head. Citrusy hop aromas leap from the glass. Nice citrusy hop flavors are coupled with a good but not overwhelming bitterness. Lots of grapefruit. As it warms, the hop flavors become a touch muddled but still taste pretty decent. Good body and all day long drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 18:21:23 | More by drseamus
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old Glory Pale Ale has a murky amber color with an inch of off-white head. The aroma is very hoppy, with grapefruity American hops. This beer almost smells like an ipa. The flavor is hoppy, though not as much as the aroma would have you believe. There is also a grain flavor that is mostly masked by the hops but still comes every now and again. The finish is hoppy and bitter with lots of grapefruit flavor. Full, slightly creamy mouthfeel. A good, if unremarkable, hop fix.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2006 02:22:06 | More by beveragecaptain
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: luminescent gold and yellowish orange with hints of red. Lacking in the head department that paired with a few struggling blobs of lace

S: sweet caramel, whiff of malts, soft fruits (grapefruit, oranges)

T: hops presence is subdued, comes across as watery and thin with lingering caramel/dextrose sweetness. Malts hang in the back. Comes across fresh and what hops their are give a little kick of zest. This beer has a few dimensions that I look for in a pale ale but lacks in overall complexity

M: body is smooth and virtually motionless in the glass. A bit dry and sweet in the finish makes this its strongest features

D: I could drink a couple...but would I want to? Most likely I would pass on this beer. My first brew of this brand and let alone it is in an airport. I have a bit of a layover till my next flight and another beer might be possible...a chance to redeem. Otherwise I am not that impressed, an average APA

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2009 01:36:44 | More by Magpie14
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the Great Dane in downtown Madison.

Poured a light goldish copper color, average head. Bit of a citrus taste, nice malt flavor. Very smooth beer. I really enjoyed this one too. I could have drank several of these if we weren't on a time constraint.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 19:51:17 | More by richkrull
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dhannes

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the eastside Pub location.

A=Nice, rich amber color...slightly lighter than an Amber. Head was yellowish-white and present for about 30 seconds.

S=Rather pungent...I didn't remember to smell it until the halfway mark, but smelled citrusy and clove? Hops presence dominated.

T=I was impressed...it reminded me of a Ale Asylum Hopalicious, only a tad more drinkable (meaning not quite as hoppy). Strong flavor of floral...er, hops. Light flavor of malt. I like this better than the Hopilicious and, having this on tap less than a 1/2 mile from my home, will now be my go to beer from GD (I like their Porter a tad better...but not as much as the Edmund Fitzgerald). Finally glad to have a GD beer that I like. 11/23/12 update: much more hops than I recall; in fact, too hoppy vs. others I've tried. Score lowered to 2.5.

M=Very Pleasant. Very low carbonation...just enough body. Very drinkable.

O=Even though I am more of a malt person, I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 01:56:10 | More by dhannes
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(I tried this at the Fitchburg Dane)

Appearance: Rich amber color, with no head. Slightly darker than many amber ales, reminiscent of some heavier lagers. Fairly good clarity, without much of a viscous finish.

Aroma: Nice aroma of chocolate and sweet malts, deep and rich on the nose. Hops suggestions complement the aroma without overwhelming it.

Taste: Surprisingly mild - suggestions of hops and some bitterness, but very smooth with a great finish. Some chocolate malt hints in the finish, which continue to develop. The anise bitterness of the hops develops nearly entirely on the middle palate, with no oppressive aftertaste. Nonetheless, the hops lingers in the finish, with bitterness and subtle caramel notes developing as the beer gets warmer. Maintains a great finish, which is probably the beer's greatest feature.

Mouthfeel: lighter than I expected, with light-medium carbonation. Smooth the whole way down, even over the course of a couple of pints.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, though the mild flavor surpirsed me when compared with other APAs. Nice to sit on a pint or two, though the slightly heavy body might not make it a good session beer. The slight imbalance between the heavy body and the milder flavor, while not a deal breaker, might come as a surprise to fans of the APA style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2006 23:39:26 | More by expatsteve
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that our campus student center has a small pub type place which features this and the pilsner. As for the beer:
Appearance: No head. I don't blame the beer, I blame the server. This guy obviously learned how to pour at a belching keg party. Slightly brown, slightly amber in color. Somehow this beer achieves some lacing on the sides of a plastic cup despite no head. Atta way on the effort, beer.

Smell: Fairly mild smell. A bit of the hop perfume, reminiscent of cascade or amarillo. But a bit more subdued. Nonetheless a good indicator of what lies ahead.

Taste: An initial hop presence. Nothing pushy, but notable, and duly noted. The malt character is quite sweet. Not sticky or cloying, but faintly tracing honey and/or brown sugar. I found that the flavors of this brew actually speak forth more if a big refreshing pull is taken. Don't "taste" this beer. Drink it.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick, dirty feel to it, which I admire. It is a little flat, and I figure that is because the system here is a bit out of whack, needs more CO2 or what not. I know the keg is fresh because i just put an end to one last week, and none of the other clowns around here are smart enough to get this over the Miller Lite which is also offered.

Drinkability: This is a beer you could serve to the uninitiated and they would at least drink it, and at the most, have their drinking habits altered for the better. At the same time, you could serve it to a seasoned BA without insulting them in the least. Highly quaffable substance, and no doubt sessionable to boot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2004 16:43:28 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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longarm

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has nice lingering carbonation. It's a bit cloudy, but this isn't really a detracting trait. Aroma is a fantastic hit of citrus balanced with some toasted malt. This doesn't go away over the course of the beer, which is always nice. Every sip brings with it a classically APA blast of hops. Similar flavors, but with a bittering balance and finish. This is not the type of bitterness that's detracting at all but is completely in balance with the rest of the beer and helps clean the palate on every sip. Malt flavor has an interesting mix of toasted and caramel tastes. Mouthfeel is a little thin. It seems that the great mix of flavors and aromas need a little more body to help them linger, but then again the finish might not be as crisp and clean. This is a very nice example of an APA and consistently one of the Great Dane's best brews.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2004 15:57:27 | More by longarm
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Carloco

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A --> Amber gold, beautiful one inch foamy head, although lacks a bit of carbonation

S --> Incredibly inviting hoppy goodness, but not overwhelming for those hop fearful. Very clean aroma, full of flavor without being too overwhelming.

T --> like previously stated, hoppy, but not overwhelming. Has an earthy taste that is clean with a delicious lingering aftertaste

M --> the body is light and less carbonated than I normally like. Very easy to drink.

O --> overall a pretty good dinner bear. Slightly hoppy, but not overwhelming. Easy to drink and overall a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 06:33:07 | More by Carloco
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85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.