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

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85
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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:
In true pioneer spirit we offer this brew as our translation of the British pale-ale style. The full flavor of American Cascade hops pours out at you from every angle, the result of adding hops 5 different times to the brew, including "dry-hopping". An underlying, rich malt flavor supports the crisp and floral hop bitterness to produce a thirst-quenching, flavorful brew.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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?

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bditty187
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Old Glory American Pale Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
85 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.