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Once Upon A Time 1879 East India Pale Ale | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Once Upon A Time 1879 East India Pale AleOnce Upon A Time 1879 East India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PeterIngemi on 12-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very minor chill haze on a deep gold color. Head is bright-white, creamy, and thick. Drops to a small, creamy cap that sticks around for the duration. Nice sheets of lacing. Moderate carbonation pulls from the bottom.

Smell: Mellow malt body. Some pale malt paired with a mild backing breadiness. Vague toasted notes. Hops are just as mellow, pushing a bit of a floral edge laced with some herbal notes. Very minor sweetness. Incredibly clean. Some mealy fruit, like pear underripe banana, or even apricot. Touches of citrus.

Taste: Slight medicinal overtone. Backing fruitiness is pronounced and builds as the beer warms. Barely ripe pear. Banana candy. Pale biscuity malts with an almost aspirin edge to it. Hops are decidedly floral with a solid herbal component. Oddly sweet. Seems a little off balance. A bit grassy and nutty on the finish. Warming smooths out some of the rougher edges, but it finishes a bit leafy overall.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft. Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Almost creamy, but manages not to cross that line.

Overall: History is full of lies!

Decent. That's really all there is to it.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, dirty gold color. Modest head, but it has some lasting power that leaves a solid ring of lace.

Good blend where the strongest smell is slightly sour. Light floral hop.

Far more bitter than the smell suggests. Very brief malt flavor. Completely peppery in the finish and aftertaste. Moderate body and carbonation.

I like the historical perspective; one can envision the need for the high-hopped brew to travel through the warm climates on the way to India. This is a pleasant beer that comes across with the basic elements of malt and hop and little complexity.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden-copper coloring with a frothy, filmy, bright white head that eventually settles into a filmy coating. Nose of biscuits in the backbone, with a toffee sweetness, a touch of grapefruit tart, and a hint of hops bitter. The nose is very sweet, but very blended. Flavors are balanced, too, but lend more to the bitter side. Initially toasty, with a lemon and grapefruit citrus blend that overcomes the palate rapidly, with a bitter and peppery hops following shortly behind. The bitterness is bold, and helps to clean the palate. The aftertaste is a bit on the bitter side, with the citrus tart still present, but slightly overpowered. The original biscuit backbone is a little lost, leading to a slightly astringent finish. Mid-bodied, which works to support the flavors, but the bitterness may "do in" some drinkers who are not fans of the hops, or accustomed to more bold flavorings. Interesting brew, nonetheless. I really like this series so far, it's been fun getting to know these brews.

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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear amber hue. Head is a nimbus cloud of white fluff. It dies off but still manages to sat and about two inches tall. Head leaves moon-like crater marks along the glass. All things considered, this beer is very pretty.

S-English all over the place. Steeped tea hops and boiled floral hops. Shares a similar (albeit less muscular) hop profile to their Meadowlark IPA. Some sweet citrus. This is all balanced by sweet, wet Animal Crackers and honey-drizzled biscuit. No mistaking its English origins.

T-The flavor is noticeably better than the nose. Much more pine, grass and citrus. This actually has a serious bitterness level. So if this is what the Brits drank back in the day then they must have been hopheads. Floral and tea hops join the pine, citrus and veggies. Hey, there is still a bunch of malt backing here. Fluffy bread and liquified caramel. The flavor was a full standard deviation above the nose.

M-Feels bigger than its ABV. Creamy and mostly bitter. Like most English ales, this would be a wet dream through a cask. Sneaky carbonation.

O/D-Definitely skeptical at first. Then I smelled it. Unimpressed. Then I tasted it. Much more impressed. I love the idea behind their "Once Upon A Time" line of brews. If the recipe really stands true to its ancestral lines, the boys of yester-year definitely sipped on some hoppy suds. I liked this better than Meadowlark by the way.

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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took a chance as I've never heard of this brewery or this beer.I was pleasantly rewarded. I love tons of bitter and minimal sweet. This delivered with excellent and low on the sweet. A little sour, but don't let that dissuade you at all. I really enjoyed it and will be looking for it again.

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Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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