February 27th, 1832 Mild Ale | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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February 27th, 1832 Mild AleFebruary 27th, 1832 Mild Ale

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jamie2dope on 03-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 74
Photo of kbutler1
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly opaque reddish orange color with a nice 1 finger white tan head that slowly settles and leaves lace on the glass as it does. More malty smelling than hoppy but there is a slight citrus type ara in the nose. Hmmm, the taste is sweet and malty with hints of caramel with a slight hip kick in the back end. The malt dominates this beer though basically throughout the entire drink of this beer. Decently so-so drinkable but not outstanding. Minimal lace. Medium mouthfeel. Boozy finish.

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Photo of mothman
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger o white head. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Biscuit and bready malts floral sticky hops, some fruit esters. I get a fair amount of orange. A bit of booze shines through.

Taste: Not really what I was expecting. This is bready, biscuity, and yeasty. Some toffee and pale malts come through with a bit of a herbal taste. It does has the fruit esters, but they are a bit masked here. Has a lot of alcohol showing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, the name was very deceiving. This was no where near a mild ale. Not something I was particularily fond of. Unique, but not something I will be drinking a lot of.

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Photo of mikey711
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Shogokawada for this serious want of mine!

A: Nice orange color with a mild bit of carbonation that comes up from the bottom of the glass. A decent amount of head forms, half inch thick, with very nice lacing webs that remain. The head retention was decent

S: First note is definitely fusol alcohol followed by some clean herbal hoppiness. Plenty of sweetness but overally it didnt seem that aromatic

T: A slightly syrupy caramel taste to start that was quite cloying, I was also disappointed that the hops didnt come through a little bit more and were overwhlmed by the sweetness. There is also a slightly astringent quality to it

M: Decent amount of body, but again it has a syrupy quality to it

D: I wish i had someone to share this bottle with

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Photo of harsley
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It was a good beer but not to have that often, for me anyway. It was very high alcohol tasting since it was so young. It had a very nice malt presence with some toasty/bready components to it, and definitely some English hops were at the party. It was very unique, and I must say, unlike anything I can think of that I've tried before. I enjoyed my glass but I was wishing I had someone to share the bottle with as one glass was about enough for me. Glad I tried it. Although it would go against the whole point of this beer, I think it would be fantastic with a little age.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, dull carrot color with marigoled edges. Thin white head receds to a thin collar with a yin-yang swirl of foam connecting the two sides: talk about a balanced beer! Few lacey squiggles.

Aroma is orange and tangerine citrus with underlying baguette crust. I don't think they had citrus hops back in 1832 England and I believe the only ingredients in this beer is East Kent Goldings and Mild malt. So I'm guessing this citrus is a combination of Mild malt profile, yeast, and fermentation temperatures.

Taste is juicy Sunny Delight and foccaia bread-like toasty bread in back. Odd mouthfeel: it's effervescent but in no way fizzy.

Not one of my Pretty Things favs.

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a dark copper amber color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a to finger frothy yellowish beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of lacing.

Slightly earthy hop aroma with hints of pine and subtle tropical and citrus fruit notes, especially orangepeel and pineapple. Malt presence with hints of toffee, bread, graham cracker, caramel and rye.

Surprisingly chewy full body with a very dry hop presence up front that is pretty bitter but not overbearing. Floral with hints of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes, especially mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. Sweet caramel malt backbone with hints of toasty bread, toffee, caramel, rye and hazelnut. Strong alcohol presence toward the end of the swallow that is a bit overpowering. Again, graham cracker is present and this beer is nicely balanced but a bit too hot for my liking. Long dry finish. An interesting experiment but kind of mediocre.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but very far from a mild ale.

I can't rate the appearance high as I'm drinking this from a leather tankard so I don't get a good view of it. The head however, is foamy and white but not out of control.

Smell is of sweet, slightly vinous malts and a nice citrus hop background.

Mild, but very hoppy taste. Slight winey hints and traces of fig, plum, caramel and carob among others. Rich and complex and not at all like a dark mild.

Nice mouthfeel, drinkability hampered only a bit by the ABV.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from Buckeyeboy.. thanks Jeremy... This one was on my radar for a while, but I never pulled the trigger.

Pours a cloudy orange... pillowy off-white head... nice lacing.

Big malt forward nose... caramel and toasted bread... some hints of apple and floral qualities that I am having a hard time pin-pointing..

The palate is pretty heavy on the malts... no problems.. just heavy.. caramel.. again some more apple is out front.. figs... toasty melanoidin malts add some complexities.. hints of black tea or lite smoke with warmth.. too sweet for me.. The body is pretty heavy.. even syurupy.. carbonation is nice but doesn't cut through the thickness.

Needs to dial down the malt sweetness... I would like to try this bottle 6 months or so down the road.. but right now, it is quite interesting, but too sweet and not very well integrated.


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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

got the last 2 22oz bottles @ Yankee's. A rather bland label compared to most of the other Pretty Things beers. 22oz into Portsmouth tulip.

A- Caramel, nice deep color, creamy white head that does some pretty thick lacing. Head fizzes out but lacing remains.. for 10.5% it's pretty darn impressive.

