Old Boy Ale | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Old Boy AleOld Boy Ale

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by canucklehead on 08-21-2012

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Photo of ericj551
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Boy pours a bright, deep red brown with a decent head. That aroma is dark toffee and chocolate malt, with a hint of caramel sweetness and just a vague, almost smokey astringent note. The dark malt character is a bit more restrained in the flavor, with more toffee and a hint of dark fruit. Earthy hops are present but take a back seat to the malt. I would think of this more as a brown ale than an ESB, but what ever you call it is is delicious. Very drinkable yet packed with flavor.

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Photo of ZachT
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aha, I found you. The one to wash out the taste of that last Brown ale I had. So much better, thank you Canada. Please send more of this to the U.S.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark ruddy brown color with a fairly thick white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Lacing looks nice left in the wake of the head.
The smell, yes, these are the nuts I was looking for, not those nuts. Dese nuts! Yes, roasty, not burnt and singed. Subtle sweet toffee, a light caramel, even some coffee, smooth nice balance.
The taste was moderately sweet underscored with the coffee to boot. There's a light balanced nutty to roasty aftertaste. Quick roasty subtle finish.
The mouthfeel glazed over about a medium bodied semi-sessionable feel. Carbonation acts in accordance to Brown ales.
Overall, now this was the Brown ale I was looking for. Thank you Parallel 49 for saving my brown ale palette this afternoon.

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Photo of travolta
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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

This was poured into an English pub glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light messy lacing here and there. The smell started off with some nice nutty smooth to caramel toasty and toffee combining and allowing a light coffee to blend nicely. The taste was mainly sweet and allowing a nice roasted nuttiness to blend nicely. There’s barely any aftertaste but a sweet nutty finish running about. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely as there’s a good somewhat creamy smoothness over my tongue. Overall, for an English Brown ale this one is really good. I’d definitely have this again.

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Photo of findango
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of j0hnc2468
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Imrite
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of souvenirs
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed December 4, 2016. Poured from a growler fresh from the brewery today.

A: Dark brown with a couple fingers of beige head.
S: Roasted grain. A little bit nutty.
T: Roasted grain, fairly mild.
F: Crisp.
O: A solid easy-drinking beer. Classic.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BcCraft710
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the mystery beer in the mixed 12 pack and I found it quite complex once it warmed up.It is on the dark brown side in colour and tastes like a cross between a Brown Ale and an ESB. The hops are English and the beer reminds me of Blood Alley from Russell. Good beer that explores the malty side.

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Photo of imfinished
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, maple, nuts, caramel and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of maple and caramel. Then a heart roasted malt character comes in along with a bit of a nutty flavor. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Larz_73
3.8/5  rDev +7%

Photo of SebD
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of caramelly malts, a slight nuttiness, dark fruit chocolate and some smokiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet caramel, some nuts, slight roasted chocolate, sweet dark fruit and some earthy notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear deep brown, finger of head slowly settled at a half finger covering, no significant lacing
S - very nutty with some caramel and light dark fruity notes
T - big cashew and almond nuttiness, mild notes of caramel and brown sugar
M - biggish body and very creamy, finishes full
O - this is definitely better characterized as an english/nut brown rather than ESB, and in that light it makes a rich malty treat

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Photo of cletetron
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Old Boy Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 112 ratings
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