Geriatric Hipster Club
The Bruery

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Strong Ale - American
3.81 | pDev: 14.44%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: old fashioned inspired beer
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a few of these. March 2015 was the first with Harless. November 1, 2015 was the second. Still holding the third one.

Pours brown but more like a brown ale moreso than a porter or stout. Beige head 1/4" that doesn't last. The aroma was bourbon and brown malt. A little bit of a dark fruit and orange note.

The orange and bourbon come on strong first, then there are hints of cinnamon, vanilla, raisin and brown malt. I don't know enough about 'bitters' to know whether they are contributing to the bitter heat, or whether its just the beer sans the bitters. But it has a bitterness that you don't come across when drinking an old fashioned. Chris really dug it, he pounded prolly 2/3 of the beer and I sipped on the other 1/3. Looks to be quite the polarizing beer, and here I am feeling in the middle of it. I like the name. Its a little bit sweet, but not overpowering. Can't decide whether to get the old balls crew together and crush the last one, or whether its more fitting for the Wisconsin crew.

May 20, 2020
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage

L - Pours a brown mahogany colored body with a fizzy one finger light khaki head. The head dissipates quickly with no lacing left behind.

S - I'm definitely picking up a mix of the orange peel, bourbon and bitters. Some raisins and cinnamon on the very back end, faint.

T - Tasty! Orange peel and bitters to start off. That is followed by the oak, bourbon and vanilla as well as raisins and spicy cinnamon.

F - Low carbonation and medium bodied. The abv is well hidden.

O - Fantastic "cocktail inspired" beer! Probably one of the better ones I've had. The orange peel, bitters and cinnamon go very well with the base beer and bourbon barrels.

Jul 01, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share, thanks to Darrel. Complex, spicy, savory. Dark brown with minimal beige head. Sweet nose, cola? Overall very enjoyable, sweetish, gentle warmth.

Jun 22, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split with rudzud

Light fizzy head fades almost instantly, decent legs no head, clear auburn chestnut color.

Nose is mixed, def the orange peel and bitters effect, some bourbon barrel juice, cinnamon like spices, raisin, but a weird malty soy sauce thing, toasty brown brown malts, plenty of booze and mild phenols, toasted marshmallow thing.

Taste is ok, fluffy, lots of toasted brown malts, caramel brown sugar sweetness, big warning booze, phenols, toasted marshmallow and creamy thing, more weird soy thing and bitter orange peel notes, bourbon but a bad bourbon that was soaked in trash, creamy caramel creams. Finish adds caramel creams, bourbon and vanilla, but added with weird bitters and orange peel notes.

Mouth is med to fluffy chewier bod, decent carb at least.

Overall eh

Oct 19, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear brown hue with a thin white head that fades to leave thin halo.

S - Aromas of strong booze, orange peel, light bitters. Faint cinnamon.

T - Taste is loads of booze, cinnamon, orange peel, powerful bitters. Almost tannic wood, no really bourbon. Red hot cinnamon, there are really interesting spice notes, however the finish is super hot.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, heavy, sticky, syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was a huge disappointment. I remember voting for a cocktail beer as a hoarder...I voted for a Pimms Cup, wish they made that instead.

Serving type: bottle

Oct 16, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle acquired through the Bruery's society. Bottled 11/11/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a dark orange-hued tea color with about two fingers of beige head. The bubbles fade quickly without depositing any lace to soeak of.

Aromas of bourbon, orange zest, spices and slightly charred oak. Not necessarily inviting but it is at least interesting.

Flavors of orange peel and bourbon come on strong initially. Oak, spices, burnt caramel, a rye-like spicey malt, something akin to bitter spruce and some significant boozey heat. The disparate flavors- from the booze to spices to citrus and sweetness-never really come together so, as in the nose, this comes accross as more interesting than good.

Dry, medium body with dull carbonation. Finishes with a blend of wood, rind and bitter spices.

I've stood up for most of The Bruery's "mocktail" beers but just can't come to the defense of Geriatric Hipster Club. It isn't bad but it's not something I need to try again. The flavors are just a touch too disjointed for my preferences.

Apr 28, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Retsinis for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 11/11/14.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spice, cinnamon gum, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with spice, cinnamon, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic cinnamon and spice qualities that work super well with the bourbon barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle.

Apr 20, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

I will eventually get around to writing a full formal review but for the time being here are my abridged notes:

This beer smells like tooth paste mixed with jagermesiter. The taste is only slightly more tolerable. An utter failure. If I want to drink a cocktail, ill drink a cocktail - not a bad beer version of a cocktail that tastes nothing like what it was trying to mimic.

Its a good thing this was limited to Hoarders only. If it was more publicly available im sure people would be outraged. Wish I never bought this...

Mar 18, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy amber body. Small white head.

Smell - Whoa, spiced. Cinnamon? I guess that's their take on bitters. Lightly orangey. Oak. I don't get much bourbon.

Taste - Still very spicy. Cinnamon monster. Oak. Astringent. Caramel. I still get no bourbon. The finish has some oak.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste that boozy. Heavy body.

Overall - Eh. It's ok.

Mar 10, 2015
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kscaldef from Oregon

2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So, you've never actually had an old-fashioned, have you?

This tastes like coconut and baking spices. Utter failure at invoking a sense of the cocktail.

Mar 01, 2015
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billab914 from Virginia

2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I get the concept, it just doesn't work in a beer. Bitter citrus rind and sugary sweetness are too much. No reason to not just have a real Manhattan over it.

Feb 20, 2015
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Madirish76 from California

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle at melange 11 blending. Wow what a surprise. This beer is by far their best "cocktail" beer yet. It is spot on what an old fashioned should taste like.

Appearance: almost no head but the color is that of bourbon.
Aroma: you get the bourbon and the wonderful aromatic balance of the bitters with the orange and cherry. (They made their own bitters which is why it is amazing)
Taste: just like an old fashioned...all of the elements are there...minus the giant round ice cube. Well balanced, no heavy ethanol burn.
Mouthfeel: light carbonation...enough to remind you it is beer, but not flat by any means. Med body makes it a nice sipper at the end of a long day.
Overall: Hats off to the Bruery team for knocking this one out of the park. This is everything a beer and bourbon lover would expect. This is the sleeper of 2014.

Jan 11, 2015
Geriatric Hipster Club from The Bruery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 73 ratings