S- Hops- floral (subdued) and a bit piny.. grassy notes come through strong and a sweeping rush of alcohol and malt sweetness. Powerful.

T- Rich malt, not too sweet though. A wave of alcohol that was in the nose doesn't shy away in the taste. Hop bitterness is here but most of the hop flavors are not. Grassy hops are noted.

M- Alcohol is here, no hiding that. Still, great carbonation, nice prickly feeling on the tongue.

D- Moderate. I'd buy more if I could, glad I got to try this. Not my favorite pretty things by a long shot, but a really interesting beer with a cool story to tie it all together. I'd reccomend this one if you have access to it.

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Photo of Shumista
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 22 oz. bottle, poured into my beer mug.

Pretty Things "Mild Ale" appears rather unassuming. Clear yellow golden orange with a small white head. Really doesn't look like anything too special. Not a whole lot in the nose, there is a sweet fruitiness and also some funky mustiness if I get my nose way down in there. Very little hoppiness as promised on the label in the nose. The taste is really unlike any other beer I have ever had. The sweet fruit from the nose identifies itself as green grapes in the taste. Also, toffee, honey, biscuit malt, candied sugars and a very little bit of booze. The sweetness comes out more as it warms and becomes more and more cloying. The flavor actually reminds me a bit of DFH's Midas Touch. Mouthfeel is full, chewy, sticky and warming. Drinkability is tough to nail down. Half of a bomber was more than enough, and I'm not sure if I would ever drink it again.

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Photo of cpone
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper body, just clear enough to see the carbonation. A creamy off white head that pours to about 2 1/2 fingers and lingers, leaving solid lacing.

S: Very strong bread yeast with sweet malt and spicy hop aroma. Get some raisin and citrus, blood orange/ grapefruit. Alcohol isn't as present as I expected.

T: Sweet upfront - molasses, dark fruits - with a spicy finish. Very strong flavors.

M: Slightly medium bodied, expected it to be a bit more robust.

D: Not for me. Very big beer in almost every way.

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Photo of selecter70
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eagerly awaited, I jumped at 1st sight to grab this from the shelf at Formaggio's, anticipating their take on a 'lost' English ale. While billed as a 'mild ale' this recipe is far from expectation, as it is actually a strong 10.5 ale with the mildness referring to the malt type used to balance the heavy hop use; another unexpected quality. The pour was a golden orangey brown that settled with a light tan 1 finger head and some decent lace. The aroma was a sweet and sour fruit with musty and malty bread qualities. The flavor likewise was sweet and sour with a whole lotta hops as well as biscuity malts all playing around for dominance. Tart plum, raspberry & strawberry as well as honey co-existed with the sour and hops. A bit tacky with some nice chewiness and creaminess, this remains medium bodied with some alcohol to warm the mouth, but not too much to overwhelm or distract. A delicious desert ale that worked quite well with the Austrian cheese we had after dinner.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Slightly cloudy amber. Huge eggshell head that is quickly disapearing.

S-Alcohol. Sweet honey. A bit of pear. Hops seem to be buried underneath the alcohol.

T-Interesting. First really sweet, roses and honey. Then the hop bitterness hits you (pretty firm) and then earthy hop flavor takes over. Almost spicy hop flavor.

M-Medium bodied. Slightly hot but for how big it is, it's ok. medium carbonation.

D-Interesting beer. Like an English barleywine with english hops but thrown in like it was an american barleywine. Much more hop flavor than other english barleywines i've had, and I like this.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love the story behind this beer that's printed on the label.

Poured this into a tulip, not quite sure at the time what I should have used. I generally picture "mild ales" as session brews, but noticing the high ABV on this left me perplexed on the proper glassware. However, I now realize this is a Strong Ale.

Appearance was rust in color with an opaque, tan head, It laces well.

Aroma provided notes of banana and a blend of other fruits. A little bready with also notes of tea on top of the malt and musty hops that were very present.

The taste is a bit apple cider-ish. There's also some citrus and a bitter aftertaste with the hops taking control in the end.

Mouthfeel was smooth and a little dense.

Drinkability was decent but not super easy.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the first in Pretty Things' "Once Upon a Time..." series, in which they brew beers according to very old recipes. Despite the fact hat this beer was labeled as a Mild Ale, the alcohol content certainly indicates that it's not a mild in the sense that we think of today.

This beer pours a lightly hazed, amber-copper color. It's topped by a fluffy and creamy, beige head that leaves sticky lace. The aroma has malty notes of bread, caramel, and toast. There's a bit of fruitiness in the center, almost a banana flavor. The fish has a peppery spiciness from the alcohol, and a good dose of bitterness. This beer is medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated, but has a light, crisp finish.

This beer is definitely not mild, but it's a decent strong ale that's pretty malty, but not overly so.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cap tape says "Once Upon A Time - 2/27/1832".

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with lasting legs and slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and fruity.

