Old Jail Ale | Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ffejherb on 04-12-2009

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17
Ratings:
46
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
21.25%
 
 
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 46
Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light brown in color with a 1" head. Some bits of lace dot the glass.

Smell: caramel is the only flavor detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, bits of brown sugar, a touch of nuttiness, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit smoother towards the finish with a hint of spiciness late.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable beer and a very tasty brown ale. Wish I saw this on tap more often as it is a nice change up from the extreme beers offered today.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roy Pitz, "Old Jail" ale, poured ontap into a large mug. A rich brown in color with a light tan head and not much lacing.

Smells malty upfront, with some breadiness and sweetness poking through.

Taste: Rich and nutty, with strong hazlenut and chestnut notes, lots of brown sugar and maltyness. Hops are really not in the flavor profile. An enjoyable and mild brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, ample carbonation and a lingering nutty finish.

Drinkability: A nice session brown here. Really good flavors and a very manageable alcohol level.

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

64 oz growler filled @ the brewery. Named after the 191 year old Franklin County Jail or "Old Jail" as it is now known, located right down the street from the brewery and is currently home to the Franklin County Historical Society. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber, with 2 big fingers of off-white/near tan head. Retains with a thin layer of froth, throwing a decent looking cascade of foamy lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweeter smelling with caramel notes mixing with lightly toasted grainy malts. Hops are citric and earthy in the nose.

The taste switches things up a bit, with the malts coming off as a bit more roasty than sweet overall and some silkier caramel character hanging on the edges of the profile. This has a nice firm bitter hop presence to it (with a gentle spiciness as well) that really earns it's designation as an American Brown. Finishes with a pleasant toasty dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp prickly feel to the carbonation. This is maybe just a tad too thin in spots on the edges of the swallow but for the most part this maintains a good presence on the palate.

Well done Brown Ale, with enough flavor and drinkability to keep both experienced and novice craft beer drinkers interested throughout the duration of the glass. I'm glad to see that they've made this one of their staple year-round beers here.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy, bright, lustrous copper with a thin, bright white head that reduced to a patchy film and left decent webby lace.

S-Toffee and light spicy hops. A touch of caramel sweetness in the background.

T-Spicy citrus orange on top of a bed of toffee, maple syrup and brown sugar. Good finish of sweet toffee, really nice finish.

M-Medium bodied, rather crisp with nice lingering flavours.

D-Good stuff. Crisp, easy drinking with good flavours. This would be an easy one to knock back a few of. A quality, flavourful, session brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy crimson amber. Limited head.

Smell: Sweet, light-to-medium caramel malts. Mild fruitiness.

Taste: More fruit in the flavor - berry-like. Malt is sweetish and pointy rather than full and wide - which is good - and it's backed by spicy and floral hops. Moderate-to-medium bitterness. Finishes mostly dry with some malt and a touch of honey and herb lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a median carbonation. Smooth, and just lightly creamy.

Drinkability: A fairly straight-forward, well-brewed ale that offers the novice an entry into flavorful beer, and the connoisseur enough flavor and nuance to keep him interested beyond one. Nicely done.

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Photo of pvsob
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very light brown color (light orange, amber when held up to the light) with a big fluffy off-white head that fades slowly leaving decent lacing. Ale is somewhat hazy.

S- Caramel, toasted malts, sugar, and a baked aroma that reminds me of the baking powder biscuits my mother used to make for me when I was a wee lad. Hints of earthy hop aroma are present as well.

T- Pancake syrup, toasted malts/crackers, low to moderate hop bitterness balances out the sweetness of the malt.

M- Medium feel with a nice finish that melds the hops/malts together nicely.

D/O- A tasty little American Brown Ale that is quite balanced and very sessionable. Some of the flavors and aromas won't necessarily beat you over the head, but they are there and well crafted. I'll definitely be drinking more of the Old Jail in the future. Cheers!

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Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured via growler on 4/8/09, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured a hazy caramel brown color with reddish copper tint and one-finger bubbly, off-white head that quickly receded to a thin film but left adequate lacing on the glass.

S - Toasty aroma with maple syrup and brown sugar sweetness. Some slight leafy, herbal tea-like hop notes blend in with the sweet malty nose.

T - Sweet malts dominate and suggest caramel, maple syrup and brown sugar. Surprisingly, some hop character is also present, featuring hints of earthy and woody notes that, while only providing minimal bitterness, offer a bit of complexity to the flavor profile.

M - Pretty light bodied and somewhat watery for a brown ale with a softly carbonated mouthfeel offering a touch of prickle on the palate.

D - Really tasty brown ale with a pleasant flavor profile. Old Jail Ale is not your typical boring brown ale.

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Old Jail Ale from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.
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