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:
50
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom shaped glass: color is amber to light brown where the glass is wider; head is light tan with fine to small bubbles, head laces the glass.

Smell is light caramel, touch sweet, light toast and some biscuit notes; subtle earthy hops.

Taste is a balance of fruity malt sweetness and light earthy spicy hops, all very clean and subtle, pleasant flavor and nice for such low abv beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp a little full and some lingering sweetness and bitterness balance on the tongue.

Overall a very good lighter brown ale with well executed flavors and balance.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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 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Trying a Roy Pitz Old Jail Ale (local Chambersburg historical reference) for Valentine's Day.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 Colin32
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of canawler
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of MKrauss
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jagada
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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 JMohl3
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Dirty_chavez
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of smakawhat
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 ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Slatetank
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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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Old Jail Ale from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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