Taste starts syrupy, balances with bitter promptly, then fruity for a moment, and back to a more lasting bitterness. Warmth lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and soft over the tongue, albeit a bit biting at the close, with commensurate drinkability for the style. Seems a bit hoppy for an English Strong, but as the label says, this one can confound the styles. Interesting and worth your time.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served at 48 degrees in my SA Sensory Pint. Poured a translucent orange-gold/amber (nice color) with a quarter inch off-white cap that quickly disperses into a bull's-eye dollop and a thin bubbly band around the edges. Nose consists of caramel malt, some booze, a little sugary and maybe some citrus esters. Taste consistent with nose, but definitely a little hops in the mix that cuts the sweet malty goodness nicely. There is something of a residual aftertaste, a little bitter/medicinal/skunky (last bit reminds me of that Heineken aftertaste). Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an even and level carbonation from start to finish and a slightly oily consistency. Decent brew - well-hidden abv, not much complexity, but I dig the story behind the beer and would like to see more historical reenactments of this nature.

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Photo of baconsausage
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malt Bomb. Pours a hazy orange with a faint white wispy head. Sweet malty bomb in the nose, with a hint of citrus and candy sugar. Totally mild in the mouth, white chocolate, sweet malt. Little to no hop presence in the brew. Mild malt flavor somehow hides the boozyness in the brew. Good mouth feel for the style.
(what is the style?) Not my favorite in the series, but solid, and would enjoy again.

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Photo of muttyd
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass. Almost $11 for the bomber, so my expectations were rather high.

A - Deep amber / red color with a thick bubbly head that settles to a thin ring.

S - Lots of spice and burnt sugar. Slight alcohol aroma. Little to no hops.

T - Loads of caramel malt sweetness. Also notes of butterscotch. Spicy, but little hop presence. Alcohol well hidden.

M - Medium body and bubbly on the tongue. Long alcoholic/sweet finish.

D - Not sure if I could drink more than one of these, and at $11/bottle, it gets expensive!

Overall, this was a solid brew. Not too familiar with the style, but it does remind me of a barley wine (which I am rather fond of). Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was both surprised at the taste of this beer, and
then again surprised that I liked it so much.

One would think this beer would be too boozy and unbalanced with it's high 10.5% ABV and it's juvenile age of less than a year. But this beer is designed to be consumed young, and is actually balanced and delicious. I have had "mild" beers and I've had barley-wines, but I have never had a beer quite like this one. very interesting drink.

Pretty Things seems to be a small company with big beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Starts with a large head, sticks around for a long time and leaves chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is hazy with an orange-amber color.

Caramel and pear were the first two smells I noted. I can tell that this has a high alcohol content, but it is far more subtle than the 10.5% would indicate. There's a mild sourness that reminds me of Swiss cheese.

A warming beer--the alcohol is not powerful, but it is evident. The body is full, with the carbonation showing up in the swallow. Great hop presence in the finish. The start is a rich amber-grained flavor.

I consider this a by-the-fire beer, great on a winter day.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a beautiful, bright orange apricot with some gold highlights shimmering throughout. Nice billowing white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing.

S: quite sweet with aromas of aprico and citrus. Some leafy English hops make their way in, although the sweetness is a bit one dimensional.

T: everything comes together a little bit better here with some beautiful malt swewetness that brings its own caramel, bready complexity. The fruitiness of this beer is quite stunning, with over-ripe apricots being the most forward of the fruits. A good amount of bitterness prevents the beer from being too cloying.

M: medium bodied and quite creamy. There isn't much of even a trace of alcohol. The only thing holding this back is that the overall body was quite thin for a beer with such powerful flavors.

D: very nice. Great flavors going all around. A fantastic recreation.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a small head that leaves splotchy bubbles all around the chalice

Smell: The aroma is rather balanced; on the malt side, it is bready with a big dose of fig and toffee sweetness; at the same time, there is an earthy, tangerine pith bitterness

Taste: Malty, up front, with the bread, fig and toffee flavors making their mark known; by mid-palate, however, the tea leaf and tangerine pithbitterness adds balance; after the swallow, there is also an herbal depth of bitter flavor that adds an interesting dimension and further balances the sweet malts

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Another fine beer from Pretty Things, this beer has some unique characteristics; in many ways it is like a mild barleywine

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the cellar.

Pours clear, dark copper with a quarter inch head of dense off-white.
Good retention throughout the glass with moderate lacing.

Aromatics lead off with biscuity malt, leafy hops, and caramel drizzeled butterscotch.

On the full side of medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Caramel-laced malt, brown sugar, and earthy hop resin start the palate. Sugar-dusted brown bread bits with a bite of bitterness.

Finishes with lingering brown sugar, butterscotch, and warming alcohol.

Very Old-aleish with a heavy hand of hops.
A bit too sweet for my tastes, and the butterscotch detracts, but the "Once upon a time" concept from Dan is quite intriguing.

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Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours viscous orange with a thick white head that disappears leaving only a little lacing. The smell is caramel, fig, whole grain bread. The taste is toffee, dried apricots, fresh figs, couscous, pork fat. It's quite thick, mildly carbonated. Definitely one to split, but I wish I had another to sample.

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