Old Jail Ale | Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Old Jail AleOld Jail Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
roypitz.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ffejherb on 04-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown color in the glass, and on the reddish side. Pleasant sudsiness. Fairly sprightly on the tongue.

Flavor is caramel cut with leafy hops. Modest sweetness with a rather bitter finish. Light bodied. Roasted malt is not very assertive. More of a slightly sweet tea flavor. Brown Ale is totally descriptive, and for that category it's quite acceptable. In other words, dull and a little dank. The aftertaste of dirty hops just doesn't quit.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

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Photo of hozersr
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Trying a Roy Pitz Old Jail Ale (local Chambersburg historical reference) for Valentine's Day. Served on tap in a Roy Pitz pint glass:

Appearance: A brusque copper hue with some light carbonation and a small, white bubbly head that diminishes quickly, leaving decent lacing.

Aroma: A kind of malty, erathy aroma, light but present woody tones.

Taste: I was put off at first, but gradually sensed the kind of buttery, malty smoothness. Not awful.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, though there is a bit of oiliness on the tongue that I don't care for overly much. Acceptable bite on the tongue.

Overall: I think this is a slightly above average brown ale. I liked the buttery smoothness. I wouldn't order it repeatedly but I would drink it again when the occasion arises.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very dark amber brown, but with some noticeable orange tinges of color throughout the glass. A little clear, but kind of frozen looking, with a big creamy tan off white head that makes four fingers off the pour easily, Leaves a nice thick clumpy head and collar.

A real nice mellow and subtle nose. Quite a nice balance between nutty character and sweetness. Some toffee like sensations, but with the chewy nut quality dominating. Pretty good and basic.

Palate hits with a bit of a watery lifeless body. Very low carbonated it seems which is surprising with the amount of head produced. Some of the nutty character hits with a mild pine hopiness on the finish, but there's not much going on at all flavor wise. Mild toasty finish but also fleeting in the palate.

Overall not terrible, but nothing really to get excited about even for a brown.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice looking brown color with a tan colored head on top. Not much lacing here. The smell of the brew has some sweet toasted malt aromas and roasted nut coming off it also. The taste of the beer was was pretty nice, the malty flavors went well with some of the roasted flavors. The mouthfeel was a little thin but still wasn't too bad. Overall this brew was an above average brown ale in my opinion. Might be worth trying.

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Photo of Suds
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a slightly hazy golden bre. It has an off white, stable head. The smell is a lightly malty, with a little noble hop aroma in the background. The taste is balanced, with notable pale malt, caramel, and a toasted character. The hop flavor is solid. Full in body. This is a nice brew.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1532nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12oz

No bottle date
Thanks to TroyG2352

App- This poured out like an oak stain varnish. A little bit dark at the top. A little lighter on bottom and somewhat clear with a lighter density behind it. A small head maybe 3/4" was there and left no cling/lace but was more like a pond layer.

Smell- I believe the english version adds a bit of yeast and citrus to a pretty clean beer. Creamy, candy and sweet are lasting aromas on this one.

Taste- Its a brown ale base but spun a little. Its malty, sweet and rich. I will say its more of a pecan syrup in liquid form and even though only 5% still get a feel of the booze. Its got a touch of fruity esters and roast.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a smooth lower medium almost light carbonation. Residual roast, yeast & citrus.

Drink- I thought the best blonde was okay so going into this expectations were pretty low, was pleasantly suprised though. These guys have some unique takes on a beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a sturdy glass mug.
The beer foams up to overflow slowly upon the cap popping and pours huge fluffy head even with the gentlest of pours.
I will take a minute while the head settles to say the label art is great, old school drawings that have a fairly artistic flair to them.
The head is eggshell white and fades gradually leaving large pockmarked craters as it recedes.
Aroma is mild but some caramel and earthy hops are present, I also get a little bit of mild fruit.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine fizzy carbonation. Texture is a little thin, but the beer is very drinkable and goes down smoothly into my belly.
Flavor is what is expected from the nose, mild caramel and some sweet fruit with a slightly earthy bite on the finish. The beer is easy to drink and balanced, I do find it unremarkable but not bad, although the slow gusher on opening is a negative. I would try this again and would like to visit the brewery but Im not going to chase down a bottle

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Photo of Wingnut93
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Old Jail Ale from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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