Old Boy Ale | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Old Boy AleOld Boy Ale
113 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by canucklehead on 08-21-2012

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 25
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, mild, and easy to drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -15.7%

From a bottle, pours a dark caramel mahogany with a very creamy white head.

The nose is sweet, crystallized sugar, chocolate, toffee with bitter and piney hops. A little toasty too. Flavor is smokey, which I was not expecting. It is very crisp, but the flavor finishes almost burnt oats or nuts. The chocolate is fighting to come through, but the smoke is overpowering it, damaging what I think the beer was supposed to be. It is almost like tobacco. It's thin and a bit watery, would be better with more body.

Overall, not sure what happened. Could have been better, but wasn't.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml, corporately embossed bottle, another single from my craft six-pack from a heretofore unfathomable Whyte Ave booze purveyor. A Mr. Peanut parody, obviously involving a pint glass, holds the fort on the actual label.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber tint, with two fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which renders a decent string of broad webbed lace around the glass as it eases its way out of existence.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, some further toffee nougat, a subtle oily nuttiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly toasted bready caramel malt, some mild crackery biscuit notes, further indistinct bar-top nuts, a slight twinge of bittersweet chocolate, and more forest floor, somewhat herbaceous hops.

The bubbles are fairly restrained in their ardor, the body a solid medium weight, and rather smooth by any measure. It finishes on the sweet side, the dark bread, toffee, and roasted biscuits basically lording it over those punk-ass, underachieving hops.

A decent enough ale, with a hell of a lot more to recommend it as an English Brown Ale, than the current ESB designation, a style otherwise close to my heart and/or palate. Anyways, approach this as the former, and you will be adequately, if not pleasantly, satisfied.

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3.81/5  rDev +7%
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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3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Dark amberish brown with a decent but coarse foam in the New Belgium snifter. Brown rice aroma with whiff of root beer. Watery body. Pleasantly carbonated, almost creamy.

Maybe it's the suggestion of the name, but it tastes like they diluted an Old Ale with some English Brown ale. There is a grainy flavor with a good dose of roasted malt. Just a faint bitterness at the finish. There's a suggestion of molasses, though it's just slightly sweet.

This is a different sort of brew, and it goes down easily enough. The price of nine bucks is silly, though. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose of light caramel, malt, toffee, faint nuts. Taste light caramel, brown sugar, light body/watery, faint cocoa & nuts. Ok Brown!

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 stevoj
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Could be classified as an old ale. Right color and characteristics. Brown and clear, small ring of a beige head. Nutty, roasty aroma, Taste is roast grain bitterness, with some nice nutty flavor on the finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Derek
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Oxidized... Why isn't this bottle conditioned? This is part of their core lineup, and I'm starting to wonder if they're having some growing pains.

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3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Orleans LCBO, part of a mixed 6 pack for $13

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and a light smokiness. There are also earthy notes and a bit of a dark fruit flavour. It ends with a chocolatey and matly aftertaste.

Overall - As the last reviewer said, more of a Brown Ale than a ESB. Either way, this is a solid beer if you're a fan of brown ales. Not my favourite style, but worth trying for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Old Boy has a coffee-brown colour that does a fair job of concealing the fact that it's actually perfectly clear (at least until some backlight comes into play, at which point the beer's dashing maroon highlights have nowhere to hide). Its head, though off-white, also has some glint.

The beer has a very subtle sweetness reminiscent of roasted pecan or hazelnut; this nuttiness can be found throughout but is nowhere as enticing as in the aroma, where it melds right into the malts' faint coffee-like smokiness and soft chocolatey notes.

Despite prospects of some dark and heavy flavours, no sootiness or meaningful richness ever emerges on the palate. The beer never get's dirty; it's almost as clean as a pale lager. This neutrality is sure to suit mainstream drinkers but is disappointing to those capable of handling even the smallest amount of roast or bitterness.

As mentioned, this recipe showcases light and very agreeable notes of roasted nuts, milk chocolate and toasted whole grain bread. Coffee oils I definitely note too. I don't get much dark or dried fruit myself but I can understand where others are coming from; it's difficult though as all tastes seize completely the moment they slide down the throat.

It seems as though Parallel 49 Brewing designed Old Boy so as to entice drinkers with fuller flavours but carefully ensured nothing too rich or substantial ever actually materialize, less they upset or overwhelm the simple palates of a mainstream audience. The result is pleasant but really only useful as what one would refer to as a "transition beer".

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3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/11/12

A clear dark amber with lots of bubbles of all sizes but just a short lived finger of foam that leaves a couple random patches of lace

S nutty milk chocolate with a little fruit, cherry and plum perhaps, some earthy herbal hops and a little dark bread, interesting take on a bitter, more of an English Brown in my eyes

T some more nutty toffee but a little less of everything else, again its missing the hops I think of when drinking a bitter

M medium bodied, decent carbonation and a earthy aftertaste, not much for a bitter kick

O decent brew but not the best out of my mixed pack, I drank a few of these with no issues but wasn't as impressed as I was by some of their other offerings

I wouldn't turn one down but I wouldn't go looking for it either, another decent beer that won't leave an engraving in my memory

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the mixed pack. From notes.

A - Poured rusty brown/red. Quite dark with a one finger beige head and mild haze and mild carbonation. Spotty lace with a half finger of retention.

S - Earth, caramel, butterscotch, mild smoke.

T - Raisins, dark bread, mild smoke. Much sweeter than aroma. Dark maltiness dominates.

M - Good mild carbonation, medium body, long fruity finish.

O/D - Not a bad English style. Kinda lacked hopping that other beers in the mixer showed off. Well done, but I wouldn't want lot's.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bobv
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Old Boy Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 113 ratings
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