Lagunitas New Style Old Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas New Style Old AleLagunitas New Style Old Ale
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Lagunitas New Style Old AleLagunitas New Style Old Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 02-04-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Jordan:
Photo of Jordan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting flavor profile, quite original from my beerdom experiences. Crisp caramel malts and slightly sour hop mash. Medium bodied, an odd aromal arrangment of sour pine and molding french bread. Sound unpleasant? I enjoy it. Prost. Overall good brew, worth your beer dollar.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. bomber. Limited release. Small paragraph on the side about the beer. One cool sentence: "Beer is hope, if you comprehend it's living soul."

Appearance: Poured a dull copper in color. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. Thick and long-lasting head of wnite lace sticks nicely to the glass.

Smell: Nice, albeit somewhat muted, balance of "earthen" hops and malty sweetness. Nothing overly complex.

Taste: "Iced tea." That's all I could think of when tasting this beer. Very well-balanced. The hops and malt show up, say "Hello" and leave. Just a bit of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side. The carbonation helps.

Drinkability: Very quaffable. Nothing too complex. One that I could drink all night long.

Thanks to Gusler for this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Initially, I was unimpressed with this beer. I was expecting something with more dark malt, and possibly with a bit of a sour note to it. However, as I progressed through the bottle I decided that this is quite possibly one of my favorite beers!!! I'll certainly be enjoying more!)

A rough pour delivers a slightly hazy, very deep-amber/copper body with a large, frothy off-white head. The retention is good, and it slowly dies back to a 1/2" of creamy foam. Initially, it leaves very nice rings of lace with each sip; although those seem to fade as you progress through the pint. In the nose a delicately floral and gently citrusy hop character floats over a gently sweet caramel maltiness. A more thorough investigation reveals some toasted, nutty character that's quite inviting! In the mouth it's soft and smooth with a medium/full body and very fine carbonation that lightly caresses the tongue. The flavor starts with gently sweetish caramel and biscuit-like malt up-front, followed by some floral hop character across the middle before finishing dryish with a residual nutty character and some mild bitterness. It lingers with some leafy hop character, a touch of woodiness, and a delicate mineral-like dryness. Surprisingly basic, yet still complex! Tasty, and quite drinkable! This would be a great beer to take to an evening of Shakespeare in the park, or a laid back concert on the lawn... fireworks even! Rich but far from overwhelming. Most impressive.

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Photo of Elemental
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice and Robust. Appearance is a transparent yellow brown color, with a small amount of head. The smell is lightly hoppy. The first few sips have a bit of a bite but once the palate settles, the beer reveals a robust, mildly dry taste with a lite bitter after taste. The flavors bounce around in the mouth not letting the taste buds decide what is really there. Interesting till the last sip.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep burnished copper color, the head is impressive, the texture spumous, and the color light tan. As the head decays, it leaves a fine covering sheet of lace to conceal the glass. The dominant aroma is malt, slightly sweet, fresh and clean with the start malt, top is skinny in its feel to the palate. Finish is delicately acidic, the hops pleasantly spicy in their bite and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. One of their more mild offerings, good but not great and a beer that is quite drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 12 February 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. Happy Abe Lincoln's B-day. This is a clear copper colored brew. It is light bodied, w/ lots of interesting flavors. A nice malty aroma, leads into a bittersweet chocolate taste. A very quaffable beer

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Photo of marc77
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light garnet hue, with brilliant lager like clarity. Large bubbled ivory white head settles into a spotty layer than manages sparse, wispy lace. The aroma is dominated by toffeeish sweetness and biscuit, with mellow, dryish nutty esters and ghostly diacetyl secondary. Understated floral hop nose. Medium lovibond caramel malt sweetness at first in flavor is ensued by pronounced notes of sugar dusted biscuit and brittle. A drying melange of mild hop bitterness and minerally cracker emerges mid palate tapering malt sweetness, but leaves the underlying biscuit and roasted nut character unhindered. Suggestions of oak and leafy, earthy hops combine to form a mellow tobacco impression late. Lightly bodied, but sufficiently dextrinous for an agreeably smooth mouthfeel. Finishes cleanly sweet, with fleeting hints of dark brown sugar and wood. A quirky, flavorful brew. Richly nutty, yet light on the palate. Surprisingly subdued in hop character for a Lagunitas. Tasty!

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Photo of Mark
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark mahogany color, thick tan head that didn't lace as much as I thought it might. Malty aroma and malt dominated tase, subtle hopping. Very English style brew, ultra smooth and drinkable. Creamy mouthfeel. at 5.1 this was easy to consume even in it's 22 ounce presentation. Nice new beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the 22oz bomber ( of course!!)."limited release" also "Just a Robust 1st quater ale" on the label
beer poured a brilliantlly crystal clear bright brown colour..small frothy head..goes fast leaves a goodly sized lace on the glass though.
For some reason the aroma in this beer seems subdued a bit''a litle malt..some roastedness..but its faint.
However the taste is pretty strong and good..nice chocolate malts..some good residual hop bitterness near the end.
Feels good and creamy on my palate..nice enjoyable beer for sure.
Pretty drinkable ale..its a very good "seasonal".

