Dry Dock Old Ale | Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mebuzzard on 03-01-2007

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i first had this on a firkin friday with toasted pecansn and was blown away. i went back last night to try it by itself and was almost just as impressed. it pours a slightly cloudy washed out redish color with a light thin lacey white head. it smells malty, brown sugary, and strong. the flavor is hard to describe, a complex malt profile and some warming alcohol at the end. really unlike any beer ive had, certainly not like any other old ale. feel is good, less carbonated than other dry dock beers, almost has a cask feel to it. medium bodied and dangerously drinkable for what it is. overall an excellent beer from a style id like to see more of.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reposting review from hacked account (jmkratt) :(

Picked up a growler of Dry Dock's Old Ale. Served to a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep ruby amber color with deep red tints. Murky thought not cloudy. A nice 1 finger white/off-white head with good retention and a lot of lacing.

S - Not a lot of aroma: a lot of base malt present with some bready/biscuity earthy character. Slight yeast with some light esters. Touches of spice in the hop and even fig?

T - Similar to the nose but with more developed character. A strong caramel malt flavor, which should be evident form the color with a noticeable bready/biscuit tone. Sweet with a slight fig fruit sweetness.

M - Moderate to Full bodied with some carbonation. Finishes silky.

O - not my favorite Dry Dock brew but not bad. I specifically purchased it because I had not yet had it. I would order again but it wouldn't be at the top of my list.

Serving type: growler

Reviewed on: 07-17-2011 20:05:08

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Photo of brdc
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery.

Poured into a pint glass, it shows a brown color, dark, with an average sized tan head. Average lacing.
The aroma is peculiar, with some of the expected maltiness, but heavily dominated by raisins, and a somewhat sour note that did not really belong.
The body is medium, a little more watered down than I prefer. Seet for the most, but the raisins are somewhat bothersome, as is the relatively acrid finish.

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy caramel-nut-brown, with a solid cream colored head. Laces well.

Smell - Again, caramel and nut with the smells, as well as a bready maltiness.

Taste - I agree with the other reviewer: A slab of rye bread, but with a strong caramel flavor as well. This seems to be a trait of Dry Dock's, the barley really coming to the fore in their brews.

Mouthfeel - Oily, and almost chalky in the feel, deceptive on the carbonation. Sometimes it feels too much, sometimes too light.

Drinkability - As with the ESB, the breadiness sometimes overwhelms. Its still a very solid brew, and I will be back to Dry Dock for more after 2 solid experiences.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled as HMS Bounty Old Ale. Poured a ruby red color with some darker red highlights. Great clarity. A soft white head that stayed for some time but eventually die out.

The nose is limited overall. Mostly malty aromas with a more English 2 row aroma. Some earthy and bready notes. There is a light yeast character with some light esters and a hint of acetaldehyde. Some hints of figs and a spicy hop aroma on the back end.

The flavor is more pronounced than the nose indicates. A more complex malt flavor with a mostly caramel notes but some hints of toffee and bread. A touch of sweetness that is boarder line honey but really comes out more in the finish. Some yeasty notes with a light fruity flavors with figs and dried cherries. Some light raisins as well. There is a slight oxidation note with a hint of card board. Not signification just knit picking.

The body is closer to moderate than big. Carbonation is light but ok. The body is kind of lacking and if anything. I would have liked more complexity out of it overall, especially in the finish, but still very easy light drinking Old Ale.

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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.4% Old Ale served from a growler. The appearance is chestnut red with a sticky white head. It smells malty and English if that actually makes any sense. The flavor is leathery and then malty grains and an aftertaste that screams cheerios of all things. This is decent but I am used to Old Ales being stronger and more similar to barleywines. I'd be interested to try their take on a barleywine.

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4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark in color with a hint of ruby red. No head from this growler. Clear appearance, but nearly opaque.

S - Sweet and malty smell. Big caramel tones

T - The taste comes out most at the end of the sip and it is good. It lingers with you a while, but it's not too heavy or harsh. Caramel is the best I can describe it as. Its a good sweet taste.

M - Medium body, not a ton of carbonation. It has a smooth feel that rolls past the tongue. A little bit of dryness.

D - hey, I brought home a growler of the stuff! Doesn't that say enough? This is a good beer! It's a nice one to sip all night. Guess I'll have to finish that growler.

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Falling Rock in Denver. I had to look up Old Ale to review this right, I'm not sure I've ever had one.
Poured a medium dark brown, with slight richness in a medium head.
Smell of biscuit, sweet malt and clover. Has a distinct smell, can't quite describe it fully.
Taste is rich. Almost like a slab of rye bread, weird. But this fades and the sweet malt comes in, the clover smell is gone, but leaves a crispness that breaks up the malt. The strong taste wanes and becomes a crisp beer at the end. I like it, will have to try it again some time.

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Dry Dock Old Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 20 ratings