Southampton 15th Anniversary Ale | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton 15th Anniversary AleSouthampton 15th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
publick.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 01-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.12%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
18
For Trade:
3
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2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.2/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750mL bottle to SH fishbowl. Sampled 6/22/12.

A: Pours with a light tan, compact foamy cap with fair retention, then fading into a long lasting, thick bubbly sea of film - about a finger and a half high. Highly active carbonation keeps the thick film afloat. Rusty orange in color, the body is semi-clear but foggy. Lacing is spare (albeit more than expected for the ABV) and takes the form of random dots and wavy strings. The light color of the brew seems uncharacteristic, but BJCP says light amber is within range - just seldom seen. All other things considered, this brew is very good looking.

S: Surprisingly bad. Awww man. Just a phenolic and estery mess. A mild bedding of bready grain plus light fruity esters are uncovered during deeper inhales. But all of this is overshadowed by aromas of drying plastic, freshly burnt rubber and out of place minerals.

T: Thankfully the flavor leaves a lot of the undesirables left behind...although it is still is far-from the prototypical Old Ale. If there was such a thing as an American Strong Pale Ale, this would be it. Sweet, yeasty, bready grain comes through more than the nose suggested. And a more-than-prevalent ABV rears it head as well.

M: Lively with some much needed effervescence to help hide the ABV and clear the tongue from the residual sweetness and unwanted flavors. ABV is still noticeable on the palate but it works with the aggressive nature of the beer.

O: A rare miss by Southampton...and painful for me to review as such. I don't see this one improving either so, if you find yourself with a bottle, find a couple friends - hell, enemies even - and crack it open now.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of ehammond1
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

An initially surprisingly light, golden color with a large white head that doesn't last for long and eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass. Unexciting, though appropriate enough.

Toasted biscuit and simple grain constitute the majority of the aroma, along with some alcohol warmth, very mild citrus, and grass. This is lacking the typical sweet, bready, caramel, and toffee notes I found in anything labeled an old ale.

Lots of biscuit and simple grain, with very mild earthy hops, very mild citrus, and some alcohol. Simple and straightforward. This lacks complexity and depth, and I don't think age would have done anything for this. This tastes like an imperial pilsner brewed with ale yeast.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A really simple, big, boring, though well crafted beer.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: bottle share at Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA
I don't know who shared the bottle, but thanks, whoever you are!

I've read the description on this one, and I just don't know...and old ale? I'm just not getting it. Poured an uncommonly pale golden-yellow color, slightly hazy, with a decent cap of off-white head; moderate retention and decent lacing. Biscuity aroma, toasted cereal grains, notes of citrus zest and pith; pretty light. Taste was decent, but not overly impressive, and certainly not like any old ale I've had before. Like the aroma, biscuity and grainy, with some honey and sugar sweetness, pale malts, vague citrusy pith, and an almost ESB-ish mildness in the hoppage. Picked up some definite acetaldehyde too... Hmm. Light-medium body, and pretty easily drinkable, even if nothing really special.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A golden color with lots of bubbles and a one finger head. S: Clove and candy aromas. Bready malts. T/M: Sweet, heavy body. Lots of carbonation. Heavy earthy finish. O: The general reaction to this beer was "strange". Too many things going on and nothing that really cohered into a reasonable beer.

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Photo of Beersmuggler
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of thebouch01
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Southamptom 15th Anniverary Ale is an amalgamation of brewing techniques and ingredients from Britain, German, Scotland, The United States, Belgium and France. We call it a blond Old Ale made with Golden Promise, French, German and North American malts, Belgian candy sugar and 3 German hops. Cheers to innovation!" Brewed in the style of an Old Ale, available in 750ml. bottles.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp head of a pale tan color over a moderately hazy caramel body, with meager, relaxed carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 3

(Smell) Aromas suggest German and Belgian yeast, tangy, acidic and fruity yet dry. Undertones of banana bread and clove, traces of fragile honey sweetness, peppery spiciness, largely clean malt body with a smooth delivery. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Slightly bolder on the malt body, with bread malts, caramel and toffee sweetness, and a complicated blending of various adjunct flavors- honey and cardamom come out strongly. Yeast fruitiness and spices are distinctive, drying as well. This is certainly an anniversary release that seems to pull out all the stops, for better or for worse, there's a lot going on in this beer, and while I don't love it, I appreciate its ambition. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, lightly sticky, smooth, medium dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style and medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly effervescent and earthy spicy over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) An ambitious and unusual 15th anniversary commemorative ale that aims to throw a little something of all brewing styles together in one bottle, although not all styles come through as notably in this beer. The sweetness is reserved, although the effervescence of potent fragrance and spiciness does captivate the flavor. Despite the busy chaos of this beer, it doesn't quite approach cloying nor overblown in any one direction, to its credit. It fits within a style that is very difficult to categorize specifically, but at it's current state may fit in a bit closer to a Belgian (Strong) Pale Ale than an Old Ale. 3.25

Southampton Publick House's
Southampton XV Anniversary 1996-2011
/5.00

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head. Quite a sweet nose to this, very heavy on the brown sugar and caramel aromas. A light citrus characteristic along with some yeast and bubblegum? Strange. The flavor is very sweet as well. Sugar, brown sugar, and caramel along with a bit of toasted bread. A hint of the same yeast and bubblegum combination with a touch of spice. Really not sure what is going on here.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at the release a few years ago. Wasn't wild about it release day but some time has passed so let's check in. Enjoyed from the snifter commemorating the event.

a - brew pours a murky copper with a finger of frothy bubbly head that had nice staying power.

s - nose opens with a sweet floral soggy biscuit. Sweet alcohol toastiness comes across as Belgian pale.

t/m/o - about fifteen flavors crush through my palate at once...flowers, biscuits, toffee, Belgian sugar, toasted alcohol with a bitter dry finish. A bit fizzy. Medium bodied with a bitterness to it. Grew on me as I drank it but fairly sweet in general and more of a Belgian than an old ale. I think that this beer is in a better place than it was at the release but it is not worth chasing down.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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