Olde Yeller IPA | Market Cross Pub & Brewery

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Market Cross Pub & Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beergeek279 on 07-12-2004

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by KFaulkner:
Photo of KFaulkner
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second review of this beer as it was cask-conditioned this time. The fruity and sweet IPA taste is still there, but at the warmer and more complex cask type of serving took away from some of its complexity rather than added to it.

This IPA would have been better served a bit colder, but it's complexity remained and its drinkability was still quite remarkable. I would recommend anyone in Carlisle to try this beer both cask-conditioned AND on-tap and decide for themselves.

I preferred it on-tap personally as I find that darker beers are better suited for casking, at least in my experience. Overall the beer was enjoyable and as unique as ever. A nice gem in a small town.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of pat_usher
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a rustic-orange with a thin cushy white capping.

S: Columbus hops give a nice strong hoppy aroma of pungent flowers and some light dry pine.

T: The initial flavor starts out with some hints of the 7.2% abv but are mostly dominated by a strong grapefruit nature and dry flowery hops. The williamette malting provides a nice, clean backdroping that highlights the strong hoppy nature of this beer letting it shine though and be known. Well hopped, tasty and a great example.

M: medium full, dry and bitter.

D: Drinkability was very good. A huge hop bomb that assaults the tongue in a pleasant way.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass served on-tap. First off though, a DIPA? Really? An English IPA seems far more appropriate but that's just me.

A: The ale is a golden amber color, dark orange in the dim light of the pub. A finger of head coats the top of the glass and laces in strata, as though the ale was hand-pulled.

S: The nose is hoppy, citrus of coruse, with a firm malt base and a sickly sweet ringwood aroma. I haven't had that buttery sweetness in a long time but it comes through pretty clearly here.

T: The hops are firm, citrusy but not a stand-out. As in the nose, grainy cereal hops are present but restrained by the ringwood yeast. That ringwood sweetness (or sweetness that damn well approximates ringwood) overtakes most of the body and leaves its imprint on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel has a bit of hops, citrusy but subtle, that quickly yield to the yeast strain's strength. An alright ale that I wanted more out of.

D: It strikes me as English, so yes it is drinkable. The higher alcohol strength is practically nonexistent but that semi-sweet yeasty presence is tough to take in excess.

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Photo of weeare138
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy, dark gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light malt, earthy hops, caramel, and citrus.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel grain, citrus, and freshly cut grass.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, and caramel sweet.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ah what a treat! Beer on cask and this one does the serving system proud. The beer is in a 10 oz glass and arrives with a fluffy spongey eggshell white 1.5 cm head resting on the surface. The beer is very clear orange color with very little sediment floating within. Aroma is hoppy right up front with pine and citrus rind mixing nicely. Good nose but no evidence of malt balance, oh well it is an IPA.
First sip reveals a smooth and slightly creamy texture, carbonation is almost non-existent as cask ale should be.
Flavor starts hops and finishes hops. The beginning is almost herbal or floral and rolls to pine quickly, finally letting the rindy citrus finish my palate for the day. These citrus notes lingers long after each swallow and tingles the sides of my palate. There is no hint of alcohol anywhere on this brew.
Quite a nice IPA, I only wish there was a more prevelant malt backbone, but overall it is very nice and easy to drink. A must try for Central PA hopheads!

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Photo of bouchard101
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jokelahoma
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured at the brewery

Oh man, I wanted to like this beer. I really did. It came out a lovely, crystal clear golden yellow, with a skiff of head that didn't really last that long.

The nose was mildly hoppy, in that East Coast IPA style. A bit of malt appears in the aroma as well. It's fairly balanced to be honest. But what's this? There's that microwave popcorn aroma creeping in... could it be our arch-nemesis diacetyl?

Sure enough, the taste is quite buttery. It's not overly bitter nor hoppy, as one might expect from and east coast IPA, and the malt flavor is a tad on the thin side, almost non-existent, but barely there. The hops that do appear seem content to hide behind the rather prevalent diacetyl. This is, sadly, a butter bomb. Perhaps I got a bad keg, but man am I ever disappointed, especially since the rye beer here was so damned good.

The body is thin, but that's fine for an American IPA. The butter flavor adds a creaminess that just should not be there, though.

This has the making of a pretty decent east coast IPA. I may, possibly, have caught an old or bad keg. But I can only review what I got, and this one just wasn't that good. Diacetyl may be acceptable in small amount in English/East Coast IPAs, but this was beyond small. This had Orville Reddenbacher's name all over it. Again, I wanted so badly to like this beer. I tried. But the sample I got just wasn't worth rating high. Try it to see if I was just unlucky, but I'd try it in a sampler first.

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Photo of owenwood
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a 2 oz. sample before dinner at the Market Cross Pub. Kinda sweet for a DIPA but nice balance of hops & malt. Next time I'm here I'll get a whole pint and review in more detail.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange, no lacing, minimal head.
S - Not much, a bit of caramel and that is it.
T - Malt forward, followed by a sharp bitterness. Hoppy bitter, but not hop-flavorful.
M - high carbonation but reasonably smooth still.
D - Relatively high DB.

