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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Photo of Bendurgin
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Alec for this sweet extra. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear honey color with a nice cap of bubbly white head.

Nice bready malt aroma with hints of orange and honey. Notes of Belgian yeast in the background. The pallet has a nice sweet overtone with hints of of orange zest and honey.

The body is full and sticky with soft carbonation. A little bit hot. Overall this one is pretty tasty. A nice unique old ale.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is clear and golden. There is a half inch light colored foamy head.

The aroma is full of nice rich orange candy. There is a dominant note of honey also.

The taste is full of rich malt flavor that yields honey like notes with caramel. There is a nice orange candy, slightly hoppy finish. This is really tasty.

This is full bodied with a nice creamy full mouthfeel. I like this one a lot. The balance of hops and malt are perfect for this style.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of palma
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange amber body. Small white fizzy head. Very minor lace thoughout the session.

Nose is Lemon, orange, Belgian yeast notes, phenolic. Green apple.Fusal alcohol after the beer warms.

Taste: Ripe citrus fruit. Sweet. Very yeasty for an old ale. German hops play a large role here. Can definately see all the ingredients in this beer. Belgian yeasty favors with a German hop smack. English malt is very light. I am looking for some more malty flavors. Bitterness is harsh. A Stale bitterness. Complex enough to be enjoyable. However the mixed flavor profile is not the most to my liking.

A more creamy smooth mouthfeel relative to others of this style.

A unique beer from southampton and definately not one of their best. Still worth a try if you come across it. I paid 15 bucks for the 750ml bottle direct from the restaurant.

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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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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 vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of M27
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the label: "Southampton 15th Anniversary Ale is an amalgamation of brewing techniques and ingredients from Britain, Germany, Scotland, the United States, Belgium and France. We call it a blonde Old Ale made with Golden Promise, French, German and North American malt, Belgian candy sugar and 3 German hops. Cheers to innovation! 9.5% ABV."

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a matching Southamtpon fishbowl. The brew appears a polished color of copper to light amber with more than a finger of yellowish stained, light tan froth. A light swirl effortlessly revives a finger of cap back to the surface and paints some finger-like patterns of lacework all over the glass. When held to the light, there is some very faint particulate stuck in suspension that keeps this brew from being perfectly clear.

The smell of this brew initially has some mineral and yeasty components that swirl out and dissolve leaving room for more desirable characteristics. Toasted, biscuit-like grain is present overtop of a mild fruity accent somewhat similar to rindy and herbal orange zest. Citrus and fruity hops mingle with alcohol esters that strike the nose with some tingly warmth.

The taste has a bit of sulfur mixed with mineral and a yeasty aspect that blends into a toasted grain base like buttered biscuits. Some herbal and fruity hops are present along with a moderate amount of fusel alcohol that is quite warming down the back of the throat. Mid palate there are some zesty and pulp fruit aspects somewhat like orange mixed with minerals.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. At this stage in the game, it is a little awkward and really reminds me of what old herb was like last year. The strange upfront character of yeast, minerals and herbal components with bold alcohol doesn't help the drinkability much. It isn't a bad brew but also it isn't something I would get terribly excited about in comparison to the other offerings by Southampton.

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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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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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Southampton 15th Anniversary Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.47 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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