Olde Ale | Great Grains Brewery, Inc.

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Olde AleOlde Ale

Brewed by:
Great Grains Brewery, Inc.
Texas, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
1.91/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a nice brown with a beautifully tinged head that, unfortunately, is gone in well under a minute. It smells fantastic - earthy, malty, rich, full. Damn, I wanna drink this beer!
Sputter! And then get out the sponge to clean off the window. Sheeeit is this ever bad! What the hell??? Ah. Let's see... "Great Grains ... believes in the tradition of open fermented, unfiltered and unpasteurized ales." Well, heck, they don't believe in quality control, that's for sure!
So, maybe I got a bad bottle. I wonder if there are any good bottles. It doesn't matter. Anyway... It's way over carbonated, tastes... Sour... Maybe calling it a brown ale (as BA does) is just wrong. Maybe it's really a lambic. One with a lot of that lambicness to it. Blecheroonie!


Edit: LOL! Worst in the style! Yeah, no kidding!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Pegasus
2.12/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a touch of haze and a few, rather large flakes of sediment. The small tan head utterly vanishes in seconds; there is no lacing whatever. The carbonation is moderate, consisting of large, slow rising bubbles.

Aroma: Very sweet molasses, dark fruit and caramel aromas, and a hint of vanilla, with a noticeable absence of hops.

Taste: A bit of dry tart malt, soon followed by an overwhelming burst of green apples, rather like the cheap carbonated apple wines favored by young drinkers. Finishes dry with an off-note of harsh bitterness.

Mouth feel: Rather thin, with champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability. Poor, it’s hard to believe that this was the brewer’s intended result.

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Photo of BeerBard
1.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Olde friend, new foe
why hast thou failed me so?
aimed to please yet shot so low,
bitter to my very bone...........

brown and heady,
great and grainy,
bard was ready
for drinks a plenty.......

soured soon by taste so stale,
(could a bottle be so olde?)
palate cleansed like clorox ale,
(twas intended now or failed?)......

I coulde drink this nightly now,
if but drunken quickly downed..........

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Photo of kbub6f
2.01/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've had the GG Olde Ale in years past. And having survived all the GG beers, I was pretty sure I wouldn't ever buy them again. But I was at Grapevine and the Olde Ale had just arrived that day. I figured I'd give them one more chance to prove they're capable of delivering a fresh bottle. So I drank it just hours after it came off the truck. What a raging, festering, disease of a beer. They should rename it "Thames 1348".

Ok. For the record...

The medium-sized, very noisy head dies as quickly as ginger ale. Before evaporating into thin air, I believe it was a darkish tan color with a hint of rose. The color is a murky, dark brown, sickness. But the aroma is, surprisingly, not bad. There's some rum, chocolate and yeasty breadiness. Rum and GG's patented sour apples in the front. The middle is thin and sour/tart to the extreme. There's some cream/chocolate at temperature. Major crabapples and alcohol in the finish. It tames a little with temperature. But even this fresh off the truck, the patient is delirious with the fever of infection. I hope I won't be next.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
1.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Doomed to walk the Earth forever as the Undead is a cakewalk compared to getting through the Great Grains product line. But, in an attempt to at least sample our few and rare North Texas brews, I must endure. Such is my fate.

And what an endurance test it has become. This is their first seasonal offering with a classic Santa artwork on the label, no date on the bottle. Pours a deep, cloudy ruby-brown with an active, tan fizzy head that disappears quickly, like soda. Lots of carbonation is evident throughout, even after the pour. Nose is sweetly malted, candy sugars and light spice.

First taste is pungent and sour. Some fruitiness to it with a syrupy component, like sorghum but not so sweet. Some indistinct spices come through, little malt flavors, no hops to speak of. Woodiness in the body, almost ashy, some hint of green apple. Cough syrup in the aftertaste.

High carbonation keeps it from being too heavy (still fizzing like a cola, all the way down). Almost reminds me of a sour Belgian ale I once tried but I don't think that was their intent. I would hope and pray that I purchased an old bottle, one well past its unpasteurized shelf-life. But with this brewery's record, I seriously doubt that. Ech.

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Photo of Morris729
2.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is Great Grains Brewery’s first seasonal brew. And, if this is the quality we can expect from future seasonal brews, then hopefully this will also be their last. The presentation is a one pint bottle with a Christmas time painting of Santa Claus putting bottles of beer into stockings hung over a fireplace. Pretty cool, actually. It pours a deep brownish amber color with a dark cream colored head. Nose is of sweet malts but is dominated by a strong sour smell. And, as with all Great Grains beers, it’s hard to taste much of anything other than a strong flavor of sour apples. Other than the cool bottle, this brew doesn’t have much going for it.

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Olde Ale from Great Grains Brewery, Inc.
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