Solid beer and at the price point (3.50? a pint) it is very good. That being said I think this is probably closer to the English IPA style than AIPA. Nice beer, great price, and the atmosphere of the pub is also quite enjoyable.

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Photo of yergermeister
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of garcia2a
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After blowing a tire on the turnpike, I limped down to Hanover street for some tasties.

The beer poured a pale golden color, clear, light carbonation with a thing lacey head. Nice earthy bouquet, with hearty hops hops, a touch of pine and a very faint roasted grain scent.

The beer hits with a full mouth flavor, but the hops are well in check and balanced. Nice crisp hop finish.

This beer is bodied a bit light for the style, but has great mouthfeel and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub served in an imperial sized nonic glass.

Appears with no head, nothing, no bubbles at all even collected on the glass. However once swirled about a finger's worth of yellow stained cream appears and rapidly depletes to nothing but a thin layer atop the brew. The color of this beer is a hazed orange.

The aroma includes some citrus and floral notes that are quite sweet smelling. As it warms it smells a bit minty and somewhat like oranges and other more mellow fruit.

The taste is caramelized sugars and a malty sweetness that gets countered by herbal hops. It has a very low key bitterness level that tastes citrusy. The presence of the alcohol warms the back of the throat but is not very evident in the flavor of this brew.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. It is a little sweet for an ipa but it isnt so bad. Easily drinkable but if you were really in need of a hop fix, this certainly would not get the job done.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a hazy pale yellow beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is hops, hops and more hops.A veritable monster of grassy, piney and citrusy hops. The malt can not be found.
Taste is also loaded with piney hops, but some malt begins to show through to temper the dryness.
Leaves the mouth austerely dry, and beckons for another taste.
Great job on this beer.

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Photo of Ronw
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jambo297
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had an imperial pint of this cask version at Market Cross Pub and Brewery.
A - A cloudy cider-like milky golden w/ a full 3 fingers of dense, foamy head.

S - A nice bouquet of hops, mostly herbal w/ subtle pine and a hint of citrus that is almost perfumey/floral.

M - Very smooth w/ a hefty dose of fresh bitterness that has a nice malt blanket for the hop punch to rest on.

T - A great malty, supple english malt taste that has a hard time holding back the sometimes grassy, sometimes citrus and pine tinged hop bite. A very well blended malt and hop arsenal, just dances w/ out a bunch of carbonated gas to mess w/ the oily silky feel as the ale slides down to my stomach - it's resting place. I get a creamy flavor w/ an herbal mellow tail. The last swigs ar a blend of sweet creamy malt and noble hop flavor that have a great synergy.

D - This is a great beer, but the cask enhances the flavor. Kevin has done a great job w/ a style that bridges the gap between English subtlety and American bravado in this cask ale. The IPA is well worth tasting, possibly the most drinkable in the line-up. This is a testament to the talents of a great brewer, someone who helped me get started brewing myself. Cheers and Kudos Scmutta!

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Photo of Fish113d
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the last beer I had during Sulldaddy and I's adventure to Market Cross on a rainy, chilly Saturday.

Pours a pretty amber color with 1/2" of white spongy head. Very dense and sticky on the surface. Aroma is of some sweet vinegar with some mild, grassy hops. Very mild aroma. Very smooth up front with some sweet alcohol esthers with a jaw-clenching bitterness at the back end of the swallow. Slight grapefruit @ the end as well with a lot of lingering bitterness. maybe too bitter for me really. Mouthfeel is decent with a very bitey bitterness and more than a touch of alcohol. Actually easy to drink despite the bitterness to it; nice session brew.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a half-pint at Market Cross. The color was copper, with a bubbly head with some retention. The smell was a nice grapefruity hoppiness. The taste was a solid grapefruity hoppiness, with very little alcohol noticable. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, this would be one that I'd probably only stop when my mouth went numb.

Definitely my favorite beer of all the ones at Market Cross. I wasn't sure whether this fell in the single or double IPA category, but I figured it just nudged over to the latter. A nice grapefruit hoppiness (one of my personal favorite hop flavors) makes this one I'd love to go to again!

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Photo of gestyr
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm....all I can say is that I should have checked out Market Cross long ago!

Appearance: Orange-Yellow with moderate carbonation as is appropriate for the style.

Smell: Slightly malty, balanced with good hops aroma

Taste: Very well balanced. The malty sweetness hits first followed by a balanced hop bitterness finishing with a slight fruitiness. The alcohol is only perceived as a warmth

Mouthfeel: Nice smooth medium body

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I will definately have to go back for more. Kevin did very well with this recipe. I would encourage anyone who is in the Carlisle area to give it a try!

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Photo of Braudog
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint at the brewpub. Opaque orange color with a gluey but thin head. This drank creamy and milky with an oily hop citric flourish. Although pretty light in body, I could pound a lot of these in a pinch. Nicely done English-style IPA. (#2721, 2/19/2007)

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Olde Yeller IPA from Market Cross Pub & Brewery
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