Old Leg Over | Daleside Brewery

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Old Leg OverOld Leg Over

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Daleside Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by yen157 on 09-23-2002

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hoppy bitterness with malty nuttiness in aroma. Cloudy reddish brown colour with great head. Similar to aroma with strong bitterness up front and smooth nutty finish.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2015. Purchased a while back from a supermarket. The name lends itself to subtle innuendo, but also references the Yorkshire pastime of fell-running.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep, clear reddish-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Yields a small head of creamy off-white foam that rapidly settles to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of caramel/toffee, mild nuttiness, fruity ale yeast, a touch of hay and faint stewed leaves. Unexciting.

T: Tastes of grainy malt with a subtle bitter finish. Notes of caramel, mild toasted grain, faint nuttiness, fruity ale yeast, grass/hay and a hint of stewed leaves. Slightly sweet, followed by a subdued leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of ale yeast, mild caramel and stewed leaves.

O: OK though not amazing. Looks alrightish - shame about the lack of head. The aroma and flavour are a pretty traditional mix of grainy caramel malt, ale yeast esters and subtle grassy hops. Good body. Errs toward being a bit bland. I'm sure this used to be better, but perhaps it's me. Worth trying but no need to seek it out.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant chestnut with ¼” foam collar that slowly dissipates but leaves good lacing.
S: Bread, nuts and a trace of skunk but I can drive it off by swirling the glass.
T: Toffee, slight sweetness, lingering toffee and graham cracker, taste a little hop at the end.
M: medium body, low carbonation
O: A decent session beer.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a large and solid brown 500mL bottle with a decent English label.

Appearance: pours out a mid-brown with sparse but chunky carbonation - looks cola-like. A half-finger of off-white head drops to a thin cap with okay lacing.

Aroma: there are light toffee malts here with a definite nutty quality behind also. A bit demure.

Taste: follows the nose pretty closely, with the toffee taking point and the nut characteristic in the background. Quite a smooth flavour.

Aftertaste: a slight amount of unusually bittering biscuit malts join the toffee and nuts on the finish.

Mouth feel: this beer is moderate-to-fuller in feel with a lighter to moderate carbonation. Quite smooth.

Overall: quite a nice English Yorkshire ale. I am impressed by the roundness of flavours for something that is only 4.1%. Decent for AU$8 for a 500mL bottle - I'll have one every now and then.

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Photo of soju6
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a small head that fades to traces of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and nutty with some fruit and bit of spice in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, bit of nuts and fruit. Mild bitterness and a quite dry finish.

F: Moderate body and quite smooth.

O: Decent drinker, fairly average for the style.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very surprised to see this on cask at the Telford Town centre Wetherspoons (20 Feb 2013) and felt compelled to have a pint.

Looked like a lot of the old style 'English Bitters': meaning a fairly dull mid-brown colour with an off-white head sat moodily on top.

Typical UK beery esters reached my nose: nothing too strong or powerful, just an understated blend of malts and hops, neither taking complete control. The malts however do hint at a sweetness to come and sure enough the brew has a malty molasses feel and flavour in the mouth.

OK more than brilliant: pleased I had it though, don't see enough Daleside beers in Shropshire.

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Photo of horshack7
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber and an off white head an inch high.

Aroma: Toffee, bready malts, lightly roasted floral hops, caramel malts.

Taste: Very bready in the front with a smooth mouthfeel. Toffee notes, hops are dry and roasted along with the caramel malts.

Notes: This one is all malt and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a brown ale looking pint both in colour and head i.e. barely there whitish wisps.

Aromas of acetate and brown sugar.

taste starts with a complex mix of malts seems to be about to go sweet then sweeps into hoppy bitterness

good solid mouthfeel and nice low carbonation

a decent solid Yorkshire brew.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Sackville Cellars in Rozelle, a nice little bottlo that often has some interesting beers.

Pours a very deep reddish copper colour, with an initially frothy and large-bubbled head of beige, that settles down to a pleasant, fine English film. Body is light, and there's a surprisingly vivacious amount of carbonation, but otherwise it looks good.

Nose is a bit mean on aroma, giving up little besides a touch of earthy hops and a very minimal crushed petal freshness. It's all extremely restrained to the point of boredom. Had better.

Taste is a lot better, incredibly smooth and mild, with a good nutty grain character towards the centre and a touch of earthy, slightly twanging metallic hops to finish up. Very smooth and clean, but with that subtle, comforting body that English ales do so well.

