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

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2002

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.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 23
Photo of Derek
4.07/5  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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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 expatsteve
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.87/5  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.

3.99/5  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.

Photo of longarm
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.92/5  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.

Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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