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

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

Brewed by:
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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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rlmartin for the hook-up

A - It pours a very peachy hue of copper; there is very scant white froth atop. On the second pour, there is a thick foamy head that collapses slowly, leaving a good amount of lace.

S - Big flowery-fruity nose, with lots of sweet bready notes and a little spiciness. Something about this reminds me of De Dolle beers.

T - The flavor is full of big breadiness with strong floral notes, but it is very hard to describe in further detail. It seems to have some buttery, honey-ish, toffee-ish and slightly peat-y notes. Spicy, herbal and floral hop lingers on the finish, producing notes of orange-blossom. The alcohol is very well-hidden, given the ABV, and is apparent only as a flavor enhancer. Another winner for Pretty Things.

M - On the lighter side of full-bodied, it is softly carbonated and very enhancing.

D - The alcohol is so well buried in this one, it is astonishing. Very drinkable.

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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 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 popery
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to radfad2000. I was half-expecting this one to disappoint, but that was definitely not the case. Lots of caramel, bubblegum and hops. Sort of a light, butterscotch-y barleywine. Hops come through as pine resin, mostly, but they're not too strongly felt. Good complexity to the malt; lots of shades of caramel. The feel was a bit sticky, perhaps, but quite drinkable for a sweet 10+% abv beer. Appearance was cloudy to opaque, amberish brown liquid with a small, creamy beige head. This one probably is getting a bit of category bump because I really haven't had all that many Engish Strong Ales.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
The color is a leathery, hazy copper with a thin beige head and loads of web lacing.
A strong aroma of caramelized sugar and barley malt are dominant. A sharp breath of citrusy and floral hops spring forth. A mild rummy fuminess fades in and out.
Tastes are simply, yet wide-ranging. This is an amazingly balance brew. The sweet buttery malt, edgy citrus and metallic hop and floral flavors blend very well with a strong Grand Marnier/Triple Sec alcoholic kick. Subtle flavors of tart orange zest and doughy bread come to mind.
We love to see and taste the results of Dann Paquette's projects. Quite the brewer!

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Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Slightly cloudy tawny orange body. Finger of thick, creamy, light beige head. Very good lacing. Nose features some big toffee and caramel malts. Light vanilla, oak, and brandy notes as well. Just a hint of vegetal, woody hops as well.

Taste starts off with a slightly smoky, flinty taste. Some toasted grain as well. Big rummy, toffee-rich malt follows. Mild herbal twang in the background provides a touch of balance. Oaky, vanilla accents. Boozy fruit flavors fill up the palate before a woody, malty, warming finish. Full-bodied, with a creamy, soft feel. A very nice sipper.

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Photo of philbe311
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A huge cascading rich and creamy light tan colored head with a slightly rocky top... Stellar retention... Loaded with sluggish carbonation... A bright copperish orange resin color... Just the slightest of hazes lingers... Loads of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - A terrific malt forward nose with an exemplary blend of honey and caramel... Butterscotch... Some diactyel... Golden raisins... A touch of molasses... Not to overpowering, yet still quite intoxicating...

T - Caramel... Buttery... Honey... Raisins... A touch of brown sugar... Just the slightest of alcoholic heat... A slightly piney, slightly medicinal finish...

M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... Semi lush and ultra creamy... Perhaps just a tad on the thin side... Smooth and consistent sip after sip...

D - A very interesting offering with Pretty Things with an even more interesting back story... Quite quaffable given the 10.5% ABV... A bit boozy... I wish this were a regular offering... I also wish I were around back in 1832 when this was brewed with regularity...

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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 Brabander
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from UncleJimbo when we were in Belgium together to visit the abbey of Westvleteren and the Struise brouwers. We had a great time!

Last thursday i had a blind tasting evening with 7 other buddies and at the end i decided to crack open the bottle Jim gave me.

Poured in wide wineglasses the smell was good. The head was there but not spectacular. Like the name says the beer is a mild one, not so hoppy like most beer which are brewed in the USA.

With a good mouthfeel and a very good drinkability this was a pleasant surprise!

Thanks Jim....

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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 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 DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and coppery with a short cap of beige bubbles. The head faded after 10 minutes or so, but continued to leave sheets of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Nice aroma, bready and malty along with dried fruits, raisins, alcohol, baked apples, cinnamon, faint citrus. Solid bitterness was balanced with plenty of bready malts, oranges, mild alcohol, light toffee and figs. It finished with a little citrus and bread, alcohol warmth that seemed to contribute to mild dryness. Full bodied with lowish, creamy carbonation. Great balance and surprisingly easy drinking considering the 10.5%. This is a really cool beer and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of thepeter
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a-nothing special, but decent hazy copper with finger worth of head.

s-very nice, complex and a whole lot going on. Sweet zest of a clemintine, bit of spice and well hopped

T-much like the smell, but even more intence lot's of flavor. Malt, citrus zesty, peppery spice, a touch of wood and a very nice dry finish.

