Eagle Rock Brewery

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Old Ale
Ranked #116
Ranked #34,133
3.7 | pDev: 11.35%
Eagle Rock Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 29 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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laituegonflable from Australia

2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a musky red colour, ochre decent film of head when poured, but now just a thin rim. Sticks to the glass OK. Yeah, OK.

Smells tart, and very phenolic. Touch of berry in there, with some medicinal notes, dark cherry and an oddly sweet molasses character. Bit weird.

Taste is very sweet-seeming, quite heavy. Malty caramel notes upfront, then some dark molasses and nectar notes before phenolic and boozey finish. Tastes a lot like ethyl alcohol from simple sugar fermentation. Heavy, boozey, without the warmth or body to back it up. Feel is bland, fluid.

Not sure what's intended here, but it's simple and mostly unpleasantly boozey. Lacking complexity and balance.

Aug 06, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours a slightly hazed, but pleasant deep orange amber, without a great deal of carbonation, and without much propagation of head, even when poured vigorously. Body looks pretty fluid, but what carbonation it has hides in a fine mesh when tilted, making it seem a bit thicker than it is. Looks decent enough.

Nose is quite spicy, and perhaps a bit woody: certainly with a little Old Ale-style oxidation to it. Some nutmeg and brown sugar, a touch of something a little sharper, perhaps cinnamon or allspice, even maybe a suggestion of dried ginger. It's interesting.

Taste is similar, but with a true lack of sweetness. This means that while there's more of that nutmeg and cinnamon richness on the front, the back just drops off, leaving the spices sitting exposed and astringent. It also makes it feel slightly solvent-y on the back: certainly sharper and weaker than it should be. Feels very dry on the finish, leaving nothing in the feel except a bit of heat and that prickle from the spices.

Overall, it's not bad, and there are certainly interesting things to it. But it doesn't work as a whole, and feels a bit harsh on the back. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of, but something I'm glad I experienced it once.

Feb 01, 2014
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and bready malts, banana, clove, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, some citrus zest.

T - Sweet caramel and bready malts, English yeast character, clove, banana, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, some citrus zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nice winter warmer mixed with old ale. Good overall balance.

Mar 21, 2013
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Uncle_Jimmy from California

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a glass

appearance- poured a slightly hazy orange color with 1 finger of cream colored head that lingered a little while . Some head retention and fine bubbles. didn't notice legs or lacing

Smell- Ginger graham cracker, slightly medicinal/clovey but not off putting. whole wheat bread. nutty maybe some butterscotch.

Taste- not as spicy as i imagined. carmel hints of gingerbread. mildly fruity some clove. Seems a little lacking in malty sweetness for an old ale. It seems almost belgian in the fruity department. It said it was made with molasses but i didn't taste that.

Mouthfeel- Incredible smoothness for something this strong in ABV. slightly dry finish with subtle alcohol warmth (this could sneak up on you at that holiday party).

Overall- seems a little fruity and lighter for an old ale. It lacks a malty robust characteristic that I kind of associate with that style. Its not particularly "spicy" either. But I would order another one of these, infact I would love to taste it as an actual old ale (as in aging it a year or more). See what happens to that alcohol. heck throw it on some Oak! In its defense i could see it tasting really good with pumpkin pie, gingerbread or molasses cookies, even a slice of fruit cake. You know those tasty holiday desserts!

Tasty brew for sure !

Jan 04, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Handsome brownish amber in the St. Bernardus chalice. Really nice foam erupts as you slosh the glass, which means a pleasant sudsiness in the mouth.

This has all the character of a good holiday season beer-- buttery, nutty, and lots of fruit. While very malty there is just a little sweetness. The richness comes from so many flavors and that dry butterscotch undertone. They don't say what goes into this "Spiced Old Ale" but it has some slight cinnamon and clove flavors without overdoing the spice. A bitter edge to the aftertaste but no real hoppy aromatics. Dry raisiny finish. Highly sippable.

One of the better examples of the Old Ale style to my taste. I would argue that this is not a "Winter Warmer." From the 22 oz bottle bought at Best Damn in San Diego. Label says 8.1% ABV.

Dec 18, 2012
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sloejams from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had Jubilee last year on draught but this is the first time in bottle. Whether it is better in bottle or this is just incredibly fresh - I like this beer quite a bit more. There's a great gingerbread finish to it. Nice seasonal for this mild December day in Los Angeles.

Dec 02, 2012
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Halcyondays from California

4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a clear light brown with a light fizzy tan head. Good retention.

S: Lots of sweet winter malt, toffee, hint of of spice, cinnamon notes.

T: Kind of a lighter Old Jubilation for me. Good malt flavour, notes of raisins and Christmas cookies.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth with a light ethanol touch which is quite nice.

O: A really good winter beer. Still haven't had a lot from Eagle Rock, but I've liked what I had so far.

Dec 31, 2011
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz swingtop Eagle Rock growler into two imperial pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for sending this home from LA!

A: Pours a deep ruby-brown color with a thin layer of creamy light brown foam on top. While the carbonation was ample, retention was fleeting. The head quickly died off and left a creamy collar that left just a few specks of lace behind.

S: Apparent, but not overbearing holiday spice aroma. Actually when first poured right out of the fridge, I picked up a pretty strong Gummy Bear fruity-type hop aroma. Similar to something that I noticed with their Populist IPA. That gave way to the aforementioned spices, candied apricots, candied orange peel, juniper berries/spruce tips, and nutty toffee.

T: Exactly as above.

M: Quite full and slick with a lingering spiciness that lasted long into the finish. Equal layers of sweet & smooth and dry & spicy.

O: I really liked this beer. This brought me back to the Winter Warmers I used to seek out almost 20 years ago when I first got into craft beer. This was rife with holiday spices, fruit, and nutty malt. Thank you for the time machine, Eagle Rock!

Dec 26, 2011
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a clear dark cider color with a 1/2 inch brown head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this beer. Smell is pretty low key with malt and Christmas spice aromas. Taste is of malt, candied fruits, and Christmas spices. There is a spice aftertaste that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good old ale but nothing all that special.

Dec 11, 2011
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SShelly from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

listed as an old ale with spices.

Pours a murky medium brown, walnut with a small white head that goes quick.

Aroma is light fruit and banana with a floral spice background.

Moderate malt backbne with some spice and balancing hops. The spice blends very well and isn't overwhelming or distracting.

Overall a very tasty ale, not really what I think of when I hear old ale but I like it. Hmmm growler to go time.

Dec 10, 2010
Jubilee from Eagle Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 29 ratings