Very drinkable brew, if very much in the milder-is-better, balance-is-everything mould of the old school of English brewing.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After Pretty Things Hedgerow was not a huge hit for me, and talking to Dan Paquette about it i realized I had to start getting into more English Bitters and really learn the style, and maybe even start to like them. So here's another to try.

Pours a semi frothy smaller 1/4 finger head that just sticks around like it was meant to be there, over a semi clear but slight yeast chunked rosy reddish slight orange-brown colored beer.

Nose actually brings more sweetness and malts than hops, some brown sugar, molasses, light syrupy, plenty of brownish sweeter malts, crystal malts, soft slightly aged malt aromas, slight candy, and I half expect a slight boozy aroma but it never comes. As my nostrils quickly get used to the malts and sweetness, some light bitterness comes through, a very slight earthy and herbal hop not so much the herbal that I'm not a big fan of though, just vegetative oily herbal.

Taste follows a similar pattern, starting first with a sweet malty kick, a bit of brown sugar and hint of molasses, a bit of a candy flavor, caramelized malts, a nutty like malt flavor, a bit of fruit comes through with it thanks to the yeast I think, slight fig like fruit, and a soft aged malt with plenty of medium brown malts, again I half expect some booze to kick in but never comes (the difference between a beer from U.K. and U.S. I think). Then some bittering hops, not much, it gets slightly bitter but not what I was expecting. The hops bring a very light oily vegetative herbal taste. Then I get a bit of oxidation coming through, possibly in the transportation and who knows how long it was sitting on the shelf. Finishes with a slight sweetness that seems to dry like a Belgian candi sugar finish would do, a bit more soft malt tastes, molasses, and very slight bitterness with herbal hops lingering.

Mouth is a bit richer and heavier bodied but not much, and decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, not what I was expecting. Nice malt flavors, the hops and bitterness were nowhere on target if it were a bitter. The slight oxidation takes away from it a bit as well. It was more like a mild than anything, perhaps being mislabeled on BA as I don't see it mentioning being a bitter on the bottle. It calls itself more of an ale of old the style that would come from a cask, and so I will judge this beer more like that than what I was expecting for a bitter.

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Photo of clearlydiluted
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

a - pours a dark amber with a finger of head

s - smells slightly of dark fruit and hint of earthy english hops

t - nice fruitiness with hints of dark caramel and burnt sugar. toffee mid-palate with a nice clean balancing bitterness and earthy english hops. starts out sweet but finishes rather dry.

m - medium with a low amount of carbonation

d - really a nice session beer. nicely balanced. won't blow you out of the water, but that's OK by me.

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Photo of biglite351
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - honey like in color, tall creamy pure white head.

S - sweet and fruits with caramel. Rather bock-like.

T - sweetness with caramel and some dried fruit. Much like the scent it is quite bock like.

M - not thin, but not much coating. Mild tingle across entire tongue.

D - one, but it really is not my bag.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent copper color with a frothy head.
Not much of a nose-- a hint of hops maybe.

Flavor is more toward malt than hops. For some reason, it reminds me of many brown ales I've tasted. The flavor is not overly sweet but a nice balance between hops and malt.

The flavor is not particularly robust or prominent.
This is a nice beer to "kick-back and relax with". It is not a particularly demanding flavor yet it is not so subtle to be a nonentity on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very cordial-- in keeping with its demur flavor profile.

Drinkability is superior owing to it's low ABV and mild flavor.

I forgot what I paid of this beer. If it's in keeping with most craft brewed domestics I enjoy this one could become a regular in my larder.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Had in a flared glass.
A: dull yellowish brown; not much carbonation (perhaps expected in a beer normally casked)
S: malty, brown sugar
T: smooth, subtle flavor of dates, raisins, citrus fruits; neither bitter nor sweet; much like a brown ale

Overall, this is a very very good session beer.

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Photo of Tulkas
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.

Thin but creamy head upon single pour.

Very tastey, caramel, molasses and toffee flavors are almost overwhelming at first but finish quickly in nutty bread after-tone.

Enjoyable for the first half of the bottle but all of the tastes get lost-in-the-soup by the end.

Would love to see some of the flavors highlighted more off tap, unlikely to purchase again in bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Exits the bottle a clearish, garnet-hued body with a small-sized, frothed, white head.

Smell: Mild malt tones of dry caramel, basic bread. Touch of ripe fruit pulp. Even milder hints of spent Oolong tea leaves.

