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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jamie2dope on 03-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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 lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys make some pretty good bveer. In a pint glass, the beer was an amber color with a thick tan head and a bit of lacing. A musty aroma that was sour . Caramel, floral also. Taste was sour/funky, pine. Some noticeable alcohol, but not unpleasant. Somewhat on the warm side, but a great beer.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from Capones in Norristown, PA. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip. Pours a very light and clear amber color, but results in a slightly darker amber and hazy. Head is about a finger or 2 and is an off-white to tan color, and very creamy! Pretty good head retention and leaves quick sliding fizzy lacing.

Aroma is great! Kind of reminds me of Pez! There's some fruit and malts noticable. The booze is not hidden, you can really smell pretty decent amount of booze.

Surprising flavor, versus the appearance! Wonderful flavor, very fruity, spicey, and malty. Can't put my finger on the type of yeast, but it's unique. Pretty things continues to make very good beers. When you burp, the aftertaste is even better(haha)! The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Very enjoyable!

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

I've been waiting to try this one for a long time, and someone I traded it to even tried it before me. Anyways, here it is finally.

A: Poured into my White Birch tulip glass with a huge 3+ finger head (aggressive pour) that is frothy and bubbly and fades at a decent rate. It's a pretty clear copper orange reddish color. The head leaves a slight lacing on the sides as it fades.

N: Lots of sweet malts and fruits at first. A nice malty aroma with some sugar, maybe candi sugar, maple syrup, and nice sweet aromas, with some lighter but heavier malts. A hint of boozy sweetness with that. Some medium dark fruits grace the aroma as well, perhaps some raisin and maybe even apricot. A nice hint of a hoppy bitterness with a slight earthy but subtle hop character. I'm starting to get an alt-beer feeling on the nose.

T: Hmmm, lots of strange flavors. Reminds me somewhat of an alt beer with the heaviness and bitterness together, as well as strange fruit flavors. First is the malty sweetness and syrupy flavors. Some maple, some sugar, some lighter but heavy malts, all blend for a sweetness and definite boozy taste. WIth that comes more fruit, perhaps dates and figs or raisins very slightly, slight juicy and medium dark fruit. A slight chewy nougat like flavor too. A bitterness, that seems to come from lighter European hops, which is what gives me that alt-beer like feel, but it is definitely no stranger to the flavor. A slight creaminess to go along with the nice bitterness.

M: Heavier body with syrupy incantations even. lower but decent carbonation.

F: Still semi sweet with lingering candi sugar and some other sweetening syrups, but still somehow dries a bit. A bitterness with some earthy feel to it fills out the finish. Some lingering fruit. The finish doesn't vary much from the original taste.

This is a pretty nice beer, not as hyped as I was expecting, but very nice nonetheless. I build up for beers like this too much sometimes. It reminds me of an old ale blended with an alt, which is somewhat what it seems to be. A little heavy and boozy, with nice mingling flavors. I would love to actually age this one, despite it being a "mild".

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to jlindros.

Pours a semi-dark amber color with a small white head.

Scent of sweet fruity malts, spicy yeast, bitter citrusy hops, and some sugars. Very pleasant and quite strong with nicely hidden alcohol.

Taste of sweet fruit, bready malts, and sweet, juicy hops. A fairly simple taste and a bit too sweet, but still a damn good beer with well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a biting, refreshing carbonation.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange, nice bubbly head with decent retention. Smells of strong toffee, lots of fruity esters, mostly cherries, rasberries, general citrus, biscuity, floral and a touch of grassiness. Tastes of toffee and caramel malt with a nice rich cocoa backbone. Fairly strong fruit notes, melon and rasberries. A nice floral and fruity bitterness leads to some dark fruits and maybe a touch of oak. Bitterness fairly moderate with alcohol slightly noticeable.

A nice beer, very unique, very English. Lots of fruity esters, more than i've ever tasted in a beer. The toffee works great with the hops. A big beer and definitely a sipper. Great work by a great brewery.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a deep ruddy amber orange. its got a bit of a white head that fades to a thick ring pretty quickly with some lace clinging to thewalls of the glass.
the aroma is sweet and soft, mostly you find toasted caramel and toffee. it's a bit two faced however, one minute the emphasis on the toasted aspect, the other it's more of a syrupy sweet. there are whispers of hoppiness, sort of an herbal, flowery, powdery hoppiness... but you don't get much.
the flavor is like a double english bitter, crossed with an old ale. it's got a huge rich malty aspect with that certain biscuity toffee quality that you always find in english ales. the caramel is also pervasive. there is a barleywine like fruitiness going on behind the malts as well, raspberry and strawberry mostly. thre fruit transisitions into the hops, which are a little hard to distinguish with all the maltiness going on, but are still present, with a some nice herbal qualities right at the finish. there is also a moderate bitterness. a beefy amount of hops must have been used to achieve this with all the sweetness going on. there are some sweet tea-like qualities in the aftertaste. it's very sweet, but somehow falls shy of cloying and overdone. the alochol is present, but pretty well masked in my opinion.
the mouthfeel is full and chewy. the carbonation is pretty low, but suits the beer well. soft and supple.
the drinkablity is a hard one to peg. it's very sweet and high in alcohol, but is also highly flavorful, great tasting, and maintains a unique balance. 3.5 seems to be the way to go. to sum up, think ESB, barleywine, and old ale rolled into one. an interesting concept, with excellent execution.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 BelgianPrincess
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper-amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that dissipates into light lacing within a minute or so.

Smell is of deep malts (Damn, I'm a bit congested right now). I can definitely tell that there isn't much spicing or hoppy-aroma going on.

I'm realizing that this tasting is a total fail because my nose just isn't with it, so I'll be general and only say what I know:

Malty in character, lager-ish, this brew is not too sweet, certainly English-tasting, and incredibly drinkable for it's abv... very and actually surprisingly so. Drinks like its 7%.

Very English, and so not my thing, but I could see loving this under different predilections.

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