NOTES: for some reason this beer reminds me a lot of "Dark Island" from Scotland.

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Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a lot lot Brown Shugga only watered down. The head is wimpier and shorter-lived, the body is lighter (about typical iced tea color, but a good deal lighter than I brew it). The aroma is lemon butter. The flavor is similar to the cakey, caramelly, butteriness of the Brown Shugga, but not as full or as complex. Still quite the pleasant example of the English Pale Ale style with just enough hops to be noticed. After tasting the Brown Shugga and this, if the rest of Lagunitas' beers are anything like this, this is not your typical West Coast brewery. This beer seems like it's being brewed in New England where these more subdued English-style ales are most common.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chill-hazed copper/amber, with amble carbonation and big, frothy, off-white head. Aroma is mostly malty, with light hints of brown sugar, but rather thin overall. The malt really kicks in in the flavor which is sugary, sweet, and reminiscent of molasses. The gentlest of herbal hops in the finish lends a nice balance to this beer. Medium-full in body, and with enough zing from carbonation and hops to prevent the flavor from becoming cloying. Not bad at all!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A ‘newbie’ that I spied on the Shelves recently, as I have a fondness for Lagunitas I decided I must give it a go. The Bomber it was bottled in had the familiar looking Lagunitas label and was labeled as ‘Lagunitas New Style Old Ale”, atop the labels it is described as a ‘Limited Release’ and at the bottom as ‘Just a Robust 1st Quarter Ale’. Also listed as I.B.U. 30.64, O.G. 1.061, Alc. 5.2% By Vol. The usual “Lah-Goo-Knee-Tuss” blurb on the right of the label almost makes sense this time though, now that’s a change!

Appearance: Dark copper brown body with some amber chestnut hints. Not murky, but it has a light haze and is relatively difficult to see through at times. A light brown head formed quickly and went south faster than the Beagle 2 Mars (Crash) Lander. A thin slightly bubbly looking head remains throughout though. Smattered lacing forms a ring, like a flood marking it depicts where the head once reached at its ferocious height.

Nose: Caramel malts, light though but with a mild rum-buttery odor. Feint at times, discernable with some effort at best. Pedestrian.

Taste: Malty background, delicate spice hops in the finish, sucrose & brown sugar in the ending. Mild, but with some tasty likeable aspects that come through in the finish. Has a short lingering malty ending with some Twix like chocolate-toffee-biscuit cloying in the ending. It’s a good beer, but nothing to get excited about, or even worth me bothering to go and get an 80 Cent stamp and an ‘Air-Mail’ Sticker to write home about. I struggled here – totally torn between 3.0 that seemed a little unfair, and a 3.5 which was too much IMO. More like a 3.25, but it gets a tad-harsh 3.0 I’m afraid.

Mouthfeel: Very average indeed, sometimes it had a thin feel; this was most prevalent when I was half way through the Bomber. Scraped a 3.0 here, just.

Drinkability: Probably the beers best asset. This is the only beer that I have had tonight and it is a nice malty beer that quaffs well, but lacks life and real character for the long drag and overall it detracted from the Drinkability for me somewhat.

Overall: No doubt that this is a very good – but average beer – if that makes sense. A solid offering that has no faults as such. I think its Drinkability saves this beer from being just a mundane offering. It is just not that memorable and very hard to get excited about. I will not be investing in this one again.

The ‘Trabant’ beer of the Lagunitas portfolio. Utilitarian.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color. Small head. Aroma is cherry malts. A medium bodied English Pale Ale. Nice mild malts, nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are also milder and are slightly spicy. Well balanced. Smooth taste. Then there is this chocolate taste that comes out of nowhere. Very drinkable beer. This is a very different beer for Lagunitas and very non-west coastish. But I like it! Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. NICE beer

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a winter ale, poured a honey-amber color with very some foam that dissapates and some lace. Floral aroma and a malt and hoppy flavor with some finesse. But, lacking in intensity of flavor. Not sweet, but not bitter at all. This is a "Limited Release" beer.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It comes in the usual Lagunitas bomber with a dog and a story on the side that I didn't bother reading. It's a nice happy-making brown with a foamy off-white head. The smell is on the slightly mild side with just a hint of brown sugar and a nice bit of hops. It tastes quite nice and, despite the mild label, distinguishes itself nicely. It's slightly sweet but not overly so. It would probably make a good crossover beer for those looking to move into something more adventerous. It's nicely drinkable and seems like it would go well with a wide range of dishes. I'm not sure how to explain this exactly, but I liked the beer more than the score would indicate.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice color with a white head that dissipated very quickly. Light Brown color this is definetly a "bright" beer. Low carbonation goes very well with the smoothness of the malt flavors. Definitly in the english style but it is missing the mineral water character that is a trademark of english ales. A nice blend of mild hoppiness combined with sweet malt character and a bit of chocolate with delicious english hops to linger on the tongue. The body is heavy and it complements the smoothness well. A nice beer to try but I like a higher water character in my english style brews.

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Lagunitas New Style Old Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 68.8% out of 100 with 16 ratings
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