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Buffalo Tooth's Old Ale | Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Virginia, United States
greatamericanrestaurants.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RBorsato on 09-07-2004

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Ranking:
#18,040
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
11
pDev:
6.5%
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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown-ish amber with a nice creamy moderate head, slow carbonation, and some lace rings. Citrusy hoppy aroma; strange for the style; fruity. Chewy resiny hop flavors -- malt character very subdued but just enough to balance it out. Medium-full bodied with a dry bitter finish but not overly so...

A very nice brew though certainly not your average Old Ale.

Note: This review was based on the growler version from Merrifield, VA.

Tasted: 09/05/04

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Photo of Boone757
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll second the opinion that this isn't really an Old Ale, so much as it is a double IPA. Poured a slightly murky dark amber with a nice fluffy head. Fine carbonation. Smell is somwhat floral. Taste is very hoppy, loaded with complex, floral hops and a nice maltiness. Served a bit too cold though so let it warm slightly. Not the smoothest beer at the end though which limits its drinkability. A very fine beer though, worthy of sampling. Probably Sweetwater's best offering when I was there.

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Photo of Redrock
3.8/5  rDev -5%

Photo of klesniew
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just had this at the Merrifield Sweetwater, so i adked to adjust the availability. I know it isn't available often.

I also agree this is more of an IPA (or double at 7.8% for this batch).

A: amber, clear, good head retention, decent lacing
S: not strong at all, but little smokey, piney, with a little raisin
T/M: carbonated front, little malt front, little bit of that raisin, maybe some root beer(?). As the taste transitions there's a smokiness with a hint if molasses (not too sweet, though). Then it turns a little woody and starts to dry the tongue. Ends resin-y, but does not kill the palette.

My initial taste of this I really enjoyed. As I analyzed it, it seemed just a little less dynamic (althought sometimes analyzing does kill the enjoyment). Got a second pour, and it rated right between my initial taste and the over-analyzed one.

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Photo of 50marathons
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice IPA. Good color. Not much aroma.

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Buffalo Tooth's Old Ale from Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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