M&D- much more delicate than I would have imagined. A bit too carbonated at first but it settled down after a bit. Very drinkable especially for the alc% of this one. I was very impressed there.

Overall a very good beer from a great brewer.

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Photo of BenZ
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Duvel tulip. Nice off-white head, golden to slightly copper, not crystal clear.

Aroma is awesome: fruity and floral but deep at the same time. Maybe some alcohol hits the nose as it warms.

Upon tasting, the first thing I noticed was the sweetness and I was afraid it would be a cloying mess. It isn't. The hop bitterness and alcohol balance it well. I'm glad I'm not aging this.

Nice silky mouthfeel.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows I have a bottle of this sweet beer. A relatively plain label from Pretty Things, a brewery whose labels typically run exotic. The bottle description: "On Feb 27th 1832, a brewer stepped into the Black Eagle brewhouse, Brick Lane, London, and brewed a beer that confounds expectations many years later. A mild ale at 10% alcohol, with more hops than most modern American India Pale Ales. This beer is brewed with mild ale malt and Kent Golding leaf hops."

The beer pours a bright orange color, a little haze, with a nice thick and wet white foam that laces all over the glass. The aroma wasn't like any mild ale I've ever tried, this is all old ale to me. It smells sugary sweet and malty, I cannot smell the hops described on the label.

The taste is just as sweet as expected, not cloyingly sweet but pretty damn sweet anyway. A little burn in the aftertaste confirms the ABV, and the thick body speaks to the size of the malt bill. Just a little bitter in the back end, I guess that's where the hops show up. Really interesting, this is tasty but hard to peg style-wise. I like it a lot, but a little goes a long way what with the alcohol content. Another winner from Pretty Things.

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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 squaremile
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured at a recent BA tasting event. I have not had a ton of milds yet but I am really starting to enjoy them. Pours a cloudy orange with notes of honey, citrus, and funk on the nose. Taste is more of the same adding lemon zest. Mouthfeel is very light with a pretty dry finish and a tiny alcohol bite. Very pleasant and refreshing, and very dangerous at 10.5%

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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber via in-person trade on DLD from BelgianPrincess on BA. A 10.5% ABV Mild Ale? I didn't think that was possible, but I'll go with it.

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish-amber with a nice lasting off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is fairly muted but good. Sweet caramel malt, toast, and light fruits.

Flavor is very good and just a little sweet. Caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, and even a little smoke.

Smooth on the palate with medium-full body.

Solid beer overall. Drinkable as hell for the ABV.

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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 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 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 gford217
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of axeman9182 poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a thick collar and a couple bubbles lingering around the middle.

The aroma is heavy on sweet malts and caramel apples with an interesting floral hop character. Some vanilla and butterscotch with a hint of alcohol.

Sweet caramel malts and candied apples on top of a toasted bready malt backbone. The finish is hoppy with an earthy spiciness, almost herbal, with a touch of black pepper.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy with some soft carbonation that accentuates the spiciness.

Well, I definitely had no idea what to expect and what I got is something that's hard to describe even after the fact. It's got lots of malts but with an interesting hop and spice profile. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice hop note, slight citrus, spicy. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, picking up some citrus notes, and some spice/pepper. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew, way better than a Ridgeway ESA, lol Not as hoppy as the label sez though.

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Photo of batty
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: slightly hazy dark caramel, tinging toward brown, with a brighter than expected medium-dense head, sticking around minimally, but keeping decent lacing and a little foam for the session. Not incredible, but considering the 10% alc, pretty great.

S: a little barley-wine-esque, caramel-y malts and alcohol, and yeast makes a pretty good presence known as well - banana and a touch of apple, minimal hop presence.

T: a bit hard to describe along normal style patterns, but extremely pleasant. maybe a cross between an amped-up mild and a light barleywine. great balance. thick dark fruitness up front, strong caramel malt making it's presence known while still somehow seeming light. middle-end starts the hop presence, and adds great flavor without too much bitterness - bitterness perfectly balances the strong rich malt backbone and high alcohol, blending smooth the ending, mixing with the richness and creating a unique blend..

M: very smooth, rich, thick,

D: the price makes me want to drop the score on this, but I'm already planning on buying another one. and debating how I could homebrew a clone. overall very impressed, cool concept and very well pulled off.

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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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