Taste: Light malty tastes of bread and caramel with a subdued level of sweetness. Slight cherryskin fruitiness within. Leafy, black tea hop character with a restrained bitterness to balance. Final hint of dried herb on the thinning finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A mild brew, but an easily drinkable, sessionable, uncomplicated one.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: For a bitter, Old Leg Over is darker than most that I have tried. Dark amber with a finger thick white head. Pretty good head retention, leaving a fine white film on the surface through the whole glass.

S: Subtle hints of sweet, bready malts are on the forefront, with fruity, floral hop aromas lingering in the back.

T: Very balanced, as malt makes it's presence with hints of fresh baked bread, caramel, and some honey. The hops give it a slightly fruity finish with notes of geranium and some spice.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, and well structured.

D: Definitely a session beer. Low alc, tasty, and extremely smooth. This is one of the best examples of this style I have tasted to date.

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Photo of nick76
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has citrus and grassy hops with leather, malt, nuts, and dust. The appearance is amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's not that impressive but drinkable. I would have another if offered.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear midsized bottle, "BBE SEP 09" etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours quite clear, light amber, typical head and a bit of lace. Light toast experienced by the old sniffer. Easy drinking and easy on the senses. Sessioner supreme. A nice reminder for us extreme beer drinkers of what a typical, fairly balanced British mild ale/bitter is all about. Nothing special, but not bad either. Give it a try.

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Photo of bort11
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml brown bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. One inch egg-cream colored head with mild retention. Spotty lacing. Color is a dark caramel.

Smell is a malty pleasure! Dark caramel malt and nutty aromas are strong up front, with a hint of hops bitterness. Taste is a bold malt character. More chestnut dark wood flavors.

Mouthfeel is light and very quaffable. This would make a great session beer, if one bottle wasn't over $4

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper-brown color with moderate white head.
Smell is nicely nutty with some caramel and toffee notes mixed in.
Taste is extraordinary. The nuttiness, the caramel, and the toffee mix together to form a very refreshing beer.
Finished very clean with great taste retention
The perfect session drinkiing beer. The light carbonation makes it very easy to drink.Would be nice to sit in an English pub and drink some of these.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear red colored beer that is actually closer to chestnut brown. Only the reddish color when held up to the light makes me call this a red rather than a brown colored ale. Small white head forms and then dies.

Not that much smell. A bit sweet and malty with a butter aroma and fuggles hops. Mildly scented to say the least.

The taste starts out neutral with a slight sweetness and some patent malt with a buttery finish but not strongly so. Patent malt roast and dry fuggles finish about defines this beer. There is a little nutty flavor too this but this seems under flavored to me.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Certainly easy to drink and it won't interfere with what ever you are eating. Still this needs more taste to me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that retains well and leaves some shards of lacing

Smell: Butterscotch toffee; clearly going to be on of those diacetyl influenced British brews

Taste: Starts out with a sweet toffee and biscuit flavor that continues, after the swallow, with only a modest amount of bitterness; slightly woody on the finish but this is mostly about malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the diacetyl (which normally is an annoyance), I rather enjoyed this beer; it has its own character and is easy to drink

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Photo of Nipitato
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Moderate copper hue. Briliant clarity. Dirty white head with good head retention.

S: Nice aroma indicitive of style. Moderate hop aroma melds nicely with seet caramel malt aroma. Slight sulfur background notes as well. Nothing overpowering - well balanced.

T: Pretty low bitterness or hop flavor. Malt is sublte as well. Malt flavor is somewhat nutty and not particularly sweet. Very wet finish. Overall taste is pretty flat and not very exciting.

MF: Light - thin mouthfeel not filling but smooth. A little too light and watery. Moderate tingly carbonation.

D: Ok but not great English pale ale. Very drinkable but pretty average. I wonder how long this guy had been sitting on the shelf?

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber hue with a minimal head, dissipating to a thin layer of bubbles with a slight bit of retention.

S: Malty and strong caramel-like tones, with a clean smelling profile. Also a dash of hops in the nose.

T: An almost ESB like taste with caramel smoothness throughout, a finish that hinted of a light hop presence to balance it out. Rather flat all-around, but easy to drink.

M: A taste of adequate carbonation, with a slick and thin feel on the palate.

D: Quite drinkable, but would need to do better in the flavor department in order to keep you hanging on to this one. Seems like there's a bit too much of a caramel vibe in here to enjoy any other real flavors that may be present.

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Old Leg Over from Daleside Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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